EUROPE’S only riverboat with a pool deck will embark on her maiden voyage in April.
The brand new MV Amadeus Provence will feature a “tranquil infinity plunge-style pool” and alfresco bar which combine to make it a scenic open-air perch for guests to watch the scenery drift past during sunny day-time cruising.
The ship can accommodate just 140 guests in eight suites and 62 staterooms and will sail France’s Rhone and Soane rivers on what is proving to be a popular regional route.
Amadeus is famous for designing spacious riverboats with the 135m craft, that will sail under a German flag, accommodating less people than other ships navigating Europe’s great inland waterways to guarantee uncrowded public areas.
And, rather than the old-style vessels finished in psychedelic tones, the Amadeus Provence will show a smart and serene interior with a sophisticated palette accented by vibrant hues.
Guestrooms sit on decks one, two and three and all feature a walk-in wardrobe, designer bathroom with spacious shower and complimentary wifi while the premium 26sq/m suites each have a window side sitting area with corner sofa and “walk-out balcony”.
The 17sq/m staterooms on the Mozart and Strauss decks have an adjustable floor-to-ceiling window with the top half dropping to make a “French balcony” while the smaller 16sq/m cabins on the lower Hayden Deck feature a closed picture window.
Her maiden voyage will be an eight-day excursion that starts and finishes in Lyon called the Treasures of Burgundy & Provence – created to take in iconic attractions like the lavender fields of Provence and vineyards of Beaujolais – before the vessel embarks on 18 more regional itineraries in 2017.
“While on board guests will enjoy our expert chefs’ lively cooking demonstrations, featuring locally-inspired cuisine as well as daily musical performances in the Panorama Bar,” says Gil McLachlan, CEO of the McLachlan Travel Group with is Amadeus’ Australian agent.
“(There’s also the chance for) schooling up on upcoming destinations through a series of intriguing on-board lectures designed to bring every port to life.”