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Review of the MS Lord Byron


The Lord Byron moved to a new home in the South of France.  She sails the beautiful Rivers Rhone and Saone from Lyon to Avignon.

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Well I’m now back in England and reminiscing about my time on the MS Lord Byron. I thought I’d take the opportunity of a bit of quiet time to write a short review about my visit to Germany and the River Rhine.  This was the first time that I had been on the Lord Byron and, even though I knew she was good, was very pleasantly surprised by my experience.  There’s nothing quite like seeing something first hand!

I’ll try to keep the review brief but cover the most important aspects of the ship – if you’d like to know more please give us a call and we’d be happy to help.

MS Lord Byron Cabins & Suites Review

Deluxe Suite

I had one of the Deluxe Suites on the upper deck, so will start this part of the review with that. At 242 sq.ft. it very spacious and provided fantastic river views through the floor to ceiling glass windows and plenty of fresh air – fresh being the appropriate word in November!

There was plenty of storage with a good wardrobe, lots of drawer space and room under the beds for cases and bags.

MS Lord Byron Deluxe Suite MS Lord Byron Deluxe Suite MS Lord Byron Deluxe Suite Bathroom

The bathroom was really quite large with double sinks, a loo and large glass shower enclosure with a really good shower.  It was well stocked with toiletries and towels and had a very nice feel to it.


Suites are available on each deck and at 199 sq.ft. are almost 25% larger than the standard cabins.  The bed is also angled towards the window to provide a better view of the passing scenery.  As with the Standard cabins, those on the middle and upper deck have the French Balcony.

MS Lord Byron Suite MS Lord Byron Suite (Stern) MS Lord Byron Lower Deck Suite

French Balcony Cabins

Cabins on the middle and upper decks are 161 sq.ft. in size and have French Balconies that let in plenty of light and air.  These cabins form the bulk of the accommodation on the MS Lord Byron and are a very pleasant place to spend your cruise.

MS Lord Byron French Balcony Cabin

 Lower Deck Cabins

Cabins on the lower deck are the same size as those on the middle and upper decks and have all the same amenities.  As with other river cruise ships the main difference is windows, these are smaller, fixed windows higher up in the cabin.

MS Lord Byron Lower Deck Cabin

One nice thing about these cabins is that Riviera Travel offer a number of them to single travellers without a supplement – but they do sell out very quickly!

MS Lord Byron Public Areas Review

The public areas of the ship have a mix of classic charm and modern sleek lines with plenty of dark wood, glass and chrome.  The use of rich fabrics in the upholstery also brings the rooms to life.

The large vaulted lobby welcomes you onto the ship and provides access to the Restaurant and lounge.  A collection of smaller and larger tables around the restaurant and lounge gives plenty of choice.  A lift services the middle and upper accommodation decks but not the lower, Emerald, Deck or Sun Deck.

There is also a wellness area on board featuring a sauna, steam room, shower and relaxation area, which is free for passengers to use.

Dining Review

Riviera cater exclusively for British passengers so cuisine tends to be more towards our tastes. Breakfast was a buffet, with a wide selection of continental and British favourites.  Unusually, Riviera also provide continental breakfasts in your cabin should you prefer. Lunch is primarily buffet service, although there is a served option should you prefer.

Dinner is certainly the main event as far as food is concerned with a good choice of dishes in each course.  I have to say I found the dining on board to be of a really excellent level.  Passengers can also treat themselves to a ‘private dining’ experience in the Chef’s Restaurant’.  There is no additional charge for this but be quick, as catering for only 24 diners, it does fill up quickly.

One area that Rivera Travel river cruises differs from many others at this level is that they do not include wine with lunch or dinner.  This is available from the bar and prices seemed pretty reasonable – around €20 for a bottle of wine.

Our Verdict – Highly Recommended

I really liked this Lord Byron, accommodation and service was of a very high standard and the staff were friendly and efficient.  Riviera Travel river cruises certainly offer excellent value and I would find it difficult to find anything of a similar quality at anything near the price.


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  1. Thinking of going on the Lord Byron next year, Lyon to Avignon with Riveaira travel, but just seen a review that said a 4.5 hour journey back to the airport after the cruise, is this correct?

    1. Hi Peter

      Riviera provide a number of flight options from different UK airports for this cruise. A number of these have flights to/from airports local to the cruise embarkation / disembarkation points. However, given the available flight options from some airports it is only possible to fly in and out of the same airport in France. As a result there may be a long transfer at either the beginning or end of the cruise.

      If you are interested in the cruise and this is an important factor do please get in touch and we can look at the flight options that work best for you.

      Kind regards


  2. Just returned from a Rhine cruise on the Lord Byron,we had a wonderful experience on. Our first ever river cruise,everything and everyone was exceptional and we wouldn’t go with any other company

    1. I’m delighted you enjoyed the cruise, the Lord Byron is a lovely ship. Riviera are adding 4 new ships to the fleet for next year, all look really wonderful. I’ve sent you a link to the 2017 brochure so you can have a look.

      Kind regards


  3. I am looking to book a cruise on the Lord Byron, what is considered to be the expectation regarding tipping staff

    1. Riviera provide the following guidance for tipping on their river cruises “We are often asked for guidance on the amount, and suggest between €5 and €10 per person per day.”

      You can find more information in their River Cruise FAQ, or call us on 0800 471 4754.

      Kind regards


    1. Hi David

      For bookings made through ourselves we are very happy to manage staged payments. You will need to contact your booking agent, or Riviera Travel if you booked with them directly, and they will be able to assist you.

      Kind regards


  4. After reviewing several cruises some have a buffet style for 3/4 days also in the evening which would not suit my husband and myself as we prefer to have table service for our evening meal. Can you advise if this happened on your trip with Riviera on Lord Byron?

    1. Hi Doreen

      Thank you very much for your interest in our river cruises. Riviera are what we would consider to be the entry into the 5 star standard, particularly where they partner with Swiss ship operator Scylla – they really are very good. Dinner on board these cruises is a silver served, five course affair with open seating, so you can choose who you sit with. Generally this is a la carte, with a small choice of dishes, and you can dine between 7 and 9pm. Special dinners such as the welcome gala dinner are a set menu, with choice of main course, and are served in a single sitting at 7pm. On the first evening a buffet, offering various hot and cold choices, is provided to cater for differing times of arrival of the passengers. There is also an opportunity for each passenger to experience a special menu in the small restaurant to the rear of the ship, at least once per cruise.

      Riviera do use different operators for their ships and practices do differ between them.

      Kind regards

      Simeon Leete

  5. my wife and I are travelling on the LORDBYRON in August 2016 please could you give details of the dress code
    for all the dinning and day time wear

    1. Hi David

      River Cruises are generally fairly casual, relaxed affairs. Coming from the Touring heritage the emphasis is on comfort and practicality. The following is taken from Riviera’s own advice to passengers

      “There is no requirement to bring formal dress; smart/casual is acceptable for both day and evening as there is no dress code enforced. Men may wish to wear a jacket and tie for dinner. The Captain’s Dinner offers the opportunity, should you wish, for more special attire.”

      Kind regards


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