Cyrano de Bergerac Review

Editor Rating:  3.5
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  • Economical Bordeaux cruises
  • Friendly passengers and mix of nationalities
  • Good food and service
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3.5
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Why Choose Cyrano de Bergerac?
  • Economical Bordeaux cruises
  • Friendly passengers and mix of nationalities
  • Good food and service

Cyrano de Bergerac Overview

By Sue Bryant, Cruise Critic Contributing Editor

French-owned CroisiEurope launched MS Cyrano de Bergerac in Bordeaux in May 2013. The ship is dedicated to cruising the Gironde estuary out of Bordeaux, sailing the Garonne and the Dordogne rivers, principally to visit the great wine-growing areas of the Medoc on itineraries ranging from four to eight nights. The vessel is a significant step up from the line's older ships, with clean, fresh green-and-white livery; bright, cheerful decor; and light-filled interiors. Its older sister, Princesse d'Aquitaine, which sails the same route, is significantly darker and more dated inside.

CroisiEurope rates Cyrano de Bergerac "four star premium," but ratings for river cruise lines are largely meaningless, as there is no official grading system. What's clear when sailing on this ship is the exceptional value it offers when compared to more upscale and inclusive ships.

Other lines' riverboats might have more plush interiors, much bigger cabins, balconies and, on some vessels, extras like a small spa, a pool or an alternative dining restaurant. Gratuities, excursions and premium drinks are usually included, which they're not on this vessel. Cyrano de Bergerac is much more basic in decor than, say, a Viking or an Avalon river ship, but it's still perfectly pleasant, despite its small and simple cabins.

The food is great, and complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks are available all day long. So if you're not bothered about little refinements of service or a bigger choice at mealtimes -- and if you prefer to pick and choose excursions rather than take part in everything -- Cyrano de Bergerac represents superb value for money in a comfortable and friendly setting. In reality, it's about one-third of the price of a slightly fancier ship.

Cyrano de Bergerac Fellow Passengers

Fellow passengers are mainly French, but there's a growing international clientele as the company tries to attract cruisers from Britain, Australia and North America. This cruising area attracts mainly couples and wine enthusiasts; it's less of a family destination. Crewmembers all speak English, and announcements, menus and the daily program are published in French and English.

Cyrano de Bergerac Dress Code

Dress code is smart casual throughout, and there are no formal nights, although passengers are encouraged to dress more smartly for the once-per-cruise gala night. Most of the passengers are French, so there's an element of chic onboard. French cruisers do not, for example, wear shorts for dinner. As with all river cruises, good walking shoes are recommended, as there's plenty of walking during the shore excursion program. The ship moors right in the heart of Bordeaux, too, which is a very walkable city.

Cyrano de Bergerac Gratuity

The onboard currency is the euro. Gratuities are not included in the price. The recommended amount is €10 per person, per day, but there's no pressure to tip; France does not have a particularly strong tipping culture.
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By Sue Bryant, Cruise Critic Contributing Editor

6 Cyrano de Bergerac Reviews from our Cruise Critic Community

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Jay Donald Cohen
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
The hallmark of French cuisine is fresh food that is prepared from the best of ingredients. This ship featured food that had been frozen, canned or refrigerated for an excessive amount of time. The cuts of meat were mediocre in quality. ... Read more
Seniortravellers
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
I got off the Coisieurope boat two days ago. Staff was very pleasant and helpful. Jerome, purser, and Golo spoke English well enough that we generally understood each other. All staff worked very hard and usually had a smile although most ... Read more
jsdpj
Member Since 2003
2 reviews
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
Our river cruise out of Bordeaux on the Gironde estuary was very enjoyable. The crew was exceptionally pleasant. Food was very good, well presented and varied. Wine was included and definitely a step up over what you expect on a cruise. ... Read more
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Cyrano de Bergerac Editor Ratings

  • Category
    Member
    Editor
  • Dining
    3.2
    4.0
  • Public Rooms
    4.5
    3.0
  • Cabins
    4.3
    2.0
  • Entertainment
    3.7
    3.0
  • Spa & Fitness
    3.2
    1.0
  • Family & Children
    3.0
  • Shore Excursions
    4.2
    4.0
  • Enrichment
    3.2
    1.0
  • Service
    5.0
    4.0
  • Value-for-Money
    4.0
    5.0
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