MS Bijou du Rhone

Former name: MS Viking Pride

MS Bijou du Rhone last position

MS Bijou du Rhone last location was at Europe Inland (coordinates 43.95000 N / 4.80000 E) cruising en route to LYON. The AIS position was reported 3 days ago.

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Current itinerary of MS Bijou du Rhone

MS Bijou du Rhone current cruise is 7 days, round-trip Rhne. Prices start from USD 1361 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 22 May, 2024 and ends on 29 May, 2024.

Date / TimePort
22 May 22:30    Departing from Lyon, France hotels
23 May 11:00 - 18:00    Chalon-sur-Saone, France
23 May 23:30 - 24 May 12:00    Macon, France
24 May 14:30 - 15:00    Belleville-sur-Saone, France
24 May 16:30 - 19:00    Trevoux, France
25 May 12:30 - 18:30    Viviers-sur-Rhone, France
26 May 03:00 - 18:00    Arles, France
26 May 22:30 - 27 May 15:30    Avignon, France
27 May 17:30 - 18:15    Chateauneuf du Pape, France
28 May 14:00    Lyon, France
29 May    Arriving in Lyon, France hotels

Specifications of MS Bijou du Rhone

Year of build2001  /  Age: 23
Flag state Malta
BuilderRoyal IHC Merwede Shipyards (Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Holland)
Speed12 kn / 22 km/h / 14 mph
Length (LOA)114 m / 374 ft
Beam (width)12 m / 39 ft
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2019
Former namesMS Viking Pride
Christened byKarin Hildebrand (Viking Pride)
OwnerPremicon AG
OperatorNicko River Cruises

MS Bijou du Rhone Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2024 Apr 24 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $2053
2024 May 01 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $1458
2024 May 15 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $1512
2024 May 22 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $1361
2024 May 29 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $2269
2024 Jun 05 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $1782
2024 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $1512
2024 Jun 19 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $1134
2024 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $1274
2024 Jul 03 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $1134
2024 Jul 10 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $1134
2024 Jul 17 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $1134
2024 Jul 24 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $1080
2024 Jul 31 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $1080
2024 Aug 07 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $1620
2024 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $1080
2024 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $1350
2024 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $1134
2024 Sep 04 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $1512
2024 Sep 11 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $2431
2024 Sep 18 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $2107
2024 Sep 25 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $2107
2024 Oct 02 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $1296
2024 Oct 09 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $1296
2024 Oct 16 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $1761
2024 Oct 23 7 days, round-trip Rhne Lyon $1134

MS Bijou du Rhone Review

Review of MS Bijou du Rhone

MS Bijou du Rhone cruise ship was built in 2001 in Kinderdijk (Holland) for Viking River Cruises under the name "Viking Pride" (shipowner Pericon AG).

In 2016, the riverboat was purchased by the Portuguese company Mystic Invest (family-owned financial holding) and is currently operated under charter by its subsidiary Nicko Tours (Stuttgart-based cruisetour company).

MS Bijou du Rhone river cruise ship (Viking Pride)

The former shipowner was the Munich-based company Premicon AG - owner of KD Cruises (Koln-Dusseldorfer Deutsche Rheinschiffahrt). MS Bijou du Rhone cruises on Rhone River (in France) with roundtrip departures from homeport Lyon.


MS Bijou du Rhone ship has a total of 75 cabins for 155 passengers. Middle-Upper Deck cabins are all outside (sized 15 m2 / 160 ft2) and equipped with 1 double bed, bedside tables, wardrobe, mirrored dressing table with 2 chair, en-suite bathroom (shower, WC, wash basin), hairdryer, safe (in the closet), flat TV (satellite reception), electronic safe box (in the closet), phone (intercom / onboard only), individually controlled air-conditioning.

Lower Deck cabins are smaller (sized 12 m2 / 130 ft2) and with 2 lower beds (1 foldaway, 1 sofabed), which allows during the day to be folded to the wall to create more space.

Lower Deck cabins have 1 non-opening window (quarter-height, located near the ceiling). Middle Deck (forward) cabins were with 1 opening window. After drydock refurbishment 2019, all Deluxe staterooms (located midship on decks Middle and Upper) were converted to French Balcony cabins (with sliding glass door opening to a railing / false balcony).

Shipboard amenities

MS Bijou du Rhone ship has an aft-located Dining Room Restaurant with floor-ceiling windows, single-seating capacity and open seating arrangement. Dining Room menu includes both traditional dishes (itinerary-based on visited countries) and international cuisine specialties. Fine wines and gourmet delicacies are also offered. The culinary highlight of each voyage is the Gala Dinner held here, with an exquisite menu and ice parade.

On Upper Deck is the Lobby area with Reception Desk (providing 24-hour guest services and assistance), Tour Office (excursions information and booking), Library (with a small Gift Shop). Two staircases connect all decks. Promenade Deck wraps around the Lounge and allows stair access to Sun Deck. The ship has no wellness complex (Fitness, Spa, Hair Salon), Lift (passenger elevator), Swimming Pool (or Jacuzzi), The wheelhouse, all railings and awnings are retractable to allow passing under low bridges.

Sun Deck has a retractable Awning (roofed/shaded seating lounge with tables and chairs, full bar service) and aft deck games area (Giant Chess Set). The sunbathing area is furnished with padded loungers and deckchairs.

The fore-located on Upper Deck Bar Lounge has floor-ceiling windows, comfortable seating (round tables with armchairs), dance floor, 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 Bijou du Rhone 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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The Malta-flagged riverboat Bijou du Rhone (ENI number 04800210) was previously operated by Viking River Cruises (Viking Flusskreuzfahrten GmbH) under the name "Viking Pride" (MMSI 211162210, Germany-flagged). The vessel is powered by two Caterpillar marine diesel engines (model C18 ACERT) with combined power output 2,2 MW.

Viking Pride cruise ship (Bijou du Rhone)

Viking Pride was the third of all four Viking River Cruises France ships of the pre-“longship design" era - together with Viking Europe (now Carmen)Viking Neptune (now Verdi) and Viking Spirit (now Seine Comtesse).

The riverboat was christened by Karin Hildebrand - wife of Klaus Hildebrand (co-founder, largest shareholder and CEO of "Premicon AG" - funds management and investment services company. Premicon AG is the shipowner (and parent company) of the German brands "Transocean" and "Premicon". The company also specializes in container shipping, real estates and other businesses. Viking Pride ship’s christening ceremony was held at Merwede Shipyard (Hardinxveld-Griessendam, Southern Holland). Viking Pride was last refurbished in 2013 and sold to Mystic Invest in 2016.

Next is listed Viking Pride's cruisetour itinerary "PARIS and THE HEART OF NORMANDY" - 7-day Seine River cruises roundtrip from Paris City. These deals were inclusive of 6 complimentary land tours/excursions.

  • Day 2 - half-day long Paris bus tour
  • Day 3 - Vernon, short coach travel to Giverny (gardens, Claude Monet farmhouse).
  • Day 4 - scenic Normandy river cruise to Rouen (overnight dock)
  • Day 5 - full-day long Normandy Beaches tour (WWII-themed, visiting American Military Cemetery, D-Day Museum)
  • Day 6 - Les Andelys (Chateau Gaillard castle tour), evening arrival in Conflans (overnight dock)
  • Day 7 - Conflans walk tour, with optional tour to Versailles Palace, afternoon Seine cruise to Paris
  • Day 8 - disembarkation, with an optional 3-night Paris luxury hotel package.

"Cruising Only" deals were offered as 5-day Paris roundtrips. Next is shown an exemplary itinerary with port dates:

  • 6-day round-trip to Europe-s & Cruises from Paris - Mon Dec 07 (Paris, departing), Tue Dec 08 (Vernon), Wed Dec 09 (Rouen), Thu Dec 10 (Normandy Beaches), Fri Dec 11 (Les Andelys), Sat Dec 12 (Conflans-Sainte-Honorine), Sun Dec 13 (Paris, arrive).

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