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1 Basel Scenic Pearl Cruise Reviews

Heard and seen many good reviews on TV about this tours so decided to give it a go, Booked a Rhine river cruise from Basel to Amsterdam in a royal panorama suit. The suits only 2 on the ship are at the rear of the boat-incredibly ... Read More
Heard and seen many good reviews on TV about this tours so decided to give it a go, Booked a Rhine river cruise from Basel to Amsterdam in a royal panorama suit. The suits only 2 on the ship are at the rear of the boat-incredibly noisy and smell of diesel fumes and cigarette smoke as the crew gathers here and smokes all the time,even with closed windows we could smell both the diesel and the cigarette. The cabins are tiny comparing to other similar category as I cruised the Nile and Jangcee river before and the size were nearly double than this.Also pretty steep price for the 7 days paid more than 8K per person AUS-the dinners are set at 7pm and goes for 2 hours no other choice either you skip it or eat at this late hours-the room service is very limited and not healthy either,burgers and brownis with chipos etc The booze was flowing freely so if you are an alcoholic probably will have happy time onboard well we were not.The first 3 days were nothing to look at while sailing-flat boring scenery-the first port of call-Strassburg was missed as the captain and crew made an error and miscalculated the lock times so we had to wait 5 hours to go through and all shore activities were cancelled.Pretty annoying when the whole cruise is 7 days and this was supposed to be one of the highlight. The table la rieve degustation dinner-only for the top deck guest were good but the portobello-Italian evening was less than impressive. Only 2 -2 seater table on the entire restaurant and even those were set next to the "feeding station" so it was like eating at a cross road people bumping into your chair and private space all the time. Also there were some noisy canadian and American tourists onboard who were more interested in their own little fun than listening the cooments on shore trips. Well I certainly wouldn't recommend this very expensive suits to anyone as they simply grossly overpriced for the 7 days the scenery and the service. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Scenic Pearl Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 4.3
Entertainment 2.0 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 3.0 3.4
Family 1.0 3.4
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.4
Enrichment 2.0 4.5
Service 4.0 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 4.2
Rates 5.0 N/A

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