JANE AUSTEN Ship Review
Named after Sense and Sensibility author Jane Austen, Riviera River Cruises’ Jane Austen made her debut in 2015. Carrying 140 guests and 36 crew, she is the sister-ship to Riviera’s ms Lord Byron, which first set sail in 2013.
While not as elaborate as Riviera’s newer Thomas Hardy and her sister ships, Jane Austen nevertheless provide a relaxed, elegant river cruise experience on the rivers of Europe. Her interiors are rich with dark woods, marbles, and plenty of blues, golds and earth tones. Relaxing and elegant, she primarily operates Riviera’s river cruise itineraries on the Rhine.
JANE AUSTEN Staterooms
- Standard Cabins are the most economical type of accommodations onboard. At 161 square feet, they are decorated with attractive headboards, multiple lighting options, and have either queen or twin beds and a small but smartly-designed bathroom. Standard cabins on Emerald Deck feature quarter-height windows positioned near the top of the room, while standard cabins on Ruby and Diamond Decks have their own French Balcony.
- Superior Suites and Superior Stern Suites are a spacious 199 square feet and are available across all decks. Essentially stretch versions of Standard Cabins, these rooms add more personal living space, including a small sitting area and slightly larger bathrooms. Like Standard Cabins, Superior Suites located on Emerald Deck have quarter-height, fixed windows, while those on Ruby and Diamond Decks have French Balconies. A separate “Superior Stern Suites” category is identical, but is located at the extreme end of Diamond Deck. The layout in these rooms varies slightly, owing to the angled walls bordering the aft-facing Lounge.
- Deluxe Suites are the largest type of accommodations aboard the Jane Austen. Located on Diamond Deck, these four suites measure 242 square feet, and are nearly fifty percent larger than the ship’s Standard Cabins. All that extra space is used to good effect, with queen-sized beds (that can split into two twins) facing the French balcony, plus a sitting area with a full-size table and two chairs.
JANE AUSTEN Public Areas
Public areas aboard the Jane Austen are comfortable and intimate, and easily hold the ship’s 140 guests, even when sailing full.
On Diamond Deck, the Lido Bar and Restaurant serves up light continental breakfast along with lighter fare for lunch and dinner. There’s no cost to dine here in the evenings, but reservations are required.
Alternately, full buffet breakfast and lunch are offered in The Restaurant on Ruby Deck. Dinners offered here are elegant, multi-course affairs.
The ship also features a 24hr self service station for tea and coffee, along with a full-service bar in the ship’s Main Lounge. Panoramic windows allow for views on three sides of the vessel, and the room exudes a cozy, relaxed feel. Like other Rivera River Cruises ships, bar drinks aren’t included in the cost of the cruise, but are reasonably a’la carte priced in Euros instead.
River Cruisers Should Know!
- Although the ship has a lift, it does not travel to the uppermost Sun Deck.