Cruise West Expands Itinerary

Cruise West is returning to Europe in 2010 with three 11-night cruises along the Danube, Rhine, Main, and Mosel Rivers.

With two added itineraries, cruises will sail farther west than previous offerings, delving deeper into the medieval towns, cities and monuments. Stops this year include visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Budapest, Vienna, and Salzburg accompanied by lectures by experts. In addition, pre-cruise accommodations are offered on all three itineraries, and guests who book and pay by December 18, 2009 can save $800 per cabin.

The original 11-night adventure sails from Bucharest to Vienna, departing September 23, 2010 aboard the 148-guest MS Amadeus Diamond. Along the way travelers will visit Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, and Croatia. Rates on this cruise start at $4,999 per person.

The new Vienna-to-Cologne cruise sails on October 3 for an 11-nigh trip, visiting several historical sights and valleys along the way. Highlights include a 900-year-old Benedictine Melk abbey, and gourmet food in Stromburg. Rates start at $4,999 per person.

Last, but not least, Cruise West’s final departure sails from Cologne to Basel for an 11-night trip departing October 13. Notable sights along the way include the lights of the Gothic towers of Cologne at night, the Rhine Gorge castles, and the well-known Lorelei Rock. Following this up, guests will experience a wine tasting in an Alsatian village, and a piano concert at a castle in Koblenz. Rates for this trip start at $5,299 per person.