VIVA Cruises completes first post Covid-19 cruise on VIVA TIARA’s maiden voyage
The first post Covid-19 cruise from river cruise specialist, VIVA Cruises, has recently come to an end after a safe and pleasant eight-night journey along the scenic Rhine River on the maiden voyage of the new VIVA TIARA.
The VIVA TIARA was thoroughly refurbished earlier this year and is the very first ship owned by the young European river tour operator. The maiden voyage and VIVA Cruises’ first post Covid-19 cruise sailed with a limited number of passengers on board and featured all the new required health and safety measures.
The VIVA TIARA boasts 76 light-flooded outside cabins, most of them with French balconies. Departing from the German city of Düsseldorf on 26 June, the ship took passengers down the Rhine until the Austrian city of Engelhartszell an der Donau, arriving on 4 July.
The itinerary featured the German cities of Koblenz, Rüdesheim am Rhein, Frankfurt and Nürnberg; the castles and palaces of the Rhine Valley region and the fine wines of the Rheingau district before crossing the border to Austria. All 95 passengers on board (70% of capacity) were extremely satisfied with the new experience on board.
Andrea Kruse, COO of VIVA Cruises and a guest on the VIVA TIARA cruise, said: “We all had a very positive experience on this first post Covid-19 cruise, which was very special for us not only due to the current extraordinary situation but also as it was VIVA TIARA’s maiden voyage. It was very rewarding to see how all the new safety regulations were observed by everyone on board. Whether it is by flight, train or car, we are ready to welcome visitors from all over Europe again.”
New health measures implanted on board include regular temperature checks, compulsory facemasks, one-way system in corridors, à la carte meals, having a doctor throughout the duration of the cruise, amongst many others.
Throughout July and August, VIVA Cruises will be also operating four-night cruises in Germany, along the Main and Rhine rivers, on board MS TREASURES and MS INSPIRE. Additional four- and six-night cruises along the Rhine and Danube rivers are also scheduled from September onwards.
All itineraries will include VIVA Cruises’ signature VIVA All-Inclusive product, which includes full board, high-quality alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, minibar, beauty products from luxury cosmetic brand, Rituals, and all tips and gratuities.