GREAT RIVER CRUISE ES­CAPES

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Afloat -

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.

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