One of the great features of any river cruise holiday is the serenity of sailing from port to port in calm waters, surrounded by beautiful countryside. Each Riviera Travel ship compliments this exquisitely, offering a sense of relaxation and luxury that will delight any traveller.
Every Riviera Travel vessel offers elegant accommodation and fantastic dining in first-class restaurants, with plenty of space to unwind and soak in the local culture, atmosphere and views. Add in the excellent service provided by the staff and you can be safe in the knowledge that a holiday with Riviera will always be a luxurious experience. Explore Europe's most beautiful rivers aboard one of these award-winning ships, with spectacular new scenery guaranteed each day.
The fleet boasts modern ships designed to the highest of standards with superior service throughout.
Brand new for 2017
With years of research to create the most perfect ship, Riviera Travel are proud to present their brand new ships for 2017, the world-class MS Thomas Hardy, MS Oscar Wilde, MS Emily Brontë, MS Douro Elegance and MS Douro Serenity.
Embark on an exciting journey aboard one of these truly extraordinary vessels, offering luxurious furnishings, accommodation and dining, with a spacious environment and plenty of space to relax. From beautiful and bright marble-floored lobbies featuring stunning atriums to the gleaming dining areas decorated with delicate porcelain, you can expect only the finest decor aboard these gorgeous ships. Each vessel's restaurant rival the finest on shore establishments, with a new standard of fine dining. What's more, with an excellent staff to guest ratio, you are guaranteed an attentive and highly personalised level of first-class service.
MS Thomas Hardy facts: all suite accommodation; 44 crew; 169 passengers; and itineraries include the Blue Danube and central Europe.
MS Oscar Wilde facts: all suite accommodation; 44 crew; 169 passengers; and itineraries primarily include the Rhine.
MS Emily Brontë facts: all suite accommodation; 44 crew; 169 passengers; and itineraries include the Blue Danube, the Rhine, central Europe and northern Europe.
MS Douro Elegance facts: 36 crew; 126 passengers; and itineraries primarily include the Douro.
MS Douro Serenity facts: 36 crew; 126 passengers; and itineraries primarily include the Douro.
Renowned five-star ships
MS Jane Austen was built in 2015 and has a capacity of 140 passengers. Set sail along some of Europe's finest rivers, including the Rhine and the Blue Danube. Expect elegance and sophistication throughout, featuring stylish furnishings made with environmentally friendly materials.
MS Lord Byron was built in 2013 and has four decks and a capacity of 140 passengers, primarily sailing on the Blue Danube. Every element of this stunning vessel is designed with the highest possible specification and luxurious comfort.
MS Swiss Corona was built in 2004 with 36 crew and a capacity of 140 passengers, offering sailings on the River Rhone in the Burgundy and Provence regions of France. As the name suggests, the five-star MS Swiss Corona is Swiss owned and managed. The ship is designed as a classic five-star hotel, boasting beauty in every room.
MS William Shakespeare was built in 2014 and has a crew of 35 and a capacity of 140 passengers, offering sailings on the Blue Danube, Rhine and central Europe. Renowned as one of the world's finest river cruise ships, MS William Shakespeare boasts innovative features, from its sustainably sourced tropical hardwoods to its wrought iron fittings. The 4:1 guest to staff ratio ensures remarkably excellent service levels.
MS Charles Dickens was built in 2015 and has a crew of 35 and a capacity of 140 passengers, offering sailings on the Blue Danube, Rhine and central Europe. This vessel is constructed to the highest technical specifications and is luxurious throughout.
MS Swiss Tiara was built in 2006 and has a crew of 35 and a capacity of 140 passengers, offering sailings to the Rhine and Moselle. There are French balconies available on two of the decks, along with many excellent facilities including a wellness area with a sauna and whirlpool.
Four-star Superior Fleet
MS Admiral was built in 2015 and is a small, deluxe yacht carrying just 7 crew and 38 passengers, for a highly intimate and personalised experience, where each member of staff will want to get to know you. This elegantly decorated vessel provides a sense of exclusivity and maximum comfort. Itineraries include the Dalmatian Coast.
MS Douro Spirit was built in 2011 and has a crew of 38 and a capacity of 128 passengers, with itineraries including the Douro. Experience luxury along Portugal's most celebrated river, with excellent service and cuisine from its 4:1 guest to staff ratio. Experience the latest technology and a strong environmental ethic aboard this beautiful, contemporary ship.
MS Countess was built in 2008 and has a crew of 36 and a capacity of 138 passengers, with itineraries including the Rhone, France's majestic waterway. The ship offers excellent service, sumptuous cuisine and a warm and friendly atmosphere. You can also benefit from some of the largest cabins on European rivers.
MS Swiss Ruby was built in 2002 and has since undergone refurbishments to give her a contemporary update. There is a crew of 23 and a capacity of 88 passengers, for an even more intimate cruising experience. The ship is specifically designed to operate on Europe's smaller, more intimate rivers including the Elbe and Seine.