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Nicko Cruises

Nicko Cruises

nicko cruises is one of the leading suppliers for river cruises in Europe and disposes over a modern as well as comfortable fleet. The company is active on two continents and travels through all tourist waterways in demand in the world as well as several coastal sections.

“More experiences. Enjoyed in comfort.” – that is the programme at nicko cruises. It does not matter in which part of the world: The comfort and individual travelling experience of the passengers are always in the foreground. Thanks to the many travelling routes that we offer, every person will find their matching river cruise. The ships of the nicko cruises fleet all have the equivalent standard (except Russia) of 4 to 5 star hotels on-land according to German standards.

And matching that, nicko cruises offers an exceptional service with a lot of passion for detail: from picking you up at the doorstep to attractive excursions on-land up to a wide variety of culinary offers on-board.

The language on board all nicko cruises ships is German and English. Since nicko cruises is increasingly opening up to the international market, it may be that foreign-language tour groups will be on board for individual departures. In such cases, announcements over loudspeaker or during evening events are made in German as well as the respective foreign language of the tour group.

Bellissima

This classic and attractive river cruise ship impresses by wonderful lines and an elegant ambient. The tastefully furnished cabins on the upper deck with French balcony and the generously dimensioned…

Belvedere

Our MS BELVEDERE offers best conditions for a comfortable river cruise. Experience the beauty of the Danube's riverside landscapes in an elegant atmosphere on board: whether in the best company…

Bijou Du Rhone

Our precious jewel in Southern France welcomes you - guaranteeing the highest feel-good factor from the first day. The famous "Laissez faire" is everywhere on board the MS BIJOU DU…

Bolero

Comfort, style, modern facilities and a lot of panorama are awaiting you on-board the MS BOLERO. Enjoy the unique view in good company on the spacious sun deck, or completely…

Casanova

You will be enchanted by the wonderful and elegant ship when walking on for the first time. Our MS CASANOVA has the charm of a small grand hotel: inviting comfort…

Dalmatia

A dream ship for a wonderful trip along the Dalmatian coast: The small and fine MS DALMATIA only offers space for 34 guests in 17 comfortable cabins and thus, a…

Douro Queen

Welcome on board our MS DOURO QUEEN. You are guaranteed the best views here! Relay on the sun deck and enjoy the magnificent landscape of the Douro valley with its…

Douro Serenity

Discover the history and secrets of the centuries-old cities in the most spectacular wine-growing region in the world on board MS DOURO SERENITY. From spacious cabins with floor-to-ceiling windows to…

Fedin

Would you like to discover Russia in a particularly comfortable way? Welcome aboard MS FEDIN! The ship was renovated in spring 2018. The modern, functional furnishings are designed in friendly…

Frederic Chopin

Unforgettable experiences are awaiting you on-board the MS FREDERIC CHOPIN. The comfortable cabins and the public areas that have furnished with passion for detail gives you a sense of well-being…

Heidelberg

You are looking for a floating luxury hotel? Welcome on board our MS HEIDELBERG! Fine timber and high-quality details define the elegant furnishing. The cabins that are exceptional large for…

Katharina Von Bora

The atmosphere on this charming riverboat is comfortable- wherever you go on it. Being in the elegantly furnished cabins, the spacious panorama restaurant or the saloon full of atmosphere, on…

Maxima

Our MS MAXIMA is a classic comfortable ship. The spacious outer cabins are equipped in style and comfort. On the middle and upper deck, all cabins have a French balcony,…

Mekong Navigator

When stepping onto the MEKONG NAVIGATOR, you’ll find yourself on an All-Suite ship, combining nostalgic decor in French colonialstyle with modern luxurious elements. Relax on the sun deck and let…

Mekong Prestige II

The luxurious ship that was built in 2013 offers it guests the best requirements for a relaxing holiday. The 28 cabins each with 20 m² on the main and upper…

nickoSpirit

Do you want a ship with a new on-board concept and innovative design? Welcome on board our nickoSPIRIT. The newest ship in our fleet the ideal size for cruises on…

nickoVision

Our new nickoVISION ship with its innovative design and a completely new on-board concept will be providing a new standard on the river! A ship for anyone who used to…

President VIII

Discover the Yangtze in style and comfort aboard one of China’s most modern vessels – the MS PRESIDENT VIII. Arriving guests are greeted in an impressive Lobby, which befits the…

Princess

An unforgettable cruise along the unique Dalmatian coast awaits you with the elegant and luxurious yacht. MS PRINCESS has only been in use since 2019 and, with 20 modern and…

Remix

The ship, built in Budapest and adapted to the harsh climatic conditions of Siberia, is equipped with 28 comfortable cabins that can accommodate 53 guests. The thematically individual interior decoration…

Rhein Melodie

Modern meets comfort on board our MS RHEIN MELODIE. This luxurious riverboat with the highest demands in design extends over a length of 132 metres. The highly generous cabins offer…

Rhein Symphonie

Modern and elegant trip on “Father Rhine” - expect bright rooms and plenty of space for your dream river cruise on our MS RHEIN SYMPHONIE. The large panorama windows guarantee…

Seine Comtesse

Our MS SEINE COMTESSE is a true countess. She glides through the romantic Normandy elegantly and in style. Generously furnished cabins with a lot of comfort are waiting for your…

Steigenberger Legacy

MS STEIGENBERGER LEGACY will turn your cruise on the Nile into an unforgettable experience. Travel on the ships in the footsteps of the pharaohs – you won’t find a more…

Steigenberger Minerva

The MS STEIGENBERGER MINERVA turns your cruise along the Nile into an unforgettable experience. This ship allows you to follow the tracks of the Pharaohs in comfort and with elegance.…

Steigenberger Omar El Khayam

MS STEIGENBERGER OMAR EL KHAYAM is one of the most comfortable and modern cruise ships on Lake Nasser in Egypt. The spacious sun deck with pool and numerous deck chairs…

Thurgau Exotic III

The focus on board of MS THURGAU EXOTIC III is exclusivity. The ship was built in Myanmar in colonial-style and features regional hardwoods, high-quality furniture and typical pictures from the…

Thurgau Saxonia

Relaxed ambience meets inviting comfort on our MS THURGAU SAXONIA. Marvel at the seascapes passing by on this elegant, beautiful ship. Let yourself be pampered by the friendly crew and…

Vasco Da Gama

In its own unique way, VASCO DA GAMA combines the Portuguese explorer tradition with the demands of today’s cruise guests: a wide range of different bars and restaurants in an…

Viktoria

Have a relaxing time – and why not on our well favoured MS VIKTORIA! The tasteful ambient, a particularly high level of comfort in the spacious and stylish cabins as…

World Voyager

Our WORLD VOYAGER can, in a unique way, combine all the requirements of sophisticated guests, lovingly finished down to the smallest detail: a manageable number of passengers and light, tasteful…

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OCEAN CRUISES FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please find below the answers to some frequently asked questions about nicko cruises ocean division – currently consisting of VASCO DA GAMA & WORLD VOYAGER. See here for River Cruise FAQ’s.


Question: What documentation will I need for a nicko ocean cruise?

Answer: In general, you will need the appropriate travel documentation, valid passport, visas and vaccination certificate. Please note the “Important Travel Advice” at the end of the respective travel chapter in the catalogue or the information in your travel confirmation.


Question: Are children allowed on board?

Answer: On board VASCO DA GAMA, families with children can enjoy a host of different benefits. Children under 16 years travel free when accompanied by two full-paying adults. There are also attractive offers for single travellers with children on all our departures. The children’s area on board VASCO DA GAMA extends out over two decks.

On board WORLD VOYAGER, children up to age 4 are able to travel for free, while children up to age 12 receive a discount as per the relevant pricing sheet if they are accommodated in a cabin on Deck 6. Please note there are no child-friendly entertainment programmes, childcare, toys, seats or cots available on board. On boat excursions children must be capable of getting in and out of the Zodiac without assistance, therefore the captain will decide on child participation at each landing/trip.


Question: What is the currency used on board?

Answer: The currency on board is Euro.


Question: Can I exchange currency on board?         

Answer: Money cannot be exchanged on the ship.


Question: Is there a dress code on board the ship?      

Answer: We recommend wearing sporty, casual clothing on the ship. You should wear non-slip shoes on the outside decks. Neat clothing is required for dinner. You are welcome to wear something fancier for the gala dinner. When aboard WORLD VOYAGER you may need to bring wet weather clothing such as waterproof pants and parka for participating in zodiac excursions.


Question: Are vaccines necessary to travel with nicko cruises?

Answer: Yes for COVID. You need to find out in good time before the start of the cruise from your family physician about infection prevention and other vaccinations as well as other safety measures. If special vaccinations are mandatory on your cruise route, nicko will explicitly point this out in the “important travel advice” at the end of the respective travel chapter. Each guest is responsible for meeting the entry requirements at each of the respective destinations.


Question: Are nicko cruises practicing covid-safe hygiene?

Answer:

For nicko cruises, the safety of the guests and crew on board their ships always comes first – especially in these current times. In 2020, they proved that guest safety and hygiene practices work when they were the first cruise operator worldwide to get ships going again in June. These proven measures meet German national and international health standards. Only fully vaccinated or recovered guests travel in accordance with the 2G rule. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the 2G regulation. They must present a negative PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours at the time of embarkation. Download the nicko cruises 10-point guest safety plan: Here


Question: How does dining work?

Answer:

Prices for nicko’s ocean cruises full board service including:

– Generous breakfast with coffee, tea and juices in a variety of restaurants

– Buffets, show cooking or á la carte menus served at the table, depending on the restaurant

– Flexible mealtimes with free choice of seating

– Coffee and cake depending on the daily programme

With nicko cruises, you can choose between two attractive types of beverage packages. A classic beverage package rounds off your holiday perfectly. Or a premium beverage package offers you a broader selection of other drinks. You can book them in advance or on board.


Question: What activities and entertainment are available on a nicko cruise?

Answer:

Nicko cruises, have always put shore excursions at the very heart of their offer. With a great range of excursions on offer, which can be reserved in advance on their website, you can explore the destination in small groups – of course always at a reasonable distance thanks to their convenient whisper audio systems. You will find a small selection of the possible excursions described in our itineraries in their catalogue – you determine how intensively and in what way to wish to explore the regions they visit.

Their very own “Hollywood” on the sea provides the best entertainment. The theatre extends over two decks, forming the artistic heart of your ship. Music, acting, artistry – nicko guests won´t cease to be amazed.


Question: What amenities and room services are included in my cabin?

Answer: It differs by the ship and cabin, currently they are:

Vasco da Gama:

Interior cabins category 01 to Outside cabins category 12: These cabins include a bed, sofa, private bathroom with shower & hairdryer, flat screen TV, phone, safe and individually adjustable air conditioning.

Balcony cabins category 13 & 14: These cabins include all as per the above for interior/outside plus these extras – Balcony with seating, bathroom with bathtub/whirlpool, welcome fruit bowl, tea/coffee amenities,one bottle of wine and water, preferred check-in and check-out where ever possible, use of an atlas, binoculars, umbrella and bathrobe/slippers during your cruise.

Suite cabins category 15: Includes all as per the above for balcony, plus laundry service and culinary delight turndown service.

Suite cabins category 16: Includes all as per the above for category 15, plus ironing service.

World Voyager:

Expedition Cabin: Twin beds only, window, desk with small chair & private bathroom. Refillable stainless steel drink bottle for water on excursions – yours to keep at the end of the cruise. In bathroom luxury products by L’Occitane, coffee machine, daily top up still or sparkling water in your cabin. Use of bathrobes and full cabin service.

Infinity Cabin: Panoramic full screen glass window with lowerable top allowing a ‘balcony’ to be created in your cabin. Sofa, arm chairs plus desk and chair & private bathroom. Refillable stainless steel drink bottle for water on excursions – yours to keep at the end of the cruise. In bathroom luxury products by L’Occitane, coffee machine, daily top up still or sparkling water in your cabin. Use of bathrobes and full cabin service.

Veranda Cabin: Private step out balcony with table and chairs, plus sofa, desk and chairs & private bathroom. Refillable stainless steel drink bottle for water on excursions – yours to keep at the end of the cruise. In bathroom luxury products by L’Occitane, coffee machine, daily top up still or sparkling water in your cabin. Use of bathrobes and full cabin service.

Infinity Deluxe Cabin: Separate living and sleeping areas. Sleeping area has a panoramic full screen glass window with lowerable top creating an in-cabin balcony if required. The living area has a private step out balcony. Large private bathroom. Refillable stainless steel drink bottle for water on excursions – yours to keep at the end of the cruise. In bathroom luxury products by L’Occitane, coffee machine, daily top up still or sparkling water in your cabin. Use of bathrobes and full cabin service.

Veranda Deluxe Cabin: Separate living and sleeping areas. Sleeping area has a private step out balcony with table and chairs. The living area has a lounge set up. Large private bathroom. Refillable stainless steel drink bottle for water on excursions – yours to keep at the end of the cruise. In bathroom luxury products by L’Occitane, coffee machine, daily top up still or sparkling water in your cabin. Use of bathrobes and full cabin service.

Navigator Suite and VIP Suite: Separate living and sleeping areas both backing onto a large balcony with table/chairs/sunlounges. Walk in wardrobe, large bathroom plus infotainment system. Refillable stainless steel drink bottle for water on excursions – yours to keep at the end of the cruise. In bathroom luxury products by L’Occitane, coffee machine, daily top up still or sparkling water in your cabin. Use of bathrobes and full cabin service. Suite guests also receive – Mini bar is refilled on a daily basis, Fresh fruit in your suite, A bottle of champagne upon embarkation and free laundry service.

Explorer Suite: Separate living and sleeping areas both backing onto a large balcony with table/chairs/sun lounges. Two walk in wardrobes, large bathroom with double sink and separate toilet plus infotainment system. Refillable stainless steel drink bottle for water on excursions – yours to keep at the end of the cruise. In bathroom luxury products by L’Occitane, coffee machine, daily top up still or sparkling water in your cabin. Use of bathrobes and full cabin service. Suite guests also receive – Mini bar is refilled on a daily basis, Fresh fruit in your suite, A bottle of champagne upon embarkation and free laundry service.


Question: What power sockets are used on board?

Answer: European standard sockets, 230 V


Question: Is smoking allowed on the ship?

Answer: Smoking is only permitted in designated areas on the outside decks. All interior areas such as restaurants, lounges, cabins, cabin balconies, corridors, etc. are non-smoking areas. This also applies to the use of all types of e-cigarettes.


Question: Do you need to tip?

Answer: It is common practice around the world  for a satisfied guest to reward the services of staff accordingly. The amount tipped is, of course, at the guest´s discretion and should be in recognition of good service. Nicko recommends €13-17 per guest and per overnight stay for the ship crew. The cruise director, local tour guides and bus drivers are not included in this. You can, however, also thank them by giving a tip.


Question: Is there a laundry service available on the ship?

Answer: A laundry and ironing service is available on board VASCO DA GAMA at extra charge (except for Suite guests) and aboard the World Voyager for an extra charge for all categories.


Question: Can I send letters or call from the ship?

Answer: You can send post while on board. The post will usually be mailed when you reach the next port. Postcards and postage stamps can be purchased at the reception desk on board, but please bear in mind that prices on board may often be more expensive than ashore.

On many nicko cruises ships, it is possible to make calls on board from cabin to cabin. On many ships, it is also possible to call ashore via a satellite link. The costs of this, however, are high and we recommend using your own mobile phone (please check before the cruise for information on roaming charges).


Question: Is there internet access on board?

Answer: VASCO DA GAMA and WORLD VOYAGER are equipped with a satellite reception system and offers WiFi internet access at extra charge (please note the ship information).


Question: Are port taxes included in the price of the cruise?

Answer: Yes.


Question: Does nicko cruises have a cancellation policy?

Answer: Please see the following brochures for cancellation details: OCEAN CRUISES 2021/22 (blaetterkatalog.de) page 134, OCEAN CRUISES 2022/23 (blaetterkatalog.de) page 157


Question: What languages are spoken on board?

Answer: Languages on board are English and German, however, only certain cruise departures offer both English and German shore excursions.


Question: Are nicko cruises ships suitable for wheelchair users?

Answer: The ships are comfortable as possible, but there will of course be staircases, as well as narrow doors and corridors. Even boarding or disembarking from the ship is usually via narrow gangways, which are not always at ground level and, depending on the tide, can also be very steep. If you are not able to handle these obstacles on your own, an ocean cruise on a nicko ship is not recommended. Please understand if in some cases tenders or shore leave are refused for safety reasons. This decision is made by the captain. Our crew is of course on hand to help, however, please bear in mind that our onboard employees are not trained caregivers and are not permitted to carry out any nursing activities. For safety reasons and to review requirements, please let us know if you have any specific needs, limited mobility or other physical limitations prior to making your booking. Should you have any limitations that prevent you from taking part in the sea rescue exercise, please also let us know before departure. If you require specialised help, you must travel with a companion. Our ocean ships are not disabled accessible. Guests who are wheelchair-dependent must bring their own collapsible wheelchair with them. Please note that the number of guests per cruise who are wheelchair-dependent is limited for safety reasons and embarkation may be refused without prior registration.


Question: What drinks are included within the fare?

Answer: Fresh water and coffee are included within the fare.

As the fresh water on board ships is always stored in tanks, we recommend not drinking the tap water and that you use the mineral water in your cabin and, if necessary, get mineral water from the bar, in the restaurant or at the coffee point instead. The tap water is perfectly suitable for brushing teeth.


Question: Does nicko cruises cater for dietary restrictions?

Answer: Suitable catering options will usually be provided for you. Please inform us of any dietary requirements and special meals you require when booking.


Question: Does nicko cruises offer private excursions?

Answer: No, most excursions are with a group.


Question: Is there a doctor available on board?

Answer: A doctor is available on-board VASCO DA GAMA to provide first-aid assistance in the event of accidents and emergencies. Billing for the doctors services and if, applicable, medication that has been administered, is carried out on side. Costs are variable depending on the service. Please ensure you have an adequate supply of any medication you need on a regular basis, as on-board staff are unable to dispense any medication.

WORLD VOYAGER has a doctor and a nurse available to provide first-aid assistance in the events of an accident or emergency. Billing for the doctor’s services and, if applicable, medication that has been administered, is carried out on site. Costs are variable depending on the service. Please ensure you have an adequate supply of any medication you need on a regular basis, as on-board staff are unable to dispense any medication.


Question: What can I not bring on board?

Answer: Your luggage must only contain personal items. It is forbidden to bring weapons, knives, alcohol, or drugs on board.


Question: Will there be professional photographs taken throughout the voyage?

Answer: Yes, there is a photo team on board – photos are available for purchase.


Question: What facilities are available on board?

Answer: On board VASCO DA GAMA, there is a range of public facilities for your well-being. This includes a fitness area with various cardio equipment as well as our wellness area with steam bath and sauna. Table tennis, shuffleboard and darts complete the range of activities on offer. The outdoor sports area includes a hard paddle tennis court and a jogging track. VASCO DA GAMA also has an outdoor pool with two whirlpools and a covered indoor pool. You can use all these facilities for free and at your own risk. The beauty area provides massage and cosmetic treatment at extra charge. You can find the opening times and price lists for these services in your cabin. In the various shops on board, you will find a range of clothing, jewellery, cosmetics and a selection of items for purchase. Please note that the shops are only permitted to open outside the 12-mile zone due to customs regulations. Varying shows and entertainment programmes are performed in the “Hollywood” theatre.

On board WORLD VOYAGER there are communal facilities such as a spa area or fitness room available for all passengers. Massage treatments are also available at an additional fee. The outdoor pool area has chairs, tables and sun loungers, but please be advised there is a limited number of outdoor furniture available. There is a large pool, or multiple smaller whirlpools on Deck 7. There is also an Observation Lounge on Deck 7, with panoramic all-round glazing and a large glass dome to offer views of the sky and horizon.


RIVER CRUISES FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Question: What documentation will I need for a nicko river cruise?

Answer: In general, you will need the appropriate travel documentation, valid identification documents, valid passport, visas and vaccination certificate. Please note the “Important Travel Advice” at the end of the respective travel chapter in the catalogue or the information in your travel confirmation.


Question: Are children allowed on board a nicko river cruise?

Answer: Accommodation for a child is possible in a 3-bed-cabin (where available). Children up to and including 11 years of age are given a 30 % reduction on the cabin price (apart from MS MEKONG NAVIGATOR and Egypt, with MS THURGAU SAXONIA, MS FREDERIC CHOPIN, MS REMIX, MS THURGAU EXOTIC III: reduction upon request) if they are sharing a cabin on board with their parents. Despite this possibility, our river cruises are not generally suitable for children. There are no separate child-friendly entertainment programmes, childcare, toys, child seats or cribs offered for children on board. Children under 3 years of age are not allowed on board.


Question: What is the currency used on board?

Answer: The currency on board is Euro.


Question: Can I exchange currency on board?         

Answer: Money cannot be exchanged on the ship.


Question: Are vaccines necessary to travel with nicko cruises?

Answer: Yes, proof of a COVID vaccination completed is required. See our safety section below for more information.


Question: Are nicko cruises practicing covid-safe hygiene?

Answer: For nicko cruises, the safety of the guests and crew on board their ships always comes first – especially in these current times. In 2020, they proved that guest safety and hygiene practices work when they were the first cruise operator worldwide to get ships going again in June. These proven measures meet German national and international health standards. Only fully vaccinated or recovered guests travel in accordance with the 2G rule. Children under the age of 12 are exempt from the 2G regulation. They must present a negative PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours at the time of embarkation. Download the nicko cruises 10-point guest safety plan: Here


Question: How does dining work on a nicko river cruise?

Answer:

Nicko’s river cruise prices include full board:

  • Generous breakfast with coffee, tea and juices
  • 5-course evening menu served at the table
  • Optional light lunch buffet
  • Coffee/tea after lunch and dinner
  • Coffee/cake or late night snack according to daily schedule
  • Festive Gala Dinner
  • Welcome and farewell reception
  • Table reservation on board

With nicko cruises, you can choose between two attractive types of beverage packages. The classic beverage package rounds off your holiday perfectly. Or a premium beverage package offers you a broader selection of other drinks. You can book them in advance or on board – see individual cruises on our site for prices and inclusions.


Question: What activities and entertainment are available on a nicko river cruise?

Answer: All nicko river cruises prices shown on the Cruise Traveller website include a set of pre-bookable excursion packages give you the most important excursions for each trip at a good value package price. This is included to ensure that nicko cruises are aware of English speaking guests travelling who will require English speaking excursions in advance. An experienced cruise director is onboard as well to support you while travelling. There may be extra shore excursions available onboard that you can add on for an extra charge.

Guests can enjoy evenings in the lounge with a cocktail and board games. There is also a musician on-board. A bingo evening provides entertainment for everyone.


Question: What amenities and room services are included in my cabin?

Answer: It differs on the river ship and on the cabin. Below is a current summary.

5-Star Vessels: nickoVISION, nickoSPIRIT, MS DOURO SERENITY

  • nickoVISION & nickoSPIRIT: Light colours and modern design with optimal use of space, you’ll find in the 14m² outside cabins. The double beds can be separated into two singles if required. On the middle and upper deck, the open-able French balconies ensure you get the best views. The windows on the main deck don’t open. In the bathroom, you’ll find convenient storage shelves and, of course, there is ample space in the wardrobe for your clothes. The domestic appliances also include individually adjustable air conditioning, radio, phone, SATELLITE TV, shower/WC, hairdryer, fridge and a safe.
  • MS DOURO SERENITY: All cabins are outside cabins and have a TV, hairdryer, small fridge, safe and individually adjustable air conditioning. All cabins also have double beds that can be separated into two singles if required. On the main deck, the standard cabins are approx. 12 m² in size and have non-opening, narrow windows. The standard cabins on the middle and upper decks (approx. 14 m²) have lowerable panoramic fronts for the best views. All standard cabins and deluxe cabins have a bathroom with washbasins and shower/WC. The Junior Suites (approx. 29 m² incl. balcony area) and deluxe cabins (approx. 19 m² incl. balcony area) on the upper deck have a loggia balcony with lowerable panoramic front: the best place to be able to enjoy the beauty of the countryside undisturbed. Both Junior Suites in the rear of the ship have an additional living area and have a bathroom with double washbasins, shower and WC.

5-Star Boutique Vessels: MS HEIDELBERG

  • MS HEIDELBERG: All cabins are elegantly furnished, roomy outside cabins (approx.18 m², single cabins approx. 13 m²). All middle and upper deck cabins have openable panorama windows that reach down to the floor (French balcony). The main deck cabins have a porthole that cannot be opened. All cabins have individually adjustable air conditioning, a shower/WC, hairdryer, SATELLITE TV, safe, fridge and phone. In all the double cabins, the beds can be moved apart from each other. In some instances, the 2 bed cabins can also be occupied by three people.

4-Star Vessels: MS BOLERO, MS MAXIMA, MS VIKTORIA, MS BELVEDERE, MS RHEIN MELODIE, MS RHEIN SYMPHONIE, MS BIJOU DU RHONE & MS SEINE COMTESSE

  • MS BOLERO, MS MAXIMA & MS VIKTORIA: All cabins are stylishly and comfortably furnished outside cabins and have individually adjustable air conditioning/heating, shower/WC, SATELLITE TV with radio, hairdryer, fridge, safe and phone. The cabins are approx. 16m² in size. The beds are arranged next to each other but can be separated if required. Cabins on the middle and upper decks have openable panoramic windows that reach to the floor (French balcony), while the cabins on the main deck have large, non-opening portholes. In some instances, the 2 bed cabins can also be occupied by three people.
  • MS BELVEDERE: All cabins are stylishly and comfortably furnished outside cabins and have individually adjustable air conditioning/heating, shower/WC, SATELLITE TV with radio, hairdryer, fridge, safe and phone. Cabins are approx. 14.5 m² in size. The beds are arranged next to each other but can be separated if required. The cabins on the middle and upper deck have openable panoramic windows that reach to the floor (French balcony), while the cabins on the main deck have large, non-opening portholes. In some instances, the 2 bed cabins can also be occupied by three people. The Junior Suites on the upper deck are 22 m² in size and offer diagonally positioned beds that look out towards the panoramic windows. They are also equipped with spacious cupboards, storage shelves and a cosy seating area.
  • MS RHEIN MELODIE & MS RHEIN SYMPHONIE: The cabins are stylishly and comfortably furnished with individually adjustable air conditioning/heating, shower/WC, SATELLITE TV, phone, hairdryer and safe. The cabins are approx. 14.5 m2 in size. They have beds arranged next to each other that can be separated into two singles if required. On the upper deck, the cabins have openable panoramic windows that reach to the floor (French balcony). The cabins on the middle deck have large panoramic windows that you can open. The viewing windows in the main deck cabins don’t open. The main deck aft cabins are approx. 11.5 m2 in size, have a non-opening viewing window and all of them have a folding bed and a sofa bed.
  • MS BIJOU DU RHONE: The cabins are stylish and comfortable, with individually adjustable air conditioning, shower/WC, SATELLITE TV, phone, hairdryer and safe. The cabins on the middle and upper decks are approx. 14 m² in size. The deluxe middle deck cabins have a large, openable panoramic window; the deluxe upper deck cabins have a lowerable panoramic front. All other cabins on the middle deck have large, non-opening panoramic windows. The beds in the cabins are arranged next to each other but they can also be separated if required. The main deck cabins are approx. 11 m² in size, have a non-opening viewing window and all of them have a folding bed and a sofa bed.
  • MS SEINE COMTESSE: The cabins are stylish and comfortable, with individually adjustable air conditioning, shower/WC, SATELLITE TV, phone, hairdryer and safe. The cabins on the middle and upper decks are approx. 14 m² in size. The deluxe middle deck cabins have a large, openable panoramic window; the deluxe upper deck cabins have a lowerable panoramic front. All other cabins on the middle deck have large, non-opening panoramic windows. The beds in the cabins are arranged next to each other but they can also be separated if required. The main deck cabins are approx. 11 m² in size, have a non-opening viewing window and all of them have a folding bed and a sofa bed.

4-Star Boutique Vessels: MS CASANOVA, MS KATHARINA VON BORA

  • MS CASANOVA: All cabins are stylishly and comfortably furnished outside cabins. The upper deck cabins all have large, openable panoramic windows that reach to the floor (French balcony). Windows in all the main deck cabins cannot be opened. The 2 bed cabins are approx. 12 m² in size and the deluxe cabins are about 16 m² in size. All cabins are equipped with individually adjustable air conditioning, shower/WC, hairdryer, music channel, SATELLITE TV, safe, fridge and on-board phone. The 2 bed cabins either have a double bed (1.60 m x 2 m) with two mattresses or a sofa bed and a separate bed. The deluxe cabins have a double bed (1.60 m x 2 m) with two mattresses.
  • MS KATHARINA VON BORA: All cabins and outside cabins are stylishly furnished. On the upper deck, all cabins are equipped with large, openable panoramic windows that reach to the floor (French balcony). The windows in the main deck cabins cannot be opened. The 2 bed cabins are approx. 12 m² in size, while the deluxe cabins are approx. 13 m² in size and the 1 bed cabins are approx. 9 m² in size. All cabins have individually adjustable air conditioning, shower/WC, hairdryer, music channel, SATELLITE TV, safe, fridge and phone. The 2 bed cabins either have a double bed (1.50 m x 2 m) with two mattresses or two separate beds. The deluxe cabins have a double bed (1.50 m x 2 m) with two mattresses. The 1 bed cabins have a fixed bed.

3.5-Star Vessels: MS DOURO CRUISER & MS FEDIN

  • MS DOURO CRUISER: All cabins are outside cabins and feature a walk-on balcony on the upper deck. The main deck cabins have large, non-opening panoramic windows. All cabins are approx. 15 m² in size (including balcony area with upper deck cabins) and have a shower/WC, individually adjusted air conditioning, hairdryer, safe and SATELLITE TV. The main deck aft cabins are approx. 14 m² in size. The cosily furnished cabins have beds arranged next to each other, which can be separated if required. In front of cabins 100-107 and 300-307 there is a small landing in the cabin aisle with two steps.
  • MS FEDIN: All cabins are outside cabins and have large, openable panoramic windows (lower deck: non-opening portholes). The double cabins front/aft are approx. 9 m2 in size; standard cabins are approx. 10 m2 and each have two single beds, as do the deluxe cabins on the main deck (approx. 13.5 m2). The deluxe cabins on the upper deck (approx. 15.5 m2) have double beds, which can also be separated. All 2 bed cabins have a bathroom (shower/WC) with hairdryer, individually adjustable air conditioning/heating, a mini fridge, built-in closet, on-board radio, safe and TV. The suites (approx. 28 m2) also have a separate living and sleeping area with a king size bed (double bed with a continuous mattress). The 1 bed cabins are approx. 7 m² in size and have a shower room with hairdryer.

Question: What power sockets are used on board?

Answer: European standard sockets, 230 V


Question: Is smoking allowed on the ship?

Answer: Smoking is only permitted on the outside deck (and on most ships only in designated areas). On all nicko river ships, all interior areas such as restaurants, parlours, cabins, corridors, etc. are non-smoking areas.


Question: Do you need to tip?

Answer: It is common practice around the world for a satisfied guest to reward the services of staff accordingly. The amount tipped is, of course, at the guest´s discretion and should be in recognition of good service. Nicko recommends €9-12 per guest and per overnight stay for the ship crew. The cruise director, local tour guides and bus drivers are not included in this. You can, however, also thank them by giving a tip. For cruises on MS MEKONG NAVIGATOR, tips for the ship personnel are already included in the travel price.


Question: Is there a laundry service available on the ship?

Answer: Only the MS MEKONG NAVIGATOR has a laundry service – all other ships, no.


Question: Can I send letters or call from the ship?

Answer: You can send post while on board. The post will usually be mailed when we reach the next port. Postcards and postage stamps can be purchased at the reception desk on board, but please bear in mind that prices on board may often be more expensive than ashore.

On many nicko cruises ships, it is possible to make calls on board from cabin to cabin. On many ships, it is also possible to call ashore via a satellite link. The costs of this, however, are high and we recommend using your own mobile phone (please check before the cruise for information on roaming charges).


Question: Is there internet access on board?

Answer: On many nicko cruises ships, internet connection in the form of WLAN (wireless) can be booked for a charge at the Reception desk or with the nicko cruise director (please note the ship information).


Question: Are port taxes included in the price of the cruise?

Answer: Yes.


Question: Does nicko cruises have a cancellation policy?

Answer: Please see the brochure, page 262: RIVER CRUISES 2022 (blaetterkatalog.de)


Question: What languages are spoken on board?

Answer: Languages on board are English and German, however, only special departures will have English speaking shore excursions.


Question: Are nicko cruises ships suitable for wheelchair users?

Answer: No, nicko’s river ships are not suitable for wheelchair users.


Question: What drinks are included within the fare?

Answer: Drinks are not included in the fare.

With nicko cruises, you can choose between two attractive types of beverage packages. A classic beverage package rounds off your holiday perfectly. Or a premium beverage package offers you a broader selection of other drinks. You can book them in advance or on board – see individual departures listed on our site for drinks package prices and inclusions.


Question: Does nicko cruises cater for dietary restrictions?

Answer: Suitable catering options will usually be provided for you. Please inform us of any dietary requirements and special meals you require when booking.


Question: Does nicko cruises offer private excursions?

Answer: No, all excursions are via group tours.


Question: Is there a doctor available on board?

Answer: A doctor is present on board the nicko river cruise ships in Russia as well as on all 12/15/17-day Danube trips to provide first aid in emergency situations. Of course, doctors are available at short notice ashore as well. Billing for the doctors services and if, applicable, medication that has been administered, is carried out on side. Costs are variable depending on the service.


Question: What can I not bring on board?

Answer: Your luggage must only contain personal items. It is forbidden to bring weapons, knives, alcohol, or drugs on board.


Question: Will there be professional photographs taken throughout the voyage?

Answer: No.


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