Award-winning tour and river cruise operator Tauck has welcomed ms Treasures and ms Esprit back into its riverboat fleet, following a massive reconfiguration of both vessels.
The two riverboats now feature revitalised interior spaces, offering larger cabins, more spacious public areas, and reduced passenger count, as Tauck continues to prioritise guest comfort.
The extensive refurbishment has seen the total number of cabins reduced from 59 to 49, with each ship’s overall capacity going from 118 to 98 passengers per vessel. The most dramatic change has taken place on the Ruby (middle) Decks, with 30 14-square-metre cabins being replaced by 20 larger cabins, each measuring 21-square-metres.
In addition to these spacious new cabins, each of Tauck’s 110-metre ships already boasts 14 28-square-metre suites. As a result, cabins measuring 21 square metres or more now account for 69 per cent of all accommodation, the highest percentage of such cabins on any 110-metre riverboat in Europe.
ms Treasures and ms Esprit are the last two of Tauck’s four 110-metre ships to undergo a transformation, with ms Sapphire and ms Emerald completing their reconfigurations a year ago, just in time for their 2017 sailing seasons.
“We’ve reimagined and enhanced half of our riverboat fleet, and now more than ever, we believe that we have the finest, most elegant riverboats on Europe’s rivers,” Tauck chief executive officer Dan Mahar says.
Another significant enhancement can be found on the Treasures’ and Esprit’s Diamond (upper) Decks, where the ships’ second dining venue, The Bistro, has been renamed Arthur’s in tribute to Tauck Chairman, Arthur Tauck Jr. It has been upgraded with its own dedicated kitchen and chef, offering an expanded menu of casual dining alternatives to the fine dining selections offered in the ships’ main Compass Rose restaurants.
The refurbished riverboats will sail on Tauck’s cruises, along the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers, including the popular ‘Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat’ itinerary. As a result of the enhanced comfort from larger cabins and fewer guests, this 14-night river cruise, which also operates from Budapest to Amsterdam, is expected to become even more popular.
“We continue to maintain that what truly distinguishes Tauck river cruises is our 93 years of destination expertise, and our unmatched ability to tell the cultural and historical stories of the places we visit.”