First-look at APT’s new European river ships

APT Solara and APT Ostara debut in 2025 – Europe Pre-Release collection out now

Render of APT Solara, debuting in 2025

APT says two brand-new, ultra-luxury European river ships it will launch in 2025 “will raise the standard of luxury travel to new heights”. Details of the 154-passenger APT Solara and APT Ostara were confirmed today by the Australian global travel company with the unveiling of APT’s 2025 Europe Pre-Release collection.

APT showcases the new elegant and modern sister ships that will sail the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers in the guide.

Plans for APT Solara and APT Ostara were conceived in Melbourne by the world-renowned, award-winning Hecker Guthrie design team. The ships draw inspiration from Europe’s waterways, blending European elegance with unpretentious Australian ease to create a European experience through Australian eyes, APT says.

Standard Suite render of the new APT Solara and APT Ostara | Credit: StudioPiper/APT Travel Group

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“With two brand-new river ships in the Europe program for 2025, this is another momentous milestone in APT’s near 100-year history,” said David Cox, CEO, APT Travel Group. “The APT Solara and APT Ostara will redefine luxury river cruising, thoughtfully designed with the Australian guest in mind.”

The new luxury river ships proudly set a new standard in sustainability, ensuring greater emphasis on saving fuel, energy optimisation, and waste reduction. With only 154 guests on board serviced by 60 dedicated crew, guests can also be assured of outstanding service and care.

Each ship will feature six world-class, all-inclusive dining options including the main restaurant, an intimate wine cellar, a relaxing conservatory, a casual dining option, an exclusive aft restaurant, rooftop dining, plus the additional option of in-suite dining. The sun deck will feature a heated pool, alfresco dining and a lounge area to relax.

Owner's Suite render aboard Studio Ostara and Studio Solara | Credit: StudioPiper/APT Travel Group

There will be a choice of three expertly designed, well-appointed suite options offered on board, including Twin Window Suites, Balcony Suites, and Owner’s Suites.

Paul Hecker of Hecker Guthrie captures the essence of the design, noting, “One of the particularly lovely things in this design, is there are lots of places to go to. Guests don’t just have to head to the ‘main lounge’. We are creating many opportunities for guests to find their space, be it reading nooks or spaces where you can observe the action and engage as and when you choose. We want guests to have as many options as possible.”

APT’s popular 15-day Magnificent Europe is just one of the many itineraries to showcase the new fleet in 2025. Prices start at $8,995 per person, twin share. Book by 30 April 2024 for an Earlybird offer of Flights Included plus an early payment discount of $1,000 per couple.

More on APT Solara and APT Ostara here.

APT partners with Seabourn on small-ship expeditions

In 2025, APT also ventures into Northern Europe with three Small Ship Expedition Cruising itineraries aboard the all-veranda, 254-guest Seabourn Venture. On a range of all-inclusive itineraries, this opulent expedition ship delivers world-class dining and a dedicated 24-person expedition team.

“Traversing a unique region, the brand-new itineraries will uncover diverse wilderness and landscapes. There is so much to explore in this beautiful part of the world and we can’t wait to share this with our guests,” says Cox.

The 14-day Arctic Explorer Small Ship Expedition Cruise Reykjavik Return explores the coastlines of Iceland and Greenland, giving an in-depth view of the landscapes and culture in this region. Prices start at $18,395 per person, twin share. Book by 30 April 2024 for an Earlybird saving of up to $3,000 per couple.


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