There are fascinating cities, historic villages and stunning landscapes to see as you cruise along any great waterway, but one of the highlights of the journey is also enjoying your time on board the ship. It’s your home-away-from-home and not unlike a floating hotel, so here we share with you some of the features of Gate 1’s different ships around the world and help you learn more about life on board.
Regal Cruising in Europe
In 2018, Gate 1 will have four ships operating in Europe on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. On each of the vessels you’ll find spacious outside cabins with individual climate control, flat screen TV, direct dial telephone, built-in safe, hairdryer, private bathroom with modern facilities.
Ship amenities include bar-lounge, restaurant, sun deck, fitness centre, complimentary wifi and a 24-hour coffee & tea station.
MS Monarch Empress – the pride of the fleet, this 5-star ship was built by Gate 1 and debuted in 2016. She carries a maximum of 144 passengers in 72 outside cabins, 58 with French balcony and floor-to-ceiling windows. The Empress also has a putting green on the sun deck and there is an elevator for easy access to upper decks.
MS Monarch Queen & MS Monarch Baroness – these first class sister ships joined our exclusive charter in 2017. They were built in 2006 and 2007 and since then have been refurbished with new decor, updated bedding and soft furnishings. On the sun deck you will find a jacuzzi and the Queen and Baroness also have an exclusive Backlounge Steakhouse. The additional restaurant serves prime cuts of meat and fish in a relaxed open-kitchen dining room, that can only be booked on board for an supplementary charge of 10 Euro per person.
MS Monarch Princess – the newest addition to the Gate 1 river cruising family and is the most intimate with a maximum capacity of 138 passengers. She was built in 2009 and has all the conveniences of a modern, first class ship, with recent soft refurbishments like the Queen and Baroness. There is also a jacuzzi on the sun deck to enjoy relaxing after your full day of sightseeing.
Gate 1 tip: the lead price category E cabins are on the water level with a window. They offer great value, but if you want to upgrade your experience, from only $280 pp more on a 7-night cruise you can enjoy the comfort of a French balcony cabin in categories A, B, C and D. But hurry, category D cabins fill up fast!
There’s no better way to experience the enchantment of Russia than on a river cruise. Sail between St Petersburg to Moscow, stopping along the way to explore Uglich, Yaroslavl, one of Russia’s oldest cities, the culturally and historically rich town of Goritsy, the small island of Kizhi and the romantic village of Mandrogi. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy city tours of both Moscow and St Petersburg, highlighting the Kremlin and Hermitage museums.
Russian ships are generally older than the ones you’ll find cruising the Danube, but what they lack in modern facilities they more than make up for in atmosphere. All your meals are included, with a selection of Continental and Russian cuisine. Bottled water is provided at lunch and with dinner you can choose from wine, beer or soft drink. There’s also Russian vodka tastings on board, so you can get a real taste of the local culture!
MS Kronshtadt – has 90 outside cabins, 24 Junior Suites and 2 suites. All cabins are air-conditioned with simple furnishings, basic bath facilities and a window. The ship’s amenities include two bars, a lounge and sauna.
MS Zosima Shashkov – the larger of the two ships, Zosima Shashkov has 140 cabins and 2 suites. Each is an outside cabin with a window, simple furnishings, basic private bathroom and air-conditioning. The ship’s amenities include two bars, a lounge and sauna.
Cruising Majestic Myanmar
The Irrawaddy River is the lifeline of Myanmar (Burma) and with Gate 1 you can cruise in style between Mandalay and Pyay aboard the deluxe RV Irrawaddy Explorer. It’s an experience designed to give you a greater appreciation of Burmese life and culture, while discovering the country’s hidden beauty as you cruise it’s largest river.
On board you’ll enjoy cultural performances, educational talks, cooking classes and nightly entertainment in the lounge. Food is also a feature, with delicious breakfast and lunch buffets and locally-inspired dishes at table-served dinners. Plus you’ll receive complimentary bottled water, coffee, tea, soft drink and with dinner, local beer and wine.
RV Irrawaddy Explorer – this boutique ship has 28 outside cabins, each tastefully furnished and with floor-to-ceiling windows. In your spacious cabin you will find full sized beds (twin or queen) with premium mattresses and linen, private bathroom, hair dryer and other modern conveniences. Ship amenities include bar-lounge, dining room, outside lounge, sun deck, jacuzzi and salon.
China’s Middle Kingdom Magic
They don’t come much bigger than the Yangtze River. It’s the longest river in Asia and the third-longest in the world, but the longest to flow from source to sea in one country. While there’s 1000’s of years of history to uncover on its banks, the Yangtze is also famously the site of the Three Gorges Dam, which is the biggest dam project and hydropower station in the world.
Cruising the Yangtze on Gate 1’s most popular 13 Day China with 4 Day Yangtze River Cruise, or one of our other China cruise options, will take you upstream from Yichang, sailing through Wu Gorge, with its magnificent Twelve Peaks, before docking at Shibaozhai to see the impressive Ming Dynasty pagoda.
Gate 1 use a selection of 4-star ships on our 3 or 4-day river cruises. These include ships operated by Victoria Cruises, a leader in luxury river cruising, and deluxe cruise vessel, MV Century Sun.
Victoria Cruises – these modern ships are either newly-built or structurally re-built and have a European-Asian design. The cabins are all outside with private balcony, bathtubs and cable TV. In addition to the regular inclusions, Gate 1 travellers also receive an Amenity Package with morning coffee and tea service, wifi public areas and access to the Executive Lounge, where ‘happy hour’ is served an hour before dinner with house wine and beer. You can click here to find more information on the individual ships.
Century Sun – this deluxe ship meets world class standards. There are 153 cabins and a maximum of 306 passengers. Each cabin has private balcony with full-length window, along with TV, safe, mini bar, hair dryer, individual climate control and a European style bathroom. The amenities on board include bar, restaurant, lounge, library, sun deck and fitness centre.
Gate 1 tip: From the China tour page, when you click on an itinerary and your preferred departure to start the reservation process, it will show you which cruise company is used on that date.
If you like the idea of being in a new place each day, while being able to enjoy the comforts of a river ship, and love the appeal of only having to unpack once and travelling at a more relaxed pace, then peruse our website for more information on our amazing river cruises, or call our reservations specialists on 1300 653 618 for assistance.