New River Ships for 2018

We're all aware of the growth in the river cruise sector. Year on year we have seen an increase in a number of people travelling by river cruise. And the obvious answer for the cruise lines is to launch new ships! Why wouldn't they want to meet the ever-growing demand and introduce more choice for customers? Amongst river cruise lines introducing new river ships in 2018 is Amadeus River Cruises, Avalon Waterways, AmaWaterways, Viking River Cruises and more. And there are some exciting new features such as swimming pools and interconnecting cabins.

New River Ships for 2018!

Amadeus River Cruises : Amadeus Queen

Amadeus Queen

Joining Amadeus River Cruises fleet in 2018 is their 15th river ship - The Amadeus Queen. Boast spacious, luxurious public areas and staterooms, this new vessel will sail the Danube, Rhine and Main rivers, as well as the Belgian and Dutch Waterways. Unlike any of Amadeus' existing ships, the Amadeus Queen will feature an indoor swimming pool with a retracting roof for when the sun shines. What's more... the area will also host lectures and film screenings!

Amadeus Queen will celebrate her debut season with itineraries through the Dutch Tulip Fields and Danube Cruises from Passau.

Sail aboard the Amadeus Queen during this 8-day 'Three Rivers' Amadeus River Cruise. View Itinerary

Avalon Waterways : Avalon Saigon

Avalon Saigon

Avalon Waterways' next new ship is specifically designed for the Mekong River. The Avalon Saigon, set to carry 36 passengers, will launch in September 2018.

For those who know Avalon Waterways - you'll appreciate their current 'suite ship' concept. Their cabins are slightly bigger than competitors and they're proud of the space-per-passenger ratio aboard! So.. just like their European 'Suite Ships', Avalon Saigon will have spacious cabins with sliding French balcony doors (but with screens to keep out the insects).

Sail abard Avalon Saigon on a 15-day Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River Avalon Waterways river cruise. View Itinerary

AmaWaterways : AmaLea


One new ship will be added to AmaWaterways' fleet in 2018. Sister ship to AmaKristina, the AmaLea will launch in 2018 with six Tulip Cruises from Amsterdam before continuing the season along the Danube River. AmaLea will hold 154 passengers and will boast many of AmaWaterways' signature features; twin balconies, interconnecting & triple-occupancy cabins for families, and a heated sun deck pool with a swim-up bar.

Riviera Travel : MS Robert Burns

Riviera Travel MS Robert Burns

Following the successful launch of Riviera Travel's first three state-of-the-art 'Suite Ships' (MS Oscar Wilde, MS Emily Bronte & MS Thomas Hardy), Riviera are set to launch MS Robert Burns in 2018. Like the existing suite ships, MS Robert Burns will carry 169 guests and will navigate the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers! Onboard, you'll be surprised at just how spacious the vessel feels as you enter the gleaming, rich coloured lobby. Inside the vessel, you'll notice sustainable rich hardwoods, polished copper, sparkling glass and intricate wrought iron throughout!

Sail aboard Ms Robert Burns on an 8-day 'Blue Danube' Riviera Travel River Cruise. View Itinerary

Crystal River Cruises : Crystal Debussy & Crystal Ravel

Crystal Debussy Artist Impression

Originally planned for France's Dordogne, Rhone and Seine, Crystal River Cruises have redesigned and enlarged the Crystal Debussy and Crystal Ravel to sail the Danube, Main & Rhine. Why? Crystal are meeting the needs of customers demand for more itineraries in Germany, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands.

Both 106-passenger river ships will be identical - each with ALL balcony suites with king-size beds, walk-in closets and wall-mounted flat screen TVs, multiple restaurants and a swimming pool.

Viking River Cruises : Viking Ra

Viking Ra Artist Impression

Let's call it... the return of Egypt. And Viking River Cruises are not alone with new Nile River Cruise itineraries!

Viking River Cruises have bought an Egyptian ship that will be revamped for March 2018. Viking Ra will carry 48 passengers in 24 suites. On top deck will be an infinity-esque pool and two Jacuzzis and of course, the vessel will live up to the 'Viking Standard', with the same Scandinavian influences that have proven popular on their existing fleet. Viking are already sailing the Nile onboard chartered vessels, but these are to be replaced with sailings aboard their very own Viking Ra.

Sail aboard Viking Ra on their 'Pharaohs, Pyramids & The Nile' Viking River Cruise. View Itinerary 

U by Uniworld : Ship A and Ship B

Top Deck U by Uniworld Ship

The river cruise for people who don't do river cruising...
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises have launched a new river cruise line, 'U by Uniworld', and will target like-minded modern travellers.
 One ship will sail the river Seine, the other will sail the Rhine, Main and Danube.

The two sister ships, named 'Ship A' and 'Ship B' (quirky we know), launching in 2018 are designed to be "part boutique hotel, part yacht, and part resort". There will be rooftop yoga, local DJs in the rooftop lounge and free wi-fi. Although there will be 3 cabin categories, every room will have a view! Plus, if you're a solo traveller, U by Uniworld will offer you the chance to share a cabin with another like-minded traveller.

Refurbished Ships

Tauck Luxury River Cruises : ms Treasures & ms Espirit

Tauck announced early in 2016 their plans to reconfigure more than half of its European fleet. First up were ms Swiss Emerald and ms Sapphire. Now it's time to reconfigure ms Treasures and ms Espirit.

The main change is to middle Deck, where 30 150sq.ft. cabins will be replaced by 20 225sq.ft. cabins. Changed will also be made to public areas onboard!


For more information or to book a river cruise call our river cruise experts on 0800 810 8220.