River cruise company Viva Cruises is branching out into expedition sailings with its first ever ocean ship MS Seaventure.
Formerly Hapag-Lloyd Cruises’ MS Bremen, the 164-passenger ship was acquired this month by Viva Cruises’ parent company Scylla AG and will set sail under its new name in spring 2021.
Purpose-built for manoeuvrability and cruising in polar waters, the vessel can change course at short notice for passengers to observe animals and nature and is equipped with 14 Zodiacs for sea safaris and landing at smaller ports of call.
The maiden itinerary, Springtime Maritime Experiences, departs on April 18 and is a seven-night round-trip sailing from Bremerhaven, Germany. Ports of call include Poland’s ‘green city’ of Stettin, the Danish capital Copenhagen and Heligoland, Germany’s only offshore island.
MS Seaventure will then embark on three more seven-night sailings from Bremerhaven visiting destinations such as Sweden’s Malmo and Gothenburg and Kristiansand in Norway.
Andrea Kruse, Chief Operating Officer of Viva Cruises, said: “We are delighted to launch this exciting new product and the first four itineraries to the UK market. MS Seaventure will offer a truly unique small ship experience, taking guests to some of the most breath-taking scenery on the North and Baltic Seas.”
To mark the launch, Viva Cruises is offering a €350 voucher on bookings made before December 31, 2020, that can be redeemed against one of the line’s 2021 river cruises. Fares on MS Seaventure include full-board meals, snacks, all drinks, in-cabin minibar and tips.
For more information on Viva Cruises, please visit www.viva-cruises.com
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 Viva Cruises