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Princess Cruises Introduces New Cruisetour Options in Europe

Posted November 9th, 2011

Princess Cruises is offering passengers two new cruisetour options in Europe next year, including the opportunity to explore the Swiss Alps and Lake Como, or enjoy a cruise up the Rhine River. These new itineraries join the line's previously announced cruisetours, giving passengers a total of seven land/sea vacation choices for the 2012 season.

The 19-night Swiss Splendors and Lake Como cruisetour takes passengers through some of Europe's most stunning scenery, including Alpine Switzerland and the lake district of Italy, paired with a Mediterranean cruise. The 18-night Timeless Cities of the Rhine River cruisetour offers passengers a week-long cruise up the beautiful Rhine River by riverboat, combined with a Princess sailing to Scandinavia and Russia.

Jan Swartz, Princess Cruises' executive vice president, says "because Europe has so much to offer beyond the coastal ports, we know our passengers want to further explore the continent's many fascinating destinations. Travellers want to make the most of their time, so we've made it easy for passengers to immerse themselves in some of the most amazing places in Europe."

Swiss Splendor and Lake Como

The towering snow-capped peaks of the Swiss Alps and the idyllic lake district of Italy, highlight this seven-night journey from Zurich to Venice. Along the way, passengers will enjoy stunning Interlaken and charming Lucerne, as well as a stop in Old Berne (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and rail travel to the "top of Europe" - Jungfraujoch.

Lake Como stars in the Italian part of the tour, which also visits the enchanting gardens, villas and local villages. Travellers then head to Venice to board Ruby Princess for a 12-day Grand Mediterranean cruise.

Timeless Cities of the Rhine River

After a successful test last season,  this 18-night cruistour joins Princess' European line-up with a river cruise on the storied Rhine River. The seven-night river cruise from Basel to Amsterdam, on board Avalon Felicity or Avalon Visionary, sails by the castles and vineyards of one of Europe's greatest rivers, and includes guided excursions in Strasbourg, Heidelberg, Mainz, Rudesheim, Koblenz and Cologne. Passengers will also sail through the captivating Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, considered to be the river's most beautiful stretch. Completing the cruisetour is an 11-night Scandinavia and Russia cruise on board Emerald Princess.


Source: Cruise Industry News, 8 November 2011

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