Set sail on the voyage of a lifetime aboard the enchanting River Countess, a beautiful vessel simply radiating Mediterranean charm. From her classically stylish interiors and open, friendly staff service to her truly exquisite cuisine, she captures the very essence of Italian sophistication. Whether you are lounging in the sun with a cocktail, sampling a slice of pizza from the ship’s pizza oven, curling up with a book in the library or simply admiring the sweeping, opulent surroundings, a cruise aboard the River Countess is the epitome of river cruise luxury.
River Countess’s decks are impeccably styled; awash with luxurious creams, subtle taupe and brilliant whites for a refined look, her rooms are beautifully complemented by vibrant splashes of turquoise, muted gold and blue for an atmosphere that is at once effortlessly sophisticated, elegant and inviting. Light pours in from large windows in the Sienna Salon Sky Lounge, Savoy Restaurant and Il Castillo Lounge, filling the airy spaces with sun-lit brightness: all the better to admire the stunning artwork and extraordinary riverside views as you cruise along in unsurpassed luxury. And with each and every cabin thoughtfully equipped with every modern amenity, no convenience must be foregone as you settle down for the night after a hard day exploring the local treasures.
The River Countess has 63 cabins, spread out across five stateroom categories and four suites. All cabins command stunning river views and are lavishly furnished with Savoir of England beds, 100% Egyptian cotton sheets, European duvets and a menu of pillow options for an incomparably restful night’s sleep. Sleek flat-screen TVs, clever space-saving solutions and polished mirrors make for a spacious and airy feel, and the luxurious marble-clad bathroom is generously appointed with L’Occitane en Provence toilette items, sumptuous towels, cosy bath robes and heated mirrors for a really indulgent start to the day.
Should you wish to truly immerse yourself in the height of river cruise luxury, look no further than the deluxe suites. Beautifully furnished with an expansive French balcony, these magnificent suites allow you to revel in the full beauty of passing scenery, watch the twinkling city lights or enjoy a stunning sunset from the intimacy of your own quarters. Abounding with personal touches for an unparalleled experience, enhanced suite amenities include an in-suite butler service, Nespresso coffee machine, daily fruit and cookie plates, evening canapes, an iPod docking station, shoe shine and free laundry. All there is for you to do is to turn up, relax and unwind in your gorgeous surroundings: absolutely everything has been thought of.
Guests are invited to dine in either of the ship’s two dining rooms: the Savoy Restaurant and the Sienna Sky Lounge. The Savoy Restaurant has a classic setting: breakfast and lunch is served buffet-style, offering a rich variety of hot and cold favourites (including made-to-order eggs at breakfast, cooked in front of your very eyes), while dinner is a sumptuous waiter-service affair. The restaurant is elegant and light, furnished with enormous windows and an ornate chandelier for a timeless and graceful atmosphere, while white-tuxedoed waiters add a touch of class to the dinner service.
Dinner is a multi-course feast of regional culinary delights as well as international favourites, promising to satisfy any palate. Ingredients are freshly sourced from local farmers markets and shops, and the chefs’ abounding passion for quality food and regional produce is reflected in their delectable and varied cuisine, flawlessly assembled and artfully prepared on board.
Those looking for a slightly different dining experience should turn to the Sienna Sky Lounge, a glass-walled conservatory-like café abundant with light and affording gorgeous views as you cruise along. Its glass structure can be opened in fine weather for a relaxing alfresco experience to rival any restaurant onshore, allowing you to become absorbed in the passing landscapes as you sample the exquisite dishes on offer. Comprising a long table filled with pizza, pasta, salads, soup and sandwiches, it serves authentic Italian cuisine in a softly atmospheric setting.
With its jam-packed itinerary of onshore excursions, afternoons aboard the River Countess are tranquil and calm in comparison. You may wish to challenge a fellow passenger to a game of giant chess or shuffleboard on the deck, nestle in with a good read in the library, or simply soak up the sun’s rays in a lounger on the Sun Deck, a refreshing cocktail in hand. Or perhaps you would prefer to sip a coffee and share stories with friends old and new in the relaxing lounge, watching the Italian landscapes roll by. You may catch an afternoon lecture on anything from history to wine, delivered by engaging and knowledgeable local experts. As the night draws in and dinner service comes to a quiet close, the resident musician will charm and delight with his excellent repertoire of classical and modern tunes – and with access to the full-service bar until the late hours, you may just end up dancing the night away.
Morning Zumba and yoga sessions are offered on the sun deck for those wishing to greet the day feeling relaxed and re-energised, while the onboard Serenity River Spa is a calming sanctuary for those looking to really unwind on their journey. Feel your tensions simply melting away as you indulge in a soothing spa treatment or professional massage, or spend an hour working out in the fully-equipped fitness centre to revitalise your spirit after a relaxing day.
River Countess offers a varied itinerary of onshore excursions, all led by knowledgeable local guides hand-picked for their engaging manner and excellent English. “QuietVox” technology allows guides to communicate with their audience via a lightweight headset, reducing the need to crowd uncomfortably and allowing even those standing at the back to hear what is being said. From well-loved cultural hotspots to more intimate tours of authentic local areas, these excursions offer an unparalleled look at the architectural, gastronomical and historical wonders of Italian culture.