Tauck River Cruising Fleet (9)
Tauck's original five sister riverboats, the "Jewel Class" vessels, are 361 feet in length with a capacity for 118 passengers. This compares to 150 or more passengers on similar sized ships owned by other companies. Tauck's next generation of ships, known as the "Inspiration Class" (ms Inspire and ms Savor), which launched in 2014, are each 443 feet long and carry just 130 passengers. Shipboard cabins on all boats, regardless of class, are all outsides, with most having floor-to-ceiling windows. Each cabin is equipped with a flat-screen television, minibar, radio, safe, hair dryer, air conditioning, bathrobe, slippers, Molton Brown amenities and a private bathroom with shower; power is 220 volts. Bedding is cushy, with high-thread-count sheets and down pillows.
In 2016, Tauck added two more ships to its Inspiration Class, Grace and Joy. The company also announced that it would be refurbishing its original Jewel class ships in 2017 to reduce passenger count to 98 and add specialty restaurants. The refurbs will start with the line's vessels in France, Swiss Emerald and Swiss Sapphire.
All boats also have an impressive number of large suites: 14 300-square-foot on the four Jewel-class boats and 22 on the two Inspiration-class boats. Each has a French balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows, marble bath with full tub, and walk-in closet.
Tasteful public spaces are decorated in teak, marble, brass, wrought iron and glass. In addition, the custom-built boats all feature Wi-Fi access throughout the ship, as well as fitness centers, massage rooms and 24-hour hot tubs.