10 Day Savouring France: Paris, Lyon & Provence

Tauck River Cruise starting in Paris and finishing in Lyon

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Tauck's 10 Day Savouring France: Paris, Lyon & Provence. Savoring France: Paris, Lyon & Provence features a 7-night Rhône River cruise aboard MS Emerald through vineyard country that's home to some of the world's most exceptional wines... dinner at Fouquet's in Paris... a...read more
Overview
Operator: Tauck
Type: River Cruise (Premium)
Duration: 10 Days
From: Paris to Lyon
Tour Code: ROF
Reviews: Not Yet Reviewed
Visits: France
Our Price From:
$ 6,240
Per Person ($AU)
Day By Day
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1
Arrive Paris
Tour begins: 6:00 PM, InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel. A transfer is included from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Gare de Lyon, Gare du Nord or Charles de Gaulle station to InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel. Culinary pleasures star tonight at our Parisian welcome reception and dinner at the chic brasserie, Fouquet's, since 1908 an icon for celebrity dining on the Champs-Élysées. After dinner, the evening continues with an Illuminations Tour, providing glittery views of the city's nighttime lights and a beguiling ending to your first day in Paris. Stay Two Nights: InterContinental Paris Le Grand (D)
2
Paris
Enjoy a culinary odyssey in Paris today with a walk through the city that inspires with the fragrances and flavors of French food, and offers tastings of local bread and macarons; a lecture on chocolat with, of course, a delectable tasting; and a pastry class at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, where you'll learn firsthand the tips of the pâtisserie trade - including how to make an original pastry. You'll also have free time for lunch and the evening free to explore on your own and discover the dining possibilities in and around your Paris hotel. (B)
3
Lyon
Paris is yours to experience as you please this morning... perhaps visiting one of the city's lesser-known museums, or an agreeable sidewalk café for some Parisian-watching... before catching the TGV high-speed train and enjoying the views en route to Lyon, set at the confluence of the rivers Saône and Rhône. In Lyon, you'll board MS Emerald for your Rhône River cruise and settle into your cabin before joining us for a briefing and welcome reception followed by a welcome dinner in The Compass Rose and entertainment in the lounge. Stay Seven Nights: MS Emerald (B/D)
4
Lyon
You'll get acquainted with Lyon this morning during sightseeing that includes a visit to the narrow streets and traboules of Vieux Lyon as well as a local outdoor market. Then it's off to a special tasting of some of Lyon's culinary specialties at its famed indoor food market, Les Halles de Lyon. After a return to the ship for lunch, wine tasting at a private estate in the Beaujolais region awaits - along with picturesque towns and churches of honey-colored stone. This evening, your riverboat begins cruising the Rhône while you enjoy a relaxing dinner. (B/L/D)
5
Viviers
MS Emerald cruises this morning to Viviers, a walled city with origins in the 5th century on the right bank of the Rhône. If medieval history and authentic period architecture are your thing, Viviers is your kind of place... because it's one of the best-preserved medieval towns that you're likely to see in all of France. Its narrow streets and lanes reveal what life might have been like here in the Middle Ages. Your choices today include a walking tour of Viviers with your local guide including views of the 12th-century Cathedral of Notre Dame de Rhône and the richly detailed façade of the Maison des Chevaliers, followed by a lively game of petanque with the locals; or a drive to Grignan for a walking tour of town and a truffle farm tour and tasting. Back aboard the riverboat, enjoy an onboard wine tasting presentation where you'll learn about (and sample) some of the region's excellent local wines; join us for a gala dinner in The Compass Rose this evening as we sail for Arles in Provence. (B/L/D)
6
Arles
It may seem that the Romans were everywhere along the Rhône, and Arles is no exception, as is witnessed by the triumphal arch, circus and baths they left behind - and an arena in which gladiators fought and is still a venue for performances and bullfights today - as you explore the city on a walking tour and time on your own. Do take time to look beyond the city walls at the incredible quality of the light here that so enraptured Vincent van Gogh - and the landscapes of yellow rocks, red soil and lilac mountains that inspired in the Dutch artist a newfound creativity, and led to his creating hundreds of paintings while a patient at a nearby asylum, one of the most productive periods of his short life. Lunch today is a real treat, as you visit a private ranch in La Camargue for a private banquet of farm-grown Provençal specialties, a musical serenade, a chance to see the region's iconic white horses and a demonstration by fleet-footed gardians (cowboys) and the famous black bulls they raise here. As you continue your Rhône River cruise to Avignon this evening, try your hand at painting a chocolate art piece during an onboard demonstration before dinner aboard the riverboat. (B/L/D)
7
Avignon / Pont De Gard
Since the 1870s, French schoolchildren have sung about dancing on the "pont" over the Rhône in this walled city that served as a papal headquarters in the 1300s. On a walking tour, you'll explore the fortress-like home that the pontiffs built for themselves, the Palais des Papes. The popes who reigned here enjoyed not only their formidable lodgings but also the fruit of the vine; they are credited with cultivating the local wine industry widely recognized today by the appellation, Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Along with the 14th-century bridge mentioned in the song, this evening you'll visit another - the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct standing 160 feet high with three sets of arches that span the River Gardon. It once carried millions of gallons of water a day to the city of Nîmes. MS Swiss Emerald is docked in Avignon this evening. (B/L/D)
8
Chateauneuf-du-Pape
Venture deeper into Provence today on a visit to the yellow-and-brown town of Roussillon, in the Luberon region. This place is all about color, from the ochre cliffs surrounding the town to the purple of the lavender during its blooming season and the lush, green pine forests, as you'll discover for yourself on a walking tour. Have lunch on the riverboat as you cruise to Châteauneuf-du-Pape; over 200 days of sunshine per year and rain-bearing mistral winds enable the soil to store water for the long summer, meaning that vineyards thrive here. Since medieval times, the life of this hillside village has centered around growing and producing wine of the same appellation; its residents have benefitted from the proceeds of flourishing vineyards as early as the 13th century, when the village was adjacent to a summer palace for the popes of Avignon. Visit one of the area's acclaimed châteaux for a wine tasting before returning to the riverboat for dinner and onboard relaxation as your cruise continues. (B/L/D)
9
Tournon-sur-Rhone / Valence
The riverboat docks in Tain l'Hermitage for the final day of your Rhône River cruise. From here you'll head to Valence, a town known for its markets offering produce from the surrounding countryside - including delicacies like truffles and asparagus - and as home to the gourmet cooking school of award-winning chef Anne-Sophie Pic, where you'll be privy to a chef's demonstration and a wine and cheese pairing class and tasting that features the superb products crafted in the area. Your day also includes a visit to a chocolate shop in Tain l'Hermitage and a mini-train ride through the renowned Heritage vineyards before you reboard the ship for tonight's farewell reception followed by dinner as MS Emerald begins her return to Lyon. (B/L/D)
10
Depart Lyon
Tour ends: Lyon. Disembark MS Emerald in Lyon no later than 9:00 AM; fly home anytime thereafter. A transfer from the riverboat to Lyon Airport or Perrache or Part Dieu train station is included; allow 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport. (B)
1
Arrive Paris, France
Tour begins: 6:00 PM, InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel. A transfer is included from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, Gare de Lyon, Gare du Nord or Charles de Gaulle station to InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel. Culinary pleasures star tonight at our Parisian welcome reception and dinner at the chic brasserie, Fouquet's, since 1908 an icon for celebrity dining on the Champs-Élysées. After dinner, the evening continues with an Illuminations Tour, providing glittery views of the city's nighttime lights and a beguiling ending to your first day in Paris. Stay Two Nights: InterContinental Paris Le Grand (D)
2
Paris, France
Enjoy a culinary odyssey in Paris today with a walk through the city that inspires with the fragrances and flavors of French food, and offers tastings of local bread and macarons; a lecture on chocolat with, of course, a delectable tasting; and a pastry class at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, where you'll learn firsthand the tips of the pâtisserie trade - including how to make an original pastry. You'll also have free time for lunch and the evening free to explore on your own and discover the dining possibilities in and around your Paris hotel. (B)
3
Paris, France
Paris is yours to experience as you please this morning... perhaps visiting one of the city's lesser-known museums, or an agreeable sidewalk café for some Parisian-watching... before catching the TGV high-speed train and enjoying the views en route to Lyon, set at the confluence of the rivers Saône and Rhône. In Lyon, you'll board MS Emerald for your Rhône River cruise and settle into your cabin before joining us for a briefing and welcome reception followed by a welcome dinner in The Compass Rose and entertainment in the lounge. Stay Seven Nights: MS Emerald (B/D)
4
Lyon, France
You'll get acquainted with Lyon this morning during sightseeing that includes a visit to the narrow streets and traboules of Vieux Lyon as well as a local outdoor market. Then it's off to a special tasting of some of Lyon's culinary specialties at its famed indoor food market, Les Halles de Lyon. After a return to the ship for lunch, wine tasting at a private estate in the Beaujolais region awaits - along with picturesque towns and churches of honey-colored stone. This evening, your riverboat begins cruising the Rhône while you enjoy a relaxing dinner. (B/L/D)
5
Viviers, France
MS Emerald cruises this morning to Viviers, a walled city with origins in the 5th century on the right bank of the Rhône. If medieval history and authentic period architecture are your thing, Viviers is your kind of place... because it's one of the best-preserved medieval towns that you're likely to see in all of France. Its narrow streets and lanes reveal what life might have been like here in the Middle Ages. Your choices today include a walking tour of Viviers with your local guide including views of the 12th-century Cathedral of Notre Dame de Rhône and the richly detailed façade of the Maison des Chevaliers, followed by a lively game of petanque with the locals; or a drive to Grignan for a walking tour of town and a truffle farm tour and tasting. Back aboard the riverboat, enjoy an onboard wine tasting presentation where you'll learn about (and sample) some of the region's excellent local wines; join us for a gala dinner in The Compass Rose this evening as we sail for Arles in Provence. (B/L/D)
6
Arles, France
It may seem that the Romans were everywhere along the Rhône, and Arles is no exception, as is witnessed by the triumphal arch, circus and baths they left behind - and an arena in which gladiators fought and is still a venue for performances and bullfights today - as you explore the city on a walking tour and time on your own. Do take time to look beyond the city walls at the incredible quality of the light here that so enraptured Vincent van Gogh - and the landscapes of yellow rocks, red soil and lilac mountains that inspired in the Dutch artist a newfound creativity, and led to his creating hundreds of paintings while a patient at a nearby asylum, one of the most productive periods of his short life. Lunch today is a real treat, as you visit a private ranch in La Camargue for a private banquet of farm-grown Provençal specialties, a musical serenade, and a chance to see the region's iconic white horses, fleet-footed gardians (cowboys) and famous black bulls. As you continue your Rhône River cruise to Avignon this evening, try your hand at painting a chocolate art piece during an onboard demonstration before dinner aboard the riverboat. (B/L/D)
7
Avignon, France
Although the fortified city of Avignon was undoubtedly a pleasant place before they arrived, the 14th-century popes, who spent less than a century here when Rome became "tedious" for them, really put it on the map, and cultivated the local wine industry (Châteauneuf-du-Pape) and an appreciation for good food. This morning, choose a bicycle excursion in Avignon or a visit to the fortress-like home that the pontiffs built for themselves, the Palais des Papes. Later, visit the Pont du Gard - a famous Roman aqueduct over the River Gardon. Join us this evening ashore for a sparkling Tauck Exclusive event - a special evening including a tour, reception and dinner at the restored château and grounds of the medieval Duchy of Uzès. (B/L/D)
8
Roussillon, France
Venture deeper into Provence today on a visit to the yellow-and-brown town of Roussillon, in the Luberon region. This place is all about color, from the ochre cliffs surrounding the town to the purple of the lavender during its blooming season and the lush, green pine forests, as you'll discover for yourself on a walking tour. Have lunch on the riverboat as you cruise to Châteauneuf-du-Pape; over 200 days of sunshine per year and rain-bearing mistral winds enable the soil to store water for the long summer, meaning that vineyards thrive here. Since medieval times, the life of this hillside village has centered around growing and producing wine of the same appellation; its residents have benefitted from the proceeds of flourishing vineyards as early as the 13th century, when the village was adjacent to a summer palace for the popes of Avignon. Visit one of the area's acclaimed châteaux for a wine tasting before returning to the riverboat for dinner and onboard relaxation as your cruise continues. (B/L/D)
9
Tain L'Hermitage, France
The riverboat docks in Tain l'Hermitage for the final day of your Rhône River cruise. From here you'll head to Valence, a town known for its markets offering produce from the surrounding countryside - including delicacies like truffles and asparagus - and as home to the gourmet cooking school of award-winning chef Anne-Sophie Pic, where you'll be privy to a chef's demonstration and a wine and cheese pairing class and tasting that features the superb products crafted in the area. Your day also includes a visit to a chocolate shop in Tain l'Hermitage and a mini-train ride through the renowned Heritage vineyards before you reboard the ship for tonight's farewell reception followed by dinner as MS Emerald begins her return to Lyon. (B/L/D)
10
Depart Lyon, France
Tour ends: Lyon. Disembark MS Emerald in Lyon no later than 9:00 AM; fly home anytime thereafter. A transfer from the riverboat to Lyon Airport or Perrache or Part Dieu train station is included; allow 3 hours for flight check-in at the airport. (B)
Tauck Inclusions
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Sightseeing Highlights
  • Pastry class for Tauck guests at Le Cordon Bleu Paris
  • Provençal lunch at a private ranch in La Camargue
  • Reception and dinner at Fouquet's, followed by a city lights tour of Paris at night
  • Private wine tastings in Beaujolais and Châteaneuf-du-Pape
  • A walking tour of historic Vieux Lyon and a tasting at Les Halles de Lyon
  • A memorable evening at the Duchy of Uzès
  • Cooking demonstration and a wine and cheese tasting at an award-winning cooking school in Valence
  • A high-speed TGV ride to culinary Lyon
River Cruise Inclusions
  • A 7-night Rhône River cruise aboard MS Emerald through vineyard country
  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • Service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges
Included Meals
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks.
  • 23 meals (9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners)
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
Sightseeing Highlights
  • Pastry class for Tauck guests at Le Cordon Bleu Paris
  • Provençal lunch at a private ranch in La Camargue
  • Reception and dinner at Fouquet's, followed by a city lights tour of Paris at night
  • Private wine tastings in Beaujolais and Châteaneuf-du-Pape
  • A walking tour of historic Vieux Lyon and a tasting at Les Halles de Lyon
  • Memorable Tauck Exclusive evening at the Duchy of Uzès
  • Cooking demonstration and a wine and cheese tasting at an award-winning cooking school in Valence
River Cruise Inclusions
  • A 7-night Rhône River cruise aboard MS Emerald through vineyard country
  • Gratuities to ship staff, drivers, local guides, Tauck Directors and Tauck Cruise Director
  • Tauck's private shore excursions and distinctive inclusions
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
Included Meals
  • 23 meals (9 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 8 dinners); service charges, taxes, porterage, and applicable fuel surcharges
  • Unlimited complimentary beverages aboard ship include regional wine, beer and premium spirits in addition to specialty coffee, water and soft drinks.
Trip Notes
  • Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and specified internal flights. International flights not included.
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Trip Starts Trip Ends Ship Retail Offer Our Price  
Sunday
12 Aug 2018
Tuesday
21 Aug 2018
MS Emerald

7,740

per person

7,740

per person

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Sunday
19 Aug 2018
Tuesday
28 Aug 2018
MS Emerald

7,740

per person

7,740

per person

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Sunday
26 Aug 2018
Tuesday
04 Sep 2018
MS Emerald

7,860

per person

7,860

per person

Sold Out
Thursday
20 Sep 2018
Saturday
29 Sep 2018
MS Emerald

7,860

per person

7,860

per person

Sold Out
Thursday
27 Sep 2018
Saturday
06 Oct 2018
MS Emerald

7,860

per person

7,860

per person

Sold Out
Monday
22 Oct 2018
Wednesday
31 Oct 2018
MS Emerald

6,240

per person

6,240

per person

Sold Out
Sunday
12 Aug 2018
Tuesday
21 Aug 2018
MS Emerald

7,740

per person

7,740

solo traveller

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Sunday
19 Aug 2018
Tuesday
28 Aug 2018
MS Emerald

7,740

per person

7,740

solo traveller

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Sunday
26 Aug 2018
Tuesday
04 Sep 2018
MS Emerald

7,860

per person

7,860

solo traveller

Sold Out
Thursday
20 Sep 2018
Saturday
29 Sep 2018
MS Emerald

7,860

per person

7,860

solo traveller

Sold Out
Thursday
27 Sep 2018
Saturday
06 Oct 2018
MS Emerald

7,860

per person

7,860

solo traveller

Sold Out
Monday
22 Oct 2018
Wednesday
31 Oct 2018
MS Emerald

6,240

per person

6,240

solo traveller

Sold Out
Wednesday
10 Apr 2019
Friday
19 Apr 2019
MS Emerald

6,990

per person

6,990

per person

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Wednesday
17 Apr 2019
Friday
26 Apr 2019
MS Emerald

7,490

per person

7,490

per person

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Wednesday
24 Apr 2019
Friday
03 May 2019
MS Emerald

7,990

per person

7,990

per person

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Sunday
19 May 2019
Tuesday
28 May 2019
MS Emerald

8,740

per person

8,740

per person

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Sunday
26 May 2019
Tuesday
04 Jun 2019
MS Emerald

8,740

per person

8,740

per person

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Sunday
02 Jun 2019
Tuesday
11 Jun 2019
MS Emerald

8,740

per person

8,740

per person

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Tuesday
02 Jul 2019
Thursday
11 Jul 2019
MS Emerald

8,240

per person

8,240

per person

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Sunday
14 Jul 2019
Tuesday
23 Jul 2019
MS Emerald

8,240

per person

8,240

per person

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Tuesday
13 Aug 2019
Thursday
22 Aug 2019
MS Emerald

8,490

per person

8,490

per person

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Tuesday
20 Aug 2019
Thursday
29 Aug 2019
MS Emerald

8,490

per person

8,490

per person

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Saturday
14 Sep 2019
Monday
23 Sep 2019
MS Emerald

8,740

per person

8,740

per person

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Saturday
21 Sep 2019
Monday
30 Sep 2019
MS Emerald

8,740

per person

8,740

per person

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Saturday
28 Sep 2019
Monday
07 Oct 2019
MS Emerald

8,740

per person

8,740

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Wednesday
23 Oct 2019
Friday
01 Nov 2019
MS Emerald

6,990

per person

6,990

per person

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Wednesday
10 Apr 2019
Friday
19 Apr 2019
MS Emerald

6,990

per person

6,990

solo traveller

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Wednesday
17 Apr 2019
Friday
26 Apr 2019
MS Emerald

7,490

per person

7,490

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Wednesday
24 Apr 2019
Friday
03 May 2019
MS Emerald

7,990

per person

7,990

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Sunday
19 May 2019
Tuesday
28 May 2019
MS Emerald

8,740

per person

8,740

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Sunday
26 May 2019
Tuesday
04 Jun 2019
MS Emerald

8,740

per person

8,740

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Sunday
02 Jun 2019
Tuesday
11 Jun 2019
MS Emerald

8,740

per person

8,740

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Tuesday
02 Jul 2019
Thursday
11 Jul 2019
MS Emerald

8,240

per person

8,240

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Sunday
14 Jul 2019
Tuesday
23 Jul 2019
MS Emerald

8,240

per person

8,240

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Tuesday
13 Aug 2019
Thursday
22 Aug 2019
MS Emerald

8,490

per person

8,490

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Tuesday
20 Aug 2019
Thursday
29 Aug 2019
MS Emerald

8,490

per person

8,490

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Saturday
14 Sep 2019
Monday
23 Sep 2019
MS Emerald

8,740

per person

8,740

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Saturday
21 Sep 2019
Monday
30 Sep 2019
MS Emerald

8,740

per person

8,740

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Saturday
28 Sep 2019
Monday
07 Oct 2019
MS Emerald

8,740

per person

8,740

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Wednesday
23 Oct 2019
Friday
01 Nov 2019
MS Emerald

6,990

per person

6,990

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1 Extra Night Pre or Post Accommodation when booking before 30 September 2018 (and travelling before 30 Sep 2018). Subject to availability at time of booking.
1 Extra Night Pre or Post Accommodation when booking before 31 December 2018. Subject to availability at time of booking.
Note: Your Global Journeys consultant will check the availability of your departure date when you enquire. Additional savings may apply. We guarantee the lowest price in Australia. T&C’s apply.
Deck Plans & Cabin Upgrades
Optional cabin upgrades. Upgrades priced per person.
  Deck Plans: MS EmeraldMS Emerald
Emerald Deck (Category 1)  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Emerald Deck (Category 2) $ 320
Diamond Deck (Category 3) $ 500
Ruby Deck (Category 4) $ 1,440
Diamond Deck (Category 5) $ 2,190
Ruby Deck (Category 6) $ 2,440
Diamond Deck (7 - Suite) $ 3,070
Emerald Deck (Category 1)  (Prices Shown) $ 0
Emerald Deck (Category 2) $ 310
Diamond Deck (Category 3) $ 500
Ruby Deck (Category 4) $ 1,440
Diamond Deck (Category 5) $ 2,190
Ruby Deck (Category 6) $ 2,440
Diamond Deck (7 - Suite) $ 3,060

Note: Upgrade prices shown are per person. Upgrade prices can vary depending on the departure date & the month of travel. Your Global Journeys Cruise Consultant will confirm and include the upgrade price in your quote.
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