European rivers are about to get a little busier as Travelmarvel places an order for three new river ships to sail on the line’s European Gems itinerary from Amsterdam to Budapest (& vice versa).

Announced this morning, the first of the three new Travelmarvel ships will make its debut in April 2020 as the line’s brand new Contemporary Class vessel. The other two will follow in April 2021.

As part of the new Contemporary Class design, the river vessels will feautre a 2 ½ deck design, allowing maximum access to the ship’s Sun Deck throughout the cruise. On the sun deck, guests will find a rooftop bar, a terrace garden and a heated whirlpool.


The brand-new design also features a more casual dining and social area, McGeary’s Bar, where passengers can enjoy hearty pub-style meals and soak up the relaxed atmosphere as they catch up with friends.

Other features include 91 spacious cabins (ranging from 14.2 to 24 square metres), as well as floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows in the main restaurant and Vista Lounge. There’ll also be bi-folding windows that open out to the front verandah in the Vista Lounge.


“Every aspect of the new ships are designed with the Travelmarvel guest in mind, we have included more social spaces, modern fittings and state-of-the-art design to ensure the ships suit our guests’ desires.”

David Cox, Travelmarvel Chief Executive

The first of the new ships will be joining the Travelmarvel Diamond and Jewel on Europe’s waterways in 2020, both of which underwent a soft refurbishment of the cabins, Vista Lounge, restaurant and reception in 2018.


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