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The mystical temples of Bagan, Myanmar, just before sunrise. See it on a river cruise.

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The mystical temples of Bagan, Myanmar, just before sunrise. See it on a river cruise.

River cruise ships due to debut in 2016

This is the second of a two-part series on new cruise ships debuting in 2016. Also see:

River cruise ships launching in 2016 

River cruising is continuing its boom into the new year, and nearly all the river cruise lines are introducing new ships in 2016. Here's a sampling:

AmaWaterways

AmaWaterways will launch two more river ships cruising European waterways this year:

Uniworld

It's exciting to see one of the major cruise lines offering voyages through India. 

 

Viking River Cruises

In addition to Viking Star, its new ocean ship, Viking River Cruises plans to roll out more of its cool, modern Longships in 2016. 

  • The Viking Longship Alruna will debut in March 2016 and carry 180 passengers on 7 Night Rhine Getaway cruises (multiple dates). 
  • The Viking Longship Tialfi will debut in March 2016 and carry 180 passengers on 7 Night Rhine Getaway cruises (multiple dates).
  • The Viking Longship Egil will debut in March 2016 and carry 180 passengers on 7 Night Rhine Getaway cruises, 9 Night Bavaria To Budapest cruises and a 14 Night Grand European Tour cruise (multiple dates).
  • The Viking Longship Kadlin will debut in March 2016 and carry 180 passengers on 7 Night Paris And The Heart Of Normandy cruises (multiple dates).
  • The Viking Longship Rolf will debut in March 2016 and carry 180 passengers on 7 Night Paris And The Heart Of Normandy cruises (multiple dates).
  • The Viking Longship Osfrid will debut in March 2016 and carry 180 passengers on Douro River cruises from Lisbon to Porto, Portugal. 
  • The Viking Longship Vilhjalm will debut in April 2016 and carry 180 passengers on Danube River cruises.

 

The Deluxe Suite on the new river ship Scenic Aura.
Courtesy of Scenic CruisesThe Deluxe Suite on the new river ship Scenic Aura.

Scenic Cruises

Scenic, the Australia-based cruise line and tour company, launches several new "space ships" this year:

  • Scenic Spirit debuts in January 2016 and will carry 68 guests on river cruises along the Mekong River in Vietnam and Cambodia. 
  • Scenic Azure will debut in April 2016 and carry 96 passengers on trips along Portugal’s Douro River, including a "20 Night Beautiful Bordeaux And Unforgettable Douro And Land Tour" (multiple dates). 
  • Scenic Aura will debut in September 2016 and carry 44 passengers on river cruises along the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar. A 16-night "Mystical Irrawaddy" combination fly-cruise vacation departs on Dec. 5, 2016. 

Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways introduces two new luxury river ships in 2016:

 

Tauck's upcoming ship ms Grace.
Courtesy of Tauck River CruisesTauck's upcoming ship ms Grace.

Tauck River Cruises

Tauck River Cruises introduces two new luxury river ships in 2016:

American Cruise Lines

  • The America is the newest paddlewheeler from American Cruise Lines with itineraries up and down the Mississippi River. The cruise line's eighth ship, the America is scheduled to begin sailing the Mississippi River in early 2016, with "features never before seen on a Mississippi riverboat." See the ship's 7- and 14-night sailings.

JD Lasica
I'm co-founder, Editor and chief cat herder at Cruiseable. Follow your cruise bliss to any land where it may lead. Let's connect! I'm @jdlasica on Twitter.

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