River Empress is an intimate, award-winning, boutique hotel-style ship with all river-view cabins and suites, and carries up to 134 guests. Refurbished in 2005 and 2009, River Empress features graciously appointed accommodations including spacious closets, individual thermostats, direct-dial telephones, flat-screen TVs, deluxe restrooms, and more. Guests can exercise in the onboard gym, receive spa treatments such as massages or facials, and relax in the onboard sauna. Food and drink are served in comfortable environments with plenty of windows for watching the passing scenery. Dining is excellent onboard River Empress, with cuisine prepared fresh and to-order and served with attention by a dedicated staff.