ABOVE: Casanova's lounge has
floor-to-ceiling windows that face directly onto the water..
MS Casanova: the ship
Casanova was built in 2001 for cruises on Italy's Po
River, where ships must be able to cruise under low bridges and fit comfortably
in narrow, shallow canals. As a result, it's smaller than many ships that cruise
Central European waters, with a length of 338 feet and a beam of 32 feet, or 103 m by 9,70
m. The ship could be described as a "boutique vessel," since it accommodates
only 96 passengers.
Most public rooms are on the Verdi deck, or main deck, which
also has 26 of the the ship's 48 passenger cabins. A staircase leads down to the
Rialto Deck, where a foyer separates the restaurant from the 22 lower-deck
staterooms. The Sundeck, an open area on the top of the ship, offers deck
chairs, tables, and plenty of space along the railings for sightseeing and
Passengers enter and leave the ship via the reception area,
located amidships on the Verdi deck, which acts as a buffer between the public
rooms and cabins. A doorway on the starboard side of Casanova leads past
a boutique/hairdresser into the large and well-appointed lounge, which has a
bar, a library corner, a small dance floor, and a piano for entertainment.
Audience and ambience