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Luxury River Cruiseline Keeps 2001 Prices Through 2003

A while ago, you may have read here about Peter Deilmann Cruises keeping its 2001 prices for the 2002 season on its ships in Europe. Well, now, the firm has issued its prices for 2003 and they remain unchanged.

You can look over the firm's 96-page Great Rivers of Europe 2003 brochure, free for the asking, but here's a brief rundown on the company and a few of its more popular sailings:

The Peter Deilmann name is known for luxury river ships, each four- or five-star vessels that are in fact small floating hotels accommodating from 58 to 204 passengers with a passengers-to-crew ratio of 2.5 to 1.They offer more than 300 European river cruises in 2003 on nine deluxe ships operating on the Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Rhone, Elbe, Po and other rivers from late March through early November.

One of the firm's newest ships (it debuted just last year) is the five-star Katharina, carrying 79 passengers. It will move to the Rhine in 2003, with a variety of seven-night itineraries on that river, the Moselle and the Main-Danube Canal from Amsterdam, Mainz, Budapest and Trier and 14-night grand cruises from Amsterdam down to Budapest and 15 other ports in four countries.

Two other ships, the five-star Cezanne and the four-star Princesse de Provence sail on the Rhone and Saone rivers in France, from Lyon to the Burgundy and Beaujolais wine regions as well as the historic Provencal cities of Avignon and Arles.

Another new ship in 2001, the Casanova, sails the Po in Italy, its seven-night cruises taking you to Bologna, Ferrara, Cremona, Verona, Mantua and Padua, as well as to Venice. Cruises on this five-star ship start at $1,555 per person for an outside twin cabin.

On the firm's newest ship, the Frederic Chopin, you can cruise between Potsdam (just outside Berlin) and Prague, with a stop at Dresden. Prices for seven nights start at $1,375 per person for an outside twin cabin.

For a free brochure, contact a travel agent or Deilmann at 800/348-8287. For information online, visit