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Viking Longship, CologneThe Mega-Ships: EuropeShip and Launch: Mein Schiff 3, May 2014Background: German-based Tui Cruises unveils its latest ship, Mein Schiff 3, in May. The ship (2,506 passengers) is a joint venture between Royal Caribbean and Tui AG. More than 80% of the cabins feature balconies. German is the primary language on board Tui’s ships, so fellow passengers tend to be German-speakers. Mein Schiff 3 Deployment: MediterraneanShip and Launch: Costa Diadema, October 2014Background: Scheduled to be the largest ship in Costa’s fleet (3,724 passengers), Diadema will feature a large outdoor promenade, new-to-the-line bars and restaurants and a multifunctional room with interactive games. The ship will include a 4D Cinema, Grand Prix simulator, pool movie screen, three pools, 83,000 square-foot spa and outdoor jogging track. Costa Diadema Deployment: MediterraneanThe River Ships: EuropeShips and Launch: Viking Alsvin, Viking Bestla, Viking Buri, Viking Delling, Viking Eistla, Viking Gullveig, Viking Heimdal, Viking Hermod, Viking Hlin, Viking Idi, Viking Ingvi, Viking Kara, Viking Kvasir,Tauck riverboat in MiltenbergViking Lif, Viking Hemming and Viking Torgil; March 2014Background: Last year, Last year 10 new ships and Viking River Cruises will launch 16 more new ships in 2014. There will be 14 new Longship-class ships sailing on the Rhine, Main, Danube, Seine and Rhone, along with a brand- new itinerary on the rivers in France’s Bordeaux region and new ships on Portugal’s Douro River (106 passengers). All are nearly identical. Each Longship carries 190 passengers and offers five classes of cabins. Each suite features two rooms, with a French balcony off the bedroom and a full balcony off the living room. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Deployment: Rhine, Main, Danube, Seine, Rhone, Bordeaux and DouroShip and Launch: AmaSonata and AmaReina; April 2014Background: AmaWaterways, has launched two new sister ships in 2014 in Europe. AmaSonata and AmaReina, at 443 feet long, built on the same blueprint as the other four ships the line:. Each ship carries 164 passengers in staterooms and suites, across nine different categories. There is the small, heated pool with swim-up bar on the top deck. Deployment: Rhine and DanubeShip and Launch: Avalon Poetry II, Avalon Illumination and Avalon Impression; March 2014Background: Avalon Waterways will add three ships to its Suite Ships class in 2014. The Suite Ship designation refers to the line’s open-air balcony concept -- wall-to-wall panoramic windows that open 7 feet to create a balcony of sorts. Avalon Poetry II carries 130 passengers while Illumination and Impression carry 166 passengers each. There are six categories of cabins on board. Deployment: Rhine, Main and DanubeShip and Launch: Emerald Star and Emerald Sky; February and April, 2014Background: Emerald Sky and twin sister Emerald Star take 182-passengers and are the entire fleet of fledgling cruise line Emerald Waterways. Part of Scenic Tours. Each ship has 92 cabins divided into five different categories. The most innovative bit of design is a dual-purpose area at the aft of the ship that transforms from an indoor, heated pool with retractable roof during the day, to a cinema at night, showing recent releases and classic movies. A new-to-river feature. Deployment: Rhine, Main, Danube and MoselleShip and Launch: ms William Shakespeare, April 2014Background: Riviera Travel, launches 140-passenger William Shakespeare on the Rhine .The ship boasts sustainably sourced tropical hardwoods and brass fittings in its 161-square-foot cabins and suites. The ship’s three decks are named after Shakespearean characters-- Hamlet, Othello and Romeo -- and one public space, the Globe Lounge, is named for the theatre that showed the Bard’s plays .Deployment: RhineShip and Launch: Scenic Jade, April 2014; Scenic Gem, April 2014Background: Scenic Tours debuted its newest “space ship,” Scenic Jade. The “space ships” are so named to highlight a higher-than- normal space ratio, but they also include a unique Sun Lounge design, which allows passengers to experiencetrue outdoor balcony space in all kinds of weather. The 169-passenger, Jade joins the line’s fleet, which offers shore excursions and complimentary butler service on all European itineraries. Scenic Gem caters for 126 passengers and will sail in northern France. The vessel features: private outdoor balconies, butler service and multiple fine-dining options. Deployment: Rhine, Main, Moselle and Danube; SeineShip and Launch: S.S. Catherine, April 2014Background: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection S.S.Catherine offers its 159 passengers sumptuous decor and a touch of luxuryon its French itineraries. Catherine’s 80 cabins range from 162 feet at the smallest to more than 400 feet for the single Royal Suite. Deployment: Burgundy, Provence, Seine, Rhone and Saone Rivers in FranceShip and Launch: ms Inspire, June 2014Background: Tauck River Cruising’s fifth riverboat is the first of two Inspiration Class new-builds the company has on its schedule. (Fleetmate ms Savor sets sail in July 2014.) At 443 feet, ms Inspire will be 23 percent longer than Tauck’s four other riverboats, but it will carry only 130 passengers, just a 10 percent increase in capacity. Cabins range from 150 to 300 square feet. Passengers will receive unlimited complimentary beverages as well as free Internet. Deployment: RhineShip and Launch: ms Savor, July 2014Background: Like sister ship ms Inspire, Tauck’s ms Savor has the same dimensions, which the line claims allow for the “most space per guest on Europe’s rivers,” and it will carry the same 130 passengers in its range of standard and suite cabins. The line’s sixth ship, though, will sail itineraries on the Danube River from Germany to Hungary. Deployment: DanubeSource; Cruise CriticYou can see all editions of the Guide and magazine at www.ontheroad.co.uk23Cruise Ships Europe


































































































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