The river cruise ships for our vegan river cruises


The very best river cruise ships for our vegan voyages of discovery

For our Vegan River Cruises we only charter ships that are new or completely renovated, and which have been updated with the newest technology. All ships feature generous, well-lit cabins - most with French balconies, a spacious sun deck, comfortable lounges, and at least one large restaurant. There is often a sauna with a view of the river, and much more – so that you can fully enjoy your Vegan River Cruise with all your senses.

Here is an overview of the ships which sail for us or sailed on our unique cruises:

MS Scenic Sapphire - our ship in October 2016 

The Scenic Sapphire measures 442 feet in length and carries 169 guests and a crew of 48. Unlike many river cruise ships, Scenic Sapphire offers full, step-out balconies in place of more traditional French balcony staterooms. 

Swiss Jewel - our jewel for the Romantic Rhine Discovery cruise in Spring 2016

MS Swiss Jewel accommodates no more than 118 guests, while similar-sized riverboats average about 160. Guest amenities inside her 14 lush 300-square-foot suites include brocade upholstery, roomy walk-in closets with built-in drawers, spacious marble baths with full-size tubs, and two French balconies with floor-to-ceiling windows that open to idyllic riverscapes. She also sports seven 183-square-foot cabins, similarly furnished. Standard cabins (150 square feet) are cozy and comfortable and are similar in décor and style to our larger suites. 85% have floor-to-ceiling windows with real French balconies that open on to a balcony in the fresh air; all have in-room movies, minibar, adjustable heating and cooling, private bathroom and shower with pampering toiletries.


Indescribable Comfort

We couldn’t find just the right words to describe the sumptuous new bedding and amenities we custom ordered for your in-cabin cruising comfort... bed linens made from the finest combed cotton... puffy white duvets and pillows of very fine mako cotton, 100% cotton blankets, temperature balancing and so soft to the skin... and thick pillow-top mattresses that lull you to sleep... along with fine vegan bath products, exclusive to Vegan Travel... absorbent terry cloth robes and fluffy towels... hair dryers... but we do know they are key for waking up refreshed and relaxed for your traveling pleasure.


Scenic Crystal - the "Space Ship"  (VeganWinterWonderland Cruise in December 2015)

The Scenic Crystal measures 135 meters and is capable of carrying 171 guests and a crew of 48. Unlike some river cruise ships, Scenic Crystal offers full, step-out balconies for nearly all staterooms in place of more traditional French balcony staterooms, plus a new feature called the Scenic Sun Lounge.

There are 14 different stateroom categories aboard the Scenic Crystal. These are broken down into two main categories: full balcony staterooms and standard Oceanview staterooms featuring a window that cannot open.

Aboard Scenic’s “Space Ships,” several comfortable public areas are available for passengers to relax and mingle in.

The Panorama Lounge and Bar is situated all the way forward on Danube Deck and features floor-to-ceiling windows that allow for spectacular views of the passing scenery; a distinguishing feature of river cruising. Two Restaurants offer guests more dining choices than on some river cruisers. The Crystal Dining Room is situated forward on Rhine Deck and serves up elegant fare in a comfortable setting, while the reservations-only Portobello’s Restaurant occupies the forward space of Danube Deck, and is flanked by the comfortable Observation Lounge.

An outdoor Sun Deck occupies the uppermost deck of the ship and features plenty of space for scenic viewing, in addition to an Open-air Lounge and a Walking Track. A Gift Shop and Fitness Center round out the mix of amenities available on board.

MS Amadeus Silver II - Summer 2015 (Vegan Yoga Cruise)

The Amadeus fleet is expanding with the spring 2015 debut of the magnificent MS Amadeus Silver II. This new beauty is a sister ship to the award-winning MS Amadeus Silver, which was named “2013 River Boat of the Year” by Kreuzfahrt Guide, Germany’s prestigious guide book for cruise travelers.

The Amadeus Silver II features the same well-designed public spaces that passengers love about her sister ship, such as the glass-shielded outdoor River Terrace, and the cozy Café Vienna coffee bar. It also replicates those stateroom appointments that make the original ship so popular; a seating area with table and chairs, flat screen TV, Wi-Fi, storage cabinet, personal safe and the Amadeus Signature Bed. And, each standard cabin has the innovative French Balcony—the upper half of the floor-to-ceiling window wall lowers to bring the outside in—turning your stateroom into its own balcony.

Although both ships’ overall length and width are identical, the Amadeus Silver II was designed with six fewer passenger cabins in order to make her staterooms and suites even larger than her predecessor’s. The 72 staterooms aboard the Amadeus Silver II measure 188 square feet, providing the most spacious accommodations of any ship in the fleet and giving you even more room in which to relax.


The 12 luxurious suites on the Amadeus Silver II boast 284 square feet of living space; that’s 28 more square feet than the Amadeus Silver suites. Each suite features a comfortable lounge area and private, walk-out exterior balcony. The efficiently-designed bathroom includes aseparate shower. Of course, the suites have the same high-technology conveniences and exquisite décor found in all the staterooms.

MS Inspire - Easter Sailing in April 2015

The MS Inspire is the most modern river ship in Europe. Built in 2013, the MS Inspire set sail in early 2014. The ship features elegant lines and modern amenities. The innovative design and the meticulous attention to detail makes the MS Inspire feel far more intimate and spacious than any other river ship of its’ size. 
The ship can accommodate 142 passengers in 71 cabins. The MS Inspire provides the most space per guest on Europe’s inland waterways. The diamond deck features 22 master suites that are approximately 27 sqm. The cabins on the Diamond and the Ruby Deck have French balconies. The Loft Cabins, feature large windows, that let you see the river from your cabin. The spacious cabins have more natural sunlight and all cabins feature river views. All cabins come equipped with flat-screen TV, minibar, safe, air conditioning. The shower and toilet feature fine vegan bath products as well as fluffy towels, hair dryers. Each cabin has 2 110-volt and 2 220-volt outlets for small electronics.

Amadeus Silver - the ship of the very first vegan river cruise in August 2014

The Amadeus Silver is the first 135-meter ship from Lüftner Cruises. The newer, longer Amadeus, lengthened from 100 to 135 meters, not only creates space for additional cabins, but also makes possible some wonderful innovations in the European premium market.
The Amadeus-Silver features a total of 78 expanded standard cabins (170 square feet); on the Mozart and Strauss Decks these are equipped with a new, innovative type of French balcony: at the push of a button, the large picture windows, which extend the entire width of the cabin, automatically lower and can be used as a balcony. On top of that, the 12 Amadeus suites (260 square feet) offer an outdoor balcony with furniture, a large picture window, and a comfortable bath with separate toilet and shower. 

In November 2013 the MS Amadeus Silver was awarded the coveted distinction “River Craft of the Year”, awarded annually by the renowned German publication “Kreuzfahrt Guide”. 



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