Teeming River Cruises, the one-year-old line that promises to bring luxury European river cruises to Australians for half the prices of five-star brands, has added an ex Scenic ship to its fleet.
Run by husband and wife team Jeff and Gina Paglialonga, Teeming has acquired Royal Emerald to expand its fleet of two ships.
The nine-year-old vessel was formerly the Scenic Emerald.
The Emerald is described on Teeming’s website as “like any 5-star hotel, with each spacious stateroom providing a comfortable retreat with the finest linens to sink into after a full day of exploring.
“All of the 84 suites are equipped with air conditioning/heating, closets, drawers, a safe, hairdryer, Samsung HD TV, bathrobes, slippers and a mini bar.”
Teeming’s Jeff Paglialonga told River Cruise Passenger: “We have one sailing up now. We are putting others up soon.
The Royal Emerald is our market – very nice ships at a much reduced price. We offer the same level of service and the same food as the others.”
The first sailing for the Royal Emerald is ‘Old Netherlands’ in March 2019.
The 10 day itinerary takes in 11 cities, and includes inclusive dining and a City Walking Tour app, all taxes and port charges for $1,834, or just over $200 a day.
Similar cruises with other brands cost some $500 a day, though that price has more inclusions and sometimes free flights.
Nonetheless, the Teeming offer is astonishing value.