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Travelmarvel Sapphire

Former names: Vienna I, Avalon Tapestry

Travelmarvel Sapphire Review and Specifications

Specifications of Travelmarvel Sapphire

Year built2006  /  Age : 13
Flag state Malta
BuilderNeptun Werft GmbH (Rostock, Germany)
OwnerPremicon AG
OperatorAPT (Australian Pacific Touring)
Speed12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph
Length (LOA)135 m / 443 ft
Beam (width)12 m / 39 ft
Gross Tonnage5000 gt
Passengers82 - 164
Decks with cabins3
Former namesVienna I, Avalon Tapestry

Review of Travelmarvel Sapphire

Travelmarvel Sapphire was launched in 2006. The riverboat spans 135 metres, has a total of 82 staterooms and carries a maximum of 164 passengers. Together with the fleet mates (and sisterships) Travelmarvel Jewel and Travelmarvel Diamond, Sapphire cruises on itineraries along the European rivers Rhine, Main and Danube.

Travelmarvel Sapphire cruise ship

Cruise staterooms on Travelmarvel Sapphire are categorized by deck location - deck 2 (Danube French Balcony), deck 3 (Rhine French Balcony) and deck 1 (Moselle Window). The ship also has two Owners Suites completing the lineup. The 6 Porthole Window cabins (Moselle  Deck) are the smallest - sized at 13,6 m2 (146 ft2). The majority of passenger accommodations are French Balcony staterooms, distributed across the upper Rhine and middle Danube deck. They are slightly larger - sized at 14,3 m2 (154 ft2), with floor-to-ceiling sliding doors. Standard amenities in all categories include a flat TV, deluxe queen-size bed, desk, vanity, hairdryer, minibar, closet, safe, en-suite bathroom (with toilet and shower).

Owners Suites are located on the right-hand (starboard) side of the Rhine Deck (3). They are sized 21,6 m2 (233 ft2) and come with a flat TV, sitting area, deluxe queen-size bed, full-size bathroom (WC, large shower), minibar, and a combination of floor-to-ceiling glass window (non-opening) and a French balcony (opening windows). The Sun Deck spans the ship's full length. Other onboard amenities are the dining room, bar lounge, wellness area (fitness centre), hair salon.

Travelmarvel Sapphire cruise ship

APT-Travelmarvel cruise passengers are mostly from Australia and New Zealand. The company offers a good value-for-money vacation experience with plenty of inclusions. River cruise fares are inclusive of most sightseeing tours, port charges and fees, tipping, complimentary use of wireless Internet and bicycles. Tea and coffee are available 24 hours, and free of charge. Bottled water is provided daily (also complimentary). Lunches and dinners come with complimentary local wine, beer, soft drinks.

River cruise itineraries

Travelmarvel Sapphire itinerary program offers European river cruises on the Rhine, Main, Moselle and Danube. Departures are from Amsterdam and Budapest (on the "European Gems" themed itinerary) and also from Budapest and Prague (on "The Delightful Danube" itinerary).

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Travelmarvel Sapphire Wiki

The vessel is owned by Premicon AG (funds and investments company) and operated under charter by the Australian cruise and tour operator Travelmarvel. Between 2006-2012, the Travelmarvel ship Sapphire was operated by the US-based river cruise company Avalon Waterways as "Avalon Tapestry". In 2013-2014, the ship was named "Vienna I" and operating for TransOcean Kreuzfahrten. Sapphire's fleet mates are the sisterships Travelmarvel Diamond (fka Avalon Imagery) and Travelmarvel Jewel (fka Avalon Tranquility).

Travelmarvel Sapphire belongs to the TwinCruiser boat type, in which passenger sections are structurally separated from the drive unit. River ships of the TwinCruiser-class have two separate hulls linked to each other by clutches. The advantage of such separating is that the transmission of vibrations and noises can be mostly avoided.

Travelmarvel Sapphire Itineraries

The below listed Travelmarvel Sapphire cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest River 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 27 5 days, round-trip 5 days Rhine Cruise Cologne
2019 Dec 26 7 days, round-trip 7 days Danube Cruise Passau

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