MS Thomas Hardy Review and Specifications
Specifications of MS Thomas Hardy
|Year built||2016 / Age : 2|
|Builder||Vahali Shipyards (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia)|
|Speed||13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph|
|Length (LOA)||135 m / 443 ft|
|Beam (width)||12 m / 39 ft|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Sister-ships||Emily Bronte, Robert Burns, Oscar Wilde, William Wordsworth|
Review of MS Thomas Hardy
MS Thomas Hardy cruise ship (built 2016) is operated under charter by the UK cruisetour company Riviera Travel on itineraries along Rhine, Danube and Moselle rivers. Sisterships are Emily Bronte (2017), Oscar Wilde (2017), Robert Burns (2018), William Wordsworth (2019). The riverboat is owned by the Swiss company Scylla Cruises.
Shipboard dining and entertainment options
The riverboat features an elegant Lobby (entrance hall on Diamond / Upper Deck) with Reception Desk (24-hour assistance, information, purser services), Travel Desk (tours and excusrions information, onboard cruise booking) and Boutique Shop. From the entrance hall passengers walk into a stylish Bar Lounge with bow location, floor-ceiling windows, comfortanle seating and full-service Bar.
Aft on Diamond Deck is the Bistro - Lido Restaurant, an alternative to the Dining Room Restaurant. The Bistro is served by its own Bar and also doubles as Library. It has an outdoor terrace and open kitchen. Here are served early Breakfast, light Lunch and Dinner. In good weather, the floor-ceiling window doors are fully opened onto the terrace for al fresco dining. Bistro's dining is complimentary, but dinners require reservations due to restaurant's small capacity (10 tables with 2 or 4 seats). Ship's Dining Room Restaurant (on Ruby / Middle Deck) provides single-seating capacity buffet Breakfast and waiter-served Lunch and Dinner.
On Emerald / Lower Deck is the ship's Wellness Centre consisting of Beauty Salon (hairdresser and barber services, nail studio), Fitness (Gym Room) and Spa (treatment room for massages). All cabin decks are fully air-conditioned and accessed via lift (passenger elevator) and wrought-iron staircase.
Sun Deck provides Giant Chess Set, Mini Golf (Putting Green), retractable Awnings (shaded seating area), aft Pool Deck (Splash Pool, Jacuzzi, sunbathing area with loungers and deckchairs), full bar service. The fore-located Navigation Bridge (called "Wheelhouse" on riverboats) is passenger accessible and telescopic (can be lowered for passing under low bridges).
Like the sisterships, Thomas Hardy has a total of 86 cabins for up to 169 passengers. Most cabins are with wall-to-wall and floor-ceiling glass doors opening to a railing (French Balcony). Only exeptions are Emerald Deck cabins, which are with one fixed window (non-opening, quarter-height) located close to the ceiling.
- All passenger staterooms as standard amenities offer hotel twin beds (convertible to double), en-suite bathroom (WC, shower, single-sink vanity, towels, bath toiletries, large mirror), 40-inch flat HDTV (satellite reception, infotainment system, bow camera real-time views), mini-bar, tea-coffee making facility, glass-top round table with 2 armchairs, mirrored dressing table with pouf chair, wardrobe, electronic safe box, hairdryer, phone, individual air-conditioning, evening turndown service.
- All cabin bathrooms are with marble tops, glass showers (large rainshower heads) and brand bath cosmetics (by Crabtree and Evelyn).
- Some staterooms are available for single occupancy booking (without single supplement, subject to availability).
- Deluxe Balcony Suites (on Diamond Deck) additionally offer (as bonus amenities) larger interior space, step-out balcony (furnished with table and 2 chairs, can be used for al fresco dining), premium cotton bathrobes and slippers.
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