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New River Cruise Ships in 2014
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No question about it: River cruising is hot. So hot, in fact, that 34 new riverboats are hitting the market in 2014, including a record-breaking 16 from Viking River Cruises. River destinations are expanding, too, with a number of lines testing the waters in Asia. With so many new ships on their way, we're guessing you can find the right boat for you.


New Ship News Berths Launch Date New Ship Details
Avalon Waterways' Avalon Poetry II
128 March 2014 Avalon Poetry II will join Avalon Waterways "Suite Ship" class. Fifty-two cabins -- or two decks' worth -- have wall-to-wall panoramic windows, which open seven feet to create an open-air balcony of sorts.
Avalon Waterways' Avalon Impression
166 March 2014 Avalon Impression will join Avalon Waterways "Suite Ship" class. Sixty-six cabins -- or two decks' worth -- have wall-to-wall panoramic windows, which open seven feet to create an open-air balcony of sorts.
Avalon Waterways' Avalon Illumination
166 March 2014 Avalon Illumination will join Avalon Waterways "Suite Ship" class. Sixth-six cabins -- or two decks' worth -- have wall-to-wall panoramic windows, which open seven feet to create an open-air balcony of sorts.
Viking Cruises' Viking Buri
190 March 2014 Viking Buri is one of 16 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking Cruises' Viking Delling
190 March 2014 Viking Delling is one of 16 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking Cruises' Viking Heimdal
190 March 2014 Viking Heimdal is one of 16 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking Cruises' Viking Hermod
190 March 2014 Viking Hermod is one of 16 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking Cruises' Viking Ingvi
190 March 2014 Viking Ingvi is one of 16 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking Cruises' Viking Lif
190 March 2014 Viking Lif is one of 16 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking Cruises' Viking Hemming
106 March 2014 Viking Hemming is one of two new Viking ships built to sail Portugal's Duoro River. Like the ships in Viking's Longships Class, Hemming and fleetmate Torgil feature the line's famous Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow. Hemming also has a sundeck with outdoor pool and putting green. It has four classes of cabins, including six Veranda Suites (302 square feet), featuring French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms.
Viking Cruises' Viking Torgil
106 March 2014 Viking Torgil is one of two new Viking ships built to sail Portugal's Duoro River. Like the ships in Viking's Longships Class, Torgil and fleetmate Torgil feature the line's famous Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow. Torgil also has a sundeck with outdoor pool and putting green. It has four classes of cabins, including six Veranda Suites (302 square feet), featuring French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms.
Aqua Expeditions' Aqua Mekong
40 March 2014 Aqua Expeditions, which made its name in the river cruise market by offering luxury expedition cruises on South America's Amazon River, will enter the Southeast Asian market in 2014 with the launch of Aqua Mekong. The ship offers a 1:1 passenger-to-crew ratio, and its 20 suites feature California king-sized beds and rainwater showerheads.
130 June 2014 Tauck River Cruising's fifth riverboat -- the first of two "Inspiration Class" newbuilds -- will be 23 percent longer than its other four ships, with only 10 percent more capacity. Carrying only 130 passengers, the ships will offer passengers more room than many similar-sized ships that carry up to 190 passengers.
Viking Cruises' Viking Alsvin
190 April 2014 Viking Alsvin is one of 16 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking Cruises' Viking Bestla
190 April 2014 Viking Bestla is one of 16 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking Cruises' Viking Eistla
190 April 2014 Viking Eistla is one of 16 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking Cruises' Viking Gullveig
190 April 2014 Viking Gullveig is one of 16 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking Cruises' Viking Kvasir
190 April 2014 Viking Kvasir is one of 16 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
AmaWaterways' AmaReina
164 April 2014 New in 2014, AmaReina and AmaSonata follow in the footsteps of AmaWaterways' AmaPrima, AmaBello, AmaVerde and AmaCerto for the 2014 season. AmaReina has staterooms and suites ranging in size from 160 to 350 square feet, across nine different categories. It also has a small, heated pool with swim-up bar on the top deck.
AmaWaterways' AmaSonata
164 April 2014 New in 2014, AmaSonata and AmaReina follow in the footsteps of AmaWaterways' AmaPrima, AmaBello, AmaVerde and AmaCerto for the 2014 season. AmaSonata has staterooms and suites ranging in size from 160 to 350 square feet, across nine different categories. It also has a small, heated pool with swim-up bar on the top deck.
159 April 2014 Uniworld's S.S. Catherine will be similar to the stylish S.S. Antoinette, which debuted in spring 2011. The riverboat will cruise the South of France along the Rhone and Saone Rivers.
Scenic Tours' Scenic Gem
126 April 2014 Scenic Gem will sail the Seine through northern France. One of Scenic's "Space Ships," Gem (362 feet long) is slightly smaller than its fleetmates so it can transit the whole span of the Seine. Most of Gem's cabins feature private outdoor balconies. The ship features multiple dining options, including in-suite dining, and butlers.
Scenic Tours' Scenic Jade
169 April 2014 Like fleetmates Scenic Crystal and Scenic Jewel, Scenic Jade is a "Space Ships," so named to highlight a higher-than-normal space ratio. It includes a unique Sun Lounge design, which allows passengers to experience true outdoor balcony space in all kinds of weather. Scenic Jade offers shore excursions and complimentary butler service on all European itineraries.
Riviera Travel's ms William Shakespeare
140 April 2014 Riviera Travel, which operates river cruises throughout Europe and on the Mekong River in Southeast Asia, will launch ms William Shakespeare on the Rhine in April. The ship boasts sustainably sourced tropical hardwoods and brass fittings in its 161-square-foot cabins and 245-square-foot suites.
Viking Cruises' Viking Idi
190 May 2014 Viking Idi is one of 16 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking Cruises' Viking Kara
190 June 2014 Viking Kara is one of 16 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
Viking Cruises' Viking Hlin
190 July 2014 Viking Hlin is one of 16 new Longships launching in 2014. Viking's Longship Class offers five categories of cabins. The line's super-sized Explorer Suites (445 square feet) and Veranda Suites (275 square feet) feature French balconies off the bedrooms and full balconies off the living rooms. Passengers can hang out at the Aquavit Terrace, an indoor-outdoor space with retractable floor-to-ceiling glass doors at the bow of each Longship. All 14 Longships will be christened in one large ceremony in March in Avignon, France.
130 July 2014 Tauck's sixth riverboat -- the second of two "Inspiration Class" newbuilds -- will be 23 percent longer than its first four ships, with only 10 percent more capacity. Carrying only 130 passengers, the ships will offer passengers more room than many similar-sized ships that carry up to 190 passengers.
Pandaw River Cruises' Kindat Pandaw
40 July 2014 Kindat Pandaw is one of two river ships Pandaw River Cruises is adding to its fleet in 2014. Both sail in Burma between Mandalay and Bagan. The new ships are in keeping with the line's committed "colonial style" -- simply furnished and clad in warm wood and brass.
Pandaw River Cruises' Kalaw Pandaw
40 July 2014 Kalaw Pandaw is one of two river ships Pandaw River Cruises is adding to its fleet in 2014. Both sail in Burma between Mandalay and Bagan. The new ships are in keeping with the line's committed "colonial style" -- simply furnished and clad in warm wood and brass.
AmaWaterways' AmaPura
56 Fall 2014 AmaWaterways is also expanding in Asia with AmaPura, which has three categories of suites laid out on the ship's two main decks. The two largest suites measure 420 square feet each and are situated at the aft section of the ship's upper deck. The remaining 20 cabins are spacious, measuring between 285 and 290 square feet. AmaWaterways' cruises offer ambitious regional cuisine, and most shore excursions are included in the fares.
Haimark Travel's Irrawaddy Explorer
40 September 2014 Colorado-based Haimark Travel is following the eastern wave of expansion in the river cruise industry with the launch of a small ship on Burma's Irrawaddy River. The 28 cabins onboard are all suites and will offer passengers between 280 and 410 square feet of living space.
Haimark Travel's Mekong Navigator
40 September 2014 Haimark Travel will launch 68-passenger Mekong Navigator on the Mekong River in 2014. The ship has 34 cabins laid out over three decks; the rooms measure from 256 square feet up to 584 square feet in the Deluxe Suites. The ship is decorated in a French colonial style, as is typical of river cruises in the region, and the crew-to-passenger ratio is 2:1. The onboard restaurant and dining room serves Southeast Asian and Western cuisine, and there's a nightly slow-food entree on the menu.
Sanctuary Retreats' Sanctuary Ananda
44 December 2014 Sanctuary Ananda will ply the waters of Burma. All of its cabins will be suites. The smallest standard suites measure 291 to 301 square feet, and four luxury suites range between 334 and 356 square feet. The signature, apartment-sized Aloungpayah Suite comes in at 721 square feet. Cruise packages with Sanctuary include everything except flights, wine, spirits and gratuities.


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