Tauck World Discovery has announced that Kiki Tauck Mahar, daughter of chairman Arthur Tauck, Jr. and wife of CEO Dan Mahar, will serve as godmother to the company’s new MS Swiss Jewel riverboat when the ship is christened next month in Vienna.
The 361-foot Swiss Jewel will accommodate a maximum of just 118 guests, compared to 150 or more on other similarly sized vessels. The ship has 59 outside-facing staterooms, including 14 luxury suites and seven junior suites (more than four-times the number of suites and junior suites typically found on riverboats).
Each of the 14 suites has 300 square-feet of living space highlighted by floor-to-ceiling windows, walk-in closets and marble baths with full-size tubs. Junior suites and cabins range from 150 to 183 square-feet, and all accommodations are appointed with plasma TVs, mini-bars, terry cloth robes, radios, safes, individual air conditioning and L’Occitane toiletries.
Like its sister ships, the Swiss Sapphire and Swiss Emerald, the Swiss Jewel boasts two onboard dining options; the main restaurant for fine dining and a more casual Lido lounge for bistro-style fare. The ship also has a 24-hour Jacuzzi, lounge and wellness center. Along with a ship’s crew of 29, the Jewel has an onboard staff of three Tauck Directors and one Tauck Cruise Director to ensure superior service and attention to guests’ needs.