Viking will introduce two new itineraries and a variety of new pre- and post-cruise extensions to its river cruise offerings in 2019, a year when the line is adding seven new European river vessels.

U by Uniworld canceled its 2019 Seine River program on The B and will move the vessel to Central Europe in 2020, the company announced Thursday.

River cruises are currently one of the hottest trends in cruising and draw a significant number of first-timers. And Alaska continues as the top growth destination for cruising a third year running.

Tauck will introduce its first cruises on the Douro River in Portugal next year aboard the newbuild Andorinha.

Advantage Travel Partnership CEO Julia Lo Bue-Said will serve as the godmother for AmaDouro at festivities in Porto, Portugal, on April 12. She is AmaWaterways' first British godmother.

Longtime river cruise specialist Scylla AG is branching out into ocean cruising with the purchase of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises' Bremen in 2021. The sale price was not disclosed.

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and National Geographic Expeditions announced an expanded third season as river cruise partners in 2020. Destinations will include Russia, Egypt, France’s Rhône River and a Rhine Christmas cruise.

Rostock-based A-Rosa Flussschiff has launched a multimillion-euro lifecycle program for its fleet trading mainly on the Rhône and Danube rivers. In other news, the line is expanding to the UK with a branch office to be set up there early this year.

American Queen Steamboat Co. finalized the purchase of sister vessels Victory I and Victory II and the Victory Cruise Lines brand from Miami's SunStone Ships. The price was not disclosed but a $3m refurbishment is planned before Great Lakes service begins in the spring.

A full 100% of respondents to Avoya Travel's 2019 Wave Season Survey predict their sales will be the same or better than Avoya's record-breaking 2018 wave season and sales year.

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