Friday, 10 June 2011

Experience Andre Rieu Live With eWaterways

eWaterways, the niche river cruise experts, continue to expand their luxury cruise portfolio with the addition of five-star river yacht Royal Crown. The luxury cruiser renowned for its private members’ club feel and bespoke client service includes a unique opportunity to see André Rieu, the internationally renowned Dutch violinist and composer at the Vrijthof Theatre, as part of her European sailing programme.

The André Rieu Journey is an 8-day river cruise on which guests will discover the historically rich cities of Rotterdam, Willemstad, Veere, Middelburg, Antwerp, Maastricht and Nijmegen. Starting in the celebrated Dutch city of Rotterdam, uests are welcomed onboard with a cocktail reception before settling in to their cabins and enjoying the first of many fine dining experiences.

The highlight of the cruise is undoubtedly Maastricht and the evening’s musical event at the Vrijthof. Arriving at daybreak in the famous city, guests will notice how the architecture contrasts that of other Dutch cities due to its Belgian and German influences. The day can be spent sightseeing on an official tour or discovering the traditional market and the sophisticated shopping district before experiencing an unforgettable open air concert hosted by André Rieu and his orchestra at the Vrijthof.

After an exceptional night of classical entertainment, Royal Crown voyages to Nijmegen. Arriving here during the afternoon you will have a few hours of leisure time to explore this pretty waterfront town, set against the dramatic backdrop of the city centre, where old and new combine effortlessly.

Historic buildings have been given a modern twist and its strategic location was the main reason why the Romans established themselves here. The town blossomed under Emperor Karl the Great and Nijmegen later became a member of the Hanseatic League and an important university town. The ship leaves here during the night, heading back towards Rotterdam.

At full capacity, Royal Crown caters for just 88 guests in 44 luxuriously appointed cabins with flatscreen TVs and other mod cons to promise a memorable and refined cruise holiday. Often described as an “Orient Express on Water”, the river yacht exudes 1930s glamour and style with Art Deco design and bespoke butler service.

The 52-strong team caters to individual needs with every comfort onboard considered, from the choice of pillow to a favourite drink. The traditional ambiance and décor is propelled into the 21st century with modern facilities, ncluding a deluxe spa, golf putting area, well-equipped fitness room and 24-hour multimedia business lounge.

The Andre Rieu Journey departs on July 10 for 8 days, starting and finishing in Rotterdam, and includes a ticket to the Andre Rieu concert in his home town of Maastricht. Prices start from £1,299 per person.

For more information, visit or the luxury and river-cruise specialists of The Cruise Line Ltd.