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River Countess
River Countess
Member Name: aquavet
Cruise Date: November 2013
Embarkation: Venice
Destination: Italy
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Member Rating   4.0 out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5+
Cabins 5+
Entertainment 1.0
Spa & Fitness 3.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5+
Embarkation 3.0
Service 5.0
Value-for-Money 3.0
Rates Not Rated
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River Cruising on the trip is Po!!!

This was billed as 7 days of river cruising and 6 nights of land travel to visit Florence and Rome with stops on the way to both.

Unfortunately as seen from other reviews, there was little cruising to be had other than in the lagoon. While the captain attempted to give us some of that, it really didn't live up to it's billing.

The ship was wonderful and well as her crew, food outstanding and our fellow travelers made our trip. The long bus rides for 4 days need to be evaluated and made more comfortable given the amount of time spent on this mode of transportation. Guides in local areas were outstanding, very knowledgeable and accommodating to questions and clarification.

Wifi was billed as free and it was a real frustration, never really worked but wasted a tremendous amount fo time for those of us that needed to keep an eye on our business communications. Coffee machine didn't work for the first few days and that as well meant frustration for many.

Entertainment in the lounge was weak to non-existent and I would suggest strongly given the other glitches it would have been a PR gesture to offer free drinks/snacks to help ease the frustration of the things that didn't work.

Land part of this trip was wonderful. Much better bus and excellent side trips. Two wine trips were above expectation in all areas, fun, hospitality, food and wine.

Our cruise manager was very knowledgeable plus brought the tour to a down to earth experience with personal stories of his living in Italy.

Would certainly cruise with Uniglobe again, but would really like a true river experience.

Publication Date: 12/08/13
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