Tui River Cruises reveals images of new cruise ships as 100-day launch countdown begins

Tui River Cruises has revealed images of its three new river cruise ships as the 100-day countdown to their launch commences.

The cruise line has been due to launch this summer, but had to postpone until 26 November because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The unveiling comes following the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s removal of the travel ban for river cruises.

The three adults-only cruise ships – Tui Isla, Tui Maya and Tui Skyla – will set sail from Thursday 26 November with Christmas and New Year itineraries and a full programme from April 2021.

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Each ship has undergone a multi-million-pound makeover, which has taken 12 to 18 weeks in total, to transform them into “stylish and comfortable floating boutique hotels”.

Guests will have the choice of two restaurants both complete with floor to ceiling views of the river – fine dining restaurant Verdastro, and casual eaterie Bistro.

Two brand new bars include the Observatory, featuring glass sliding doors opening out to the terrace, and the Club Lounge, a relaxing coffee and cocktail bar with a digital fireplace and signature scent.

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Accommodation includes a choice of seven cabin types per ship with three cabins for solo travellers.

As part of Tui River Cruises’ sustainability initiative, all cabin carpets have been made from recycled fishing nets.

There are also 36 suites across the three ships, all of which come with walk-in wardrobes, double French balconies and spacious bathrooms.

Tui River Cruises is offering 32 itineraries along the Danube, Rhine, Moselle, Main and Dutch and Belgian waterways with the added flexibility of three to 14-night sailings.

All passengers will receive a £120 credit per seven-day itinerary to use towards shore excursions and the addition of 12 new winter excursions expands the total on offer to 150.

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The new additions include visits to Christmas markets and Christmas themed city walking tours.

Additionally, Tui has introduced a new ‘Little Extras Package’ costing £35 per cabin. The package includes extras such as priority check-in, a small group ship tour, welcome prosecco and chocolates, a personalised card from the captain, one continental breakfast in bed and a late cabin check-out.

Tui UK & Ireland, managing director of cruise, Chris Hackney, said: “Following the change in government advice on river cruising, holidaymakers now have the chance to explore Europe from its rivers and waterways.

Tui river cruises“We’re working hard to get ready for our first sailings and with so much to discover on a river cruise, we’ve put exploration at the heart of our offer. Customers will disembark from their ship with picturesque landmarks only a stroll away.

“Our excursions programme is outstanding and customers can make the most of them with a £120 excursion credit per seven-day itinerary on us.

“First sailings are already proving popular and we’re looking forward to welcoming our first guests onboard Tui Isla in 100 days’ time. Our teams are working really hard behind the scenes to ensure customers can cruise with confidence and enjoy their holiday with us.”

Ahead of its first sailings, the river cruise line has implemented a number of new health and safety measures.

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