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Why We Love Cruising With APT

Posted February 12th, 2018

The beauty of cruising with APT lies in the simplest yet most vital pleasure: being able to relax and truly lose yourself in the moment, knowing everything has been taken care of, down to the finest detail.

When it comes to European river cruising, APT has the whole experience down to a tee. So you can sit back and be wowed by mesmerising landscapes dotted with castles around every bend, step ashore in grand historic cities and unwind in luxury complete with gourmet indulgences on board.

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There are so many reasons to love cruising with APT. And it’s clear we’re not the only ones! APT was recently crowned the ‘Best River Cruise Operator’ for the third consecutive year at the 2017 National Travel Industry Awards. Here are a few clues as to why.

Award-winning River Ships

When you cruise the meandering waterways of Europe with APT, you get to experience the revolutionary Concerto River Ships – touting some of the largest suites on Europe’s rivers. Leading the way in style and comfort, your home away from home can be likened to a five-star luxury hotel on water.

With a wealth of exclusive facilities and suites, you could find yourself trying up to seven difference dining experiences on board, relaxing in a heated swimming pool on the sun deck (with swim-up bars) and, in select suites, enjoying Silver or Gold Butler Service.

Every element of these state-of-the-art ships has been hand-picked with guests’ comfort, convenience and tastes in mind.

Furthermore, as the grandest ships on Europe’s waterways, APT’s Concerto River Ships are the only ships in Europe with Twin Balcony Suites that feature both a Panoramic Balcony and a large Outside Balcony.

All-inclusive Convenience

The peace of mind that comes with all-inclusive convenience can’t be denied. The minute your plane lands on the runway in your departure city, you can completely relax knowing everything is taken care of. With APT, the price you pay reflects every element of your cruising experience; there’s are no hidden extras.

So what’s included? Everything from airport transfers to onboard dining, drinks and sightseeing, as well as all onboard meals and beverages, from degustation-style dinners and casual lunches to delicious breakfast buffets and more. In select suites, you can also enjoy the added luxuries of a butler, room service and complimentary laundry service for extra convenience and comfort.

Another thing you don’t have to even think about? Tipping. All tipping and port charges are taken care of in your all-inclusive price.

Plus, once your deposit has been paid, you can relax knowing your fare won’t increase or be affected by any currency fluctuations.

Freedom of Choice Program

APT’s Freedom of Choice program allows you to personalise your holiday in select locations, with a fabulous array of activities and dining options to choose from – so you can tailor your experiences to suit your individual interests and tastes.  

On Freedom of Choice days, you decide what your day looks like. Perhaps you’ll opt to join a city tour of Strasbourg or, instead, embark on a daytrip to the historic spa town of Baden-Baden. In Amsterdam, it you’re pick between touring the fascinating Anne Frank Museum or joining an excursion to Zaanse Schans, a picturesque village famous for its wooden windmills, barns and houses.

Exclusive Signature Invitations sightseeing opportunities also add to the European river cruise experience.

Royal Signature Experiences

It’s the unique inclusions and exclusive experiences that make an APT river cruise a cut above the rest. Included on select APT Collection river cruises are Royal Signature Experiences, with a focus on luxurious, decadent and exquisitely grand encounters you’ll never forget.

In Vienna, it’s a cocktail reception and private classical music concert at Vienna’s High Baroque-style City Palace, featuring members of the acclaimed Mozart Boys’ Choir. In Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or near Lyon, in France, sit down to a beautiful meal at L’abbaye de Collonges, prepared by Michelin-starred chefs.

Another Royal Signature Experience that’s sure to entice is a day trip between Passau and Linz aboard the luxurious Majestic Imperator train – and as an APT guest, you are also invited to dine with royalty at Namedy Castle, the home of Princess Heide von Hohenzollern on the banks of the Rhine.

APT’s Royal Signature Experiences will forever remain some of the highlights of your river cruise experience.

Dedicated Cruise Directors And Local Guides

Every river cruise in Europe with APT features a dedicated cruise director – you go-to for everything you need. They are renowned for going above and beyond, and will ensure your holiday runs smoothly and with ease every step of the way.

And on the ground when you reach each port of call, you’ll be met with English-speaking local guides, historians and lecturers to lead the way – all as part of your included sightseeing.

Wi-Fi On Board

Yes, there is Wi-Fi on board – and yes, it is included too. All over the ship, you can easily stay connected with family and friends, read up on the history and sights of your next port of call, listen to music or post the day’s holiday photos on social media to share your discoveries in real time, almost exactly as they happen.

Of course, that’s when you’re not busy riding the onboard bicycles and taking part in the included onshore excursions and other magical experiences of your journey.

For more information and the latest deals on APT river cruising, contact us on 1300 769 228 or visit your local Cruiseabout store today.


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