Increasingly, travelers are clamoring for more new options on European rivers. The good news is that many new river vessels will launch in 2019, plus existing ones are getting major makeovers with more luxury upgrades. Depending on the specific ship, guests will benefit from higher crew levels, creating an enhanced level of service; new onboard spaces and culinary concepts; and more active or in-depth shore excursions. Other luxury river lines are introducing new itineraries or allowing consumers to plan farther in advance for their vacation by opening reservations earlier than in the past. Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening on European rivers in 2019.
New Danube Explorer
Twice as wide as most European river vessels, AmaWaterways’ new 196-passenger AmaMagna will begin sailing the Danube River in May. With elegant, contemporary design, this vessel easily could have accommodated more passengers. Instead, the line opted for fewer guests, a more intimate onboard aura, new public spaces and spacious accommodations, most with balconies, ranging from 355 square feet to 710 square feet.
We’d reserve one of the six 474-square-foot Grand Suites or, for the ultimate in pampering and space, the 710-square-foot Owner’s Suite. All…