Shearings Holidays has launched 19 new itineraries and added the MS Princess to its range of six exclusively chartered ships as part of its new 2015 river cruise programme.

The company, which saw a 10% increase in river cruise sales this year, will for the first time offer cruises along the Loire on the MS Loire Princesse. As well as taking in the sights of the Loire Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the five-night, all-inclusive ‘Landscapes and Chateaux of the Loire Valley’ also visits Nantes, Saint Nazaire, Ancenis and Angers, with prices from £1,199 per person.  

The Mississippi river will also feature in the programme for the first time, with a cruise sailing from New Orleans to Memphis on The American Queen, the largest paddlewheel steamboat ever built. The ten-day ‘Mississippi’s Southern Charms’ cruise gives customers the opportunity to explore the history of the Deep South, with prices starting from £2,799.

Agents can also offer a new three-night ‘Amsterdam to the Rhine Mini Cruise’ which provides a taster experience for customers who are new to cruising, with stops in Arnhem, Nijmegen and Dusseldorf, with prices leading in at £549.

The operator has also extended its range of ‘Inclusive Cruises’ following positive customer feedback, with new itineraries such as the ‘Summer Rhine Valley Inclusive Cruise’, a ten-day inclusive break.
Agents will receive a 116-page River Cruise 2015 brochure featuring 42 itineraries and a new competition will give them the chance to win £250 in High Street vouchers.

Customers booking before November 14 can also save up to £100 per couple.

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