We are excited that construction of the brand new MS Monarch Empress is proceeding right on schedule. Ship building began earlier this year in Romania where her hull and exterior finishing touches were completed. In late August the Empress made the long journey along Europe’s waterways to the Netherlands where she is today. Work on her interior spaces is being done in full earnest.
With more than ten years of experience offering European river cruises, the Monarch Empress marks Gate 1’s first brand new vessel. She has been designed to offer some of the most spacious and comfortable accommodations on Europe’s rivers. Cabins range in size from 140 to 210 square feet and feature soothing blue and white interiors, cherry wood accents and top-of-the-line furnishings. 80 percent of the cabins also offer French balconies, providing private views of the stunning riverbanks. Other state-of-the-art amenities include a sundeck lounge, a generously sized library, a dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows, and an elevator to whisk passengers between decks.
The Monarch Empress will sail throughout 2016 along with the MS Sound of Music, a grand river cruise enjoyed by many Gate 1 travelers. The Sound of Music is scheduled to spend the Spring in Holland & Belgium, with the majority of 2016 sailing season featuring 7-night Rhine River itineraries and 14-night Classic European sailings which span much of Western and Central Europe between Amsterdam and Budapest. The Monarch Empress will spend most of her time featuring 7-night Danube River itineraries between Regensburg and Budapest, with a plethora of itinerary variations available which included pre- and post-cruise land tour extensions. Both ships are more than 50 percent sold for the 2016 season with many specific sailings already sold out, so we encourage those who have been considering a European river cruise not to wait. Book now and secure the sailing and itinerary that you have been thinking about. Click here to see all 2016 European River Cruises.