Introducing Travelmarvel’s sparkling new fleet of river cruise ships. From a traditional Irish pub to an in-house barista and electronically opening panoramic windows in suites, these contemporary vessels are feature-filled to give you the very best experience on Europe’s rivers.
When we return to Europe’s waterways, Travelmarvel’s 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, the contemporary-class ships will offer a relaxed new standard of cruise. Here’s a sneak peek at what to look forward to when Travelmarvel’s newest additions make their grand splash in 2021.
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.
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. You’ll enjoy barista-made coffee here each morning, and there’s a casual buffet option for dinner as well as a light lunch and afternoon tea menu.
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 Sky Deck Terrace & Bar will be open throughout your cruise and connects to the Lounge via an internal all-weather staircase. It’s 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.
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.
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 ATG’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 Travelmarvel’s new ships. (All ship interiors and exteriors featured here are artists' impressions.)
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.
Once these new ships start plying Europe’s waterways next year, just as before you’ll enjoy everything at your fingertips on board while dreamy destinations arrive on your doorstep. But this time around everything is anew, from gleaming and intuitive interiors to a focus on wellbeing and staying active. That said, if you’d rather relax in the sanctuary of your own suite and watch the world go by there's now all the more reason to!
For the inside word on what's new aboard the TM Capella, TM Vega and TM Polaris, learn more from the experts Travelmarvel's Queensland State Sales Manager Karen Newbury and Travelmarvel Europe Cruise Director Roland Noordermeer, here at Travelmarvel LIVE European Gems Journey.