In a move aimed at broadening the company’s reach, the LGBT Danube Explorer cruise was announced on UK radio station Gaydio.
The gay radio station’s breakfast show hosts Chris Holliday and Emma Goswell will be joining the cruise. They will be broadcasting live for three days during the trip.
“We are extremely proud and excited to announce this new cruise. Which is not only a first for the brand but also in the UK,” said David Winterton, Emerald Waterways UK Brand Manager.
“We’ve also tried to tailor the itinerary to include areas and places of interest that appeal to the LGBT community. Also, including themed history walking tours in Budapest and Vienna.
“In addition, we’ll be hosting our own mini film festival with LGBT inspired choices, which will be viewed via our innovative on-board cinema.”
The eight-day LGBT Danube Explorer cruise starts on July 29 in Budapest, with an overnight stay in the Hungarian capital and time for independent exploration plus a night-time cruise up and down the Danube to view the city lit up.
The next day there’s an included morning tour of the area around the Royal Palace of Buda. The hilltop castle complex overlooking the Chain Bridge over the Danube that links Buda and Pest.
This is one of six included tours such as the walking tour of the old town section of Bratislava, capital of the Republic of Slovakia. There are two included EmeraldPLUS activities, the first being the chance to have afternoon tea at the home of a Slovakian family.
In Vienna there’s a walking tour past the Opera House, Burgtheatre, Spanish Riding School, Town Hall, St. Stephen’s Cathedral and Hofburg Imperial Palace, followed by free time to see more of the Austrian capital.
While in Durnstein there’s a guided hike up to the castle. This is where Richard the Lionheart was held to ransom after returning from the Crusades in the 12th century.
In Passau passengers can take an included guided tour of the old town with its Baroque cathedral. Perhaps they can also take the paid excursion to Salzburg.
The cruise finishes in Nuremberg with a transfer to the airport and return flight to the UK.
All passengers on this cruise will receive a Free Premium Drinks. Package worth up to £378* per couple, for unlimited free drinks, and wifi is also complimentary.