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VANCOUVER, British ColumbiaJanuary 17, 2008The ms Scenic Sapphire and ms Scenic Emerald will make a big splash on the Rhine and Danube rivers when they debut this summer.  With the largest staterooms in the market, Scenic Tours’ impressive ‘space-ships’ offer passengers an unparalleled river cruise experience. To keep up with the occupancy demands of the already popular vessels, the ms Scenic Diamond and ms Scenic Ruby will join the fleet in 2009. 

Travelers now can reserve their Scenic Tours European River Cruise 2009 itinerary with a deposit of only $250 per person, which will secure the date and their cabin of choice.  It is never too early to plan a vacation and with Scenic Tours River Cruising’s itineraries, guests will be hard pressed to find a better way to spend their days than aboard one of these luxurious new ships.  Scenic Tours’ full 2009 brochure will be released in April 2008 and individuals will then have the opportunity to confirm their reservations or should they choose not to travel, their deposit will be fully refundable.

Scenic Tours’ all-new ‘space-ships’ provide cruisers with an extraordinary sense of personal space and freedom while onboard. Offering beautifully designed, spacious staterooms, more than 80 percent of cabins have large private open-air balconies. Guests on the Rhine Deck can relax and enjoy the picturesque European landscape from the privacy of their spacious balcony, measuring over 25 sq. feet. Individuals on the superior Danube Deck, enjoy not only their own private balcony but can indulge in the added luxury of a private butler, summoned at the touch of a button.  

The ms Scenic Sapphire and ms Scenic Emerald are scheduled to set sail on the Rhine and Danube Rivers in Summer 2008, between Amsterdam and Budapest. On the impressive 15-day “Jewels of Europe” cruise, guests will have the luxury of visiting some of the most famous cities in the region, including Amsterdam, Cologne, Nuremberg, Vienna and Budapest.

The inclusive value fares include Scenic FreeChoice’s guided shore tours and sightseeing opportunities, onboard gourmet meals, wine with dinner, airport transfers and gratuities.

Since launching in 1987, Scenic Tours has become a well-respected leader in the international luxury leisure tour market.  The Australian-based company entered the European river cruising market in 2005 and has invested $100 million to introduce a revolutionary fleet of new ships in 2008 that will provide guests with the highest level of luxury accommodations, dynamic itineraries and unique dining experiences.  The Scenic Sapphire and the Scenic Emerald will sail the Rhine and Danube Rivers offering 20 percent more space than traditional river cruise ships.  Most cabins will have private balconies and all upper-deck accommodations will feature a private butler service. All cabins and suites will include roomy bathrooms, flat-screen televisions, mini-bars and internet accessibility.  Fares will include gourmet meals, guided shore tours and sightseeing opportunities.&n
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