Life On Board

The Experience Onboard a Riviera Travel River Cruise

As you are greeted on board you will appreciate the five-star quality of the warm-coloured wood and marble that has been extensively utilised, whilst above, the innovative atrium tastefully bathes the whole welcoming scene in natural light. All our vessels have air conditioned decks as well as individual controlled air conditioning in your cabin. There is also a small boutique stocking those essentials which always run out whilst one is away!

Relax in our lounge areas where the ship’s designers have managed to create a really lovely, genteel atmosphere of understated elegance with a wide selection of comfortable seating. Where could be better to lose yourself in conversation with like-minded new friends, sip a coffee, perhaps play chess or bridge, or just relax whilst admiring the incredible scenery?

The welcoming bar offers a full range of drinks sourced from all over the world, including the finest wines and spirits. When the sun sinks slowly below the riverside hills this is the perfect place to relax and reflect on another day’s experiences.

Sample the culinary delights of a superbly elegant restaurant where the ship’s outstanding chefs will amaze you with superb fine dining of the highest order, using freshly prepared seasonal produce to create the very best of European cuisine. The sumptuous breakfast buffet, with omelettes and fresh eggs prepared to order, ensures a great start to the day and a lunchtime buffet ensures you can eat a full meal or something as simple as a fresh crunchy salad – just as you desire. The evening dinner features excellently executed dishes with silver service, plus a relaxed atmosphere and our ‘open seating’ policy that ensures your dining experience is one you will always look forward to.

The Sun Deck is perfect for watching the historic riverside villages, steep vine-clad valley sides and other scenic wonders glide serenely by. It’s well equipped with plenty of comfortable outdoor chairs and sunloungers, deck games including a putting green and giant chess, a small splash pool where you can cool off, and a purpose-designed spa.

You can reserve the spa for your private use to take a sauna or use the steam room, or perhaps visit the onboard hairdresser (small additional fee).

Experience life on board for yourself with this incredible interactive 3D tour of one of our newest 5-Star ships, the MS Jane Austen. (For Desktop or Tablet only)

Please note this is for our European river cruise collection, please see Mekong cruises and Tall Ship cruises for details of life on board these ships.
 

What's Included

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/station transfers, coach travel as mentioned, travel to and from port of embarkation and the services of a Riviera Travel Tour Manager.

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.

Please note this is for our european river cruise collection, Please see Mekong cruises and Tall Ship cruises for details

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Dining

As you enter the restaurant the mouth-watering aroma of roasting Provençal Lamb drifts tantalisingly from the galley. Smartly uniformed, friendly and intuitive waiting staff professionally guide you to your classically set table with its crisp white linen, premium quality European china, polished fine glassware and gleaming cutlery whilst freshly baked bread is immediately placed before you with effortless style. The price includes full board from dinner on your day of arrival until breakfast on your final day.

Welcome – you’re at home. Quality dining is an integral part of your river cruise experience – and our ships take this to the highest five-star levels with superb cuisine prepared by a dedicated and highly professional brigade of chefs. Take a stroll on the Sun Deck as the river gradually awakes, and enjoy Early Risers’ tea or coffee and freshly baked pastries. The full breakfast buffet is a sumptuous affair with innumerable hot and cold options, plus a popular omelette station prepares dishes to order.

Or if you prefer, why not enjoy continental breakfast in your cabin: breakfast in bed as enchanting scenery and riverside life drift gently by - priceless! Naturally complimentary tea and coffee are available throughout the day and a very comprehensive lunch buffet allows selection of as little or as much as you wish from an extensive and tempting selection. Don’t forget to leave some room for afternoon tea and the chef’s special patisserie – it’s just too tempting to ignore!

The day’s culinary highlight is the splendid four-course dinner: entrée, soup, main course and dessert – all within the ambience of a high quality restaurant. Our carefully designed menus include international classics together with dishes reflecting the regions we pass through, with careful selections from local markets. In addition, the ‘Welcome Dinner’ enjoys an extended menu and towards the end of your cruise, the Captain proudly hosts his excellent ‘Gala Dinner’ featuring specialities of the countries and regions through which you’ve travelled.

Our clients constantly tell us they love our informal free seating and smaller tables policy, quite unlike the inevitable regimentation of many cruise ships which is exactly the atmosphere we are trying to achieve. Then there’s the wine list. We take great pride in its excellent quality and style, including not only the classic choices but also an extensive range of local wines. Many of these are extremely well-priced, delightful hidden gems and rarely marketed outside their production area.

In addition to the main restaurant, on all ships except the Swiss Ruby and Douro Spirit, the bar at the rear of the ship transforms into the ‘Chef’s restaurant’ for dinner only, with huge panoramic windows and seating for just 24 diners.

Please note this is for our European river cruise collection, please see Mekong cruises and Tall Ship cruises for details of dining on these cruises.

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Tours and Excursions

For centuries people have travelled Europe’s mighty rivers to trade, explore and sometimes conquer! Steeped in history and culture, flowing through stunning scenery they form natural links connecting the continent’s greatest and most beautiful towns and cities, from the medieval to the modern. All visits and excursions as mentioned in the itinerary are included. We cruise on the majestic Rhine and Danube - Europe’s essential arteries studded by atmospheric cities like Koblenz and Vienna.

We cruise on the majestic Rhine and Danube - Europe’s essential arteries studded by atmospheric cities like Koblenz and Vienna.

Standing guard, you will see astonishing ‘fairytale’ castles whilst learning about mystical legends, historic strife and triumph. Plus there is the magical, meandering Moselle with its impossibly steep riverside vineyards and the lesser known, yet equally beautiful River Main, twisting through Germany’s rural heart. The Elbe, meandering though ‘Saxon Switzerland’, connects historic Berlin and baroque Dresden. Our clients constantly tell us they love our informal free seating and smaller tables policy, quite unlike the inevitable regimentation of many cruise ships which is exactly the atmosphere we are trying to achieve. Then there’s the wine list.

We take great pride in its excellent quality and style, including not only the classic choices but also an extensive range of local wines. Many of these are extremely well-priced, delightful hidden gems and rarely marketed outside their production area.

In addition to the main restaurant, on all ships except the Swiss Ruby and Douro Spirit, the bar at the rear of the ship transforms into the ‘Chef’s restaurant’ for dinner only, with huge panoramic windows and seating for just 24 diners.

Please note this is for our European river cruise collection, please see Mekong cruises and Tall Ship cruises for details of dining on these cruises.

 

 

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