The MS Monet may have been built by Croisi Europe in 1999, but its refurbishment in 2007 means that it boasts contemporary, modern décor and fresh and airy public areas that are inviting and comfortable. Cruising along the Rhine, its tributaries and the Danube River, the MS Monet introduces its guests to a wealth of European countries, including France, Holland and the Czech Republic.
With plenty of onboard amenities available, to ensure all guests can enjoy a relaxing stay, and stunning views of the surrounding countryside from every angle, the MS Monet offers an ideal way of experiencing these majestic European Rivers, while also offering its guests a number of fantastic shore excursions and activities to ensure their trip is an unforgettable one.
The MS Monet can accommodate up to 154 passengers, with staterooms being spread across two decks. Multilingual staff and crew have a good understanding of the English language, with French being the official language onboard. The majority of guests are mature, well-travelled and hail from France and Germany, but an increasing number of British, Scandinavian and American guests are finding Croisi Europe’s fleet appealing.
There is one dining room onboard, situated on the Upper Deck, which benefits from large windows and plenty of space. Guests can enjoy extensive buffet breakfasts, as well as sit-down three-course meals for lunch and dinner, which take inspiration from French cuisine that is specially-prepared by the expert team of chefs onboard.
Drinks including wines, beers, soft drinks, water and hot beverages are complimentary with lunch and dinner, and are also available from the lounge between noon and midnight, at no extra cost.
There is a spacious lounge and bar area situated on the Upper Deck, which offers a perfect after-dinner retreat. The bar serves a range of drinks that are unlimited and complimentary, and there is also champagne, branded spirits and a fine wine menu available at an additional charge. There is a dancefloor and a resident pianist to entertain guests every evening, and an evening entertainment programme is in place on every voyage, including professional performances (such as operetta music evenings) and crew shows.
The captain’s welcome cocktail reception and farewell gala dinner are great opportunities for guests to mingle and enjoy the company of like-minded travellers.
The main reason for a river cruise on any vessel is the onshore experiences that can be enjoyed, but with a cruise on the Monet, you can enjoy a wealth of onboard facilities too, to ensure your travel between ports is enjoyable. The expansive Sun Deck, kitted out with a range of deck chairs and loungers, is a perfect place to while away some time, watching the gorgeous landscapes change as you drift by, and there is also a small library and gift shop onboard. Onboard activity programmes are also offered which coincide with the destinations visited, including demonstrations and lectures. Wi-Fi is available ship-wide, and guests can enjoy complimentary use of Samsung Galaxy tablets.
On land, guests can partake in a range of optional excursions, or can choose to explore the destinations independently. Guided tours are available, and expert local guides provide informative narrative which every guest will hear clearly thanks to the wireless audio headsets.
There are 78 ensuite staterooms onboard which feature either twin or double beds. Twenty-eight of these cabins are located on the Upper Deck and 50 can be found on the Main Deck – all of which benefit from outside views thanks to the large picture windows.
Amenities in every cabin are as standard, and include comfortable beds, climate control, satellite television, radio, hairdryer and in-room safe. Some cabins include triple beds.
There are a variety of itineraries available that encompass areas of the Rhine, Rhone and Danube Rivers, and last anything from three to nine days.
Enjoy a romantic weekend in the Rhine Valley, or experience the gastronomy and wines of the Alsace region. Other itineraries include the nine day ‘From the Rhine to the Danube’, the five day ‘Holland and its Tulips’ and the nine day ‘Prague and the Pearls of the Danube’ itineraries. You can also experience ‘Springtime in Holland’ which takes in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Antwerp on a five day cruise exploration of the region including a sightseeing tour of Amsterdam, a stop at a traditional Dutch village and the open air windmill museum of Zaanse Schans, an optional excursion to the stunning tulip gardens at Keukenhof and a free evening in Antwerp.