MS Alemannia Review and Specifications
Specifications of MS Alemannia
|Year built||1971 / Age : 48|
|Builder||Schiffswerft Christof Ruthof (Mainz-Kastel, Wiesbaden, Germany)|
|Building cost||DM 15 million|
|Owner||Breeze River Cruises GmbH|
|Speed||12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph|
|Length (LOA)||110 m / 361 ft|
|Beam (width)||12 m / 39 ft|
|Decks with cabins||2|
Review of MS Alemannia
MS Alemannia cruise ship was built in 1971 in Wiesbaden (Germany). Currently, the riverboat is owned by Basel-based company Breeze River Cruises GmbH and operated under charter by Stuttgart-based cruisetour company Nicko Tours. MS Alemannia cruises on Rhine River, with roundtrip departures from Cologne and between Amsterdam and Basel. Until 2007, the ship (as MS Germany) was chartered to Viking River Cruises.
MS Alemannia ship has a total of 92 cabins for 184 passengers. Standard cabins are all outside, equally-sized (12 m2 (130 ft2) and equipped with 2 twin (separate) lower beds, cabinets, wardrobe, large mirrors, small table with 2 chairs, en-suite bathroom (shower, WC, wash basin), hairdryer, flat TV (satellite reception), electronic safe box (in the closet), phone (intercom / onboard only), individually controlled air-conditioning. One of the lower beds is folding, which allows during the day to be folded to the wall to create more space.
Suites are on Upper Deck, larger (24 m2 / 260 ft2) and additionally offer double bed (convertible to 2 twins) and larger seating area with mini-bar. Only Upper Deck cabin windows are opening (tiltable). Main Deck cabins have 2 small non-opening windows.
Some cabins are Triples (2 lower beds plus 1 upper bunk bed) but sized as standard Doubles.
MS Alemannia has a midship-located Dining Room Restaurant (Panorama) with large windows, single-seating capacity and open seating arrangement. On embarkation day, a specific table can be reserved for the duration of the cruise. Dining Room menu includes both traditional dishes (itinerary-based on visited countries) and international cuisine specialties. The culinary highlight of each voyage is the Gala Dinner held here, with exquisite menu and ice parade.
The ship also has Reception Desk (24-hour guest services and assistance), Tour Office (excursions information and booking), Library (Lobby corner with small Gift Shop) with souvenirs, books, popular board games, 4-seat table with armchairs. A stairlift serves disabled passengers (in wheelchairs).
The Sun Deck features a heated swimming pool flanked by two retractable Awnings (roofed / shaded seating lounge with tables and chairs, full bar service) and aft deckgames area (with Giant Chess Set). The sunbathing area by the pool is furnished with sunloungers and deckchairs.
The fore-located on Upper Deck Bar Lounge Panorama has large windows, comfortable seating (2-seat sofas, armchairs, round tables), grand piano (live performances by resident pianist) and is served by its own Bar. Onboard entertainment includes daily live music performances, cooking demonstrations, quiz games, bingo, crew show, themed dance nights, enrichment lectures and media presentations (related to the cruisetour itinerary's destinations, ports, excursions).
The cruise company offers optional shore excursions (not included in cruisetour fares) in each of the visited ports. Land tours include sightseeing tours, city walks, cycling tours, bus travel to nearby tourist destinations. On all guided shore excursions are provided complimentary portable audio headsets.
MS Alemannia river cruise deals are inclusive of all onboard meals (breakfast buffet, waiter-served lunch and dinner, afternoon coffee with cake, midnight snacks), Welcome Cocktail party, Welcome Dinner, Gala Dinner, onboard entertainment, ship tour, port taxes. Cruisetour deals don't include flights, transfers, excursions, insurance, gratuities, beverages, personal expenses.
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- Between November 1989 and February 1990, the boat received a drydock refurbishment at Shipyard De Biesbosch (Dordrecht Holland). The existing Grill Room and surrounding Veranda were removed to enlarge the Dining Room Restaurant. The ship also received new Bar and the number of passenger cabins was reduced from 108 to 94.
- Ship's machinery includes four 12-cylinder diesel engines (model Deutz FM716 378, total poer 1,5 MW), two rudder propellers (Voith-Schneider), bow thruster (power output 190 kW). The wheelhouse, all railings and awnings are retractable to allow passing under low bridges.