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TUI River Cruises welcomes second ship as TUI Skyla is named

Top: A toast to TUI Skyla from godmother, college exam officer Catherine Hawkins and officers; Bottom: igloo-style pods on deck and a festive theme internally
TUI Skyla, the second ship in the TUI River Cruises fleet was officially named Tuesday, before embarking on her first Rhine itinerary from Frankfurt.

The festive sailing will call at Germany’s Cologne, Dusseldorf, Koblenz and Rudesheim with Christmas markets high on the shore excursion agenda. Guests will also enjoy Christmas activities, mulled wine and regional Christmas dishes onboard.   

The ceremony was officiated over by Corporate Captain Marco Menke and godmother, college exam officer Catherine Hawkins. 

Winter wonderland

To celebrate the launch of TUI Skyla, a winter wonderland themed top deck was created, with igloo style pods, a live choir, hot chocolate and mulled wine, alongside the official sail away with sparklers lining the quayside.

Chris Hackney, managing director of Cruise TUI UK & I said: ‘We’re thrilled to welcome the second ship to the TUI River Cruises fleet on our first festive sailing of the year.’

He noted ‘continued growth in demand’ for TUI Skyla 2022 itineraries on the Danube with Danube Treasures being the top seller. 

Solo travellers

TUI reports high demand for winter and festive period sailings on European rivers. Solo traveller bookings have also increased and to accommodate for the demand, TUI River Cruises has increased its offering of solo cabins over the Christmas period by making all twin cabins available on all Christmas sailings. 

Skyla is the second ship in TUI’s river cruise fleet joining TUI Maya launched back in August. A third vessel, TUI Isla will be added next spring.