Posted by: cruise2 | 6 February, 2012

John Lang’s First Riverboat

Dertour’s Mozart Is Relaunched on the Danube

Kevin Griffin writing for discusses John’s first European river ship.  Still his all-time favourite.

Built in 1987, MV Mozart was called in her time the most luxurious river ship in the world. Refurbished annually, this incomparable vessel is resplendent with polished rosewood and original art. She is also distinguished by the large size of her hundred staterooms and the number of public areas.

Of her staterooms, 97% are outside and are identical in size at 203 square feet, except for two suites at 406 square feet.

Some are configured as twins, others with a queen-size bed. The three inside cabins have three berths and can be used by families travelling together. All are well appointed and have large marble bathrooms equipped with hairdryers and terrycloth bathrobes. On the upper deck, all accommodations also feature French balconies opening up onto the river and the passing scenery.

Mozart, once the flagship of the Peter Deilmann river cruise fleet, now works for German tour operator Dertour, and is still arguably one of the most luxurious cruise vessels in the world. She also features a large forward lounge, two bars, a café, beauty salon, library, gift shop, complete fitness centre and wellness spa, heated indoor pool, sauna, whirlpool, laundry, safe deposit boxes and a conference room, as well as an infirmary with a qualified doctor on board.

Her Sun Deck has plenty of deck chairs and blankets, if needed.

In addition to her forward-facing lounge, one of Mozart’s most striking attributes is a picture window right in the bows of the ship, which is located forward of her indoor swimming pool. This has been made possible because with dimensions of 394 by 75 feet, the ship’s accommodations are spread over two hulls. On the upper deck all outside accommodations also feature French balconies.

Dertour now market two itineraries, both operating round-trip from Passau, which is easily reached from Munich airport.

The 7-night itinerary includes visits to Vienna and Bratislava and turns at Budapest, while the 14-night itinerary proceeds further downstream to include the Iron Gates and the Danube Delta, with additional calls in Belgrade, Giurgiu in Romania and Rousse in Bulgaria, as well as at Tulcea, Romania, near the Danube’s exit into the Black Sea

Read more about Mozart and her programmes.



  1. Who will forget that! River cruises in Belgrade are unforgettable experience. Somehow everything is coming together: beautiful city and his two rivers, rich history, excellent foods and drinks and beautiful women.

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