Jan 18, 2013

Tauck River Cruising becomes newest member of CLIA Specialty Cruise Collection

Fort Lauderdale, FL — January 18, 2013 — CLIA North America has announced that Tauck River Cruising has become the fourth river cruise company to join the global industry trade organization. In doing so Tauck also becomes a member of the CLIA Specialty Cruise Collection, a group of 14 companies representing the rapidly growing river cruise, small ship, adventure and other niche cruising segment.

“Tauck is one of the most revered names in travel and it’s a great start to 2013 to have them join the CLIA family,” said Christine Duffy, CLIA’s president and CEO. “Tauck has been in business for 88 years and its cruise division has earned high accolades from the public and the travel industry. Their joining CLIA is a reflection of the growing importance of river cruising to the global cruise industry.”

“We’re very excited to be joining CLIA as part of their Specialty Cruise Collection,” said Katharine Bonner, Tauck’s Vice President, River & Small Ship Cruising. “CLIA sets the gold standard for professionalism, and they are committed to advancing the state-of-the-art in cruising while always keeping travelers’ needs as a top priority. Tauck’s commitment to those same values of quality, innovation and service has been the driving force behind our company’s success since 1925, so we’re perfectly aligned with CLIA’s mission.”

Tauck River Cruising offers river voyages throughout Europe. Four new ships – ms Swiss Emerald, ms Swiss Sapphire, ms Swiss Jewel, and the newest, ms Swiss Treasures – sail the Rhine, Danube, Main, Rhone, Saone and Moselle rivers, each carrying no more than 118 passengers.

The company’s vessels feature fourteen 300-square-foot suites and seven junior suites, all with floor to ceiling windows opening onto French balconies. Personalized service is enhanced by the presence of one Tauck Cruise Director and three Tauck Directors onboard each voyage. Dining is offered in two venues in addition to onshore culinary adventures. Tauck’s river cruises are also distinguished by “insider access” shore excursions, such as a private dinner reception and concert at Lobkowicz Palace in Prague Castle, lunch as the royals did in the Roman grottoes of Château Neercanne in the Netherlands or private canal cruises in Amsterdam.

Tauck operates 14 different all-inclusive river cruise itineraries in Europe, ranging from 8- to 24- days, with over 100 departures annually. The company’s portfolio of cruises includes a range of in-depth, general interest itineraries exploring local culture, cuisine and history, as well as voyages on the Rhone and Danube designed specifically for families, and themed cruises focused on classical music, French food and wine, fine art and Europe’s traditional Christmas markets.

For more information about Tauck River Cruises visit www.tauck.com/river-cruises. For information about CLIA, visit www.cruising.org.

About Tauck

Tauck is a world leader in upscale guided travel, with nearly 100 land and cruise itineraries to some 70 countries and all seven continents. The company has been named to Travel + Leisure magazine’s list of the “World’s Best Tour Operators & Safari Outfitters” in each of the past 15 years, and it has also been named to the magazine’s list of the “World’s Best River Cruise Lines” in each of the past four years. For two years running, Tauck has also been named the “World’s Best River Cruise Line for Families” by Travel + Leisure.

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