MS Emily Brontë of Scylla / Riviera Travel
Description: MS Emily Brontë of Scylla / Riviera Travel I Location: Düsseldorf I Date: January 2024 I Copyright: SHIPS@SEA

MS Emily Brontë of Riviera Travel: an intense portrait

You can find all photos of the Emily Brontë under Views of Emily Brontë.

Let’s start right at the beginning: Even the name of the ship needs clarification – at least in German-speaking countries, the name Emily Brontë is rather unknown and has an unusual spelling.
Emily Brontë lived in the 19th century as the daughter of the British writer Charlotte Brontë. She was regarded as a reserved, stubborn and brusque personality. Under the pseudonym Ellis Bell, she published her only novel Wuthering Heights, which is considered a classic of English literature. The two dots on the „E“ of the surname are called trema and come from the Latin writing system. In English, the „ë“ is pronounced like an „i“ – in other words, „Bronti“.

Rivership beauty on four decks

After shedding light on the darkness, SHIPS@SEA takes you on board the gleaming white ship. MS Emily Brontë belongs to the Swiss company Scylla and is regularly used by the British operator Riviera Travel on the Rhine for its English-speaking guests. The German operator VIVA Riverside also uses the ship as a hotel ship in the off-season – for example at the heart of Düsseldorf’s world-famous historic city centre.

The sun deck already convinces with several advantages: At the stern, a mini pool at a cosy temperature invites you to relax – with your head above the surface of the pool water, you can admire the passing river landscape and the picturesque villages of the Middle Rhine Valley, for example. The „putting green“ is more active, where the keen player can practise his swing. But be careful: just don’t hit the balls into the neighbouring pool… 😉

In addition to numerous seating options, the lounge seating area in front of the ship’s bridge is impressive – here you can settle down in a very cosy spot and enjoy the maritime ambience – wonderful.

The Diamond Deck is the central deck of the ship: guests enter the magnificent reception area with reception, travel desk and small boutique here. At the bow is the traditional panorama lounge with its bar. This is as dignified as it is cosy. In my opinion, the ambience with its furnishings and colour scheme is a little old-fashioned, but nevertheless appealing. At the stern, the ship’s bistro with its open kitchen and small terrace offers a more intimate dining option to the main restaurant.

Emily’s range of cabins

The suites on the Diamond Deck have an amazingly large balcony, while all other cabins boast large French balconies.

The Ruby Deck below offers a variety of cabins that also have the marvellous window areas. At the front of the Emily Brontë is the restaurant, where the kitchen demonstrates its skills brilliantly at every meal.

The cabins on the Emerald Deck have small windows, which is due to their proximity to the waterline. Apart from that, they are furnished to the same high standard as the cabins in the other categories. The same applies to the bathrooms, which are large and elegantly designed.

If all this is not enough, there is also a mini-gym, a small wellness oasis and a hair & beauty salon on board the MS Emily Brontë.

Favourite place

Surprisingly for a river ship – I have identified four favourite places on board for myself: on the sun deck, the mini pool appeals to me just as much as the lounge seating area at the bow – there are feel-good options from front to back! The cabins are also a wonderful retreat: The design with its set colours and wooden looks appeals to me just as much as the excellent beds. I had an excellent night’s sleep on board: the high-quality, firm mattresses certainly contributed to this. Last but not least, I am drawn to the spacious, bright reception area with its atrium character. It’s a great place to linger for a chat with fellow travellers or crew members instead of just rushing by.


MS Emily Brontë is a perfectly maintained ship with many amenities. Everything on board gives the impression of high quality, which is perfectly complemented by the exceptionally friendly crew. Incidentally, not only the evening dinner but also the breakfast buffet in the morning were impressive and left nothing to be desired.

Being able to go on a voyage of discovery with Emily Brontë can be seen as a tempting invitation. Certainly, this ship has nothing to do with the brusque, reserved nature of its namesake, as mentioned at the beginning.

On the contrary: Ahoy Emily – let’s cast off the moorings for new, shared discoveries on Europe’s rivers.

MS Emily Brontë of Scylla / Riviera Travel

Advertising: SHIPS@SEA visited MS Emily Brontë at the invitation of VIVA Riverside as part of the winter hotel concept.



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