MS Antonio Bellucci Review and Specifications
Specifications of MS Antonio Bellucci
|Year built||2012 / Age : 8|
|Builder||Vahali Shipyards (Belgrade, Serbia)|
|Owner||Feenstra Rijn Lijn|
|Operator||Thurgau Travel, Feenstra Rhine Line|
|Speed||13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph|
|Length (LOA)||110 m / 361 ft|
|Beam (width)||12 m / 39 ft|
|Decks with cabins||3|
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Review of MS Antonio Bellucci
Antonio Bellucci cruise ship is owned and operated by Feenstra Rijn Lijn (translated Feenstra Rhine Line) and often chartered by Thurgau Travel (Switzerland-based company/travel agency). This premium riverboat cruises on Moselle, Rhine, Main and Danube rivers.
Like all Feenstra ships, Antonio Bellucci is Netherlands-flagged (registered in Maasbracht Holland).
River cruise itineraries
MS Bellucci itineraries are mainly one-way, leaving from homeports Amsterdam Holland, Basel Switzerland and Passau Germany. Cruise fares are inclusive of all transfers to/from the ship (by air, coach, or train/Eurostar). Danube River cruises connect three homeports (Passau, Budapest Hungary and Bucharest Romania / via Port Giurgiu) and feature Iron Gate (Serbia-Romania) passage and Danube Delta cruising (to the Black Sea).
The shipowner Feenstra Rijn Lijn is a Dutch cruise tour company with a fleet of 13 riverboats, 9 of which are dedicated exclusively to The Netherlands market. Roundtrip itineraries on the inland waterways of Holland and Belgium are offered in lengths of 6-7-10-13-14-days. Germany river cruise itineraries are offered on Moselle, Saar, Rhine, Danube and Neckar, with durations between 3-14 days. Mini-cruises are operated on Moselle and Saar rivers and visit ports in Luxembourg. Theme-cruise offers include themes like Autumn (Fall Foliage), Food and Wine, Music, Christmas Markets, Christmas and New Year.
Thurgau Travel cruise itineraries on MS Bellucci include:
- (short-break) 3-day Basel-Breisach-Kehl/Strasbourg-Basel
- 8-day Amsterdam-Gouda-Rotterdam-Kinderdijk-Dusseldorf-Koblenz-Rudesheim-Speyer-Basel
- 8-day Passau-Vienna-Budapest-Bratislava-Durnstein-Passau
- 9-day Basel-Cochem-Luxemburg City-Trier-Bernkastel Kues-Cochem-Koblenz-Kehl/Strasbourg-Basel
- 9-day Basel-Kehl/Strasbourg-Cologne-Rotterdam-Amsterdam-Dusseldorf-Koblenz-Baden Baden-Basel
- 9-day Passau-Regensburg-Nuremberg-Wurzburg-Wertheim-Kehl/Strasbourg-Basel
- 15-day Basel-Nijmegen-Maastricht-Antwerpen-Gent-Middelburg-Amsterdam-Kampen-Hoorn-Cologne-Kehl/Strasbourg-Basel
All MS Bellucci staterooms are outside, with individually-controlled air-conditioning and central heating (thermostat-controlled). Standard cabin amenities include en-suite bathroom (single-sink vanity, marble top, WC, glass shower, hairdryer, towels), wall-mounted flat TV (satellite reception, real-time bow camera views, ship info channel), direct-dial phone, wardrobe, electronic safe box (in the closet), Queen-size double bed (convertible to twins), wall-mounted reading lamps, 2-drawer bedside cabinets, mirrored dressing table with stool.
All cabins are 2-bed (double), sized 15 m2 (160 ft2) and located on 3 decks (Main, Middle and Upper). Except on Main Deck, all staterooms are French Balcony cabins - with floor-ceiling glass door windows slide-opening to a railing (false balcony). Cabin's seating area is furnished with a coffee table and two comfy chairs. All French Balcony staterooms with rear-centre/aft-midship location don't have additional seating (table with chairs). A bedside table is available between the separated twin beds.
The ship has one Suite (on Upper Deck) which offers upgraded amenities (double-sink vanity bathroom, sofa, King-size double bed/non-convertible) and is larger-sizes (32 m2 / 345 ft2). Main Deck cabins are smaller (13 m2 / 140 ft2) in comparison to Middle-Upper decks, with non-opening riverside windows (sized 1,25x0,6 m, located near the ceiling/at water level) and no seating (table with chairs).
Ample 4-seat tables and deckchairs are lined up on the partially covered Sun Deck featuring an aft-located large whirlpool (diameter 2,5 m) with a sunbathing area, shaded seating (4x retractable awnings) and fore-located al-fresco area with 4-seat tables and SkyLight (opening glass-roof partially covering Panorama Salon / on Upper Deck below). On Main Deck are located boat's Gym (with modern fitness equipment and starboard location) and Sauna Room (portside location). Main Deck also houses all staff and crew cabins (located aft and adjacent to vessel's machinery room/engines, propulsion).
Ship's main public areas are on Upper Deck (Lobby Deck) and also feature floor-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows. The fore-located Bar Lounge (Panorama Salon) has comfortable seating, large dance floor and full-service Bar. Panorama Salon also serves the cruise company's enrichment program with daily scheduled itinerary-related port talks, themed lectures, media presentations, dance parties and live music performances (in the evenings).
Upper Deck's aft-located Cafe (Captain's Corner) is a speciality coffee bar and doubles as Library. All public areas are air-conditioned. Upper Deck's central hall (midship) houses the Gift Shop (selling mainly souvenirs) and the Reception (24-hour Guest Services Desk). Also here are boat's two entrances (used for passenger embarkation/debarkation in riverports).
One elevator (passenger lift) connects cabin decks Middle and Upper, while Main Deck and Sun Deck can be reached only via stairs.
Panorama Restaurant (forward on Middle Deck) is ship's complimentary Dining Room with full-seating capacity and floor-ceiling windows. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style, with a wide choice of Continental and English breakfast items and a 3-course lunch menu. The 4-course dinners are waiter-served and include starter, soup, main course dish (choice of meat or fish, with a vegetarian dish available on request) and a dessert. On one evening (per cruise) passengers enjoy the formal 5-course Captain's Dinner. Morning and Afternoon Tea and Coffee service are complimentary and available at the Cafe, Panorama Restaurant and Sun Deck's forward open-air seating area. Light snacks are offered in the evenings.
Feenstra cruise prices include full service, even a cup of tea or coffee offered at regular intervals. Drinks at the bar and shore excursions are not included. Feenstra Rhine Line doesn't operate any hidden surcharges for port fees. Onboard languages are German (Deutsch) and English. The onboard currency is EUR (cashier services are provided at ship's Reception Desk).
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Vessel's construction (hull and superstructure) was done at the Vahali Shipyard in Belgrade Serbia. The 1923-founded Dutch shipbuilding company (Scheepswerf En Machinefabriek Vahali BV) owns and operates yards in Serbia (Belgrade, and Zasavica) and in Holland (Gendt). Vahali Shipyard Zasavica was officially opened in 2013. Following the construction in Serbia, the cruise ship was towed to Holland for final outfitting at Scheepswerf Vahali (Gendt).
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