Northern Highlights of Germany - From maritime Hamburg to vibrant Berlin in late summer

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  • day 1
    Hamburg
     
  • day 2
    Hamburg
     
  • day 2
    Lüneburg
     
  • day 3
    Lüneburg
     
  • day 4
    Wittenberge
     
  • day 5
    Tangermünde
     
  • day 6
    Magdeburg
     
  • day 6
    Genthin
     
  • day 7
    Genthin
     
  • day 7
    Brandenburg an der Havel
     
  • day 7
    Potsdam
     
  • day 8
    Potsdam
     
  • day 8
    Berlin Spandau
     

THIS IS YOUR ALL VEGAN FLOATING HOTEL

The MS Swiss Ruby provides an intimate and welcoming base from which to explore the beautiful Elbe River. With classic interiors, comfortable public areas and sumptuous vegan dining, this is a river ship that is guaranteed to enhance your exciting journey. The Swiss Ruby is the perfect riverboat for our all-vegan cruise along the Elbe River and its beautiful small towns due to its small size.

Date Ports of Call Arrival Departure
06-09-24 Hamburg - -
07-09-24 Hamburg - 16:00
07-09-24 Lüneburg 23:30 -
08-09-24 Lüneburg - 21:00
09-09-24 Wittenberge 12:30 19:00
10-09-24 Tangermünde 03:00 19:00
11-09-24 Magdeburg 00:30 14:00
11-09-24 Genthin 22:00 -
12-09-24 Genthin - 04:30
12-09-24 Brandenburg an der Havel 09:00 11:00
12-09-24 Potsdam 15:00 -
13-09-24 Potsdam - 06:00
13-09-24 Berlin Spandau 08:00 -
Note: The itinerary presented is subject to modification due to water levels, lock closures or other uncontrollable factors. Every effort will be made to operate cruise programs as planned, but changes may still be necessary throughout the cruise. This schedule is su bject to change. Your final itinerary will be provided with the cruise tickets.

MS Swiss Ruby

THIS IS YOUR ALL VEGAN FLOATING HOTEL

The MS Swiss Ruby provides an intimate and welcoming base from which to explore the beautiful Elbe River. With classic interiors, comfortable public areas and sumptuous vegan dining, this is a river ship that is guaranteed to enhance your exciting journey. The Swiss Ruby is the perfect riverboat for our all-vegan cruise along the Elbe River and its beautiful small towns due to its small size.

Riverview Stateroom

Cabins on the Emerald (lower) deck have fixed windows and as you would expect of a four-star vessel, they are extremely well appointed, they all are outward facing with high quality fittings. Most importantly they feature hotel-style beds and a turn-down service operates during your vegan dinner. 

This, combined with high quality bed-linen, ensures a comfortable night’s sleep. A safe, hairdryer, flat-screen satellite TV are standard throughout and that essential – tea and coffee making facilities! The well equipped bathroom is extremely practical with a marble wash basin, fully glazed shower – not curtains, plus fine vegan toiletries, and of course, everything is air-conditioned.

Size of the cabin: 12 sqm / 129 sft
Bed configuration: one double bed or two twin beds

Includes the following cabin numbers : 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120

Stateroom with French Balcony

Cabins on the Ruby (top) deck have French Balconies with full floor to ceiling sliding glass doors and as you would expect of a four-star  vessel, they are extremely well appointed and all are outward facing with high quality fittings. Most importantly they feature hotel-style beds and a turn-down service operates during your vegan dinner. 

This, combined with high quality bed-linen, ensures a comfortable night’s sleep. A safe, hairdryer, flat-screen satellite TV are standard throughout and that essential – tea and coffee making facilities! The well equipped bathroom is extremely practical with a marble wash basin, fully glazed shower – not curtains, plus fine vegan toiletries, and of course, everything is air-conditioned. 

Size of the cabin: 12 sqm / 129 sft
Bed configuration: one double bed 

Includes the following cabin numbers : 201, 202, 204, 206, 207, 209, 211, 213, 214, 215, 217, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222

Does the ship have Wifi?

Yes, there will be WiFi onboard the ship, which is also already included in your cruise fare! Being close to shore, the connection is quite good at river cruises but internet on board can never be as reliable as on land. There will always be some level of unreliability, especially the further out to sea you sail.

Our connection relies on a cellular or satellite terminal—the best possible solution for river cruising. Due to the nature of data bandwidth and latency, as well as potential interruptions in satellite signals based on terrain and weather, you may experience slower online connections than you are accustomed to at home. That’s why we recommend to download your content such as movies, series or software updates before the cruise, so there is enough data for everyone to use the WiFi.

What is not included?

  • International Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Any additional food or beverages obtained outside of the package specifications
  • Purchases of drinks, souvenirs, gifts and other personal items on board or ashore
  • Personal services 
  • Baggage, travel cancellation and personal insurance

How can I book shore excursions?

Once we finished the planning of our shore excursions, all booked guests will receive an email with a link for a separate Vegan Travel website where you can book our excursions. You will also be able to find the link here at the FAQs. It is highly recommended to book shore excursions prior to the cruise. 

Which Airport do I fly to? 

You would fly into Hamburg Airport (HAM).
For the best flight options we recommend to book flights via www.kayak.com 

If you live in or close to Germany we recommend using the train. There are very good train connections to Hamburg: https://www.bahn.com/ 

Where exactly will the ship be on embarkation day? 

The exact coordinates will be announced to us only a few weeks before the cruise starts. You will get the information with your travel documents. 

Will you offer a pre- or post-cruise extension? 

Yes! We are currently working on a post-cruise programm for three days in Berlin. 

What are the typical demographics of other passengers onboard?

Travelers come from around the world, though all speak English fluently. They range in age from millenials to seniors. Couples, solo travelers, and honeymooners are all common. No one should feel out of place! A vegan journey of discovery not to be missed!

When will I receive my cruise tickets and travel documents with all details? 

Vegan Travel will send out the travel documents and cruise tickets via email 3 - 6 weeks prior to the cruise.