Launched in 2012, the 176-passenger River Discovery II is designed to appeal to the American traveler. River Discovery II itineraries include the Saone and Rhone rivers in France.
Here's what you'll find on a River Discovery II cruise:
River Discovery II has standard cabins that are 165 square feet and solo cabins that are 125 square feet, all offering river views. Cabins on Navigator and Explorer Decks have French balconies that provide an open-air feel if not true outdoor space. All cabins are equipped with entertainment-on-demand systems, iPod/iPhone docking stations and real-time GPS tracking of the ship’s journey, as well as a U.S.-style electrical outlet. Deluxe Suites measure 250 square feet and come with upgraded amenities, free room service, mini-bar and a French balcony. One Owner’s Suite measures 330 square feet and has an adjoining sitting area, Posturepedic beds and separate Jacuzzi bathtub.
Meals onboard are one sitting with open seating. A hydraulic sliding roof over the back of the ship can be opened fully in three minutes, exposing the bar and conservatory to fresh air while providing plenty of outdoor space even when the top deck may be unusable due to low bridges. Passengers can access free Wi-Fi from anywhere onboard.
Sightseeing tours are included in the cruise fare. Program directors with local expertise accompany each River Discovery II cruise. The Cultural Connections program promises in-depth experiences in each country visited through lectures, special meals, home visits, receptions, performances and participation in local activities. Passengers are given free headphones for each excursion to ensure they can hear the guide clearly.
The ship emphasizes “green” cruising with LED lighting to save energy, a special hull shape to minimize resistance -- fewer vibrations and less noise, too -- and low-emissions propulsion.