Tauck World Discovery, only a month after the launch of its new MS Swiss Sapphire riverboat, has confirmed that it is currently building another new ship in the Netherlands, though details are still scarce as the company says the new build's final configuration won't be determined until later this year. The ship is scheduled to begin operations in spring 2009.
"We really try to let feedback from our guests drive what we offer on our riverboats," said Tauck CEO, Dan Mahar. "We won’t make any final decisions about some of the features on this newest ship until the fall, in order to take advantage of guest feedback we’ll be gathering over the course the 2008 operating season."
Mahar also said that Swiss Sapphire's design was actually modified in the middle of construction, after the company learned that guests wanted an exercise room and massage studio. Two details of the new ship were divulged: it will have a total of 21 suites and junior suites, similar to Swiss Sapphire and Swiss Emerald, and capacity for 118 guests. Visit www.tauck.com.