Tauck World Discovery and Ama Waterways each unveiled plans last week to add a new ship in Europe in 2011.

The announcement came close on the heels of newbuild plans from Viking River Cruises, Avalon Waterways and Uniworld River Cruises.

Tauck, which has been relatively quiet on the ship-launching front since its third leased ship, the Swiss Jewel, was christened in April 2009, is adding a fourth river cruise ship to its fleet in summer 2011, increasing its river cruise departures by 30% with two new itineraries on the Rhone River in France.

"European river cruising continues to be among the fastest-growing segments of our business, and we're boosting capacity and expanding our offerings to better serve our guests and our agents," Tauck CEO Dan Mahar said in a statement.

In 2011, Tauck will have 12 itineraries among the Swiss Jewel, Swiss Sapphire (launched in 2008), Swiss Emerald (launched in 2006) and the new ship, which has not yet been named. Tauck said it will reveal additional details about the new vessel in the coming months.

Following the launch of the 162-passenger Amabella in May, Ama Waterways plans to launch a sister ship, the Amaverde, in 2011.

In 2011, both ships will primarily be marketed in Australia, but departures targeting the North American market will be available October through December.

Just like the newly built Amabella, the Amaverde will feature staterooms averaging 214 square feet with balconies; multiple dining venues, including a restaurant that seats 24 and has its own chef; a library; and a swimming pool. There will also be room service for select cabin categories.

The Amaverde will be Ama's eighth company-owned ship in Europe. Ama also charters ships in France, Portugal and Russia and on the Mekong River.

This report appeared in the July 5 issue of Travel Weekly.

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