…which means all on-board activities are designed with you in mind, and as we have total control over the itineraries we'll make sure you will visit the most interesting destinations and follow the best route! The friendly crew will soon make you feel at home, and it's easy to get to know and socialise with your fellow travellers – oh, and there won't be any language barriers either, as all announcements made in English. The ship offers great on-board facilities, including a brand new state-of-the-art lift, and a relaxing environment, ensuring you enjoy your days of cruising as much as your time ashore.
About the ship
Dutch Melody’s amenities include a spacious lounge with large windows from which you can can enjoy the passing scenery. It's also where you'll find the well-stocked bar/pub and where you can help yourself to complimentary tea and coffee throughout the day.
On the deck above the lounge/bar is the restaurant – an example of the mouthwatering meals served here can be found on the Cuisine tab below. At breakfast and lunch you can sit where you like and help yourself to semi-buffet-style meals but dinner is a more formal menu-centered service, and depending on the situation, will have a selection of options available to the guests. Cuisine is international, though with some local and regional specialities. You can also enjoy wine, beer or soft drinks with lunch and dinner, and complimentary tea and coffee are available throughout the day. For for an extra charge you may order from a selected wine list. The dress code is casual, though some passengers opt for resort casual attire in the evenings. In the evenings you may wish to relax in the lounge, where live music is performed nightly and light-hearted games and quizzes take place on some evenings.
Up top you'll find the partially-shaded sun deck lined with comfortable sun loungers there is a fitness room and a sauna and whirlpool at the bow of the Cantata Deck, the lounge, pub/bar and library are above them on Serenade Deck, which also boasts the restaurant aft.
All cabins are situated over three decks. They are light and comfortable with twin beds which fold into the wall during the day, leaving small sofa-style seats. Cabins have individual thermostats, a wall safe, a direct-dial telephone and a television which even features a live stream from a camera mounted on the ship’s bow. Wi-Fi internet access is free. Serenade Deck cabins have floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors and a small balcony. Sonata/Cantata Deck accommodation has large picture windows while Prelude Deck cabins are located at water level and have chest-high windows.
- Lounge and bar/pub
- Partially-shaded sun deck
- Fitness room with sauna and whirlpool
- Wi-Fi internet access
- A lift serving the Serenade Deck and Sonata/Cantata Deck
Officers & crew
Approx. twin cabin size
Life on board
Your time on Dutch Melody will be deliciously relaxed, and you won't have to do anything more taxing than gaze at the passing scenery, perhaps read a book from the ship’s library or tuck into the wonderful food! The sun deck's the place to be in fair weather, as you'll obviously get the best views from here although the picture windows in the lounge and restaurant ensure you don't miss a thing if it is too chilly to sit outside. You won't have to worry about buying too many drinks on board, as you can help yourself to complimentary tea and coffee whenever you like, and you can look forward to wine, beer and soft drinks included at lunch and dinner.
The Saga Cruise Host will always be mingling with guests and making sure everything is running smoothly. They'll no doubt organise a few impromptu games and quizzes too, for those who wish to join in. After dinner the pace remains just as leisurely. If the ship is berthed, you might like to take a stroll along the river bank – it's very easy to come and go as you please. Or if you're staying on board there might be a pianist playing, perhaps music to dance to, and occasionally local performers are invited on board to put on a show.
Kick-start the day with a buffet-style breakfast and maybe have 'the full English' to fortify you on excursion days! If you're back on board for lunch this will be a leisurely three-course affair, while dinners stretch to four courses (there's always a choice of main course). As the restaurant is large enough to seat all guests, you'll never be rushed to finish your dessert and make way for the next sitting.
Sometimes there will be special themed dinners, and if you tend to get peckish as the midnight hour approaches, you'll find late-night snacks in the lounge. Keep an eye out for the ship's extra-special chocolate fondant served with cherries as well – it's their signature dish and always gets five stars from guests!