REWARDS FOR EARLY BOOKINGS: BOOK A 2014 ITINERARY DURING PREVIEW TIME AND GET 2013 PRICING

Next Year Will Also Bring a New Ship and Several New Itineraries

In response to the growing demand for European river cruises and in light of strong advance sales for 2013 departures, Scenic Cruises has announced the early opening of sales for its 2014 season and an opportunity for guests to book 2014 itineraries now at 2013 prices. Details are outlined in a 64-page pre-release version of the company’s 2014 Europe Luxury River Cruises & Tours brochure, and guests are encouraged to book now to take advantage of the very best early-bird offers until they’re sold out. Right now, guests booking a 2014 sailing and making a deposit within seven days can take advantage of Scenic Cruises’ guarantee to hold prices on its most popular itineraries; this means that currently fares for a 2014 Scenic Cruise fully inclusive vacation range from $2,460 to $18,825 per person, the same as they did in 2013. To make it even more enticing, Scenic is also providing a variety of other incentives for some cabin classes, including free flights to Europe (taxes included) for European cruises of 16 or more days, free flights to Europe and a savings of up to $3,590 per couple for all 15-day European cruises, and a savings offer of up to $2,000 per couple on European cruises of seven to 14 days. Both pricing and incentive offers are based on limited inventory.

Other exciting news for the 2014 season includes the debut of a new ‘Space-Ship,’ the Scenic Gem, and several new itineraries, including “Gems of the Seine River Cruise,” “Treasures of Europe’s Waterways,” “Munich & Passau to the Danube Delta River Cruise,” and “Seine and Rhône River Cruise.”

Advantages to early booking include first choice on departure dates – which currently means the entire 2014 cruising season – and first choice of cabin category. Another benefit is the Scenic guarantee that early bookers will receive the best offer available; if Scenic changes the offer in any way, it will honor the deal that saves its guest the most. In addition, all Pre-Release bookings are entitled to any brochure upgrades or specials that relate to a selected cruise.

Scenic Crystal, River Cruise Ship docked / Photo © Scenic Cruises

Scenic Crystal, River Cruise Ship docked / Photo © Scenic Cruises

Scenic, which since 2008 is known for its luxury cruises on the rivers of Europe, will debut yet another new ship, the Scenic Gem, in 2014. This comes on the heels of the new Scenic Crystal and Scenic Tsar (Russia’s first new river ship in 25 years) in 2012 and this year’s Scenic Jewel, as well as the near-complete rebuild of five other Scenic ‘Space-Ships,’ none of which is more than four years old. This means that all Scenic ‘Space-Ships’ meet the same highest river standards, as set by the Crystal and Jewel, and guests are assured of always boarding the best ship – allowing them to focus solely on choosing a favored itinerary. Built exclusively to sail the historic waters of the Seine through Northern France, the Scenic Gem will make an 11-day round trip from Paris that includes stops at Les Andelys, Rouen, Honfleur, Caudebec-en-Caux, Vernon and Conflans.

Scenic’s fully inclusive policy includes such amenities as unlimited complimentary beverages, wines and spirits at any time, open bar service in the lounges, and items in each cabin’s mini-bar; private butler service in all cabin grades; the Scenic Riverview personal GPS commentary device; and free WiFi throughout the ship. In addition, all ‘Space-Ships’ feature full-sized private balcony suites; each member of the fleet that sails the Rhine, Main, Danube and Seine rivers in 2014 also feature a ‘Scenic Sun-Lounge’ that encloses that balcony at the touch of a button so it almost magically becomes an all-weather lounge, expanding the cabin size. On-shore experiences are made exceptional by complimentary electric-assist bicycles, the Scenic Tailormade GPS guided tour system, and the Scenic Enrich program that provides once-in-a-lifetime experiences in extraordinary locations. Everything from airport transfers to gratuities is included in the prices of these trips.

The secrets of France’s historical north are unveiled on the Seine, the country’s second longest river, during the new “Gems of the Seine River Cruise.” This majestic artery is a showcase of gothic cathedrals, picture-perfect scenery and centuries of history – the places that have inspired generations of artists. Land-based highlights include a visit to King Richard the Lionheart’s Chateau Gaillard in Rouen and a private concert during a visit to Vernon, part of the region that so inspired artist Claude Monet. Prices for this 10-night cruise range from $5,120 to $8,505 per person, double, with an additional savings offer of $1,200 per couple for standard cabins or $600 per couple on balcony cabins. The new “Seine and Rhône River Cruise” combines the “Gems of the Seine” tour with a 12-night cruise from Chalon-sur-Saône to Arles. Highlights of the second part of the trip include visits to Burgundy’s famed Patriarche Cellars; a tour of a silk factory in Lyon; and a private tour, dinner and concert in the Palais des Papes in Avignon. Prices range from $12,405 to $18,825 per person, with free flights to Europe (excluding taxes) for standard cabins or additional savings of $900 per couple on balcony cabins.

Scenic’s new offerings aren’t limited to France. The 19-day “Treasures of Europe’s Waterways,” between Budapest and Amsterdam, includes stops in Vienna, complete with a visit to the Palais Liechtenstein for a glass of Austrian Sekt and a private concert featuring the music of Strauss and Mozart; Nuremburg, featuring a sampling of bratwurst, beer and gingerbread; and Wertheirm, which includes the option of a tasting at a local winery. Pricing ranges from $8,170 to $12,280 per person with free flights to Europe (including taxes) for standard cabins or a discount offer of $900 per couple for balcony cabins. Another new offering is the “Munich & Passau to the Danube Delta River Cruise,” which combines three nights in Munich with a 14-night river cruise from Passau to Tulcea followed by two nights in Bucharest. Tour possibilities include a visit to St. Stephens Cathedral in Passau for an organ concert, a trip to the Thermal Baths and Spa in Budapest, and a guided bicycle tour along the Danube. Fares range from $6,175 to $11,750 per person and offers free flights to Europe (including taxes) or additional savings of $1,600 per couple on balcony cabins.

Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures, and reservations can be obtained via travel agents; the company’s visitor-friendly website, www.scenictours.com; phone (866-689-8611); or e-mail: usaoffice@scenictours.com in the United States and canada@scenictours.com in Canada.

Information source: Scenic Cruises

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