Rhine By River Cruise: An APT Europe Experience

12 June 2016
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Gliding from Amsterdam to Frankfurt on a week-long river cruise with APT, Flight Centre Garden City Senior Travel Consultant Megan Matrakis was able to experience Europe in luxury, seeing all the sights along the way complemented by fine dining and wine on board and special highlights.

A female poses on a river cruise ship docking in Frankfurt Docking in Frankfurt - the view from Megan's balcony. (Image: Megan Matrakis)

Knowing APT is a renowned luxury river cruise line that is wholly Australian-owned and centred around the passenger experience, Flight Centre consultant Megan Matrakis certainly had high expectations for her first river cruise journey. Sampling one of APT’s best-selling itineraries, cruising from Amsterdam to Frankfurt along the Rhine and Main rivers, Megan says the experience exceed all her expectations.

A female poses in front of a windmill in Amsterdam A windmill selfie in Amsterdam. (Image: Megan Matrakis)

“The ship, the crew, the personalised service, the optional tours provided and the amazing food and wine were unforgettable,” Megan enthuses.

“The best way I can describe the experience is relaxed luxury. It’s everything you want from a 5-star cruise; beautiful cabins with modern finishes and warm, inviting common areas with incredible food reflective of each region we sailed through, but with really personalised touches like the bar staff knowing your preferred drink and the kitchen staff remembering that you like chilli with your eggs – the staff add so much to the experience.

“The [high] ratio of staff to passengers means [the staff] are able to accommodate everyone and you do feel like a VIP on board their ships.”

Three people dressed in 1920s clothing for a themed night on an APT river cruise A 1920s-themed night aboard the ship, celebrating an incredible 90 years APT that has been in business. (Image: Megan Matrakis)

Starting in the canals of Amsterdam, Megan’s APT river cruise itinerary took in the historic city of Cologne before cruising to Cochem, Koblenz, Rüdesheim, Mainz and Frankfurt in Germany. One of the cruise highlights was a lavish banquet dinner at Namedy Castle in Andernach, Germany with the stately home’s owner, Princess Heide von Hohenzollern. An exclusive experience for APT passengers, cruise-goers are welcomed into the 14th-century castle to explore the rooms, hallways and courtyards before enjoying dinner in the Hall of Mirrors.

“The dinner at Namedy Castle was a big highlight,” Megan says. “Being able to go through a castle and have dinner with German Princess Heide was an incredible experience. It’s something unique to APT and such a fantastic cultural experience.”


More APT river cruising experiences:

Life on the river. 5 Reasons To Cruise Through Europe With APT

Take the scenic route.  Romance On The River With APT Cruising


A female takes a selfie in the cable car over the Rhine Valley in Rudesheim One of the amazing 'Freedom of Choice Inclusions' with APT - the cable car ride over the Rhine Valley in Rüdesheim. (Image: Megan Matrakis)

A typical day on the cruise saw Megan start the day by ordering a coffee to her cabin, enjoyed on her balcony with her colleague, Dani, while they planned their day. After breakfast, they could opt to do one of the organised tours, ranging from a walking tour of Cologne to riding the cable cars over Rüdesheim, or explore the ports at their leisure. Megan says one of the most surprising discoveries on the cruise was the easy disembarking process.

“I think my perception of cruising was that it was this long and arduous process to dock and wait to get off and then a commute into each city, but it was such a simple process of taking your ship key, grabbing a card from the front desk, walking down a 10-metre ramp and – boom – you’re in the heart of Cologne.”

Two female travel consultants in front of an APT river ship Rugged up for a day of exploring with fellow consultant Dani Paparone, in front of the MS AmaVenita. (Image: Megan Matrakis)

While her days were spent sightseeing and soaking up the culture and ambience of each port, and the variety of food and wine that reflected each town or city on the cruise itinerary was a personal highlight, Megan’s favourite part of the cruise was actually the cruising experience itself.

“Being able to sit on my balcony, have a really nice glass of wine with my colleague and bask in the sunshine while watching the German countryside go by was the definition of relaxation,” she says. “It was such a nice way to unwind after a busy day of sightseeing and just have a chat among ourselves.”

“I often have clients say to me, ‘Oh, I don’t need a balcony - we won’t be in the cabin that much.’  I can honestly say now that having the balcony is worth every penny – being away from home, it’s always nice to have your own little space to enjoy all to yourself!”

Want to know more? Get in touch with Megan at Flight Centre Garden City WA on
08 9464 3233 or  at megan.matrakis@flightcentre.com.au

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