As one of the majestic river cruise ships operated by Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), the Belvedere has helped to expand the line’s reach, introducing its beautiful vessels onto the rivers as well as the already-established ocean liners. With itineraries that sail through some of Europe’s historic heartland, along the beautiful Danube River, the Belvedere can help guests to truly appreciate some of the beauty of Europe’s unspoilt landscapes and multicultural cities.
Built in 2005, the Belvedere is one of three river cruise vessels, and alongside the Bellefleur and the Bellejour, provides top-class, adult-friendly river cruise experiences from the moment you step onboard.
The Belvedere can accommodate 176 passengers when travelling at maximum capacity, and as a UK-based line, the majority of these are British holidaymakers. All staff and crew speak English, including the Cruise Manager onboard, and commentaries, announcements and guided tours are in English too, so there’s no need to worry about things being lost in translation.
The majority of river cruise travellers tend to be mature and well-travelled, with a keen interest in learning more about European culture and heritage, and are often loyal customers who return again and again, due to the home-from-home feel of the vessel.
There’s one restaurant onboard, benefitting from a professional maitre’d and attentive waiting staff on hand to serve. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all served onboard, providing guests with gourmet dishes throughout the voyage. Cuisine is expertly prepared and mouth-watering, with afternoon teas and late-night snacks also available.
House wine, beer and soft drinks are included with lunch and dinner. Beverages including soft drinks and tea & coffee are complimentary throughout the day.
There is a Panorama Lounge onboard, boasting wide floor-to-ceiling windows which offer super views, day and night. The Captain’s cocktail party is always a highlight, but other onboard entertainment options are available, including orchestral performances and guest entertainers who perform region-specific revues, such as folkloric performances in certain ports.
The Belvedere has an Internet corner, where guests can enjoy chatting with loved ones back home and browsing online when they’re not enjoying the shore excursions and other ship facilities. Other activities are arranged throughout the day, ranging from arts and crafts workshops to guest lectures.
There are nine categories of accommodation onboard, with a typical size of 175 sq. ft. – all of which boast river views of varying degrees, ranging from portholes in staterooms on the Moselle Deck and panoramic windows with French balcony in staterooms on the Rhine and Danube decks. Every cabin enjoys air conditioning, an en-suite with shower, satellite TV, radio, telephone, hairdryer and in-room safe. The double beds can be configured into two twin beds if necessary.
There are also four suites onboard, situated on the Danube deck, which benefit from a spacious seating area in addition to the above amenities. Sole occupancy rooms may also be available, which appeals to solo travellers.
Guests can enjoy the facilities of the wellness centre onboard, situated on the Rhine Deck, which include sauna and Jacuzzi, as well as a fitness area equipped with modern cardio equipment. If you just wish to relax though, there are plenty of comfortable recliners available, where you can kick back and watch the breath-taking scenery drift by. There is also a covered promenade along the Danube deck if you fancy a relaxing stroll, regardless of what the weather is doing.
The Belvedere operates two itineraries along the Danube – the eight-day Majestic Danube which starts in Passau, and the 16-day Danube Experience to the Delta that heads all the way to the Black Sea.
The Majestic Danube takes in the sensational scenery that Austria, Slovakia and Hungary has to offer, and incorporates unforgettable sightseeing opportunities, including guided tours of Budapest, Bratislava, Linz and Durnstein and the chance to visit Melk’s Benedictine Abbey, cruise through the UNESCO-recognised Wachau Valley and attend a Straus-Mozart concert in Vienna.
With the Danube Experience to the Delta itinerary, you have the opportunity to go that little bit further, and it includes sightseeing opportunities in iconic cities such as Belgrade, Budapest and Bratislava. Sail through the Iron Gates gorge, explore the Bulgarian city of Rousse and appreciate the old and new that Austria’s city of Melk has to offer.