Europe - The first river cruise has returned to Europe's waterways – is this the start of the cruise recovery?

As the distinctive red-and-white riverboat NickoVision sets sail today, it is not only carrying 110 excited passengers but also the hopes of the entire cruise industry.

What would normally be an inauspicious journey from Passau to Düsseldorf marks the first ‘green shoot’ of recovery from the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down holidays for millions of cruisers worldwide.

But as guests board the two-year-old ship in Germany this afternoon after filling in a health form and having their temperature checked, they will notice a few differences. There will be half the normal number of people on the 13-day voyage along the Danube and Rhine, to help maintain social distancing.

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