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Cultural River Cruises




The modest size of our vessels allows us to navigate shallow waters, visit secluded bays and moor at quays inaccessible to larger boats.
In 2018 we will be journeying along the Douro River through the vineyards and historic towns of northern Portugal and in conjunction with ACE's 60th year celebrations, we will be discovering centuries of history between Paris and Honfleur on our new cruises along the Seine.
Each of our cruises has been designed to maintain the ACE ethos of visiting sites and museums in a relaxed and flexible fashion in the company of our experienced tour directors.






ACE Cultural Cruises in 2018





Our selection of privately hired vessels


The Spirit of Chartwell

Recently refurbished for use by Her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip during the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 the Spirit of Chartwell defines luxury.

This royal river barge, now based in Portugal, offers a spacious and sumptuous design with the finest interior furnishings. The vessel is fully equipped with a restaurant, piano bar, observation deck and 
14 comfortable outside facing cabins, each with private facilities and a picture window. Professional and highly attentive crew members provide unequalled service during the calm passage through the Douro River Valley.
Below: On board the Spirit of Chartwell




The MS Renoir

The MS Renoir is a five-anchor vessel offering accommodation of a luxurious 4-star hotel standard alongside generous public areas, a spacious sundeck and a range of facilities.

There are currently eight different cabin types available. All cabins are equipped with en-suite facilities (with shower and toilet), hairdryer, satellite TV, radio and safe. There is free Wi-Fi available.
The Renoir is currently undergoing a full refurbishment in 2017, ready in time for our Seine River Cruise departures in the Spring of 2018.
Below: Artists' impression of the refurbished MS Renoir






ACE is hoping to release a diverse programme of cultural cruises for 2019 with repeats of some old favourites and some brand new departures too. Any details of new cruise programmes will be posted here and on the New Tours page in due course.