Tauck Christens New Riverboat in the Netherlands
Tauck’s new riverboat, the ms Grace
Tauck Christens new ms Grace in Maastricht, the Netherlands
Tauck ‘s new riverboat ms Grace was christened in the Netherlands in a ceremony that included Tauck family members, the mayor of Maastricht, Tauck employees, travel agents and select partners. With the upcoming christening in June of another new ship, the ms Joy, the Tauck fleet will number nine, which more than doubles the size of the company’s riverboat fleet since 2014.
“The christening of this beautiful new ship is a wonderful opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to all of the people who work so hard to make Tauck river cruises the best in the world,” said Tauck CEO Dan Mahar. “We’re thrilled to honor not only Katharine, Rebecca and Michelle, but also the many incredible partners who’ve joined us for this great occasion.” Those guests included Celia Sandys, the noted biographer and granddaughter of Winston Churchill, who speaks to Tauck guests on selected itineraries. Other partners in attendance who provide Tauck guests with special access and unique experiences included a countess, a baron, the general manager of a world-class luxury hotel, and executives from some of Europe’s most prestigious museums.
After the christening ceremony, the ship embarked on a celebratory three-night cruise to Amsterdam highlighted by in-depth shore excursions in Antwerp, Dordecht and Kinderkijk during the day and onboard folkloric performances in the evening.
THE MOST SUITES OF ANY EUROPEAN RIVERBOATS
Like the other ships in Tauck’s fleet, the 135-meter ms Grace will have far more suites (defined by Tauck as staterooms of 300 square feet or more) than any other European riverboat. Located on the ms Grace’s upper Diamond deck, each of the ship’s twenty-two suites is furnished with two French balconies featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, a pull-out couch, roomy walk-in closets with built-in drawers, and a spacious bathroom with rain shower.
Along with the suites, the ms Grace will have eight award-winning, 225-square-foot Loft cabins located on its lower (Emerald) deck, an additional 24 junior suites of the same size on the Ruby (middle) deck, plus a total of 13 cabins ranging from 150 to 190 square feet split between the Ruby and Emerald decks. All suites and cabins feature in-room movies, minibar, individual heating and cooling controls, luxury toiletries, and plush bedding with 100% goose down pillows, 400-thread-count linens and pillow-top mattresses.
As on other Tauck riverboats, the ms Grace will carry far fewer passengers than similarly sized ships operated by other lines, yet it will have far more director-level staff. Where the 135-meter-long ms Grace will carry just 130 guests, other lines’ 135-meter ships carry 190 passengers, or 46% more guests. And instead of assigning a single cruise director to tend to those 190 guests, Tauck staffs each ship with a Tauck Cruise Director plus three professional Tauck Directors to care for 130 guests.
With fewer passengers aboard the ms Grace, Tauck is not only able to provide more suites, but also an intimate, club-like atmosphere and a second onboard dining venue, Arthur’s, with its own dedicated, open kitchen. Named for company chairman Arthur Tauck Jr., Arthur’s offers more casual dining as an alternative to the fine dining in the ship’s main dining room, the Compass Rose.
The ms Grace will sail on itineraries along the Rhine and Moselle Rivers, and her christening comes at a busy time for Tauck. The company recently announced its 2017 river cruising plans, which include a new family itinerary on the Seine and a doubling of its total family river cruise departures. Tauck has also announced the reconfiguration of the five 110-meter ships in its fleet, to be completed in stages over the next two years.
Those interested in more information can contact their local travel professional, call Tauck at 800 468 2825 , or visit the company’s website .