Many of you may not have heard of Amadeus river cruises (formerly Luftner cruises) before, at least until you read my blog.
Amadeus are a family owned business (the Austrian Luftner family) who will introduce their fourteenth river ship in April year.
I have now cruised with them twice simply because of their good quality product and some very competitive fares.
Their new ship called ‘Amadeus Provence’ (not Silver 4) is currently being built in the Dutch shipyard ‘De Hoop’.
She will be 110 meters long and carry 140 passengers. She is shorter than some newbuilds, probably because of the constraints the rivers she will be cruising on. She will sailing on the French rivers Rhône and Saône.
In their own words: The AMADEUS Provence offers custom-designed luxury and features a unique combination of modern elegance and superb amenities:
8 spacious Suites with comfortable corner sofa, luxurious bathroom and walk-out exterior balcony
62 Staterooms with mainly drop-down panoramic windows, luxurious bathrooms and walk-in wardrobes
Spacious public areas such as the pool deck with swimming pool and Lido-Bar or the outdoor glass-shielded “River Terrace”.
The AMADEUS Provence will transport you on the river cruise of a lifetime. Don’t miss the breath-taking 8-day cruise “French Savoir Vivre” from/to Lyon and experience world-famous sights such as Pont du Gard, Gorges de l´Ardèche, the nature reserve Camargue und the wine area Beaujolais.
The design of Provence is a little different to all the other Amadeus ships.
The ship has to pass under a number of low bridges on these itineraries, which means the sun deck has to regularly be closed to passengers.
However I believe the new ‘pool deck’ at the stern (not featured on any of their other ships) is located lower so it can still be used when the sun deck is closed.
Amadeus Silver II ship review: HERE
Amadeus Elegant ship review HERE