MS Switzerland

MS Switzerland Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Switzerland

Year built1988  /  Age : 31
Flag state Switzerland
BuilderJ.H. van Eijk en Zn BV (Sliedrecht, Holland)
OwnerSelect Voyages
OperatorPhoenix Reisen Flusskreuzfahrten
Speed8 kn / 15 kph / 9 mph
Length (LOA)100 m / 328 ft
Beam (width)11 m / 36 ft
Passengers120
Crew26
Decks3
Cabins57
Decks with cabins2
Last Refurbishment2015
Sister-shipsMS Switzerland 2

Current itinerary of MS Switzerland

MS Switzerland current cruise is 9 days, round-trip Rhine. Prices start from USD 1567 (double occupancy rates). The itinerary starts on 14 May, 2019 and ends on 23 May, 2019.

Date / TimePort
14 May 15:30    Departing from Dusseldorf, Germany hotels
15 May    Loreley Rock, Rhine Gorge, Germany
15 May    Scenic Cruising
15 May 00:30 - 07:00    Konigswinter, Germany
15 May 13:00 - 15:30    Braubach, Marksburg, Germany
15 May 20:00    Rudesheim am Rhein, Germany
16 May - 06:00    Rudesheim am Rhein, Germany
16 May 13:00 - 13:15    Mannheim, Germany
16 May 15:30 - 18:30    Speyer, Germany
17 May 00:30 - 07:30    Rastatt, Germany
17 May 13:00    Kehl-Strasbourg, Germany-France
18 May - 05:00    Kehl-Strasbourg, Germany-France
18 May 13:00    Breisach am Rhein, Germany
19 May - 03:00    Breisach am Rhein, Germany
19 May 08:30 - 09:30    Basel, Zurich, Switzerland
19 May 11:00    Basel, Zurich, Switzerland
20 May - 12:30    Basel, Zurich, Switzerland
21 May 00:30 - 08:00    Iffezheim Lock, Germany
21 May 13:00 - 17:30    Worms, Germany
21 May 19:30    Mainz, Germany
22 May    Scenic Cruising
22 May - 05:00    Mainz, Germany
22 May 09:00 - 13:00    Sankt Goarshausen, St Goar, Germany
22 May 15:30    Andernach, Germany
23 May - 03:00    Andernach, Germany
23 May 09:00    Arriving in Dusseldorf, Germany hotels

Review of MS Switzerland

MS Switzerland cruise ship operates cruise tour itineraries on the rivers Neckar, Moselle, Danube, Main and Rhine. Departures are offered from Germany (Cologne and Nuremberg). The riverboat is 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).

MS Switzerland river cruise ship

The vessel was drydock reconstructed in 2003. The sistership is MS Switzerland 2 (built 1991).

Cabins

All MS Switzerland staterooms are outside, tastefully decorated and with comfortable furniture. Cabin windows are either floor-ceiling (opening to French Balcony) or partially opening (only their upper section). All cabins have two separate lower beds (convertible to double / when pushed together), wall-mounted reading lamps, individually controlled air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom (washbasin, WC, shower, hairdryer), minibar (refrigerator stocked with beverages / at extra cost), 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, mirrored dressing table (writing desk) with chair or stool. The boat has 1 suite and 3 triple occupancy cabins.

Ship's cabin categories are:

  • Triple Outside with French bed (category A, on Emerald Deck) size 16 m2
  • Triple Outside with French Balcony (category B, on Ruby Deck) size 17 m2
  • Twin Outside, aft (category C, on Emerald Deck) size 11 m2
  • Twin Outside (category D, on Emerald Deck) size 11 m2
  • Twin Outside with French Balcony (category E, on Ruby Deck) size 11 m2
  • Single Outside (category F, on Emerald Deck) sizes 9-11 m2
  • Twin Outside with French Balcony (category G, on Ruby Deck, for single use) size 11 m2
  • Mini Suite Outside with French bed (category H, on Emerald Deck) size 18 m2.

Shipboard facilities

MS Switzerland has 3 passenger decks, complimentary Panorama Restaurant (5-star dining room, also accessible via stairlift through Ruby Deck), lobby area on Emerald Deck (ship entrances, 24-hour Reception Desk, Tour Office), Panorama Salon-Bar (main lounge with dance floor), Boutique Shop (selling souvenirs, clothing, jewelry, cosmetics, toiletries, sweets), Library (reading lounge with books, DVDs, puzzles, board games), Sauna Room, Sun Deck (with retractable awning, 4-seat tables, deckchairs and sun loungers). 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.

A stairlift connects decks Ruby and Sun, as well as the Restaurant (Emerald Deck) with the Lounge (Ruby Deck). Two staircases (forward and aft) connect all decks.

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 specialities. Desserts with coffee are served afterwards. The 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. The wait staff is well trained, friendly and attentive.

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 specialities.

Onboard entertainment (in the Salon-Bar lounge) includes live performances (by a solo instrumentalist), crew show, playing cards and popular board games, evening dance parties with live music. Shore excursions are well organized and offered at additional cost in every port of call along the cruise tour itinerary. At each stop are complimentary provided maps and tour guide explanations.

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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MS Switzerland Itineraries

The below listed MS Switzerland cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Phoenix Reisen 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 Apr 24 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2019 Apr 26 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2019 Apr 27 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2019 Apr 28 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2019 May 03 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2019 May 04 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2019 May 07 8 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam
2019 May 09 7 days, one-way from Cologne to Basel Cologne
2019 May 10 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1231
2019 May 11 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $783
2019 May 14 9 days, round-trip Rhine Dusseldorf $1567
2019 May 16 7 days, one-way from Basel to Cologne Basel
2019 May 17 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1903
2019 May 19 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2019 May 19 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1903
2019 May 23 11 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2019 May 23 9 days, round-trip Rhine Dusseldorf $1343
2019 May 24 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $783
2019 May 26 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $783
2019 May 27 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1231
2019 Jun 02 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $783
2019 Jun 03 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1343
2019 Jun 05 11 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2019 Jun 09 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $783
2019 Jun 10 7 days, one-way from Basel to Cologne Basel $1063
2019 Jun 12 7 days, round-trip Rhine Frankfurt am Main
2019 Jun 16 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $783
2019 Jun 17 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2019 Jun 17 7 days, one-way from Cologne to Basel Cologne $1175
2019 Jun 23 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $670
2019 Jun 24 7 days, one-way from Basel to Cologne Basel $1063
2019 Jun 27 8 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam
2019 Jun 28 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1679
2019 Jun 30 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2019 Jul 01 11 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1455
2019 Jul 05 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2019 Jul 07 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2019 Jul 09 9 days, round-trip Rhine Dusseldorf $1567
2019 Jul 12 7 days, one-way from Cologne to Basel Cologne $1063
2019 Jul 14 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1343
2019 Jul 15 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2019 Jul 21 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2019 Jul 25 7 days, round-trip Rhine Frankfurt am Main $1455
2019 Jul 26 7 days, one-way from Cologne to Basel Cologne $1175
2019 Jul 28 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1343
2019 Jul 29 11 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2019 Jul 31 8 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam
2019 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip Rhine Frankfurt am Main $1343
2019 Aug 04 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1343
2019 Aug 09 11 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1455
2019 Aug 09 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1903
2019 Aug 11 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1343
2019 Aug 12 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1903
2019 Aug 13 7 days, round-trip Rhine Frankfurt am Main $1007
2019 Aug 14 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1343
2019 Aug 16 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $2295
2019 Aug 20 7 days, one-way from Cologne to Basel Cologne
2019 Aug 21 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $2911
2019 Aug 21 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1343
2019 Aug 23 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1679
2019 Aug 25 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1343
2019 Aug 27 7 days, one-way from Basel to Cologne Basel $1175
2019 Aug 29 7 days, round-trip Rhine Frankfurt am Main $1007
2019 Aug 30 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2019 Sep 03 9 days, round-trip Rhine Dusseldorf $1567
2019 Sep 03 7 days, one-way from Cologne to Basel Cologne $1063
2019 Sep 05 7 days, round-trip Rhine Frankfurt am Main $1343
2019 Sep 08 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1679
2019 Sep 10 7 days, one-way from Basel to Cologne Basel $1063
2019 Sep 15 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1903
2019 Sep 17 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1343
2019 Sep 20 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1679
2019 Sep 22 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $2071
2019 Sep 24 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1343
2019 Sep 29 7 days, one-way from Cologne to Bonn Cologne $1679
2019 Oct 01 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1119
2019 Oct 08 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1119
2019 Oct 15 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1119
2019 Oct 22 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1119
2019 Oct 23 7 days, one-way from Cologne to Basel Cologne $839
2019 Oct 24 8 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam $2513
2019 Oct 30 7 days, one-way from Basel to Cologne Basel $839
2019 Oct 31 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel
2019 Dec 23 10 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1343
2019 Dec 27 8 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2019 Dec 27 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1231
2019 Dec 28 7 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne
2020 Mar 28 7 days, round-trip Rhine Frankfurt am Main $614
2020 Mar 31 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel $1309
2020 Apr 04 7 days, round-trip Rhine Frankfurt am Main $614
2020 Apr 07 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1611
2020 Apr 11 7 days, round-trip Rhine Frankfurt am Main $614
2020 Apr 15 8 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam $1813
2020 Apr 18 7 days, round-trip Rhine Frankfurt am Main $614
2020 May 03 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1611
2020 May 05 8 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam $2015
2020 May 09 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1119
2020 May 12 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1611
2020 May 12 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel $2261
2020 May 13 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel $2261
2020 May 18 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1119
2020 May 18 7 days, round-trip Rhine Frankfurt am Main $614
2020 May 31 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1119
2020 Jun 03 7 days, round-trip Rhine Frankfurt am Main $614
2020 Jun 17 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1611
2020 Jun 21 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1119
2020 Jun 23 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel $2261
2020 Jul 07 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1119
2020 Jul 10 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1611
2020 Jul 16 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1119
2020 Jul 19 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1611
2020 Jul 25 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1119
2020 Jul 29 7 days, round-trip Rhine Frankfurt am Main $614
2020 Aug 04 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel $2149
2020 Aug 12 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1611
2020 Aug 21 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1611
2020 Aug 27 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1119
2020 Aug 30 9 days, round-trip Rhine Cologne $1611
2020 Sep 02 7 days, round-trip Rhine Frankfurt am Main $614
2020 Sep 06 8 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam $2261
2020 Sep 13 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel $2261
2020 Sep 27 7 days, one-way from Basel to Amsterdam Basel $2261
2020 Oct 13 8 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam $2149
2020 Oct 27 8 days, one-way from Amsterdam to Basel Amsterdam $2026