Peter Deilmann Cruises, which operates riverboats in Europe, is now accepting bookings on all its 2009 European river cruises. Agents should take note that price increases in 2009 were held to 5 percent of 2008 prices on all cruise-only departures.
Peter Deilmann operates eight ships and offers sailings along Europe's rivers of seven to 14 nights. The Danube River is the focus of weekly cruises of two five-star Deilmann ships—the Mozart and Casanova—that sail round-trip seven-day cruises from Passau in southeastern Germany, calling at Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava and small towns in Austria and Hungary, including Melk, Esztergom and Dürnstein. Rates are from $1,610 to $5,120 per person.
The Elbe, Havel and Moldau rivers are the focus of the Katharina von Bora's and the Frederic Chopin's weekly itineraries between Potsdam and Prague, while the Dresden makes it way along the Elbe River between Dresden and Hamburg. All three ships take in the smaller towns of Wittenberg, Meissen and Bad Schandau. Seven-night cruises are $1,625 to $3,895.
In France, Deilmann operates the Cezanne and Princesse de Provence along the Seine roundtrip from Paris. Fares range from $1,545 to $2,430.