APT River Cruises

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APT River


APT River - Introduction

Who are APT?

APT River Cruises brings all the benefits of a premium hotel to the water, providing an unforgettable cruising experience. APT is an Award-winning cruise operator and recently, with partner AmaWaterways, was named the only continental European river cruise operator to receive a 4-Star Plus rating for its riverships – the highest level awarded - in the first edition of the Berlitz: River Cruising In Europe travel guide.

This impressive fleet holds the top eleven spots in the guides ranking of more than 280 riverships. The AmaPrima reigned as overall queen of all vessels, closely followed by the AmaVerde and the AmaDante which are used on APT’s popular European Royal Collection cruises.

APT offer a wide range of itineraries around the globe, with popular itineraries including Europe (on the Danube & Rhine), Vietnam & Cambodia (on the Mekong) and Burma (along the Irrawaddy).

As standard*, APT include:

  • Home to airport transfers
  • Fine dining & drinks with meals
  • All tips & port charges
  • Wi-Fi
  • Excursions & Sightseeing
  • A high staff to guest ratio
  • And much, much more!

Family-owned since it was launched by Bill McGeary in 1920s Australia, APT boasts a tight-knit, familial atmosphere onboard its stylish fleet of ships. Discover the world’s greatest waterways on a relaxing river cruise, with an emphasis put on fine dining and insider excursions led by local guides. One standout perk of APT River Cruises is the all-inclusive nature, and passenger numbers are capped at 162 to ensure a high standard of personalised service.

Popular Routes

Although APT River Cruises is headquartered in Australia, they’re most well-known for their luxurious European itineraries. You’ll be able to visit charming villages along the banks of the Danube River, enjoy wine tasting along France’s Rhone and Dordogne Rivers, or experience the rich culture of Portugal via a journey down the Douro. Do you fancy a more exotic destination? See the unforgettable sights of Myanmar on a trip down the Irrawaddy River, or sail deep into the heart of modern China along the Yangtze. India, Vietnam, and Cambodia are also top destinations for APT passengers.

Dining Options

If your idea of the perfect holiday involves gourmet cuisine, you’ll be delighted by the options on an APT river cruise. Their dining outlets have been recognised by the prestigious, members-only La Chaine Des Rotisseurs culinary organisation, meaning they’re simply the best of the best. You can expect localised menus that use seasonal ingredients gathered from the ports you’re passing through. These are used in innovative ways that let you sample local culture and cuisine, so you might enjoy wiener schnitzel in Germany or seafood risotto in Italy.

Breakfast and lunch are self-serve buffets loaded with tempting sandwiches, tarts and quiches and elegantly presented salads. Dinner brings an elegant sit-down dining service, all accompanied with carefully selected wine and beer. On Royal Collection cruises, you have even more options with an array of alternative dining experiences including the following:

  • Chef’s Table – Take your taste buds on a journey with an intimate six-course tasting meal lovingly prepared by the expert chef.
  • Bella Cucina – Enjoy seasonal pastas, rich meat dishes and all the flavours of Italy at this stylish restaurant.
  • River Bistro – For a more casual dining experience, the River Bistro is open from morning until midnight to serve you light, fresh meals with a view.
  • Wine Room – Celebrate special occasions in the sophisticated surroundings of the Wine Room, where you’ll find two private tables seating up to six guests.
  • Sun Deck – Don’t miss out on fine weather! Take your lunch to the Sun Deck to enjoy an al fresco lunch whenever you please.

Drinks Packages

Many APT River Cruises are all-inclusive, so you’ll enjoy complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner. This will depend on the type of cruise and itinerary you’ve booked. While additional drinks packages aren’t available, you can purchase individual drinks onboard if they’re not included as part of your itinerary.

Entertainment and Excursions

River cruise entertainment tends to be more mellow than the large ocean liners, so that more of the focus can be put on your excursions. APT River Cruises can take you right into the heart of each city and destination, so that you can hop on and off with ease to take advantage of your time! However, this doesn’t mean you won’t be entertained in the evenings. In fact, there’s a front lounge that transforms into a glamorous showroom in the evening. It hosts a full calendar of musical performances, guest lectures, presentations and demonstrations. From opera to jazz, there’s always a pleasant performance to liven up your nights on the deck.

  • Excursions

There’s a full range of different experiences on hand with APT River Cruises, so you can tailor your onshore excursions to best suit your interests. Whether you’re a history buff or a foodie, immerse yourself in local culture in each destination. This could mean visiting opera houses and museums with a private tour group; or enjoying exclusive cocktail receptions with local luminaries at the City Hall. Learn how to make signature dishes from local chefs, or go on a wildlife safari to see elephants in their natural habitat.

Amenities and Activities

Sleek and modern, APT river cruise boasts come fully equipped with all the features you’d expect from a world class hotel. This starts in the cabin, where you’ll have access to Wi-Fi, air conditioning, an in-room safe, and a telephone. Start the day with a cup of tea on your private balcony, or keep connected to friends and family with Wi-Fi.  Suites come with an added layer of luxury including champagne on arrival.

Relax in the ship’s main lounge, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows to ensure you always have a great view. There’s also an observation lounge allowing you to take in the sights, as well as a tea and coffee bar open 24-7 to serve you.

  • Health and Wellness

You’ll have plenty of time to relax and treat yourself to a little self care during your cruise. Many ships include luxury features like a heated pool and whirlpool on the Sun Deck, or you can visit the fitness centre to keep up with your usual exercise routine.

Service Charges

Gratuities are included in the quoted price of all APT river cruises, although there may be a few location-specific tours where you will need to tip separately at your discretion. These tend to be more involved tours apart from the river cruise itself, such as the Africa and South America City Stays programme or Northern Lights Adventure in North America. Specific service charges will be confirmed when you book, and added onto the total price of your package.

Dress Code

The dress code will vary depending on the type of cruise and itinerary you’ve chosen, but in most cases smart casual is the standard. For formal evenings, you can lay on the glamour with a jacket and tie cocktail dress or longer gown. Adventure and safari touring will require comfortable, lightweight clothing so that you can explore in comfort, and comfortable footwear is a must for all tours! If you’re travelling to regions with unique requirements like a head covering for women, your Tour Director will give you notice.