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Charles Dickens
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12 reviews

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Passengers
140

Crew
39

Passenger to Crew
3.59:1

Launched
2015

Shore Excursions
29
Sails To
Europe
Sails From
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Charles Dickens Overview

A sister vessel to the William Shakespeare that was launched in 2014, Charles Dickens marks the continued expansion of Riviera Travel's European fleet to nine vessels.

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Offering itineraries through the heart of Europe on the Rhine, Moselle and Danube, the ship features contemporary decor that includes sustainably sourced hardwoods and brass and wrought iron fittings. Design details include the use of special sound absorbent paint on the restaurant ceiling to reduce noise levels during mealtimes. The restaurant, which operates an open dining system, also has tinted panoramic windows so diners won't miss any scenery by having to pull down window blinds on sunny days. The bar at the rear of the ship is also used as an intimate evening dining venue where the chef serves signature dishes to 24 guests. This can be reserved onboard at no extra charge.

The majority of cabins are 161 square feet. On the upper deck there are four 245-square-foot suites with sliding glass doors leading to a balcony with table and chairs. The other cabins on the upper and middle decks have French balconies and floor-to-ceiling windows where both panes of glass slide back over the outside of the ship to open the whole window to the fresh air.

Amenities include a fitness room, sauna and hair salon. There is a large sun deck and passengers are welcome to visit the bridge at any time, except when the vessel is berthing or navigating locks.


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footiewen
Sail Date: May 2018
The Charles Dickens was very clean, tidy, cabin was fine and the crew and staff very friendly and helpful. The food was varied with always a meat, fish and vegetarian option.... Read More
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J Y Kelly
Sail Date: Jun 2018
We had previously cruised with Viking, Riviera comes nowhere near. The ship is clean, modern and everything works but sadly both the ship's owners and Riviera just don't seem to know the difference between fair and... Read More
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Papaglowing
Sail Date: May 2018
I chose this cruise as I wanted to see Vienna. My wife was cautious as she thought it might be too slow way of travelling, and compared to big ship cruises, a bit more expensive. We had a lovely week. It seemed... Read More
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Mariepaulette
Sail Date: Sep 2017
I wanted to visit this part of Germany. The description of the various places was quite attractive. However we spent most of the time on board (Swiss Tiara, this name is not mentioned on the list) and had little... Read More

Riviera Travel Fleet

William Shakespeare
11 reviews

The 140-passenger William Shakespeare, which operates cruises on the Rhine River, features contemporary decor with sustainably sourced tropical hardwoods and brass and wrought-iron fittings.

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4.0 / 5.0
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The 140-passenger Jane Austen offers an intimate, premium feel with British touches; it sails Danube and Rhine River cruises as part of Riviera Travel's program of escorted tours.

Charles Dickens

The 140-passenger Charles Dickens offers river cruises through the heart of Europe and features contemporary decor that includes sustainably sourced hardwoods and brass and wrought-iron fittings.

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Thomas Hardy

The 169-passenger Thomas Hardy entered service with Riviera Travel in April 2017, joining sister ships Emily Bronte and Oscar Wilde as part of the line's expanding river fleet.

Oscar Wilde

Riviera Travel welcomed the 169-passenger Oscar Wilde to its growing fleet of river ships in May 2017. The Swiss-built ship is exclusive to the British market.

Douro Elegance

Built in 2017 and chartered to Rivera Travel, Douro Elegance has splash pool, open seating at meals and a la carte drinks.

Lord Byron

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Robert Burns
4.0 / 5.0
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Coming in 2018 from U.K.'s Riviera Travel, Robert Burns will sail the Rhine, Main and Danube on river cruises that are open to Americans, Brits and Australians.

Swiss Corona

This 144-passenger vessel, twin to Swiss Tiara, has a sauna, splash pool and putting green; all drinks are extra.

Douro Splendour

Aimed at British tastes, this well-equipped ship has excellent facilities and is particularly good for solo travelers. 

Geoffrey Chaucer

Coming in 2020, Riviera River Cruises' 176-passenger Geoffrey Chaucer has a few new touches, including a small splash pool and a second restaurant.

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