ms Savor Cruise Review by Lorna Doone: Tauck Proves How You See the World Matters
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Tauck Proves How You See the World Matters
Destination: Europe - River Cruise
We just returned from an amazing land and River Cruise "The Blue Danube" onTauck's new river boat the MS Savor. We've done many ocean cruises including Oceania, Celebrity, RCL, and Holland and a previous land tour with Tauck.
The trip was outstanding due to to the following:
We had never traveled on a river boat before but loved the idea of doing a land and river cruise all in one tour. The land portion was not an add on so everyone traveled the length of the trip enabling us to keep our fabulous tour directors throughout the trip (Sabina Straley, Karei Cernosed, Joeri Happel and on the ship Steve Marcant).
The hotels provided by Tauck Kempinski Hotel Corvinus in Budapest and Marriott Prague were excellent. The breakfast as the Kempinski is the best buffet breakfast we've ever had including freshly made jams, bread etc.
The MS Savor only the 2nd sailing and staff provided outstanding service. The ship is beautiful and we had a CAT 1 cabin which More worked for us. We loved looking out the windows at water level. The bathroom is small but very well designed. The shower door can stay open inward while using the bathroom providing more room. We enjoyed the food on the boat although no where near the quality or choice that Oceania Cruises can offer.
The Itinary is fabulous. We loved the big cities Budapest, Vienna and Prague as well as the smaller stops.
We cannot have enough good things to say about Tauck. What made the trip so fabulous was the precision planning and their ability to respond to our every need plus the fabulous experiences that they were able to provide including:
- Dinner at the Academia Club in Budapest with entertainment. Our best meal on the cruise (Veal).
- Dinner in a Viennese palace. Setting was elegant but nothing special about the food.
- Dinner in the princely Lobkowicz Palace. (worth going on the cruise for the historical history)
Every stop on the river was met by fabulous tours, and pampering. The Tauck directors went above and beyond to assist us even when we had free time to walk around the towns on our own.
They saved us so much time versus touring on our own having already purchased the tickets, arranged the guides and buses and providing experiences that we had options to attend. They even added activities once they learned what our interests were including a lecture on the ship on the Jewish History of Europe and a visit to an old Jewish Cemetary in Bratislava (conducted by Joeri)
We also enjoyed using the new bikes on board riding along the river. I needed my bike adjusted and within minutes they had someone from the boat with tools to do the adjustments.
Buses used by Tauck were not overcrowded. They had more transportation than needing making sure they were not filled to max so we would be comfortable.
If traveling to this part of the world, I recommend this as a top of the line way to see the area. Less
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