River cruising continues to grow as a favored form of leisure travel and that keeps river cruise companies on their toes, constantly revamping their fleet in order to remain fresh and accommodating to their clients needs. From refurbishing older vessels to building brand spanking new river ships, it seems each year brings something bright and shiny both new and seasoned river cruisers can appreciate and experience. See below for some of our favorites.
On March 1, 2016 Viking River Cruises launched six new Viking Longships, named “Best New River Ships” by Cruise Critic’s Editors Picks Awards, to cruise through Europe’s waterways. Four of the new Longships joining the award-winning fleet will sail the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers on Vikings most popular itineraries, while two will cruise the Seine.
Set sail aboard the Viking Rolf or Viking Kadlin on the Paris and the Heart of Normandy itinerary that pairs the fascination of France’s Normandy with the magnetism of Paris and experience history firsthand while visiting the site of the famous Allied invasion on D-Day, the dazzling gardens of Giverny and the cobblestoned streets of the world’s most romantic city.
The Viking Alruna or Viking Tialfi will carry you from Kinderdijk and its famous windmills, past numerous castles along the riverbanks of Germany, to the gateway of the verdant Black Forest. Experience all the highlights the Rhine river has to offer on the Rhine Getaway itinerary.
Take the Grand European Tour, Viking’s most popular itinerary, on board Viking Egil and cruise the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers on an epic 15-day voyage that includes visits to 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and offers a wealth of amazing experiences.
Explore four of Europe’s most enchanting countries along the storied Danube River; Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia while calling the Viking Vilhjalm “home” on the 8-Day Danube Waltz itinerary.
Tauck River Cruises also increases its Destination fleet in 2016 with the addition of two new riverboats, ms Grace and ms Joy. Adhering to the club-like atmosphere that Tauck clients both expect and relish in, each vessel affords the most space per guest on the inland rivers of Europe by accommodating no more than 130 passengers and providing a total of twenty-two 300-square feet suites (the most on any river cruise ship on any European river). Include another eight loft cabins that extend to two decks, offering more natural light and amazing views and you have a truly innovative pair of 443-foot riverboats.
Grab your sweetheart and enjoy 7 nights on the romantic Rhine River exploring medieval winetowns, snow-capped mountains, windmills and more on the ms Grace on the all new The Rhine, Swiss Alps & Amsterdam itinerary.
Pack up the whole family for an exciting, yet leisurely cruise on the Danube River on board the ms Joy. A two-time winner of Travel + Leisure’s “Top River Cruise Line” for families, the Blue Danube: Family Riverboat Adventure takes you from Budapest to Germany via Hungary, Slovakia and Austria.
For 2017, guest can enjoy the ms Sapphire and ms Emerald, which have both been redesigned to accommodate a maximum of 98 passengers, for Tauck’s most intimate cruising experience. Cruise through the vibrant landscapes that inspired van Gogh, explore the vestiges of the Roman Empire in Vienne, France and get a taste of the good life offered on the banks of the Rhone and Saone rivers. Call for details and availability now at 800.528.9300.
AmaWaterways introduces two new Europe river ships in 2016 that will continue their tradition of unparalleled comfort, style and convenience. With a maximum of 158 passengers, the AmaViola and AmaStella offers signature Twin Balconies in most staterooms and suites, marble appointed bathrooms, and sumptuous linens while the ships themselves include fitness rooms, heated pools with swim-up bars and salon and massage services. Plus, AmaWaterways offers an array of complimentary extras you won’t find on other river cruise lines including guided bike tours, daily shore excursions tailored for different walking paces and desired times as well as alternative “Limited Edition Tours” in select locations and something special for families that is unique – connecting staterooms. Both new river ships can be enjoyed on either of the popular and enchanting trips below.
Embark in Amsterdam and discover the beauty and history of the Dutch and Belgian waterways in the spring. Admire the tulip carpets in Keukenhof Gardens. Visit one of Europe’s most perfectly preserved medieval cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Bruges. Experience Amsterdam’s distinctive architecture and vibrant nightlife. All of this and more can be found on the popular 7-night Tulip Time Cruise
Book The Romantic Danube and begin your vacation with a pre-cruise stay in Prague and enjoy a city tour that includes a visit to 1,000-year-old Prague Castle and an optional Folklore Dinner Show. Then appreciate a day on your own to explore further or just relax. Embark in VIlshofen and celebrate with the town in a special event only available to AmaWaterways guests before travelling on the Danube river through legendary destinations along the way to Budapest.
The youngest fleet on Europe’s waterways, Avalon Waterways has also presented two new additions in 2016 to their Suite Ships fleet, Avalon Passion and Avalon Imagery II. Passengers can enjoy sightseeing with certified local guides while in port and take in the amazing views through their Wall-to-Wall Panoramic Windows while relaxing in their stateroom. Onboard amenities include an expanded fitness center, alternative dining options, expansive Sky Deck and free Wi-Fi access.
Let European Splendor reveal the best of Europe along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers onboard the Avalon Passion. Take a canal cruise in Amsterdam, sail through dramatic Rhine Gorge and visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum as just a part of the impressive 13-day itinerary.
Embark on the Avalon Imagery II to discover some of the best-kept secrets through Eastern and Central Europe on the Grand Danube Cruise. Start your vacation in historic Prague, enjoy plenty of leisure time in Budapest and Vienna, and take in historical sights, cultural events, splendid scenery and sumptuous cuisine along the way to Bucharest on this fabulous 17-day cruise.
Pavlus Travel also guarantees great value, service, and the lowest prices in the market on the following river cruise lines: Uniworld River Cruises, Scenic River Cruises, Emerald River Cruises, A&K River and Barge cruises, Crystal River Cruises, American Queen Steamboat Company and CroisiEurope. Call today and see how we can get you cruising for less! 800.528.9300