16. February 2021 – The vessels will be renamed and sailing all year round. Despite the current lockdown and travel restrictions, river cruise specialist, VIVA Cruises, has been working hard to welcome visitors on board as soon as it is safe to do so. For the 2021 season, VIVA Cruises will be having three ships running exclusively for the brand, which will be given a fresh new look and name and sailing all year round.
Two of VIVA Cruises’ most popular ships, MS TREASURES and MS INSPIRE (leased from parent company, Scylla AC), will be sailing exclusively for the young river cruise operator in 2021. For this reason, they will be renamed as VIVA TREASURES and VIVA INSPIRE, respectively. The ships will be sailing on their popular itineraries on the Main, Rhine and Moselle rivers all year round.
Additionally, MS ROBERT BURNS, which also sailed with VIVA Cruises last year, will change her name to VIVA MOMENTS – aligned with the brand’s “Enjoy the moment” motto - and become a permanent member of the fleet. The ship, built in 2018, features 88 outside cabins (most of them with French balconies) and four suites (with balconies), and will be sailing on 7- and 16-night itineraries on the Danube river. As the launch of VIVA ONE, VIVA’s first new build ship, has been pushed back to 2022, VIVA MOMENTS will take over all her planned voyages this year.
All of the three ships will be given a fresh new look using VIVA Cruises’ recognisable blue colours, and will join other vessels such as VIVA TIARA - VIVA Cruises’ very first owned ship which started sailing along the Rhine and Danube rivers in June 2020.
Andrea Kruse, COO of VIVA Cruises, said: “We are delighted to be sailing three vessels exclusively this year, together with our own VIVA TIARA. Our very successful 2020 summer season highlights that we operate the highest safety protocols and have been working very hard to build on this success and have everything ready for 2021.”
All 2021 itineraries will include VIVA’s Checklist - the health and safety measures introduced in light of Covid-19 – and VIVA Cruises’ signature VIVA All-Inclusive product, which includes snacks, full board, high-quality alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, minibar, beauty products from luxury cosmetic brand, Rituals, Wi-Fi and all tips and gratuities.