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Tauck Announces Plans To Upgrade Over Half Of Its European River Cruise Fleet

Tauck has announced new plans to reconfigure more than half of its European river cruising fleet over the next two years.

The five Jewel Class boats will have larger cabins, overall space per guest will be increased by 20% and the casual, second dining restaurant will be upgraded.

The 110-metre Jewel Class ships include the MS Swiss Emerald, MS Swiss Sapphire, MS Swiss Jewel, MS Esprit and MS Treasures. The European riverboat fleet also includes four 135-metre Inspiration Class ships: the new MS Grace and MS Joy launching later this year, and the MS Inspire and the MS Savor.

Tauck’s two-phase plan will see its riverboats in France - the MS Swiss Emerald and MS Swiss Sapphire, reconfigured - renamed and re-launched next winter in time for the 2017 season. In the second phase, scheduled for winter 2017/2018, the remaining three Jewel Class ships will undergo identical transformations in time for the 2018 season. The new names for the refurbished ships have yet to be announced.

The biggest enhancement aboard each ship will be on the Ruby Deck, where the 30 150 sq ft cabins will be replaced with 20 cabins, each measuring 225 sq ft. This will mean that 69% of all cabins will be 225 sq ft or larger – the highest percentage on any 110-metre riverboat in Europe. Overall capacity will be reduced from 118 passengers to 98 and the total number of cabins will be reduced from 59 to 49.

On the Diamond Deck of each vessel, the ship’s second dining venue, The Bistro, will be upgraded with its own dedicated kitchen and chef. In tribute to company founder Arthur Tauck, The Bistro will be renamed Arthur’s. The expanded menu will continue to provide more casual alternatives to the fine dining selections offered in the ship’s main Compass Rose restaurant.

Tauck Destination Fleet

Tauck has also announced that it will refer to its ships collectively as the Tauck Destination Fleet, which reflects a new deployment strategy to match each ship to destinations and itineraries best suited for its specific length. For example, Tauck will position the ms Swiss Sapphire on the Seine and the ms Swiss Emerald on the Rhone/Saonne, where their 110-metre length makes docking easier in France’s smaller or more crowded ports like Paris. Similarly, on longer cruises including a transit of the Main-Danube Canal, Tauck will deploy 110-meter ships as their shorter length allows for greater efficiency and flexibility in passing through the canal’s many locks.

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