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Tour company Tauck's river ship Emerald sails on the Rhone River in France.
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Two more Tauck river ships operating in Europe have just emerged from significant makeovers.

The 110-meter-long Treasures and sister ship Esprit each underwent a top-to-bottom overhaul that included a complete rebuilding of mid-level cabin decks. The rebuilding saw 30 small cabins on each of the vessels replaced with 20 cabins that are 50% larger.

The overhaul reduced the number of cabins on each of the ships from 59 to 49, cutting the capacity of the vessels from 118 to 98 passengers. The result will be a more intimate cruising experience with a higher crew-to-passenger ratio.

The changes made to Treasures and Esprit are identical to changes made last year to two other Tauck river ships sailing in Europe, Sapphire and Emerald (scroll through the carousel above for a deck-by-deck look at the refinished Emerald). 

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The newly configured cabins on the vessels measure 225 square feet, up from 150 square feet. The change means that nearly 70% of cabins on the ships measure 225 square feet or more. That's a higher percentage than any other river vessel of their size in Europe, Tauck says.

The overhaul of the Tauck ships also has brought upgrades to secondary restaurants located on upper decks. 

Treasures and Esprit operate on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers. Sapphire and Emerald cruise the Seine and Rhone rivers, respectively. 

New England-based Tauck in recent years has been carving out a position as a leader in high-end river cruising with voyages that are more intimate and all-inclusive than those offered by most other lines.

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