MS Casanova / Peter Deilmann Reederei / Docked at Amsterdam
From my established entitled “Amsterdam”
In my selection entitled “Rhine Major Danube”
In my photostream
Just around a yr ago, Karen and I cruised the Rhine-Major-Danube Process. The tour lined the pursuing nations around the world: Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Hungary. The towns we frequented bundled Amsterdam, Xanten, Cologne, Koblenz, Aschaffenburg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremburg, Regensburg, Passau, Vienna and Budapest. It was a charming trip, and I came house with around 2000 images, most of which I posted between Oct, 2007 and Might, 2008.
The pursuing content offer with our ship, The MS Casanova, operated by Peter Deilmann Reederei
Reproduced from Deilmann Casanova Evaluation
By Durant and Cheryl Imboden
Peter Deilmann Reederei has operated cruise vessels on European rivers considering that 1983, when the Donauprinzessin joined the line’s present fleet of ocean ships. Currently, the organization has 10 ships on the rivers of Western and Central Europe, jointly with two high-class ocean vessels: the MS Deutschland and the sailing yacht Lili Marleen.
In tumble, 2004, my son and I used a week aboard the MS Casanova, a five-star river vessel that moved from Northern Italy to the Rhine, Danube, Moselle, and Rhine-Major Canal for the 2005 year and further than. This illustrated overview describes the ship, the assistance and amenities onboard, and the distinctly European type of river cruising that Peter Deilmann provides to cosmopolitan tourists.
MS Casanova: the ship
Casanova was developed in 2001 for cruises on Italy’s Po River, in which ships need to be equipped to cruise underneath lower bridges and in good shape easily in slim, shallow canals. As a end result, it truly is scaled-down than numerous ships that cruise Central European waters, with a duration of 338 ft and a beam of 32 ft, or 103 m by nine,70 m. The ship could be explained as a “boutique vessel,” considering that it accommodates only ninety six passengers.
Most public rooms are on the Verdi deck, or principal deck, which also has 26 of the the ship’s forty eight passenger cabins. A staircase sales opportunities down to the Rialto Deck, in which a foyer separates the cafe from the 22 lower-deck staterooms. The Sundeck, an open region on the prime of the ship, provides deck chairs, tables, and lots of area together the railings for sightseeing and photograph-taking.
Travellers enter and leave the ship through the reception region, situated amidships on the Verdi deck, which acts as a buffer between the public rooms and cabins. A doorway on the starboard facet of Casanova sales opportunities past a boutique/hairdresser into the substantial and perfectly-appointed lounge, which has a bar, a library corner, a tiny dance floor, and a piano for leisure.
Viewers and atmosphere
Like other Peter Deilmann river vessels, Casanova serves a multinational audience. This helps make it various from its foremost competition on the European river-cruising circuit, which run different vessels for the U.S. and Canadian marketplace (Viking) or cater only to North American tourists (Avalon Waterways, Uniworld, Vantage, and so forth.).
The bulk of Deilmann’s visitors appear from German-talking nations around the world, but a sizeable minority are from the U.S., Canada, and Britain. On our cruise, about a third of the passengers had been American or Canadian, with one particular British few on board. Most of our fellow visitors had been in their 60s or older (a relatively typical age variety for European river cruises).
The ship’s atmosphere has a powerful German taste, but do not go searching for stereotypes from yesteryear: The waiters, stewardesses, and reception employees are far more friendly than formal, and the gown code on most evenings is “sensible everyday.” You can expect to notice the Teutonic influence typically when you turn on the Television set–in which German channels predominate–or if you ask for water in the cafe, when you can be asked if you want bottled mineral water or American-type ice water. (Soon after the initially meal or two, your beverage stewardess will try to remember your tastes.)
All ship’s bulletins are in the two German and English, and different versions of the every day publication are printed for Deutsch- and English-talking visitors.
Overall, Casanova and Peter Deilmann Cruises supply a far more cosmopolitan environment than you would come across on a vessel that caters mainly to U.S. and Canadian tourists. With Deilmann, you truly feel that you happen to be in Europe when you happen to be aboard the ship, not just when you go ashore. No matter whether which is very good or negative depends on your tastes and whether or not you prefer mingling with the locals or sticking with fellow foreigners.
Casanova’s staterooms appear in 3 flavors:
Queen cabins. In these 16 staterooms, the queen-measurement beds have different mattresses, each with its very own duvet when the stewardess removes the bedspread at night. This usually means you can snuggle or retain separation, depending on whom you happen to be traveling with.
Twin cabins. These thirty cabins have twin beds on reverse partitions. A single berth converts into a couch in the course of the working day.
Junior suites. There are just two junior suites, the two on the lower or Rialto deck. They have queen-measurement beds and are a little bit greater than the conventional queen and twin cabins.
Rooms on the Verdi or upper deck have cleverly designed French doorways overlooking the water. Open the left fifty percent, and you have a floor-to-ceiling screen to maintain bugs at bay. Open the proper facet, and you can lean out to acquire pictures, look at the passing landscape in far more depth, or get a truly feel for the weather.
Cabins on the Rialto or lower deck have mounted photograph home windows.
All staterooms are attractively decorated with generous expanses of wooden paneling, drapes, pictures on the partitions, and so forth. Casanova’s designers gave a good deal of notice to details, as the inset photograph of a ceiling light will present. The gold-trim motif is also employed on the custom cabin home furnishings, which includes developed-in closets, nightstands with storage area, and a desk with minibar. (I did notice one particular tiny oversight: Casanova’s duvets are filled with a thin polyester batting as a substitute of down.)
The bathrooms are incredibly perfectly-designed, with luxurious touches this sort of as glass shower enclosures, marble and ceramic partitions, wooden bathroom seats, brass taps, and sinks that have marble counter tops in a stunning brown-crimson marble earlier mentioned a wooden storage cabinet and shelves. There’s a retractable clothesline in the shower stall, and you can come across lots of racks and hooks for towels and dressing robes. (Your stewardess will source bathrobes on ask for.)
Lastly, the Television set in each cabin has a very good assortment of channels–typically in German, but with BBC Globe and CNN to maintain you in touch with what’s going on again house. Casanova also has closed-circuit flicks quite a few situations a working day in the two German and English.
Germans have a status for taking their meals severely, and the top quality of hotel and cafe meals in Germany tends to be much better than in the United States or Britain. So it should not appear as a surprise that Peter Deilmann’s Casanova lives up to its five-star ambitions in the dining home.
Breakfast is made up of a buffet with clean fruit, cereals, rolls, dim German breads, croissants and other pastries, cheeses, chilly cuts, herring, smoked salmon, and so forth. Waiters are on hand to serve drinks, whisk away filthy plates, and acquire orders for clean-cooked eggs or every day specials. Mineral water and glowing wine, which you pay for at lunch or supper, are absolutely free at breakfast. (Nicole, our beverage stewardess, told us that some visitors like a glass of Prosecco to wake up in the morning. I experimented with a quarter-glass as a test but made a decision to stick with espresso. My son was delighted by the hot chocolate, which was exceptional.)
Lunch is a select-your-very own-adventure affair in which you can fill up a plate from the buffet or have a full meal served course by course. On most times, I grabbed a number of salad and fish goods from the buffet and skipped straight to the principal course or requested pasta as an entrée.
At supper, the menu usually capabilities an appetizer, two soups, a fish or pasta course, a selection of entrées, and dessert. (On gala evenings, a sorbet precedes the principal course.) The restaurant’s wooden-and-marble buffet desk is laid with a salad bar (with the expression “salad” encompassing this sort of luxuries as shrimp and fish), which is changed by a assortment of cheeses and fruit at the close of the meal.
Deilmann isn’t going to skimp on substances: Substantial-top quality fish is on the menu at almost just about every midday or night meal, and we had been served lobster, substantial shrimp, lamb, veal, and duck at several situations in the course of the cruise. Baked merchandise are also exceptional–most notably the cakes and other desserts, which are baked on board by a full-time pastry chef.
If sightseeing leaves you hungry for far more than 3 sq. meals a working day, you can prime up your tummy with boullion at eleven a.m., finger sandwiches and cakes at afternoon tea, or the late-night snack in the lounge at 10:thirty p.m. (On our voyage, Jozef–the Casanova’s exceptional pianst and vocalist–supplied musical accompaniment in the course of afternoon tea, the six:thirty p.m. cocktail hour, and the night snack.)
Espresso, tea, ice water, and fruit juices are absolutely free. Other drinks price additional at lunch and supper, even though complimentary glowing wine and Kir Royale are served (and replenished generously) on gala evenings. If you get a bottle of wine or mineral water in the dining home, your waiter will mark the bottle and save it for future meals.
Consume prices are in line with what you may well be expecting on a European luxurious vessel: On our cruise, a glass of German draft beer price €2,80, a bar-measurement bottle of gentle drink was €2,fifty, a five-cl glass of vermouth price €2,90, grappa was €3,80, and whiskies or cocktails had been in the €5,fifty to €6,90 variety. Showcased wines on the supper menu usually price €20 to €25, and a quarter-liter of the house white or crimson was much less pricey than a glass of wine in a typical U.S. cafe.
Casanova has an unusually substantial employees for a river ship that carries only ninety six passengers. Peter Deilmann statements a passenger-to-crew ratio of two.five:one, or “about the greatest crew to passenger ratio of any river vessel.” There’s even a physician on board.
The multilingual cafe, bar, housekeeping, and reception employees had been a hardworking bunch in the course of our cruise, and they had been also really-skilled industry experts. Our waiter, Mladen Tomljanovic, was a nine-yr veteran of cruise ships, and our beverage stewardess, Nicole Hoppe, experienced 3 decades of skilled training and apprenticeship ahead of becoming a member of Peter Deilmann Cruises. Mladen, Nicole, and other users of the cafe and beverage employees labored jointly as an effective team, offering assistance on a par with what you would be expecting on a luxurious cruise line or a five-star hotel.
I was also impressed by the crew’s warmth, friendliness, and overall very good cheer. A single night, the youthful employees had been type sufficient to invite my eighteen-yr-previous son to join them at a nightclub that was well-liked with riverboat crews. (I resisted the urge to play chaperone, shelling out the night with a Donna Leon secret as a substitute.)
The Casanova’s publication proposed dividing gratuities of €6,fifty to €7,fifty per passenger per working day amongst the assistance employees, and passengers had been encouraged to make further contributions to a strategies box at the reception desk for other users of the crew. I thought the proposed figures had been a little bit lower for employees who labored fifteen hours or far more per working day, so I gave €50 each (for two passengers) to our waiter, beverage stewardess, and cabin stewardess, moreover one more €50 for the crew box.
(Observe: Guidelines for bar buys ought to be designed at the time of assistance, considering that the human being who serves you a drink may not be your normal beverage stewardess or waiter.)
From Qualified Vacation Guideline
This German-developed river boat from Peter Deilmann Cruises launched in 2001 and was refitted in 2006. She sails with up to ninety six passengers on a huge wide variety of itineraries together the Rhine, Moselle, Major and Danube rivers from mid-March to early November. This slender, trim triple-decker is an all-white 338-ft elegance with crimson trim. She has a width of 32 ft and a draft of 4 ft and exhibits a classical profile.
Peter Deilmann established this German organization a quarter century ago, initially with oceangoing cruise ships and then riverboats. His two daughters have on the tradition from the organization headquarters at Neustadt in Holsetin, Germany functioning eight high-close riverboats and the cruise ship Deutschland.
North American and German speakers appear aboard in varying figures depending on the itinerary and departure. Most are fifty and older. Really number of kids are identified aboard, and there are no specific amenities for them. The riverboat crew is completely bilingual, so there are no language difficulties. Advised per diem tipping fees are US$nine for waitstaff and US$five for the cabin attendant.
The Casanova employed to sail on the River Po in northern Italy, and now she is identified plying numerous various itineraries lasting from 7 to 14 times. She may be based at Amsterdam, The Netherlands, for cruises on the Dutch and Belgian waterways or together the Rhine and Major in Germany. She sails with the Mozart on 7-working day Danube River journeys based at Passau, Germany.
Her most formidable cruise is a pair of sailings between Amsterdam and Budapest, Hungary, through the Rhine, Major, Danube and connecting canal. Some shore excursions are bundled in cruise-excursions but not for cruise-only fares. A money-conserving tour package deal can be acquired for most itineraries. Depending on the figures, the buses may be different for each language or bilingual, and the exact same goes for the guided walks.
The panoramic cafe has a stately Italian Provincial class with typical highback chairs and cherry accents, a round compass rose of yellow glass on the ceiling and a buffet station. The home can accommodate all passengers at a single sitting down. No one particular has time to get hungry, with breakfast, morning bouillon, lunch, tea, supper and midnight snacks. Exceptional multicourse luncheons and dinners attribute Continental fare and wines of numerous nations around the world. Evening meals can attribute nine classes on some evenings, so be expecting to shell out a good deal of time at the desk.
English-talking passengers are seated jointly at reserved tables and single sitting down. Evening have on normally sees guys in jacket and tie. The tastefully furnished lounge brings passengers jointly quite a few situations a working day, with its plump sofas and armchairs, panoramic sights, perfectly-stocked bar, and nightly leisure and dancing. Bulletins, menus, and every day systems are all furnished in English and German.
The sun deck topside has lots of deck chairs and blankets, and a medical doctor is onboard. Normal cabins are 140 sq ft, with two minisuites of 160 sq ft, all fantastically appointed with desks, TVs, telephones, radios, closets, and baths with showers, hair dryers and robes. Beds are twins and queen-sized, and the upper deck cabins have French doorways. Bedding is European-type with duvets and feather pillows, but synthetic components are obtainable on ask for.
As of 2008, there is no smoking cigarettes inside of any Deilmann vessels. Smoking cigarettes is only permitted on deck.
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