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William Shakespeare
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Riviera Travel, which operates river cruises throughout Europe and on the Mekong River in Southeast Asia, has added a new ship to its European fleet.

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The 140-passenger William Shakespeare sails seven-night itineraries on the Rhine. A sister vessel to Lord Byron, the ship features contemporary decor that includes sustainably sourced tropical hardwoods and brass and wrought iron fittings. The ship's three passenger decks have been named after Shakespearean characters -- Hamlet, Othello and Romeo -- and the main public space, the Globe Lounge, takes its name from the 16th-century London theatre that showcased the Bard's plays.

The majority of cabins are 161 square feet. There are four 245 square feet suites located toward the center of the upper Hamlet Deck. They have balconies, each with room for a table and chairs. The other cabins on the upper deck and middle Othello Deck have floor-to-ceiling glass windows and French balconies. Both panes of glass on the windows slide back over the outside of the ship to open the whole window aperture to the fresh air. Cabins on the lower Romeo Deck are 151 square feet and have smaller fixed windows.

Meals are served in the dining room on the middle deck, which has an open dining set up, and evening dinner features silver service. To the rear of the ship on the upper deck is the Midsummer Bar; in the evening, it's used for an intimate dining experience where the chef serves signature dishes to 24 diners. This can be reserved onboard at no extra charge. The panoramic Globe Lounge is located forward on the upper deck, and the ship also has a sun deck.

By Jeannine Williamson, Cruise Critic contributor

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burgundy, the river rhone & provence - ms william shakespeare

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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence - MS William Shakespeare

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Riviera Travel William Shakespeare Member Reviews

William Shakespeare
Sail Date: Sep 2019
Shakespeare which we found much more comfortable and welcoming than the Emerald Star ship, which is all chandeliers, chrome and glass.... Read More
William Shakespeare
Sail Date: Jun 2018
You advertise the following top liners: “State-of-the-art, five-star MS William Shakespeare” the “luxurious cabins and excellent facilities are undoubtedly the very best on cruise ships today”.... Read More
William Shakespeare
Sail Date: Oct 2019
We chose this cruise from Avignon because it ended up in Lyon where we have family we wanted to visit. The cruise overall was fair to good but could have been much better. From speaking with the staff, they have... Read More
William Shakespeare
Sail Date: Aug 2018
Traveled before with Riviera. Wanted to try a river cruise as the advertising and hype suggested it would be a wonderful 5* holiday and worth the expense. Can't fault the ship. Clean and well maintained. Cabin... Read More

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William Shakespeare
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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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Jane Austen
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.

Emily Bronte

Emily Bronte continues Riviera Travel's tradition of naming its ships after famous authors. Sailings on Emily Bronte are available exclusively to the U.K.

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

With 140 passengers, Lord Byron has a high crew-to-passenger ratio on weekly Burgundy, Rhone and Provence itineraries.

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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