Riviera Travel has announced the two competition winners who will officially christen the company’s two five-star new river cruise ships. The competition was open to travel agents in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Christiana Astill from Go-Cruise will be Godmother to the Emily Brontë and Tracey Scales from Travel Counsellors will be Godmother to Thomas Hardy.
Vodohod, Russia’s largest river cruise company is to build a new 342-passenger river cruise ship, which will launch in 2020.
The new vessel will be four decks high and 141 metres in lengths. Currently known as ‘PV 300’, the new river cruise ship will operate 10 and 11-night cruises between Moscow and St Petersburg, with visits to Uglich, Yaroslavl, Goritsy, Kizhi and Mandrogui.
The award-winning actress, author and producer, Dame Joan Collins is to be the godmother to the newest river cruise ship set to join the Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection fleet in March 2017.
The new river cruise ship, S.S. Joie de Vivre has been designed to cruise the Seine River and will be based in Paris, docking in the heart of the French capital. The 128-passenger ship will reflect all things French, from French cuisine and wine, to art, music and design.
One of Britain’s leading escorted tour companies, Riviera Travel, which also specialises in river cruises, has launched a competition to find two godmothers for its two new 169-passenger river cruise ships.
Two travel agents will be chosen as godmother for the two new 5-star river cruise ships, Thomas Hardy and Emily Brontë, which are due to launch in February 2017.
The steel cutting for Crystal Cruises two new additional Rhine-Class river yachts took place at the MV Werften shipyard in Wismar on 09 January 2017. The two new 110-passenger river yachts are scheduled to enter service in Spring 2018.
Present at the steel cutting ceremony was the Genting Group Executive Chairman Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern's Economics Minister Harry Glawe and numerous other guests.
Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is to launch a new river cruise brand to appeal to younger travellers. To be known as U by Uniworld, the brand will aim to attract 18-40 year old cruisers and will offer more adventurous experiences and modern décor and lively on board atmosphere.
Ellen Bettridge, President & CEO of Uniworld, said: ““U by Uniworld will deliver the same superb quality of authenticity and personalisation that the Uniworld brand is celebrated for, while offering a new way for exploratory, younger travellers to experience the pulse of Europe. We are targeting an active traveller between the ages of 18 and 40, with everything from the décor, dining and cocktail service to the land activities thoughtfully curated to appeal to, and meet the needs of, this audience.”
Two crew members have died after a Viking River Cruises ship collided with a bridge on the Main-Danube Canal in Southern Germany.
The wheelhouse of the Viking River Cruises ship, Viking Freya hit the rail bridge during the early hours of the morning on 11 September 2016, shortly after the cruise departed Erlangen on route to Budapest.
The 49-year old Captain and a 33-year old sailor died when the ship struck the bridge. The other 47 crew members and 181 passengers were unhurt but were left stranded on board until emergency services could extend a rescue bridge over to the vessel from the shore.