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European Waterways "Panache" Luxury Hotel Barge "Says It with Flowers" on Inaugural Spring Cruises in Holland

Features Colorful Tulip Cruises, Excursions to Floriade 2012 Flower Show and 10% Off All Cabin and Charter Rates in April

New York, NY, January 14, 2012 --( Holland, the world Mecca for flowers, is the colorful “back yard” for European Waterways’ newest addition to its fleet, the Panache, whose inaugural cruises begin in April. The classic 12-passenger Dutch luxury hotel barge will be treating guests to unique experiences through Holland that include colorful tulip cruises and optional excursions to the spectacular Floriade 2012 flower show, a horticultural expo in the Netherlands that takes place only once every 10 years. This year, Floriade 2012 will feature five theme worlds: Relax & Heal, Green Engine, Education & Innovation, Environment, and World Show Stage.

Savings are also in full bloom on the Panache’s April cruises, with European Waterways offering 10% off all cabin and whole boat charter rates for the month, based on double occupancy.

“Tulips are the beloved symbol of the Netherlands, and passengers on the Panache will find themselves literally surrounded by acres and acres of colorful flower fields that are unmatched for their elegance and beauty,” said Derek Banks, managing director of European Waterways. “The first departure is on April 1, when hyacinths and tulips are in their full glory, and they continue into May, when other flowers reach their peak blossoming periods.”

Flowers Every Hour
The Panache will embark on 6-night “Tulip Cruises,” exploring the beautiful countryside of Holland, with an exciting itinerary that starts and ends in the historic city of Haarlem. Sometimes called a “mini-Amsterdam,” Haarlem is rich in history dating back more than 750 years and features a picturesque square, beautiful church and canals. The cruise will maximize on the primetime flower season with a trip to the Aalsmeer flower auction, where flowers from all over the world are traded on a daily basis, and a walk through Keukenhof Gardens, where over seven million flowers make for a magnificent sight. Both the largest of their kinds in the world, these two destinations are among the most colorful places to be in the springtime. This year, passengers on the Panache Holland cruise will also have the option to enjoy a full-day excursion to Floriade 2012 in Venlo.

The Panache Holland cruises also include a trip to the city of Delft to visit the world-famous porcelain pottery and to Gouda, the centre of Dutch cheese.

Best of Both Worlds
When June rolls around, the Panache will be repositioned to cruise the Alsace-Lorraine region of France, an area that changed between German and French rules four times throughout history. Its volatile past has left its mark, as the region reflects an interesting blend of both cultures, while also boasting a strong identity of its own that can be seen in the local cuisine as well as the mix of architecture, including the castles in the citadels along the border, and in the vineyards that line the quaint villages throughout the Alsace.

The Panache features a stylish interior with mahogany and brass finishes. It offers six air-conditioned rooms with luxurious en-suites, a spacious saloon with large panoramic views, an open bar, and a sun deck equipped with a heated spa pool perfect for relaxing and watching the sunset. An attentive six person crew attends to passengers’ every need during each unforgettable cruise.

“The Panache offers the best of both worlds, from the flower fields of the Netherlands to the picturesque villages, fortified towns and sleepy vineyards of the Alsace-Lorraine,” said Derek Banks. “Whichever cruise you choose, you are guaranteed remarkable vistas, marvelous regional cuisines, and good company. We are looking forward to hosting you for the cruise of a lifetime.”

Rates for a 6-night all-inclusive cruise start from $4,690 per person and there is a 10% discount on all April 2012 departures, based on double occupancy. Full boat charter discounts are also available. Visit for more information and to download a brochure on the Panache.

About European Waterways
European Waterways is Europe’s largest all-inclusive luxury hotel barging company, offering vacations in nine countries and carrying nearly 2,000 passengers a year. Founded nearly 40 years ago, the company designs, builds, owns and operates a private fleet of luxury barges with cruises in France, Italy, Scotland, Ireland, England, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg. Pioneers in hotel barging, they were the first company to operate a hotel barge on the Upper Nivernais in Burgundy, and the “real” Loire Valley. They are also the only cruise company offering barge cruises in Scotland and in the Venetian lagoon and River Po valley, as well as the first company to offer an Avignon-to-Amsterdam 6-week trans-Europe cruise, a 1,000 mile journey along Western Europe’s inland waterways.

For more information, pricing, cruise schedules, and a copy of their new brochure, contact European Waterways at 1-877-879-8808, by email at, or visit their website at

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