MS Rhein Prinzessin Review and Specifications
Specifications of MS Rhein Prinzessin
|Year built||1998 / Age : 21|
|Builder||Scheepswerf Grave BV (Grave, Holland)|
|Owner||Princess Rivercruises (Switzerland)|
|Operator||Phoenix Reisen Flusskreuzfahrten|
|Speed||12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph|
|Length (LOA)||110 m / 361 ft|
|Beam (width)||11 m / 36 ft|
|Decks with cabins||3|
Review of MS Rhein Prinzessin
MS Rhein Prinzessin ship cruises on waterways in Holland and Belgium, as well as on the rivers Rhine, Main, Mosel and Saar. Departures are offered from Germany (Dusseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, Passau). The riverboat is owned by the Basel-based company Princess Rivercruises AG, and chartered by the German travel company Phoenix Reisen (established 1973). Phoenix Reisen is a travel agency with ocean ship chartering business (since 1988) and river cruise shipping operations (since 1993).
The cruise ship was reconstructed and extensively refurbished in 2009, before entering service for Phoenix Reisen.
MS Rhein Prinzessin has a total of 73 cabins. All staterooms are outside, with either Porthole window (small-sized, non-opening, located near the ceiling, on Neptune Deck), large window (non-opening, on Saturn Deck) and French Balcony (floor-ceiling sliding glass door opening to a false balcony, on Orion Deck).
All cabins have two separate beds (daily sofa / Pullman bed), wall-mounted lamps, individually controlled air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom (wash basin, WC, shower, hairdryer), flat TV (satellite reception, ship info channel, real-time bow camera views), phone (onboard calls only - Reception Desk, passenger cabins), alarm clock radio, daily newspaper, wardrobe, electronic safe box (in the closet), several 220V power sockets, small dining table (wall-mounted, by the window).
Twin-Plus cabins (on Saturn Deck) are half-deck higher than the other staterooms. All cabins are equally sized (15 m2 / 160 ft2) and in the following categories:
- Twin Outside (category A, Neptune Deck, aft) - noise (from boat's engines) could be an issue
- Twin Outside (category B, Neptune Deck)
- Twin Outside (category C, Saturn Deck, front) - noise (from boat's bow thruster) could be an issue, but only during docking maneuvers and river lock passing
- Twin Outside (category D, Saturn Deck)
- Twin-Plus Outside (category E, Saturn Deck)
- Twin Comfort Outside with French Balcony (category F, Orion Deck)
- Twin Outside Single Cabin (category G, Saturn Deck)
- Twin Comfort Outside with French Balcony (category H1, Orion Deck) - these are twin cabins that can be booked with single occupancy rates.
MS Rhein Prinzessin has 4 passenger decks, Panorama Restaurant, elegant Panorama Lounge with Bar, Captain's Club, foyer / lobby area with two ship entrances (portside and starboard), Tour Office (itinerary information, shore excursions bookings) and Reception Desk (24-hour guest services, assistance, purser), Boutique Shop (selling souvenirs, clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, toiletries, sweets), Library (reading lounge with books, DVDs, puzzles, board games).
The boat has a wellness area with Spa (treatment room for massages), Sauna Room (with whirlpool), Showers and Fitness (gym room). The Sun Deck has two sections - midship sunbathing area (with 4 retractable awnings, 4-seat tables, deckchairs, sunloungers) and forward lounge (large retractable roof-covered seating area with tables and chairs).
Onboard entertainment (at Panorama Lounge) includes themed dance parties with live music performances (in the evenings, by a resident musician and local folklore artists), crew show, quizes, playing cards and popular board games, language courses, lectures. Captain's Club is a maritime-themed lounge (accessible from Panorama Lounge) with comfortable wooden furniture (sofas, round tables, armchairs) and traditional seafaring accessories on the walls.
Shore excursions are well organized and offered at additional cost in every port of call along the cruisetour itinerary. At each stop are complimentary provided maps and tour guide explanations. Laundry service, wireless (WLAN) connections and Internet are available at extra cost. Onboard language is German. Smoking is permitted only at the designated area on Sun Deck. One staircase (forward) connects all decks. One lift (forward elevator) connects decks Satturn and Orion.
Dining on the boat is complimentary and with fixed / assigned seating. Dining options include buffet breakfasts and waiter served 4-course lunches and dinners with European cuisine specialties. Desserts with coffee are served afterwards. Main course for dinner must be selected at noon, from an a la carte menu. All meals are served in common table times. Dishes for special diets (gluten-free, lactose-free, diabetics, etc) are provided upon request. Special dietary requirements, food allergies and intolerances must be notified in advance.
Afternoon tea, coffee and midnight snacks are also complimentary. Beers, house wines, soft drinks (mineral water, juices, cola, lemonade), tea and coffee are complimentary and offered daily between 8 am and 12-midnight. The traditional formal events Captain's Reception and Captain's Dinner are both with festive menus and gourmet specialties.
Tipping is not compulsory, but recommended (EUR 4-5 pp per day). For any onboard purchases or services, payments can be made in cash, via credit cards (VISA, MasterCard) or Girocard (connecting all German banks and ATMs).
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