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APT veils plans for two new ultra-luxury vessels

APT veils plans for two new ultra-luxury vessels

APT has announced the forthcoming launch of two new vessels, the APT Solara and APT Ostara, for the 2025 season.

Designed in Australian by architects Hecker Guthrie, the sister ships will draw inspiration from Europe’s waterways and harness the unpretentious ease of Australian-style luxury.

Cutting-edge technology and the structural optimisation of space and light artfully balance the elegant design and meticulous attention to detail.

These ultra-luxury floating hotels will redefine the brand, cementing APT’s elevation into the ‘ultra-luxury’ category.

Solara and Ostara will be deployed on APT’s most popular European itineraries from spring 2025, transporting guests along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers in unprecedented comfort and style.


The new luxury river ships proudly set a new standard in sustainability, ensuring greater emphasis on saving fuel, energy optimisation and waste reduction.

With only 154 guests on board serviced by 60 dedicated crew, guests can also be assured of outstanding service and care.

Each ship will feature six world-class, all-inclusive dining options: a main restaurant, an intimate wine cellar, a relaxing conservatory, a casual dining option, an exclusive aft restaurant, rooftop dining, plus the additional option of in-suite dining.

Up on the sun deck, guests will find a heated pool, alfresco dining, and a lounge area in which to relax.

A choice of three expertly designed, elegantly appointed suite options include Twin Window Suites, Balcony Suites, and Owner’s Suites.

APT Travel Group chief executive, David Cox, was excited to introduce the new fleet: “With two brand-new river ships in Europe for 2025, this is another momentous milestone in APT’s near 100-year history.

“The APT Solara and APT Ostara will redefine luxury river cruising, thoughtfully designed with our valued guests in mind.”