MS Brabant Review and Specifications
Specifications of MS Brabant
|Year built||2006 / Age : 13|
|Builder||Shipyard De Hoop BV (Lobith, Holland)|
|Owner||Luftner Cruises (via Amadeus River Cruises)|
|Operator||Fred Olsen River Cruises|
|Speed||14 kn / 26 kph / 16 mph|
|Length (LOA)||110 m / 361 ft|
|Beam (width)||12 m / 39 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||1566 gt|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Former names||MS Amadeus Princess|
Review of MS Brabant
MS Brabant cruise ship (Amadeus Princess) is a time-chartered by the UK company Fred Olsen Cruise Line riverboat built in 2006. The vessel is one of the oldest in the fleet of Amadeus River Cruises (Luftner Cruises brand). The Amadeus Princess boat was first chartered in 2018 (April through November).
MS Amadeus Princess didn't receive a refurbishment prior to Fred Olsen's time-charter. However, boat's branding and hull livery were changed, and there is a Fred Olsen staff member onboard in order to ensure company's standards are met. The rest of the crew are Luftner Cruises employees. As Fred Olsen customers are predominantly British, the shipboard language is English and all payments are in GBP.
Fred Olsen river cruise itineraries
Fred Olsen Brabant ship's maiden voyage started on April 11, 2018. The 5-day Amsterdam to Dusseldorf itinerary (themed "Springtime Dutch Discovery") visited Hoorn, Kampen, Deventer, Arnhem, Nijmegen.
Fred Olsen planned a large amount of daylight cruising into company's new river cruisetours, so that passengers can make the most of the scenery at the day's best time. Next are listed cruise ship's itineraries as themes and routes (call ports), plus indicative prices (in GBP per person) on 2019 river cruise deals. Early-bbokkings receive free tips (gratuities) plus complimentary dining drinks, OR the promo "get 3 pay 2 cruises".
|River||Cruisetour Theme||Itinerary Ports||Cruise-Only Prices (GBP) pp||UK Fly-Cruise Prices (GBP) pp|
|Danube-Main-Rhine||23-night "Europe's Scenic Rivers"||Dusseldorf to Hirsova, visiting Cologne, Cochem, Koblenz (overnight), Miltenberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Emmersdorf-Melk, Durnstein, Nussdorf (Vienna/overnight), Bratislava, Budapest (overnight), Kalocsa, Belgrade (overnight), Vidin, Ruse (overnight), St Gheorghe||4200-4900||4500-5100|
|Danube||7-night "Cities of the Beautiful Danube"||Nuremberg to Budapest, visiting Regensburg, Passau, Linz, Emmersdorf-Melk, Durnstein, Nussdorf (Vienna/overnight), Bratislava, Budapest (overnight)||1400-1850||1700-2150|
|Danube||9-night "Eastern European Danube Discovery"||Budapest to Hirsova, visiting Budapest (overnight), Kalocsa, Belgrade (overnight), Vidin, Ruse (overnight), St Gheorghe||2400-2800||2700-3100|
|Danube||10-night "Sailing the Danube"||Hirsova to Budapest, visiting St Gheorghe, Ruse (overnight), Vidin, Belgrade (overnight), Novi Sad, Kalocsa, Budapest (overnight)||St Gheorghe, Ruse/overnight, Vidin, Belgrade/overnight, Novi Sad, Kalocsa, Budapest/overnight)||1900||2200|
|Danube-Main-Rhine||25-night "German Jewels and Cities of the East"||Hirsova to Dusseldorf, visiting St Gheorghe, Ruse (overnight), Vidin, Belgrade (overnight), Novi Sad, Kalocsa, Budapest (overnight), Bratislava, Nussdorf (Vienna), Durnstein, Emmersdorf-Melk, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg (overnight), Bamberg, Wurzburg, Miltenberg, Koblenz, Cochem, Cologne, Dusseldorf (overnight)||4200-4400||4500-4700|
|Danube||8-night "River Danube and City Discovery"||Budapest to Nuremberg, visiting Budapest (overnight), Bratislava, Nussdorf (Vienna), Durnstein, Emmersdorf-Melk, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg (overnight)||1500||1800|
|Danube-Main-Rhine||7-night "Valleys and Mountains of Germany"||Nuremberg to Dusseldorf, visiting Nuremberg, Bamberg, Wurzburg, Miltenberg, Koblenz, Cochem, Cologne, Dusseldorf (overnight)||1200||1500|
|Main-Rhine-Moselle||7-night "Cruising the Rhine, Main and Moselle"||Dusseldorf to Nuremberg, visiting Cologne, Cochem, Koblenz (overnight), Miltenberg, Wurzburg, Bamberg||1100||1400|
|Rhine-Dutch Waterways||10-night "Holland in Bloom" (springtime cruise)||Amsterdam roundtrip to Hoorn (overnight), Deventer, Kampen, Arnhem (overnight), Nijmegen, Dusseldorf, Arnhem, Nijmegen, Dordrecht, Willemstad, Rotterdam, Kinderdijk, Schoonhoven (overnight)||1750||2050|
|Rhine||5-night "Springtime Dutch Discovery"||Amsterdam to Dusseldorf, visiting Amsterdam (overnight), Hoorn, Kampen, Deventer, Arnhem (overnight), Nijmegen||700||1000|
|Rhine-Dutch Waterways||5-night "Delights of Holland in Bloom"||Dusseldorf to Amsterdam, visiting Arnhem, Nijmegen, Dordrecht, Willemstad, Rotterdam, Kinderdijk, Schoonhoven (overnight), Amsterdam (overnight)||1950||1250|
|Rhine-Moselle||7-night "Scenic Delights of the Moselle Valley"||Basel to Dusseldorf, visiting Strasbourg, Speyer, Mannheim (overnight), Konigswinter, Koblenz, Bernkastel-Kues, Cochem, Cologne, Dusseldorf (overnight)||1200||1500|
Amadeus Princess (Brabant) ship has four decks - Sun Deck plus 3 cabin decks named after the famous Austrian composers Haydn, Mozart and Strauss. The river ship has a total of 80 staterooms, 68 of which are sized 160 ft2 (15 m2) and with French balconies (aka Juliette Balcony) and panoramic floor-ceiling windows. Both suites are on Mozart Deck, sized 235 ft2 (22 m2) and with French balconies. On Lower (Haydn) Deck are located 12 Porthole Cabins (sized 160 ft2 / 15 m2) with fixed (non-opening) windows.
All staterooms provide as standard amenities twin beds (convertible to double / Queen-size bed), bedside cabinets, en-suite bathroom (with WC, shower, single-sink vanity, under-sink storage, hairdryer), seating area (with coffee table, 2 armchairs), wardrobe, mirrored dressing table (writing desk) with stool, flat TV (wall-mounted), direct-dial phone, electronic safe box (in the closet), interactive infotainment system (with TV Internet and complimentary on-demand movies), individually controlled air-conditioning. All Juliette Balcony rooms are with mini-bar (refrigerator with payable drinks) and larger bathroom (with bathtub and bathrobes). Suite passengers are served by a personal concierge and also get complimentary morning coffee room service.
Meals are served in Panorama Restaurant on Mozart Deck, where passengers can try light bites in the early morning with 'Early Riser' tea, coffee, and pastries or buffet breakfast a little later. Lunch is offered either standard sit-down with 3 delicious courses or buffet style, while dinners are 5-course gourmet affairs with complimentary regional wines. The carefully crafted menus feature a number of classic favorites and vegetarian options. Guests with special dietary requests have to let the staff know at the time of booking. Produce is regional and fresh. Passengers can also indulge in the afternoon tea and cake service, or pamper with a midnight snack. A Dining Drinks Upgrade package is available for GBP 10 per person, per night to enjoy as much European lager, bitter and branded soft drinks, red and white house wines at lunch and dinner as guests like.
Guests spend their leisure time on the Sun Deck, where they can admire the sights from deck chairs or practice their putting on the putting green. MS Amadeus Princess (Brabant) also features a giant chessboard and shuffleboard. A hot tub is located at the aft. Other amenities onboard include massage, a hairdresser, a fitness room, Internet station, Vital Club, Amadeus Club (open 24 hours per day), Lido Bar, Panorama Bar Lounge (live entertainment). On tours and excursions, passengers can use complimentary bikes and wireless audio systems.
Note: You can see the CruiseMapper's list of all river cruise ships and riverboats in the "itinerary" section of our River Cruises hub. All companies and their fleets are listed there.
MS Brabant wiki
In May 2017, the UK-based Fred Olsen Cruise Line announced the launch of its new river cruisetour program with a chartered riverboat. The announcement was published in company's "European River Cruising by Fred Olsen" brochure. Fred Olsen's river cruises were offered in 2018 (April 11 through November 3) on the 156-passenger riverboat "MS Brabant" (Amadeus Princess). The inaugural river cruise season included various itineraries with a total of 30 departures and voyage durations from 5 to 25 nights. Deals were inclusive of guided shore excursions / city tours. The ship was opened for Fred Olsen bookings on May 26, 2017.
Fred Olsen named its river cruise ship after the North Brabant province (unofficially called just "Brabant") in southern Netherlands. Brabant borders to the north South Holland and Gelderland, to the east Limburg, to the west Zeeland and to the south Belgium.
Duchy of Brabant was an imperial state established in 1183 as part of the Holy Roman Empire (800-1806). Later, it became the heart of the Dutch Low Countries (part of Burgundian Netherlands). North-Brabant features an amazing nature scenery with several large national parks with marshes, farmlands and forests. The land is flat but above sea level. Province's largest nature parks include Biesbosch (7100 hectares), Zoom-Kalmthoutse Heide (3750 ha), Loonse en Drunense Duinen (3400 ha) and Grote Peel (1340 ha).