Both AmaWaterways and Viking have announced plans to restart rivers cruising in Europe from July, coming after the European Union voted to reopen its borders to vaccinated travellers.
Viking sailings, as part of the company's 'Welcome Back' collection, will be open to vaccinated guests only. In addition, every Viking ship will have a full-scale laboratory and a network of dedicated shoreside labs. All guests and crew will receive frequent non-invasive saliva PCR tests. New air purification technology has also been installed on all Viking ships, which have always featured independent air handling units for all guest staterooms.
"The response to our initial 'Welcome Back' ocean voyages has been overwhelmingly positive," said Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking. "It is clear that many people are eager to get back out into the world, and I would like to thank all of our destination partners for their support as we plan our return to service."
The July itineraries, the company said, are among its most popular. They include its eight-day Rhine Getaway from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland and the 10-day Portugal's River of Gold from Lisbon to Porto. In France, it will operate the eight-day Paris & the Heart of Normandy; the eight-day Lyon & Provence cruise from Avignon to Lyon; and France's Finest, a 15-day journey that combines the northern and southern France itineraries.
In a similar move, AmaWaterways will restart river cruising in Europe on select ships in July.
Portugal sailings resume July 3 on the AmaDouro.
The AmaMagna will launch Danube River sailings on July 21. France sailings will launch July 22 with the AmaKristina on the Rhone River and the AmaLyra on the Seine River, followed by the AmaDolce in Bordeaux on July 29.
The AmaVida will begin sailing in Portugal and Spain on July 27, and the AmaSiena on the Rhine River on July 29.
Source: Travel Weekly