MS Lord Byron River Cruise Review

So you’ve found a fabulous river cruise aboard the absolutely amazing MS Lord Byron – but is the ship “truly one of the finest ships of this type afloat anywhere in the world” as described in Riviera Travel’s brochure?

MS Lord Byron Exterior

Online reviews from previous travellers can be a useful guide, but this is a new ship which doesn’t start cruising until next season. Without any reviews of the MS Lord Byron it can be difficult to gauge whether the ship is right for you. In this post I’ll look at some of the factors and resources one might consider in making that final decision.

MS Lord Byron Star Rating & Amenities

The MS Lord Byron is classified as a 5 star ship by Riviera Travel. However, unlike hotels there is no independent standardized rating system in place for river cruise ships. The rating is therefore set by the tour operator (in this case Riviera Travel) or the ship operator (Scylla AG, Switzerland). It is a useful guide to the standards and amenities onboard, but comparisons across different operators are difficult.

MS Lord Byron - Deck Plan

The 140 guest capacity of the MS Lord Byron is, by comparison, low for a modern river cruise ship of this size, resulting in a staff to passenger ratio of 4:1. Cabins are to be relatively generous in size at 161 sq.ft. up to 242 sq.ft. for the four deluxe suites. All cabins on the middle and upper decks also feature floor to ceiling glass windows opening to a French (Juliette) style balcony. Bathrooms will be of a quality standard with marble and glass fittings throughout.

MS Lord Byron, Lido Bar

Public areas also promise to be luxuriously fitted out in common with the ship operators other 5 star river cruise ships. As well as a modern, comfortable restaurant, the ship features a panoramic observation lounge, Lido bar, sundecks with chairs and loungers, boutique, Spa with sauna, steam room, beautician and whirlpool.

Riviera Travel

The next thing to look at is Riviera Travel themselves, what is the standard of the tours they operate? What do previous customers say? And if you’ve been somewhere else with them before what did you think?

My view is that Riviera have a strong following and are very well respected for providing high quality tours at excellent value. Given that they wouldn’t want to undermine their reputation I think one can be comfortable that they believe that the MS Lord Byron meets their high standards and are happy to have it for their flagship cruises.

One other area that can be useful to look at is the ship operator. Scylla AG first started operating river cruise ships 1974 and over the years have build up a fleet of 17 modern ships, with the MS Lord Byron being the latest edition. Scylla charter ships to a number of organisation, as well as Riviera in the UK there is also Tauck, a highly regarded US tour operator.

The fact that Scylla are building their own fleet of boats places them firmly in the top tier of ship operators, and as a new ship the MS Lord Byron benefits from all their 38 years of experience in river cruise ship design and operation.

Feedback from travellers on other Scylla river ships suggests a very attentive service, fine food – and Swiss efficiency of operation – are all part of the package.  You can see a sample menu on the itinerary pages (see the links at the bottom of this post).

Our Verdict

Given our experience of Riviera Travel and Scylla we really like the MS Lord Byron! We believe it offers excellent quality and value and expect to see some really strong reviews coming through next year.

If you have any questions please give us a call or use the comments box below and we’ll do our very best to answer it for you.

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MS Lord Byron River Cruise Itineraries

Click a link below for more detailed information on the itinerary, MS Lord Byron images, departure dates and prices for the tour:

Amsterdam & the Bulbfields 4 Nights

Keukenhof Park Gardens, nr Amsterdam

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 More Details … 

  • Beautiful springtime cruise through the Dutch bulbfields aboard the 5★ MS Lord Byron
  • All meals included during your cruise
  • Captain's welcome & Gala Dinners
  • Most cabins with French Balcony
  • Comprehensive guided tours including Amsterdam, the Zuiderzee, & the magnificent Keukenhof Park gardens
  • Return Eurostar & TGV from London or selected UK flight programme
  • No single supplement on selected cabins

Amsterdam•Volendam•Enkhuizen•Hoorn•Keukenhof•Amsterdam



Dutch & Belgian Waterways 7 Nights

Medieval Bruges

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  • Delightful cruise along the Dutch & Belgian waterways on the 5★ MS Lord Byron
  • All meals included during your cruise
  • Captain's welcome & Gala Dinners
  • Most cabins with French Balcony
  • Comprehensive guided tours including Amsterdam, Bruges, Antwerp, Ghent, Ypres & the magnificent Keukenhof Park gardens
  • Return Eurostar & TGV from London; or selected UK flight programme
  • No single supplement on selected cabins

Amsterdam•Antwerp•Arnhem•Ghent•Ypres•Bruges•Keukenhof



Rhine & Moselle 7 Nights

Cologne at Night, River Rhine

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  • Lovely, relaxed 7 night full board cruise on the brand new 5★ MS Lord Byron
  • All meals included during your cruise
  • Captain's welcome & Gala Dinners
  • Most cabins with French Balcony
  • Comprehensive guided tours including Cologne, Koblenz & Trier
  • Return Eurostar & UK rail from various regional stations; or selected UK flight programme
  • No single supplement on selected cabins

Cologne•Koblenz•Bopard•Rhüesheim•Bernkastel•Cochem•Trier



Rhine Cruise to Switzerland 7 Nights

Chapel Bridge, Lucerne

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  • Luxuriuous 7 night full board Rhine cruise down the rhine with a tour of the Swiss Lakes
  • All meals included during your cruise
  • Captain's welcome & Gala Dinners
  • Most cabins with French Balcony
  • Comprehensive guided tours including Strasbourg, the Black Forest, Lucerne & the Swiss Lakes
  • Return Eurostar & UK rail from various regional stations; or selected UK flight programme
  • No single supplement on selected cabins

Cologne•Koblenz•Bopard•Rhüesheim•Strasbourg•Lucerne



Rhine, Strasbourg & Heidelberg 7 Nights

Picturesque Heidelberg on the Neckar River

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 More Details … 

  • Luxuriuous 7 night full board Rhine cruise on the brand new 5★ MS Lord Byron
  • All meals included during your cruise
  • Captain's welcome & Gala Dinners
  • Most cabins with French Balcony
  • Comprehensive guided tours including Cologne, Strasbourg & Heidelberg
  • Return Eurostar & UK rail from various regional stations; or selected UK flight programme
  • No single supplement on selected cabins

Cologne•Koblenz•Bopard•Strasbourg•Heidelberg•Rhüesheim•Colmar



The Blue Danube 7 Nights

Hungarian Parliament, Budapest, River Danube

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 More Details … 

  • Lovely, relaxed 7 night full board cruise on the brand new 5★ MS Lord Byron
  • All meals included during your cruise
  • Captain's welcome & Gala Dinners
  • Most cabins with French Balcony
  • Comprehensive guided tours including Budapest, Vienna & Salzburg
  • Return flights from London and regional airports
  • No single supplement on selected cabins

Budapest•Bratislava•Melk•Esztergom•Dürnstein•Vienna•Salzburg


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10 thoughts on “MS Lord Byron River Cruise Review

  1. Have booked with Riviera for cruise on Lord Byron in April.

    looking for details on internet of ship found this record.

    I hoped to print for reference but it gave shts 1 – 13 with printing narrowly down the middle which of course not acceptable—Why?

    • Hi Peter

      I really hope you enjoy the Cruise and thank you for taking the time to raise this with us.

      The pages on our news feed had not been formatted for printing – as you found out. I’ve made a quick change to the site which should improve this for you.

      Thanks

      Simeon

  2. I went on the 5 day Riviera Amsterdam bulb fields cruise and spent an extremely enjoyable time aboard ‘The Lord Byron’. This is an excellent cruiser well accommodated for the river cruises and cruising along the Markermeer. On the bulbs field cruise you leave Amsterdam and cruise along the Markermeer with stop overs at Hoorn, Enkhuizen and Volendam with an excursion to Keukenoff gardens, before returning to Amsterdam where you have a short cruise along the canals and then for the rest of your time you can view Amsterdam at your leisure, before your return to the UK the next day. Your accommodation for your complete cruise is on ‘The Lord Byron’ where you will find that the ever attentive crew are there to ensure you enjoy your time aboard. The facilities of the cruiser are excellent and fully compliament the crew.

    This was my first cruise and I can not wait to book my next.

    • Hi Lynne

      Sorry for the delay in responding to you query. Whilst there is a lift on board which provides access to the accommodation decks I’m afraid that river cruise vessels are not generally equipped for wheelchair bound guests.

      In addition to the relatively cosy cabins and corridors there is often a requirement to traverse other river cruise ships in order to reach the quay to disembark and embark. This may involve navigating steps and gangplanks whilst passing through the adjacent vessels.

      Kind regards

      Simeon

  3. Hi. my wife and I are looking to try a river cruise later in the year. We are particularly looking for a ship that has an outside balcony/veranda. Additionally, We are both into art and photography, hence a later in the year nearer to autumn colours time would be ideal. Any ideas, would be most appreciated.
    nb. We particularly like the look of the Lord Byron.

    Many thanks

    • Hi Frank

      The Lord Byron is a lovely ship and most cabins & suites on board do have French balconies but I’m afraid there are no sit out balconies even on the suites. Outside balconies are a relatively new addition to the River Cruisers as the limited size of the vessels does make space a premium. Riviera are actually launching a new ship for 2014, the MS William Shakespeare, which will be a similarly high specification to the MS Lord Byron. The new ship will have outside balconies in the Deluxe Suites as well as an innovative take on the French balcony with the glass sliding back on the outside of the ship to open up the whole cabin.

      We do work with other operators such as Viking River Cruises, Uniworld and AmaWaterways, who also have outside balconies on some of their higher category cabins.

      I would suggest the best time to go if you’re looking for Autumn colours is around the end of September beginning of October but as we are dealing with nature we’re unable to make any promises! I think the Rhine and Moselle rivers are probably the most beautiful at this time of year – but I’m sure someone else will have another favourite.

      Riviera still have availability on the MS William Shakespeare on their Rhine Cruise to Switzerland & Rhine Strasbourg & Heidelberg itineraries in mid to late September. There are no Deluxe Suites left but plenty of the lovely French balcony cabins on the middle & upper decks

      Alternatively there is the longer, 14 day Cruise to the Heart of Europe on the MS Lord Bryon from Budapest to Cologne taking in the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers, departing 2nd November which still has good availability.

      Have a look at the itineraries above and please do get in touch to discuss your requirements further. You can call us free on 0800 471 4754.

      Kind regards

      Simeon

  4. Just finished a trip on the Duoro Spirit. Lovely boat & with 130 or so passengers more cozy. It is 240 ft. in length. Is the Lord Byron the 360 ft.as most of the larger one are?

    • Hi Bob, I’m glad you enjoyed your Douro cruise. We think the Douro Spirit is a lovely ship too, and is a nice arrangement with all French balcony cabins. The ships on the Douro are smaller than those on other European rivers – this is governed by the length and width of the locks and the height the bridges.

      Yes the Lord Byron is 360ft, and caters for 140 passengers compared to the Douro Spirit’s 128, so only 12 more than the at full capacity. I have to say I think that she is a lovely ship and we get excellent feedback from previous passengers. Riviera are launching her ister ship the MS Jane Austen next year. Both will be operated by Scylla and offer the same high levels of service and accommodation we expect from them.

      Do give me a call free on 0800 471 4754 if you would like to look at specific cabin availability or discuss alternatives.

      Kind regards

      Simeon

      Simeon

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