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NATHALIE'S YACHT PORTRAIT *
Two luxury cruise liners
'Sea Cloud Cruises' in Hamburg has been around for 20 years now and successfully been running cruises with the legendary sailing vessel SY SEA CLOUD and the MS RIVER CLOUD, the “First Lady” of river cruising. Both are unique. Both are on the top of the line 5-star cruises. Reason enough to feature both on my TV-show ‘Nathalie's Lifestyle'.
The River Cloud is a cruise liner which has been especially built for the rivers flowing through the heart of Europe like Rhine, Main, Moselle and Danube. My excursion starts in Passau and ends in Vienna. We embark via the Promenade Deck. In the centre is the spacious foyer with its reception, boutique and library. Just a few steps away is the centre piece, the lounge, with its shiny black grand piano made by Steinway & Sons. While my lifestyle team and I are being pampered on the deck, the most beautiful riverscapes are gliding by. Gentle mountain ridges defended by castles, busy metropolises and medieval hamlets, charming inlets and canals altering with wide, bustling shipping routes.
When on May 29th, 1996, the champagne bottle broke against the bow of the snowy white River Cloud, a new era in river cruising had begun. The concept of combining contemporary comfort and state-of-the-art marine technology with the nostalgia for luxury voyages of the 30s was realised in the River Cloud. The wonderful atmosphere invites comparisons with the legendary ‘Orient Express'. Exquisite furniture, mahogany and rosewood, marble and gold-plated taps, luxurious saloons and a spacious elegant restaurant at the aft end of the Promenade Deck give the MS River Cloud its unique atmosphere. My preferred place is the Sun Deck – 1000 Square Meters of Teak!
The River Cloud has 39 outside cabins and 6 spacious junior suites. The bath has been luxuriously fashioned in white and green marble as well as being equipped with gold-plated taps. The ship was planned with spaciousness and comfort in mind. The sauna and fitness area as well as the huge Sun Deck bears witness to this. It covers almost the entire length and breadth of the boat and it is only interrupted by the Open Bridge, the Lido Bar, the Putting Green and the large scale chess board, which attracts both players and spectators alike.
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River Cloud II
In 2001, the MS River Cloud II has been put into service by Sea Cloud Cruises. This second floating 5-star hotel was designed specifically to cruise the River Po in Italy. She delights with her generous proportions, grace and the authentic Mediterranean elegance in 44 cabins.
What makes a Po river cruise on River Cloud II so special for me? Watching stylish Italians stroll, relaxing on the piazzas and market squares with a cappuccino, tasting delectable wines from the Veneto or Emilia Romagna regions, and culinary specialities such as Parmesan cheese and Parma ham...these are little moments that make your heart beat faster. You will cruise the canals of Venice, look out on the Piazza San Marco and the Doge's Palace and cross the extensive Po Delta. You'll leave the boat for excursions to the cities whose names have made history – Ferrara, Mantua, Verona or Parma – just to name a few.
Cruising on board River Cloud I or River Cloud II means combining culture and the Art of Living. My lifestyle team and I truly believe that river cruises offer a real alternative for all those people who are searching for relaxation and rejuvenation. For us, the River Cloud became our ‘home away from home' for a few unforgettable days!
RIVER CLOUD & RIVER CLOUD II
Ballindamm 17; D - 20095 Hamburg
T: +49 - (0)40 - 30 95 92 -0; F: +49 - (0)40 - 30 95 92 22
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* This special feature "River Cloud" has been one of more than 300 Portraits, produced by Nathalie Gütermann for her TV-Shows 'Nathalie's Lifestyle' and 'Nathalie's Art of Living' that were broadcasted between 1990 - 2003 in Germany and in 15 countries world-wide. The content has been updated with actual information in 2004 for Nathalies-Lifestyle.com © 1990 - 2004. The reproduction or other use of any text, photographs, etc. needs the prior written permission of the Chief Publisher.