TransOcean - your operator for highly personal cruisesTransOcean cruises convince with individual offers as well as a modern and at the same time homely atmosphere and thus ensure very special travel experiences. Thanks to the comfortable cabins, the excellent food and the perfect care on board, you can enjoy your dream cruise to the fullest - regardless of whether you are traveling with the MS Magellan, the MS Vasco da Gama or the MS Columbus.
All ships, routes and prices.
|Ship||Construction year / Renovations|
|MS Astor||1987 / 2010|
|MS Columbus||1997 / 2017|
|MS Magellan||1985 / 2010|
|MS Vasco da Gama||1993 / 2017|
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Stylish cruise on river and sea
The cruise line: from passenger service to classic cruise Morning mood on the river, sunset at sea - the traditional cruise line TransOcean Cruises travels along Europe's most enchanting rivers and along the most glorious coasts in the world and uses its fleet to tailor-made cruises in the classic sense. The ships are rather small and therefore very personal compared to the cruise giants of the industry. The manageable sizes allow comfortable voyages away from the busy routes. Especially the regular guests appreciate this unique atmosphere on board.
The TransOcean passenger service began in the winter of 1954 with regular passenger liner service and was involved above all in the field of emigrant passengers. Their transport and also the increasing cruise line to overseas service soon took over the competing air traffic of the economic boom. This is how the company came up with the idea of offering cruises for tourists. First with part, then with full charter TransOcean Tours opened, as the organizers of sea travel later called, the cruise business. In the 1980s, winter cruises were offered for the first time and the cruise line expanded its offer on river cruises. France, Russia, China - popular and exotic waterways all over the world already complemented the catalog of cruise specialists.
Regarding the ocean segment, TransOcean is best known for its legendary and stylish MS Astor, built in 1987, completely and lavishly refurbished in 2010. Since 2013, the British operator Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV) is behind the German cruise line TransOcean Tours.
The fleet: Stylish travel, exclusive ambience
River enjoyment on four premium cruise ships
The names of the river cruisers that TransOcean sends out on the most attractive rivers say it all. The journeys on the premium cruise ships MS Belvedere, MS Bellejour, MS Bellefleur and MS Sans Souci are not only very special, they also provide their passengers on wonderful river cruises also carefree river enjoyment. The cabins have predominantly French balconies, all four ships are equipped with panoramic restaurants, spacious sundecks provide the very best views over the Rhine, Main, Moselle, Danube or Rhone.
Most beautiful flower in France - the MS Bellefleur
The MS Bellefleur glides through southern France's landscapes, convincing with its lifestyle and unique river panoramas. Of course, it shines with French cuisine and lifestyle. The 74 cabins for 150 passengers are spread over three decks. The outside cabins on the Seine deck are equipped with wall-hung beds and a sofa bed that can be used as comfortable seating during the day. The 14sqm deluxe cabins have double beds. The panoramic windows can be opened in many deluxe cabins.
Best view - the MS Belvedere
The glass-enclosed entrée with a curved staircase immediately shows what the MS Belvedere is all about: light-filled generosity and the best views. This ship travels the Danube almost on its entire navigable length between Passau and the Danube Delta. A small but fine wellness area with sauna, whirlpool, loungers and cardio equipment offers holidays for body and mind. The 88 cabins for 176 passengers impress with a size of 16 square meters. A special feature of the MS Belvedere are the four suites, each with a comfortable seating area of 22 square meters each.
Wonderful days - the MS Bellejour
Just as spacious as the sister ship MS Belvedere is the MS Bellejour, which scores with a glass dome and a flight of steps. Apart from the suites, there are similar cabins and similar equipment on this river cruiser. The 90 cabins accommodate 180 passengers. The MS Bellejour travels the Main and Danube as well as the Rhine almost on its entire navigable length. Even small side trips to the Moselle are among the routes of the premium ship.
Carefree across the river - the MS Sans Souci
With a capacity of only 80 passengers, the MS Sans Souci has a yacht-like atmosphere. Thanks to its small size, this premium vessel also drives small, almost untouched waterways. Home port of the MS Sans Souci is Berlin. From the German capital, it travels the Oder to Wroclaw and the Elbe to Prague or heads for the Baltic Sea. The stylish interior made of fine wood is reminiscent of an exclusive yacht. The 40 exterior cabins are spread over two decks. The windows of the cabins on the panorama deck are slightly larger than those on the main deck. The four suites are equipped with double bed and French balcony.
Slim lady on the ocean - the MS Astor
The MS Astor is the proud lady of the fleet that travels the oceans of the world for TransOcean Cruises. Compared to the gigantic cruise liners that have been launched lately, the MS Astor, which was built almost 30 years ago in Kiel, is almost tiny, because it accommodates only 578 passengers in 289 cabins. It measures 177 meters from bow to stern, a sleek lady that makes it easy for travelers to quickly feel at home on the ocean.
278 international crew members take care of the well-being of the guests and twirl on seven passenger decks, so that the tourists in the four restaurants, two bars, in the Astor lounge, in the wellness area or with the service in the cabins are best served. The board language is German.
Ten different cabin categories with different sizes and equipment are available for use on three cabin decks. The Astor Suite and the two Senator Suites with their 59 and 48 square meters of space are luxurious, elegant and exclusive. The modern outdoor and indoor cabins (in 2010, the Astor in Bremer Lloyd shipyard completely renewed) has 26 square meters. The 4-bed cabins with two separate sleeping areas or the selected interconnecting cabins provide the ideal space for families with children. The arrangement of the beds - as a double bed or in two separate single beds - can be chosen individually.
Elegant on the way - the MS Magellan
The MS Magellan has room for 1,250 guests, twice as many as the MS Astor, and yet this cruise ship is one of the smaller ones in the industry. Stylish teak decks and a characteristic silhouette welcome the passengers, who find their cabins on nine decks. The MS Magellan is also an extremely comfortable cruise liner with a variety of public areas and deck areas that invite travelers to relax and unwind, while also ensuring that every passenger gets the privacy he wants.
There are 15 different cabin categories - from the inside cabin to the suite. A variety of cabins have a third or fourth bed - ideal for large families with baby and child as well as group travel. Two restaurants are available, serving at two table times. A cozy bistro is the casual alternative to it.
Two swimming pools and three whirlpools on deck, a wellness center, sauna, relaxation areas and beauty treatments also offer all the possibilities of relaxation during the days on board.
Destinations: once around the world or Europe intensively
The cruising world of TransOcean cruises knows no bounds, because the cruise line is positioned with its river cruises and ocean cruises, so that all the wishes of travelers who want to spend their holidays on the water, can be met. The four riverboats offer discoveries on Europe's most exciting rivers and take passengers on exciting waterways in the most beautiful cities.
Of course, the river classics Danube, Main, Rhine and Rhône are there. The ride on the Danube even leads to the wildly romantic Danube Delta, which offers one of the most impressive experiences for many river cruise guests. The journey is especially convenient for the tours on the Rhine, Main and Danube, as the transfer can be individually selected with your own car or train. If you do not like to fly, then you are in good hands when traveling on the river with the often easily accessible departure ports.
Enjoyment travelers for wine lovers, gourmets and art lovers will take you to the south of France at TransOcean, as the routes on the French rivers combine art, culture and lifestyle. The small, fine MS Sans Souci offers very special routes in Germany: it fits as tailor-made on the idyllic waterways around Berlin and the fabulous lake landscape of the Mark Brandenburg. The ship cruises partly on more than 100 years old canals, formerly the important communication routes between Hamburg and Szczecin. However, this river cruiser also has unique destinations abroad, such as the "Golden City" Prague.
On the other hand, the two deep-sea cruisers MS Magellan and MS Astor will once again take their passengers around the globe. In 2017 the MS Magellan will take its first tour around the world. This 121-day sea voyage takes you through the Caribbean Sea and the Panama Canal to the dream islands of the South Seas, then on to New Zealand and Australia, then to the magical Far East and the Indian Ocean. From the ancient sites in Egypt and Jordan, the Magellan navigates the Suez Canal and heads home via Greece and the Mediterranean.
The MS Astor has a full cruise calendar. The ship spends the winter in the pleasant climate of the southern hemisphere, connecting Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, China and Indonesia, before returning home through southern Africa with stops in South Africa and Namibia. Back in Europe, the MS Astor misses neither the Hamburg Harbor Birthday in May 2016 nor the midnight sun at the North Cape. It takes its guests to Europe's grandest coasts without leaving any of its attractive cities.
The historic cities of the Baltic Sea, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Riga or Tallinn have long been popular classics of the cruise routes and are of course also called at by the MS Astor. Glamorous history and exciting architecture charm travelers again and again. On the northern route, the Astor comes to Greenland and Iceland, passing impressive icebergs and bizarre volcanic landscapes.
Back it’s through England and Scotland in the warm Mediterranean, where not only the fascinating cities of Spain such as Cadiz and Valencia, but also Italian highlights such as Genoa, Palermo and Naples are on the itinerary. Whether art, culture, cuisine or adventure - the destinations of the Astor serve any holiday dreams of cruise passengers. In all cities, the ship offers extensive trip packages and shore excursions, so that everyone has the opportunity to extensively experience country and people on shore excursions.
Food and drink: culinary delights with a view
Menu or buffet – on the MS Astor there is always a favorite dish
On board the MS Astor, passengers can enjoy a culinary treat all day long. The chefs conjure up the finest delicacies six times a day: sparkling wine, morning broth, lunch, coffee and tea with cake, dinner and midnight snack. And for all early risers or late sleepers, the crew also offers an early bird or late riser breakfast.
Menu creation or sumptuous buffet - guests have the choice to enjoy their meals in the Waldorf Restaurant, Overseas Club, Romantic Dinner and Ristorante Toscana. In the well-stocked bars, bartenders serve international cocktails, delicious long drinks and fine wines, draft beer and a wide selection of soft drinks. At the Captain's Club, the evening ends with stylish piano music, while the Hansebar is very maritime with direct access to the outer deck. The Astor Lounge offers first-class entertainment to all revelers. From this season, guests can enjoy everything a little more carefree, because the cruise line has on the Astor an all-inclusive beverage package on the program. It applies during meals at the "Waldorf Restaurant", the specialty restaurants "Commodore's Salon" and "Admiral's Salon", at the buffet restaurant "Overseas Club" and at all bars. The beverage package does not include champagne, bottled wines or exclusive spirits.
Enjoyment in Europe's most beautiful river landscapes
The culinary arts also play an important role on the rivers. There is almost no time of day in which passengers have to forego special food. The day starts at the rich breakfast buffet. After an exciting day out or relaxation on deck, guests are welcome to the restaurant with a delicious lunch. The afternoon coffee is accompanied by delicious cakes or pastries. The dinner menu at a seating time is also taken stylishly. Depending on what the evening has ready, the passengers can also be surprised by a gala dinner.
The well-stocked bars and cozy panoramic lounges are in no way inferior to the facilities on a deep-sea cruiser. The bartenders on board serve long drinks, high quality spirits, fine wines and of course a wide selection of soft drinks. The all-inclusive beverage package, which covers a large part of the drinks - both alcohol and soft drinks - and can be booked, is available to passengers of the MS Bellejour, MS Belvedere and MS Bellefleur.
Activities on board: rather fine and small
A cruise is ideally always a combination of experience and relaxation. At TransOcean you will find the best conditions for this: for the experiences usually provide the various excursion programs ashore, the relaxation then often takes place on board. Although the small MS Astor cannot compete with the huge wellness landscapes of the ocean liners, the concept of the ship is not designed as such. But the travelers do not need to do without wellness, sports and entertainment. The offer is just a little clearer, but also more personal.
Wellness, spa and sauna on the MS Astor
The wellness and spa area at the MS Astor includes an indoor pool, a bio-sauna (60 degrees Celsius) and heated loungers where spa friends can relax. This area is also home to the beauty section, where passengers can book a variety of treatments such as nourishing facials, refreshing body scrubs and pampering massages.
Sports, games and fun
In the morning a jogging session on deck, later individual training with a personal coach, in the afternoon fun in the aerobics class. The sports facilities on board the MS Astor are also taken care of. Those who prefer team sports can spend their time playing volleyball, football, basketball and table tennis. For swimmers there is also a well-tempered indoor and outdoor pool.
Courses for creative people
Country and people of the targeted destinations can get to know the passengers in advance at the readings of the lecturers about the respective regions. On selected trips, the crew offers interesting painting, craft or even language courses. There is also a library and a selection of board games to pass the time.
Glitter and glamor in the evening
In the evening professional ensembles with dancers and singers go on stage. Daily changing theme shows - operetta, musicals, seventies, pop songs or folklore - provide fun entertainment. The onboard orchestra performs in the lounge for dance evenings, and the cocktail hour is accompanied by moderate atmospheric live music at the Captain's Club.
Relaxation and tranquility on the river
Guests who choose a river cruise want one thing above all: a lot of rest. The best way to do this is on the sundeck in a deck chair or in the panoramic lounge, while the ship slides along the river and the landscapes pass by slowly. On the MS Belvedere and the MS Bellejour, a wellness area with sauna, whirlpool and cardio equipment completes the offer.
Dance over the water
Disco or Viennese waltz - on river cruises the audience usually does not expect any bombastic shows, the dance theme evenings and the quiz events still provide a lively evening entertainment.
Excursions: getting to know the country and its people
If you travel, you want to see and experience as much as possible. A carefully crafted trip program helps guests to experience the many destinations. As part of these excursions, the most important and interesting sights can be explored in each port and its surroundings. The trip program is provided to passengers of TransOcean cruises prior to departure together with the travel documents. A reservation is recommended, the experts of kreuzfahrten.de are hereby helpful.
Dialysis travels: enjoy despite reduced mobility
Cruises offer dialysis patients the opportunity to reach the most exciting and beautiful places while maintaining the dialysis treatment. Thanks to the state-of-the-art dialysis station on the MS Astor, dialysis-dependent guests can focus on their vacation and fully enjoy all the luxuries of cruising. Because dialysis always depends on the program of the trip and thus usually allows you to participate in all the desired excursion programs. Dialysis patients also receive discounted travel prices. Dialysis trips are also offered on selected trips of the MS Bellejour and the MS Belvedere.
Guests with reduced mobility
The MS Astor is only partly suitable for people with reduced mobility. The type of berths and a large part of the land programs also require prioragreement. The cruise line should be contacted in advance.
On board it is informal, but well maintained. For the public areas comfortable everyday clothes are recommended during the day. In the evening casual chic predominates. For the gala dinner festive and elegant clothing is required. The shore excursions sturdy shoes and weatherproof clothing is required. Swimwear and sportswear is reserved for sundecks or wellness fitness areas. Bathrobes are available for free on the MS Astor.
No extra charge: a heart for single travelers
TransOcean has launched the "Offer for singles" campaign for solo travelers. Singles save the single supplement on selected routes. On some tours Singles 2016 travel at twin price without surcharge in an inside or outside cabin. For this offer a limited contingent is available.
Regulations for smokers
Smoking on board is allowed on the outer decks as well as in designated smoking areas. All bars and restaurants are smoke-free rooms. But tobacco lovers will also find comfortable spaces and places on the MS Astor. Smoking is generally prohibited in the cabins.
Internet & mobile
The MS Astor can be reached by phone, fax or e-mail via satellite. The use of the Internet on board is possible. About the respective tariffs informs the reception on board. The mobile phone reception and the costs vary depending on the navigation area.
Language on board
The crew is international. The board language is German. Important information as well as menus and daily programs are also issued in English as needed.
Animals on board
Due to legal regulations, no pets are allowed on board.
If you would like to thank the crew for the attentive service, you can do so at the end of the trip via a tip box at the reception. In this way, the gratuity is of benefit to the entire crew. Also a billing via board account is possible. As a guideline about five to seven euros per guest per night are recommended.
TransOcean - The Shipping Company
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- The onboard languages offered vary depending on the cruise line. In addition to the German cruise lines AIDA, TUI Cruises and PHOENIX, cruise lines such as Costa and MSC also offer German-speaking contact persons and shore excursions. The onboard languages offered are usually specified in the travel advertisement. There is also the option of filtering according to a desired language.
- Do you travel alone? With the whole family? Do you prefer the big adventure in nature or do you want to be entertained as well? There is a suitable lid for every pot - and that's just the same with cruises: apart from a variety of routes, the various cruise lines also show their own individual orientations.
If you are traveling alone, a single cabin will be important to you. Only a few cruise lines offer pure single cabins, usually a single cabin surcharge is calculated for the double cabin used alone. You will find what you are looking for on Norwegian Cruse Line, the cruise line offers extra single cabins. You may also find offers without extra charge at Hapag Lloyd Cruises or at Royal Caribbean.
Whether baby, toddler or teen - on a journey with children different requirements apply than on a cruise alone or in pairs. So the little ones want to be active. If you are planning a family cruise, make sure that there is an entertainment program for children. For example, AIDA Cruises or Costa Cruises are very child-friendly. But also many other cruise lines have specialized on the smallest guests, worthwhile here is an individual consultation with kreuzfahrten.de.
And as far as entertainment and shore excursions are concerned, cruises are as varied as a journey can be. If you do not want 24-hour entertainment, you will surely choose a different ship than the one who expects a selection of great shows, possibly several a day. We are happy to help you in your search for the right ship!