easyCruise Expands Fleet to Sail European Rivers

April 19, 2006
This summer, the U.K.-based easyCruise line will chart new waters: The ultra-budget line has announced it will add a second ship to its fleet -- a river vessel that will ply the rivers and canals of Holland and Belgium. The 100-passenger easyCruiseTwo will launch on July 14, 2006, sailing seven-night itineraries roundtrip from Amsterdam to Rotterdam, Brussels and Antwerp.

Like the line's 4,077-ton, 170-passenger easyCruiseOne, the new ship will sail late at night and arrive in a new port each day by lunchtime, allowing passengers to experience local nightlife and cuisine. easyCruiseTwo will also offer the line's eye-poppingly low rates -- bookings will begin in May from as little as $22 per person, per night, with passengers able to hop on and off at will as long as they stay a minimum of two nights.

The new vessel, currently sailing as the M.P.S. Frontera, will sport the easyCruise logo but continue to be operated by the Netherlands-based Boonstra River Line. All cabins will have windows and private bathrooms. Onboard facilities will include a sundeck, hot tub, bar and restaurant. Click here to get a preview of the new vessel.

easyCruise has also announced that changes are on the way for easyCruiseOne -- including a new toned-down look. During the ship's October 2006 dry dock, its vibrant orange hull will be painted gray with orange trim, and some inside cabins will be transformed into oceanview staterooms. Catch a glimpse of the new look here.

Finally, the line will be making changes to the onboard food and beverage offerings for both ships, promising "a more upscale, international dining experience." We'll keep you posted.