Scylla AG becomes the first river cruise operator in Europe to resume sailings

   May 30, 2021 ,   Cruise Industry

Scylla AG (Switzerland-based river cruise shipowner) restarted passenger shipping operations with a voyage on Portugal’s Douro River on May 22, once again becoming the first operator to restart river sailings in Europe following 7 months of COVID restrictions.

Guests onboard the 88-passenger MS Andorinha were able to enjoy a pleasant 7-night voyage along Portugal’s Douro River.

Scylla AG's CEO Arno Reitsma said they were very happy to be operational again and also very proud for being Europe's first company to do so in that season.

"We have made a successful start with the Douro itineraries and are pleased to announce the roll out of our river cruises in Germany at the beginning of June.”

Scylla AG owns a large fleet of riverboats chartered to various European clients. The Swiss shipping company has been considered the pioneer of river cruising since 1973 and has made a name for itself via the building of innovative boats, and not only in the charter business. Since its establishment, the company has expanded its area of cruising from Rhine River to almost all major European waterways, including in France (Seine, Rhone, Saone), Rhine (and its tributaries), Main and Danube. Scylla's fleet consists of 35 ships with max passenger capacity between 88-220.