Next year, the German river cruise company will offer journeys along the Douro in Portugal for the first time. There will be 28 departures to choose from May until November 2019. The 7-night trips will go from Porto to Pinhão, Vega Terron, Barca d’Alva (Salamanca), Régua, Entre-os-Rios, and finally back to Porto once again.
“With Portugal, we are extending our range of both city and nature trips to another exciting and secure destination, which has become really popular in the last year, especially amongst German vacationers,” says Jörg Eichler, the Managing Director and CEO of A-ROSA Flussschiff GmbH. “With this new itinerary, we are taking the next important step forward in our company’s growth.” The catalogue is out on 4th May 2018 and the new destination brochure is launched in May as well.
The new vessel destined for this itinerary will be christened in May 2019. With a length of almost 80 meters and four decks, the newly built ship can carry 126 passengers at maximum capacity. It will be complemented with many facilities such as spacious cabins and suites, a swimming pool, a gym as well as a relaxation area with an included sauna.
Focus on Cuisine: New themed journey on the Danube
The gourmet trips will have their own chapter in the 2019 brochure and A-ROSA’s Chef-Patissier Oliver Edelmann will be the culinary ambassador and accompany all culinary journeys. “Our gourmet trips are a once in a lifetime experience. We have focused on the culinary theme in our new brochure in order to satisfy the demands for these exclusive journeys,” summarises Jörg Eichler. Just like on the Moselle, the Rhein, the Rhône and the Seine, next season there will be a culinary-themed trip on the Danube too. For the 5-night gourmet trip, top cooks of the highest cuisine, as well as sommeliers, will provide the guests with exquisite wine and dishes. In addition, the program will contain many highlights such as a kitchen party, Plat du Jour, food sampling, presentations and gourmet excursions.
City breaks and country romance
Another new feature in the brochure is the 9-night journey along the Rhine and the Moselle. This journey stretches from Cologne to Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Co-chem, Bernkastel-Kues, Mehring close to Trier, Koblenz and finalizes back in Cologne. This combination of a city holiday and nature experience will take place on two dates in the coming year.
2019 Brochure: Key topics city break and family vacation
The layout of the new catalog has been further developed and, in particular, the colour scheme expanded. Photos and watercolours convey a modern look. Generally, page-filling and atmospheric pictures gained more presence. They are merged with new photos with Yvonne Catterfeld on the river Seine. The topic of city breaks was further emphasized by the addition of “Insides” for selected cities. The illustrations displaying the family theme as well as the manifold possibilities of a journey with A-ROSA.
The 2019 brochure offers trips between January 2019 to January 2020. If you book until November 30, 2018, the travel cancellation insurance is included in the Premium all-inclusive fare. Since the beginning of the year, there is also an innovation in terms of customer club. Here was introduced a three-tier system: client club, silver customer club and gold customer club. Now new members, repeaters and frequent travellers can enjoy individual advantages and offers depending on their wealth of experience.