Embark with TUI River Cruises
The reasons to book a TUI river cruise are piling up soon.
Want to explore the fascinating and varied continent that is Europe? A river cruise could be the solution.
A cruise along one of Europe’s longest and most beautiful rivers – be it the Danube, Main, Rhine, Moselle or the Dutch and Belgian waterways – passes through time-warped villages and cosmopolitan cities, while unpacking only once.
Are you looking for a reputable river cruise company? Allow us to introduce you to TUI River Cruises. TUI, the UK’s largest travel company, launched its new venture – Take a Bow TUI River Cruises – in August 2021, after a pandemic-related hiatus.
Three ships – TUI Maya, TUI Isla and TUI Skyla – make up the TUI River Cruises fleet. The ships have been transformed with multi-million pound makeovers and now have two bars, two restaurants (plus a outside BBQ area on some routes) and deck areas designed to allow for relaxation, wellness and more intense activities – meaning there really is something for everyone.
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The new river cruise line combines the exceptional service the travel giant is known for with culture-rich itineraries encompassing big cities like Vienna and Budapest as well as little hidden gems (Boppard and Rudesheim, anyone?)
Here are 11 reasons to go with TUI River Cruises this year.
A trusted expert
As the name suggests, TUI River Cruises is part of TUI, one of the world’s leading travel companies, so you know you’re in good hands.
Passengers booking a TUI river cruise can expect the first-class service (there is one crew member for every four passengers) you expect from TUI as well as memorable experiences, nightly entertainment and an array of restaurants and lounges.
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Do you like to explore? You will love TUI river cruises. The new line offers an array of shore experiences to choose from – we’re talking an average of 12 per route – from guided walking tours to wine tasting workshops and more.
Even better? Every seven nights, guests receive a £120 shore experience voucher to spend on an excursion of their choice. For your information, shore experience credit is included on departures before winter 2023.
Think of TUI River Cruises’ three ships as floating hotels with their gold, pastel and light wood interiors, complete with panoramic windows. But it’s not about style and substance: Maya, Isla and Skyla also have top-notch facilities.
You will find a multitude of lounges and restaurants to sip cocktails or treat yourself to a à la carte meal. Worried about the extra calories you’re consuming? Practice pilates on the deck before admiring the scenery from the upper deck and socializing with new friends.
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The elegant and well-equipped cabins and suites of TUI River Cruises create the perfect environment to relax and rejuvenate. There are no inside cabins on any of the ships, which guarantees unobstructed views.
Check in to a cabin with a porthole, window, or French balcony and enjoy river views plus welcome touches like air conditioning, hairdryer, flat-screen TV, safe, and refrigerator. tea/coffee maker.
A modern approach
Not a fan of old-fashioned fixed dining arrangements? We hear you. Fortunately, there are no set meal times or seating plans on board Maya, Isla and Skyla, allowing passengers to dine where, when and with whom they choose.
And because the ships are smaller than ocean liners, you can expect a more relaxed pace, with plenty of time to discover a new destination.
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Lots of space
Pleasantly – in fact, essential in these post-Covid times – there is plenty of space on board Maya, Isla and Skyla. There is a maximum of 155 guests on board any sail. As such, you can really get to know your fellow travelers throughout the week, while having your own space.
Plus, for those of us who prefer a child-free cruise, all of TUI’s ships are adults-only, so you can expect a grown-up atmosphere. Huzah.
A hassle-free vacation
Arguably the biggest revelation when it comes to booking a TUI river cruise is this: it really is a vacation. All you have to do is get to the airport to catch your flight to your port of embarkation – TUI takes care of everything else. Flights? Check. A quick check-in? Consider it done. Smooth transfers giving you more time to discover a new destination? Sorted.
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A TUI river cruise represents exceptional value. All meals with drinks are included (think tea, coffee and juice at breakfast and soft drinks, beer and wine at lunch and dinner), while anyone bringing home local wine on board after a day of tasting ashore can do so without corkage. Of course, if you fancy treating yourself to a killer cocktail (you’re on vacation after all), you can always pay as you go.
Gratuities and service charges are also covered, and you’ll also receive a £120 experience credit (per person) over the seven days of your TUI river cruise to use on your chosen tours. Whether you want to sightsee with a local expert, taste local wines, or go on a guided bike ride, the choice is always yours. Embark for a fortnight? Enjoy £240 experience credit on 14 night cruises!
Overnight stays and late departures on some routes
As part of its philosophy of ‘immersion in the destination’, TUI River Cruises offers overnight stays in cities such as Vienna, Amsterdam and Budapest so that passengers can get a clear idea of the destination.
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You can also expect leisurely daytime sailings (depending on the route) allowing you to see the ever-changing river landscapes – think rural vistas, castles, cathedrals and grand architecture – as Europe’s rivers are never less than picturesque.
Browse with confidence
TUI’s river cruise promise means the ship will only sail if TUI can guarantee the cruise will go ahead without significant changes – and there will always be 24/7 assistance on standby.
Meanwhile, to help maintain social distancing in these pandemic times, the layout of restaurants and bars on board have been adapted to allow for reasonable social distancing. Plus, every vessel is regularly deep-cleaned to exemplary new hygiene standards, so you can cruise knowing you’re likely safer at sea than on land.
Factor in Atol protection, free repairs, help with testing and your money back in just 14 days if, God forbid, TUI is forced to cancel the cruise and peace of mind is guaranteed.
Maya, Isla and Skyla turned green. Make no mistake: TUI River Cruises has adopted a number of sustainable measures, including the reduction of single-use plastics (the river line provides passengers with reusable water bottles in cabins) and the use of maximum of local products in the restaurants. Elsewhere, cabin carpets are made from recycled fishing nets and onboard cruise news and updates are now available digitally on TUI’s Navigate app, rather than in print.