Luftner – MS Amadeus Provence River Ship Review

The MS Amadeus Provence the newest ship in the Luftner fleet launched this year, in April 2017.  Sailing the Rhône and Saône rivers in Southern France, as well as selling this ship directly through our relationship with Amadeus, other operators such as “Great Rail Journeys” and “Saga” are also using the ship for the UK market.  View our latest offers here.

Here is our review of this 5 star  luxury ship. MS Amadeus Provence

The unparalleled natural beauty of the South of France in the peak summer season has always had immense appeal and this holiday takes you on a fascinating journey to the sun drenched vineyards, ancient cities and tranquil villages of France’s fabled wine country.

This delightful cruise takes you on a seven-night voyage on the Saône and Rhône Rivers, meandering past the vineyards of Burgundy and the lavender-scented hills of Provence.

What is the MS Amadeus Provence like?

A modern ship taking a maximum of 140 passengers in 62 staterooms 172-188 sq.ft  and 8 suites (284 sq.ft). It is slightly smaller than the Silver II or III in the Amadeus fleet, but no less luxurious and comfortable.  Fine dining using fresh local ingredients, allows you to choose between classical haute cusine, regional dishes or the vegetarian alternative.  Included with lunch and dinner are a selection of quality wines, beer and soft drinks, along with a 24 hour tea and coffee station.  In the afternoon a selection of cakes and pastries are available.

Amadeus Provence

 

But don’t take our word for it , here is the latest review one of our returning customer’s have just left for Amadeus Provence:

Customer review of the MS Amadeus Provence

“The Amadeus Provence is beautiful and the newest ship in the Luftner Fleet launched this in April 2017. 

Slightly fewer passengers and a little smaller than the Silver II and Silver III, but never felt crowded.  The nice addition is the small infinity pool (only large enough to stand in, not swim) with a couple of loungers, settee along one side and a few tables and chairs in front of a small bar which is open in Summer (but closed in October when we were on board) is a lovely peaceful place to sit at the back of the ship and relax.

The sun deck and the river terrace at the front is also available to enjoy the views and fresh air.  Then the Amadeus Club inside which tends to be a quiet spot.  24/7 tea and coffee is available there together with a small library and board games. 

The Luxurious Suites of which we believe there are 8, are the same size as on the Silver II or III are very comfortable with high quality fittings and toiletries.  The only disappointment is the narrow balcony (same as the Silver II and III) with only one backless chair to sit on and no room for a table, – however it was adequate for our needs. 

The crew was happy, hard working and nothing was too much trouble for their passengers.  We had met some of the crew and Hotel and Restaurant Managers on previous trips on the Silver II and III, Felt like coming home ! 

The food was as always, excellent too. 

This was the last cruise before the Christmas season starts and the crew are ready for a well earned break once the ship has been closed down. 

The actual cruise from Lyon north wards and then south to Avignon was very enjoyable.  A lot of cruising is done overnight, but this is not the Rhine, and there is little to see other than the odd bird and local village, so we didn’t miss much.  As usual, the excursions were expensive.  It was a nice touch from the Tour Director Andreea- Who was excellent- to enclose a detailed sheet along with the Daily Programe advising what to see, and how to see it, if you wanted to explore ports of call on your own , rather than trailing along with loads of other people. 

Visit the Photographic Museum in Charlons Sur Saone and then have a delightful walking tour,  visit the tourist office for a walking map and follow the brass triangles in the pavements so your don’t miss anything.  Lovely place to walk around. 

The center of Avignon is quite a walk from where we were docked, but we found parked outside the ship a golf buggy offering tours of the city for 25 euro.  We jumped on (only room for 2) and enjoyed a 2 hour guided tour in french.  fabulous and a boo for my husband who is disabled.  there is also a little “Train” which carried about 20-30 people, which you can reach by taxi and does a similar tour.  But be prepared for the Mistral winds – it was 40km and hour strong during our buggy ride and quiet chilly.  So all in all, it was a great trip.  Our private taxis and transfers worked a treat and worth every penny.   

The next ship, the Amadeus Queen launches next year.  We will be keeping an eye open for a possible cruise on her next year.”

Mrs & Mrs M – Traveled in October 2017 on Amadeus Provence

Sun deck on Amadeus Provence

Fancy experiencing the same cruise on the Amadeus Provence, Treasures of Burgundy & Provence, sailing from March to October and with prices starting at just £840pp cruise only,  you can choose to fly to Lyon or why not take the scenic route by train from London St Pancras to Lyon (approx 5 hrs).  A beautiful ship which also offers the ability to combine the journey with round trip return rail from the UK to Lyon.  Call us for a quote.

Or if like Mr & Mrs M you fancy trying the new ship Amadeus Queen,  it will tour the Danube, Rhine and Main rivers as well as Dutch and Belgian waterways from spring 2018.

Coming soon, the MS Amadeus Queen

This new vessel follows the award-winning model of the AMADEUS Silver ships. The  spaciousness has been maintained, with generous public areas but also spacious cabins: 12 large suites impress with an outdoor balcony and a cozy reading corner whilst the 69 standard cabins mainly have panoramic window fronts which can be automatically lowered and luxurious bathrooms. A new highlight is the indoor pool, the roof of which can be opened in fine weather. In the evenings, this area may also be used for informative talks, functions and cinema showings.

 

 

Amadeus River Cruises – Amadeus Silver II Review

Amadeus Silver II Exterior

Amadeus River Cruises by Luftner , a family owned company, offer high quality river cruises on the major rivers in Europe. Unlike some of the better known and much, much larger American owned companies, Amadeus has stayed in the same family for the last 40 years and prides itself on a small fleet of custom designed river ships. I was lucky enough to cruise on the brand new Amadeus Silver II in March 2017 and here is my review of the ship.

We joined the ship in Amsterdam. The Amadeus Silver II is one of the new 135 square meter river cruise ships being launched by Luftner. The ship will cruise the river Rhine and The Danube throughout the season from early spring and including Christmas markets and Christmas and New Year cruises as well.

Stepping onboard, the modern interior with greys and pinks is bright and welcoming. The staff are also very friendly and I recognise them from a previous cruise I have taken with Amadeus. Due to the family nature of the cruise line, there is a very small staff turnover and our customers are often telling us that they look forward to meeting familiar staff again on their next cruise. Again, the larger American river cruise lines would not be able to offer this very welcome element of customer service. It takes a long time to train a member of staff.

What facilities are there on the Amadeus Silver II ship?

Well, there is a fitness room with equipment, hair salon, massage room, a gift shop, complimentary bicycles to use when in port to cycle into towns etc. Additionally there is a laundry service which is payable locally.

The Public Areas

Amadeus Silver II Cafe Vienna

Moving up a level from the lobby, there is a coffee and tea area, the Cafe Vienna, with Viennese coffee specialities which allows customers to sit and enjoy the view out of the large glass windows whilst enjoying the complementary hot drinks from the 24 hour coffee station.

Amadeus Silver II Panorama Bar
Moving into the main panorama lounge which is full of full length windows and light, the bar area again is modern and with plenty of seating throughout the area, you will also be able to find somewhere to sit and read a book or browse a newspaper or the internet. In the evening, the Panorama lounge and bar is where the entertainment of either the pianist or local performers who are brought onboard will be enjoyed from.

Amadeus Silver II River Terrace

Moving forward in the lounge you can access the outside seating area, known as the “River Terrace”, an absolute must for when the ship is scenic cruising. As it was early spring, we were able to take advantage of the blankets on offer whilst enjoying a hot drink and the view.

The sundeck is the best place to catch the 360 degrees river views from and it enjoys a Lido-bar, lounge chairs, shade awnings, giant chess board and shuffleboard.

Amadeus Silver II Club Lounge

Additionally at the rear of the ship, there is the Amadeus Club Lounge. With windows on three sides and again an outside area, this is a lovely quiet area with again a coffee station and computers to check emails.

Size of the Amadeus Silver II

Built in 2015, over 3 floors the ship offers 84 staterooms in total of which 12 are suites. The maximum number of passengers on board is 168 and the number of crew is 46. This ship is although the same size as the Amadeus Silver, has much bigger staterooms and suites and less passengers.

The Restaurant and dining onboard the Amadeus Silver II

You will find yourself enjoying up to 3 meals a day on your Amadeus Silver II cruise. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are offered in the dining room, a large, modern area with floor to ceiling windows. Open seating means that you will find yourself a table and sit down.

Amadeus Silver II Breakfast Menu

Breakfast is a buffet with many recognisable continental and American options. So, there is a egg station for omelettes and poached and fried eggs which can be ordered, cereals, fruit and yogurt, fried breakfast items and more Germanic breakfast items. There is free flowing coffee and tea as well as self service fruit juice. The waiters are there to assist you with special requirement, just ask.
Lunch is also a buffet with free seating with salad options, soup and meat dishes.

Dinner is a table d’hote menu with multiple courses and the standard here is very high.

Amadeus Silver II Fine Dining

The staterooms

I was lucky enough to be in one of the 284 sq ft suites. I can highly recommend them. As well as the largest walkin wardrobe I have ever seen on a river cruise ship – it is enormous – there is an additional corner seating area.

Amadeus Silver II Suite Seating Area

The floor to ceiling windows make the suite seem even bigger. there is a small sit out balcony for the warmer days, a large flat screen tv, mini bar. The ensuite bathroom is a great size, with complementary toiletries.

Amadeus Silver II French Balcony Cabin

The staterooms on the middle and upper decks are 188 sq ft – these are a really good size for french balcony cabins. An electronic window allows the french balcony to be opened horizontally.

On the lower deck, again the staterooms are a good size at 172 sq ft with a head height window. Lots of mirrors have been used to allow more light into the cabins and I have to say, that unlike some river cruise ship designs for lower deck cabins I would be very happy to be in one of these rooms. The space has been used well.

My Overall Opinion of the Amadeus Silver II

I really enjoyed my time on the Silver II. I have seen a lot of river cruise ships and I like the fact that the Amadeus ships are all different. There is no “one-size fits all” so there is never a time that the ships feel dated. Depending on which package is booked, you could have drinks with your meals and wi-fi included and selected excursions. As an Amadeus specialist, we are able to advise on the best package for you as well as whether you would like cruise only or flights and transfers. Do check before booking as Amadeus cruises do tend to be tailor made.