European river cruise line, Riviera Travel, is helping solo travellers save thousands of dollars by announcing all cabins on two five-star river cruises this November are exclusively for solo passengers, with no single occupancy supplement.
The success of the company’s previous solos-only cruise in France in 2016 has prompted Riviera Travel to offer two more – an eight-day Blue Danube cruise from Budapest on November 1, 2018, and an eight-day ‘Burgundy, River Rhone and Provence’ cruise in the south of France on November 6, 2018.
Riviera Travel is already popular with solo travellers as a selection of cabins on every cruise every year are singled out for supplement-free solo occupancy. But on these two cruises in November, every one of the 88 cabins aboard its deluxe Danube river ship, Oscar Wilde, and each of the 74 cabins on the luxurious Lord Byron are for solo passengers only and free of any single supplement.
Riviera Travel’s Head of Specialist Product, Will Sarson, said the two cruises were not singles or matchmaking cruises but journeys where lone travellers or friends who did not want to share a stateroom could enjoy a cabin on their own without paying a supplement.
“We know solo travellers enjoy our river cruises and to encourage more to try them, we have launched two cruises exclusively for solo travellers,” Mr Sarson said. “Our five-star ships provide the perfect base and our itineraries offer opportunities to share wonderful experiences with like-minded travellers. The cruises have been planned for autumn 2018 when the destinations visited will be more relaxed. Customers can choose any cabin or suite on each ship and there will be no additional single supplement to pay whatsoever.”
The first solos-only cruise is an eight-day ’Blue Danube’ cruise aboard the 169-passenger Oscar Wilde, launched in 2017, sailing round-trip from Budapest on November 1, 2018, to destinations in Hungary, Slovakia and Austria, including a side tour to romantic Salzburg. Fares are available from A$3119 for solo cabin use.
The second solos departure is on November 6, 2018, when the 140-passenger Lord Byron, launched in 2013, sails from Lyon to Avignon on a ‘Burgundy, River Rhone and Provence’ cruise via Beaune on the Saone River, with a side excursion to the spectacular Ardeche Gorges and the spectacular, 2000-year-old Roman aqueduct of Pont du Gard. Fares are available from A$3529 for solo cabin use.
Fares are subject to availability and include daily, guided excursions and all onboard meals and Wi-Fi.
Offering inclusive, five-star cruises at fares up to 50 per cent lower than river companies more established in Australia, Riviera Travel’s 11 luxury river ships will offer more than 300 cruises across 12 different itineraries in Europe in 2018. Riviera Travel’s spacious, five-star ships offer fine dining restaurants, marble lobbies, sumptuous lounges, sun decks, splash pools, gyms and cabins boasting French or full balconies. The biggest river cruise operator in the UK market, Riviera Travel made its first foray into the growing Australian market in 2016.