MS Swiss Sapphire

MS Swiss Sapphire current position

MS Swiss Sapphire current location is at North East Atlantic Ocean (coordinates 49.43747 N / 1.09253 E) cruising en route to ROUEN. The AIS position was reported 4 minutes ago.

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Specifications of MS Swiss Sapphire

Year built2008  /  Age: 13
Flag state Switzerland
BuilderScheepswerf Den Breejen Shipyard (Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Holland)
OwnerScylla AG
OperatorTauck River Cruises
Length (LOA)110 m / 361 ft
Beam (width)12 m / 39 ft
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2017
Sister-shipsSwiss Emerald, Swiss Jewel, MS Esprit, MS Treasures
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MS Swiss Sapphire Review

Review of MS Swiss Sapphire

MS Swiss Sapphire ship joined the Scylla Cruises fleet in 2008. The brand is a fully-owned subsidiary of the Switzerland-based passenger shipping company SCYLLA AG. The riverboat Swiss Sapphire (ENI number 07001856) is Switzerland-flagged and has as sisterships the fleetmates Swiss Emerald, Swiss Jewel, Esprit and Treasures. Currently, the shipowner Scylla AG charters Swiss Sapphire to Tauck Tours (USA-based travel company/agency).

MS Swiss Sapphire cruise ship

The itineraries are on the European rivers Rhine, Main and Danube, with departures from homeports Kehl-Strasbourg, Prague, Amsterdam, Brussels. On some itineraries, passengers can use the ship's complimentary bicycles to ride along the river and meet up with the boat at the next call port. Between tour-packed port days, onboard are provided enrichment lectures, crew show, themed dance parties, playing bingo, quizzes, cards, board games.

Shipboard facilities

All cabins on Swiss Sapphire are outside facing and most feature French balconies. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, L'Occitane toiletries, cushy bathrobes. Wi-Fi is complimentary, available from bow to stern. A light Italian meal, an alternative dining option, is available nightly in ship's Lido Bar with 180-degree retractable glass wall. 

MS Swiss Sapphire cruise ship

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In March-April 2017, Swiss Emerald riverboat 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 done to the fleetmates and sisterships Swiss Emerald (in 2017) and in 2018 - to MS Esprit and MS Treasures.

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