MS William Shakespeare

We are proud to showcase here the state-of-the-art, five-star MS William Shakespeare – launched in 2014.

Specially commissioned and designed to our exacting specifications, she is, without doubt, one of the world’s finest river cruise ships. We have worked tirelessly with one of Europe’s most experienced and respected luxury shipbuilders, Veka Group, to create the perfect ship, featuring many unique, ground breaking innovations. The finest of materials have been used in construction with virtually no expense spared; its sustainably sourced tropical hardwoods, highly polished brass and wrought iron fittings, thick pile high-quality carpets, luxuriously comfortable deep armchairs and settees will absolutely delight you. In addition the ship’s spacious layout, subtle and tasteful lighting, elegant décor, luxurious cabins and excellent facilities are undoubtedly the very best on cruise ships today.

Accommodation

Aboard the MS William Shakespeare, the interior was designed by the same team that fashioned the 5 star Antonio Bellucci. Expect rich finishes with plenty of wood and chrome giving a feeling of elegance and style throughout.

Accommodation

Food & Drink

High quality dining is an integral part of any river cruise experience, as exemplified aboard MS William Shakespeare. Guests will find five-star dishes awaiting in the two restaurants onboard, prepared by a team of dedicated and highly professional chefs, all served up by an attentive waitstaff. 

Dining

Life on Board

The Sun Deck is the hub for entertainment onboard. The forward viewing area is perfect for watching the historic riverside villages, steep vine-clad valley sides and other scenic wonders glide serenely by. It’s well equipped with plenty of comfortable outdoor chairs and sun-loungers, deck games including shuffleboard and giant chess, a small splash pool where you can cool off, and a full bar service. Sometimes barbecues are held here too, weather dependent of course – a great way to meet new people over a glass of wine.

Then, as the evening progresses into darkness, subtle lighting evolves down on the Hamlet Deck, through colour and intensity accompanied by gentle piano background music, creating a very special ambience. However should you prefer a good book to read you can always visit the library, which, with its leather-effect wall linings, offers a genteel environment reminiscent of the golden age of cruising.

Life on Board

Gallery

Get a feel for life onboard the MS William Shakespeare by browsing through the image gallery. Click on any of the images above to get started.

MS William Shakespeare Cruises

May we present you with a small selection of the wide range of cruises available on Riviera Travel' MS William Shakespeare. For more details click on one of the links below.

View all MS William Shakespeare Cruises

Deck Plans MS William Shakespeare

Browse MS William Shakespeare's deck plans to get a feel of her layout. Explore cabins, restaurants, entertainment and shared spaces at your leisure.

MS William Shakespeare Deckplans

The Riviera Travel Fleet

The service on board your Riviera Travel cruise ship will be intuitive, unobtrusive, efficient and friendly. Out on deck, there'll be everything you need to make the most of the riverside scenery and the fine weather. Stretch out on one of the many comfortable sun loungers. Cool off in a splash pool. Take advantage of the full bar service. Lose yourself in conversation with like-minded new friends. Have some fun with one of the deck games, like shuffleboard and giant chess. Or maybe just enjoy a quiet, undisturbed read.

MV Ocean Atlantic
MS George Eliot
MS William Wordsworth
MS Robert Burns
MS Douro Splendour
MS Douro Elegance
MS Thomas Hardy
MS Emily Brontë
MS Oscar Wilde
MS Lord Byron
MS Jane Austen
MS Charles Dickens
MS William Shakespeare
MS Swiss Ruby
MS Adriatic Sun
MS Il Mare
MV Mare Blu
MS Aquamarin
MV Corona
RV Mekong Prestige II
MS Rossia
MS Movenpick Darakum

Welcome aboard! If you would like to speak with about a cruise, ask a question, find out some information or anything else please start by typing your first name below.