MS Thomas Hardy is Riviera Travel’s newest addition to the fleet, carrying 44 in-house crew members and serving just 169 guests. Compared to similar cruise ships of her size, carrying over 190 passengers, MS Thomas Hardy gives the guest-to-crew ratio which Riviera Travel‘s experience proves is concurrent with their award-winning reputation.
MS Thomas Hardy brings in a new era in river cruising, with Riviera Travel’s brand new, state-of-the-art, ‘all suite’ accommodation. All of MS Thomas Hardy’s suites enjoy a river view and are amongst the largest you will find on a river cruise gracing Europe’s rivers. Her suites are appointed to the highest specification with quality wooden furniture, modern colour schemes, contemporary lighting and each suite being a minimum of 17 square metres (183 square feet).
Richly coloured marble floors flow through the lobby and natural light floods in from the stunning atrium above. Other design details include rich hardwoods, gleaming brass and polished copper, plus plenty of sparkling glass and intricate wrought iron.
MS Thomas Hardy’s restaurant rivals that of the finest on shore establishments, taking fine dining to another level. Days begin with an early risers’ breakfast which includes tea, coffee, pastries and a full breakfast buffet. Lunch is buffet style, while dinner is a four-course affair in the ship’s main restaurant featuring specialities from the countries and regions visited during your cruise.
Head on up to the Sun Deck and watch life ashore pass you by from the refreshing splash pool or from the comfort of the sun loungers. Why not try your hand on the putting green or opt to head for the terrace area where you can watch the captain and his team skilfully navigate the rivers?
The Observation Lounge and Bar sits at the very heart of the ship, offering plenty of comfortable leather armchairs and sofas with tasteful and contemporary lighting to create a welcoming and refined ambience.