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MS Swiss Sapphire

MS Swiss Sapphire Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Swiss Sapphire

Year built2008  /  Age : 11
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
Passengers104
Crew36
Decks4
Cabins49
Decks with cabins3
Last Refurbishment2017
Sister-shipsSwiss Emerald, Swiss Jewel, MS Esprit, MS Treasures

Current position of MS Swiss Sapphire

Review of MS Swiss Sapphire

MS Swiss Sapphire Scylla Cruises fleet in 2008. The brand is a fully-owned subsidiary of the Switzerland-based passenger shipping company SCYLLA AG. Swiss Sapphire provides modern hotel amenities and premium travel experiences, just like the sisterships Swiss Emerald, Swiss Jewel, ms Esprit, anda ms Treasures. Currently, the shipowner Scylla AG charters Swiss Sapphire to the US cruise travel company Tauck Tours.

The itineraries vary from ones on the Rhine to sailings along the Main and Danube. MS Swiss Sapphire never leaves Europe and covers many of the steady river routes, like Strasbourg to Prague, or Amsterdam to Brussels, with opportunities to explore idyllic villages, as well as metropolitan cities, with the group or on your own. On some itineraries, passengers can borrow bicycles to ride along the river and meet up with the boat at the next call port. Between tour-packed port days, there are lectures, shore tours, and cocktail parties.

MS Swiss Sapphire

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. 

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.

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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 fleet mates and sisterships Swiss Emerald (in 2017) and in 2018 - to MS Esprit and MS Treasures.

MS Swiss Sapphire Itineraries

The below listed MS Swiss Sapphire cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Scylla 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 Oct 28 7 days, one-way from Paris to Giverny Paris
2020 Apr 02 7 days, round-trip Impressions from the Seine: Paris to Normandy Paris
2020 Apr 09 9 days, round-trip Rendezvous on the Seine Paris
2020 Apr 27 9 days, round-trip Rendezvous on the Seine Paris
2020 May 06 9 days, round-trip Rendezvous on the Seine Paris
2020 May 24 7 days, round-trip Impressions from the Seine: Paris to Normandy Paris
2020 May 31 9 days, round-trip Rendezvous on the Seine Paris
2020 Jun 18 9 days, round-trip Rendezvous on the Seine Paris
2020 Jun 27 7 days, round-trip Family Fun on the Seine: Paris to Normandy Paris
2020 Jul 04 7 days, round-trip Family Fun on the Seine: Paris to Normandy Paris
2020 Jul 11 7 days, round-trip Family Fun on the Seine: Paris to Normandy Paris
2020 Jul 18 7 days, round-trip Family Fun on the Seine: Paris to Normandy Paris
2020 Aug 03 9 days, round-trip Rendezvous on the Seine Paris
2020 Aug 12 7 days, round-trip Impressions from the Seine: Paris to Normandy Paris
2020 Aug 28 9 days, round-trip Rendezvous on the Seine Paris
2020 Sep 06 9 days, round-trip Rendezvous on the Seine Paris
2020 Sep 24 7 days, round-trip Impressions from the Seine: Paris to Normandy Paris
2020 Oct 01 9 days, round-trip Rendezvous on the Seine Paris
2020 Oct 19 9 days, round-trip Rendezvous on the Seine Paris
2020 Oct 28 7 days, round-trip Impressions from the Seine: Paris to Normandy Paris

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