TUI – the group which runs Marella Cruises at sea – has announced it will launch a river service from summer 2020, using three 155-passenger vessels.
The adults-only ships will sail 19 itineraries on the Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main and Dutch and Belgian waterways, including a 14-night European Icons cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest.
Here’s what we know about the project so far:
The riverboats, carrying up to 155 passengers each, will be called TUI Isla, TUI Maya and TUI Skyla. Each will have a sun deck (with herb garden and barbecue), an observatory lounge, terrace, main restaurant, bistro and health and wellbeing zone.
There will be standard cabins and standard single cabins the same size (12sq metres). The standard has a double bed and desk, the single version has a single bed, desk and lounge chair.
Superior cabins are 15sq metres with a king-size bed that can be converted into two singles, along with a desk and lounge chair.
Cabins on the lowest deck, Deck 1, have a porthole, while those on Decks 2 and 3 come with a full-sized window or French balcony.
Top of the range is a French balcony suite at 24sq metres which includes a bigger bathroom, dressing area, sofa, coffee table and desk.
If you wish to book a particular cabin, reservations cost £48 per room.
- Direct flights from UK airports
- 20kg luggage allowance
- Airport transfers to and from your ship
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Tea, coffee and juices with breakfast
- Wine, beer and soft drinks at lunch and dinner
- Barbecues on deck, weather permitting
- 1GB of Wi-Fi per cabin per week
- £120 credit towards shore excursions per person per seven days
- Live entertainment every night
- All tips and port charges
A premium drinks package is available for £100 per person to include draught beers, branded spirits, cocktails and premium coffee. Otherwise, you can decide to buy those drinks as you go.
The itineraries and prices
The ships will sail on the Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main and Dutch and Belgian waterways.
An eight-day trip through ‘beautiful Benelux’ in March 2020 will cost from £1,199pp in a standard cabin, up to £1,725pp in a French balcony suite. Prices rise in April and July.
An eight-day Dutch Delights itinerary costs from £1,299pp and a Rhine Explorer trip of the same duration starts at £999pp in March, rising to £1,749pp in September. All prices are for standard cabins.
The 14-day European Icons voyage from Amsterdam to Budapest costs £2,399pp in a standard cabin in April and £2,649pp in October.
Information taken from TUI River Cruises brochure March 2020 – October 2020. Subject to change. Please check details when booking.