All aboard the new MS Arena

MS Arena on the Rhine

MS Arena on the Rhine

GTO’s Consultant Editor, Abbe Bates, was able to learn more about The River Cruise Line’s newest vessel, MS Arena, over a delicious lunch at Blanc Brasserie near the Tower of London.

The four-star ship will be offered exclusively by the company, and marks the first significant expansion since The River Cruise Line was purchased by Arena Travel in 2017.

The MS Arena is undergoing extensive refurbishment in preparation for its launch in 2020, when it will sail on the Dutch Waterways, Rhine and Danube, including routes to the Black Sea, from the spring.

Cabins feature floor-to-ceiling windows, French balconies and flat-screen TVs, along with free WiFi. The ship is also equipped with a ‘push-style’ engine, meaning it can cruise overnight with minimal engine noise.

Onboard, facilities include the Panorama Restaurant, Ambassador’s Lounge and a wellness suite.

Those travelling on the new ship will have the option to upgrade to a ‘Premium package’ to add extra treats to their cruise, including a drinks package with meals, 10% off excursions, complimentary toiletries, free use of the wellness suite and a basket of fruit on arrival.

As always, groups are well looked after and packages can be tailored to your requirements including bespoke pick-ups and free places.

You can find out more in The River Cruise Line’s new Unforgettable River & Coastal Voyages 2020 brochure.