DCS Amethyst Classic

Former names: Ursula III, MS Heinrich Heine, VistaClassica

DCS Amethyst Classic current position

DCS Amethyst Classic current location is at North Sea (coordinates 51.80612 N / 4.86897 E) cruising en route to LEMMER. The AIS position was reported 5 minutes ago.

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Current itinerary of DCS Amethyst Classic

DCS Amethyst Classic current cruise is 6 days, round-trip Rhine. The itinerary starts on 17 May, 2022 and ends on 23 May, 2022.

Date / TimePort
17 May 15:00    Departing from Cologne, Koln, Germany North Rhine-Westphalia hotels
18 May 09:00 - 19:45    Zaandam, Netherlands North Holland
19 May 04:00 - 22:00    Rotterdam, Netherlands South Holland
20 May 08:00 - 21 May 18:00    Antwerp, Belgium
22 May 08:00 - 14:00    Nijmegen, Netherlands Gelderland
23 May 09:00    Arriving in Cologne, Koln, Germany North Rhine-Westphalia hotels

Specifications of DCS Amethyst Classic

Year built1990  /  Age: 32
Flag state Switzerland
BuilderBaars BV (Sliedrecht, Holland)
Building costCHF 15 million
Speed8 kn / 15 kph / 9 mph
Length (LOA)107 m / 351 ft
Beam (width)11 m / 36 ft
Gross Tonnage1300 gt
Passengers110
Crew32
Decks3
Cabins55
Decks with cabins2
Last Refurbishment2018
Former namesUrsula III, MS Heinrich Heine, VistaClassica
OwnerClassica River Cruises GmbH
Operator1AVista Reisen Kreuzfahrten, DCS Touristik

DCS Amethyst Classic Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2022 Apr 29 6 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2022 May 11 6 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $544
2022 May 17 6 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2022 May 23 5 days, round-trip Moselle Cologne
2022 May 28 6 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2022 Jun 03 6 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1297
2022 Jun 09 5 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $605
2022 Jun 14 6 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2022 Jun 20 5 days, round-trip Moselle Cologne $1066
2022 Jun 25 5 days, round-trip Moselle Cologne $1066
2022 Jun 30 5 days, round-trip Moselle Cologne $1127
2022 Jul 05 6 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2022 Jul 11 6 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1418
2022 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1394
2022 Jul 24 6 days, round-trip Moselle Cologne $1418
2022 Jul 30 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1394
2022 Aug 06 5 days, round-trip Moselle Cologne $1066
2022 Aug 11 5 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1127
2022 Aug 16 6 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1418
2022 Aug 22 5 days, round-trip Moselle Cologne $1127
2022 Aug 27 5 days, round-trip Moselle Cologne $1066
2022 Sep 01 5 days, round-trip Moselle Cologne $1127
2022 Sep 06 5 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1127
2022 Sep 11 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1272
2022 Sep 18 6 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1297
2022 Sep 24 6 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1175
2022 Sep 30 6 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1054
2022 Oct 06 5 days, round-trip Moselle Cologne $945
2022 Oct 11 5 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $884
2022 Oct 16 5 days, round-trip Moselle Cologne $884
2022 Oct 21 1 day, round-trip Rhine Cologne $132
2022 Oct 22 1 day, round-trip Rhine Cologne $132
2022 Oct 23 5 days, round-trip Moselle Cologne $884
2022 Oct 28 5 days, round-trip Moselle Cologne $884
2022 Dec 18 1 day, round-trip Rhine Cologne $132
2022 Dec 19 8 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1188
2022 Dec 23 11 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $2061
2022 Dec 23 4 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $739
2022 Dec 27 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1394

DCS Amethyst Classic Review

Review of DCS Amethyst Classic

The 1990-built DCS Amethyst Classic cruise ship (fka VistaClassica) until 2017 (as "MS Heinrich Heine") was owned by Union Group (Bulgaria) and operated by its subsidiary company Dunav Tours (Ruse Bulgaria). Until 2018, the riverboat was often chartered by the German cruise travel agencies Phoenix Reisen and Nicko Tours.

MS Heinrich Heine was purchased in 2017 by Classica River Cruises GmbH (Basel-based cruise shipping company) and chartered to 1avista Reisen (as VistaClassica).

MS VistaClassica cruise ship (Heinrich Heine)

Since 2021, the boat is chartered to DCS Touristik for Rhine and Moselle voyages, targeting predominately German travelers.

Shipboard facilities

The ship features a comfortable Bar Lounge, small library, Sauna Room, Solarium (sundeck area), indoor swimming pool. Sun Deck features pool deck (swimming pool, sunbathing area, with fitness area with outdoor gym equipment), shaded seating area (deckchairs, loungers), Giant Chess Board and quoits-play area (on the partially covered sundeck). Cabin decks are connected via stairs and 1 lift (passenger elevator), also giving access to the restaurant.  Boat's staff is well-trained and friendly.

Onboard dining is complimentary, fixed (with assigned seating) and includes buffet breakfasts and lunches, and waiter-served 4-course dinners with themed menus and local (cruise itinerary-based) cuisine specialties. The main course for dinner is selected at noon, from an a la carte menu. All meals are served in common dining times. Tea, coffee with cakes and pastries are offered in the afternoon as well as late-night snacks. Open bar and table drinks like draft beer, house wine, soft drinks (coke, lemonade, juices, mineral water), tea and coffee (from 8:00 to 24:00) are included. Dishes for special diets (gluten-free, lactose-free, diabetics, etc) are provided upon request. Special dietary requirements, food allergies and intolerances must be notified in advance. The traditional Captain's Reception (cocktail party) and Captain's Dinner (gala dinner menu) are formal events held in the Restaurant.

The well-stocked breakfast buffet (7-9 am) offers eggs, sausages, bacon, various breads-rolls, types of sausages and cheeses, dairy products, yogurts, fresh fruits, eight muesli varieties. Lunch buffet's opening hours are cruise tour itinerary-based (ports and excursions). At lunch are offered 1 fish dish, 1 meat dish, hot side dishes, 1 soup, salad buffet, dessert station. On embarkation day, coffee, tea and cakes are available in front of the Restaurant, but for just about 30 min. On days without tours, a cake is served in the Lounge. On "tour days", the offer is limited to coffee-tea and midnight snacks (canapes).

The 4-course dinner is served on-site and includes 2 appetizers, 1 soup, 1 main course (pre-order in the afternoon is required), 1 dessert. Main course choices always include 1 meat and 1 fish dish. Dietary requirements, light diets and vegetarian preferences are catered for. The waiting staff (mostly from Eastern European countries) is German-speaking, well-trained, friendly and helpful.

Onboard entertainment (in the Salon-Bar / Lounge) includes live music performances, crew show, playing cards and board games, bingo, skat tournaments, music quiz, napkin folding lessons, evening dance parties. Shore excursions are offered at additional cost in every port of call along the cruise tour itinerary. At each stop are complimentary provided maps and tour guide explanations.

MS VistaClassica cruise ship (Heinrich Heine)

In the Salon-Bar are served morning coffee and afternoon tea with light snacks. Traditionally for DCS-Touristik, upon boarding the Amethyst Classic ship all passengers are welcomed with mulled wine. The river cruising experience also includes the traditional formal events Welcome Dinner (on embarkation day) and the complimentary Farewell Cocktail Reception (in the evening before debarkation day). Another themed onboard event is the Gala Dinner with "Ice Parade" (once per voyage). Onboard entertainment (at the Bar Lounge) includes a pirate-themed evening, crew show, daily quizzes, cooking demonstrations, live musical performances by guest artists (boarding the ship in some ports).

Onboard language is German, the currency is EUR. Onboard payments can be done via credit cards (Eurocard, Euro-Cheque card, MasterCard, VISA, American Express, Diner's Club). The ship has no Infirmary (resident physician / nurse) so in cases of emergency, passengers are transferred to land-based hospitals. Shore excursions are optional and cost extra (not included in the DCS-Touristik fares).

Cabins

MS VistaClassica has a total of 55 staterooms on 2 decks. All staterooms are outside and equally-sized (12 m2 / 130 ft2). Some twin cabins can be booked as singles (at 50% supplement). 

All passenger cabins offer as standard amenities either partially opening window (with sliding down upper section) or non-opening Porthole windows, en-suite bathroom (washbasin, WC, shower, under-sink storage, hairdryer, razor socket), LCD TV (satellite reception, ship info channel, real-time bow camera views, weather forecast), phone (onboard calls only - Reception Desk, passenger cabins, wake-up service), wall-mounted mirror, round table with chair, above-bed shelf, wardrobe (hangers, no drawers), electronic safe box (in the closet), 220V power sockets, individually controlled air-conditioning.

The riverboat is not suitable for wheelchair passengers. Moorings are often not handicap-accessible.

1avista VistaClassica cruise deals

1avista Reisen cruise deals are inclusive of:

  • River cruising, stateroom
  • shipboard dining - breakfast (buffet), waiter-served lunch and afternoon coffee-tea (with pastries), waiter-served dinner, late-night snacks
  • Captain's Dinner (special menu), Welcome Cocktail party
  • Unlimited beverages (between 8 am - 12-midnight) - house wine, draft beer, soft drinks (cola, lemonade, juices, mineral water, coffee, tea
  • onboard facilities and live entertainment program
  • German-speaking tour guide
  • luggage transport (embarkation and debarkation)
  • all Gov taxes and port fees

Not included in cruise fares are arrival-departure and transfers (to/from the boat), personal expenses, tours (shore excursions), gratuities (recommended EUR 7 pp per day).

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The Switzerland-flagged riverboat VistaClassica (ENI number 08948008, hull number 732, MMSI 269057683) was previously operated under the names "Ursula III" (1990-1993, by Triton-Reisen AG) and "MS Heinrich Heine" (1994-2018, by Nicko Tours via WT Cruises / Rotterdam-based company). As Heinrich Heine, the vessel was Germany-flagged (MMSI 211796410).

 

Vessel's construction started on March 1, 1990 (keel laying). Boat's launch (float-out) was on November 1, 1990. The ship was officially delivered on April 6, 1991. In the period 1994-2007, the vessel was owned by Triton Travel AG (Basel-based shipowner). Between 1994-2007 the shipowner was Premicon AG (via the subsidiary company KD Cruises / Koln-Dusseldorfer). In 2000, Viking River Cruises acquired KD Deutsche Flusskreuzfahrten GmbH (Cologne-based). In 2007, the ship was sold to Giljam River Cruises (subsidiary of Dunav Tours Bulgaria / Rousse-based company) and chatered to Nicko Tours for cruises on the rivers Rhine, Moselle and Saar.

The ship is powered by three Caterpillar marine diesel engines (model 3412 DI-TA / 12-cylinder ) with combined power output 1,5 MW. The propulsion system is based on three rudder propellers (AquaMaster) and one Jastram bow thruster (200 kW).

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