MS William Shakespeare

110 m / 361 ft
11.45 m / 38 ft
Cruising Speed
10 kn / 19 kph / 12 mph
Country Region
Southern France

Ship Overview

Specially commissioned and designed to our exacting specifications, she is, without doubt, one of the world’s finest river cruise ships. We have worked tirelessly with one of Europe’s most experienced and respected luxury shipbuilders, Veka Group, to create the perfect ship, featuring many unique, ground breaking innovations. The finest of materials have been used in construction with virtually no expense spared; its sustainably sourced tropical hardwoods, highly polished brass and wrought iron fittings, thick pile high-quality carpets, luxuriously comfortable deep armchairs and settees will absolutely delight you. In addition the ship’s spacious layout, subtle and tasteful lighting, elegant décor, luxurious cabins and excellent facilities are undoubtedly the very best on cruise ships today.

Superb attention to detail continues outside the vessel, where the extensive use of glass and polished stainless steel complements her sleek modern profile perfectly. As the ship glides, serenely, through the water, she truly is a wonderful sight to behold! As you would expect, the ship also incorporates the very latest in modern construction techniques and safety systems, ensuring your cruise is as comfortable and secure as possible. Finally the ship carries just 140 passengers and with 35 crew, a 4:1 ratio ensures excellent service levels. With many similar size vessels carrying 180 passengers or more, you will find the extra space, especially in the restaurant, very noticeable indeed.

Staterooms / Suites

  • Deluxe Suite (22.8 sqm)
  • Standard Cabin (15 sqm)
  • Standard Cabin (14sqm)


Why not treat yourself to an upgrade? On the Hamlet Deck there are four unique Deluxe Suites. With almost all the extra space being devoted to the living area, these suites represent exceptional comfort and luxury - taking your cruise to another level.
  • Ensuite Bathroom
  • Air-conditioning
  • Large windows
  • In-room phone
  • Double bed
  • Twin beds
  • Bathrobe
  • Slippers
  • In-room safe
  • Hair dryer
  • Storage space
  • Reading lamp
  • Bottled water
  • Writing desk
  • Balcony
  • Lounge area
  • Amazing view
  • Towels
  • Coffee maker
  • Power Outlets
  • Outside cabin

Deck Plans

 Lower Deck  plan
Lower Deck
 Middle (Othello) Deck  plan
Middle (Othello) Deck
 Upper (Hamlet) Deck  plan
Upper (Hamlet) Deck
 Deck  plan


High quality dining is an integral part of any river cruise experience, as exemplified aboard MS William Shakespeare. Guests will find five-star dishes awaiting in the two restaurants onboard, prepared by a team of dedicated and highly professional chefs, all served up by an attentive waitstaff.