The boat sails from Basel, Switzerland on to Strasbourg, France before calling at German cities, such as Rudesheim, Koblenz and Cologne before reaching Amsterdam, Netherlands where its itinerary concludes.
‘Her addition allows us to visit ports of call and destinations we haven’t been to before,’ said Chris Hackney, MD, cruise, TUI UK & Ireland. ‘We’ve had some incredible feedback from guests sailing onboard TUI Maya and TUI Skyla since they launched last year so we’re thrilled to be able to offer even more itineraries to our guests.’
Godmother Courtney Smith, a TUI retail homeworker who has been at the company for five years, pushed the button for the traditional bottle smash at the boat’s naming event on March 28.
The ceremony was part of a special voyage for TUI retail staff, ahead of its first customer sailing.
‘I am honoured to be TUI Isla's godmother,’ said Smith who was given the title back in 2020, but unable to fulfill the associated duties owing to the pandemic. ‘It’s amazing to finally be able to christen her – and the fact she is the final ship of the fleet makes it really special.
‘TUI River Cruises have been so popular with our customers and having sailed on TUI Isla now, I can understand why.
‘It’s a really special experience and I feel incredibly lucky to be playing such an important role in the brand.’
Two new itineraries and one new port of call appear in TUI Cruises’ 2022 voyages: ‘Treasures of the Main’ features the new port of call Aschaffenburg while ‘Legends of the Rhine’ is a seven-night Frankfurt round-trip with calls to Cologne, Bonn and Koblenz. Passengers sailing onboard the latter who depart August 12 will get to experience the Rhine in Flames festival - Germany's oldest and largest fireworks display.