Not to be outdone, Amadeaus, AmaWaterways, American Cruise Lines, Avalon Waterways, CroisEurope, Crystal, Emerald Waterways, Uniworld and Viking launched or will launch new river ships.
A lot of new ships. Very exciting!
In 2019, Hurtigruten will add a brand new ship to its fleet: MS Roald Amundsen. This state-of-the-art vessel will feature new and environmentally sustainable hybrid technology that will reduce fuel consumption and show the world that hybrid propulsion on large ships is possible.
As Hurtigruten states: "Sailing on electrical power is not only a great benefit to the environment, but it will also enhance the impact of experiencing nature for the guests. “Imagine sailing silently along the ice edge in the Arctic or Antarctica, or along the banks of the Amazon. That is truly unique and exceptional."
The silence is what I find especially exciting. Just you and nature at its best.
The cabins are luxurious and spacious, many including the new Infinite Veranda, an element that virtually takes your room right to the water's edge. I experienced this feature on Celebrity's newest ship, the Edge, and I must admit, this is spectacular. It not only expands your living space, but allows you to enjoy the veranda and the "outside" with an open or closed window.
The Flora also has a sunset to sunrise glamping experience, where you can sleep under the stars in a private cabana after an exclusive "campfire themed" dinner and cocktails. A special star-gazing platform and Observatory library dedicated to the Galapagos Islands are also exclusive to this ship.
The Song and Harmony are not your typical river cruise ships. With 187 passengers, the ships have spacious staterooms, all with private balconies, large sliding doors and hotel sized bathrooms. Both ships have cabins (with balconies) for solo travelers.
Aside from the cabins, the large picture windows in the observation lounges are what sets the boats apart from other lines. Triple the glass of other riverboats, the lounges, some 40 feet above the water, offer awesome panoramic views.
The Song can be enjoyed on the Columbia and Snake Rivers; the Harmony n the Mississippi.
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