TUI River Cruises launched after 18 months of delay – take a look inside the first ship



TUI River Cruises launched after an 18-month delay with the brand’s very first river cruise ship, TUI Maya, sailing a glamorous route along the Rhine

A previous rendering of TUI Maya

TUI River Cruises was finally launched, 18 months later than expected after being delayed by the Covid pandemic.

To celebrate, TUI hosted a glamorous christening ceremony for its very first TUI Maya cruise ship, before passengers embarked on an overnight cruise along the Rhine in the heart of Germany’s wine country.

The ship’s godmothers, Rosie Brooks and Catherine Hawkins, were also there to mark the milestone.

TUI Maya is the first of three ships – it will be followed by TUI Isla and TUI Skyla – for the brand, all ships having undergone a multi-million pound refurbishment in preparation for launch.

Passengers on the special navigation were treated to highlights such as sailing through the Rhine Gorge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a visit to Boppard with a walking tour and a stop in Rudesheim for a wine and coffee tasting. On board, guests were able to explore the ship’s restaurants and bars, as well as enjoy a variety of activities ranging from yoga to quizzes and live music.

So how’s it going aboard TUI’s first river cruise ship? We take a look at some brand new images of the interior of the ship in our guide to everything we know so far …

The cabins

TUI offered a preview of its new cabins and suites


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There are 79 cabins aboard the TUI Maya, ranging from Balcony Suites and Superior Cabins to Standard Cabins and Single Cabins.

TUI has shared some brand new images of the interior of the cabins, and they look pretty chic.

The design looks modern, the beds are spacious, and some rooms seem to receive lots of natural light (and brilliant views) from large windows.

The cabins look quite chic and modern


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The French balcony suites are sure to appeal to those looking for an extra dose of luxury. At 24 m², they are larger than the other cabins and have advantages such as a sofa, a coffee table, a fridge, a walk-in closet and a larger bathroom with a rain shower.

Oh, and to pamper yourself further, you can indulge yourself with Molton Brown toiletries, a plush bathrobe and slippers.

You can find out more and view the different types of cabins offered on the TUI website here.

Food and drink

The three TUI river cruise ships will each have two restaurants and two bars.

All TUI River Cruise passengers will receive full board plus as standard – this includes three meals and drinks at meals as part of your package.

Vedastro will be the main restaurant where guests can have breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a menu that changes daily, including fresh and seasonal dishes. Breakfast will be buffet style, but lunch and dinner will be a la carte.

TUI Maya will offer two restaurants and two bars


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The second restaurant, Bistro, will also be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and will be seated near the Vedastro although it has a more relaxed vibe compared to the main restaurant.

There will be a similar offer, with breakfast buffet while lunch and dinner will be a la carte. Here, the menu will only change once, halfway through.

There will be lounges offering everything from coffees to cocktails


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For sunnier days, al fresco dining will be offered to guests. Indeed, the upper decks of the ships will include spaces dedicated to barbecues, completed by daybeds and sofas for those who wish to bask in the sun. Oh, and for foodies, the herb gardens are also a must visit.

It’s not just about food and meal times – there are also two bars where passengers can indulge in everything from coffees to cocktails.

The Observatory lounge will host evening entertainment


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The Club Lounge is where you will find a relaxed atmosphere serving coffee by day and cocktails by night, while the Observatory Lounge will have a lot of atmosphere with nightly entertainment including live music, guest star appearances and fun quizzes.

You can see all the details here.

The itineraries

From beer and wine-themed cruises to festive Christmas market breaks, there are plenty of brilliant itineraries on offer for guests.

TUI River Cruises will also offer shore experiences, and says there will be an average of 14 per proposed route.

For all seven nights, passengers will also receive a £ 120 Shore Experience Voucher to spend on any of the experiences, whether they fancy a wine tasting or a walking tour.

A general view of the decor and atrium on TUI Maya


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Here are some examples of itineraries:

The holiday company is also currently running deals on its river cruises, including £ 400 on the August and September crossings, and savings of £ 500 per cabin when you book at least two cabins with family and friends.

You can see all the routes and find out more on the TUI River Cruises website.

There are already plenty of offers for summer 2022, including hot spots such as Greece, Spain, France and more. We’ve rounded up some of the best here:

  • TUI offers free places for children, including during school holidays – book here.
  • Loveholidays offers all-inclusive packages starting at £ 165 per person – book here.
  • First Choice offers free spaces for children on all-inclusive vacations – book here.
  • Jet2holidays has various offers including free babies – book here.
  • Mirror Holidays offers dream tours – book here.

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Chris Hackney, Managing Director of Cruise TUI UK & Ireland said: “We are delighted to finally launch TUI River Cruises and have had a fitting celebration for TUI River Cruises to cruise in style. The team worked tirelessly to get to this launch, and they “We have done an amazing job. The first feedback we have had has been amazing and we are now all very happy to welcome our first customers this weekend. .

“People were impressed with the sleek design and contemporary feel and surprised with the space of the ship.

“It was also a pleasure to have our amazing godmothers on board to officially christen TUI Maya. TUI launched a nationwide search for their godmothers last year and out of 750 applications found the perfect candidates in Rosie Brooks an illustrator from London and Catherine Hawkins, a University Examining Officer from Barnsley. Rosie and Catherine both have a passion for exploration that has placed them at the top of the list and their desire to cruise really manifested, making them the ideal godmothers. . “

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