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.
MS Adriatic Sky

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We are delighted to celebrate a brand new addition to our fabulous fleet of luxury yacht cruisers for 2021, the MV Adriatic Sky. This elegant vessel is equipped with the latest safety features and boasts a sleek and sophisticated design across all of its impressive 50 metres, guaranteed to make quite an impression as you arrive at the quaint ports along this truly awe-inspiring coastline.

As you step on board, there’s an instant feeling of grandeur. With a maximum of 38 guests on board, your dedicated crew will be at your service throughout. Enjoy the spacious and stylish sun deck, discover a secluded spot to read a book, enjoy a relaxing dip in the hot tub or sit back, relax and unwind with a cool refreshing drink from the bar as you enjoy unimpeded panoramic views of the unspoilt landscapes of the Adriatic coastline. There’s chance to keep up your fitness routine in the on-board gym area or enjoy a quick dip from the swimming platform in one of the secluded bays’ crystal clear waters.

Enjoy the fabulous dining experience in the sleek and serene restaurant, sampling the exquisite cuisine served to you by your ever attentive and friendly crew. And, in the evening, once you’ve enjoyed your meal, you can appreciate the sea breeze from the atmospheric outside terrace area with a night cap.

The sense of luxury continues within your cabin. There are a total of 19 stunningly presented cabins, all light, bright, generously proportioned and elegantly styled with maximum comfort in mind. With luxurious double or twin beds and contemporary fittings all cabins are fully air-conditioned, feature a writing desk and chair, wardrobe, safe, hairdryer, TV plus a cleverly designed bathroom with shower. Free Wi-Fi is also available on board.

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MS Adriatic Sun

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A brand-new ship for 2018 offering luxury, quite simply, on another level with upper deck cabins providing their own glamourous private balcony to take in the views. At 47 metres, she can still access the quaint unspoilt ports along this magnificent coastline, yet certainly makes a statement on the quayside, attracting envious glances from passers-by.

Accommodating a maximum of 38 guests, you’ll feel like a VIP from the moment you step on board and are greeted by your professional, attentive crew. The contemporary interior is beautifully designed resulting in a spacious and airy feel throughout the ample public areas. You’ll be served delicious cuisine in the chic, stylish restaurant, with a well-stocked bar for your favourite tipple! Take in some of Europe’s most dramatic coastal views from the magnificent sun deck where there’s plenty of shaded areas and an inviting hot tub.

A total of 19 stunning guest cabins are available, measuring approximately 14-17 square metres (150 – 183 square feet). Cleverly designed and stylishly furnished for your maximum comfort, in a calming palette of creamy colours and warm woods, with luxurious double or twin beds and contemporary fittings. All cabins feature wardrobe, desk and chair, TV, hairdryer and Wi-Fi, plus a sparkling bathroom with shower.

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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 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 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 Geoffrey Chaucer

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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 Geoffrey Chaucer.

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 167 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 George Eliot

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The five-star MS George Eliot – named after one of the leading English novelists of the 19th century – is 110 metres of fine Swiss engineering and craftsmanship. As with all Riviera Travel cruise ships, MS George Eliot was built to the highest specifications and strict safety regulations by Scylla AG, world-renowned builders of the most modern cruisers in Europe.

Guests are welcomed in the elegant lobby with its gleaming marble floor, well-lit by sophisticated lighting. Thoughtful design is on tasteful display throughout the ship – sustainable hardwood furniture, intricate wrought-iron work, and polished copper and brass are beautifully complemented by soft leather and sumptuous Italian fabrics.

MS George Eliot offers the convivial ambience and personal service of a luxury boutique hotel. With 36 staff serving just 132 guests, the experience is far more intimate and enjoyable.

There are 70 luxuriously appointed suites and cabins, which all feature an en-suite bathroom with shower, individually controlled air-conditioning, flat-screen TV, hairdryer, safe, minibar, telephone and facilities for making tea and coffee. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship.

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MS Il Mare

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Welcome aboard the magnificent MS Il Mare. This superb addition to our Croatian fleet, is sure to become a real favourite. Launched in 2017, incorporating the very latest design innovations, she was exclusively commissioned to sail the stunning waters of the Dalmatian coast. This most majestic of vessels, at an impressive 48 metres, causes quite a stir as she moors in the unspoilt little ports along this captivating stretch of the Adriatic. A low passenger complement of just 40 guests creates a sense of exclusivity, yet the gracious and friendly crew, trained to the highest standards, ensure a relaxed and sociable on-board atmosphere, where nothing is too much trouble.

The glossy teak, gleaming decks and dazzling chrome exude the glamour that goes hand in hand with this type of yacht cruising and once on board, you’ll be wowed by the elegant contemporary interior; its subtle soothing colour scheme and laid back understated style, provides the perfect ambience in which to unwind. Take dinner in a bright, spacious restaurant, furnished in a simple yet elegant style, creating an informal and comfortable dining experience. A spectacular sun deck provides the ideal location to lie back on a sun lounger with a drink from the bar and soak up the glorious vistas at every turn.

The thoughtfully-designed fully air-conditioned cabins are all equipped with desk and chair, wardrobe, safe, hair dryer and bathroom with shower and contemporary fittings so your comfort is assured. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship for your convenience.

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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 Lord Tennyson

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One of the most famous and distinguished poets of the Victorian era, Alfred, Lord Tennyson was Poet Laureate for over 40 years, with well-known works comprising 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' and ‘Ulysses'. We are honoured to announce that the MS Lord Tennyson will be joining the Riviera Travel fleet in 2021. As with all of our river cruisers, the 135-metre MS Lord Tennyson is being built to the finest specifications and strict safety regulations by Scylla AG, world-renowned builders of the most contemporary river cruise ships in Europe.

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MS Movenpick Darakum

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One of the smaller ships on the Nile, with just 52 cabins and suites, the five-star MS Darakum has been designed with a low draft in order to navigate the full length of the Nile in Egypt. It is currently the only vessel regularly operating this route, so this cruise is very much a unique experience!

Appointed to the highest specification and imaginatively furnished with a distinctive Moroccan theme, the MS Darakum offers extensive open deck space on three levels, with plenty sun loungers, sofas and armchairs to relax in. The pool on the sun deck is perfect for a cooling dip. The spacious, yet cosy lounge bar is the social hub of the ship, with board games and evening entertainment including music, wine-tasting and cookery lesson, a black & white party, the ever-popular ‘galabiya’ party and even a belly dancer!


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MS Movenpick Hamees

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One of the best ships on the Nile, and newly refurbished from top to bottom in autumn of 2018, the five-star MS Hamees is managed by the renowned Swiss hospitality company, Mövenpick.

Beautifully appointed to the highest specification and furnished in a bright contemporary style, the MS Mövenpick Hamees offers extensive open deck space, with plenty of sun loungers, sofas and armchairs to relax in. The plunge pool on the Sun deck is perfect for a cooling dip. The spacious, yet cosy lounge bar is the social hub of the ship, with board games and evening entertainment including music, a Nubian show, the ever-popular ‘galabiya’ party and even a belly dancer!

All the spacious cabins feature individually-controlled air conditioning, personal safe, minibar, TV (when docked), complimentary wifi and the convenience of tea & coffee making facilities. The beds are hotel-style and can be configured as a double or two twins, with the fine Egyptian cotton sheets, and an evening turn-down service. All the bathrooms have a bath with a fixed shower above, along with complimentary toiletries and hairdryer. A laundry service is also available.

As in ancient times, it’s the fresh local produce of the lush Nile valley that is central to any meal in Egypt. The MS Mövenpick Hamees is known for its plentiful and varied buffets which feature a wide selection of both western and middle-eastern dishes – be sure to try the refreshing salads, hummus and falafel with hot flat bread straight from the oven.

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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 Rossia

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Built to navigate the waterways of Russia, your traditional river cruise ship comprises four generously sized decks with plenty of space for relaxing, dining and enjoying the views. Admire the spectacular sunsets and ever-changing riverside scenery from the Sun Deck, where there are plenty of outdoor chairs and sun loungers for you to unwind in comfort. After a day’s sightseeing, why not enjoy an aperitif before dinner in the terrace area of the Tsar Bar or at the President Bar, with its magnificent panoramic windows, plush armchairs and relaxed, welcoming ambience.


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MS Seaventure

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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 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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MS William Wordsworth

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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 William Wordsworth.
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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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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MV Mare Blu

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The art of cruising has never looked so good with the latest addition to our fleet, the sensational MV Mare Blu. Set to launch in 2018 and defining the very epitome of yacht cruising, this brand-new vessel in short, is luxury afloat. Built specifically to cruise the waters of the Adriatic and featuring the very latest safety innovations, at 52 metres, the sleek lines of this stunning vessel represent a true masterclass in ship design of the very highest order.

Accommodating just 38 passengers, there’s a sense of exclusivity aboard, but your welcoming and highly professional crew, on hand to look after your every requirement, ensure the ambience is informal and friendly, and you’ll feel at home from the very moment you arrive.

Superb attention to detail at every stage of the design process is evident throughout - from the light and spacious public areas, glamorous sundeck with shaded area, elegant air-conditioned restaurant and bar, and stylish terrace to the superbly equipped cabins, kitted out with all you need for a comfortable stay. Gleaming wood and sparkling glass, contemporary lighting and subtle colour schemes all combine to create the refined, yet relaxing holiday environment you’ll absolutely love!

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MV Markan

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MV Riva

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Raising the bar once again, Riviera Travel is delighted to announce that for 2019 we will be introducing the newest member to our fleet of luxury yacht cruisers – the magnificent MV Riva. Built in 2018, designed exclusively to sail this spectacular coastline, the MV Riva stands a class apart; with the very latest safety features and measuring 48 metres, her grace in the water coupled with her stylishly chic interior ensures all who are lucky enough to sail in her are truly in for a treat!

We know first impressions count and the MV Riva will really wow its guests from the very moment they step aboard. Your attentive crew, trained to the very highest standards is at your service throughout, and their warm and friendly welcome means the atmosphere on board is always relaxed and sociable. But with a maximum of just 38 guests coupled with light and spacious public areas, you’ll never feel crowded either.

You’ll find the well-appointed outside cabins on all decks, elegantly furnished with comfortable fixed double or twin beds and a stylishly fitted bathroom for uncompromised comfort. Double and twin cabins on the lower deck are 12-14 square metres, (130 – 150 sq.ft) with two slightly larger cabins measuring 16 square metres (172 sq. ft) featuring both a fixed double and single bed; those on the main deck are 14-17 square metres (150 – 183 sq. ft) and on the upper and sun deck, a minimum of 17 square metres (183 sq. ft). All fully air-conditioned cabins are equipped with desk and chair, wardrobe, safe, hairdryer and TV plus a cleverly designed bathroom with shower. Free Wi-Fi is also available on board.

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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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One of the most popular river cruisers on the Mekong and operated by a French-Vietnamese joint venture, the RV Mekong Prestige II was launched in 2013 and features 32 spacious staterooms.

The décor is a fusion of contemporary Asian design with lots of polished teak, coupled with the intimate ambience and service of a boutique hotel. Just imagine yourself relaxing in the large plunge pool as the busy life of the river slips by or sipping a sundowner on the Sun Deck, leaning over the rail and being part of the ever-changing and fascinating life of the Mekong all around you.

Each stateroom features full-length panoramic sliding glass doors leading to your own private balcony. There is a luxury en-suite bathroom with shower, hairdryer and bathrobes, plus a writing desk, two armchairs with coffee table, personal safe and individually controlled air-conditioning. All staterooms are very spacious at 20 square metres (215 square feet) including the French balcony, and feature twin beds which may be pushed together to create a double bed. You have a choice of Upper Deck staterooms and Main Deck staterooms, as well as a small selection of suites as described below.

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Royal Clipper

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Imagine this: gentle waves lapping rhythmically against a wind-driven hull, the scent of the salty sea spray on the refreshing breeze, taut sails towering majestically overhead, a pod of young dolphins dancing in the bow wave of the azure waters – all against a backdrop of breathtaking coastline.

Nothing beats the romance of being at sea on a tall ship, so join us aboard the magnificent SPV Royal Clipper, where ultimate relaxation and true pampering await you. Within this evocative tall ship awaits a luxurious world for those who seek a genuine sailing experience and wish to rediscover a maritime tradition without sacrificing creature comforts.

Just as her predecessors did a century and a half ago, the Royal Clipper glides effortlessly through the waves; but nowadays, the sails are unfurled using the latest technology, the hammocks have been replaced by sumptuous cabins and ‘hard tack’ by exquisite cuisine.

The outstanding ship is proof that craftsmanship is very much alive: rich hardwoods, polished brass, wrought-iron fittings and marble are beautifully complemented by deep-pile carpets and sophisticated furnishings.

Far from being a typical cruise ship, the Royal Clipper is of a sufficiently intimate size, so we sail close to the shore and visit smaller, fascinating ports. Not only do we enjoy more stunning views, but we also have a wonderful seafaring

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