Riviera Travel has launched its 2018 River Cruise programme, which is now on sale with new additions and updates to its fleets as well as a new drinks package and itineraries, plus a new itinerary around Eastern Europe.
Fleets for 2018
Along with the MS Emily Brontë, Thomas Hardy and Oscar Wilde, the MS Robert Burns will be the fourth of the new ships, launching in April, joining the seven existing Riviera Travel ships. The full fleet of ships for 2018 will be as follows:
- Emily Brontë Rhine, Moselle, Main, Danube
- Thomas Hardy Danube
- Oscar Wilde Rhine, Moselle, Main, Danube
- Robert Burns Rhine, Main, Danube
- Jane Austen Rhine, Moselle, Main
- Lord Byron Rhône
- William Shakespeare Rhine, Moselle, Main, Danube
- Charles Dickens Rhine, Moselle, Main, Danube
- Swiss Corona Rhône
- Swiss Ruby Seine
- Douro Elegance Douro
The cruise line will be launching a brand new rcruise from Budapest to the Black Sea. Customers will travel to Budapest, visiting the historical Paprika museum and cathedral, as well as a traditional horse farm before moving onto Belgrade in Serbia. They will also pass through the Iron Gates, a gorge forming the boundary between Serbia & Romania and explore the Mesolithic archaeological site before making their way to Veliko Tarnovo & Arbanassi in Bulgaria. Another itinerary, the Enchanting Rhine and Yuletide Markets will also go on sale for 2018 at a later stage.
The existing Amsterdam, Kinderdijk & the Dutch Bulbfields itinerary will now include a visit to Rotterdam and the windmills at Kinderdijk, and the Medieval Germany – the Main to the Danube itinerary will finish in Nuremberg allowing for a stop in the medieval town of Marktbreit.
2018 cruises will also offer drinks packages, for the first time, that can be purchased before travelling. This will include a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks during lunch and dinner, per person. The prices are dependent on duration of the cruise as follows:
- 4 night cruise: £59pp
- 7 night cruise: £99pp
- 14 night cruise: £199pp
Head of agency sales, Joseph Grimley, said: “Listening closely to agent and customer feedback, we have made a some exciting updates to our River Cruise Programme in 2018. We have enhanced some excursions and have included a new itinerary for 2018, Budapest to the Black Sea, which was growing in popularity. We know how well received our itineraries have been so far but we believe in improving the Riviera Travel experience as much as possible, year on year.”