TUI launches second river cruise vessel with Mistletoe & Rhine festive voyage

The UK’s largest tour operator has launched its second river cruises vessel ahead of a busy festive holiday programme.

TUI Skyla was officially christened before embarking on her first itinerary, Mistletoe & Rhine.

The trip will call at German cities including Cologne, Dusseldorf and Koblenz, where guests will get into the festive spirit whilst visiting renowned Christmas markets.

To celebrate the launch of TUI Skyla, a winter wonderland themed top deck was created, with igloo style pods, a live choir, festive treats including hot chocolate and mulled wine.

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

“Since going on-sale we have seen continued growth in demand for TUI Skyla itineraries on the Danube with Danube Treasures being the top seller.

“The feedback we have had from guests sailing on TUI Maya, which launched back in August, has been incredible so we’re delighted to offer even more to our guests and we’re looking forward to completing the fleet with TUI Isla next spring.”

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Winter and Christmas sailings continue to be extremely popular with customers with demand high.

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



Festive-themed decorations aboard the newly-launched TUI Skyla
Festive-themed decorations aboard the newly-launched TUI Skyla

As well as Mistletoe & Rhine, customers can get into the festive spirit on Yuletide Wonders itinerary from date or celebrate Christmas or see in the New Year on one of the Christmas and New Year itineraries, sailing on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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