MS Crucebelle Review and Specifications
Specifications of MS Crucebelle
|Year built||2000 / Age : 20|
|Builder||Royal IHC Merwede Shipyards (Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Holland)|
|Owner||Navibelle Shipping AG|
|Speed||12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph|
|Length (LOA)||110 m / 361 ft|
|Beam (width)||11 m / 36 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||620 gt|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Sister-ships||Viking Seine (Crucestar), River Concerto (Vivienne), River Harmony, River Rhapsody|
|Former names||Viking Sky, Viking Burgundy, MS Maribelle|
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Review of MS Crucebelle
MS Crucebelle cruise ship is a passenger vessel (ENI number 04608430) that was initially owned by Viking River Cruises AG and launched in 2000 as "VIKING SKY". In 2002, it was renamed to "VIKING BURGUNDY" and deployed for cruises in France. In 2010, the riverboat was sold to Premicon AG and renamed to "MS MARIBELLE". In 2014, it was named "MS BIJOU", and once again to "MARIBELLE" in the period 2015-2019. In 2019, the ship was sold to Navibelle Shipping AG and in 2020 was drydock remodelled and completely refurbished. Currently, the boat is Malta-flagged (MMSI 248334000, registered in Valletta) and for the period 2020-2025 operated under charter by Crucemundo under the name "CRUCEBELLE".
The current boat charterer Crucemundo SL is a Barcelona Spain-based river cruise company (2008-founded) with tour offices in Spain (Barcelona, Madrid), Italy (Genoa), Turkey (Istanbul) and Russia (Moscow, St Petersburg). Crucebelle's fleetmates are the Crucemundo-chartered boats Crucestar (Regina Rheni 2) and Crucevita (MPS Da Vinci). Sisterships are the same-designed Crucestar (2000/Viking Rhone), River Harmony (1999), River Rhapsody (1999), MS Vivienne (2001/River Concerto), MS Aurora (1999-built/2020-refitted, MMSI 244660956, ENI 02002173).
Crucebelle staterooms (total 77) are 2 types and in 5 categories - Standard cabins with Windows (Main Deck, Middle Front Deck) and Deluxe cabins with French Balconies (Middle Deck, Upper Deck). French Balcony cabins are with floor-ceiling windows (glass doors) opening to a railing. Main Deck cabins are with a half-height window (non-opening) located near the ceiling. Middle Front Deck cabins are with large Picture Window (non-opening). All staterooms are double-occupancy (max 2 passengers per cabin), excepting the boat's largest (Deluxe Cabin #218, forward-midship on Middle Front Deck) which is with triple-occupancy.
French Balcony cabins (DLX categories on Middle and Upper decks) have a lounge area with a coffee table and two armchairs. All DLX Upper Deck cabins are with double bed (non-convertible to twins).
Cabin sizes vary between 11 m2 (120 ft2) and 14 m2 (150 ft2, French Balcony). The ship has no connecting cabins (that can be combined to a Suite). Regardless cabin category, all Crucebelle cabins offer as standard (complimentary) amenities and services hotel beds (size 200x160 cm, twin-bed configuration, some convertible to double bed), wall-mounted reading lamps, wardrobe with hangers, mirrored dressing table (writing desk with chair), en-suite bathroom (glass door shower, WC-toilet, hairdryer), electronic safe box (in the closet), phone (intercom), thermostat-controlled air-conditioning, 220V power outlets, HDTV (satellite reception, ship info channel, “View From the Bridge” / real-time webcam views).
The 160-seat Dining Room Restaurant is located aft on Upper Deck and hosts a buffet-style breakfast, single open-seating lunch and dinner. Meals are cooked by European chefs and provide a mix of local (itinerary-based) specialities and traditional international dishes. Occasionally, there are also theme dinners. Waiter-served are the 3-course lunches and 4-course dinners. Complimentary beer, wine and soft drinks are served with lunch and dinner. Tea and coffee are complimentary served in the Bar.
Bar Lounge (fore-located on Upper Deck) features floor-ceiling wraparound windows (for 270-degree views), comfortable seating (sofas and armchairs) and serves the cruise company's enrichment program with daily lectures and media presentations, crew show (once per voyage), live music performances (by local artists), themed dance nights. Also on Upper Deck are the Lobby area (with 24-hour Reception Desk), Library, Gift Shop and the Promenade Deck (open-air deck for walking and observation). Wi-Fi coverage is shipwide but costs extra.
On Sun Deck are located the Wheelhouse (Navigation Bridge), sunbathing area (spa pool, sun loungers), shaded seating area (awnings, 4-seat tables, deckchairs), deckgames area (Giant Chess Set). All structures on Sun Deck (Wheelhouse, awnings, railings) are collapsible and lowered when the boat passes under low bridges.
All decks are interconnected via stairs. One Lift (midship passenger elevator) connects decks 2 and 3 only. Outside staircases and a stairlift connect decks 3 and 4.
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