Arena River Cruises announces start date for new flagship

Sandra L. Pouncy

The good information carries on for the river cruise restoration even when ocean-likely sailing continues to be in limbo soon after Arena River Cruises declared a date for the launch of its considerably-expected new flagship, MS Arena.

The 4-star ship, which was due to debut in April of this yr in advance of coronavirus scuppered the cruise line’s strategies, will start in April 2021.

Steve Goodenough, the taking care of director of Arena River Cruises, explained to The Telegraph: “Naturally we have been disappointed not to have been able to welcome travellers aboard MS Arena so much, as planned. 

“I was fortunate more than enough to travel to Amsterdam previously in the summertime and see the result of all the refurbishment and redecoration get the job done – the ship is looking great and it is these kinds of a disgrace not to have been in a position to share it with anybody. 

“However, we are delighted to be seeking ahead now to next calendar year. We are actually encouraged by the variety of bookings that have been transferred and the demand for advance bookings – clearly there is a potent appetite for river cruising and we simply cannot wait to be discovering the waterways of Europe yet again.”

Arena River Cruises’ latest vessel can accommodate 180 passengers and capabilities roomy en-suite cabins with panoramic home windows, an elevated sunshine deck, wellness suite and newly refurbished communal places.

MS Arena’s four-night time maiden voyage will depart from Amsterdam and sail along Holland’s tranquil waterways with stops at Kinderdijk, famous for its windmills, and the ancient town of Dordrecht. A whole working day excursion to the entire world-renowned Keukenhof Gardens, the place seven million hand-planted spring bouquets will be in bloom, is involved in the itinerary.

The completely-chartered ship will then present spring sailings together the Rhine and its tributaries, the Dutch Waterways and the Danube.

It’s no secret that the cruise market has struggled by the rough waters of the coronavirus crisis. Cruise traces have been forced to suspend sailings as a final result of vacation limits – Canada, the Cayman Islands, Australia, New Zealand, the Seychelles, Spain and the US all have cruise ship bans at this time in put – although Covid-19 has also delayed the debuts of new ships thanks to shipyard closures, provider difficulties and social distancing techniques.

Although most main ocean cruise traces have cancelled for the remainder of this 12 months, river cruise traces have quietly been earning their comeback with demanding new wellbeing and protection protocols in put in a bid to rebuild community belief.

German river cruise organization, Nicko Cruises, made waves when it became the very first cruise line to established sail together the Danube and Rhine back again in June. Since then the likes of A-Rosa, Amadeus River Cruises, Strasbourg-primarily based CroisiEurope and Australian operator Captain Cook Cruises  have all correctly returned to the water.

Andy Harmer, the United kingdom and Eire director of Cruise Lines Worldwide Association, claimed: “We are looking at river cruises in some marketplaces begin in a gradual, phased-in fashion. Cruise traces are functioning with ports and destinations so that cruise itineraries are built with general public overall health issues as a precedence.”

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