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Cruise StyleRiver

Lüftner Cruises, headquartered in Austria, ranks among the best-known organizers of river cruises on European waterways. Founded more than 30 years ago by the Lüftner family, the privately owned company currently operates nine first-class ships in its elegant Amadeus fleet. Choose the MS Amadeus Silver, Brilliant, Elegant, Diamond, Princess, Royal, Symphony, Classic, and Rhapsody to cruise Dutch and Belgian rivers, the French Rhône, Saône, and up and down the Rhine, Main, Moselle, and Danube. In 2013, the river Seine joins the itinerary.Read More

High standards for the Lüftner fleet afford river cruising with distinction—cruises focus on cultural and environmental awareness, Austrian hospitality, and outstanding service. Exclusive furnishings and decor are personally selected by Mrs. Lüftner to offer elegant and comfortable surroundings with designer touches. Substantial breakfast buffets and table-service menus for lunch and dinner use fresh, regional produce to showcase Austrian gastronomy and fine wine.

The spacious cabins on each vessel are tastefully furnished and give guests the feeling of being in a sleek hotel room with TV, adjustable air-conditioning, telephone, and bathroom with shower and WC. Almost all the cabins have large panoramic windows with French balconies, affording incomparable views of the charming landscapes along the riverbanks.

Is This Line Right for You?

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You want to watch the world go by. Staterooms are private and have large picture windows.
You enjoy Austrian culture. From precise itineraries to modestly chic interiors and the German-speaking crew, the taste of Austria permeates all cruises.
You support sustainable travel. Partnered with the climate protection group Atmosfair and UN’s Green Globe, the cruise line promotes environment-friendly tourism, voluntary passenger contributions, and matching donations.
You don’t enjoy Viennese Schrammel folk music. Live musicians play the instantly recognizable accordion and guitar music during meals.
You have limited mobility or want to bring your pet. Multilevel vessels do not have elevators or crew availability for physically disabled passengers. No pets are allowed on any ship.
You’re traveling with kids. Children under 12 cannot be accommodated. The ships—without special facilities or programs for young ones—have a strict policy to allow only a limited number of children under 18, who must be accompanied and share a cabin with parent or legal guardian.
CRUISE LINE INFO
33/4–221–30–857 (international)

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