Since SCHOTTEL Group introduced  its twin propeller STP200 propulsion concept for river cruise vessels five years ago, the Spay, Rhine headquartered company has supplied around 40 European river vessels, either in operation or under construction.

Prior to starting its current season on the Columbia and Snake rivers, American Cruise Lines' Queen of the West got upgrades including elegant new dining room furniture, a new bar in the Paddlewheel Lounge, all new furniture in the Lewis & Clark Lounge and a new air conditioning system.

Escorted tour operator, Titan has issued new preview brochures for 2015 covering escorted river and ocean cruises.

Voyages to Antiquity's 2015 Mediterranean brochure features more than 16 new destinations, river cruising in Spain, overnight stays in Morocco and air bundled into the US pricing.

Work during American Queen's annual scheduled layup, under way at New Orleans’ Boland Marine Shipyards, includes renovation of the steam plant and other engineering and cosmetic enhancements in preparation for the start of the paddlewheeler's third season on Feb. 21.

The American Queen Steamboat Co. said it recently installed a new satellite ball to improve Internet speeds throughout the paddlewheeler American Queen.

Scenic Cruises has introduced two of its five Space-Ships that spent the winter being almost completely rebuilt. The revamped Scenic Diamond and Scenic Sapphire have started their 2013 season cruising in Europe.


New or refreshed furniture in public areas and suites, enhancements to the J.M. White Dining Room and a more comprehensive alternative dining selection in the renamed Front Porch Café are among the hotel-side changes under way aboard the American Queen prior to its second season.

Future Teak, the environmentally-friendly decking and flooring material from Bolidt found onboard an increasing number of ocean-going cruise ships, is expanding its presence in the river cruise market.

New safety regulations implemented by the Italian authorities in the wake of the Costa Concordia disaster are affecting Po River cruises.

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