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Rhine Cruise to Switzerland with Glacier Express Extension

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Rhine Cruise to Switzerland

From £1,998 pp

Overview

Journey into the very heart of this spectacular Alpine landscape on the legendary Glacier Express, enjoy iconically Swiss Zermatt in the shadow of the mighty Matterhorn and the Mediterranean ambience of historic Chur.

Welcome aboard the first class river cruise ship, your luxury, floating hotel for the next seven nights. From the exceptional full-board cuisine to the luxurious cabins and suites you will very soon relax as we journey south to magnificent Switzerland.

What’s Included:

  • Explore medieval Koblenz
  • Visit to the pretty, romantic town of Rüdesheim – centre of the Rhineland wine trade
  • Cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge
  • An evening in Speyer – dominated by the imposing basilica
  • Guided tour of Strasbourg – amazingly rich in a wealth of sights
  • Visit to the old walled town of Breisach
  • Tour of the beautiful Black Forest and lakeside town of Titisee
  • Tour of some of the finest Swiss Alpine scenery, seeing the Jungfrau and the Eiger, Interlaken and the stunning lakeside town of Lucerne
  • Price includes full-board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day
  • A further three nights in charming hotels with breakfast
  • Visit to historic Chur – spectacularly located at the very heart of this magical Alpine landscape
  • Experience one of Europe’s most scenic rail journeys on board the legendary Glacier Express
  • Visit world famous Zermatt – home to the iconic Matterhorn – symbol of Switzerland
  • Opportunity to ride the famous cog railway to the Gornergrat and experience some of the most breath taking Alpine scenery in the world
  • Services of a cruise director and tour manager
  • Standard class reserved seat on Eurostar from London St. Pancras or return flights from selected airports (at a supplement)

For all 2018 river cruises Riviera offer a selection of drinks packages available to purchase and the price is £99 pp for this cruise. (applies to cruise only, not extension)

Prices are per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin with a limited number of single cabins available on all decks, at the relevant supplement. The price includes full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day; if you choose to travel with us on any of the full day excursions by coach, a packed lunch will be provided. Anyone choosing to stay on the ship may of course have lunch in the restaurant; morning/afternoon tea and coffee; all visits and excursions as mentioned in the brochure, airport transfers, coach travel as mentioned, travel to and from port of embarkation and the services of a Riviera Travel Tour Manager.

Rhine - Black Forest in Germany
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Day 1 - Arrive in Cologne

Arrive at the airport for your flight to Düsseldorf or Cologne, or take the Eurostar to Brussels from London St Pancras International.

On arrival, transfer by coach to your cruise ship moored in the heart of picturesque Cologne. The dedicated English-speaking crew will welcome you aboard your first-class floating hotel, ensuring you settle into your luxurious, well-equipped cabin and familiarise yourself with the ship.

Dinner

Day 2 - Koblenz

As you wake and enjoy a sumptuous breakfast, the delights of this river cruise begin to emerge as we drift past the first rolling hills of the Rhine Valley.

The forested Siebengebirge – Seven Mountains – a cluster of ancient volcanic hills that inspired many of the Brothers Grimm’s legends, including ‘Snow White’, act as the overture for even more dramatic scenery upstream.

We cruise past the famous ruined bridge at Remagen, which was captured intact by the Allies towards the end of the Second World War, allowing thousands of troops to cross into Germany’s heartland. Pretty waterfront towns and carefully tended vineyards come into view as we glide gently into our mooring to visit delightful Koblenz.

Day 2 - Koblenz

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 - Rhine Gorge & Rüdesheim

Slipping our mooring at Koblenz we proceed upstream on the Rhine and soon encounter the impressive Marksburg Castle, a fortress dating back to the 13th century. We then weave through the huge looping bend – one of the most impressive on the river – at Boppard, a wonderfully picturesque town known as the ‘Pearl of the Rhine’.

Journeying further, you explore the most famous of all the river’s reaches and a real highlight of the cruise, the dramatic Rhine Gorge: steep vineyards give way to almost vertical rocky outcrops towering more than 600 feet above the sweeping valley sides.

Day 3 - Rhine Gorge & Rüdesheim

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4 - Speyer

Still sailing upstream, the landscape becomes much wider and flatter, with gently rolling hills and vineyards that are home to the Liebfraumilch wines. Occasionally the excited chatter of birdlife breaks out as we pass oxbow lakes, long deserted by the river flow, which are now havens for over a hundred bird species.

Today we berth in historic Speyer, founded by the Celts and one of Germany’s oldest cities, celebrated for its illustrious past. The breathtaking Imperial Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is among the largest Romanesque churches in the world; it’s also one of the finest. Its beautiful four-roomed crypt is the resting place of many Holy Roman emperors and German kings.

Day 4 - Speyer

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Strasbourg

This morning we cruise gently upstream, passing through two spectacular locks, whose elaborate engineering never ceases to fascinate. Why not find a comfortable chair and catch up on some reading, play chess or watch the rolling kaleidoscope of scenery from the Sun Deck?

We soon arrive in France and moor in Strasbourg, capital of the Alsace region. This afternoon we have a walking tour of its picturesque Old Town, bisected by canals and made up of a maze of narrow streets lined with timber-framed houses and sculptured portals.

Day 5 - Strasbourg

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 Breisach & Black Forest

Your final day cruising is spent gliding through the dramatic scenery of the rift valley separating the Vosges and Black Forest mountains. We arrive at the ancient town of Breisach, whose historic heart is surrounded by stone ramparts and dominated by the impressive Saint Stephan’s Cathedral.

This afternoon you drive through some of Central Europe’s most stunning scenery – the Black Forest Mountains. This is a fabled landscape of rugged valleys, white-water rivers, cascading waterfalls and rolling hillsides covered with huge, densely packed pine trees – exactly as you expect it to be. Our destination is the idyllic village of Titisee, nestling on the shores of its crystal-clear lake.

Day 6 Breisach & Black Forest

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7 - Lucerne & Bernese Oberland

For many today will be the highlight of the cruise. You first take the short drive to Lucerne, often considered Switzerland’s most beautiful city, spectacularly situated among stunning mountain views.

It has been attracting well-heeled visitors for two centuries, including our very own Queen Victoria. Highly recommended is an invigorating stroll along the Chapel Bridge, a unique covered wooden walkway crossing the lake, supported by stilts and lined with colourful flower-filled window boxes.

Not only is it the city’s most iconic structure, it’s a superb way to absorb Lucerne’s regal atmosphere.

Day 7 - Lucerne & Bernese Oberland

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 8 - Chur

We leave our cruise ship and take the train to historic Chur at the heart of Graubünden, the largest canton in Switzerland.

As we leave behind Basel’s city skyline the scenery becomes ever more picturesque – a wild landscape of deep isolated valleys, sheer rocky summits and thick pine forests. Glittering sunlight pours from the blue skies above on to sparkling glaciers oozing from the lofty summits; this is truly some of the most awe-inspiring mountain scenery in the world.

Day 8 - Chur

Breakfast

Day 9 - Glacier Express

After breakfast we embark on an unforgettably scenic and spectacular rail journey – the legendary Glacier Express. Our starting point at Chur is the lowest point of the route to Zermatt and the iconic Matterhorn, Switzerland’s most famous mountain and a ‘must-see’ highlight for many.

The train first winds its way through the ‘Swiss Grand Canyon’, a dramatic section of the Upper Rhine where the river has carved deep into an eerie landscape of white rocks, climbing ever higher along the Oberalp Pass to a height of 6,673 feet.

Day 9 - Glacier Express

Breakfast

Day 10 - Zermatt

Today you may wish to explore Zermatt further under your own steam, or you can take Europe’s highest open-air cog railway to the Gornergrat for more stupendous vistas.

This extraordinary train service departs from Zermatt and climbs through a glorious landscape of mountains, valleys, lakes, streams and grassy meadows; you won’t be surprised that some of the country’s best hiking trails are here. The train stops at the summit of the Gornergrat, an altitude of just over 10,000 feet, where you’re surrounded by 29 snow-capped peaks – including the Matterhorn – and numerous glaciers, together creating an absolutely jaw-dropping mountain panorama.

Sit back and admire a view of some of the mightiest peaks in the world – their magnitude and beauty will simply astound you.

Day 10 - Zermatt

Breakfast

Day 11 - Return Home

Today we take the train back to the airport for your flight home.

Breakfast

Riviera Travel MS George Eliot Exterior

The MS George Eliot is one of the smaller vessels in Riviera Travel’s fleet.  At 110 metres she offers the convivial ambience and personal service of a boutique hotel. With 36 staff serving just 132 guests, the experience is intimate and enjoyable.

Launched in 2019 she offers excellent standards of accommodation consistent with Scylla’s (the ship operator) other 5 star ships. Standard cabins are a good size at 172 ft² with floor to ceiling windows opening to a rail on the middle and upper decks.  4 Superior Suites and 4 Deluxe Balcony Suites are available on each ship at 247 ft² and 253 ft² respectively.  Deluxe Balcony Suites, located on the upper deck, also feature a small private balcony.  Cabins on the lower deck are slightly smaller at 161 ft² and feature high level windows with 2 Superior Suites at 183 ft².

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.

She is really a lovely base for you to explore the rivers and waterways of continental Europe.

Riviera Travel - MS George Eliot - Deluxe Balcony Suite

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 70 outside cabins & suites, most with French balconies, some with private balcony
  • For and aft sundecks with sun-shades, deck chairs & loungers
  • ‘Whirlpool’ splash pool
  • Stylish restaurant with open seating with tables of 4 and 6
  • Main lounge with bar & piano
  • Bistro bar & restaurant with outside seating terrace
  • Complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day with speciality patisseries in the afternoon
  • Elevator to Diamond, Ruby and Emerald decks
  • Wellness area, massage, nail salon and hairdresser
  • Onboard souvenir shop*
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

70 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and suites range in size from 161 – 253 ft².  Accommodations on the middle and upper decks feature floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening to a French Balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.  If you really want to indulge yourselves why not take one of the 4 Deluxe Balcony Suites on the upper deck with their own private balconies with chairs and table.

 

 

 

Deluxe Balcony Suite

253 ft² – Diamond (Upper) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a private balcony with table and chairs and additional floor to ceiling windows
  • Enhanced sitting area
  • Larger private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products, Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
Riviera Travel - MS George Eliot - Deluxe Balcony Suite
Riviera-Travel - MS George Eliot - Superior Suite

Superior  Suite

194 ft² – Diamond & Ruby (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to French balcony
  • Enhanced sitting area
  • Marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Diamond & Ruby Deck Cabin

172 ft² – Diamond & Ruby (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a French balcony
  • Private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Riviera Travel - MS George Eliot - French Balcony Cabin
Riviera-Travel - MS George-Eliot - Emerald Superior Suite

Emerald Deck Superior Suite

183 ft² –  Emerald (Lower) Deck

  • Smaller Fixed Windows
  • Private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Emerald Deck Cabin

161 ft² –  Emerald (Lower) Deck

  • Smaller Fixed Windows
  • Private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Riviera-Travel - MS George Eliot - Emerald Cabin
Riviera Travel - MS George Eliot - Deck Plan
Riviera Travel Emily Brontë

Emily Brontë is one of Riviera Travel’s new ‘all suite’ ships.  Launched in 2017 she offers excellent standards of accommodation consistent with Scylla’s (the ship operator) other 5 star ships. Standard Suites are large at 183 ft² with floor to ceiling windows opening to a rail on the middle and upper decks. Suites on the lower deck are slightly smaller at 172 ft² and feature high level windows. 6 Superior Suites and 4 Deluxe Balcony Suites are available on each ship at 247 ft² and 269 ft² respectively. Deluxe Balcony Suites, located on the upper deck, also feature a small private balcony.

This superb vessel carries 44 in-house trained crew members serving just 176 guests (similar size vessels may carry well over 190 passengers) giving the ratio which our experience proves is concurrent with first class service levels.

An outstanding ship it would be very easy to just say ‘luxurious’ but it’s much more than that, a unique yet exquisite blend of understated taste, style and elegance at the highest level. A spacious new vessel as you enter a gleaming, richly coloured marble-floored lobby flooded with natural light from a stunning atrium above. 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.

Riviera Travel Emily Bronte Lounge

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 88 comfortable outside suites, most with French balconies, some with private balcony
  • For and aft sundecks with sun-shades, deck chairs & loungers
  • ‘Whirlpool’ splash pool
  • Stylish restaurant with open seating with tables of 4 and 6
  • Main lounge with bar & piano
  • Bistro bar & restaurant
  • Complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day with speciality patisseries in the afternoon
  • Elevator to Diamond, Ruby and Emerald decks
  • Wellness area, massage, nail salon and hairdresser
  • Onboard souvenir shop*
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

88 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and suites range in size from 172 – 269 ft² or indulge even more in one of the 6 Superior suites or 4 Deluxe Balcony Suites. Most accommodations featuring floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening to a French Balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

 

 

 

Deluxe Balcony Suite

269 ft² – Diamond (Upper) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a private balcony with table and chairs and additionl fllor to ceiling windows
  • Enhanced sitting area
  • Larger private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products, Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
Riviera Travel Thomas Hardy Deluxe Balcony Suite
Riviera Travel Emily Bronte Stern Suite

Superior & Superior Stern Suite

247 ft² – Diamond & Ruby (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to French balcony
  • Enhanced sitting area
  • Marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Diamond Deck & Ruby Deck Suite

183 ft² – Diamond & Ruby (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a French balcony
  • Private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Riviera Travel Emily Bronte Suite
Riviera Thomas Hardy Lower Deck Cabin

Emerald Deck Suite

172 ft² –  Emerald (Lower) Deck

  • Smaller Fixed Window
  • Private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Riviera Travel - Suite Ship Deck Plan

Every aspect of the 5 star MS Jane Austen (2015) and MS Lord Byron (2013) are designed to the highest possible specification and exacting standards to bring you the very best and most enjoyable river cruising experience, in the most luxurious comfort.

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.

Blend this with the low passenger complement, just 140 guests, with 35 crew, a ratio of 4 to 1, guarantees an excellent level of service and a more personal touch.

Riviera Travel Jane Austen Lounge

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 74 comfortable outside cabins and suites, most with French Balconies
  • Lounge with bar and panoramic views on the Diamond Deck
  • Main Restaurant – on the Ruby Deck serving buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and dinne
  • Air conditioned public areas & cabins
  • 24hr self service station for tea & coffee
  • Lift between Ruby and Diamond deck
  • Sun deck with comfortable outdoor chairs and sun loungers
  • Small splash pool, putting green and giant chess board on the sun deck
  • Small boutique for you to shop for your souvenirs and keepsakes to take home.
  • Reception area open 24hrs
  • Wellness area with sauna, steam room and fitness equipment for you to use at your leisure.
  • Hairdressing salon
  • Laundry service*
  • Lido Bar & Restaurant on the Diamond Deck serving early bird breakfast, light lunch and dinner (to be reserved on board subject to availability)

* Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

This lovely new 5 star river cruise vessel, features beautifully furnished cabins and suites, the majority featuring floor to ceiling sliding glass doors opening to a French Balcony.

74 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and suites range in size from 161 – 242 ft² or indulge even more in one of the 4 Deluxe suites or  7  Superior Suites. Most accommodations featuring floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening to a French Balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

 

 

 

Deluxe Suites

242 ft² – Diamond (Upper) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors (French Balcony)
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
Riviera Travel Lord Byron Deluxe Suite
Riviera Travel Jane Austen Stern Suite

Superior Suites

199 ft² – Diamond & Ruby (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to French balcony
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Diamond Deck & Ruby Deck Cabins

161 ft² – Diamond & Ruby (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a French balcony
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Riviera Travel Lord Byron French Balcony Cabin
Riviera Travel Emerald Deck Cabin

Emerald Deck Standard Cabins

161 ft² –  Emerald (Lower) Deck

  • Smaller Fixed Window
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Riviera Travel Charles Dickens Exterior

The 5 star MS Charles Dickens (2015) MS William Shakespeare (2014) have been specially commissioned and designed to Riviera’s specification by Dutch ship builders Veka Group.

Carrying just 140 passengers each, the crew ratio of 4:1 ensures excellent service throughout your cruise. Finished with the highest quality materials with luxurious carpets, rich hardwoods and plenty of steel and glass the ships have an elegant and sleek style throughout.

Riviera Travel William Shakespeare Rear Lounge

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 74 comfortable outside cabins and suites, most with French Balconies
  • Deluxe Suites have full outside balconies
  • Sundeck with sun-shades, deck chairs & loungers
  • ‘Whirlpool’ splash pool on deck
  • Stylish restaurant with open seating
  • Main Globe lounge with bar & piano
  • Stern Midsummer Bar & Chef’s Restaurant for 24 diners
  • Complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day with speciality patisseries in the afternoon
  • Lift to Hamlet & Othello decks
  • Sauna, steam room and hairdresser* on board
  • Onboard souvenir shop*
  • Laundry service*
  • * Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

These lovely 5 star river cruise vessels, feature beautifully furnished cabins and suites, the majority featuring floor to ceiling sliding glass doors opening to a French Balcony.

74 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and suites range in size from 151 – 245 ft² or indulge even more in one of the 4 Deluxe suites. Most accommodations featuring floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening to a French Balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

 

 

 

Deluxe Balcony Suite

245 ft² – Diamond (Upper) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling opening glass doors leading to an outside balcony with table & chairs
  • Enhanced sitting area
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Upper Deck Cabin

161 ft² – Upper Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors open all the way to create a full width French Balcony.
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Middle Deck cabin

161 ft² – Middle Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a French balcony
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Lower Deck Cabin

151 ft² –  Emerald (Lower) Deck

  • Smaller Fixed Window
  • Private tiled bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with quality bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

 

Riviera Travel Charles Dickens
Riviera Travel Oscar Wilde Exterior

Oscar Wilde is one of Riviera Travel’s new ‘all suite’ ships.  Launched in 2017 she offers excellent standards of accommodation consistent with Scylla’s (the ship operator) other 5 star ships. Standard Suites are large at 183 ft² with floor to ceiling windows opening to a rail on the middle and upper decks. Suites on the lower deck are slightly smaller at 172 ft² and feature high level windows. 6 Superior Suites and 4 Deluxe Balcony Suites are available on each ship at 247 ft² and 269 ft² respectively. Deluxe Balcony Suites, located on the upper deck, also feature a small private balcony.

An outstanding ship it would be very easy to just say ‘luxurious’ but it’s much more than that, a unique yet exquisite blend of understated taste, style and elegance at the highest level. A spacious new vessel as you enter a gleaming, richly coloured marble-floored lobby flooded with natural light from a stunning atrium above. 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.

Riviera-Travel-OscarWilde-Lounge

Onboard Features & Facilities

  • 88 comfortable outside suites, most with French balconies, some with private balcony
  • For and aft sundecks with sun-shades, deck chairs & loungers
  • ‘Whirlpool’ splash pool
  • Stylish restaurant with open seating with tables of 4 and 6
  • Main lounge with bar & piano
  • Bistro bar & restaurant
  • Complimentary coffee and tea throughout the day with speciality patisseries in the afternoon
  • Elevator to Diamond, Ruby and Emerald decks
  • Wellness area, massage, nail salon and hairdresser
  • Onboard souvenir shop*
  • Laundry service*

* Payable locally.

Accommodation & Amenities

88 spacious, elegantly appointed staterooms and suites range in size from 172 – 269 ft² or indulge even more in one of the 6 Superior suites or 4 Deluxe Balcony Suites. Most accommodations featuring floor to ceiling glass sliding doors opening to a French Balcony, so you can enjoy the ever-changing scenery however you wish.

Deluxe Balcony Suite

269 ft² – Diamond (Upper) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a private balcony with table and chairs and additional floor to ceiling windows
  • Enhanced sitting area
  • Larger private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products, Bathrobes and slippers
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
Riviera-Travel-OscarWilde-Deluxe-Suite
Riviera Travel Emily Bronte Stern Suite

Superior & Superior Stern Suite

247 ft² – Diamond & Ruby (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to French balcony
  • Enhanced sitting area
  • Marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning

Diamond Deck & Ruby Deck Suite

183 ft² – Diamond & Ruby (Upper & Middle) Deck

  • Floor to ceiling glass doors opening to a French balcony
  • Private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
Riviera Travel Thomas Hardy Stern Suite
Riviera Thomas Hardy Lower Deck Cabin

Emerald Deck Suite

172 ft² –  Emerald (Lower) Deck

  • Smaller Fixed Window
  • Private marble bathroom with WC, wash basin & glass shower enclosure with Crabtree and Evelyn bath products
  • Hotel style beds, the best mattresses and fine cotton bed linen
  • A bed turn down service operates during dinner
  • Seating area with 2 chairs and a table
  • In room safe, mini-bar, hair dryer, full-length mirror, plenty of storage space & telephone
  • Tea & Coffee making facilities
  • Flat-screen televisions with satellite TV channels, GPS and for & aft camera views.
  • Individually controlled air-conditioning
Riviera Travel - Suite Ship Deck Plan
DepartShipEmbarkFrom  
Apr 26 NGeorge EliotCologne£2098Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£2098  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£2198  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2398  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2548  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2498  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2648  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£2998  
May 2 NEmily BrontëCologne£2248Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin172 ft², Fixed Windows£2248  
Middle DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£2548  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2748  
Upper DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£2648  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2748  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2848  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite269 ft², Outside Balcony£3148  
May 20 NEmily BrontëBasel£2348Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin172 ft², Fixed Windows£2348  
Middle DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£2648  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2848  
Upper DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£2748  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2848  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2948  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite269 ft², Outside Balcony£3248  
May 24 NGeorge EliotCologne£2398Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£2398  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£2498  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2698  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2848  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2798  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2948  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£3298  
Jun 6 NEmily BrontëCologne£2598Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin172 ft², Fixed Windows£2598  
Middle DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£2898  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£3098  
Upper DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£2998  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite247 ft², French Balcony£3098  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£3198  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite269 ft², Outside Balcony£3498  
Jun 21 NGeorge EliotCologne£2578Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£2578  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£2678  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2878  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£3028  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2978  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£3128  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£3478  
Jul 3 NJane AustenCologne£2328Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£2328  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², Fixed Windows£2428  
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£2628  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French Balcony£2778  
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£2728  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French Balcony£2828  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French Balcony£2928  
Upper DeckDeluxe Suite242 ft², French Balcony£3128  
Jul 7 NJane AustenBasel£2328Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£2328  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², Fixed Windows£2428  
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£2628  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French Balcony£2778  
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£2728  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French Balcony£2828  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French Balcony£2928  
Upper DeckDeluxe Suite242 ft², French Balcony£3128  
Jul 21 NCharles DickensCologne£2278Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin151 ft², Fixed Windows£2278  
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£2578  
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£2678  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite245 ft², Outside Balcony£3178  
Jul 29 NThomas HardyCologne£2547Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin172 ft², Fixed Windows£2547  
Middle DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£2847  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£3047  
Upper DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£2947  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite247 ft², French Balcony£3047  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£3147  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite269 ft², Outside Balcony£3447  
Jul 31 NJane AustenCologne£2328Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£2328  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², Fixed Windows£2428  
Middle DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£2628  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French Balcony£2778  
Upper DeckCabin161 ft², French Balcony£2728  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite199 ft², French Balcony£2828  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite199 ft², French Balcony£2928  
Upper DeckDeluxe Suite242 ft², French Balcony£3128  
Aug 14 NOscar WildeCologne£2378Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin172 ft², Fixed Windows£2378  
Middle DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£2678  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2878  
Upper DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£2778  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2878  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£2978  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite269 ft², Outside Balcony£3278  
Aug 16 NGeorge EliotCologne£2378Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£2378  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£2478  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2678  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2828  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2778  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2928  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£3278  
Aug 30 NGeorge EliotCologne£2498Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£2498  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£2598  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2798  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2948  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2898  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£3048  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£3398  
Sep 3 NGeorge EliotBasel£2628Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£2628  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£2728  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2928  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£3078  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£3028  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£3178  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£3528  
Sep 11 NOscar WildeCologne£2648Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin172 ft², Fixed Windows£2648  
Middle DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£2948  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£3148  
Upper DeckSuite183 ft², French Balcony£3048  
Upper DeckSuperior Stern Suite247 ft², French Balcony£3148  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite247 ft², French Balcony£3248  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite269 ft², Outside Balcony£3548  
Oct 18 NGeorge EliotCologne£1998Cabin Upgrades
Lower DeckCabin161 ft², Fixed Windows£1998  
Lower DeckSuperior Suite183 ft², Fixed Windows£2098  
Middle DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2298  
Middle DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2448  
Upper DeckCabin172 ft², French Balcony£2398  
Upper DeckSuperior Suite194 ft², French Balcony£2548  
Upper DeckDeluxe Balcony Suite253 ft², Outside Balcony£2898  


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