Amadeus River Cruises has revealed the first images from onboard its next brand new river vessel – which it says is the first among similar ships cruising in Europe to feature a dedicated swimming pool deck.
Named the MS Amadeus Provence, the ship will set sail on its maiden voyage – the eight-day round-trip ‘Treasures of Burgundy & Provence’ itinerary departing from the French port of Lyon – in April. A further 18 departures of this cruise are on sale to the end of the year, each one visiting the riverside towns of Avignon and Arles and exploring many highlights of the region including Port du Gard, Gorges de l´Ardèche, the Camargue and the Beaujolais.
The new ship features 62 staterooms with panoramic windows and eight suites with balconies which you can walk onto. Decor is elegant yet modest, reflecting a comfortable aura without overwhelming guests with an extreme and stuffy level of palatial luxury. By most standards it could fairly be described as a 4 to 4.5-star standard, especially considering the wide array of affordable fares available.
Bathrooms have been well designed and offer plenty of storage for toiletries and other items. The grey and white tile arrangement portrays a feel of a freshly renovated home bathroom, with the single vanity sitting alongside a full size shower stall.
Within the room, guests have access to bathrobes during their cruise, hair dryer and mini-bar. The main part of the room features a flatscreen television, with bedding able to be joined as a double bed or can be split into two singles.
Up on the top deck surrounding the swimming pool, guests can utilise a giant chess board or relax on plenty of undercover lounge chairs. At the rear of the vessel, a small gym, massage centre and hair salon are also open for use. There is also an elevator for the less mobile guests which links the three lower accommodation decks, but does not go to the top deck.
Dining options consist of the main Panorama restaurant, snacks in the glass-shielded River Terrace. Like all river cruises, main meals are included in the fare, with wine and beer also included during set meal service times. Outside of these times, alcoholic beverages can be ordered and charged to a guest’s room account.
Guests on MS Amadeus Provence will have 40 staff to attend to their needs throughout the cruise. At each port visited, guests can disembark to explore independently or take advantage of a selection of shore excursions, which can be booked in advanced and charged to guest accounts.
Amadeus River Cruises is represented in Australia by McLachlan Battlefield Tours and can be reached on 1300 269 228.