A look at the New MS William Shakespeare from Riviera Travel
Riviera Travel have commissioned another new river cruise vessel for the 2014 season, the MS William Shakespeare. We take look at how she will stack up against the competition from their own fleet and across the other river cruise operators.
At 110m in length and a passenger capacity of 140 the MS William Shakespeare shares many similarities with her 5 star stable mate the MS Lord Byron. The ship will be built to similarly high specifications but also features a number of innovative additions that sets the MS William Shakespeare apart. The vessel is currently under construction by, Dutch based, VEKA Group and will début on the Rhine in 2014.
Interior design is being done by the same team that fashioned the 5 star Antonio Bellucci. Expect rich finishes with plenty of wood and chrome in the public areas giving a feeling of elegance and style throughout.
Innovative French Balconies
Cabins on the middle and upper decks will be fitted with floor to ceiling glass windows, opening to a French Balcony. Whilst this is a common feature on a modern river cruise ship there is a twist. On the MS William Shakespeare both panes of glass slide back over the outside of the ship to open the whole window aperture to the fresh air. Compare this to other ships where only half the window opens as one glass panel slides over the other.
Deluxe Suite with “Sit Out” Balcony
The 4 Deluxe Suites, located towards the middle of the upper deck, are 245 sq.ft. in size and unusually for a vessel of this size feature outside balconies with tables and chairs. We think these are fabulous having experienced the equivalent on the MS Lord Byron and can’t wait to give the outside balconies a go.
Standard of Service On Board
The MS William Shakespeare will be operated by the same team that currently provide service on the MV Serenade II. We can be confident that standards of service and cuisine on board will be up to the high standard Riviera Travel set for their river cruises.
Our Verdict on the MS William Shakespeare
Our experience with Riviera Travel leads us to believe that this is going to be a truly lovely river cruise ship. We receive excellent feedback on Riviera Travel river cruises and many repeat bookings. Riviera Travel offer 5 star accommodation, excellent service and cuisine and a full complement of interesting excursions making for a very enjoyable holiday.
The MS William Shakespeare didn’t make it into the 1st edition of the Riviera Travel River Cruise brochure so there is still very good availability as I write this – I do not expect that to last.