One of Elisabeth von Trapp’s favourite things ... cruising the Danube with Titan
She has performed at the White House and cathedrals all over Europe, but in this, the 50th anniversary year of the The Sound of Music, Elisabeth von Trapp, granddaughter of the celebrated Maria von Trapp, will be whiling away the summer cruising the Danube, performing for guests on a luxury river cruise.
For Elisabeth, one of 29 grandchildren of Maria, played by Julie Andrews in the Oscar-winning film, is a renowned musician and performer in her own right, following in the family tradition.
Her concert repertoire ranges from Bach to Broadway, and with equal ease and eloquence she sings timeless wonders like Rodgers and Hammerstein’s My Favorite Things and Edelweiss from The Sound of Music.
Some of this - including a sing-along of Do-Re-Mi at the famed Mirabell gardens where the original scene in The Sound of Music was filmed - will be heard when she takes to the Danube this summer on a series of journeys - and concerts - on the River Beatrice with river cruise specialists Uniworld and Titan Travel. She will also be conducting summer tours of Villa Trapp in Salzburg which was the family home up until the war.
Elisabeth, who first tasted life on the water last summer, tells SeaView: “Cruising the Danube on the Uniworld boats is without a doubt one of the most extraordinary, relaxing, carefree and fun experiences I’ve ever had.
Elisabeth von Trapp in Salzburg last summer
“One of my favourite moments is being in our state room at night, with the sliding doors onto the porch wide open, the boat cruising up the Danube, laying in bed watching as castles and vineyards drift past in the moonlight and soft summer air.
“The food is delicious, the service first class and the company is fascinating. I love cruising because you can be as active and involved as you want; bike riding, wine tasting, exploring small towns or you can do absolutely nothing except read a good book and take a nap.
“Those are just a few of the things that I love about cruising with UniWorld and what I am looking forward to.”
Elisabeth admits to not having sailed on the high seas, but Maria von Trapp and her family certainly did during a concert tour in 1938, boarding a ship bound for the United States. They eventually settled in Vermont, and where Elisabeth lives today.
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Her relatives didn’t perform on the cruise “in the strictest sense of the word”, but Elisabeth adds: “Knowing my grandmother, never one to waste an idle moment, when they left Europe on October 7, 1938 , boarding the passenger ship SS American Farmer in London, before the ship left she probably had them practising vocal drills and songs from their show and trying to learn the English lyrics to a few of their songs.
“I’m sure that the other passengers were treated to an impromptu rehearsal session or
two by the time they arrived in New York. So, I guess maybe they did perform on a
Titan in partnership with Uniworld (0800 988 5873 www.titantravel.co.uk/uniworld ) offers an 8-day “Enchanting Danube” cruise from April to November 2015. Elisabeth von Trapp will be on board for departures on 26 July and 2 August. Prices for 26 July start from £2,779 per person, and prices for 2 August start from £2,829 per person, including flights, 7 nights’ full board cruise on board the River Beatrice, transfers, excursions, unlimited complimentary drinks, gratuities, Wi-Fi, taxes and Titan’s VIP Home Departure Service.
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