MS Charles Dickens

Built: 2015
Crew: 35
Passengers: 140
Rating: Five Stars
Cruises Available: 5

Launched in 2015, this exceptional, state-of-the-art, five-star ship was specially commissioned and designed to our exacting standards. In partnership with Veka group, one of Europe’s most experienced and respected luxury ship builders, we have created a stunning and innovative vessel of which we are extremely proud. Constructed to the highest technical specifications and incorporating the very latest safety systems, you can relax in the knowledge that your cruise will be comfortable and secure. Constructed using the finest materials, from tropical hardwoods and polished brass to wrought iron and thick wool carpets, the MS Charles Dickens is invitingly luxurious in every way, so step on board!

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Cabins

Standard Cabin

At 15 square metres (161 square feet) cabins are spacious and amongst the largest on European rivers. Beautifully furnished using a wealth of mahogany, leather, marble and Italian fabrics and well-appointed with hotel-style twin beds with individual bedding which can be moved together or separated accordingly, two chairs and a table, wardrobe, desk, safe, telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, individually controlled air-conditioning and flat screen TV with satellite channels which also receive images from a bow-mounted camera so you can see exactly where you are cruising from the comfort of your own bed! The sparkling marble bathroom with fully glazed shower is both elegant and spacious. Cabins on the Middle and Upper Decks have full floor to ceiling sliding glass doors – which slide back against the ship’s side creating a French Balcony and a true panoramic extension, allowing you to enjoy the magnificent river views from the privacy and comfort of your cabin. Cosy bathrobes and slippers add the final elegant touch. 

Standard Cabin

At 15 square metres (161 square feet) cabins are spacious and amongst the largest on European rivers. Beautifully furnished using a wealth of mahogany, leather, marble and Italian fabrics and well-appointed with hotel-style twin beds with individual bedding which can be moved together or separated accordingly, two chairs and a table, wardrobe, desk, safe, telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, individually controlled air-conditioning and flat screen TV with satellite channels which also receive images from a bow-mounted camera so you can see exactly where you are cruising from the comfort of your own bed! The sparkling marble bathroom with fully glazed shower is both elegant and spacious. Cabins on the Middle and Upper Decks have full floor to ceiling sliding glass doors – which slide back against the ship’s side creating a French Balcony and a true panoramic extension, allowing you to enjoy the magnificent river views from the privacy and comfort of your cabin. Cosy bathrobes and slippers add the final elegant touch. 

Standard Cabin

Furnished and appointed to the same high standards as the cabins on higher decks, these cabins are slightly smaller at 14 square metres (151 square feet), have one armchair and table and smaller fixed windows, hotel-style beds twin beds with individual bedding which can be moved together or separated accordingly, wardrobe, desk, safe, telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, individually controlled air-conditioning and flat screen TV plus beautifully appointed bathroom with complimentary bathrobes and slippers. Cabins for sole occupancy are available on this deck at no supplement (subject to availability).

Deluxe Suite

Why not treat yourself and upgrade to one of the four Deluxe Balcony Suites available on the Upper Deck. At 22.8 square metres (245 square feet), where most of the extra space is devoted to the living area, these cabins feel exceptionally airy and with full floor to ceiling glass doors which open on to a small balcony with table and chairs, you can really take your cruise to another level. With hotel-style beds twin beds with individual bedding which can be moved together or separated accordingly, luxury bathroom with fully glazed shower, sofa and chair, table, desk, wardrobe, safe, telephone, hairdryer, tea and coffee-making facilities, individually-controlled air-conditioning and flat screen TV, bathrobes and slippers, relax in the most sumptuous surroundings – you will feel thoroughly spoilt!

Facilities

  • Main restaurant on middle deck serving buffet breakfast, buffet lunch and dinner
  • Lounge with bar and panoramic views on the upper deck
  • Stern bar and restaurant on the upper Deck
  • Air conditioned public areas & cabins
  • Lift between middle and upper deck
  • 24hr self service station for tea & coffee
  • Sun deck with comfortable outdoor chairs and sun loungers
  • Small splash pool and putting green on the dun deck
  • Giant chess board
  • Small boutique for you to shop for your souvenirs and keepsakes to take home.
  • Reception area open 24hrs
  • Wellness area with sauna and fitness equipment for you to use at your leisure.
  • Hairdressing salon

Deck Plan

The Sun Deck – and especially the forward viewing area - 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 sun loungers, deck games including shuffleboard and giant chess, a small splash pool where you can cool off, and a full bar service. Sometimes we hold barbecues here too, weather dependent of course – a great way to meet new people over a glass of wine.

In addition to the spacious Sun Deck, there are three superb air-conditioned decks on the Charles Dickens– the Oliver Twist (top), Copperfield (middle) and Nickleby (lower). A stylish glass lift and a wide, elegant wrought-iron railed staircase connect the Oliver Twist and Copperfield Decks, whilst the Sun and Nickleby Decks are accessed by staircase.

On the Oliver Twist Deck is the magnificent panoramic observation lounge, the heart of the ship with wonderful views through floor to ceiling windows of the ever-changing landscape as you move along the river. This is where the ships superb design really is so evident. You’ll love the quality feel, the genteel ambience, the rich carpeting, the marble-tiled bar and the choice of sumptuous leather armchairs and soft modern settees. What could be better than 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? And after a delicious dinner, appreciate our pianist, a gentle dance on the purpose-designed dance floor, or just enjoy a quiet read in the peaceful Lido Bar at the rear of the ship, ideal to while away an hour on a comfortable terrace absorbing the sights and sounds of Europe’s great rivers.

On the Copperfield Deck is the main restaurant. Here, against a breath-taking scenic backdrop through the magnificent tinted panoramic windows, the chefs will amaze you with 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 allows you to opt for a hearty lunch or something lighter such as a fresh, simple salad – just as you desire. A four-course dinner is excellently executed with silver service, enhanced by fine table linen, china and sparkling glassware whilst our ‘open seating’ policy ensures a relaxed dining experience which you will always look forward to.

The Nickleby Deck boasts a very special feature of the Charles Dickens- its purpose-designed and extensive spa and wellness area You can reserve the spa for your private use to take a sauna or use the steam room, or perhaps visit the on-board hairdresser (small additional fee).

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