New river cruisers 2022: Line up for the maiden voyage


Credit: Amadeus River Cruises/Viking/APT Travelmarvel

New river cruise ships are exploding onto the cruise scene in 2022 with a maiden voyage line to really get excited about. These are the ships to get excited about.

River cruise ships are arriving in droves in 2022, with cruises suitable for all types of travelers.

There’s everything from new five-star ships sailing in Europe to luxury ships sailing in the United States and Asia.

So, from Saga and Viking and TUI River Cruises to Emerald Cruises, these are the new cruise ships to look forward to in 2022.

Amadeus River Cruises: Amadeus Cara

Launch: June 2022

Amadeus River Cruises’ new 5-star ship will make its maiden voyage between Basel and Amsterdam on June 10.

Amadeus Cara will sail a range of Danube and Rhine itineraries, providing luxury accommodation for 163 passengers. There are many places to eat and drink on board, including the Panorama Restaurant, Panorama Lounge Bar and Vienna Cafe.

Outside, the spacious terrace is the perfect place to relax and read a book as all that stunning scenery passes by.

APT Travelmarvel: Polaris, Vega and Capella

Launch: Spring 2022

A big year is shaping up for APT Travelmarvel with the launch of three new 182-passenger ships – Polaris, Vega and Capella – which will sail across Europe.

The ships have been designed as identical triplets, with contemporary decor, a restaurant on the main deck and a Vista lounge on the upper deck, with panoramic picture windows. On the upper deck, guests will find a rooftop bar and heated hot tub.

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Launch: May 2022

German family favorite A-ROSA kicks into high gear in 2022 with the launch of the eco-friendly, hybrid-powered A-ROSA Sena. Offering accommodation for 280 guests, she will be the largest ship in the fleet, with features such as a very large spa and 23m2 swimming pool, as well as a separate children’s pool.

The ship will begin its maiden voyage from Cologne on May 21, 2022, sailing along the North Rhine, calling at Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Dordrecht and Antwerp.

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A-ROSA steps up with the eco-friendly, hybrid-powered A-ROSA Sena. Credit: A-ROSA

Avalon Waterways: View of Avalon

Launch: 2022

When she debuts, Avalon View will be Avalon Waterways’ 14th suite ship. Like her sister ships, she will offer guests the option of booking the line’s “Panorama Suite” balcony staterooms, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows that open fully to create an open-air balcony.

On board you will also find a hot tub on deck, as well as complimentary bicycles for more energetic guests to rent and explore ashore.

The spacious Panorama Lounge is the ship’s social hub, offering the opportunity to chat with fellow passengers and enjoy lectures, cooking demonstrations and a varied menu of evening entertainment. Avalon View will sail a range of routes on the Rhine and Danube.

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Emerald Cruises: Emerald Luna

Launch: Spring 2022

Featuring the same cool, contemporary decor that looks so good in her sister ships, the new Emerald Luna will offer beautifully furnished staterooms with “interior balconies” – the line’s signature floor-to-ceiling windows that drop halfway at the push of a button.

The onboard cuisine will be locally inspired, but the real party element of the Emerald Cruises ship is its heated indoor pool that cleverly turns into a cinema at night.

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Emerald Luna will offer beautifully furnished staterooms with “interior balconies.” Credit: Emerald Cruises

Saga: Spirit of the Danube

Launch: May 2022

Despite its name, Saga Cruises’ new river vessel will make its maiden voyage from Amsterdam. The three-deck, 190-passenger Spirit of the Danube ship will have an identical configuration to sister ship Spirit of the Rhine, with a spacious sundeck, two restaurants, a lounge bar and a library.

Decorated in a fresh, contemporary style, the ship will have the vibe of a boutique hotel – and weather permitting, you’ll have the option of taking advantage of the onboard hot tub. On select crossings, TV chef Nick Nairn and gardening expert Charlie Dimmock will join guests on board.

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TUI river cruises: TUI Isla

Launch: Spring 2022

TUI River Cruises, the company behind Marella ocean cruises, entered the river market in 2021 with two ships, TUI Maya and Skyla. Joining them early this year will be sister ship TUI Isla, with routes along the Rhine, Main, Moselle and Danube, as well as Dutch and Belgian waterways.

With accommodation spread over four decks, the ship offers its 158 passengers the opportunity to dine at two restaurants – Verdastro and Bistro – and have a drink at its two bars, Club Lounge and Observatory. And as you’d expect from TUI, the ship will provide plenty of entertainment from onboard musicians and comedians.

As on all TUI river vessels, passengers on board Isla will be offered a full board plus package as standard, which means that all meals on board and some alcoholic beverages with lunch and dinner are included in the fare (you can pay as you go if you fancy a drink at other times).

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TUI passengers on board Isla will be offered a Full Board Plus package as standard. Credit: TUI River Cruises

Viking: Viking Mississippi and Saigon

Launch: August 2022

It will come as no surprise if the world’s largest river cruise line, Viking, launches not one but two new ships in 2022 – the same month but on opposite sides of the globe.

Viking Mississippi will be the first ship in the company’s new US river cruise operation.

On her maiden voyage, the five-deck, 386-passenger ship will cruise the Lower and Upper Mississippi River between New Orleans and St. Paul.

Meanwhile, the new 80-passenger Viking Saigon will depart Kampong Cham, Cambodia for Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on August 30. The vessel has been specifically designed to meet the challenges of cruising the Mekong, and all cabins will have hotel-style beds and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors with either a veranda or French balcony.

The three-deck vessel also features an infinity pool, an outdoor Sky Bar, and a spa and fitness center.

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Viva Cruises: Viva One & Two

Launch: April and July 2022

Proudly claiming to be the only river line offering monthly departures in 2022, Viva Cruises will launch two new ships this year.

Viva One will depart from Düsseldorf in April 2022, offering routes on the Rhine and Moselle. Accommodating 176 guests, it will be the first ship in the Viva fleet to use hybrid technology and liquefied gas to reduce emissions.

Fitted with the same eco-friendly powertrain, the 190-passenger Viva Two will make its maiden voyage along the Danube in July 2022. The ship will also include a fitness and wellness center with steam bath and sauna , as well as three separate locations. eat – Riverside, Moments and Viva’s Bistro.


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