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aug 24 2009

4 new ships set sail across Europe

Spotlights on four new ships setting sail across Europe.

Uniworld River Cruises

The River Beatrice's Danube sailings go to Budapest, Vienna, and Bratislava. Best feature: Guests can use the ship's bicycles to explore the cities. 800/733-7820, uniworld.com, seven-night Enchanting Danube cruise from $1,799 per person.

Viking River Cruises

The Viking Legend sails the Danube, Main, and Rhine rivers. Best feature: Two-for-one bookings made and paid in full through the end of the month for the 15-day Europe trips in 2010. 800/304-9616, vikingrivercruises.com, 14-night Grand European Tour from $6,099 for two.

CORRECTION 8/27: The price of the Viking offer (above) has been corrected. We regret the error.

Carnival

The Carnival Dream's European sailings have stops in Italy, Spain, Croatia, and Monaco. Best feature: The whirlpools jut out over the sea. 888/227-6482, carnival.com, 12-night Mediterranean cruise from $1,199 per person, double occupancy.

Celebrity

The Celebrity Equinox sails the Mediterranean and stops in Spain, France, Italy, and Croatia. Best feature: The ship has a half-acre plot of real grass for mini golf and croquet, plus one of the first glass-blowing studios at sea. 800/647-2251, celebritycruises.com, seven-night Western Mediterranean cruise from $1,199 per person, double occupancy.

From the September 2009 issue of Budget Travel

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