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Across Europe by River

A Journey from Amsterdam to the Black Sea aboard the MS Royal Crown

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Join us aboard the charming MS Royal Crown for our ultimate grand tour of Europe as we sail clear across the continent, visit eight countries, travel more than 2200 miles and yet only have to unpack once. This is the perfect trip for those who enjoy seeing something new every day, as the MS Royal Crown transports you in considerable comfort between great cities, towns and villages, past ever-changing landscapes where the slow speed of the vessel allows us to absorb the views of town and country.

Each port of call has its own unique character waiting to be discovered whilst on one of our guided excursions. From historic locations to iconic buildings, our itinerary is brimming with highlights including the grand cities of Vienna and Budapest; the picturesque towns along the Rhine including Miltenberg and Rudesheim; wine tasting in Wurzburg and music performances including an organ recital in Passau. There will of course also be plenty of time to relax on board and enjoy some truly beautiful scenery especially whilst cruising through the dramatic Rhine Gorge and through the spectacular Iron Gates.

If you have never experienced a river journey it is difficult to explain the sheer pleasure that comes from travelling across Europe observing everyday life on the banks of the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. You can let the world slip by as you relax on the sun deck or in the lounge and delight in awe-inspiring panoramic views of the passing scenery. Guided excursions with excellent local guides and interesting talks by our Guest Speakers will create an enjoyable, informative and lively atmosphere on board as we sail along the European waterways.

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  • Special Guest Performance

    London Festival Opera

    By London Festival Opera

    We are delighted to announce that London Festival Opera will perform a series of concerts during our time in Melk and Vienna, including a recital of arias and ensembles from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute in the beautiful and historic setting of Melk Abbey. They will also present an Opera Soirée of Verdi, Bizet, Offenbach and Puccini and A Night in Vienna in costume, featuring the works of Mozart, Johann Strauss and Lehár aboard the MS Royal Crown.

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Royal Crown

Royal Crown

This elegant vessel combines the nostalgic charm of the 1930s with the comfort and service of a four-star vessel. No expense has been spared to create not only a vessel that is beautiful to look at, but also a great joy to travel on. Spacious teak decks, elegant public rooms and staterooms with mahogany, rosewood and marble, together with rich fabrics and specially designed furniture, all blend together to create a unique river vessel. Built in 1996 and refurbished in 2010, the 90 passenger MS Royal Crown was designed for the rivers flowing through the heart of Europe. Exquisite furniture, expensive materials and accessories give the vessel its unique atmosphere. Facilities onboard include a library, boutique, fitness area, lounge with panoramic views and a restaurant with open seating. Outside there is a large sun deck, lido bar, a putting green and large scale chessboard. Onboard the efficient air-conditioning system ensures a comfortable temperature. Two powerful engines propel the vessel up to a speed of 12 knots.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London/Manchester/ Bristol/Edinburgh to Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Fly by scheduled flight and transfer to the MS Royal Crown. Moor overnight in Amsterdam.

Day 2 - Amsterdam.

After breakfast there will be a choice of tours. Depart for a visit to the Rijksmuseum, arguably Amsterdam’s most important art venue which houses some of the greatest examples of Western European painting and decorative arts and boasts works by Vermeer, Goya and Rubens. Here, Rembrandt’s famous The Night Watch hangs in the Hall of Honour. Alternatively, you may prefer to take a canal cruise and admire the city from a glass-top boat as you glide past 17th century homes, churches and 16th century merchant houses. Return to the MS Royal Crown for lunch and sail towards Cologne. This evening join your fellow travellers for Welcome Drinks and Dinner on board.

Day 3 - Cologne, Germany.

This morning we will cruise the legendary Rhine passing Duisburg and Dusseldorf before arriving in Cologne for a tour to see the city’s famous cathedral. The cathedral is the largest Gothic church in northern Europe, with a total area of almost 8000 square metres and room for more than 20,000 people. It also features the second tallest spire and largest facade in the world. Afterwards visit a “Brauhaus” to sample some of the local Kolsch beer.

Day 4 - Koblenz & Rudesheim.

Arrive in Koblenz for a morning walking tour of this historic commercial centre. Return to the ship and sail mid-morning through the dramatic Rhine Gorge to Rudesheim, passing romantic castles, lush vineyards and the infamous Lorelei rock. Arrive into Rudesheim in the late afternoon and on arrival we take the Winzerexpress mini-train to visit Siegfried’s Musical Instrument Museum, home to one of Germany’s most fascinating collections of automated musical instruments. Return to the ship for dinner, after which there will be some free time for an independent visit to the town’s lively Drosselgasse to sample the famous Rudesheimer Kaffee.

Day 5 - Mainz.

Arrive this morning in atmospheric Mainz where our walking tour will include the Hoefchen (“Little Court”), residence of the city’s archbishops until the 15th century, the Kirschgarten with its romantic half-timbered houses and Marian-Fountain. Our tour ends with a visit to the Johan Gutenberg Museum.

Day 6 - Miltenberg & Wertheim.

During our guided walking tour this morning, see the pretty Franconian town of Miltenberg, known for its half-timbered Medieval houses. Sail during lunch to beautiful Wertheim and enjoy some free time in this charming market town.

Day 7 - Wurzburg.

Arrive this morning in historic Wurzburg, the wine capital of Franconia. Our guided tour of this lovely town includes the magnificent Prince Bishop’s Residenz Palace with a wine tasting of local wines in the splendid cellars of the Residenz. Also see the old town with its collection of churches which range in style from Romanesque to Gothic, Renaissance to Baroque, before returning to the MS Royal Crown for lunch as we sail to Bamberg.

Day 8 - Bamberg.

This morning, enter the Main Danube Canal at Bamberg, one of Germany’s most beautiful historic towns. Its geographical location, some 40 miles north of Nuremberg was a key factor in preserving its magnificent architectural heritage from the ravages of war. Every European style from the Romanesque onwards has left its mark, each bequeathing at least one major building. We arrive around midday, and after lunch on board we will have a walking tour of this beautiful Medieval city.

Day 9 - Nuremberg.

The city of Nuremberg’s long and sometimes troubled history has left its mark on the city and there is plenty to discover during our morning tour. Three towering castles overlook Nuremberg and its old city which is contained within vast walls is a joy to explore. Visit the World War II sites, including the Third Reich Party Rally Grounds. Discover the city’s spectacular Medieval architecture, including the 900 year-old ramparts that surround the city, the Imperial Castle and more. Sail at lunchtime and continue cruising through the highest point of any commercial waterway in Europe, 1331 feet above sea level.

Day 10 - Regensburg.

Early this morning we enter the Danube River, arriving in Regensburg after breakfast. Join a guided stroll around historic Regensburg, and see the highlights such as the Old Town Hall, the World Heritage listed city centre and the ancient Romanesque Porta Praetoria. Return to the ship for lunch and this afternoon is at leisure to relax on board or explore the town further.

Day 11 - Passau.

Arrive this morning in Passau, where the Inn and Ilz rivers join the Danube. Our guided walking tour will include the old town of this Bavarian city and the breathtaking Cathedral of St. Stephan which contains one of the world’s largest church pipe organs. Enjoy an organ recital before returning to the vessel for lunch. This afternoon we will sail towards Austria.

Day 12 - Melk & the Wachau Valley to Vienna, Austria.

This morning we will reach the picturesque Wachau Valley, famous for its wine. We will moor in Melk under the shadow of the great Baroque Abbey, situated on a cliff high above the Danube. Enjoy a guided tour of the abbey followed by a performance by London Festival Opera featuring aria ensembles from The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte, and Don Giovanni. Return to the ship for lunch and this afternoon we sail through the beautiful Wachau Valley towards Vienna.

Day 13 - Vienna.

A morning city tour of Austria’s elegant capital will take us around the famous Ringstrasse, and the Old Quarter including St Stephan’s cathedral. Return to the ship for lunch and this afternoon is at leisure to explore this majestic city further. In the early evening there will be an onboard costumed performance by London Festival Opera, featuring an Opera Soirée with highlights from Verdi, Bizet, Offenbach and Puccini followed by dinner.

Day 14 - Vienna.

After breakfast join a tour to see Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens, the favourite summer residence of Maria Theresa. Return to the ship for lunch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure. In the early evening there will be a performance of A Night in Vienna by London Festival Opera followed by dinner.

Day 15 - Bratislava, Slovakia.

Arrive this morning in the Slovak capital of Bratislava for a guided walking tour of the city, formerly known as Pressburg and a former capital of Hungary. See the old quarter, the ornate Baroque Palace and the ancient city gates. Finish your tour with a visit to the beautiful Klarissen Church where a string quartet will perform a concert of music by Dvorak and Mozart. Return to the ship and cruise to Budapest arriving in the late evening.

Day 16 - Budapest, Hungary.

We have the day to explore Hungary’s elegant capital. Spend the morning on an excursion that will include the old quarter, the Matthias Church and the Fishermen’s Bastion. Return to the ship for lunch and spend the afternoon at leisure. Tonight there will be an optional evening of music ashore, depending on schedules this will be either at the State Opera House or the Erkel Theatre. Sail in the late evening.

Day 17 - Kalocsa.

Arrive this morning in charming Kalocsa, renowned for paprika production. Our tour of the Puszta district will include the town and a spectacular display of Hungarian horsemanship. Depart this afternoon for a relaxing cruise along the beautiful Danube, arriving in Mohacs in the early evening.

Day 18 - Pecs.

Depart after breakfast for a morning tour of Pecs. The city of Pecs enjoys a fine position on the slopes of the Mecsek Hills and our guided tour will feature the sites associated with the city’s Roman Ottoman Hapsburg past, as well as a short organ recital in the splendid Pecs Cathedral.

Day 19 - Belgrade, Serbia.

Spend the morning in this interesting city. A half-day tour will include the city’s main attractions, including the Kalemegdan fortress as it looms over the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, Saint Sava Cathedral, the largest Orthodox Church in the world, and Tito’s Memorial. Our tour will finish with a superb local folklore performance before returning to the ship for lunch. This afternoon is at leisure, or you may like to join an optional excursion to the historic Serbian towns of Oplenac and Topola.

Day 20 - Cruising through the Iron Gates.

Today the scenery becomes truly spectacular as you cruise through the Iron Gates, a narrow Danube gorge between the Carpathian and Balkan Mountains.

Day 21 - Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria.

From Svistov, we drive to Veliko Tarnovo, the capital of the second Bulgarian Kingdom from 1187 to 1393. The city formed a natural fortress, located on three hills surrounding the Yantra River and a palace, fortifications and churches were built into the terrain. Across the river, ancient stone houses seemingly perched on top of each other rise up the steep riverbank. After lunch in a local restaurant, we will visit the museum town of Arbanassi before we rejoin the MS Royal Crown in Rousse and sail in the evening.

Day 22 - Constanta, Romania.

Early this morning, arrive in Cernavoda at the entrance to the Black Sea Canal. Drive to nearby Constanta, a popular resort city. Its colourful history dates back to ancient Greek and Roman times. On a guided tour we will see the Museum of National History and Archaeology and the Museum of Ethnography. Return to the ship for a late lunch and sail in the afternoon along the snaking Danube as we make our way to the Black Sea.

Day 23 - The Black Sea & Tulcea.

Awake early today to experience a sunrise cruise. Weather conditions permitting we hope to make a short voyage to the periphery of the Black Sea. Later we cruise to Tulcea, situated at the entrance to the Danube Delta and enjoy an afternoon boat trip into the delta wetlands. Tonight join your fellow travellers for a Gala Farewell Dinner.

Day 24 - Bucharest to London/Manchester/Bristol/Edinburgh.

Disembark after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your return scheduled flight to the UK.

Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE £500 PER PERSON FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Prices per person based on double occupancy
3 to 26 June 2018 • 11 September 2018 to 4 October 2018
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Junior Suite £6895 £6395
Superior Suite £6995 £6495
Deluxe Suite £7095 £6595
Premium Suite £7595 £7095
Royal Suite £7995 £7495
Deluxe Suite For sole use £7095 £6595

Tour Reference Code: RCRC030918/RCRC110918

Price Includes: Economy class scheduled air travel, 23 nights aboard the MS Royal Crown on a full board basis, house wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, shore excursions, music events as described, performances by London Festival Opera, Cruise Director, Tour Manager, Guest Speaker, gratuities, transfers, port taxes, airport taxes.

Not Included: Travel insurance, optional evening ashore in Budapest, optional tour in Belgrade.

NB. Ports and schedules subject to change due to water levels.to availability.

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Royal Crown

This elegant vessel combines the nostalgic charm of the 1930s with the comfort and service of a four-star vessel. No expense has been spared to create not only a vessel that is beautiful to look at, but also a great joy to travel on. Spacious teak decks, elegant public rooms and staterooms with mahogany, rosewood and marble, together with rich fabrics and specially designed furniture, all blend together to create a unique river vessel. Built in 1996 and refurbished in 2010, the 90 passenger MS Royal Crown was designed for the rivers flowing through the heart of Europe. Exquisite furniture, expensive materials and accessories give the vessel its unique atmosphere. Facilities onboard include a library, boutique, fitness area, lounge with panoramic views and a restaurant with open seating. Outside there is a large sun deck, lido bar, a putting green and large scale chessboard. Onboard the efficient air-conditioning system ensures a comfortable temperature. Two powerful engines propel the vessel up to a speed of 12 knots.

 
  • Royal Crown
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • On Deck
  • Twin Cabin
  • Sun Deck
  • Cabin Bathroom
  • Bar
  • Royal Suite
    Royal Suite
  • Your Suite

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    Your Suite

    Royal Crown has 45 suites which range in size from 145 square feet to the spacious Royal Suites which measure 200 square feet. All suites are fitted with spacious rosewood cupboards, a dressing table, satellite TV, a safety deposit box, individually controlled airconditioning and en-suite facilities with shower and hairdryer. Suites on the Select deck have portholes and the Royal Suites on the Panorama deck have large windows.

    Please note that Junior, Deluxe & Superior Suites have fixed twin beds. Premium and Royal Suites have fixed double beds with separate mattresses and duvets, so can be made up as twins if required.

  • Your Space

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    Your Space

    The elegant Lounge Bar is defined by its 30s inspired Art Deco style, with textured carpets, carved mahogany and plush sofas which create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Experience unforgettable views from the large windows as you enjoy tea or coffee. The Lounge is also where our Guest Speakers will entertain you with informative presentations. In the evenings, let the day come to an end with a choice of beverages from the extensive menu accompanied by a pianist playing a Steinway & Sons grand piano. The huge Sun Deck covers almost the entire length of the vessel, interrupted only by the bridge and the Lido Bar (open when weather permits) where you can enjoy a drink such as fresh juice, a milkshake, or even a cocktail. Recline on a sun lounger and read a book or watch the changing scenery. There is also a putting green and a large chess board for your enjoyment. For some time out, relax in the wellness centre which includes a sauna with shower facilities, and a fitness room. There is also a small boutique and a library with a selection of books and games. Daily news sheets are also supplied. 

  • Your Dining

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    Your Dining

    While the most beautiful river scenery passes by, enjoy delicacies created by the Executive Chef and his team. The restaurant has open seating, allowing you to sit where and with whom you like at each meal. In the morning breakfast is served buffet style, lunch is a delightful buffet with hot and cold choices and dinner is a served four course meal. In addition, house wine, beer and soft drinks are included at both lunch and dinner. 

  • Life Onboard

    The atmosphere onboard is friendly and informal and within days you will have made new friends in the open-seating restaurant, on the shore excursions or whilst relaxing in the comfortable public areas onboard. You will find yourself amongst like-minded people in an English speaking environment and for those who seek peace and quiet, there will always be the opportunity to find a secluded spot on the sun deck or simply rest in your well-appointed cabin. A musician will play each evening whilst you relax in the lounge, guest speakers will provide a series of interesting talks and our cruise director will host informative port briefings. After a day exploring ashore, you will return to the comfort and peace of a well-run and exceedingly comfortable vessel.

  • For Your Comfort

    The Royal Crown is equipped with the latest safety and navigation equipment for sailing Europe’s waterways. During you voyage you will have the opportunity to visit the Captain and Officers in the Bridge to learn more about navigating the varying water levels of these meandering rivers. There is no doctor onboard. Smoking is limited to the Sun deck.

  • Ship Directory

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    Please find below further details pertaining to the vessel or click on the booklet to download. 

    We are delighted you have chosen the MS Royal Crown for your upcoming journey.

    Built in 1996 and refurbished in 2010, the 90 passenger MS Royal Crown is a splendid vessel, specially designed for the rivers flowing through the heart of Europe. This elegant vessel combines the nostalgic charm of the 1930s with comfort and excellent service. No expense has been spared to create not only a vessel that is beautiful to look at, but also a great joy to travel on. Spacious decks, elegant public rooms and staterooms with mahogany, rosewood and marble, together with rich fabrics, all blend together to create a unique river vessel. Facilities on board include a library, boutique, fitness area, lounge with panoramic views and a restaurant with open seating. Outside there is a large sun deck.

    The atmosphere on board is friendly and informal and within days you will have made new friends in the open-seating restaurant, on the shore excursions or whilst relaxing in the comfortable public areas on board. You will find yourself amongst like-minded people in an English speaking environment and for those who seek peace and quiet, there will always be the opportunity to find a secluded spot on the sun deck or simply rest in your well-appointed cabin.

    We hope this information booklet answers any questions you may have pertaining to the vessel and wish you a pleasant voyage. 

    AIR CONDITIONING

    Cabins and public areas are heated and have air-conditioning. ALARM An alarm will be sounded in the event of an emergency. Please follow the instructions provided on board for what to do in the event of an emergency.

    ALL ABOARD

    The daily programme specifies the ship’s arrival and departure times in the various ports visited each day. When participating in shore excursions, our tour guides will ensure that you return to the ship in time for departure. Should you decide to explore on your own, please return to the ship no later than the

    ALL ABOARD TIME

    indicated on that day’s daily programme. Important: it is the sole responsibility of our guests to be aboard in time for the vessel’s departure.

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    The ship is equipped with a PA system. Announcements are made in public areas and cabins. These are kept to a minimum to avoid unnecessary disturbance.

    BAR/BEVERAGES

    The bar & 1930s Art Deco style lounge is located on Panorama Deck, and is open from 10am until at least midnight offering a fine selection of drinks. Richly textured carpets provide the convivial atmosphere for conversation among friends. Relax in the comfort of carved mahogany sofas and chairs. Complimentary tea & coffee is available 24 hours a day from the self-service drinks station in the Lounge.

    BICYCLES

    No bicycles are available on board.

    CABIN SIZES & FACILITIES

    Royal Suites (No.1-6), Panorama Deck Cabin size: 18.2 square metres (200 square feet) Furnishings: Panorama window, sofa and armchair, television, mini-bar/ fridge, dressing table, closet, safe. Bed: Queen sized bed with two separate mattresses Bathroom: 27 square feet with shower, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hairdryer, outlet for razor and toiletries.

    Premium Suites (No.11, 14, 15 & 16), Select Deck Cabin size: 14 square metres (150 square feet) Furnishings: Two portholes, television, dressing table and stool, closet, safe Bed: Queen sized bed with two separate mattresses Bathroom: 24 square feet with shower, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hairdryer, outlet for razor and toiletries.

    Deluxe Suites (No. 17-42), Select Deck Cabin size: 13.5 square metres (145 square feet) Furnishings: Two portholes, television, dressing table and stool, closet, safe. Bed: Two single beds Bathroom: 24 square feet with shower, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hairdryer, outlet for razor and toiletries.

    Junior Suites (No. 43-46), Select Deck Cabin size: 13.5 square metres (145 square feet) Furnishings: Two portholes, television, dressing table and stool, closet, safe. Bed: Two single beds Bathroom: 24 square feet with shower, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hairdryer, outlet for razor and toiletries.

    Superior Suites (No. 7, 8, 9, 10 & 12), Select Deck Cabin size: 13.5 square metres (145 square feet) Furnishings: Two portholes, television, dressing table and stool, closet, safe. Bed: Two single beds Bathroom: 24 square feet with shower, WC, marble sink, golden fixtures, hairdryer, outlet for razor and toiletries.

    COMMUNICATION

    The Royal Crown is equipped with a direct-dial mobile (GSM) communications system. You can be contacted on board on this number: Tel + 31 625 695 802 (subject to charge).

    CRUISE DIRECTOR

    Your professional, English-speaking Cruise Director will look after your comfort, answer questions and help make your river cruise the holiday of a lifetime. Please do not hesitate to contact him/her at any time. A Noble Caledonia Tour Manager will also accompany you on your voyage.

    CURRENCY

    The currency on board the ship is the Euro. All passengers will have their own ship account, which allows you to sign a chit for all purchases and services throughout your cruise. You may then settle your bill by Visa, Mastercard, Maestro or cash (Euros only) at the end of the cruise. Personal cheques are not accepted. Regrettably, the ship is not able to offer a money-changing service on board as this would be contravening official regulations.

    DAILY PROGRAMME

    The daily programme is printed on board and delivered to your cabin every evening during dinner. It provides details of the following day’s programme, meal times and other activities, as well as interesting and helpful information about your next port of call.

    DISABLED FACILITIES

    The ship is not designed for those with severe mobility restrictions or wheelchair dependent passengers. Cabin bathrooms have high thresholds which must be stepped over. There are no lifts or chair lifts aboard.

    DRESS CODE

    During the day, comfortable and casual attire is appropriate. The evenings are smart casual (e.g. a shirt and trousers for gentlemen, and a skirt and blouse for ladies). There will be Welcome and Farewell dinners, and you may like to bring something a little dressier for these events, for example, a jacket and tie for gentlemen, and a dress/trouser suit and blouse for ladies.

    DRINKS

    Bottled water is available in your cabin and is replenished daily. A small bottle of water is provided per person each day to take on shore excursions. Complimentary house wine, beer and soft drinks are included with every lunch and dinner on board.

    ELECTRICITY

    Voltage is 220V and sockets accept European-style two round pin plugs. In the bathroom there is an 110V socket which may be used for electric razors only. We recommend that you bring an international adaptor. For safety reasons, the use of electrical irons or other devices such as kettles, are not permitted on board.

    ELEVATOR

    There is no elevator on board.

    EMBARKATION/DISEMBARKATION

    Embarkation is approximately 16.00 hours, unless advised otherwise. The official embarkation time will be advised in your final documentation. The official disembarkation time is between 8:30-09.00 hours, however your Cruise Director will provide detailed information prior to the end of the cruise. This will include departure transfer information.

    EMERGENCY AND SAFETY PROCEDURES

    In the unlikely event of an emergency during your cruise, we ask our guests to remain calm and follow the instructions of the crew. We request that all guests carefully review the safety instructions on the inside of their cabin door. Should you detect fire or smoke please alert the crew immediately and await instructions. Please note that the ship is a non-smoking environment and smoking is only permitted outside on the Lido Deck.

    FIRE SAFETY

    On your cabin door is a deck plan displaying your closest (and all other) emergency exits. Emergency exits are marked in green and fire extinguishers fitted in all corridors. Should you detect fire or smoke please alert the reception desk immediately and await instructions from the crew.

    FIRST AID

    A number of crew are fully trained and certified to provide First Aid. Should you require further medical attention, please contact the Hotel Manager or Cruise Director immediately. Further medical assistance can be sought from one of the hospitals along the river in the event of emergency.

    FITNESS ROOM

    A small fitness centre, open daily from 06.00 to 22.00 hours, is located on Panorama Deck, at the aft. A variety of exercise equipment and a sauna are available. The sauna will be heated upon request by notifying reception at least 30 minutes in advance.

    GAMES & BOOKS

    A selection of games and books is available in the Library. We kindly ask that these items be returned after you are finished using them.

    BOUTIQUE/SHOP

    An onboard gift shop is located near the reception area. Here you can purchase a selection of souvenirs and postcards etc. The opening hours are 07.30 to 21.30 hours.

    GRATUITIES

    Gratuities have been included in your holiday price.

    HAIRDRYER

    Each cabin is equipped with a hairdryer, located in the bathroom.

    HAIRDRESSER

    There is no hairdresser on board.

    HOT TUB/SWIMMING POOL

    There is no hot tub or swimming pool on board.

    HOUSEKEEPING

    The excellent housekeeping staff attends to your cabin twice daily.

    KEYS TO CABIN

    Each guest will receive their own cabin key. Before leaving the ship we kindly ask all passengers to swap the cabin key with a shore pass which will be provided to you by the ship’s reception desk. After your return to the ship, please return your shore pass back to reception in exchange for your cabin key.

    LAUNDRY

    Laundry service is available on board. Laundry bags and a price list can be found in the closet of your cabin. Once you have filled out the laundry form, please include it in the bag and place it on your bed in the morning before you go to breakfast. Laundered items will be returned next day. Dry cleaning services are not available on board.

    LIBRARY

    A selection of English books and games are available at all times on a self-serve basis. A daily news print is also supplied.

    LIDO DECK

    There are loungers and armchairs available on the Lido Deck as well as a putting green and a giant chess set. The Lido Deck area may be closed in the evenings, and when sailing through sections of the river where bridges are low, to ensure your safety. Please also note that the Lido Deck and its steps may become slippery if the weather is cool or dew forms.

    LOST PROPERTY

    Before you disembark the MS Royal Crown, please check your cabin to ensure that you do not leave anything behind. If you discover you have left any other items behind, please contact Noble Caledonia within 21 days of disembarking. If we are able to recover your item(s) we will contact you to arrange delivery or collection, and any costs incurred will be at your own expense.

    LOUNGE

    The bar & 1930s Art Deco style lounge is located on Panorama Deck, and is open from 10.00 hours until at least midnight. Richly textured carpets provide the hushed atmosphere for conversation among friends. Relax in the comfort of carved mahogany sofas and chairs and enjoy a choice of drinks from the bar. Listen to the MS Royal Crown musician playing romantic, background music and more beautiful creations on the Royal Crown’s Steinway & Sons piano.

    MEALS

    The restaurant is located on Panorama Deck and all meal times are open seating. All meals on board are prepared by European chefs and consist of European-style food which has been tailored to international palates.

    The following meals are served during the cruise: • Early Riser • Breakfast Buffet • Lunch Buffet • Afternoon Tea • Served multiple-course dinner • Late night snack Tea and coffee is served with all meals. House wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner are included in your holiday price. Special dietary requests such as gluten free, vegetarian, low salt and low cholesterol diets should be made to Noble Caledonia (in writing) in advance. However, we recommend that you contact your cruise director once on board to reconfirm such requests. We regret that the ship is unable to guarantee special requests and is not equipped to prepare or serve kosher or halal cuisine.

    MEDICAL

    There is no doctor on board, however crew members are trained in first aid and medical personnel can be summoned aboard quickly in the case of an emergency. Passengers requiring special medications are advised to bring a supply with them. Please note that no medication of any kind can be handed out on the ship.

    MOORING

    Docking space is allocated by the local river authorities. Views from cabins may occasionally be restricted. On occasion other river cruise vessels may dock alongside the ship. This may restrict cabin views, and you may find that embarking and disembarking necessitates walking through another ship’s reception area, and/or for their passengers to do the same.

    NEWSPAPERS

    Select articles from online news sources are downloaded via satellite each day, printed out and placed in the Library. We kindly ask that you return these photocopied news articles once you’ve read them so other guests may enjoy them as well.

    OPERATIONAL CHANGES

    Sometimes it is necessary to make amendments to the itinerary, both for logistical and safety reasons. The Captain of the vessel shall decide if necessary and your Cruise Director will inform you of any necessary changes.

    ONBOARD ENTERTAINMENT

    Entertainment is low key, and the onboard musician will play relaxing background music on the ship’s Steinway & Son’s piano.

    PAYMENTS ON BOARD

    The ship offers a cash-free system during your cruise and charge all purchases to your onboard account. The day before your cruise ends you will receive an itemised invoice for any onboard charges incurred. Please review the invoice carefully before settling your bill. All onboard charges will be in Euros, payable with Visa, Mastercard, Maestro or cash (Euros only) at the end of the cruise. Personal cheques and debit cards are not accepted.

    POST

    Please note that although the reception staff may be happy to post letters and postcards on your behalf, they may not be able to do so straightaway or indeed at the port of call at which you make such a request. Please also note that some postal services are unreliable and that any letters or postcards that you ask to be delivered on your behalf may be delayed or even lost en-route.

    QUESTIONNAIRES

    A questionnaire will be provided to all passengers towards the end of their sailing. We would be grateful if you would complete this and place it in the box at Reception.

    QUIETVOX/AUDIO SYSTEM

    The ship provides guests with individual Quietvox Systems to use on shore excursions for the duration of the cruise. This device enables you to clearly hear the guide’s commentary so you can enjoy each tour to the fullest. The audio device can be found in your cabin in a charger unit on the desk. Please make sure to always re-insert the device once you return to your room to ensure it is fully charged for the next day.

    RECEPTION

    Reception can be contacted 24 hours a day, except when the crew member on night watch duty are doing their intermittent safety rounds between 22.00 and 06.00 hours.

    ROOM SERVICE

    Should you ever feel unwell and unable to attend meal times at the restaurant, we will happily serve you in your cabin. Room service is otherwise not available.

    SAFE

    Your cabin is equipped with a small safe for your personal use. We recommend placing valuables in the safe whenever you are away from your room. Please remember to remove all items from the safe and leave the safe open before disembarking.

    SAFETY

    In accordance with international law, the Captain has full control over the ship and every person on board must obey his lawful commands. Captains have the authority to take any action deemed necessary to manage situations where guests are verbally or physically disruptive towards any other person on board or otherwise causing problems during the cruise. We have a zero tolerance policy regarding such disruptions as the safety of our guests, crew and the ship remains our first priority. During the night, a night watchman is on duty. He performs a security check every hour and thus may be away from the front desk for a short time.

    SMOKING

    Smoking inside the ship is a severe fire hazard and is only permitted on the Lido Deck. For the safety and comfort of all guests on board, your cooperation in observing the no-smoking policy is greatly appreciated.

    SPECIAL MEALS

    Requests for special meals should be made when you book your cruise. Please remind the Cruise Director of your request on the day of embarkation. The Chef will try to accommodate dietary needs as best as possible with the resources available.

    TELEPHONE

    To make an internal call please dial the corresponding cabin number. To make an external call, please contact the reception desk.

    TOILETRIES

    A selection of L’Occitane toiletries from their Verbena range are provided including shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap, manicure set and shower cap.

    TOWELS

    Towels are available within your cabin’s bathroom and are also on request should you require them on the Lido Deck. The ship aims to be an eco-friendly river cruise line. For this reason, towels are not automatically changed every day. Please place used towels on the floor of the bathroom if you wish to have them replaced with fresh ones. Please note towels left hanging on the towel rack will not be changed.

    VALUABLES

    We urge you to leave valuable jewellery at home. Neither the ship nor Noble Caledonia is responsible for any valuables left in the cabins. Please beware of pickpockets when ashore.

    VISITORS

    Visitors are not permitted aboard the vessel without the prior consent of the ship’s Cruise Director. Please provide as much notice as possible to the senior staff so that the necessary arrangements can be made. The ship’s operators reserve the right to deny boarding to any visitors.

    WATER

    Complimentary bottled water is provided in cabins and replenished as and when required, and smaller bottles are also provided each day on excursions. Tap water on board is filtered and suitable for drinking.

    WIFI

    Complimentary wireless internet access (Wi-Fi) is available throughout the ship. Please note that Internet access is not guaranteed and may be unavailable when the ship sails through rural areas or locks.

    PLEASE NOTE: 

    The above information is accurate and correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing. Noble Caledonia accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions and none of the facilities or features of the vessel described herein which are not specifically described in our advertisements and on your holiday invoice as being included in your holiday price will be deemed to be included in your holiday package. If you would like further information about the vessel or about any of your holiday arrangements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

     

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  • London Festival Opera

    London Festival Opera

    We are delighted to be joined by London Festival Opera on many of our tours and cruises. We have long been associated with London Festival Opera and each year our music themed cruises grow in popularity. London Festival Opera have achieved a considerable reputation for presenting opera in palaces, castles, country houses, theatres, concert halls, embassies and private homes and gardens. Recent engagements have been throughout the UK, Europe and as far afield as Barbados, Marrakech and Moscow.

    Particular attention is given to the design and quality of our costumes which are as authentic as possible. Whether it is a period evening dress, such as Regency or Victorian to enhance a gala performance or a full production, the costumes will be of the highest quality and style.

    Bringing together artists from the major British opera companies including the Royal Opera, English National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera, the company has a considerable reputation and has appeared in some of the world's leading venues including as a guest company in one of the Italy's greatest opera houses, La Fenice in Venice.

    London Festival Opera will be on the following tour dates: 3 to 26 June 2018 • 11 September 2018 to 4 October 2018

Special Guest Performance

By London Festival Opera

We are delighted to announce that London Festival Opera will perform a series of concerts during our time in Melk and Vienna, including a recital of arias and ensembles from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute in the beautiful and historic setting of Melk Abbey. They will also present an Opera Soirée of Verdi, Bizet, Offenbach and Puccini and A Night in Vienna in costume, featuring the works of Mozart, Johann Strauss and Lehár aboard the MS Royal Crown.

Tour Extensions

    • 26th to 29th June & 4th to 7th October 2018

      Bucharest is known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Epoque buildings and a reputation for the high life (which in the 1900s earned its nickname of “Little Paris”). During our stay in this dynamic and fascinating capital, we will visit its most iconic structure, the massive, communist-era Parliament Palace, which has 1100 rooms. We will also explore ‘Old Bucharest’ in the nearby historic Lipscani district. We will spend a day outside of the city for our visit to the mysterious Snagov Monastery which is situated north of Bucharest on an island in the middle of Snagov Lake, and said to be the burial place of the Prince of Wallachia, Vlad Tepes III, a folk hero in Romania who was revered for his leadership and fierce protection of his subjects. We will also visit Mogosoaia Palace, with its notable architectural influences from the Venetian and Ottoman eras. Our accommodation will be the four star Park Inn by Radisson, a comfortable and centrally located hotel.

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      The Itinerary

      Day 1 Cernavoda to Bucharest. Disembark the MS Royal Crown in Cernavoda and transfer to Bucharest (approx. 3 hour drive). On arrival there will be a panoramic city tour of the city’s highlights. Afterwards we will relax over lunch at the Phoenicia Restaurant. Continue to the Park Inn by Radisson for a three night stay.

      Day 2 Discover Bucharest. After breakfast we set off for a visit to the Parliament Palace, the second largest administrative building in the world at 3.77 million square feet. This gargantuan construction is Ceausescu’s most infamous creation and makes for a fascinating tour. After our tour we will enjoy lunch in “Carul cu Bere”, Bucharest’s oldest beer house, with its colourful Belle Epoque interior, stainedglass windows and classic Romanian fare. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of the Old Town, including a visit to Stravropoleos Church, Lipscani Lane, Manuc’s Inn and the Old Princely Court. The remainder of the day and evening will be at leisure.

      Day 3 Bucharest to Snagov to Mogosoaia. After breakfast we will depart for our visit to Snagov Monastery. This monastery was founded in 1408 by Mircea the Elder, Vlad Dracul’s grandfather. Vlad, also known as Vlad Tepes is the historical character on whom Bram Stoker’s book Dracula is based and is said to be buried here by the monks in 1476. We will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant and continue to visit Mogosoaia Palace, built in the 17th century in the Romanian Renaissance style. Return to Bucharest for an evening at leisure.

      Day 4 Bucharest to London/Manchester/Bristol/Edinburgh. After breakfast at your hotel there will be free time to relax, sightsee or shop at leisure before we transfer to the airport for return scheduled flight to the UK.

    • Prices per person based on double occupancy
      CategoryPrice
      Twin £495
      Single £625

      Price Includes: Three nights accommodation at the Park Inn by Radisson Hotel on bed and breakfast basis, lunch on days 2 & 3, drinks with included meals (wine/beer/soft drinks), all sightseeing and entrances as described, transfers, services of a local English speaking guide throughout.

      Not Included: Travel insurance, dinners, lunch on day 4.

      NB. Minimum numbers apply.

River Guides

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    • Danube

    More than any other river in the world, the Danube will always conjure thoughts of music. The Danube rises in the Black Forest of Germany and reaches its end in the Black Sea, passing through four capital cities on its way (more than any other river in the world) and ten countries – Romania, Hungary, Serbia, Austria, Germany, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Croatia, Ukraine and Moldova. It has many tributaries, some important rivers themselves. The Danube is all about high culture and the historic cities that appear in close succession along its banks.

    Vienna, for instance, is a jewel. Its Ring created by Franz Joseph in the 1860s is a parade of imperial magnificence, opera house after university, palace after cathedral, interspersed with shaded gardens designed for outdoor summer concerts. Yet this is a city centre small enough to walk around easily – though you can take a tour in a horse-drawn carriage. Must-sees include the Hofburg and the Schonbrunn but if you might want to try a must-do, go to the Music House where you can virtually conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra on screen – if you get to the end, the orchestra stands up and applauds you!

    Bratislava is a tiny city dominated by its castle on the hill and a historic gem. The Old Town is completely pedestrianized which makes for pleasant walking. Besides the Gothic Cathedral and an exquisitely pretty Old Town Hall, look out for the humorous statues – the Good Soldier Schweik’s head emerging from a manhole on the street for instance. Budapest is a city of two halves. Buda is hilly and wooded with Gothic houses and cobbled streets. Pest is all grand boulevards and Baroque buildings including a jewel of an opera house. For music lovers, there are museums to Liszt and Bartok and plenty of concerts on offer. And for everyone there are breath-taking views from the Fisherman’s Bastion perched high above the city where, in the sunshine, the Danube turns a perfect blue.

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    • Dutch Waterways

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    • Castle Katz in the Rhine Valley
      Rhine

    Together with the Danube, the Rhine was the northernmost frontier of the Roman Empire and was then an important commercial waterway. It has remained so throughout history and is now the busiest river in Europe. It is also one of the longest rivers in the world – 766 miles (1232km). It has a dual source in Switzerland – Vorderrhein (or Anterior Rhine) from Lake Toma and Hinterrhein (or Posterior Rhine) from the Paradies Glacier near the Rheinwaldhorn. From Switzerland, it flows through Liechtenstein and into Austria as the Alpenhein (or Alpine Rhine). This section of the river empties into lake Constance and through the Rhine Falls (the second largest waterfall in Europe), after which it is swollen to double its previous size by the River Aar. It continues into Germany and is joined by such major tributaries as the Main and Moselle. The Middle Rhine flows through the Rhine Gorge – a UNESCO world heritage site, noted for its beautiful castles, picturesque towns and vineyards. The Lower Rhine passes through a number of important cities including Cologne, Dusseldorf and the Ruhr area – the largest conurbation in Germany.

    The Rhine turns west into the Netherlands and splits into three – the Waal, Nederrjin and Ijssel. It eventually merges with two more rivers to form the Rhine-Meuse-Scheldt delta emptying at various points into the North Sea. Canals connect the Rhine with cities and waterways across Europe. The Rhine was of major strategic importance to the Romans who stationed garrisons along its banks. The river was throughout history a natural border between countries and remains so today. It is also a river that is surrounded by legend, an inspiration to writers and composers – most notably, perhaps, Wagner’s Das Rheingold in the Ring Cycle. It is still hauntingly beautiful with fairy-tale castles, picturesque medieval towns and ancient vineyards lining its banks.

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