Amadeus River Cruises christened its 14th river ship in Amsterdam this month and the new ship has been designed to deal with high water levels.
The Amadeus Queen is 15cm lower than other river cruise vessels which means that it will be able to sail under bridges when heavy rainfall causes European rivers to rise.
It also has the first ever indoor swimming pool.
Built at the De Hoop shipyard in the Netherlands, the shipyard president Patrick Janseens told Cruise Critic, “In recent years, climate change has meant some very high water levels that have prevented ships from sailing under bridges.
“We have reduced the height of this vessel by 15 centimetres, the first time we have carried out such a design which had its challenges as it reduced the amount of room to install things such as electrical cables in ceilings. However, it means that in high water levels, this ship will be the last one still sailing and being able to pass under bridges and complete the voyage when other ships have to stop. It also features new technology to reduce noise and vibration.”
The ship has 69 staterooms which range from 172 to 188 square feet as well as 12 284-square-foot suites with walk-out balconies. All cabins have walk-in closets and this ship has an indoor pool with retractable roof.
By night, the pool is covered and becomes a cinema. There is also a hair salon, gym as well as massage room.
The Amadeus Queen will sail on the Danube, Rhine and Main rivers as well as the Dutch and Belgian waterways.