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MS Thomas Hardy

MS Thomas Hardy Review and Specifications

Specifications of MS Thomas Hardy

Year built2016  /  Age : 3
Flag state Switzerland
BuilderVahali Shipyards Zasavica (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia)
OwnerScylla AG
OperatorRiviera Travel
Speed13 kn / 24 kph / 15 mph
Length (LOA)135 m / 443 ft
Beam (width)12 m / 39 ft
Gross Tonnage3600 gt
Passengers176
Crew44
Decks4
Cabins86
Decks with cabins3
Sister-shipsEmily Bronte, Robert Burns, Oscar Wilde, William Wordsworth

Current position of MS Thomas Hardy

Review of MS Thomas Hardy

MS Thomas Hardy cruise ship (built 2016) is operated under charter by the UK cruise tour 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.

MS Thomas Hardy river cruise ship

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 excursions information, onboard cruise booking) and Boutique Shop. From the entrance hall, passengers walk into a stylish Bar Lounge with bow location, floor-ceiling windows, comfortable 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 the 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).

Cabins

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 exceptions 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 rain shower heads) and brand bath cosmetics (by Crabtree and Evelyn).
  • Some staterooms are available for single occupancy booking (without a 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.

Riviera Travel river cruise deals are inclusive of all onboard meals, stateroom, 24-hour Coffee Station (with light snacks), onboard entertainment and enrichment programming, return train travel (optional flights), luxury bus transfers, walking tours, shipboard Wi-Fi (throughout/in cabins and all public spaces).

MS Thomas Hardy - user reviews and comments

MS Thomas Hardy Wiki

The ship is named after Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) - English poet and novelist, well-known for his critics of the Victorian British society and the decline of Britain's rural population. The vessel is powered by two Cat-3508 marine diesel engines (Caterpillar), which are V8, 4-stroke engines with individual weight 4309 kg, lube oil volume 227 L, power output 574 kW (combined/ship total 1,15 MW). The propulsion is based on two fixed pitch propellers (stern) and one bow thruster (azimuthing/azipod).

Vessel's construction (hull and superstructure, ENI number 07002048) was done at the Vahali Shipyard in Zasavica (Sremska Mitrovica, Serbia). The 1923-founded Dutch shipbuilding company (Scheepswerf En Machinefabriek Vahali BV) owns and operates yards in Serbia (Belgrade, and Zasavica) and in Holland (Gendt). Vahali Shipyard Zasavica was officially opened in 2013. Following the construction in Serbia, the cruise ship was towed to Holland for final outfitting at Scheepswerf Vahali (Gendt).

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MS Thomas Hardy Itineraries

The below listed MS Thomas Hardy 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, round-trip The Blue Danube River Cruise for Solo Travellers - MS Thomas Hardy Budapest
2019 Nov 04 7 days, round-trip The Blue Danube River Cruise for Solo Travellers - MS Thomas Hardy Budapest
2019 Dec 01 5 days, round-trip The Danube’s Imperial Cities & Yuletide Markets River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Budapest $999
2019 Dec 06 5 days, round-trip The Danube’s Imperial Cities & Yuletide Markets River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Budapest $749
2019 Dec 11 5 days, round-trip The Danube’s Imperial Cities & Yuletide Markets River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Budapest $899
2019 Dec 16 5 days, round-trip The Danube’s Imperial Cities & Yuletide Markets River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Budapest $899
2020 Mar 27 7 days, round-trip The Blue Danube River Cruise for Solo Travellers - MS Thomas Hardy Budapest
2020 Apr 03 7 days, round-trip The Blue Danube River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Budapest $1449
2020 Apr 10 7 days, round-trip The Blue Danube River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Budapest $1599
2020 Apr 17 7 days, round-trip The Blue Danube River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Budapest $1449
2020 Apr 24 7 days, round-trip The Blue Danube River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Budapest $1549
2020 May 01 14 days, round-trip Budapest to The Black Sea River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Budapest $2949
2020 May 15 14 days, round-trip Budapest to The Black Sea River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Budapest $2949
2020 May 29 14 days, round-trip Budapest to The Black Sea River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Budapest $3049
2020 Jun 12 14 days, round-trip Budapest to The Black Sea River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Budapest $3049
2020 Jun 26 7 days, round-trip The Blue Danube River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Budapest $1849
2020 Jul 04 7 days, round-trip Vienna, Bohemia & Treasures of the Danube River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Vienna $1649
2020 Jul 11 7 days, round-trip Vienna, Bohemia & Treasures of the Danube River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Vienna $1649
2020 Jul 18 7 days, round-trip Vienna, Bohemia & Treasures of the Danube River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Vienna $1649
2020 Jul 25 7 days, round-trip Vienna, Bohemia & Treasures of the Danube River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Vienna $1649
2020 Aug 01 7 days, round-trip Vienna, Bohemia & Treasures of the Danube River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Vienna $1549
2020 Aug 08 7 days, round-trip Vienna, Bohemia & Treasures of the Danube River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Vienna $1249
2020 Aug 15 7 days, round-trip Vienna, Bohemia & Treasures of the Danube River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Vienna $1299
2020 Aug 22 7 days, round-trip Vienna, Bohemia & Treasures of the Danube River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Vienna $1649
2020 Aug 29 7 days, round-trip Vienna, Bohemia & Treasures of the Danube River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Vienna $1849
2020 Sep 05 7 days, round-trip Vienna, Bohemia & Treasures of the Danube River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Vienna $2049
2020 Sep 12 7 days, round-trip Vienna, Bohemia & Treasures of the Danube River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Vienna $2049
2020 Sep 19 7 days, round-trip Vienna, Bohemia & Treasures of the Danube River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Vienna $2049
2020 Sep 26 7 days, round-trip Vienna, Bohemia & Treasures of the Danube River Cruise - MS Thomas Hardy Vienna $1799

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