Built in 2000 and enjoying a complete refurbishment in 2011, the MS Michelangelo gives guests the opportunity to discover the beauty of Italy, by sailing along the Po River and visiting areas including iconic Venice and the Venetian Lagoon, as well as allowing guests to enjoy the breathtaking scenery and upmarket waterside hotspots of Lake Garda.
Boasting a friendly and warm atmosphere throughout and excellent quality facilities to ensure passengers can enjoy an unforgettable experience onboard and off, the Michelangelo is one of Croisi Europe’s highly regarded river cruise ships.
The ship can accommodate a maximum of 158 passengers, over two decks of staterooms, and there are 25 crew and officers onboard who demonstrate an excellent level of hospitality throughout every voyage. The majority of guests onboard tend to be French and German thanks to the origins of this European line, but an increasing number of British, American and Scandinavian guests are finding the ship and its itineraries appealing.
French and English are spoken onboard, with guides and staff members having a good understanding of the English language. Guests are usually well-travelled, mature and passionate about culture, traditions and history.
The stylish and tasteful restaurant on the Upper Deck serves all the food onboard, including an extensive buffet breakfast and waiter-served three course meals for lunch and dinner. Menus take inspiration from French cuisine, prepared by passionate and skilled chefs onboard. Any special dietary requirements can be accommodated, but advance notice is recommended.
Drinks including local wines, beers, soft drinks, water and hot beverages are included with lunch and dinner and are available between noon and midnight every day from the bar, free of charge and without any limits on quantity. Other drinks, including champagne, branded spirits and a fine wine menu, are available at an additional charge.
The spacious lounge, with full service bar, can be found on the Upper Deck and includes a dancefloor for evening music and dancing. A resident pianist performs after dinner daily, and a varied entertainment programme is available to coincide with each itinerary, including professional performances and crew shows.
Guests can also look forward to the captain’s welcome cocktail reception and the farewell gala evenings on every itinerary. Some guests choose to dress up for these special occasions, although the usual dress code is a relaxed smart casual.
Guests who embark on voyages aboard the Michelangelo do so with one thing in mind – fully experiencing the shore excursions and opportunities available on land, from tours of Doge’s Palace and the Piazza San Marco, plus visits to the lagoon islands of Burano and Murano, all being examples of the fantastic itinerary fillers. Expert guides are enlisted to lead the way on some of the excursions and tours (and wireless audio headsets are also on offer so everyone is able to hear the narrative clearly), and independent exploration is also available, including a memorable gondola ride along the canals. Back on the cruise ship, there is a spacious Sun Deck with deckchairs, and a gift shop.
Wi-Fi is also available when the signal allows, and can be used to stay connected with loved ones back home and to browse the web during guest’s free time.
There are 78 staterooms onboard, spread across the Upper and Main Decks; all of which feature an outside view. The Upper Deck has 27 twin rooms, while the Main Deck has 51 cabins including 44 twin rooms, two single cabins, four double bed cabins and one suite.
All cabins include a private bathroom with shower, satellite TV, radio, in-room safe, climate control, hairdryer and radiophone.
The MS Michelangelo sails a number of different itineraries that focus on the Po River in Italy, with itinerary-specific visits to Venice and its Venetian Lagoon, as well as land stays in Lake Garda. It is also possible to enjoy a five day Christmas inspired cruise if you’re looking for something festive.
A typical cruise available is the ‘Venice, the Lagoon and the Po Delta’ which can last for either six or nine days. Highlights include Taglio di Po on the Adriatic Sea, Chioggia – a Roman town on a small island at the entrance of the Venetian Lagoon, the lagoon islands of Burano and Murano, and an optional excursion to Verona, of Romeo and Juliet fame.