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River Cruise Line: Riviera Travel

You can find detailed information for Riviera Travel and the ships in their fleet below.

Riviera Travel
When it comes to river cruising, ‘passion’ can be a rather overused word. Like ‘luxury’, it’s something you’re entitled to expect whichever river cruise operator you choose. But occasionally that passion goes beyond state of the art cruise ships and food to die for. Occasionally you find a river cruise operator whose passion is writ large in everything it does – and all the awards it wins. This is Riviera Travel, a company with an eye for doing things slightly differently, whether in its choice of routes, or the detail with which it crafts your river cruising experience. It may be small but it’s making a big noise. Why Riviera Travel River Cruises? A Richer Experience: Of course you’ll see the classic sights and visit the must-do destinations. But the inimitable Riviera passion shines brightest in the effort that goes into getting beneath the skin of the places you visit. Organised trips venture further afield. Guided tours inform and entertain at a level beyond merely scratching the surface of history. You’ll access less visited, more intimate places, and Riviera’s team of tour managers are always eager to show you their favourite sights. They do more than help you visit the places along your river cruise – they help you get to know and understand them. Detail in Everything: Considerate flight times, local guides, tailored itineraries and 30 years of constant refinement – just some of the factors that have resulted in a river cruising experience that really does feel as though it has been designed with your personal enjoyment in mind. Award winning: Telegraph readers voted Riviera River Cruising their favourite tour operator. Which? voted it the Best Escorted Tour Operator. Guardian and Observer readers voted Riviera the Best Short Break Operator. For a small company, Riviera’s unique approach to river cruising has won a lot of influential friends. That Riviera Touch: There’s something about river cruising with Riviera. It’s that ‘know it when you see it’ feeling of being right at home, of being treated less like a customer and more like an honoured guest. Do as much or as little as you like. Take full advantage of everything Riviera offers at each destination, or stay on-board and while away the hours in gentle relaxation. Join a tour or explore on your own. Riviera provides all the ingredients for a magical river cruising experience. All you have to decide is how to put them together.
European River Cruises with Riviera Travel
The phrase ‘European River Cruises’ hardly does it justice. Riviera Travel’s programme of European cruises is amongst the most comprehensive available. So in addition to the European river cruising favourites – Paris and the Seine, the waterways of Amsterdam; the delights of the Danube, you’ll find lesser travelled routes – and more unusual experiences – too.

Enjoy dramatic cliffs, medieval villages, perilously perched monasteries and the very best of Iberian hospitality (and port) as you river cruise the Douro from Oporto in Portugal to Salamanca in Spain.

Or trace a border of the Holy Roman Empire and experience the art, culture and history of Berlin, Dresden and Prague as you river cruise the Elbe.

Mekong River Cruises with Riviera Travel
The French colonial influence of bustling Saigon and the breathtaking grandeur of Angkor Wat will no doubt be at the top of your must-see list as you river cruise the Mekong. But the surprises that await will make just as long lasting an impression.

Phnom Penh’s temples and palaces. The bustling floating markets of Kai Be. Enjoy a river cruise through Cambodia and Vietnam and discover that there’s far more to these beautiful countries than modern history would have you believe.
MS Admiral

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One of the newest of the Croatian yacht cruisers afloat, the MS Admiral, constructed in 2015 is truly a deluxe ship. Carrying just 39 guests, the ship enjoys an intimate, uncrowded feel. Built to the highest standards and elegantly decorated throughout in a contemporary style, your comfort is assured.

At 43 metres, the MS Admiral is perfectly designed to be able to berth at smaller ports of call which all adds to the sense of exclusivity you feel aboard this most delightful of yacht cruisers. Despite her size, the thoughtful design of this vessel still ensures the polished decks and smart public areas feel airy and spacious, stylishly furnished with warm woods and fabrics in cool tones – all designed to help you relax and unwind!

All decks provide tastefully furnished accommodation: well-appointed outside cabins, with elegant wood flooring, luxurious double or twin beds and contemporary bathroom fittings. Double and twin cabins are a minimum size of 14 square metres (151 square feet), with 1 top deck cabin available at approximately 13 square metres (140 square feet) and a single cabin at approximately 10 square metres (108 square feet). All feature individually controlled air-conditioning, bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobe, safe, LCD TV, hairdryer, table and chair.

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MS Adriatic Sun

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One of the newest of the Croatian yacht cruisers afloat, the MS Admiral, constructed in 2015 is truly a deluxe ship. Carrying just 39 guests, the ship enjoys an intimate, uncrowded feel. Built to the highest standards and elegantly decorated throughout in a contemporary style, your comfort is assured.

At 43 metres, the MS Admiral is perfectly designed to be able to berth at smaller ports of call which all adds to the sense of exclusivity you feel aboard this most delightful of yacht cruisers. Despite her size, the thoughtful design of this vessel still ensures the polished decks and smart public areas feel airy and spacious, stylishly furnished with warm woods and fabrics in cool tones – all designed to help you relax and unwind!

All decks provide tastefully furnished accommodation: well-appointed outside cabins, with elegant wood flooring, luxurious double or twin beds and contemporary bathroom fittings. Double and twin cabins are a minimum size of 14 square metres (151 square feet), with 1 top deck cabin available at approximately 13 square metres (140 square feet) and a single cabin at approximately 10 square metres (108 square feet). All feature individually controlled air-conditioning, bathroom with shower & WC, wardrobe, safe, LCD TV, hairdryer, table and chair.

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MS Aquamarin

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Set to be one of the latest Croatian yacht-cruisers afloat MS Aquamarin , launching in 2017, is a truly deluxe ship. Carrying a maximum of just 39 guests, the ships enjoy an intimate, uncrowded feel. Built to the highest standards and elegantly decorated throughout in a contemporary style, your comfort is assured. At 43 metres, both are perfectly designed to be able to berth at smaller ports of call which all adds to the sense of exclusivity you feel aboard these most delightful of yacht cruisers. Despite their size, the thoughtful design of these vessels still ensures the polished decks and smart public areas feel airy and spacious, stylishly furnished with warm woods and fabrics in cool tones – all designed to help you relax and unwind. All decks provide tastefully furnished accommodation: well-appointed outside cabins, with elegant wood flooring, luxurious double or twin beds and contemporary bathroom fittings. Double and twin cabins are a minimum size of 14 square metres (151 square feet), with one top deck cabin available at approximately 13 square metres (140 square feet). All feature individually controlled air-conditioning, bathroom with shower and WC, wardrobe, safe, LCD TV, hairdryer, table and chair.

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MS Charles Dickens

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Launched in 2015, this exceptional, state-of-the-art, five-star ship was specially commissioned and designed to our exacting standards. In partnership with Veka group, one of Europe’s most experienced and respected luxury ship builders, we have created a stunning and innovative vessel of which we are extremely proud. Constructed to the highest technical specifications and incorporating the very latest safety systems, you can relax in the knowledge that your cruise will be comfortable and secure. Constructed using the finest materials, from tropical hardwoods and polished brass to wrought iron and thick wool carpets, the MS Charles Dickens is invitingly luxurious in every way, so step on board!

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MS Countess

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The MS Countess brings the very best in modern four star superior river cruising to France’s mightiest waterway, the majestic River Rhône.

Constructed in 2008, this finest of vessels is maintained in top condition by its proud crew and has established an enviable reputation for superb on board service, excellent cuisine and a warm friendly atmosphere and in addition boasts some of the largest cabins on all Europe’s rivers. Needless to say the ship incorporates state of the art safety systems and the latest navigational technology to ensure that your stay is as comfortable and secure as it can possibly be. As you would expect from a ship of such high quality, its excellent facilities, stylish contemporary décor with hand finished surfaces, designer ‘mood’ lighting, meticulous extensive woodwork, elegant polished metal and glass and its beautifully appointed cabins are undoubtedly amongst the very best European river cruising offers. As for the friendly and experienced crew selected for their unique ‘people skills’, your comfort and enjoyment are their number one priority and they are totally dedicated to ensuring absolutely everything operates smoothly and your cruising experience is something to savour for many years.

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MS Douro Elegance

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We are absolutely thrilled to announce that our highly successful Douro cruise on Portugal’s most spectacular waterway will now be operated on a brand new state of the art vessel, the magnificent five-star MS Douro Elegance. Painstaking research over many months with our highly regarded Portuguese shipping partners, the first luxury ship operator on the Douro, who have been involved in river cruise ship building for over a quarter of a century, has resulted in the creation of a worldclass vessel which is without doubt one of the most exceptional ships afloat on any European river.

If cruising is an art, then this ship has truly mastered it; constructed with the very latest technology and a strong environmental ethic in mind, yet simultaneously retaining a classic, refined elegance reminiscent of cruising from a bygone era, this five-star, fully-air-conditioned river cruiser has been purpose-built to fit the unique size limitations of the Douro’s five locks and features all the facilities you would expect in a top-class hotel and more so your cruise will be as relaxing as possible and your stay on board will be a uniquely memorable one.

Accommodating just 126 guests in the most exquisite of surroundings, the ship’s spectacular design and high specification ensures this vessel feels exceptionally light and airy. The generous ratio of 3:1 guests per crew member ensures a first-class personal service plus the friendly ‘small ship’ feel so beloved of Riviera Travel cruise aficionados, enables the ever attentive crew to revel in taking care of all those little things – leaving you to simply sit back, relax and enjoy every minute of your sensational river cruise experience.

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MS Douro Serenity

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We are absolutely thrilled to announce that for 2017 our highly successful Douro cruise on Portugal’s most spectacular waterway will be operated on a brand new state of the art vessel, the magnificent five-star MS Douro Serenity. Painstaking research over many months with our highly regarded Portuguese shipping partners, the first luxury ship operator on the Douro, who have been involved in river cruise ship building for over a quarter of a century, has resulted in the creation of a worldclass vessel which is without doubt one of the most exceptional ships afloat on any European river.


If cruising is an art, then this ship has truly mastered it; constructed with the very latest technology and a strong environmental ethic in mind, yet simultaneously retaining a classic, refined elegance reminiscent of cruising from a bygone era, this five-star, fully-air-conditioned river cruiser has been purposebuilt to fit the unique size limitations of the Douro’s five locks and features all the facilities you would expect in a top-class hotel and more so your cruise will be as relaxing as possible and your stay on board will be a uniquely memorable one.


Accommodating just 126 guests in the most exquisite of surroundings, the ship’s spectacular design and high specification ensures this vessel feels exceptionally light and airy. The generous ratio of 3:1 guests per crew member ensures a first-class personal service plus the friendly ‘small ship’ feel so beloved of Riviera Travel cruise aficionados, enables the ever attentive crew to revel in taking care of all those little things – leaving you to simply sit back, relax and enjoy every minute of your sensational river cruise experience.

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MS Douro Spirit

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Launched in 2011, the magnificent MS Douro Spirit has ushered in a new and luxurious era on Portugal’s most famous river, the Douro, bringing standards of service and on-board facilities of the very best that Europe’s rivers offer. Many decades of experience in construction have been brought to bear in the unique design and materials featured throughout the MS Douro Spirit, creating a top quality, fully air-conditioned four-star superior floating hotel, thus ensuring that your splendid cruise along this most underrated of rivers will be a truly memorable experience.

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MS Douro Splendour

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If cruising is an art, then this ship has truly mastered it; constructed with the very latest technology and a strong environmental ethic in mind, yet simultaneously retaining a classic, refined elegance reminiscent of cruising from a bygone era, this five-star, fully-air-conditioned river cruiser has been purpose-built to fit the unique size limitations of the Douro’s five locks and features all the facilities you would expect in a top-class hotel and more so your cruise will be as relaxing as possible and your stay on board will be a uniquely memorable one.

Accommodating just 126 guests in the most exquisite of surroundings, the ship’s spectacular design and high specification ensures this vessel feels exceptionally light and airy. The generous ratio of 3:1 guests per crew member ensures a first-class personal service plus the friendly ‘small ship’ feel so beloved of Riviera Travel cruise aficionados, enables the ever attentive crew to revel in taking care of all those little things – leaving you to simply sit back, relax and enjoy every minute of your sensational river cruise experience.

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MS Emily Bronte

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After years of painstaking research to create the most perfect vessels afloat, a new era in river cruising dawns as we introduce our brand new, state of the art, ‘all suite’ ships. Swiss operated and truly world-class, we are absolutely delighted to present the five-star MS Emily Brontë.

It is extremely difficult to convey just how extraordinary this outstanding ship really is and exactly what distinguishes it from similar vessels. It would be very easy to just say ‘luxurious’ but it’s much more than that; we have deliberately avoided the current trend for a minimalist style where you could be anywhere in the world, creating instead a unique yet exquisite blend of understated taste, style and elegance at the highest level. Immediately striking is just how exceptionally spacious this new vessel is as you enter a gleaming, richly coloured marble-floored lobby flooded with natural light from a stunning atrium above. Moving inside, exceptional creativity from Europe’s finest design studio has produced a superbly balanced masterpiece of onboard style, utilising sustainable rich hardwoods, gleaming brass and polished copper, sparkling glass and intricate wrought iron. The ship is beautifully illuminated throughout – including the exterior and imaginatively furnished with harmonious colour schemes, all designed to create the serene atmosphere reflective of the golden age of cruising which time after time you tell us you adore.

The restaurant rivals the finest on shore establishments taking fine dining to another level complemented by delicate European porcelain, gleaming glassware and the intuitive service in which the Swiss excel. This superb vessel carries 44 in-house trained crew members serving just 169 guests (similar size vessels may carry well over 190 passengers) giving the ratio which our experience proves is concurrent with our first class service levels.

Furthermore your suite will easily exceed your expectations for not only will you enjoy the most discerning décor, so too the ship’s dimensions afford the ultimate in space and comfort - a minimum 17 square metres (183 square feet), with upgrades available to ‘Superior’ and ‘Deluxe’ accommodation.

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MS Jane Austen

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How can one adequately sum up the wonderfully elegant five-star MS Jane Austen? Launched in 2015 and built to the most exacting standards, how can we describe this extraordinary vessel that’s truly one of the finest ships of its type afloat anywhere in the world?

Quite simply, every single aspect and element is designed to the highest possible specification and our own exacting standards to bring you the very best and most enjoyable river cruising experience, in the most luxurious comfort.

We have worked tirelessly with our Swiss partner Scylla AG, one of the world’s most experienced luxury rivership builders with a pedigree stretching back over nearly 40 years, to design the perfect vessel, with virtually no expense spared.

You’ll feel the unmistakable understated opulence of this extraordinary vessel as you board through the spacious, marble-floored lobby. Stylish furnishings using environmentally friendly materials are beautifully combined with the most advanced safety systems… and the work of a wonderful designer’s eye conjuring up the classic lines and sophistication of a luxurious ocean liner. As always, the finesse is in the detail - beautifully crafted tropical hardwoods, wrought iron, highly polished copper and brass, all beautifully illuminated then added to soft leather furnishings and imaginative colour schemes, promotes a subtle, chic ambience of exceptional taste.

Intuitive, unobtrusive service is graceful, efficient yet friendly as you might expect from a Swiss operated ship with 35 staff serving just 140 guests. This outstanding ratio of 4:1 allows a personal touch which makes such a difference to your cruise. Plus unlike other vessels typically carrying up to 200 passengers, you’ll enjoy simply far more space – as well as a smaller, more intimate dining experience.

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MS Lord Byron

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How can one adequately sum up the brand new, wonderfully elegant five-star MS Lord Byron? How can we describe this extraordinary vessel that’s truly one of the finest ships of its type afloat anywhere in the world? Quite simply, every single aspect and element is designed to the highest possible specification and our own exacting standards to bring you the very best and most enjoyable river cruising experience, in the most luxurious comfort.

We have worked tirelessly with our Swiss partner Scylla AG, one of the world’s most experienced luxury rivership builders with a pedigree stretching back over nearly 40 years, to design the perfect vessel, with virtually no expense spared.

You’ll feel the unmistakable understated opulence of this extraordinary vessel as you board through the spacious, marble-floored lobby. Stylish furnishings using environmentally friendly materials are beautifully combined with the most advanced safety systems … and the work of a wonderful designer’s eye conjuring up the classic lines and sophistication of a luxurious ocean liner. As always, the finesse is in the detail - beautifully crafted tropical hardwoods, wrought iron, highly polished copper and brass, all beautifully illuminated then added to soft leather furnishings and imaginative colour schemes, promotes a subtle, chic ambience of exceptional taste.

Intuitive, unobtrusive service is graceful, efficient yet friendly as you might expect from a Swissoperated ship with 35 staff serving just 140 guests. This outstanding ratio of 4:1 allows a personal touch which makes such a difference to your cruise. Plus unlike other vessels typically carrying up to 200 passengers, you’ll enjoy simply far more space – as well as a smaller, more intimate dining experience.

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MS Oscar Wilde

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After years of painstaking research to create the most perfect vessels afloat, a new era in river cruising dawns as we introduce our brand new, state of the art, ‘all suite’ ships. Swiss operated and truly world-class, we are absolutely delighted to present the five-star MS Oscar Wilde.

It is extremely difficult to convey just how extraordinary this outstanding ship really is and exactly what distinguishes it from similar vessels. It would be very easy to just say ‘luxurious’ but it’s much more than that; we have deliberately avoided the current trend for a minimalist style where you could be anywhere in the world, creating instead a unique yet exquisite blend of understated taste, style and elegance at the highest level. Immediately striking is just how exceptionally spacious this new vessel is as you enter a gleaming, richly coloured marble-floored lobby flooded with natural light from a stunning atrium above. Moving inside, exceptional creativity from Europe’s finest design studio has produced a superbly balanced masterpiece of onboard style, utilising sustainable rich hardwoods, gleaming brass and polished copper, sparkling glass and intricate wrought iron. The ship is beautifully illuminated throughout – including the exterior and imaginatively furnished with harmonious colour schemes, all designed to create the serene atmosphere reflective of the golden age of cruising which time after time you tell us you adore.

The restaurant rivals the finest on shore establishments taking fine dining to another level complemented by delicate European porcelain, gleaming glassware and the intuitive service in which the Swiss excel. This superb vessel carries 44 in-house trained crew members serving just 169 guests (similar size vessels may carry well over 190 passengers) giving the ratio which our experience proves is concurrent with our first class service levels.
Furthermore your suite will easily exceed your expectations for not only will you enjoy the most discerning décor, so too the ship’s dimensions afford the ultimate in space and comfort - a minimum 17 square metres (183 square feet), with upgrades available to ‘Superior’ and ‘Deluxe’ accommodation.

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MS Robert Burns

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After years of painstaking research to create the most perfect vessels afloat, a new era in river cruising dawns as we introduce our brand new, state of the art, ‘all suite’ ships. Swiss operated and truly world-class, we are absolutely delighted to present the five-star MS Robert Burns.

It is extremely difficult to convey just how extraordinary this outstanding ship really is and exactly what distinguishes it from similar vessels. It would be very easy to just say ‘luxurious’ but it’s much more than that; we have deliberately avoided the current trend for a minimalist style where you could be anywhere in the world, creating instead a unique yet exquisite blend of understated taste, style and elegance at the highest level. Immediately striking is just how exceptionally spacious this new vessel is as you enter a gleaming, richly coloured marble-floored lobby flooded with natural light from a stunning atrium above. Moving inside, exceptional creativity from Europe’s finest design studio has produced a superbly balanced masterpiece of onboard style, utilising sustainable rich hardwoods, gleaming brass and polished copper, sparkling glass and intricate wrought iron. The ship is beautifully illuminated throughout – including the exterior and imaginatively furnished with harmonious colour schemes, all designed to create the serene atmosphere reflective of the golden age of cruising which time after time you tell us you adore.

The restaurant rivals the finest on shore establishments taking fine dining to another level complemented by delicate European porcelain, gleaming glassware and the intuitive service in which the Swiss excel. This superb vessel carries 44 in-house trained crew members serving just 169 guests (similar size vessels may carry well over 190 passengers) giving the ratio which our experience proves is concurrent with our first class service levels.

Furthermore your suite will easily exceed your expectations for not only will you enjoy the most discerning décor, so too the ship’s dimensions afford the ultimate in space and comfort - a minimum 17 square metres (183 square feet), with upgrades available to ‘Superior’ and ‘Deluxe’ accommodation.

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MS Swiss Corona

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Built in 2004 utilising the most modern design techniques and latest in safety features, as its name suggests, the five-star MS Swiss Corona is Swiss owned and managed - and one of the finest such vessels adorning any European river!

Your first experience is the strikingly luxurious lobby, with beautiful polished marble decks, adorned with rich hardwoods, tasteful brass fittings and classic wrought-iron staircases, recalling classic five-star hotels from the golden age of travel. Blend this with the ship’s low passenger complement, just 139 guests (many similar size vessels carry nearly 200), with 35 crew, the ratio to passengers at less than 4 to 1 is very high, guaranteeing an excellent level of service and a more personal touch.

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MS Swiss Ruby

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The luxurious Swiss Ruby is Swiss owned and managed and is one of Europe’s few top-class vessels specifically designed to operate on the continent’s smaller, more intimate rivers like the Elbe.

Maintained and managed to the most exacting standards as befits its flag, the highly trained crew do their utmost to ensure that your river cruise experience is as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. Originally launched in 2002 the interior has been completely rebuilt specifically for the luxury sector, featuring the very latest equipment and the Swiss Ruby is much loved by her regular passengers for the warm friendly atmosphere, excellent design and exquisite public areas, superbly appointed cabins, high-class fittings and outstanding cuisine. With less than 4 guests to every crew member – a very high ratio for a river cruise vessel – care and personal attention is assured. Plus with a passenger complement of just 88, you never feel crowded. Luxury, spaciousness and ambience are very much in evidence as you board through the beautifully panelled entrance lobby. The high quality brass and wrought-iron fittings sparkle and reflect in the warm-coloured, highly polished marble floors – this is classic cruising of a very high standard. You find yourself in the tasteful reception and a small boutique will happily attend to your everyday requirements. This is the hub of the vessel and a staircase leads down to the Emerald Deck which, like the entire ship, is air-conditioned. Forward is the elegant, carpeted lounge with extensive panoramic windows so you can fully appreciate the wonders of the magnificent passing scenery. The ship’s designers have managed to create a really lovely, genteel atmosphere of understated elegance and taste, using leather armchairs, different sized settees and deep pile carpets in superbly harmonious colours. With a real ‘professional’ behind the fully stocked bar, this is the perfect spot to while away the evenings with the gentle melodies of the resident pianist in the background, while you enjoy a glass of wine. The ship’s restaurant has a pleasantly intimate feel: with elegant wood panelling, tasteful lighting and top quality service, this is every inch the classy dining experience to match that of first-class establishments onshore. To promote a relaxed dining experience, as on all our river cruises, you can sit with whoever and wherever you wish, with tables ranging in size from four to six so you can be as private or sociable as you wish. The outer Sun Deck is a great place to read, relax and admire the ever changing kaleidoscope of stunning views as they pass serenely by, with drink in hand.

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MS Swiss Sapphire

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Launched in 2008, one of Europe’s finest vessels the five-star Swiss Sapphire is another of our Swiss-managed ships, a true embodiment of luxurious river cruising of the highest standards as befits its flag. Accommodating just 120 guests in stylish surroundings befitting a top quality hotel, and in contrast many similar ships carrying up to 200 people, you are assured the personal touch and a very spacious atmosphere in cabins and public areas alike. The ship’s talented designers have brought to bear their decades of experience, incorporating a range of outstanding design features in superbly appointed cabins, gracious lounges and restaurants so your river cruise is one to treasure for years to come.

Boarding through the elegant lobby, the décor’s luxurious quality, the spacious feel of the public areas and a five-star ambience are immediately apparent. Superior quality fittings, subdued, atmospheric lighting, warm colours, highly polished pink and black marble floors and splendid wrought ironwork and gold banisters ensure that a gentle wander around the vessel promises classic cruising of a very high standard.

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MS Swiss Tiara

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The five-star Swiss Tiara built in 2006 utilising the most modern design techniques and latest in safety features, as its names suggests, is Swiss managed - and one of the finest such vessels adorning any European river!

Your first experience is the strikingly luxurious lobby, with beautiful polished marble decks, adorned with rich hardwoods, tasteful brass fittings and classic wrought-iron staircases, recalling classic five-star hotels from the golden age of travel. Blend this with the ship’s low passenger complement, just 140 guests (many similar size vessels carry nearly 200), with 35 crew, the ratio to passengers at less than 4 to 1 is very high, guaranteeing an excellent level of service and a more personal touch.

The superb Swiss Tiara has three air-conditioned decks, Diamond (upper), Ruby (middle) and Emerald (lower). The Diamond and Ruby decks are connected by a standard lift. The Emerald deck and the large sun-deck are accessible by a staircase, and there is a tasteful boutique stocking essentials.

There are two lounges in which to relax, the Forward Observation Lounge, richly carpeted and furnished with comfortable leather chairs, settees and tables, whilst panoramic windows allow you to enjoy the passing scenery to great effect. With a full bar service, this is the place to relax after a wonderful day’s cruising. During the evening, a pianist plays in the background to complete the genteel atmosphere. To the rear of the ship is the small and intimate Lido Lounge with a bar, a small library and outside armchairs where again you can quietly soak up the scenery.

The main restaurant, where the art of haute-cuisine is alive and well, makes superb use of deep wool carpets, wood, glass and marble, whilst atmospheric lighting and tables, seating just four and six, combine to create a lovely ambience. Cuisine and service levels are of a similar standard to an onshore top-class restaurant. Unusually on river cruisers, both ships feature a sauna, steamroom and whirlpool.

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MS Thomas Hardy

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After years of painstaking research to create the most perfect vessels afloat, a new era in river cruising dawns as we introduce our brand new, state of the art, ‘all suite’ ships. Swiss operated and truly world-class, we are absolutely delighted to present the five-star MS Thomas Hardy.

It is extremely difficult to convey just how extraordinary this outstanding ship really is and exactly what distinguishes it from similar vessels. It would be very easy to just say ‘luxurious’ but it’s much more than that; we have deliberately avoided the current trend for a minimalist style where you could be anywhere in the world, creating instead a unique yet exquisite blend of understated taste, style and elegance at the highest level. Immediately striking is just how exceptionally spacious this new vessel is as you enter a gleaming, richly coloured marble-floored lobby flooded with natural light from a stunning atrium above. Moving inside, exceptional creativity from Europe’s finest design studio has produced a superbly balanced masterpiece of onboard style, utilising sustainable rich hardwoods, gleaming brass and polished copper, sparkling glass and intricate wrought iron. The ship is beautifully illuminated throughout – including the exterior and imaginatively furnished with harmonious colour schemes, all designed to create the serene atmosphere reflective of the golden age of cruising which time after time you tell us you adore.

The restaurant rivals the finest on shore establishments taking fine dining to another level complemented by delicate European porcelain, gleaming glassware and the intuitive service in which the Swiss excel. This superb vessel carries 44 in-house trained crew members serving just 169 guests (similar size vessels may carry well over 190 passengers) giving the ratio which our experience proves is concurrent with our first class service levels.

Furthermore your suite will easily exceed your expectations for not only will you enjoy the most discerning décor, so too the ship’s dimensions afford the ultimate in space and comfort - a minimum 17 square metres (183 square feet), with upgrades available to ‘Superior’ and ‘Deluxe’ accommodation.

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MS William Shakespeare

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Riviera Travel is proud to unveil the latest addition to the fleet – the brand new, state-of-the-art, five-star MS William Shakespeare. Specially commissioned and designed to our exacting specifications, she is, without doubt, one of the world’s finest river cruise ships. We have worked tirelessly with one of Europe’s most experienced and respected luxury shipbuilders, Veka Group, to create the perfect ship, featuring many unique, ground breaking innovations. The finest of materials have been used in construction with virtually no expense spared; its sustainably sourced tropical hardwoods, highly polished brass and wrought iron fittings, thick pile high-quality carpets, luxuriously comfortable deep armchairs and settees will absolutely delight you. In addition the ship’s spacious layout, subtle and tasteful lighting, elegant décor, luxurious cabins and excellent facilities are undoubtedly the very best on cruise ships today. Superb attention to detail continues outside the vessel, where the extensive use of glass and polished stainless steel complements her sleek modern profile perfectly. As the ship glides, serenely, through the water, she truly is a wonderful sight to behold!

As you would expect, the ship also incorporates the very latest in modern construction techniques and safety systems, ensuring your cruise is as comfortable and secure as possible. Finally the ship carries just 140 passengers and with 35 crew; a 4:1 ratio ensures excellent service levels. With many similar size vessels carrying 180 passengers or more, you will find the extra space, especially in the restaurant, very noticeable indeed.

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MV Aegean Odyssey

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The classically elegant Aegean Odyssey is specially adapted for island and coastal cruising, so you can visit smaller, less crowded harbours, sail closer to the spectacular coastlines of Greece, Italy and Spain, navigate the idyllic islands of Sicily and Malta, and even cruise upriver into the heart of Seville.

Experience the finest traditions of cruising on board Aegean Odyssey, combining the best of classical grace with all the modern conveniences of a first-class ship. She is a superb vessel carrying just 378 guests, creating a unique atmosphere that is both relaxed and convivial – you can mingle with other guests, or find quiet areas for relaxation.During the day, you may simply wish to enjoy the sun on the spacious teak decks, cool off in the outdoor pool refreshed with seawater every day, or rejuvenate yourself with a yoga session at the Athena Health Spa and Gym. There is an exclusive programme of talks held in the Ambassador Lounge, designed to entertain and bring to life the history of the area’s remarkable civilisations, and other fascinating topics. Perhaps borrow an interesting book from the beautifully appointed, well-stocked library, regularly updated by Oxford-based booksellers, Blackwells. Watch the sunset with a cocktail in the Lido Bar, or enjoy an aperitif in the Charleston Lounge while being entertained by the resident trio.

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MV Corona

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Constructed in 2015 using the finest materials, obviously very modern and specially designed to sail in Croatian waters and operated by a family of seafarers of three generations, there is an unmistakable sense of exclusivity about a yacht cruiser, and MV Corona displays this quality in abundance.

You are immediately struck by the vessel’s intimate feel, yet there is no doubting her four-star pedigree: the build quality, tasteful decor and furnishings, the immaculate teak decking and the convenient layout are all designed to make your cruise memorable – for all the right reasons! Although, unlike traditional cruise ships, the MV Corona at 44 metres is easily small enough to berth at the quayside in some of the Mediterranean’s most charming little ports, there is ample deck space and spacious, contemporary public areas, all finished with quality fabrics, warm wooden panelling and those classy little touches one always appreciates!

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RV Bengal Ganga

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This intimate ship carries the most modern navigational and safety equipment and features just 28 comfortable cabins. Excellent use is made of gleaming teak and brass fittings throughout – it’s the perfect way to explore a relatively unexplored part of India in real style. Our eight-day Ganges river cruise covers 650 kilometres enabling discovery of parts of this enormous country only just opening up to international visitors, where you are still treated as a guest and almost a curiosity rather than a tourist. You’ll experience something which many of us have lost touch with: a much slower and simpler pace of life. This is reflected in the rhythm of your days on board the RV Bengal Ganga with ample time to just relax on the ship as most days include several hours’ sailing. Shipboard activities include the chef’s cooking demonstrations, lectures on contemporary Indian life, religion and culture and some fascinating documentaries in the evenings. Life on board is unhurried and informal, with plenty of time to get to know your fellow travellers over a refreshing drink on deck.

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RV Century Sun

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This five star, 428-foot long river cruiser has 153 well-appointed outside cabins over four decks and offers a one-sitting restaurant, gift shops, a cigar lounge, library, and hair-salon, plus a spacious sundeck with bar and 360-degree views. There are also massage rooms, a small fitness area, spacious observation lounge and bar. Full board is included, buffet-style for breakfast and lunch, whilst dinner normally includes a wide variety of both western and Chinese dishes. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are included with meals. The cabins are a very spacious 26 square metres and well-appointed, with twin beds (doubles on request), bathroom, TV with BBC World and HBO, phone, safe, air-conditioning and large sliding glass doors leading to a small balcony. Onboard activities start with early-morning complimentary tea, coffee and pastries followed by tai chi on the sundeck and mah-jong classes, acupuncture and herbal medicine, plus other aspects of Chinese culture.

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RV Mekong Prestige II

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The newest river cruiser on the Mekong and operated by a French-Vietnamese joint venture, the RV Mekong Prestige II will be launched in late 2013 and features just 32 spacious staterooms. All the images displayed here are from its sister ship, the Mekong Prestige I, launched in late 2012, so there may be some small cosmetic changes.

Spread out over three decks, there’s plenty of outdoor and indoor space to relax in. At the very top of the ship is the spacious Sun Deck, with a large plunge pool and plenty of sun loungers which you can relax on under the awning or in the sun and affording the best views of the river life around the ship. The bar and comfortable air-conditioned lounge are also on the same deck, as is the ship’s small spa and fitness room. The restaurant is located on the Upper Deck and is bright and airy with fine linen and excellent service and can accommodate all guests in one sitting.

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RV Sanctuary Ananda

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The newest and one of the most luxurious ships in Burma, the 5-star RV Sanctuary Ananda was launched in Sep 2015 and will offer the ultimate in river cruising in Burma. The ship features just 21 staterooms and suites, all exquisitely designed to blend contemporary Asian elegance with charming traditional colonial touches, reflecting the richness and variety of Burma’s history.

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Royal Clipper

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The inspiration for the luxurious Royal Clipper was the 1904-built Preussen and this is now the largest, and only, five-masted sailing ship conceived since that time. With her 42 sails fully deployed she is truly an awesome sight!

With state-of- the-art navigation systems, all the comforts you could wish for and 106 crew attending just 223 guests, service levels on board are truly impeccable. The 1,760 square metres of open deck and three swimming pools create a wonderfully spacious outdoor environment and the open-air bar is the ideal place to chat with your like-minded traveling companions, discussing how the ancient Romans lived in Pompeii, why Dubrovnik is called the ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’ and if the Amalfi coast really is Europe’s most beautiful. As the sun slips gently below the horizon in an explosion of reds and oranges, unwind, sip an aperitif and acknowledge that life really doesn’t get much better than this!

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