Though Tauck was founded in 1925 as a luxury tour operator, its river cruise division is gathering momentum since its inception in 2006. Tauck has been named by readers of the popular Travel + Leisure magazine as the “World’s Best River Cruise Line” for the third time in four years.
The ms Savor was christened on June 21st of this year and is already becoming a success story. The 443 feet in length river vessel has had the experts purring with delight over its high-quality service and luxurious interiors, combined with its relaxing and quiet atmosphere.
The 130 passenger Savor is the second ship of Tauck’s new inspiration class. She now brings the total amount of ships owned by Tauck to six.
Due to the small passenger numbers, Tauck have placed more emphasis on the cabins. There are many innovative features including a first-in-the-industry, “loft” design cabins. These 8 loft cabins provide extra space, comfort and unobstructed views.
67 cabins are available in seven different categories and situated on three decks. All cabins have a large queen-sized bed with 400-thread-count satin bed linens and 100% cotton blankets.
There’s a pull-out couch that can easily accommodate a third passenger. The all marble bathrooms contain all toiletries and Terry robes. Two French balconies with floor-to-ceiling windows insure passengers will never miss out on a view while resting in their cabin.
The dining onboard the ship is equally high quality. The main dining room offers open seating on the Ruby Deck and has flexible dining times available. An alternative venue on the Diamond Deck offers buffet style meals and there’s an alfresco restaurant on the Sun Deck. There’s also a chance to obtain a bite as snacks are available from 10 in the morning until midnight for those looking for something light.
Casual and comfortable is the order of the day. Most evenings call for smart casual to informal based on personal preference. Formal evenings are still not all that formal as on other lines, but do require a suit or dinner jacket for men and a cocktail dress for ladies.
Activities and Entertainment
The ms Savor offers piano music nightly of all genres performed in the ‘Panorama Lounge and Bar.’
The putting green will be a great way to practice some strokes. You can also stay in shape with a wide variety of exercise machines in the fitness centre. If you want to exercise whilst away from the ship and see more scenery, there are bicycles available to take ashore. There is a Jacuzzi to unwind in and the spa provides an extensive health and well being menu. Enrichment lectures range from gourmet cooking to architecture.
The ms Savor is travelling exclusively on the Danube River. So whether it is Vienna or the castles of the Wachau Valley, passengers will get to see some fantastic towns and cities on any of the 7 or 12-night sailings.
There are shore excursions where passengers are divided into groups of 25 and are taken on a tour through the ports. There are also exclusive events that no other river cruise line offers. Scheduled is a private conference on shore with the granddaughter of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Celia Sandys and dining in a 1000-year-old old castle.
Tauck CEO Dan Mahar stated, “Even though we’ve continued to boost capacity, the popularity of our cruises is growing at an equal or even greater pace. There’s no question that right now is the very best time for travellers to make their 2015 river cruise plans with Tauck.”
The ms Savor is just one of the two new ships that has been added to the European river cruise program for this year. Her sister ship, ms Inspire matches the style and comfort of the Inspiration Class and will be sure to impress all passengers. All gratuities onboard are included, as are beverages, including beer anytime and wine with meals.
Written by Veronica Shine