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Three Shining Stars! APT Travelmarvel’s New River Cruise Ships

Friday 12nd Aug 2022

From a traditional Irish pub to an in-house barista and electronically opening panoramic windows in suites, these contemporary new vessels are feature-filled to give you the very best experience on Europe’s rivers.

The three new river ships will shine bright, like the stars they were named after: Polaris, Capella and Vega. Combining state-of-the-art design with more dining options and social spaces, these contemporary river ships will offer a relaxed new standard of cruise. Here’s a sneak peek at what to look forward to when the newest additions make their grand splash in 2022.

Photo credit Rob Nijhuis. Ship exteriors are artist's impressions.

Artist's Impression of Travelmarvel Contemporary Ship in Budapest Cabin with French Balcony Sun Deck Owner's Suite Constellations Restaurant McGeary's Bar True North Lounge Stateroom Bathroom Get Active Cycling in Bamberg Artists Impression of Travelmarvel Contemporary Ship visiting Durnstein
  • Contemporary Accommodation

    These ships have been designed with guests in mind so there’s now more to enjoy in each stateroom and suite across the fleet. Every category features an en-suite bathroom, personal climate control, luxurious linen and plenty of storage – as well as a TV, safe and mini fridge. Suites boast electric windows that slide down to form a French balcony – complete with black-out blinds for when you want a restorative sleep-in. 

  • Sun and Sky Decks

    There’s nothing better than enjoying Europe’s riverside scenery with the warm sun on your skin, a gentle breeze ruffling your hair and a drink in hand.

    The new ships feature a 2 ½ deck design, meaning the Sky Deck Terrace & Bar is open throughout your river cruise – no more going inside when passing under a bridge!  Connecting to the Lounge via an internal all-weather staircase, the Sky Deck Terrace is the perfect place to meet with friends for a drink while the ship is underway.  However, it’s hard to beat the views from the Sun Deck. Head up here with a book, take a dip in the whirlpool or spend some time on the putting green.

  • True North Lounge

    With a crisp, contemporary design palette of neutral colours with pops of green, the True North Lounge will be a wonderful place to relax and socialise. Floor-to-ceiling windows will offer an ever-changing picture reel of stunning landscapes, while bi-fold doors open onto a verandah so you can savour an alfresco beverage in the breeze. 

    Designed specifically for a coffee-loving audience, you’ll enjoy barista-made coffee here each morning. Plus there’s a casual buffet option for dinner as well as a light lunch and afternoon tea menu.

  • Constellations Restaurant

    For a fine-dining experience, Constellations will offer a four-course dinner featuring a changing menu of regional specialties. 

    For example, start with salmon tartare on pumpernickel bread followed by soup and then a perfectly cooked steak with Mediterranean vegetables. Dessert might be a slice of chocolate charlotte, a raspberry panna cotta or a selection of international cheeses. Local beer and wine are 
    included too.

  • McGeary’s Bar

    If you want a cold beer or a schnitzel in a traditional Irish pub-style setting, head to McGeary’s Bar to tuck in, unwind and enjoy the lively atmosphere. 

    Named after APT’s owner, Geoff McGeary, it’s here you can enjoy a snack, a casual bar meal or simply a drink with newfound friends. Just as the pub is at the heart of Irish culture, McGeary’s bar is set to be at the centre of these new Contemporary river ships. 

  • Get Active

    There’s another chocolate-box village up ahead, so why not take an onboard bicycle and cycle around at your own pace? These bikes are free to use for onshore excursions. Explore along the riverside or cast out to discover even more of each destination. 

    For those wanting to keep up their fitness while cruising, there’s always the option to make use of the onboard gym, whirlpool, putting green and walking track.

    APT Travelmarvel’s brand-new river ships will be setting sail in Spring 2022 on their European Gems and Best of the Balkans river cruises. 

Find out more in the Blue Water Holidays guide to APT Travelmarvel Cruises

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