A rendering of the Inspiration Class vessels // © 2013 Tauck
Tauck has disclosed the names of the two new riverboats it will launch next year and announced that the vessels will each be considerably longer than the four sister-ships that currently make up the company’s fleet. The new ships, the Inspire and the Savor, will each be 443 feet long, compared to Tauck’s existing ships, which measure 361 feet. Despite being 23 percent longer, the two newbuilds will only accommodate 130 guests each, or just 10 percent more than its current ships.
“Our existing riverboats – what we’re now calling our Jewel Class vessels – already have the lowest passenger-to-ship-length ratio on Europe’s rivers,” said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar. “The two new riverboats – our Inspiration Class vessels – actually raise the bar even higher.”
To illustrate his point, Mahar cited other leading river cruise lines whose premier-class ships are also 443 feet long.
“When our Inspiration Class ships launch next year, they’ll each have just 130 guests onboard, whereas other major lines carry up to 190 guests on the same length ships,” said Mahar. “That’s an additional 46 percent more passengers onboard ships of the exact same length. You simply can’t deliver the same relaxed, intimate atmosphere when you put nearly 50 percent more passengers into the same space.”
Tauck also claims more service personnel than any other river cruise line on the newbuilds.
“Each Inspiration Class riverboat will have a Tauck cruise director and three Tauck directors onboard to attend to guests’ needs and provide exemplary service,” Mahar said.
The Tauck directors also will accompany shore excursions where they will divide guests into small groups of no more than 25, with each group guided by a local expert.
“River cruises offer incredible opportunities for authentic, in-depth explorations of each destination, so we place tremendous emphasis on ensuring that our shore excursions – all of which are included in our cruise prices – are absolutely world class,” he added.