MS Bellejour Review and Specifications
Specifications of MS Bellejour
|Year built||2004 / Age : 16|
|Builder||Nobiskrug Superyachts (Rendsburg, Germany)|
|Owner||Premicon Rhein Donau Flussschiffahrts GmbH|
|Operator||Select Voyages, Transocean Kreuzfahrten|
|Speed||13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph|
|Length (LOA)||127 m / 417 ft|
|Beam (width)||11 m / 36 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||5000 gt|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Former names||MS Johann Strauss|
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Review of MS Bellejour
MS Bellejour cruise ship (formerly "MS Johann Strauss") cruises on the rivers Moselle, Main, Rhine and Danube. In the period 2004-2013, the riverboat served two companies (Austrian River Cruises, Noble Caledonia) under the name "MS Johann Strauss". Bellejour is the 3rd of 6 almost identical riverboats owned by Premicon AG and constructed at Nobiskrug Shipyard (Rendsburg Germany). The limited partnership was about EUR 8 million, and the investment of investors ~EUR 7 million.
Under its current name, the riverboat was also chartered by the UK-based CMV-Cruise and Maritime Voyages. Since 2019, the boat is chartered to Select Voyages (Switzerland-based travel agency).
MS Bellejour has a total of 89 staterooms, all of which are outside. On decks Rhine and Danube, two panoramic windows overlook French Balcony. On deck Moselle, all cabins are with non-opening extra-large portholes. The ship can carry a maximum of 180 passengers, but the cruise company limits their number to 160. There are more than 60 French Balcony cabins with sliding glass-door (floor-ceiling) windows, all located on upper decks.
All staterooms are equally sized (170 ft2 / 16 m2), comfortable, well designed and smartly furnished in restful colours and light woods. Standard amenities include twin beds (convertible to double), wardrobe, flat TV, radio, phone, electronic safe box (in the closet), minibar, en-suite bathroom (WC, shower, single vanity with under-sink storage, hairdryer, bath products), individually controlled air-conditioning.
Bellejour cruise ship has many things to win guests over, such as culinary delights in its onboard restaurant and an expansive sun deck. Wireless internet connection provided on the whole liner means passengers can send holiday greetings to family and friends from anywhere along the river. In the inviting and cozy spa area, they can use the sauna room, jacuzzi and loungers for absolute relaxation. State-of-the-art cardio machines are found in the fitness room to improve stamina.
A well-designed feature is the positioning of the Restaurant, Bar-Lounge and top deck's Cafe. Floor-ceiling windows allow perfect views for diners. Other popular onboard places are the Spa-Fitness center (with whirlpool, sauna, modern gym equipment) and the Library (reading lounge). Onboard languages are German and English. The Cruise Director, Tour Escort, tour guides and key staff all speak fluent English.
Bellejour ship is one of all three time-chartered by CMV riverboats operating in Europe. The other CMV-chartered riverboat is Belvedere. Passengers on MS Bellejour tend to be 45+. At full capacity, the boat's ratio is 1 crew to 4,2 passengers.
Riverboat's cruising experience includes a single-sitting restaurant with unassigned tables. Buffet-style breakfast offers a choice of bread, cereals, pastries, and yogurt together with a Full English option for those who want to indulge. Lunch is a mixture of buffet and served dishes. Afternoon tea is provided daily with a choice of cakes. Dinner is a 4-course affair with various starters, cheese board, main dishes and desserts with beer, house wine, and soft drinks included. Tea and coffee and tea are provided after lunch and dinner. Snacks are available in the bar in the late evening, to finish the day.
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