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Launched in 2008, one of Europe’s finest vessels the five-star Swiss Sapphire is another of our Swiss-managed ships, a true embodiment of luxurious river cruising of the highest standards as befits its flag.
Accommodating just 120 guests in stylish surroundings befitting a top quality hotel, and in contrast many similar ships carrying up to 200 people, you are assured the personal touch and a very spacious atmosphere in cabins and public areas alike. The ship’s talented designers have brought to bear their decades of experience, incorporating a range of outstanding design features in superbly appointed cabins, gracious lounges and restaurants so your river cruise is one to treasure for years to come. Boarding through the elegant lobby, the décor’s luxurious quality, the spacious feel of the public areas and a five-star ambience are immediately apparent. Superior quality fittings, subdued, atmospheric lighting, warm colours, highly polished pink and black marble floors and splendid wrought ironwork and gold banisters ensure that a gentle wander around the vessel promises classic cruising of a very high standard. There is a small boutique for your everyday requirements and forward on Diamond (upper) Deck is the elegant, deep-carpeted lounge and bar with a variety of leather and soft armchairs plus settees so whatever your mood or time of day, you have the ideal space in which to relax. Surrounded by extensive panoramic windows you can fully appreciate the passing scenery’s splendours and the true fascination of everyday river life. All our ships’ lounges offer guests an elegant space to relax in the most genteel of surroundings, a theme that is perfectly evoked here in subtle use of contrasting colour, lighting and décor; the results of using superbly talented interior designers are very well evidenced. Quality also extends to the ‘professional’ behind the bar, happy to prepare simple yet perfectly prepared fruit juices or a sophisticated cocktail - the perfect spot to while away the evenings with the gentle melodies of the ship’s pianist in the background. Or perhaps join your friends for a twirl on the purpose designed dance floor. Aft on Diamond Deck is the Lido bar, probably one of the ship’s most intimate areas, ideal to catch up on some reading, play chess or perhaps have a coffee whilst taking in the view through the panoramic floor to ceiling sliding windows. Descending the regal, wrought-iron staircase, also served by a lift, brings you to the Ruby (middle) Deck where the ship’s main restaurant has the pleasantly wonderful feel of a top culinary establishment – which is exactly what it is! Exceptional tableware and high quality service compliment local and international creations presented at their very best. This is a truly superior fine-dining experience matching first-class restaurants onshore. Our very well-received open dining arrangements mean you can sit with whomever and wherever you wish, at tables ranging in size from four to six so you can be as private or sociable as you like. A staircase leads to the Emerald (lower) Deck featuring a small yet well-appointed fitness centre to help keep you in trim after all those sumptuous meals plus a treatment room for massages if you feel like pampering yourself (small additional fee). Crowning the entire ship is the Sun Deck, the perfect place to relax and wonder at the passing scenery. Here you can practice your swing on the ‘putting’ green, enjoy a game of giant chess, reflect on life from the perspective of the whirlpool Jacuzzi, unobtrusively watch the wildlife or marvel at the masterful way in which the captain and crew effortlessly ease the vessel along the river’s course. Just forward of the wheelhouse is the Forward Sun Deck, a quiet spot where you can enjoy a yacht-like ambience and reflect on just how pleasant life can be. The Swiss Sapphire, where the Swiss service is alive and well, and a really special and intimate cruise awaits you.