MS Esprit

Former name: MS VistaPrima

MS Esprit current position

MS Esprit current location is at North Sea (coordinates 51.64960 N / 4.38390 E) cruising en route to DINTELOORD. The AIS position was reported 4 minutes ago.

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Specifications of MS Esprit

Year of build2010  /  Age: 13
Flag state Switzerland
BuilderVahali Shipyards (Belgrade, Serbia)
Speed13 kn / 24 km/h / 15 mph
Length (LOA)110 m / 361 ft
Beam (width)12 m / 39 ft
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2018
Sister-shipsSwiss Emerald, Swiss Jewel, Swiss Sapphire, MS Treasures
Former namesMS VistaPrima
OwnerScylla AG
OperatorVIVA Cruises, Tauck Tours USA

MS Esprit Itineraries

DateItineraryDeparture PortPrice from
2023 Dec 09 6 days, one-way from Dusseldorf to Basel Dusseldorf
2024 Apr 08 5 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Brussels Amsterdam $4990
2024 Apr 15 5 days, one-way from Brussels to Amsterdam Brussels $5290
2024 May 06 12 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel $8990
2024 May 20 12 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Budapest Amsterdam $9390
2024 Jun 03 12 days, one-way from Budapest to Amsterdam Budapest $9290
2024 Jun 17 12 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Budapest Amsterdam $9290
2024 Jul 01 12 days, one-way from Budapest to Amsterdam Budapest $8790
2024 Sep 09 12 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Budapest Amsterdam $9490
2024 Sep 23 12 days, one-way from Budapest to Amsterdam Budapest $9490
2024 Oct 07 5 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Brussels Amsterdam $5390

MS Esprit Review

Review of MS Esprit

The 2010-built MS Esprit cruise ship (fka "MS VistaPrima") operates voyages on the Dutch inland waterways and the rivers Danube, Main, Rhine and Moselle. Esprit's sisterships are the fleetmates Swiss Emerald,Swiss Sapphire, Swiss Jewel and Treasures.

The shipowner Scylla charters the riverboat Esprit to the US cruise travel company Tauck Tours/fleet and also to VIVA Cruises (Scylla-owned subsidiary and travel brand established in 2021).

MS Esprit river cruise ship

The riverboat (ENI number 07001923) is currently Switzerland-flagged (MMSI 269057320) and registered in Basel.


The 124-passenger ms Esprit has 62 cabins, all of which are outward-facing, with French balconies or panoramic windows. Modern design and state-of-the-art equipment create a unique atmosphere.

All passenger staterooms are fully equipped and provide radio, TV, phone/intercom, minibar, safe, air conditioning, shower, WC, hairdryer.

Shipboard facilities

The ship has a stylish panoramic lounge and elegant bar with outdoor terrace, lobby with reception, tour desk, shop, and Panorama Restaurant. The lift connects all decks, except the Emerald. In elegant premises on four decks, ms Esprit provides Internet room, sauna and steam room, gym, laundry service, sun deck with seating areas, sun loungers, shady spots, garden terrace with bar service and an observation deck at the bow.

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The Switzerland-flagged riverboat Esprit (ENI number 07001923) in March-April 2018 was drydock refitted and refurbished. Its passenger capacity was reduced from 118 to 98 (17% reduction) and the staterooms number was decreased from 59 to 49. The ship's reconstruction created larger public areas and bigger passenger cabins. The most extensive changes were done on Ruby (middle) Deck, where the 30x cabins (sized 14 m2 / 150 ft2) were replaced by 20x cabins (sized 21 m2 / 225 ft2). The ship already had 14x suites (sized 28 m2 / 300 ft2). Following the 2018 drydock, nearly 70% of all staterooms are 21 m2. On Diamond (upper) Deck "The Bistro" restaurant was renamed "Arthur's" and upgraded with its own galley (kitchen) and dedicated chef.

The same deckplan changes were implemented to the fleetmates and sisterships MS Treasures (in 2018) and in 2017 - to Swiss Emerald and Swiss Sapphire.

Vessel's construction (hull and superstructure) was done at the Vahali Shipyard in Belgrade Serbia. The 1923-founded Dutch shipbuilding company (Scheepswerf En Machinefabriek Vahali BV) owns and operates yards in Serbia (Belgrade, and Zasavica) and in Holland (Gendt). Vahali Shipyard Zasavica was officially opened in 2013. Following the construction in Serbia, the cruise ship was towed to Holland for final outfitting at Scheepswerf Vahali (Gendt).

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