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Built in 2004 utilising the most modern design techniques and latest in safety features, as its name suggests, the five-star MS Swiss Corona is Swiss owned and managed - and one of the finest such vessels adorning any European river!
Your first experience is the strikingly luxurious lobby, with beautiful polished marble decks, adorned with rich hardwoods, tasteful brass fittings and classic wrought-iron staircases, recalling classic five-star hotels from the golden age of travel. Blend this with the ship’s low passenger complement, just 139 guests (many similar size vessels carry nearly 200), with 35 crew, the ratio to passengers at less than 4 to 1 is very high, guaranteeing an excellent level of service and a more personal touch.
The cabins on the Swiss Corona are some of the largest, best appointed and most luxuriously furnished of any river cruiser anywhere in the world. Tastefully carpeted, they are large, 15 square metres (161 square feet) which makes them amongst the largest of such accommodation and most importantly, beds are hotel standard and a turn down service operates whilst you have dinner. Please note all cabins have two twin beds with individual bedding which can be moved together or separated accordingly. The beds have the best mattresses whilst the linen is of the finest cotton with high quality down pillows (hypoallergenic alternatives are available, please advise on booking) with adjustable beds to find the perfect sleeping position, so you experience a real home-from-home. The well-appointed bathroom features a glazed shower cubicle not a curtain, plus of course WC, and quality bathroom cosmetics. There is a safe, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, telephone, individual air-conditioning, hairdryer, seating area with two chairs and plenty of storage space. The flat-screen TV features satellite channels so you can keep in contact with the world, for added interest has a GPS system enabling you to plot the ship’s exact position should you so wish, whilst bow and aft cameras enable you to enjoy the view without even leaving your cabin! On the Diamond (upper) and Ruby (middle) deck, all cabins feature floor-to-ceiling sliding patio-style 'French balcony' windows, whilst those on the Emerald (lower) deck have smaller fixed windows. Cabins for sole occupancy are available at the relevant supplement (subject to availability).
This is where the Swiss Corona really shows its true pedigree, with a limited number of suites of 18 square metres (193 square feet) on each deck, giving that extra room for added comfort. They feature the window style relative to the deck on which they are located plus added space and more luxurious seating. In short your is comfort is assured.
The superb Swiss Corona has three air-conditioned decks, Diamond (upper), Ruby (middle) and Emerald (lower).
The Diamond and Ruby decks are connected by a standard lift. The Emerald deck and the large sun-deck are accessible by a staircase and there is a tasteful boutique stocking essentials. There are two lounges in which to relax, the Forward Observation Lounge, richly carpeted and furnished with comfortable leather chairs, settees and tables, whilst panoramic windows allow you to enjoy the passing scenery to great effect. With a full bar service, this is the place to relax after a wonderful day’s cruising.
During the evening, a pianist plays in the background to complete the genteel atmosphere. To the rear of the ship is the small and intimate Lido Lounge with a bar, a small library and outside armchairs where again you can quietly soak up the scenery. The main restaurant, where the art of haute cuisine is alive and well, makes superb use of deep wool carpets, wood, glass and marble, whilst its atmospheric lighting and tables, seating just four and six, combine to create a lovely ambience. Cuisine and service levels are of a similar standard to an onshore top-class restaurant.
Unusually on a river cruiser, the Swiss Corona also has a sauna, steam room and whirlpool. At Riviera Travel we try our utmost to think of absolutely everything to make your holiday as perfect as humanly possible and you are likely to spend some considerable time on the sun deck, which boasts plenty of deckchairs and sun-loungers from where you can enjoy a drink as picturesque towns and vine-clad hillsides, in all their wondrous beauty, glide by. Catch up on some reading or perhaps relax in the small splash pool. Just forward of the wheelhouse is the front sundeck, a quiet panoramic spot with an almost yacht-like ambience. Here you can observe life on the river, relax over a drink, chat with like-minded people and simply reflect on how pleasant life can be!
Your first experience is the strikingly luxurious lobby, with beautiful polished marble decks, adorned with rich hardwoods, tasteful brass fittings and classic wrought-iron staircases, recalling classic five-star hotels from the golden age of travel.