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TRAFAL­GAR Tours Aus­tralia’s par­ent com­pany, The Travel Cor­po­ra­tion, bought es­tab­lished river cruise op­er­a­tor Uniworld in 2004. Ships: The 118-pas­sen­ger Queen Is­abel will be­come the com­pany’s 12th Euro­pean river ship when it en­ters ser­vice next year. Ac­tiv­i­ties: As well as com­pli­men­tary bi­cy­cles, there are Nordic walk­ing sticks for pas­sen­gers who want to hike around the coun­try­side. All ships have fit­ness cen­tres and Queen Is­abel will have a swim­ming pool. Unique fea­ture: Beatrice Toll­man, wife of The Travel Cor­po­ra­tion founder Stan­ley Toll­man and pres­i­dent of sis­ter com­pany the Red Car­na­tion Ho­tel Col­lec­tion, has put her dec­o­rat­ing stamp on each ship. Plush ho­tel-style in­te­ri­ors with lav­ish fur­nish­ings are a stand­out fea­ture. At­trac­tions for Aus­tralians: Com­pli­men­tary beer and wine with lunch and din­ner, sav­ings on paid-in-full book­ings by March 31, 2013, and early­bird dis­counts. Pas­sen­gers on the sam­ple cruise be­low could shop for presents and bring them home in time for Christ­mas. Sam­ple 2013 cruise: An eight-day Clas­sic Christ­mas Mar­kets voy­age de­parts De­cem­ber 8 from Nurem­berg to Frankfurt aboard River Queen. Nurem­berg’s Christ­mas mar­ket is the old­est in Ger­many. There are vis­its to oth­ers en route. From $2945 a pas­sen­ger twin-share. More: uni­world­cruises.com.au.

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