APT Cruising and classical singer, Aled Jones MBE, have partnered for an exclusive experience aboard Travelmarvel Capella, the newest addition to the cruise lines fleet. Jones will join guests during a 7-night ‘Legends of the Rhine & Moselle’ cruise which departs 16th April 2021. Here, we chat to him about his unique partnership with APT and what guests can expect on board the beautiful Travelmarvel Capella.
Hi Aled! Are you able to tell us a bit about your unique partnership with APT?
Getting to know the APT team has been fun, they are brilliant to work with and I have been so impressed by the way they operate. With more than 90 years’ experience, I know they will offer an unforgettable cruise for their guests and I’m delighted to be part of that experience - combining my performance with their Signature Experiences.
What can guests look forward to when they cruise with you next spring?
Guests joining me next year are in for a treat, as the ship is elegant in size, I will be around for photos and chats during my stay. Plus, I’ll be hosting VIP dinners and of course topping off the experience with a one-off private concert in Cologne - in the most stunning venue.
You’re going to be joining the Legends of the Rhine & Moselle river cruise - are there any destinations you are looking forward to visiting?
It’s hard to pick just one spot, one of my favourite things about river cruising is the chance to stop in the centre of so many different towns and villages and get a feel for local life. Germany has a special place in my heart, as I have spent many years travelling to the country to perform ever since I was a young boy - in fact, Cologne was one of my first choir trips abroad.
You’ll be joining guests on APT’s new contemporary Travelmarvel Capella river ship, what are you looking forward to experiencing on board?
I’ve seen photos of the new ship and it just looks fantastic; I’m looking forward to relaxing in the beautiful lounge. A chance to sit and chat with guests surrounded by panoramic views of the river, enjoying delicious food and staying in modern luxury - what more could you ask for?
Why do you think guests should embark on an APT river cruise?
APT offers so much as part of their trip; beautiful accommodation, exclusive experiences and top-notch cuisine. With so much to offer it’s no surprise their guests have been coming back for many years, they clearly know how to take care of them.
What do you hope our readers will take away from their APT cruise?
An unforgettable experience!
How do you think guests can make the most of their cruise experience?
Make the most of your surroundings. Aboard the new ship you have so many fantastic features to choose from; the alfresco lounge, open air whirlpool, sun terrace and ‘pub style’ McGearys Bar - enjoy all the spaces. And once you step off the ship, you are in the heart of some fantastic towns and villages - take in the fairytale surroundings of Cochem in the Moselle Valley, for example, it is not to be missed.
From ocean cruises to river cruises, we know that you have experienced them all. What are your favourite things about cruising?
I have taken plenty of cruises, but river cruises are definitely top of the list. You’re so close to shore at all times - there’s always lots to take in. And when you do dock, you’re in the heart of the action giving you the chance to explore easily on your feet.
And finally, do you have any words of wisdom for guests? Why should they cruise with confidence in 2021 and beyond?
Working closely with the APT team, I know they have been working hard over the past few months to introduce enhanced health & safety protocols. They are members of ABTA and adhere to the new recommended safety guidelines for cruising, so I am confident that anyone cruising with them can do so with confidence.
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