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Monarch Queen Review

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Monarch Queen

As of the end of 2018, Monarch Queen is no longer sailing with Gate 1 Travel.

Monarch Queen, chartered by Gate 1 Travel, is a 360-foot-long river ship sailing multiple itineraries on the Rhine River beginning in late March, including seven-night trips to Holland and Belgium on waterways there. In mid-April, the ship heads south to the Danube River, where it sails between Budapest and Regensburg, Germany. Monarch Queen also sails the Danube, Main and Rhine between Budapest and Amsterdam on 14-night cruises.

The ship has 69 170-square-foot outside cabins with single beds that can be configured as a double bed. There are four 255-square foot suites. Cabins on the upper Violin and Cello decks have French balconies. The 11 cabins on the lowest deck, the Piano Deck, have a window. All lodgings have individual climate controls, a flat-screen TV, direct-dial telephone and a private bath with a hair dryer.

The ship has a lounge with a bar, a restaurant and a lobby cafe. The lounge serves spirits, draft beer, wine and made-to-order specialty coffee drinks for an additional charge. A self-service coffee/tea station is open 24 hours a day. Afternoon tea is served while cruising. A daily late-night snack is served in the lounge.

Meals are served as single, open seating. There are two breakfast options: the early-bird breakfast and the hot self-service breakfast buffet. Lunch is a buffet or a three-course meal, depending on the daily itinerary. A salad buffet is always available at lunch. Dinner is a sit-down, four-course meal including a starter, soup, main course and dessert. Complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks and mineral water are served with dinner. A vegetarian option is offered at each meal.

An onboard musician performs daily. Regional entertainment is brought onboard at least once a week.

Ship amenities include a sun deck with loungers, tables and chairs; a spa and fitness center; and a small library stocked with books and games. There’s an elevator to move between the second and third decks. Excursions vary based on excursion and package.

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