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2020 New European Riverboats Ready to Make a Splash

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By: Ilona Kauremszky

Happy Wave Season!


We’re at the height of wave bookings – it’s that time between January through March when savvy cruisers book their special voyage kind of like Black Friday except in the cruise biz it’s a 3-month booking window of discounts with a wave of deals.

For river cruise companies, there’s a crop of new vessels prepping to make their jaw dropping debuts in 2020.

Here is ShipsAhoy’s look at the Top 11 New River Cruise Ships ready to sail Europe’s storied rivers. Do you have more to share with us? Let us know 🙂

1. Amadeus River Cruises -Amadeus Imperial

The name says it all. This new five-star ship for Amadeus River Cruises, Amadeus Imperial is the sister-ship of the Amadeus Silver III and will be the Austrian cruise line’s 16th passenger ship.
Itineraries: 2020 Sailings between Amsterdam, Basel, Black Sea and the Danube Delta.
PAX 168
443 feet
Room inventory: 72 spacious deluxe cabins and 12 Amadeus Suites.
Debuts: Spring 2020 from Holland

2. AMAWaterways -AmaSiena

The sister ship to the award-winning AmaLea and AmaKristina, this latest river ship from AMAWaterways promises its guests the familiar accommodations and onboard experience as on its predecessors. The river ship is designed with twin balcony staterooms featuring a French balcony and an outside balcony, a heated pool and a swim-up bar as well as a dedicated Wellness Host for fitness classes.
Itineraries: Main, Moselle and Rhine Rivers
Room inventory: 78 staterooms in nine stateroom categories
PAX 156
443 feet
Debuts: July 2020

3. Avalon Waterways – Avalon View

Watch for the newest addition to the Avalon Suite Ship fleet. Known for its Panorama class which first launched in 2011 the cruise company has 14 Europe based vessels with river ships operating on the Mekong River and charter boats on the Ganges and Amazon.
Itineraries: The Danube River
Room inventory: 67 Panorama Suites each with open-air French balconies, the largest in the river cruise industry. Like its sister ships the beds face the wall of windows in this “Beds with a View” concept.
443 ft
Debuts – April 6, 2020

4. Nicko Cruises – nickoSPIRIT

This German-based cruise company has plans to bring “Spirit” to some of Germany’s esteemed rivers. Around for over 20 years, nicko cruises has a fleet of 30+ ships in three categories: boutique, modern and classic. The atmosphere is cozy, friendly and warm. The cruise clothing is casual but feel free to wear more formal attire for dinner. This cruise is designed for the German-speaking cruise clientele.
Itineraries: Rivers in Germany, Main, Rhine and Moselle and Amsterdam and Ijsselmeer.
170 PAX
Debuts – April 5, 2020 from Cologne, Germany

5. Tauck ms Andorinha

Portugal’s Douro River is getting an additional river ship from this prized cruise company and a first ever on the Douro River for Tauck. Guests will enjoy spacious accommodations and maximum onboard enjoyment from facilities like the small swimming pool atop the Sun Deck, onboard dining venues and more. A travel industry first, the ms Andorinha (Portuguese meaning a small swallow bird) reportedly will offer the first-ever family riverboat on the Douro launching the cruise itinerary, “Douro Discovery: A Family River Cruise in Portugal,” and two adult cruises with your choice of 8 or 12-day cruise itineraries.
Itineraries: historic quintas which are wine-growing estates in the Vinho Verde vineyard and picturesque villages along Portugal’s golden Douro River.
Room inventory: 12 Suites and 30 cabins in different sizes.
84 PAX
263 foot riverboat
Debuts – April 2020

6. Uniworld -S.S. Sao Gabriel

Sailing Portugal’s narrow Duoro River, this boutique river ship promises to embody the beauty of its region and will offer more lavishly appointed suites than its sister ship, the Queen Isabel which launched in spring 2013.
Room inventory: 50 all-balcony cabins, all of which offer river views available in various categories.
Itineraries: Duoro River
100 PAX
Debuts: April 2020 from Lisbon

7. Uniworld – S.S. La Venezia

Cruise aficionados will recall the accident when the MSC Opera at Venice’s San Basilio Terminal struck the Uniworld S.S. River Countess. Well, the River Countess is undergoing a complete overhaul and will debut as the all-new S.S. La Venezia.
Room inventory: Six elegantly appointed suites including two new Grand Suites, 65 river view state rooms total
Itineraries: 8 day itineraries through Venice and the islands
130 PAX
Debuts: March 27, 2020

8. Viking River Cruises

This cruise company juggernaut that welcomed seven new river ships last year has four new river ships scheduled to navigate the Seine River alone this year.
Viking Kari
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Get set for Kari, Norse God of the North Wind ready to prevail over France’s fabled Seine river. The new build joins the fleet of other new sister-ships Viking Fjorgyn, the Viking Radgrid, and Viking Skaga
Itineraries: Seine River with 8 and 15-day itineraries from Paris to Normandy.
Room inventories: 84
168 PAX
443 ft
Debuts: May 3, 2020

9. Viking Radgrid

Torn from the pages of a historic Vikings legend, the name of this riverboat is synonymous with the handmaidens of Odin, those long-haired gorgeous women who descended from the skies to do battle – so she’s got great power! The Viking Radgrid is part of a four ship order.
Itineraries: Seine River with 8 and 15-day itineraries from Paris to Normandy.
Room inventories: 84 staterooms
168 PAX
443 ft
Debuts: May 1, 2020

10. Viking Skaga

The Norse name conjures a mighty Norse female, and in true Viking fashion, she is set to join the fleet of sister ships later this year.
Itineraries: Seine River with 8 and 15-day itineraries from Paris to Normandy.
Room inventories: 84 staterooms
168 PAX
Debuts: September 9, 2020

11. Viking Fjorgyn

Revered as the mother of Thor, this new riverboat embodies Mother Earth.
Itineraries: Seine River
Room inventories: 84 staterooms in various categories
168 PAX
443 ft
Debuts: September 21, 2020

Stay tuned for our next look at new riverboats set to debut in exotic locations 🙂

Ilona Kauremszky
Travel Writer
Ilona Kauremszky is an award-winning travel writer and former syndicated weekly travel columnist who regularly pens stories for trade, consumer and digital platforms. For, the bonafide cruise enthusiast interviews cruise influencers, reports trends and spotlights the latest in cruise news.

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