According to a report recently released from the Passenger Shipping Association (PSA), sales of European river cruises rose by 7% last year, bringing the total number of passengers to more than 80,000 per year. One of the big pluses of river cruising, according to survey is the all-inclusive nature, which enables customers to budget more easily.
The River Cruise Line saw its own sales rise by 11% last year and are confident it’s a trend that will continue throughout this year. As such, the company features an expanded programme in its latest brochure.
New cruises for 2013 include Amsterdam & Bulbfields Spectacular, which includes a full day in Amsterdam and the opportunity to enjoy a city tour; Scenic Rhine & Switzerland – a new itinerary that allows more time to explore the ports of call and sails in one direction from Andernach to Basel, including an overnight stop in Reims; and Rhine in Flames, incorporating the annual celebration of the Riesling harvest.
In addition to popular festive cruises to the German Christmas markets and to a Christmas market medley combining Holland, France, Belgium and Germany, the company has added more festive cruises for this year including 'Magical Moselle Christmas Markets', 'Christmas Rhine' (New Year Cruises available with sailings from Newcastle & Hull); and 'Twixmas Cruise on the Rhine'.