The company history


Scylla AG first saw the light on September 3rd 1973. More than 45 years later, the company is still pushing its boundaries every day. Building new ships that outperform the previous ones. The experience built up over the years, makes Scylla a pioneer in its sector. Discover our journey through the years.

Scylla today

Scylla still is a family-owned company. True to its traditions and personal approach. Nevertheless, the company has undergone big transformations. Our fleet consists of 30 ships that excel in technology, design and quality. Our greatest achievement: numerous repeat guests and the long term partnerships with our partners. Those are the standards to confirm that we’re sailing the right course.


Scylla keeps on setting new standards in the industry. The MS Alina is constructed and knows how to impress. With a spectacular length of 135 m, a two deck restaurant and a very large and spacious entrance hall, the ship surprises every guest.


In June 2006, the MS SWISS RUBY is the first ship of the Scylla fleet to cruise to Ostend on the Belgium Atlantic coast.


Another highlight in the history of Scylla. The MS Swiss Crown is constructed. A new generation of ships lead Scylla into the new millennium. A stunning design, an additional deck, large cabins (of which some with private balcony), a spectacular lobby and stylish Scylla-interior full passengers and experts with enthusiasm, meeting all expectations.


Scylla is the first cruise company to sail on the River Po in Italy. For this occasion, the MS Olympia is reconstructed and renovated, to be renamed the MS VENEZIA.


The Main-Danube-Canal was first opened. Creating new possibilities, connecting the Main and Danube. During the opening festivities, our MS Switzerland II is the first passenger ship to travel the canal. A special cruise that was attended by the German president Richard v. Weizäcker. 


Scylla takes another step in its history. Research showed that there are needs for ships with higher levels of comfort. To cater to this need, the MS Switzerland was constructed. A revelation in the cruising industry. New facilities, comforts and propulsion technology set a new standard. For the first time, each cabin is fitted a radio, TV, phone, safe and minibar. The new propulsion technology makes ships almost noise and vibration free, enabling ships to keep on cruising at night. The MS Switzerland had its maiden voyage on the 31st of March 1988.


A second ship quickly followed. The MS Calypso was the first new build ship. The MS Calypso had its maiden voyage on the 31st of March 1978.


Scylla Tours AG is ready for its first touristic season. Our first river cruises sailed through the heart of Europe on The Rhine, in the Mosel region, and Dutch and Belgian waterways.


On September the 3rd, ‘Scylla Tours AG’ was founded in Basel, Switzerland by the family Reitsma. In October of that year, their first ‘tug boat’ Damco 21 was purchased, reconstructed into a passengers cruise and named the MS Scylla.