River cruise operator A-ROSA has announced the resumption of sailings this month after German and Austrian authorities eased lockdown restrictions.

The operator said sailings are likely to restart on selected departures on the Rhine and Danube around May 31.

The move follows the relaxation of rules regarding the opening of hotels, restaurants, river cruises and day cruises for tourists, which will come into place before the end of May.

A-Rosa said further information relating to cruises in France and Portugal will be announced in due course.

Joerg Eichler, chief executive of parent company A-ROSA Fussschiff, said: “Following the long period of lockdown, we are delighted to be able to welcome our guests on board again and enable them to enjoy their holidays with us.

“It goes without saying that our primary responsibility is for the welfare of our guests and crew. Therefore, we have put together a team of experts consisting of both internal and external hygiene and health specialists.”

The cruise line said the A-ROSA Care-Team is working on a hygiene and health concept that incorporates current safety measures and distancing regulations for guests and crew.

Lucia Rowe, managing director of A-ROSA River Cruises UK and Ireland, said: “We hope the industry will be encouraged by the fact that A-ROSA is already making plans to sail again.

“Obviously, once customers from the UK are able to travel overseas, we look forward to welcoming them back on board.”