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Christmas on the Danube

Aboard the Royal Crown

  • 21 December 2018
  • History and Culture
  • Melk Abbey

Christmas in Central Europe is a special time and nowhere is this more evident than in the cities, towns and villages of the Danube. Our Christmas cruise has been planned to include the Christmas markets in Vienna and Salzburg, a ‘Mozart tour’ in Salzburg, and a day in the lovely Wachau Valley with a visit to the village of Weissenkirchen where the traditional joys of Christmas can be best enjoyed. For those who wish to attend Midnight Mass we have made arrangements for a visit to the magnificent church in Melk Abbey. Other highlights of the week will include a full day and two evenings in Budapest, a visit to the Hungarian palace of Godollo and a tour of the scenic Danube Bend and Hungary’s second city of Esztergom.

If you wish to celebrate both Christmas and New Year together, this cruise can be booked as a combination 14 day cruise. For the combined cruise, Day 8 will be a full day at leisure in Budapest or there will be an optional half day tour to the nearby town of Eger.

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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, 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 to Vienna, Austria.

Fly by scheduled flight. On arrival transfer to the MS Royal Crown and embark. After dinner this evening there will be a concert on board featuring works by Mozart & Strauss. Moor overnight in Vienna.

Day 2 - Vienna.

This morning there will be a city sightseeing tour, driving around the ‘Ring’ visiting the Old Quarter including St Stephen’s Cathedral and the Christmas market outside the City Hall. Return to the ship for lunch. This afternoon the ship sails from Vienna, however you may wish to join our optional excursion to the Schonbrunn Palace and Gardens which has its own Christmas market. Afterwards rejoin your vessel in Tulln, before continuing our sail on to Linz. This evening join your fellow travellers for the Welcome Drinks and Dinner.

Day 3 - Linz for Salzburg.

After breakfast today join a full day tour to Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and famous for its architectural treasures and music festival. Our guided excursion will concentrate on Mozart’s family and his musical contemporaries. Visits will be made to the house known as Tanzmeisterhaus, where he was born and spent his early life, Schloss Mirabell and the Residenz. Lunch will be in a local restaurant and before we leave we will enjoy a special concert of music by Salzburg’s most famous son. Return to the ship in the late afternoon.

Day 4 - Melk & Weissenkirchen.

This morning we will reach the picturesque Wachau Valley, famous for its wine. We will moor under the shadow of the great Baroque abbey, situated on a cliff high above the Danube. After a guided tour of the abbey we will drive to the charming town of Weissenkirchen for some seasonal gluhwein and traditional Schrammel music. This evening there will be the opportunity to attend Midnight Mass in the magnificent setting of Melk Abbey.

Day 5 - Christmas Day on the Danube.

A relaxing day as we sail past Vienna and Bratislava and enjoy the good food and festivities of Christmas Day on board.

Day 6 - Esztergom to Budapest, Hungary.

On this morning’s excursion, we depart by road to visit Hungary’s second city of Esztergom with its magnificent cathedral, and continue outside the city to the villages and towns of the scenic Danube Bend. We re-join the vessel in Budapest and enjoy a late lunch on board and an afternoon at leisure. This evening, for those passengers who have pre-booked, there will be an optional music evening ashore (subject to schedules & availability).

Day 7 - Budapest.

A morning guided tour will include the Matthias Church, for centuries the scene of the coronation of the kings of Hungary; and the Fisherman’s Bastion, for fine views of the city. Return to the ship for lunch and this afternoon, depart on a tour to the Palace of Godollo, built in 1740 and the favoured home of Sissy, the wife of Emperor Franz Josef. This evening join your fellow travellers for the Farewell Drinks & Gala Dinner.

Day 8 - Budapest, Hungary to London.

Disembark after breakfast and return to London by scheduled flight.

Dates and Prices

SPECIAL OFFER – SAVE £500 PER PERSON FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY
Prices per person based on double occupancy
21 to 28 December 2018
Category Brochure Price Special Offer Price
Junior Suite £2595 £2095
Superior Suite £2895 £2395
Deluxe Suite £2995 £2495
Premium Suite £3095 £2595
Royal Suite £3695 £3195
Deluxe Suite For sole use £2995 £2495

Tour Reference Code: RCRC211218

PRICE INCLUDES: Economy class scheduled air travel • 7 nights aboard the MS Royal Crown on full board basis • House wine, beer and soft drinks with dinner • Shore excursions • Cruise Director • Tour Manager • Guest Speaker • Transfers • Port taxes • Airport taxes • Gratuities.

Not Included: Optional tours/music ashore as described, travel insurance.

Combination Cruise

If you wish to celebrate both Christmas and New Year together, this cruise can be booked as a combination 14 day cruise, click here for details.

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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, 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

    Click to play videoYour 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

    Click to play videoYour 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

    Click to play videoYour 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

    Click to play videoLife on Board

    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, 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.

    GIFT SHOP/BOUTIQUE

    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.

    Wi-Fi

    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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  • Your Suite

    Click to play videoYour 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

    Click to play videoYour 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

    Click to play videoYour 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

    Click to play videoLife on Board

    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, 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.

    GIFT SHOP/BOUTIQUE

    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.

    Wi-Fi

    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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