TUI to launch river cruises next year – here's how to book

ALL ABROAD: TUI hopes to entice new customers with its river cruise ships (Pic: GETTY)

TUI is launching a river cruise service next year. The package holiday firm is planning on launching boat trips to a number of European destinations. Germany, Serbia and Portugal are among the locations that could be frequented by the ships.

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TUI has just purchased three 155-passenger ships - which will soon be known as the TUI Maya, TUI Isla and TUI Skyla.

These vessels boast between 75 and 80 cabins, including standard, superior or suite class rooms. They are also currently being revamped with more facilities and eateries. Bars are being added to the boats, which will provide customers with coffee and cocktails around the clock.

A main restaurant, snack bar and al fresco barbecue restaurant are also being constructed. Punters will also be able to enjoy spa and whirlpool facilities as they're cruising along. Alternatively, they can check out an outdoor venue that offers entertainment and shows in the evening.

TUI to launch river cruises next year – here's how to book

PLANE SAILING: TUI already owns Marella Cruises - but now its branching out (Pic: MARELLA CRUISES)

The travel firm hopes that the cruise ships will be functioning next summer.

Seven night adults only trips will soon be available to book. While the itinerary isn't being launched until April 25, bosses have revealed which locations they plan to connect. Managing director Chris Hackney said: "This is just the start for us.

"In terms of how big we get it depends on (consumer) appetite at this stage - we have just launched. "But there is an opportunity for us on the main European rivers going forward. "At the moment we are concentrating on sailings from Amsterdam and we will probably go as far down as Serbia."

To book onto a trip, keep an eye on the TUI webiste on April 25.

You can also book via an agent or in store.

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