Where Less is More
Our newly renovated ships carry no more than 84 or 98 guests, while our longer ships carry no more than 130 – and they feature more 300-sq.-ft. suites than any other ships in Europe. In designing both Tauck Suites and our spacious cabins, we put all the square footage inside rather than trimming the interior in order to add step-out balconies. Over 80% of our cabins have French balconies with floor-to-ceiling windows. Smaller ships mean bigger experiences as you’re cruising on Europe’s rivers. The onboard staff is big on individualized service, special touches, and comfort, making you feel like a welcomed guest the moment you step aboard. Intimate spaces invite conversation or quiet contemplation, as you like. Onboard, the ambiance is relaxed and congenial… the staterooms and suites are spacious. Service is impeccable… with a smile… and many other refined touches add up to a cruising experience that goes beyond ordinary. And ashore, smaller groups provide access to exclusive travel experiences, private events, and meeting the locals. Small is big… the best way to make your cruise so much more than you ever expected.
Experience the Douro
Imagine a river that flows with liquid gold, where flat-bottomed rabelo boats in days past transported barrels of wine from Douro Valley vineyards to port cellars in Porto, where the Douro kisses the sea. Today picture Tauck’s new custom-crafted 42-cabin riverboat, named ms Andorinha for a swallow found here, gently navigating the Douro with no more than 84 guests onboard as she cruises to quinta estates for intimate tastings of wine at its vine-rich source. To cruise the golden Douro is to drink in the history and beauty of Portugal and return, like the swallow, for more.
“I want to share with you the wonderful experience I had… Because of the intimate atmosphere on the riverboat, it was easy to get to know people… they were friendly. On the first night of the cruise, our Tauck Cruise Director gathered we single or independent travelers together, so that we would get to know each other and have company at meals. It was a very nice touch, and helped make the delicious meals that much more enjoyable.”
– A.E. Elbrecht, CA
“Just wanted to say how much we enjoyed the Danube River cruise… the boat was very glamorous and the food was excellent. The night that we spent in Vienna at the private palace was the best, I think for everyone. The entertainment was superb and the food and setting were marvelous. Our three Tauck Directors were very good… we would recommend this cruise to anyone and will definitely take another Tauck tour!”
– Elise Boesch, FL
“We truly appreciated the hospitality of ms Sapphire’s crew who made our cruise so very enjoyable. We were made to feel part of a big, happy family. Food, wine and drink were superb. Everyone was friendly, accommodating, and always willing to do the utmost to make our time onboard ‘Special.’ Thank you for making us feel at home during our travels and for truly exceeding our expectations. We will be traveling with Tauck again soon.”
– Samantha Perry, LA