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Swiss Tiara Review

Swiss Tiara (Photo: Rolf Heinrich, Koln)
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Jeannine Williamson
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Swiss Tiara Overview

The younger sister to identical sibling Swiss Corona, the 144-passenger Swiss Tiara is one of the "five-star" vessels operated by the U.K.-based company Riviera Travel, which also sells cruises on the U.S. and Australian markets.

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Launched in 2006, the ship has a traditional interior that is tastefully decorated, featuring marble, wrought iron and highly polished woods and brass fixtures and fittings. Carrying fewer passengers than other ships of the same size, it offers a high 4:1 passenger-to-crew ratio.

The cabins are located across three decks -- the lower Emerald, middle Ruby and upper Diamond -- and can all be configured as doubles or twins. Standard cabins, measuring 161 square feet, are situated on all three decks and are identical, aside from the lower deck cabins having fixed windows that do not open. The rest have floor-to-ceiling French balcony windows, which slide open. There are a total of seven Superior Suites -- one on the lower deck, two on the middle deck and four on the upper deck -- which measure 193 square feet, with the extra space devoted to a larger living area. 

All cabins are decorated in an elegant neutral color scheme, with warm tones adding to the cozy but contemporary feel. Standard amenities in all categories include individual climate control, flat-screen TV and entertainment center, table and two chairs, safe, hair dryer, telephone, mini-bar, and tea and coffee-making facilities.

The main restaurant has deep wool carpets, wood, glass and marble fixtures. With tables of four to six, the restaurant operates on an open-seating basis, and passengers can choose where they want to sit. It serves a buffet breakfast -- with items such as omelettes prepared to order -- a buffet lunch and a four-course, served evening meal. All meals are included in the fare. Tea, coffee and juices are served with breakfast along with water with lunch and dinner. There is also a complimentary 24-hour self-serve tea and coffee station. All other drinks are extra.

The alternative dining venue is the Lido Bar, at the back of the ship on the Diamond Deck. Here you can get an early-bird breakfast and a light lunch. The space is also used as a speciality dining room at night, and passengers can make reservations once onboard at no extra cost. By day, it is a quieter lounge and library and there is access to a small open-air seating area outside.

On the Diamond Deck is the Panoramic Lounge & Bar, which is situated forward and is the social hub of the ship. It is carpeted and furnished with comfortable leather chairs, settees and tables, with panoramic windows that allow passengers to enjoy the passing scenery. During the evening, a pianist plays in the background to complete the genteel atmosphere.

The Sun Deck, which has a small splash pool and putting green, is furnished with ample chairs and sun loungers. Other onboard facilities include a spa, with a sauna and steam room (unusual for a river vessel). There is a 24-hour reception desk, gift shop and laundry service is available, at extra charge. An elevator is available between the Ruby Deck and Diamond Deck, while the Sun Deck and Emerald Decks are accessed by stairs.

Riviera Travel sells cruises in the U.K., U.S. and Australia, and Swiss Tiara sails on Rhine and Danube itineraries.


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