Saga River Cruises has announced details of its 2024 itineraries, including a maiden season for a brand-new ship, Spirit of the Douro.

A number of new itineraries are available throughout the year, including an unusual voyage along Lake Ijssell on board Amadeus Elegant. The 11-night cruise will depart from Amsterdam on 8 June 2024, visiting maritime ports and tiny islands en route.

Due to considerable demand, Saga River Cruises will also offer four 2024 André Rieu cruises, including tickets to one of his concerts. Among them is André Rieu’s New Year Concert in Amsterdam promises to be a brilliant start to 2024, which departs on Spirit of the Rhine on 3 January 2024.

Spirit of the Douro will join the fleet in March 2024, a ship boasting 63 cabins that all face out onto the river. She is set to undertake 36 Douro Explorer cruises until November 2024, where guests can enjoy the region’s famous wineries, attractions, and the baroque Sanctuary of Nossa Senhore dos Remedios.

Chief Executive Officer of Saga Cruises Nigel Blanks said: “There are a lot of exciting new experiences for our river guests in 2024, including Spirit of the Douro arriving in the fleet to operate one of our most popular regions, the introduction of ‘taster cruises’ that are just five nights, new itineraries including to Lake Ijssel and Flanders Field and more of what our customers love most, such as André Rieu events.

“Our ‘Spirit’ river cruises are now all-inclusive from dining and drinks to wifi and gratuities, and we offer a complimentary chauffeur service from home to the airport or St Pancras, and back again. Everything is taken care of so our guests can just relax and enjoy the rivers.”

Guests can also embark on a five-night taster river cruise, which is a great option for anyone who wants to try this way of travelling before embarking on a longer itinerary.

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