Travelmarvel Vega Review and Specifications
Specifications of Travelmarvel Vega
|Year built||2021 new ship|
|Builder||Scheepswerf Den Breejen Shipyard (Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Holland)|
|Owner||PCE River Cruiser AG|
|Operator||APT-Travelmarvel (via ATG Tour Europe Ltd)|
|Speed||12 kn / 22 kph / 14 mph|
|Length (LOA)||135 m / 443 ft|
|Beam (width)||12 m / 39 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||1700 gt|
|Decks with cabins||3|
|Sister-ships||Travelmarvel Polaris, Travelmarvel Capella|
Review of Travelmarvel Vega
Travelmarvel Vega cruise ship is a newbuild riverboat scheduled for inauguration in 2021. The vessel is operated by the APT Travel-owned subsidiary company Travelmarvel (sisterbrand to AmaWaterways). The boat's sisterships and fleetmates (currently under construction) Travelmarvel Polaris (2020) and Travelmarvel Capella (2021).
Shipboard facilities and amenities
The APT-Travelmarvel ship Vega has 4 passenger decks (3 with cabins). Panorama Restaurant is a full-capacity complimentary dining room with buffet stations. In the Foyer (lobby area midship on Upper Deck) are the 2 ship entrances, 24-hour Reception Desk, Tour Office, Boutique Shop, Library (reading corner with books and board games).
Vista Lounge (forward on Upper Deck) is a Salon Bar with floor-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows, dance floor, electronic piano, media equipment and direct access to the Verandah (bow-located Lido Terrace with outdoor seating, also accessed from Sundeck's Garden Terrace).
McGeary’s Bar (Pub / Lido Bistro) is an aft-located on Upper Deck casual restaurant served by its own Bar. It also features an outdoor terrace (with small seating) and open kitchen (live cooking). Here are served early Breakfast, light Lunch and Dinner (from a pub-style menu). Weather permitting, Bar's floor-ceiling windows are fully opened onto the terrace for alfresco dining.
On Sun Deck are the Garden Terrace (fore-located Alfresco Lounge with outdoor seating), deckgames area (with Giant Chess Set), sunbathing areas (with garden loungers and deckchairs), midship-located shaded seating area (with retractable awnings) surrounded by Walking Track, aft Pool Deck (Jacuzzi / outdoor Whirlpool tub, sunbathing area, small seating area), Mini-Golf Putting Green.
On Lower Deck is the ship's Wellness Center consisting of Hair Salon (hairdresser and barber services, nail studio), Fitness (Gym Room) and Spa (treatment room for massages). One Lift (passenger elevator) connects all cabin decks. All decks are interconnected via stairs (forward, midship and aft), including a grand staircase in the Atrium. Smoking is permitted only at the Lido Terrace (Verandah) and at Sundeck's Alfresco Lounge (Garden Terrace).
APT-Travelmarvel cruise passengers are mostly from Australia and New Zealand, but also from North America (USA and Canada). The company offers a good value-for-money vacation packages with plenty of inclusions. Cruisetour fares are inclusive of flights, port charges and fees, tipping (onboard gratuities), Internet/W-LAN (wireless), bicycles (carried on the ship). 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 beers, house wines (by the glass) and soft drinks. Shore excursions (sightseeing guided tours) are optional and can be booked at extra cost.
The large (135-m long) APT riverboat Travelmarvel Vega has a total of 91 staterooms (all outside). All double cabins are equally sized (16 m2 / 170 ft2). Main Deck cabins are smaller (15 m2 / 160 ft2) and available for single occupancy booking (without single supplement, subject to availability). Most staterooms are with French Balcony (floor-ceiling sliding electric windows opening to a railing). Only Main Deck cabins are with two non-opening windows located at water level (near the ceiling). Suites are larger sized (24 m2 / 260 ft2).
All Travelmarvel Vega cabins offer as standard (cruise price-inclusive) amenities en-suite bathroom (single-sink vanity, WC-toilet, shower, under-sink storage, magnifying mirror, hairdryer, shaver socket), hotel beds (Queen-size bed convertible to twins, with premium bedding sets and pillows), bedside cabinets, wall-mounted reading lamps, LED ceiling lights, wall-mounted HDTV (satellite reception, infotainment system, movies, Internet, ship info channel, real-time bow camera views), phone (onboard calls only - Reception Desk, passenger cabins, wake-up service), mirrored vanity table (writing desk), round table with 2 armchairs, mirrored wardrobe, minibar (refrigerator), electronic safe box (in the closet), 220V power sockets, individually controlled air-conditioning, bottled water (replenished daily).
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The riverboat (ENI number tba, hull number tba) is Swiss-flagged and Holland-built (by Scheepswerf Den Breejen Shipyard in Hardinxveld-Giessendam). The vessel is powered by two Caterpillar marine diesel engines (model C32 Acert) with total power output 1,5 MW. The ship's propulsion system is based on two Veth propellers plus one bow thruster (Veth-Jet). Onboard energy supply is provided by three diesel generator sets (310 kVA, model Cummins KT-1150-G) and solar panels.
The shipowner PCE River Cruiser AG is a Basel-based subsidiary of the Hamburg-based PCE Fondsmanagement GmbH (PCE Premium Capital Emissionshaus GmbH & Co KG). The 2015-founded company specializes in business management (mainly in the river cruise shipping) and property investments. The subsidiary PCE Fondsverwaltung GmbH (fund management company) is also responsible for the passenger shipping business supervision.
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