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River Chardonnay Review

River Chardonnay
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Passengers 46
Passenger to Crew 46:1
Launched 1999
Shore Excursions 0
Natalie Pompilio
Cruise Critic Contributor

River Chardonnay Overview

River Chardonnay no longer sails for Grand Circle Cruise Line.

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Launched in 1999, the River Chardonnay is a 202-foot river cruiser with two main decks and a terrace area. It can accommodate 46 passengers. In 2015, River Chardonnay toured France from Burgundy and Provence to the Cote d'Azur. The ship is not currently sailing.

The ship has 27 nonsmoking, 160-square-foot cabins with outside views. All cabins have a radio, an in-room safe, individual climate controls and a flat-screen TVs with CNN, movies and a bow camera view. All have private bathrooms with a hair dryer. Top deck cabins feature a private balcony with table and chairs and floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass doors. Most cabins have two immovable twin beds that convert to sofas during the day. Single supplement fees range from $42 to $50 per day. 

Onboard features include a lounge/bar area, small library, sun deck and a dining room with informal, single seating. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the ship, including in cabins. Wine and beer are included at dinner. There is no elevator but there is a chair lift from the main deck to the sun deck.

Passengers tend to be Americans over 50. The majority are couples; the line says one in four passengers travel solo. (A roommate-matching service is available.) Guests are generally well traveled and many are repeat cruisers.