MS Rhein Symphonie Review and Specifications
Specifications of MS Rhein Symphonie
|Year built||2006 / Age : 14|
|Builder||Royal IHC Merwede Shipyards (Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Holland)|
|Speed||13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph|
|Length (LOA)||131 m / 430 ft|
|Beam (width)||12 m / 39 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||4800 gt|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Sister-ships||Rhein Melodie (Viking Sun)|
|Former names||MS Viking Helvetia|
|Christened by||Gudrun Landgrebe|
Review of MS Rhein Symphonie
MS Rhein Symphonie cruise ship was built in 2006 in Kinderdijk (Holland) for Viking River Cruises under the name "Viking Helvetia". Viking Helvetia operated on Rhine cruises (in Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland) departing from homeports Amsterdam and Basel. In 2016, the riverboat was purchased by the Portuguese company Mystic Invest (family-owned financial holding) and operated under charter by its subsidiary Nicko Tours (Stuttgart-based cruisetour company).
MS Rhein Symphonie ship has a total of 99 cabins for 198 passengers. Upper Deck cabins are all French Balcony staterooms with floor-ceiling glass doors opening to a railing (false balcony). Middle Deck cabins are with 1 large (wall-to-wall) opening window (size size 2x1,2 m). Upper and Middle deck staterooms are sized 15 m2 (160 ft2).
Main Deck cabins are same-sized (15 m2) and with 1 non-opening window (half-height, size 150x70 cm) located near the ceiling. Single cabins are smaller (12 m2 / 130 ft2), with 1 non-opening window (half-height) and 2 lower beds - 1 sofabed (sized 190x80 cm) and 1 foldaway / Pullman bed (sized 170x80 cm).
All cabins are equipped with standard hotel beds (2 twins convertible to double 2x1,6 m), bedside tables, under beds space for suitcases, dimmer lighting, wardrobe, mirrored dressing table (writing desk) with chair, small table with 2 armchairs, en-suite bathroom (glass-door shower, WC, wash basin, razor plug), hairdryer, flat TV (satellite reception), electronic safe box (in the closet), mini-fridge, phone (intercom / onboard only), bowl with fresh fruits, complimentary bottled water (supplied daily), individually controlled air-conditioning.
MS Rhein Symphonie ship has a fore-located Dining Room Restaurant (on Middle 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 Dining Room and the Lounge (Upper Deck) can be accessed directly from the Lobby (Middle Deck) via grand staircase.
On Middle Deck is also the Lobby (ship entrances) with seating area, 24-hour Coffee corner (complimentary coffee, tea, fruits, sparkling water, pastries, cookies), Reception Desk (24-hour guest services and assistance), Tour Office (Cruise Director, excursions information and booking), Public Restrooms, Boutique Shop (selling gifts and souvenirs, magazines, convenience goods), Aft-located Library Lounge has comfortable seating (sofas and armchairs), floor-ceiling windows, selection of books (mainly history- and travel-themed), magazines, playing cards, board games (including chess and backgammon). Three staircases connect all decks. The ship has no Lift (passenger elevator), Swimming Pool (or Jacuzzi), Hair Salon, wellness complex (Fitness, Sauna, Spa),
Sun Deck has retractable Awnings (shaded seating areas with 4-seat tables and chairs, full bar service), sunbathing area (sunloungers and deckchairs) and deckgames area (Giant Chess Set). Sun Deck's wheelhouse, all railings and awnings are retractable to allow passing under low bridges.
The fore-located on Upper Deck Bar Lounge has floor-ceiling windows, comfortable seating (small round tables with armchairs), dance floor, grand piano (live performances by resident pianist) and its own Bar. Onboard entertainment includes daily live music performances, cooking demonstrations, quiz games, bingo, crew show, themed dance nights, watching movies (drop-down screen), enrichment lectures and media presentations (related to the cruisetour itinerary's destinations, ports, excursions), food and wine tasting events.
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 Rhein Symphonie 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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The Germany-flagged riverboat Rhein Symphonie (ENI number 04804700) was previously operated by Viking River Cruises (Viking Flusskreuzfahrten GmbH) under the name "Viking Helvetia" (MMSI 211539230). The vessel is powered by two Caterpillar marine diesel engines (model C18 ACERT) with combined power output 2,3 MW.
This Viking river cruise ship was named after Goddess Helvetia (Helvetica, (officially Confœderatio Helvetica) - Switzerland's female national personification (anthropomorphism). Her name derives from Helvetii - Gaulish tribe that prior to the Roman Empire inhabited the Swiss lands.
Viking Helvetia is the second specially designed for Viking Rhine River boats - with sistership Viking Sun (now Rhein Melodie). In comparison to the older Viking ships, Helvetia and Sun's "Rhine design" features large (wall-to-wall) windows and higher decks (ceilings).
MS Viking Helvetia was launched in 2006 and christened by godmother Gudrun Landgrebe - German actress, awarded in 2010 with "Hessian Film and Cinema Prize". Boat's christening ceremony was held in Cologne (Koln) on March 23.
MS Viking Helvetia river cruise itinerary "RHINE GETAWAY" (also themed "German Christmas Markets") was a 7-day cruisetour from Amsterdam to Basel and the reverse from Basel to Amsterdam. These deals offered 4 countries to visit (Holland, Germany, France, Switzerland) with 6 complimentary land tours/excursions. Disembarkation in Holland offered an optional 2-night Amsterdam hotel package. Disembarkation in Switzerland (Basel offered an optional 2-night Lucerne hotel package (on Lake Lucerne in the Swiss Alps).
Feature port activities along the route are Kinderdijk (the windmills network tour, food sampling of hand-made Dutch cheeses, jenever /juniper liquor, and sjoelen playing /table shuffleboard), Koblenz (the Marksburg Castle and museum tour), Rudesheim (Drosselgasse), Mannheim (bus tour to Heidelberg, embarkation again in Speyer), Kehl (tour to Strasbourg), Breisach (the "Black Forest" outdoor museum, cuckoo-clock-making workshop, with an optional Colmar town excursion). Viking Helvetia cruise deals were inclusive of Internet (Wi-Fi), laundry, all tours / excursions, land transfers, live evening entertainment, daily lecturers, food and wine tastings, 24-hour coffee corner, replenished daily bottled water.
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MS Rhein Symphonie Itineraries
The below listed MS Rhein Symphonie cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Mystic Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2019 Dec 26||8 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$1294|
|2020 Jan 03||1 day, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$176|
|2020 Mar 19||1 day, round-trip Rhine||Cologne|
|2020 Mar 20||1 day, round-trip Rhine||Cologne|
|2020 Mar 25||7 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$758|
|2020 Apr 01||7 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$870|
|2020 Apr 08||7 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$1395|
|2020 Apr 15||7 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$982|
|2020 Apr 22||7 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$982|
|2020 Apr 29||7 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$982|
|2020 May 13||7 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$926|
|2020 May 20||7 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$874|
|2020 May 27||7 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne|
|2020 Jun 03||4 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$821|
|2020 Jun 07||4 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$490|
|2020 Jun 11||4 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$490|
|2020 Jun 29||4 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$490|
|2020 Jul 03||7 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$1116|
|2020 Jul 10||7 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$1037|
|2020 Jul 17||3 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$535|
|2020 Jul 20||7 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$874|
|2020 Jul 27||11 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$1680|
|2020 Aug 07||7 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$1116|
|2020 Aug 14||7 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$1116|
|2020 Aug 21||3 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$535|
|2020 Aug 24||4 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$490|
|2020 Aug 28||7 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$937|
|2020 Sep 04||7 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$1116|
|2020 Sep 11||7 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$1116|
|2020 Sep 18||7 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$1116|
|2020 Sep 25||4 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$490|
|2020 Sep 29||3 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$479|
|2020 Oct 02||4 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$445|
|2020 Oct 06||4 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$445|
|2020 Oct 10||3 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$490|
|2020 Oct 13||11 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$1479|
|2020 Oct 24||7 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$696|
|2020 Oct 31||7 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$814|
|2020 Nov 29||3 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$289|
|2020 Dec 02||3 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$345|
|2020 Dec 05||3 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$345|
|2020 Dec 08||3 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$345|
|2020 Dec 11||3 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$345|
|2020 Dec 14||3 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$345|
|2020 Dec 17||3 days, round-trip Rhine||Cologne||$289|
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