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Newly redesigned to accommodate no more than 98 guests within an innovative deck plan featuring 14 300-sq. ft. Tauck Suites and 20 225-sq. ft. cabins, this ship is the perfect riverboat to cruise the historic waters of the Rhine and Danube rivers.
One of the 361-foot (110-meter) riverboats in Tauck's Destination Fleet, the newly redesigned ms Esprit debuted in 2018 with a new deck plan optimized for the utmost in spaciousness - with 70% of her cabins measuring 225 square feet or larger - and accommodating no more than 98 guests, while similar-sized riverboats average about 160. Guest amenities inside her 14 lush 300-square-foot Tauck Suites include brocade upholstery, roomy walk-in closets with built-in drawers, spacious bathrooms with separate showers, and two French balconies with floor-to-ceiling windows that open to idyllic riverscapes. She also sports twenty roomy 225-square-foot cabins, four 183-square-foot cabins and one 182 square-foot cabin, similarly furnished. Eight 150-square-foot cabins are cozy and comfortable, and are similar in décor and style to our larger suites. 85% have floor-to-ceiling windows with real French balconies that open on to a balcony in the fresh air; all have in-room movies, minibar, adjustable heating and cooling, private bathroom and shower with pampering toiletries. In addition to our main dining room, The Compass Rose, the ship also features Arthur's, a second dining venue offering casual fare.
Tauck's "free choice" dining allows you to eat many of your meals when you want and with whom you want. Special occasion dinners are held as group functions, and lunches that are included during group sightseeing excursions are often held in a group setting.
Most meals are included on Tauck journeys. Dining is a delightful and integral part of the Tauck experience - and that is why Tauck selects restaurants that offer a true taste of each region you visit. Some meals are full a la carte, some may be limited a la carte, and some may be from a set menu or buffet.
You will find that the main enrichment onboard will be lectures. However, when you step off the ship, local experts eagerly await to show you around the call-in area.
From spending a morning exploring ruins of Roman amphitheatres, to enjoying a glass of pastis and a game of pétanque with the locals, the local experts will show you the best and most interesting sights arounds.
Onboard entertainment includes enrichment lectures, piano music nightly, in-room movies, culinary demos, local entertainment and "themed" fun.
Facilities include a Fitness centre, massage room, hairdresser, putting green on Sun Deck, whirlpool on Sun Deck - available 24 hours. Bicycles are also available aboard for use ashore.
There are no dedicated Kids & Teens facilities onboard. However, he bond between children and adults as they experience the world together makes for special memories that last lifetimes. It is for that reason that the line created 'Tauck Bridges' - journeys for the whole family to enjoy together. Each of these kid-friendly family oriented journeys has a minimum recommended age rating to encourage comfort and enjoyment for all guests. Tauck Bridges itineraries are not recommended for children under 3 years of age. All children on Tauck journeys must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
The customary gratuity to the Tauck Director and Driver is not included on most Tauck trips. Such gratuities should be extended on a voluntary, individual basis and not done as a group. As an exception, there are some Tauck journeys in which the Tauck Director gratuity is included and/or a Driver gratuity will not be applicable. Information about Tauck Director and Driver gratuities specific to a destination is included within final tour documentation sent after a reservation has been paid in full.
All appropriate gratuities for luggage handling, bellman, doorman, dining room servers, housekeepers, local city guides, ship and train crew are included in the price of a Tauck trip.
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