MS Bolero Review and Specifications
Specifications of MS Bolero
|Year built||2003 / Age : 16|
|Builder||HDW-Nobiskrug GmbH (Rendsburg, Germany)|
|Speed||13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph|
|Length (LOA)||127 m / 417 ft|
|Beam (width)||11 m / 36 ft|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Former names||MS Gracioso|
Review of MS Bolero
MS Bolero cruise ship was built in 2003 in Rendsburg (Germany) under the name "MS Gracioso", with sistership the fleetmate MS Maxima. Currently, the riverboat is owned by the Munich-based company Premicon AG (owner of KD Cruises / Koln-Dusseldorfer Deutsche Rheinschiffahrt) and operated under charter by Stuttgart-based cruisetour company Nicko Tours. MS Bolero cruises on Danube River (15-day itinerary to Danube Delta and Black Sea), with roundtrip departures from Passau.
MS Bolero ship has a total of 90 cabins for 180 passengers. All cabins are outside, equally-sized (16 m2 / 170 ft2) and equipped with 2 lower beds (twins convertible to double bed), bedside tables, wardrobe, mirrored dressing table (writing desk) with chair, 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.
Main Deck cabins are with 2 lower beds (twins convertible to double bed) and 1 large (rounded) Porthole (non-opening window).
All Middle and Upper decks cabins are French Balcony staterooms with floor-ceiling sliding glass doors opening to a railing (false balcony). Upper Deck cabins are with either 2 lower beds (1 twin, 1 sofabed) or 1 double bed (1,5 x 2 m) with 2 mattresses.
On request, some cabins can be booked as Triples (by adding additional foldaway bed).
MS Bolero ship has a midship-located Dining Room Restaurant (Upper Deck) 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 exquisite menu and ice parade.
Also on Upper Deck (forward) is the Bar Lounge with floor-ceiling windows, comfortable seating (3-seat round tables with chairs), grand piano (live performances by resident pianist) and full-service 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). Adjacent to the Lounge are Tour Office (Cruise Director, excursions information and booking) and Library (books, playing cards, board games),
On Upper Deck forward-portside and midship-starboard are located two Outdoor Promenades (Lido terraces) accessible to passengers.
On Middle Deck is the Lobby area with two ship entrances, small seating area, Reception Desk (24-hour guest services and assistance) and Boutique (Gift Shop). Three staircases connect all decks, including a sweeping starcase in the Atrium (covered with SkyLight). Forward on Middle Deck is the wellness complex, consisting of Fitness (small Gym Room), Sauna, Relax Room (with large round window, Jacuzzi whirlpool and relaxation beds).
Sun Deck has retractable Awnings (shaded seating areas with 4-seat tables and chairs, full bar service), SkyLight (glass roof over the Atrium / Lobby) and sunbathing area (midship) furnished with padded loungers and deckchairs. The ship has no Hair Salon (hairdresser and barber services), Spa (massage room), Lift (passenger elevator), deckgames area, Swimming Pool, Sun Deck's wheelhouse, all railings and awnings are retractable to allow passing under low bridges.
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 Bolero 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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