Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Meet Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag as you sail the Danube

Exclusive for Mail on Sunday readers: Meet Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag as you dance along the Danube

The news last month that Anton Du Beke is on the list of professional dancers for this autumn’s series of Strictly Come Dancing means we’ll be treated to a 19th year of seeing the ‘King of Ballroom’ in action. And he’s set his sights on the Glitterball Trophy, with plans to go one better than his runner-up spot in 2019.

If you’ve always wanted to meet Anton and see him perform live, here’s another chance to join him and Erin Boag, his long-term dance partner and fellow Strictly favourite, on an exclusive eight-day Danube river cruise.

After flying to Budapest, you’ll travel on a stylish Emerald Cruises Star-Ship, with stops at Linz in Austria and the Unesco World Heritage-listed town of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. You’ll sail past terraced vineyards and apricot orchards en route to Melk and Durnstein in Austria, after visiting three of Europe’s great capitals: Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. You will watch Anton and Erin perform at an intimate and historic venue in the Austrian capital, and the pair will take part in a special interactive dance masterclass aboard ship.

After flying to Budapest (pictured), you’ll travel on a stylish Emerald Cruises Star-Ship


Perfect partnership: Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag

Perfect partnership: Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag

Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag have been dancing together for 20 years and are two of the nation’s all-time favourite ballroom stars. Their charisma, chemistry and dazzling choreography have wowed audiences around the world. Anton, known as the ‘King of Ballroom’, is the longest-serving professional dancer on Strictly Come Dancing.

Anton and Erin will also host an entertaining question-and-answer session, during which you can ask them about their lives and careers and find out what really goes on behind the scenes on Strictly.

One reader said of our previous trip: ‘It’s been such a wonderful experience seeing Anton and Erin perform. I cannot imagine anything better.’


Sail in style: You’ll travel on an elegant Emerald Star-Ship which has an indoor pool with retractable roof, an open-air terrace, a cinema and a putting green as well as beautiful staterooms and suites and indoor and outdoor dining. Your cruise will include EmeraldPLUS and EmeraldACTIVE excursions in each city, such as a Hungarian folklore show in Budapest or a guided biking tour from Melk.

See Anton and Erin dance: Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag will give an unforgettable one-off performance in the unique setting of Vienna, home of the Viennese waltz. You will also join the stars for a cocktail reception and a photo opportunity.

Join a dance masterclass: Work on your waltz and finesse your foxtrot during a fun dance class with Anton and Erin aboard Emerald Destiny. You will also have the opportunity to hear them talk about their long-term partnership and love of dance during a private Q&A session.

The best of the Danube: Enjoy guided tours of Budapest and the Old Town in Bratislava, and savour the glorious Wachau Valley in Austria.


  • Return flights, taxes and transfers.
  • Seven-night deluxe cruise.
  • All on-board meals, including welcome and farewell reception and dinner.
  • All activities and excursions (as listed online), including performance, masterclass and Q&A with Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag.
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner. n Tips, gratuities, port charges and free wi-fi aboard ship.
  • Flexible booking policy.
  • ABTA and ATOL-protected.

YOUR ITINERARY: DAY 1 Budapest DAY 2 Budapest DAY 3 Bratislava DAY 4 Vienna DAY 5 Durnstein – Melk DAY 6 Linz – Cesky Krumlov DAY 7 Passau DAY 8 Passau – Munich 


The dates: April 14-21, 2022. The price: £2,195pp* for eight days.

Call us on 01615 165 354 quoting ref MAILSUNANTONERIN. To find out more, visit mailtravel.co.uk/AntonErin.

Terms and conditions: * Prices correct at time of going to press and are per person, based on two people sharing lowest-priced available cabins, and include relevant discounts. Supplements apply for single travellers and cabin upgrades. Itinerary and experts may be subject to change. Experts will be on board April 17-18, 2022. Beer, wine and soft drinks are included with lunch and evening meals only. For full booking conditions, visit emeraldcruises.co.uk. Our travel partner, Emerald Cruises, is ABTA-bonded and ATOL-protected.

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