Tauck River Cruising
Tauck River Cruising Highlights
- Fares include all excursions, gratuities and alcohol
- Ships offer a variety of European sailings
- Three tour directors on every sailing ensure excellent service
- All dining is open-seating with intimate table setups
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Tauck River Cruising Fleet (9)
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.
The emphasis onboard is on relaxed elegance, just the right vibe as you meander through the European countryside past provincial villages, castles and other historic sites.
All dining is open-seating, with intimate table setups for two, four and six. Dining aboard each ship includes buffets, a choice of menus reflecting regional cuisines, and special theme dinners. Vegetarian meals are available, and a selection of international wines is always on offer. For a lighter, more casual dining option, all six ships also have a Lido Bar (called Arthur's on the two newest boats) with 180-degree retractable glass walls.
Some meals are also offered off the ship, ranging from lunches in local restaurants to dinners in historic palaces. Meals are included in the cruise prices, although you can choose to dine independently on days the boat is docked in port longer.
Onboard entertainment comes in the form of lectures from the tour directors and experts, live music and/or a DJ. Folkloric music is also sometimes featured.