From the very first moment of your river cruise, as you're welcomed aboard by your highly trained crew, you'll know you're travelling in true four or five star luxury on your very own home from home, state-of-the-art floating hotel. You'll be on one of the most spacious, stylish, well-equipped cruise ships gracing the waterways of Europe and the wider world; the perfect setting for your river cruise.
It is customary aboard all cruise ships worldwide to give a gratuity at the end of a cruise, providing, of course, you have received good service. The amount you give is entirely discretionary, and is then divided equally among the crew onboard. For guidance on the amount, Riviera Travel suggest between €5 and €10 per person per day.
Again at your discretion they also recommend tipping your local guides and drivers at the end of each tour, for which you can use the following guidelines:
- Local guides €2 per person, per day
- Drivers €1 per person, per day
Should you also wish to give a gratuity to your Riviera Cruise Director and Tour Manager, this is also at your discretion.
- smoking (some)
The Sun Deck is the hub for entertainment onboard. The forward viewing area is perfect for watching the historic riverside villages, steep vine-clad valley sides and other scenic wonders glide serenely by. It’s well equipped with plenty of comfortable outdoor chairs and sun-loungers, deck games including shuffleboard and giant chess, a small splash pool where you can cool off, and a full bar service. Sometimes barbecues are held here too, weather dependent of course – a great way to meet new people over a glass of wine.
Then, as the evening progresses into darkness, subtle lighting evolves down on the Hamlet Deck, through colour and intensity accompanied by gentle piano background music, creating a very special ambience. However should you prefer a good book to read you can always visit the library, which, with its leather-effect wall linings, offers a genteel environment reminiscent of the golden age of cruising.
Whilst onboard the MS William Shakespeare, why not take advantage of the Wellness area with its Sauna, Steam room and Whirlpool, or go up deck and visit the splash pool, the putting green and giant chess set- all great ways to spend an afternoon.
kid & teen
Please note: MS William Shakespeare does not provide facilities to accommodate Kids/Teens.
For centuries people have travelled Europe’s mighty rivers to trade, explore and, sometimes, conquer. Steeped in history and culture, flowing through stunning scenery they form natural links connecting the continent’s greatest and most beautiful towns and cities, from the medieval to the modern.