Riviera Travel has announced plans for a new small ocean ship for 2022, and a range of maiden itineraries, as part of its expanding ocean cruise programme.
Established in 1984, Riviera Travel has grown into the UK’s largest provider of European river cruises and in recent years entered the ocean market with small ships and yachts that replicate the low passenger numbers and on board intimacy found on its river vessels.
Next year it will launch the brand new 190-passenger vessel World Voyager which will sail on three itineraries covering France, Spain and Portugal; the British Isles; and Morocco, Madeira and the Canary Islands. All cabins are sea-facing, with balconies or windows, and facilities include fitness studio, sauna, spa and pool terrace.
Will Sarson, Head of Strategy and Innovation at Riviera Travel, said:
“We have been looking for more than two years to find the right ship and the right partner as we wanted to provide a similar experience to being on a river ship. We found that with World Voyager which is being built by the same people that build our Douro river ships.”
The Morocco, Madeira and Canary Islands cruise, which will feature excursions outside the main tourist destinations so passengers can explore more of the local regions, departs in March and April 2022.
The France, Spain and Portugal sailing in September 2022 will include stops at Guernsey, Belle Ile and Spain’s Basque Country, as well as coastal cities in Portugal. The British Isles cruise, also in September, will visit Scotland and Ireland. Fares on World Voyager start from £2,999 for 11 days and include all meals, excursions and flights.
For guests wanting to sample a thrilling ‘tall ship’ experience, Riviera is offering the 14-day Mediterranean Odyssey sailing on Royal Clipper in June 2022. The 222-passenger masted sailing ship will sail from Rome to Venice with ports of call including Sorrento and Pompeii, Capri, Taormina, Corfu, Kotor and Dubrovnik.
Additionally, Riviera has five yachts sailing on eight-day itineraries in the Adriatic from May to October, including its latest vessel MV Markan, which will sail on the Dubrovnik, Mostar and Secrets of Dalmatia route. The yachts accommodate up to 40 passengers and there will be a total of 76 cruises, with six exclusively for solo travellers.
“With cruise enthusiasts counting down to the time they can step on board a ship, we’re excited to offer this great variety, and have something to suit all tastes and budgets.
“Whether you’re looking to stay closer to home and discover more of what’s on our doorsteps in the UK or explore a wealth of culture and traditions in mainland Europe, now is the perfect time to look forward to your 2022 getaway.”
Known as the ‘River Cruise Queen’, Jeannine Williamson is an award-winning travel writer, cruise expert and our cruise correspondent, who has clocked up thousands of nautical miles.
Photographs courtesy of Riviera Travel