European river cruise operator Viva Cruises has completed its first post-Covid-19 itinerary.

The eight-night cruise took place with a limited number of passengers on the line’s first owned ship, Viva Tiara, on the Rhine.

Viva Cruises sells through the trade, though the Foreign Office currently advises against cruise travel.

Andrea Kruse, chief operating officer, said: “We all had a very positive experience on this first post Covid-19 cruise, which was very special for us not only due to the current extraordinary situation but also as it was Viva Tiara’s maiden voyage.

“It was very rewarding to see how all the new safety regulations were observed by everyone on board. Whether it is by flight, train or car, we are ready to welcome visitors from all over Europe again.”

New health measures implanted on board include regular temperature checks, compulsory facemasks, one-way system in corridors, à la carte meals and having a doctor throughout the duration of the cruise.

Viva Cruises plans to operate additional four-night cruises in Germany throughout July and August on MS Treasures and MS Inspire, with further four and six-night cruises on the Rhine and Danube scheduled from September onwards.