APT Luxury River Cruises redefines the charm of river voyages, inviting discerning travellers to embrace the zenith of luxury, elegance, and exploration on some of the world's most captivating waterways. With a deep commitment to providing the finest service and indulgence, these cruises offer their esteemed guests a haven of sophistication and adventure.
The cabins and suites provide spacious retreats with sumptuous amenities, perfect for watching the picturesque vistas as you sail by, with butler service provided in some suites. The dining experience is a true gastronomic delight, with World-class chefs weaving local flavours and international cuisine into exquisite culinary creations.
What truly sets APT Luxury River Cruises apart is their carefully tailored itineraries. Each journey is a tapestry of exclusive excursions that reveal the heart and soul of the destinations, unveiling their captivating history, vibrant culture, and natural wonders. Whether wandering through ancient castles on the Rhine, savouring the finest wines in Bordeaux, or immersing oneself in the enchanting landscapes along the Mekong, these cruises offer unparalleled cultural enrichment and exploration opportunities. APT Luxury River Cruises are a testament to their unwavering pursuit of perfection in river travel, promising an unforgettable and indulgent journey for those seeking to travel in the ultimate luxury.
Predominantly aged 50 and upward, APT passengers are likely to be well-travelled couples and singles interested in culture and authentic experiences. The company is primarily aimed at English-speaking markets in Australia, New Zealand and the U.K., with a smattering of folks from North America. It is rare to see children aboard.
The dress code is "casual and comfortable" by day and smart-casual for dinner. Passengers are not allowed to wear swimwear in the restaurant or lounges, and shorts are not suitable for dinner. There is one captain's night per cruise, which is when people tend to wear their best attire -- collared shirts and jackets for men (ties not required) and dresses or smart trousers and tops for ladies. The most important things to pack are comfortable shoes for the shore excursions as many of them involve walking along cobbled or uneven streets.
Yes, with APT all passengers need to factor in is spending money for time ashore. Fares cover excursions, meals and snacks, wine with lunch and dinner, an all-day open bar (even with sparkling wine at breakfast) and Wi-Fi. Some cabin categories also include butler service, complimentary laundry and room service dining, and in the top suites, a bottle of Champagne on arrival. As the company is Australian, where tipping is not a firmly entrenched culture, gratuities to local guides, drivers, the ship's crew and cruise director are also included in the fare.
Daily shore excursions -- often more than one -- are included in the fare. These include coach tours to places of interest and town and city walking tours, often usefully divided into gentle, regular and active walking groups. All passengers have personal earpieces and receivers in their cabins, which enable them to hear the guide clearly without having to huddle around, and because different shore excursions are on offer, they invariably involve small groups and never feel over crowded. The line's excursions are particularly popular, as these provide extra special options (think treasure hunts, falconry displays and banquets hosted by actual royalty). Passengers also enjoy taking out one of the 20 or so bicycles onboard for exploring the river bank, or, when not in a port, indulging in some time at the spa or soaking in the top-deck hot tub.
Culturally inquisitive passengers looking for an upscale experience with a lively onboard atmosphere, particularly at night.
Travellers on a budget who prefer to sail with folks from their own country.