Viking’s Flash Sale on 2015 Sailings
Viking has unveiled a roster of 2015 European river cruise itineraries – and at 2014 prices. The river cruise company recently christened 10 ships (setting a record for ship christenings in a single day). Viking claimes to have sold out of 2013 sailing inventory and approximately 50 percent of all 2014 staterooms, (including those on 14 new Viking Longships launching next year), are already booked.
With the addition of those 14 new Viking Longships launching next year, Viking’s fleet will grow to 48 vessels by the end of 2014, with 30 new Longships launching in the last three years alone. The 2015 itineraries and special pricing promotion that puts them at 2014 rates is valid through December 18, 2013, and applies to the most popular European river cruise itineraries that Viking Longships sail:
- Grand European Tour (15 days; Amsterdam – Budapest): 15 days on a cruise along the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, seeing the best of Holland, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Prices for 2015 start at $3,562 per person.
- Danube Waltz (8 days; Passau – Budapest): The Danube, visiting Budapest, Vienna, the Wachau Valley, Passau, Melk and Salzburg. Prices for 2015 start at $1,756 per person.
- Paris & the Heart of Normandy (8 days; Paris – Rouen – Paris): History at the Normandy beaches, see the Gothic architecture of Rouen and explore Paris, the world’s most romantic city. Prices for 2015 start at $1,356 per person.
- Portraits of Southern France (8 days; Chalon – Avignon): Sailing the scenic Saone and Rhone Rivers to discover Burgundy, Provence, Vienne, Arles and visit Avignon’s historic Papal Palace. Prices for 2015 start at $1,856 per person.
- Romantic Danube (8 days; Budapest – Nuremberg): The “Blue Danube” and along the way explore Budapest, Vienna, Melk’s golden abbey, Passau, Regensburg and Nuremberg, complete with included guided tours throughout. Prices for 2015 start at $1,756 per person.
- Rhine Getaway (8 days; Amsterdam – Basel): Holland’s famous windmills, Germany’s romantic castles, multicultural Strasbourg and the Black Forest. Prices for 2015 start at $1,256 per person.
AmaWaterways to Moves through Myanmar in 2014
AmaWaterways will launch a new ship and new river cruise program on Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady (Irrawaddy) River in November 2014. The 10-night Golden Treasures of Myanmar and 14-night Hidden Wonders of Myanmar take guests through one of the world’s most secretive, mysterious and fascinating places. Myanmar has a unique centuries-old culture and spectacular architectural wonders, including sacred structures gilded with gold leaf and encrusted with precious gems. AmaWaterways’ river cruises are crafted to hit all the country’s highlights:
- Bagan – A cultural treasure trove of more than 2,200 temples, stupas and pagodas, on par with Cambodia’s massive Angkor Wat temple complex.
- Mandalay – The country’s last royal capital and second largest city, the “Golden City” of Mandalay is regarded as Myanmar’s cultural heart, renowned for its master craftsmen and its patronage of the arts.
- Mount Popa – The stunning shrine perched at the top of Mt. Popa is considered the legendary home of spirit gods worshipped by Burmese Buddhists.
- Ancient Royal Cities – Inwa (Ava) was the capital of the Burma for more than 400 years, Amarapura has the world’s longest teak bridge, Sagaing is famous for its tranquil atmosphere, and Mingun has many historic sites to explore.
- Yangon (Rangoon) – The “Garden City of the East,” retains much of its colonial charm with cobblestoned streets, tree-lined avenues and Victorian architecture.
Guests cruise the Ayeyarwady aboard the newly built all-suite AmaPura (2014), a 56-passenger vessel furnished with a combination of modern and traditional motifs. All 28 suites feature a French step-out full balcony. The ship’s elegant public areas include a restaurant, main lounge and bar, gift shop, spa, pool and Sun Deck. An optional four-night post-cruise land extension is available on both itineraries, featuring three nights in Inle Lake and one night in Yangon. A three-day/two-night pre- or post-cruise extension in Bangkok is also available.