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Journey author Jo Kessel filmed her round-trip voyage from Vienna on the brand-new cruise line Riverside Luxurious Cruises. The footage reveals how the 160-passenger ship is so huge that it may possibly accommodate services most river cruise ships can solely dream of, like an indoor pool, a wraparound promenade deck and even a herb backyard. Plus, it provides the within scoop on the ship’s connoisseur delicacies, advantageous wines and even finer WCs…

When Crystal Cruises collapsed in 2022, the German resort group Seaside Assortment noticed a chance for enlargement and determined to purchase 5 of Crystal’s deluxe river ships. 

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These acquisitions noticed their portfolio improve by almost 50 per cent. And now, not solely is Seaside the proud proprietor of 11 boutique lodges in locations such because the Maldives and the Canaries, however they’ve additionally added 5 luxurious floating lodges to their title.

Working a profitable resort group is one factor; launching a river cruise line is a wholly totally different ball recreation. Riverside’s ambition is to be a number one participant within the ‘extremely’ luxurious market, providing the best wines and delicacies on the rivers. 

Their first ship to take to the waters was the Riverside Mozart and I hopped on board to test it out.

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Jo Kessel travelled along the Danube on board Riverside Mozart, the first ship operated by the brand-new cruise line Riverside Luxury Cruises

Jo Kessel travelled alongside the Danube on board Riverside Mozart, the primary ship operated by the brand-new cruise line Riverside Luxurious Cruises

Jo describes the cruise ship Riverside Mozart as a ‘luxurious floating resort’

The video begins on Riverside Mozart’s solar deck, the perfect vantage level for absorbing the passing surroundings because the ship sails down the Danube. 

Right here there are extra seats than passengers – vibrant deck chairs, bean baggage and solar beds. There’s even a herb backyard whose leaves are later noticed garnishing a lot of the ship’s delicacies and even the occasional cocktail!

Riverside Mozart is double the width of mainstream river cruise ships and has services that almost all river cruise ships can solely dream of, like a wraparound promenade deck (a lap takes two and a half minutes), a fully-equipped fitness center and a shocking spa. 

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Few river cruise ships have a swimming pool, not to mention an indoor pool with a twist. However Riverside’s has a counter-current which may be turned on. Be careful, it’s sturdy and transforms a swim right into a hardcore exercise!

Above is the ship's herb garden - its leaves garnish much of the ship¿s cuisine

Above is the ship’s herb backyard – its leaves garnish a lot of the ship’s delicacies

Riverside Mozart’s indoor pool has a counter-current that can be manually turned on and off

Riverside Mozart’s indoor pool has a counter-current that may be manually turned on and off

The ship features a wraparound promenade deck and a fully-equipped gym

The ship contains a wraparound promenade deck and a fully-equipped fitness center

'There are more seats than passengers ¿ colourful deck chairs, bean bags and sun beds,' writes Jo

‘There are extra seats than passengers – vibrant deck chairs, bean baggage and solar beds,’ writes Jo 

Subsequent the video strikes to the cabins. Each room is a collection and each suite comes with a private butler. Mine’s referred to as Daniel and he’s like a genie – your want is his command. Duties embrace packing/unpacking, tidying up and organising in-suite eating. 

My cabin known as a Penthouse Suite (it’s one of many upper-category cabins) and has a walk-in wardrobe, silk and velvet furnishings and a marble rest room with a ‘magic’ Japanese-style Toto bathroom which opens, closes and flushes robotically. It’s even bought a heated seat and is a continuing supply of amusement!

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Better of all is the ‘French Balcony’, which affords spectacular views of the river. The Danube is a mighty waterway that’s almost 1,800 miles (2,850km) lengthy and snakes by a staggering ten European nations. It impressed Johann Strauss to compose a well-known waltz, which is the soundtrack to half this video. 

He referred to as it ‘The Blue Danube’ and for that cause many a holidaymaker expects the river to be the color of the sky on a sunny day. In fact it’s a murky taupe, though locals declare it’s clear sufficient to swim in.

Jo's cabin, one of the upper-category cabins, is called a Penthouse Suite

Jo’s cabin, one of many upper-category cabins, known as a Penthouse Suite 

The features in Jo's suite include a walk-in wardrobe, silk and velvet furnishings and a marble bathroom

The options in Jo’s suite embrace a walk-in wardrobe, silk and velvet furnishings and a marble rest room

'Every suite comes with a personal butler. Mine¿s called Daniel (above) and he¿s like a genie ¿ your wish is his command,' writes Jo

‘Each suite comes with a private butler. Mine’s referred to as Daniel (above) and he’s like a genie – your want is his command,’ writes Jo  

Throughout many of the voyage we sail by Austria’s Wachau Valley which, in addition to being the prettiest stretch of the river, is a Unesco World Heritage website. 

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The ship makes both one or two stops day by day, and the port of Melk is an effective alternative to take out one of many ship’s 30 bikes to discover. Melk additionally has a shocking abbey set in stunning gardens, which feels very Sound of Music.

A lot of the valley is simpler to discover on foot than on two wheels, nevertheless. Within the tiny city of Durnstein an uphill hike results in the ruins of the Twelfth-century fortress the place King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned. 

'The ship makes either one or two stops daily, and the port of Melk is a good opportunity to take out one of the ship¿s 30 bikes to explore,' writes Jo

‘The ship makes both one or two stops day by day, and the port of Melk is an effective alternative to take out one of many ship’s 30 bikes to discover,’ writes Jo 

Melk has a stunning abbey (above) set in beautiful gardens 'which feels very Sound of Music'

Melk has a shocking abbey (above) set in stunning gardens ‘which feels very Sound of Music’

And for those who climb excessive sufficient within the city of Krems you’ll attain the valley’s vineyard-smothered slopes. The bar Weinstein affords wine-tastings from the area and my favorite is a white referred to as Ried Harzenleiten from a vineyard referred to as Weingut Hofstatter. It’s dry, full-bodied, with notes of nectarine.

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Again on board the wines are additionally prime notch and free flowing. Riverside prides itself on its premium all-inclusive bundle, which incorporates meals, drinks (alcoholic and comfortable) and excursions. 

Casual BBQ lunches on the solar deck have been a private favorite (suppose prawns and steaks whacked on the grill and served with salads) and there’s even an artisan gelateria – the mango ice cream’s very good. 

But it surely’s the connoisseur five-course, white-glove-service dinners that take delicacies to an entire new stage. They’re a feast for the eyes in addition to the taste-buds. 

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There’s even an artisan gelateria on the ship. Jo recommends the 'superb' mango ice cream

There’s even an artisan gelateria on the ship. Jo recommends the ‘very good’ mango ice cream 

An apple strudel-making demonstration (pictured) is one of the entertainment options for passengers

An apple strudel-making demonstration (pictured) is likely one of the leisure choices for passengers 

TRAVEL FACTS

Riverside Luxurious Cruises affords a 4-night roundtrip Vienna cruise on Riverside Mozart (www.riversidecruises.com) on a Premium All-Inclusive foundation (together with full-board, drinks, one tour per port and gratuities) from £1,429pp.

There’s by no means a boring second on a Danube cruise, whether or not you’re on land or water. A lot of the enjoyable is incidental, reminiscent of navigating the river’s locks or crusing beneath low bridges. 

However Riverside additionally schedules organised leisure, and that is the place the movie ends, with an apple strudel-making demonstration adopted by a terrific, intimate efficiency by songstress Maya Hakvoort. 

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She’s an Austrian musical celebrity and belted out classics from reveals reminiscent of Les Mis and Cabaret.

Her efficiency was a becoming finale to a voyage the place each visitor experiences the suite life and is made to really feel like a VIP. 

The one drawback with being so royally pampered is that it’s a wrench to say goodbye. 

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No extra Danube or connoisseur delicacies or classic wine cellar. However worst of all… there’s no extra butler!

For extra movies from Jo, go to her YouTube channel, Go With Jo.

RIVERSIDE MOZART AND THE RIVER DANUBE BY THE NUMBERS

  • Riverside Mozart has 81 suites and might sleep 162 passengers.
  • It has 4 decks and is 395ft (120m) lengthy and 75ft (23m) huge.
  • The ship has 85 crew members – one crew member for each two passengers.
  • The Danube is almost 1,800 miles (2,850km) lengthy and passes by 10 nations: Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Moldova, Germany, Slovakia, Serbia, Romania and the Ukraine.
  • There are 5 river ships in Riverside Luxurious Cruises’ fleet. Becoming a member of Riverside Mozart from August 2023 onwards shall be Riverside Debussy, Ravel, Mahler and Bach. They may sail in France and Germany.
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