easyCruise goes dutch for summer

Last updated at 09:53 19 April 2006


Orange is the colour... easyCruise sail around Holland and Belgium from July

easyCruise, the budget cruise venture launched last year by easyJet founder Stelios, is to expand to the rivers and canals around Holland and Belgium.

The lastest cut-price liner, an 80-metre long riverboat known as easyCruiseTwo, will set sail from July 14 and cost from just €10 per person per night. Ports of call will include Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels and Antwerp. The new boat, operated under a franchise agreement, is expected to be a notch above easyCruiseOne - the liner which sails around the Mediterranean and the Caribbean - following passenger feedback.

The familiar orange colour scheme - which caused an outcry in St Tropez last year - will be toned down somewhat although the easyCruise website will be splashed across the hull.

Unlike easyCruiseOne all 50 cabins are en-suite and have outdoor windows. Guests will be able to sail around the Lowlands while relaxing in the boat's hot tub, or catching rays on a sundeck.

easyCruiseTwo will dock at a new destination at lunchtime every day and passengers must stay at least two nights.

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