The History of Tauck & Its Fleet
Though Tauck was founded in 1925, its river-cruise division is one of the new kids on the block. With its first vessel entering service in 2006, Tauck now operates seven ships in Europe: the 118-passenger Swiss Emerald, Swiss Sapphire and Swiss Jewel, sister ships launched in 2006, 2008 and 2009 respectively. Tauck took delivery of the elegant ms Treasures in 2011.
In 2014, Tauck took delivery of two brand-new river cruise ships that represent an entirely new class of ship: ms Inspire and ms Savor. The ms Esprit was introduced in 2015. In 2016, Tauck takes delivery of ms Grace and ms Joy.
In addition to standard staterooms, each ship has 14 suites measuring 300 square feet with floor-to-ceiling windows, walk-in closets, and marble baths with full-size tubs. Wi-Fi access is offered throughout. All cabins have a flat-screen TV, minibar, radio, safe, and L’Occitane toiletries.
The additional 45 junior suites and cabins on Tauck riverboats range from 150 to 183 square-feet, and 85 percent of all accommodations feature floor-to-ceiling windows with French balconies.
The ships also feature a bistro-style Lido, providing a more casual dining alternative to the main restaurant. The 180-degree wraparound glass wall in the Lido can fully retract, turning an indoor space into a beautiful outdoor retreat.
Tauck River Cruise Destinations
The company’s ships cruise the Danube, Rhine, Mosel, Main, Rhone and Saone rivers, as well as the scenic canals of the Netherlands and Belgium in spring.
Tauck also offers cruises on China’s Yangtze River, on board the chartered Yangzi Explorer. Renovated in 2008, the ship carries 124 guests who all travel in staterooms equipped with mini bar, bathrobes and slippers, and TV.
Egypt travels are also offered, combining a Nile cruise with a couple of days in Jordan.
River Cruisers Should Know!
- Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks are included at lunch and dinner.
- Dining is open-seating at tables for four or six.
- The onboard currency is the Euro.
- All Inclusive: Tauck’s river sailings include all gratuities and airport transfers. No options are sold.
- Intimate, 118-guest ships provide a highly personalized experience