Music-themed sailings include an ocean voyage and river cruises plying the Danube and Elbe

Peter Deilmann Cruises is offering five music-theme cruises aboard three ships — the ocean-going deluxe MS Deutschland and the five-star river vessels MV Mozart and MV Dresden — featuring port-intensive itineraries and a host of renowned musicians on board each vessel. Guests are serenaded to classical music performed by the Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn on MV Deutschland's 14-night sailing from Hamburg to Monte Carlo, departing Sept. 18; and Baroque era and classical sonata repertoires, romantic piano and stirring harp music by the Del Mar Ensemble, the Enchanted Ground Trio and several other artists on the MV Mozart's April 20 and October 5 seven-night Danube River itineraries from Munich. Clarinet fans get a front row seat to clarinetist Sebastian Manz and The Papillon Trio on the MV Dresden's seven-night Dresden-Elbe itinerary, departing June 21; and jazz aficionados take in the Swing and Dixie Land arrangements of the Addi Münster Old Merry Tale Jazz Band aboard the MV Mozart's seven-night Danube River sailing on July 23 from Munich. Cruise fares range from $1,595 to $14,456 per person, double.

Guests sailing aboard MS Deutschland are treated to performances by the award-Württemberg Orchestra, conducted by Ruben Gazarian, the leader who has been hailed as a "young Bernstein," and no less than eight renowned artists, including soprano Carolyn Sampson, pianist Erno Feher and guitarist Jose Maria Gallardo. The Hamburg-Monte Carlo itinerary calls at Amsterdam; Antwerp, Belgium; Honfleur, Lorient and Sete, France; Lisbon; and Valencia, Spain. Shore excursions, many of them included in the fare, are offered at every port and range from the Royal Palace, Rijksmuseum and the beautiful 16th- and 17th-century canal-side homes of Amsterdam to the Keroman Submarine Base in Lorient, which housed German submarines under its impregnable roof during WWII. Fares, ranging from $5,610 to $14,430 per person, double, include port charges as well as roundtrip air from dozens of US gateways.

MV Mozart's April 20 and October 5 Danube River itineraries, roundtrip from Munich, feature the sounds of the Del Mar Ensemble, whose members are well known for performances in ensembles and chamber music groups, and the Enchanted Ground Trio, who focus on Baroque-era pieces and classical Sonata repertoires. The itinerary includes port calls in Vienna, where an evening performance is planned, and a visit to Figaro House, where Mozart was born and where he wrote the "The Marriage of Figaro." In Budapest, travelers will enjoy a performance at the Hungarian Opera House or similar venue and tour the Parliament Building, the Opera House and Fishing Bastian. Other port calls are Bratislava's Slovakia, and Austria's Melk and Grein. Cruise-only prices of $1,910 to $4,660 include music program onboard and ashore, and shore excursions.

Guests opting for a musical-themed Elbe River itinerary aboard the MV Dresden, departing June 21, are serenaded to works by Beethoven, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Romantic-era pieces by Carl Maria von Weber. Artists on board include clarinetist Sebastian Manz, who has performed with orchestras in Poland and France; and the Papillon Trio, whose repertoire includes Viennese classics and chamber music. The Dresden-Hamburg cruise calls at the Czech Republic's Prague and Dìèín; Germany's Wittenberg, Dessau, Madgebgurg, Tangermünde, Bleckede and Lauenburg. Cruise-only fares are $2,415 to $3,710 and include the onboard music program. Optional two-night hotel packages are available in Hamburg and Dresden for $370 and $430, respectively.

The Danube River springs to life on the July 27 MV Mozart itinerary with the Addi Munster Old Merry Tale Jazz Band performing their Swing and Dixieland arrangements. The band includes Jost Addi Munster on trombone, Jechen Rose on trumpet, Hans-Malte Witte on clarinet and saxophone, Irenz Boesche on piano, Gerald Bartles on contrabass and Dave Bowler on percussion. The roundtrip Munich sailing transports travelers to Austria's Dürnstein and Vienna; Austria's Budapest, Esztergom, Melk and Grein; and Bratislava. Cruise-only prices, which include the onboard music program, are $1,595 to $4,585. Optional two-night hotel packages are available in Munich and Prague for $475 and $465, respectively.

Deilmann's MS Deutschland ocean liner boasts 286 staterooms in four stateroom categories, all with intricate moldings and artwork, classic furnishings, picture windows, ample closet space and marble-tiled bathrooms with full-size showers; suites are also equipped with bathtubs. The ship offers passengers a choice of three gourmet restaurants, an outdoor dining terrace, a spacious library lounge; outdoor and indoor pools; three sun decks; open-air promenade deck; grand ballroom for nightly entertainment and dancing; and fitness and spa facilities.

Built in 1987 and refurbished in 2006, the 100-passenger MV Mozart is appointed throughout with rosewood and original art and features large staterooms of 203 square feet, 97% of which are outside, and two suites of 406 square feet. MV Dresden, built in 1991 and refurbished in 2005, carries 106 passengers in 53 cabins and like its sister ships features the best passenger-to-crew ratio amongst all European river vessels 2.5 passengers for each staff member. Each deluxe river vessel serves as a guest's personal inn, with single-seating dining rooms offering five-course dining experiences and choice of full-service breakfast and lunch or more casual buffets. Other ship features include Sun Decks with plenty of chairs and blankets, and no smoking in the cabins, restaurant, lounges or corridors.

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