Swan Hellenic is expanding its river cruise programme for 2010, offering two new seven-night cruises on the Rhine.

The cruiseline, saved from extinction when Lord Sterling bought it from Carnival and now owned by All Leisure Group, relaunched its rivers programme this year.

It is offering cruises on the Danube and Rhône/Saône using vessels operated by German river cruise company A-Rosa, which used to be part of the P&O Group.

Swan Hellenic managing director Colin Stone said they decided to return to river cruising after being convinced of the quality. Swan pulled off the rivers in 2001 because standards were considered not high enough for its passengers.

A-Rosa launches its first Rhine cruises on August 1 this year with new 204-passenger vessel A-Rosa Aqua, which will be joined by a second new ship A-Rosa Viva.

Swan will be offering two seven-night round-trip cruises from Cologne in September 2010, visiting Mainz, Speyer, Strasbourg, Basel, Breisach and Mannheim. Prices start from 1,495 per person including flights, transfers, talks by a guest speaker and all gratuities.