Douro River

APT Cruising to add two ships and two rivers

Posted April 25th, 2012

APT Cruising is set to offer its first river cruises on the Douro in Portugal and the Seine in France. The Australian company is not only cruising on 2 new routes next year, but it is also introducing 2 new vessels - the MS AmaVida and the MS AmaPrima.

AmaVida, a boutique Concerto ship, will sail the Douro River in Portugal, while the AmaPrima will sail between Amsterdam and Rousse. The MS Amalegro will operate the new cruises on the Seine River.

The 2 new vessels bring APT's Europe river fleet to 12 in 2013. Six of the existing Aria ships will also be upgraded with a panoramic ship-front second restaurant, offering both indoor and outdoor dining.

General Manager, Chris Hall, said the new ships allowed APT and its Europe river cruising co-owner AmaWaterways to add cruises on an extended network of destinations.

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

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

Source: Cruise Weekly, Tuesday 24 April 2012

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