Amadeus Waterways is investing approximately $100 million to build four river cruise ships over the next two years. Two of the four ships are set to launch this year, and two will launch in 2009, which will bring the company's fleet size to six (not including several ships Amadeus charters).

The Amacello is set to launch in March and the Amadante in June. In 2009, Amadeus will introduce the Amalyra and the Amadolce. The new ships will all operate on Europe's Danube, Main, Rhine and Moselle rivers.

Each ship will be 360 feet in length and 38 feet wide with four decks, including a sun deck. They will all house 71 staterooms at 170 square feet and four junior suites at 255 square feet. Each ship will have the capacity to carry a crew of 41.

All the ships are being built in Holland and have the same dimensions as Amadeus' existing ships, the Amadagio, which launched in 2006, and Amalegro, which launched last year.

All the staterooms and suites will have river views and 82% of the cabins will feature balconies. The ships will have complimentary Internet access in each cabin and wireless Internet access in the lounge, a new amenity that is being introduced fleetwide. Amadeus had been offering Internet access for a fee.

As with the existing ships, the new ships will also house the requisite restaurant, piano bar and lounge; whirlpool; fitness room; massage parlor; and beauty salon.

Amadeus will continue offering unlimited regional wines, beer and sodas during dinner; complimentary champagne with the buffet breakfast; and complimentary bottled water in each cabin.

The ships also will carry 40 bicycles onboard that passengers can use free of charge.

Amadeus' river cruising season lasts 10 months, from the second week of March until just after New Year's Day. The company offers seven-night, 14-night and 21-night cruises. For pricing and departure dates go to

To contact reporter Michelle Baran, send e-mail to m[email protected].


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