More ships. New destinations. Innovative new itineraries. 2019 is set to be an exciting year for river cruising.
A new class of river vessels are set to debut on European waterways, with many cruise lines adding new amenities to attract those new-to-river-cruising and previous passengers. See some of the exciting new additions to the world’s waterways for 2019 below.
Amadeus River Cruises
In April 2019, Amaedus River Cruises will unveil the 164-passenger Amadeus Star which has been designed with Millenial travellers in mind. Identical to her sister-ship, Amadeus Queen which set sail in 2017, Amadeus Star comprises 70 staterooms and 12 suites, as well as the Amadeus Club, the main restaurant and the Panorama Bar for evening performances and lectures.
Her initial sailings will feature the canals of Holland and Belgium, then itineraries between Holland Basel.
Another one for April 2019, AmaDouro will begin her inaugural season on Portugal’s Douro River. Twice the width of standard river vessels she will feature a significant amount of suites and a generous choice of dining options.
In July 2019, AmaMora will also begin sailing along the Rhine River between Amsterdam and Basel, just a year after her debut as a sister-ship to AmaLea.
The cruise will also be launching its new wellness activities in 2019, led by Wellness Hosts on all European ships. Alongside this, AmaWaterways will also continue to expand its hiking and biking options for guests on-board.
American Cruise Lines
A new class of contemporary river boats will also be welcomed by American Cruise Lines with American Harmony. Like its sister, American Song which launched in 2017, American Harmony will feature large lounges, floor-to-ceiling glass doors and balconies in staterooms, and a glass-enclosed atrium with a domed skylight.
Avalon Envision will join the AmaWaterways fleet in spring 2019 with a ten-day Legendary Danube and 12-day Blue Danube Discovery itineraries. The 166-passenger ship features 200-square-foot staterooms with French balconies, glass-walled Dining Room, the Panorama Bistro and the al fresco Sky Grill.
Also in spring 2019 is CroisiEurope’s Amalia Rodrigues which will sail six- and eight-day itineraries along the Douro River. She will be the cruise line’s sixth ship on the Portuguese river and a sister-ship to the Miguel Torga which debuted in 2017.
The cruise line is also adding new itineraries along the Rhone River with the new Rhone Princess, which will sail seven-day culinary cruises roundtrip from Lyon, visiting Arles, Avignon, Viviers and Tain-l’Hermitage.
A little later in the year, Emerald Harmony will enter into service in August. Exploring the Mekong River, she will offer three itineraries across Vietnam and Cambodia, with the ability to dock in the centre of Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City.
She will offer guests the chance to experience local cuisine in the Reflections Restaurant, with its itineraries including Majestic Mekong River Cruise, Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia, and the Grand Tour of Vietnam and Cambodia.
Viking River Cruises
The cruise line has seven new river cruise ships debuting in 2019, including six of the award-winning Viking Longships which will sail the cruise line’s most popular itineraries along the Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. The seventh ship has been specially-built for the Douro River and is inspired by the Longships, named Viking Helgrim.
Book your 2019 river cruise
With all these exciting new additions to the world’s waterways, there has never been a better time to book your river cruise for 2019. River cruising is growing in popularity and 2019 is sure to be a sell-out year – so we would recommend booking your sailing as soon as you can to guarantee your place on-board.
Take a look at our 2019 river cruises by clicking the link below and call our Cruise Concierge team on 0800 197 0854 for expert advice and award-winning service on Viking River Cruises.
Which news are you most looking forward to in 2019? Have you booked on-board any of these new ships? Let us know in the comments below!