U River Cruises has just announced three new itineraries and the relaunch of The B ship for 2020. Debuting in April 2020, U’s seven-night itineraries will sail throughout hot spot European destinations such as Vienna, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Salzburg, Bratislava and more. New offerings on the sailings include added overnight stays, complimentary happy hour every night for guests to socialize, and even more active excursions.
“Eastern Europe is hot and we’re excited to offer three brand-new U itineraries in the region for 2020 as The B rejoins our fleet,” said Ellen Bettridge, President and CEO of U River Cruises. “U’s itineraries are created with active, social and culturally curious travellers in mind – free time to allow travellers to wander on their own, unique choice of active and immersive excursions with local hosts, and a vibrant onboard environment that encourages fun, social connections with like-minded guests. We’ve also added in extra overnight stays to allow for a more in-depth exploration of the cities beyond just the highlights.”
The A, which was named “One of the World’s Greatest Places” by TIME magazine, will offer the new Vienna Vibe and Eastern Europe Escapes itineraries, while The B will offer the Amsterdam & Brussels Bound sailing and an updated Rolling on the Rhine itinerary. In addition to U’s four seven-night itineraries, cruises can be combined to create 14-night Super Cruises without repeating ports.
U River Cruises’ new itineraries in 2020 include:
Amsterdam & Brussels Bound
Beginning on April 3, 2020, The B’s new eight-day itinerary sails between Amsterdam and Brussels, travelling to new destinations for the U brand. Guests will explore Rotterdam, Middelburg, Ghent and Antwerp, while immersing in all sides of the city. In Brussels, guests can follow master chocolatiers on a U Time excursion as they show them the time-honoured practice of traditional Belgian chocolate making, ending it off with a sweet treat. In the quaint city of Antwerp, U’s local guide will show guests the best local breweries, bars and hot spots.
Beginning on April 10, 2020, this eight-day itinerary sails between Nuremberg and Vienna, stopping in charming ports such has Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Melk and Krems. Travellers will experience U Time excursions such as a street art tour of Linz, where there are over 100 grafitti murals to visit, and get up close and personal with the artwork while receiving a crash course by a local guide; and a hipster tour of Munich via a nine-seater Bulli, where guests will enjoy the hip shops, eateries and bars. They’ll also experience a hike in the Wachau Valley to view the Aggstein Castle while tasting local cheese and wines; and a special class to learn the Viennese Waltz, a once-in-a-lifetime experience at one of Vienna’s most famous dance schools.
Rolling on the Rhine
On April 17, 2020 the popular Rolling on the Rhine itinerary is back and better than ever. Sailing between Amsterdam and Frankurt, travellers visit Hoorn, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Koblenz, and Rudesheim along the way. New unique excursions on this sailing include a nighttime Crime Cruise hosted by a local guide and police officer to learn about the crime, mystery, and mayhem that once filled the city in the 1980s; the Taste of Holland Triathalon, which covers the region’s booming fishing industry with a boat tour, three tastings of local seasonal fare; and Game of Wines, the ultimate excursion for Game of Thrones fans, which includes a visit to The Abbey Eberbach for a Riesling wine tasting where the hit TV show was filmed.
Eastern Europe Escape
Beginning on April 24, 2020, the new Eastern Europe Escape itinerary is the ultimate getaway for travellers seeking to visit both popular and lesser-known European destinations. Sailing between Vienna and Belgrade, the trip also stops in Bratislava, Budapest, Mohacs, and Novi Sad. In Vienna, one U Time tour will take guests through a bespoke coffee shop to fuel up before heading to the adorable boutiques and eateries in the trendy 7th district. In Bratislava, a local expert will take guests off the beaten path to top Soviet monuments, viewing points and markets as they ride along in Czechoslovakia’s legendary automobile.
U’s itineraries include three daily meals, select shore excursions, complimentary Wi-Fi, onboard local U hosts, complimentary happy hour every day, onboard gratuities and other popular activities such as mixology classes, silent discos, a local DJ, paint & wine classes, and rooftop yoga.
For more information, visit www.ubyuniworld.com.