The Danube and Rhine rivers are set to welcome yet more new ships to their waterways over the next 12 months with Amadeus River Cruises announcing two new vessels.

Family-owned cruise line, Amadeus River Cruises this week announced another new ship for their fleet, the Amadeus Cara, which will sail on Europe’s popular Danube and Rhine rivers from April 2021.

With Amadeus Imperial due to launch in early April this year, the Amadeus Cara will become the 17th ship in the passenger fleet. It’s a reflection of how popular Europe’s waterways are for river cruise passengers seeking itineraries in the UK.

The line’s founder and managing director, Dr. Wolfgang Lüftner, said: “The new ship in 2021 will not only serve as much needed extra capacity increase for the great demand for our high quality river cruises, but is also a promise to our passengers that we will continue to offer one of the most modern fleets in the five-star segment.

“As a family business, our most important role is to exceed the high expectations of our guests from the very first day of their cruise. When they are on board, they should feel as though they are a part of our big Amadeus family,” he said.

The ship is being built by Dutch shipyard DeHoop, and will boast a total of 70 cabins and 12 suites, all of which will have large bathrooms and outdoor balconies with seating areas. The suites and cabins will also each feature infotainment systems, as well as flatscreen TVs, a personal minibar and air conditioning which can be individually regulated.

On the Mozart and Strauss deck, the cabins will also have panoramic windows which can be lowered and are as wide as the cabins themselves. They have been developed especially for the Amadeus River Cruise Line.

Amadeus Cara means “valuable” and “precious” in Latin. Her debut voyage will be an eight-day Danube Rhapsody round trip from Passu at the end of April 2021. Following that season of sailings, she will offer cruise itineraries on the Danube to the Black Sea, as well as between Amsterdam and Basel on the Rhine River.

Fred Olsen Travel’s head of river, Sukie Rapal, says: “With the continued growth in river cruising, we are very excited to welcome Amadeus Cara to our portfolio.”