ms Swiss Sapphire

Cruising Europe's inland waterways exclusively for Tauck, the sister ships ms Swiss Emerald, ms Swiss Sapphire, ms Swiss Jewel and new-for-2011 ms Treasures represent the epitome of luxurious river cruising. In addition to their spacious, well-appointed cabins, all four ships offer 14 beautiful 300-square-foot suites – equipped with floor-to-ceiling windows, marble baths, flat-screen televisions and walk-in closets – as well as 7 junior suites, adding up to four times more suites than most other European riverboats. The cabins, which range from 150 to 183 sq. ft., provide plush accommodations with plasma TV, terry bathrobes, fine L'Occitane toiletries, large windows and much more; 85% of the cabins have floor-to-ceiling windows with French balconies. A crew of 29 attentively serves just 118 guests. The Restaurant offers both an elegant dining venue and a fine dining experience, while the spacious Panorama Lounge in the bow, with its bar, dance floor and entertainment, is a delightful gathering spot in the evenings. The gracious Lido Bar in the stern has a 180° glass wall that opens for an indoor / outdoor cocktail hour, and offers alternative bistro dining featuring lighter fare – a first on Europe’s rivers. Tauck's riverboat fleet is definitely “top-of-the-line”!


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Amenities & Dining

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• Open dining, with no assigned seats; tables seat 4 and 6
• Wine with dinner, unlimited soft drinks, and beer with lunch and dinner included aboard the riverboat; vegetarian meals are available
• Alternative bistro dining available in and outside of (weather permitting) the Lido Bar
• Room service breakfast available in Category 6 suites
• Complimentary snack baskets served from 2:00 PM to midnight
• E-mail available in Internet Corner of the Lido Bar; Nintendo Wii games available on each riverboat
• Themed Happy Hour in the bar/lounge; piano music nightly
• Fitness center; whirlpool on sun deck, available 24 hours
• On-board entertainment programs include movie nights, cooking demonstrations, local entertainment, themed game nights and more
• Accept cash (Euros), Visa, MasterCard, and American Express;
no money exchange on board
• Tauck Director audio commentary available in cabins
• Laundry service (limited); ironing available

Tauck’s European Riverboat Fleet, comprised of sister ships ms Swiss Emerald, ms Swiss Sapphire, ms Swiss Jewel and ms Treasures, represents the state of the art in modern river cruising. Operating exclusively for Tauck, each ship features three passenger decks custom-designed to comfortably accommodate 118 Tauck guests in gracious style; most similar-sized riverboats average about 140 guests. All Tauck riverboats boast the most suites on any European riverboat – 14 lush 300-square-foot suites featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, brocade upholstery, walk-in closets and marble baths with full-size tubs, along with 7 junior suites. Well-appointed, outside-facing cabins and junior suites, ranging from 150 to 183 square feet, offer plush interiors with plasma TV, mini-bar, radio, safe, hair dryer, adjustable air conditioning and private bathroom with shower, pampering l’Occitane toiletries and terry cloth robes and slippers; power is 220 volt. Floor-to-ceiling windows with French balconies grace 85% of our cabins. Guests enjoy exceptional vantage points throughout each ship; panoramic windows provide spectacular views of the passing shore. Culinary pleasures are many, from a spacious restaurant offering menus designed for a variety of tastes to alternative bistro dining featuring lighter fare in the teak-lined Lido Bar; limited outdoor dining is also available. Sporting a fully opening 180º glass wall, the Lido Bar also offers coffee & tea, cappuccino, and snacks throughout the day. Each ship has a fitness center and a sun deck with 24-hour Jacuzzi, as well as a lounge, library and boutique.

Ship Specifications

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Newly Built 2006 – 2011!
Length: 361 ft. (110 meters)
Width: 37 ft. (11 meters)
Draft: 4 ft. (1.2 meters)
Number of Guests: 118
Crew Members: 29
Crew Nationality: Mostly European
Number of Decks: 3 plus a sun deck
Fully air conditioned: Yes
Elevator: Yes – between the Ruby and Diamond decks; stairs (12 steps) between the other decks
Internet: Send / Receive

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