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River Chardonnay Review

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By Natalie Pompilio
Cruise Critic Contributor

River Chardonnay Overview

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.

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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.

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River Chardonnay Ship Stats

  • Launched: 1999
  • Decks: 2
  • Passengers: 46
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