Thursday, July 06, 2006

European River Cruising Heats Up ...

Scratch Mega-Prices & Sizes: L.A.-based Uniworld beckons with a 9-day Danube sailing, Budapest to Passau, on River Baroness for $1,598, with $199 roundtrip air from select cities. Included: Dining and shore excursions at no extra charge. Wander Passau's cobblestone streets, stroll Dürnstein, and visit Vienna and Budapest. Bratislava Castle provides Hungary, Slovakia and Austria views. The restyled River Baroness features Main Lounge and reading room. Each stateroom has a panoramic window, private bath, "hotel-style" beds with Egyptian cotton sheets, individual air/heat, flat-panel TV, and phone. Danube Highlights: $1,598 for all categories, per person, double, exclusive of port/air taxes. Uniworld, courting seasoned travelers, offers 500 departures on 30-plus itineraries on 12 rivers in 20 countries across 4 continents -- China, Europe, Russia and Egypt. For details, call (800) 733-7820.