GREAT RIVER CRUISE ESCAPES
Right royal occasion: Uniworld Boutique River Cruises’ 118-passenger Queen Isabel is being christened in Porto, Portugal, this weekend by actor Andie MacDowell. Queen Isabel will sail the company’s 10-night Portugal, Spain and Douro River itinerary and replaces Douro Spirit, launched in 2011. More: uniworldcruises.com.au. Space to move: Scenic Tours has announced a $10 million refurbishment of its fleet of Scenic Space-Ships, said to be the longest of any passenger vessels sailing Europe’s rivers and waterways and with 22 per cent more space. The Australian-owned and operated company’s Scenic Jewel is set for its inaugural cruise in April. More: scenictours.com.au. Wheel easy: Captain Cook Cruises has announced an inaugural seven-night Murray River cruise from Mannum to Loxton in the South Australian Riverland region on November 29 or return on December 6. Both cruises will be operated by the paddlewheeler PS Murray Princess. From $1799 a person twin-share, including all meals, guided nature walks and excursions, and coach transfers to and from Adelaide. More: captaincook.com.au.