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MS Rhein Symphonie

Former name: MS Viking Helvetia

MS Rhein Symphonie Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Rhein Symphonie

Year built2006  /  Age : 14
Flag state Germany
BuilderRoyal IHC Merwede Shipyards (Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Holland)
OwnerMystic Invest
OperatorNicko Tours
Speed13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph
Length (LOA)131 m / 430 ft
Beam (width)12 m / 39 ft
Gross Tonnage4800 gt
Passengers198
Crew44
Decks4
Cabins99
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2016
Sister-shipsRhein Melodie (Viking Sun)
Former namesMS Viking Helvetia
Christened byGudrun Landgrebe

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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 cruise ship (Viking Helvetia)

MS Rhein Symphonie cruises on Rhine River exclusively, on a roundtrip itinerary from homeport Cologne. Rhein Symphonie's sistership is Rhein Melodie (fka Viking Sun).

Cabins

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.

Shipboard amenities

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.

MS Rhein Symphonie cruise ship (Viking Helvetia)

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.

Viking Helvetia cruise ship (Rhein Symphonie)

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.

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 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.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice 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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