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Always wondered if cruising wasn’t for you? If you’re looking for great value, the finest food, endless entertainment and waking up to a new place to explore every day then take a look at Amberleigh Sparks’s first cruising experience with APT river cruising… Also check out our best deals for spring below for some cruising inspiration!-

‘I was lucky enough to experience a little taster of what a river cruise with APT is really like. Having never experienced cruising of any kind before, I really didn’t know what to expect from my trip, and all I can say is that I was blown away – the ship, the facilities, the cabins, the food, the staff – you name it, it was all sensational!

We boarded the ‘Prima’ in Amsterdam and went upstream to the little town of Volendam where we had the opportunity to explore the town for a few hours. Then it was back on the ship for some fabulous food and entertainment – the only downside was that we only had one night!

The Prima is part of APT’s Royal Collection and it is a five-star ship. It sleeps 164 people across five different suites and room types – some which feature balconies and some with bathtubs. No matter which type you go for they are all so spacious and luxurious that you would think you were in a five-star hotel, not on a boat!

Whilst our tour was only short, the usual itineraries can travel anywhere between 8-15 days, and not just in Europe – you can also experience Russia, China and the United States as well as Vietnam and Cambodia.

There is so much to do onboard you will never get bored! The lounge is a great place to read a book, have a chat or take advantage of the free wifi; the sundeck has an array of outdoor seating, including sunbeds, so you can relax in the sunshine and literally watch the world go by, and whilst you are up there you can take a dip and order a drink in the pool with its swim up bar! Every night there is entertainment in the lounge, often with local acts from the destinations you are travelling.

You will certainly never go hungry as the ship features two restaurants which serve exceptional meals, and the lounge also hosts a light lunch and afternoon tea each day – take it from me, the cakes are to die for. After all the eating you might feel in need of some exercise and the onboard fitness centre is state-of-the-art! If pampering is more your style, then there is a hair salon and massage parlour also available.

The service onboard was second to none! The staff are super friendly, speak excellent English, are always happy to help and will say yes to practically any request you give them – one girl’s luggage broke on my trip and they managed to fix this for her! The chef also told us that they can cater to almost any type of dietary requirements and requests they get, so long as they have forewarning.

So from my first cruising experience I can say without doubt that I loved every minute and would recommend it to anyone! It is a great way to get around and experience a country or region, and with everything included from airport transfers and flights to meals and drinks, you will be able to just sit back, relax and enjoy the experience!’

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Like to find out for yourself? Take a look at our new Cruise page for our latest spring offers including up to £650 per person worth of tailor made shore excursions on Swan Hellenic’s Minerva!

Life on the ocean wave… if you like an ocean voyage why not live life in pure indulgence on Silversea’s Silver Spirit visiting Western Med and the ever stylist St Tropez and Monte Carlo from just £1800 per person and enjoy select shore exersions and wifi absolutely free of charge!

For the ultimate onboard experience with a graceful combination of classic cruise ship features, state-of-the-art amenities, and sophisticated ambiance take a look at Holland America and take advantage of our amazing 7 night Canada sailings on MS Veendam from £548 or Alaska from £556 on MS Zaandam. For some great holiday inspiration including bear watching and the northern lights check out the best things to do in Canada and Alaska on our home page link ‘Canada and Alaska’!

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