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Monarch Countess
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Monarch Countess Overview

Cruises on Monarch Countess showcase the local culture, history and architecture of each port while sailing on a river cruise line that's known for affordability. Onboard cruise directors provide expert explanations and insights throughout the sailing, not only onboard but on shore as well. 

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Local cuisine is served in the ship's forward-facing restaurant, which features open seating with buffet-style breakfast and lunch, and fixed menus with several entree choices for dinner. 

Monarch Countess has 64 cabins and four suites that range from 172 to 258 square feet. Each cabin is air-conditioned with individual climate control and features a private bathroom, flat-screen TV, telephone, hair dryer, safe and mini-fridge. All are outside cabins and feature either windows or a French balcony.

The Sun Deck offers lounge chair seating, a Jacuzzi and the Sky Bistro, which serves light snacks and drinks.

Onboard activities vary and may include games and contests during the day and live lounge music, and cocktails and conversations with friends at night.

Additional amenities include Wi-Fi throughout the ship, a small fitness center and a 24-hour self-serve coffee and tea station. The minimum age to sail is 16 years old.

In 2019, Monarch Countess offers an eight-night Germany's Rhine River itinerary between Basel and Amsterdam calling on Breisach, Strasbourg, Speyer, Rudesheim, Koblenz and Cologne.

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Monarch Countess
Sail Date: May 2019
We travelled northbound from Basel to Amsterdam on the Monarch Countess (which was booked entirely by Gate 1).... Read More
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Catie S
Sail Date: May 2019
The Monarch Countess isn’t a large ship and we found the experience to be much more relaxing and personalised than ocean cruises we have been on. The staff were friendly and efficient.... Read More
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Wants to be rich
Sail Date: Oct 2019
We arrived at the Monarch Countess 2 hours before official boarding time, but were told we could leave our luggage if we wanted to walk around outside for a bit, which we did.... Read More
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Sail Date: Apr 2019
This may be the first review of the Monarch Countess, one of Gate 1 Travel's own river cruisers. I was looking for reviews prior to our trip but was unable to find any.... Read More

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