As river cruising grows in popularity, so too grow the fleets for guests to step aboard. With ships continuing to set sail for the first time in 2019 and beyond, here is an updated list of the upcoming river cruise ships.
One of AmaWaterways’ latest additions, AmaMagna joined the fleet in summer of 2019, officially welcomed by the cruise line in July with a christening ceremony courtesy of godmother, Samantha Brown.
As initially imagined by AmaWaterways co-owner and President, Rudi Schreiner, the ship is almost twice the width of traditional European river ships! AmaMagna is also home to two enticing new dining venues: Jimmy’s Wine Bar and the Al Fresco Restaurant. On-board, guests will also find more choices for leisure and dining, such as the Zen Wellness Studio, Sun Deck and innovative Water Sports Platform.
AmaMagna sails along the Danube, offering festive sailings and cultural sightseeings.
2020 will also see RV AmaMekong join the APT fleet as the newest and most spacious ship for the cruise line in Vietnam and Cambodia. From October 2020, the ship will sail along the Mekong, offering a luxurious retreat to enjoy the everchanging landscapes of Southeast Asia.
Areas to look forward to enjoying on-board include the Spa & Wellness Centre, swimming pool and Alfresco Cafe. There’s also an exclusive restaurant, Indochine by Luke Nguyen, where guests can dine on a special five-course menu for an authentic taste of Vietnam.
With a large amount of space per guest, this luxurious vessel boats some of the largest entry-level suites on the Mekong and all-suite categories include a private balcony for your enjoyment.
RV AmaMekong will be sailing along the Mekong from October 2020.
2019 also sees Emerald Waterways welcome Emerald Harmony in the later months. This ship has been specifically designed to sail along the Mekong, offering Asian-inspired venues and staterooms to guests to enjoy.
One of the highlights of the ship is that is can sail right into the centre of Ho Chi Minh City, docking in the heart of this fantastic city and allowing guests to explore it at ease. Each of the suites and staterooms on-board is chic in style, a modern sanctuary fusing authentic cultural influences with contemporary design.
As the newest Star-Ship for Emerald Waterways, Emerald Harmony boasts a sensory experience with food, scents and decor, as vibrant as the surrounding architecture along the river.
Emerald Harmony will be sailing along the Mekong from the later months of 2019.
MS Geoffrey Chaucer
Launched after research to create the perfect river cruise vessel, Riviera Travel is welcoming new state-of-the-art ‘all suite’ ships. One of these is MS Geoffrey Chaucer, joining the fleet in 2020.
The ship offers next-level luxury, with a restaurant which rivals the finest on-shore establishments. The suites exceed expectations for the ultimate space and comfort, with larger than normal suites due to the ship’s dimensions. Venues on-board include a Bistro with an open kitchen, large panoramic windows and alfresco seating. There’s also a Spa & Wellness area as well as a stunning restaurant on the Main Deck.
MS Geoffrey Chaucer will be sailing along rivers in Europe from 2020.
These are just a selection of the many river cruise ships joining the waterways of the world in the coming years. More are highlighted below.
River cruise ships joining in 2019
AmaDouro – April 2019 – Sailing the Douro River
AmaMora – July 2019 – Sailing the Rhine River
Avalon Envision – April 2019 – Sailing the Danube River
Amalia Rodrigues – March 2019 – Sailing to Douro River
Uniworld River Cruises
S.S. Bon Voyage – April 2019 – Sailing the Garonne, Dordogne and Seine rivers
Viking River Cruises
Viking Einar – March 2019 – Sailing the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers
Viking Sigrun – March 2019 – Sailing the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers
Viking Sigyn – March 2019 – Sailing the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers
Viking Tir – March 2019 – Sailing the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers
Viking Ullur – March 2019 – Rhine, Main and Danube rivers
Viking Vali – March 2019 – Sailing the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers
Viking Helgrim – March 2019 – Sailing the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers
River cruise ships joining in 2020
Amadeus Imperial – Spring 2020 – Sailing the Danube, Rhine and Main rivers as well as the Dutch & Belgian Waterways
AmaSeina – July 2020 – Sailing the Rhine, Main, Moselle and Danube rivers
RV Apsara – 2020 – Sailing the Mekong River
Avalon View – 2020 – Expecting to sail the Rhine River
ms Andorinha – 2020 – Sailing the Douro River
Uniworld River Cruises
S.S. Sphinx – January 2020 – Sailing the Nile River
S.S. Mekong Jewel – January 2020 – Sailing the Mekong River
S.S. La Venezia – March 2020 – Sailing the Po River
S.S. São Gabriel – April 2020 – Sailing the Douro River
Viking River Cruises
Viking Osiris – September 2020 – Sailing the Nile River
Which of these ships are you most looking forward to setting sail on? Let us know in the comments below!