Monday 23 April 2012

APT river cruising sails into Paris

Australian travel company APT next year will have one of its riverships visiting Paris on the Seine for the first time since the company pioneered European river cruising in the Australian market in 2000.

APT is adding the Seine (Rouen-Paris) and the Douro (Oporto-Bega de Terron) in Portugal to boost to 14 the number of waterways it cruises in Europe.

Two new riverships, boutique Concerto ship MS AmaVida (for the Douro) and the MS AmaPrima (for cruises Amsterdam-Rousse) will create a fleet of 12 ships APT co-owns with river cruise specialist AmaWaterways.

APT has also announced it is adding a panoramic ship-front second restaurant to its six Aria ships for dining indoors and out.

APT General Manager, Chris Hall said the new ships allowed APT and AmaWaterways to add cruises on the Seine in France and the Douro in Portugal next year.

"This new investment in more ships, enhancements of the Aria ships and the infrastructure required for the new rivers is part of a continuing business development process we started when we launched the Europe river cruising holiday concept here in 2000," Mr Hall said.

"APT's policy is to nurture our relationships with our co-owner expert operators and continue to invest in new product opportunities for our customers – both return customers and new travellers -- while enhancing our hallmark standards of luxury, elegance and style in the process," he said.


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