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MS Serenade 1
MS Serenade 1 : 2017 Itineraries
Dutch Waterways and the Beautiful Keukenhof Gardens
Take in the delights of The Netherlands from the comfort of our exclusively chartered cruise vessel, the MS Serenade 1, as she effortlessly transports you along the country’s waterways. Your cruise will take in all aspects that may be expected from a visit to this lovely country; a village of windmills and Keukenhof Gardens - home to one of the largest arrays of beautiful flowers including the famous tulip that has been cultivated here for four centuries. We visit historical towns enriched by the once-powerful Dutch East India Company and complete our journey in Amsterdam with a cruise along the 17th century narrow waterways and canals.
Delights of the Low Countries
Just a short hop across the Channel, the Low Countries are the ideal destination for scenic river cruising, and on this delightful week-long journey through Belgium and the Netherlands you’ll visit the vibrant capital cities of Amsterdam and Brussels, medieval towns and picturesque villages. You will discover the stately windmills of Kinderdijk and spend time in historic Dordrecht before sailing on to the Belgian capital, taking a stroll through the Grand Place and marvelling at the futuristic Atomium. Sample the exquisite chocolates in Antwerp, immerse yourself in the art of the Renaissance in Ghent, and, returning to the Netherlands, enjoy the sights of Rotterdam and the captivating Dutch capital, Amsterdam.
Castles and Cathedrals of Germany
Experience the serene beauty of the River Rhine, sailing from Basel in Switzerland northwards to the cathedral city of Cologne aboard the stylish MS Serenade 1. Along the way you’ll visit the lovely French city of Strasbourg, seat of the European Parliament, and enjoy a scenic cruise on the city’s canals. Speyer, with its fine Romanesque cathedral and Rüdesheim follow, and you will sail past the legendary Lorelei Rock and through spectacular Rhineland scenery to Koblenz, with its magnificent fortress and to your final port of call, Cologne.
Southern German Romance
Discover the historic cities of Bavaria and the Rhineland on this wonderful cruise, travelling through the beautiful region of Franconia, stopping to visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Bamberg and Würzburg and the picturesque medieval town of Miltenberg. You will also visit Mainz, the vibrant capital of Rhineland-Palatinate and there will be a chance to explore the enchanting university city of Heidelberg. Sailing southwards, you’ll cross the border to Alsace, visiting the seat of the European Parliament, Strasbourg, before your cruise reaches its conclusion in the Swiss city of Basel.
A Tale of Three Cities
As an inspiration to many, the majesty of the Danube and its great cities nestled along its route has been the creative trigger for great works of literature, art and music. This enchanting river presents the most romantic and scenic way to travel between central and eastern Europe and a week-long cruise, from Vienna to Budapest aboard MS Serenade 1, provides a lovely relaxing opportunity to do just that. It perfectly combines three exceptional capital cities - Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest - with the beautiful Danube scenery that unfolds as you sail, including the Wachau Valley, whilst stopping in charming towns along the way.
A Journey along the Danube with Prague
Beginning in the Bavarian city of Passau, this delightful cruise aboard the stylish MS Serenade 1 will take you through Austria’s spectacular Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stopping to visit Melk, crowned with its famous baroque abbey and Dürnstein, set amongst the lush vineyards which produce some of Austria’s finest Riesling and Grüner Veltliner wine. Returning to Germany, you’ll discover the medieval treasures of Regensburg before the cruise ends in Nuremberg. Your holiday continues, however, with a two-night stay in the beautiful Czech capital, Prague, with plenty of time to experience the sights and sounds of this truly magical city at the heart of Europe.
From Beautiful Budapest to Stunning Vienna
This exciting cruise brings together some of the most treasured riverside towns and cities of the Danube, sailing from Budapest to Vienna. From the comfort of the MS Serenade 1, travel along Europe’s second longest river, through beautiful riverscapes to four fascinating countries. Plus, hotel stays in the capitals of Austria and Hungary, with sightseeing tours included, will ensure you have plenty of time to absorb their ambience and culture to complete your magical experience.
Springtime on the Rhine with Amsterdam
Follow the course of the beautiful River Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel, beginning with two days to explore the characterful Dutch capital, and sailing through some of Germany’s most spectacular scenery. You’ll visit Arnhem, site of the famous ‘bridge too far’ and discover the highlights of Cologne, with its magnificent cathedral and the historic university city of Heidelberg, as well as Koblenz and Rüdesheim. You will also spend time in the charming French city of Strasbourg before your cruise concludes in Switzerland.
Treasures of the Danube with Salzburg
Step aboard for this delightful journey along the Danube, beginning in Vienna, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. You’ll discover the Slovakian capital, Bratislava and, crossing into Hungary, you’ll have a day to explore the enchanting city of Budapest. You will also visit the cultural centre of Esztergom before your ship returns to Austria, sailing through the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley to Melk, crowned with its famous baroque abbey, and Linz, where the cruise comes to an end. Your holiday concludes with a two-night hotel stay in Mozart’s home town of Salzburg, with plenty of time to relax or explore at your leisure.
Legends of Germany with Lucerne
Sailing from Basel to Cologne, this cruise will take you through the most enchanting landscapes of the Rhine Valley, past vineyard-covered hills watched over by the romantic ruins of medieval castles, calling at picture-postcard towns along the way. Your holiday begins with a two-night hotel stay in Lucerne, the gateway to the Swiss Alps, and there will also be time to see the sights in Basel before our journey down river. Explore the lovely French city of Strasbourg, both on foot and on a cruise through its pretty canals before continuing to Speyer, with its fine Romanesque cathedral, and picturesque Rüdesheim. There will be opportunities to venture into the fabled Black Forest and you will sail past the legendary Lorelei Rock to Koblenz, with its magnificent fortress and on to your final port of call, Cologne.
A Grand Rhine Cruise
Sail along the Rhine aboard the exclusively chartered MS Serenade 1 to visit some of Europe’s oldest towns and cities, each with delightful haphazard alleys to explore. Starting and finishing in Cologne, we take in Bonn, the former capital of the Federal Republic of Germany, and the former Roman capital of Mainz. The Romans founded many of the destinations on this cruise, leaving fortresses and amphitheatres for us to enjoy, as well as initiating the growth of vineyards which decorate the valleys through which we sail. In addition to included city tours, you may like to visit Beethoven’s House Museum and Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum.
A Classical Journey from Cologne to Amsterdam
The Rhine has a plethora of legacies, from the castles and fortresses dotted along its banks to the Black Forest, famed for the classic cuckoo clocks and delicious cherry gateau. We spend time exploring wonderful cities full of highlights that have been justifiably awarded UNESCO status and opportunities to nurture musical intrigue with optional visits to Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum, Beethoven’s home and an included string quartet concert. All this is interspersed with relaxing days cruising along the beautiful Rhine and ends with a night in fascinating Amsterdam.
A River Odyssey from Amsterdam to Vienna
This exceptional two-week cruise into the heart of Europe takes you from the characterful Dutch capital, Amsterdam to Vienna, sailing along the Rhine, Moselle, Main and Danube rivers through some of the most celebrated landscapes of the Netherlands, Germany and Austria. You’ll explore historic towns and cities such as Cologne, Koblenz, Cochem and Frankfurt and spend time strolling through the cobbled streets, castles and palaces of picture-postcard Bavarian towns including Bamberg and Würzburg before sailing onwards to Austria, enjoying the natural beauty of the Wachau Valley on the way to the nation’s majestic capital.
Grand River Voyage with Budapest
Traverse two famously picturesque riverscapes as we take this leisurely voyage from Amsterdam to Budapest. The Lorelei is a favourite stretch amongst river fanatics, taking you past numerous medieval castles, fortresses and palaces, plus the legendary Lorelei Rock. The second is the wildly romantic Wachau Valley, winding its way through Austrian vineyards. The cruise is embellished with wonderful city visits, creating a list of highlights from Cologne’s Gothic cathedral to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, the Würzburg Residence Palace and the timber-framed medieval town of Miltenberg, enjoying samples of delicious produce from the valleys of the Danube, Main and Rhine along the way. Conclude with a night’s stay in Budapest.
Eastern European Odyssey
Follow the Danube River from Budapest, as it flows through Eastern Europe and the Danube Delta, to Romania’s Black Sea Coast. Sailing through seven countries and visiting the capital cities of Budapest, Belgrade, Bratislava and Vienna, this exciting cruise is a comprehensive collection of stunning cities just waiting to be explored. As you sail to the Black Sea and then journey back to Vienna, you’ll stop in charming villages and interesting towns that contrast with the big cities. A daylight cruise through the dramatic Iron Gates gorge is yet another highlight on this captivating voyage.
MS Serenade 1 : Cabins
The ship has 68 outside cabins located across three different decks. The cabins on board the Serenade I offer 16 square metres of space, but thanks to the extremely efficient design of the cabins, they seem even bigger! The French balconies on all of the upper and middle deck cabins provide extra space, and means that you have a fantastic view of the river and surrounding areas. Enjoy waking up looking out onto the water, or perhaps sipping the cocktail of the day whilst watching the sun set.
All cabins are equipped with a shower and separate bathtub, twin beds, satellite TV, telephone, fully-stocked mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, heating/air conditioning, safety box and a hair dryer.
MS Serenade 1 : Life Onboard
Enjoy the relaxed life on board this spacious ship, in the pleasant lounge bar, over a delicious dinner in the restaurant, on the large sundeck or in the comfort of your own cabin. The ship's 68 cabins are located on three decks, and can accommodate a total of 136 passengers. Don’t’ forget, Titan has chartered the ship exclusively, so there will only be Titan customers on board. Other facilities on board include a fitness room equipped with a sauna and washroom, a library and a small boutique.
In the evenings there will be live music, and on occasion local folklore performers or musicians will also come on board to entertain you. During the day you will enjoy wonderful scenery as you sail along the scenic waterways of Europe, and you will be able to go ashore either independently or by booking one of the organised excursions which can be purchased in advance and on board. There is no strict dress code on board, allowing you to dress casually during the day, with smart casual for the evenings. There is a Captain’s Gala Dinner, which is a bit more formal, and gentlemen might choose a suit and tie, with the ladies opting for a cocktail dress or something similar, but it isn’t compulsory.
MS Serenade 1 : Food and Drink
Enjoy delicious cuisine prepared by our resident chefs, served in an elegant, relaxed dining room, while sailing through some of the most beautiful scenery in Europe. A delicious selection of hot and cold dishes are available throughout the cruise and highlights include the Captain’s splendid farewell Gala Dinner serving up a fantastic six-course feast.
- Breakfast on board consists of a wide variety of hot and cold dishes, and there is also a cooking station offering fresh egg dishes cooked to your liking.
- A four-course lunch is served every day in the restaurant, consisting of a light salad, soup of the day, a choice of three main courses and a selection of desserts. If nothing on the main menu tempts you, there’s also the chef’s dish of the day, prepared by the chef depending on where you are in the world. Alternatively, a buffet will also be available, offering a selection of sandwiches and pasta dishes for a lighter lunch. If you’re off on an excursion, the chef would be more than happy to make you a packed lunch to take with you so that you can still enjoy lunch on shore.
- Dinner on board provides another tasty menu, with a four-course meal consisting of an appetizer, soup, choice of three main courses and final course offering a choice of desserts including a selection of international cheeses.
If you’re still a bit peckish after enjoying all of the evening entertainment, a midnight snack is served in the lounge!