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I had a really great 7 night trip on the CroisiEurope Beethoven on July 14, and my non-cruising husband enjoyed it too!! We left from and returned to Vienna on the Danube River. We were 2 of 5 Americans on the boat with the rest being ... Read More
I had a really great 7 night trip on the CroisiEurope Beethoven on July 14, and my non-cruising husband enjoyed it too!! We left from and returned to Vienna on the Danube River. We were 2 of 5 Americans on the boat with the rest being British, French and Danish. Language was not a problem and EVERYONE was terrifically nice and friendly. We enjoyed muddling along in English/French with the French passengers, and everyone else spoke English. There were English speaking guides and announcements. No hint of anything other than happiness to have the USA represented. As compared to Viking, the Beethoven is more homey and less elegant, without the richness of the surroundings and luxury appointments, but comfortable. Small staterooms. Minimal bathroom but functional. No verandas. French balconies with big, wide opening windows. The lounge was decorated with blown glass lamps, flowered curtains, anchor pattern turquoise rug and big sofas. Everything very clean. By the way, most alcoholic drinks and sodas were available without charge throughout the day, not just at meals. Beer and drinks seemed somewhat mild. Wine, bottled mineral water also. It was a nice touch! When I booked I unwittingly ordered the "full package" which included all excursions. I did not know there was another option and I am glad we did what we did. However other passengers, including two of the Americans, had purchased the boat trip only and there was a price list for excursions. Many of the Europeans purchased few or no exclusions and either stayed on the boat or just got off and walked around. For many, it seemed like the boat ride, good food, and activities were all they needed to be "on holiday". The excursions were good and guides varied in quality. Less structured than Viking, no fancy busses, etc. but more to the taste of my no frills husband. He and I had a wonderful time walking up to the ruined castle in Durnstein. Don't miss it if you like a bit of exercise! Food was a biggie with this group!! Your were seated with people who spoke the same language, and our table mates were from the U.K. and kept us laughing!! Breakfast was a buffet. Much less lavish and more European than Viking, with a boil your own egg station, etc. Great croissants and yogurt. The menu for lunch and dinner were posted and much discussed each day. The food was generally excellent (the duck was the best I've ever had!!) but no choices were offered at lunch and dinner. If you did not want venison steak or hake filets, too bad. I had arranged in advance with Michael Costa, the Croisi American rep to have a diabetic and pork free menu for My husband and they rose to the occasion like champs!! His plate was always lovely and they made him a different fruit plate for every meal. Some people at our table also chose to ask for a cheese plate instead of "puddings" for desert and that seemed ok. In general, no plate on the whole ship was returned to the kitchen any way except EMPTY! The "Entertainer" (cruise director?) was a young man who did everything from call bingo to teach napkin folding to open the gift shop (a big deal) to ride with the bus to the concert excursion. He was charming and a great favorite!! There were some games we did not participate in which gave points used later in an auction for prizes. We did not do this. We did attend the crew show that consisted of dancing to recorded music. It was well received as all passengers knew the crew, which was small. The room cleaners became the wait staff, so rooms had to be cleaned during buffet breakfast, etc. The real heart and soul of the ship was a lovely Portuguese woman named Sonia. She ran the whole show, doing every duty and running every aspect of the whole ship, except perhaps steering it down the river. On Viking she would have been at least 4 people. She set the friendly efficient tone of the whole trip. Incidentally she stays with the Beethoven, so anyone wishing to try Croisi will not go wrong with her!! In short, although my travel agent warned us that this company caters to local European customers and not the luxury- seeking American market, this trip was perfect for us. It was my husband's first river cruise and on Croisi I was not tempted to be a Viking know-it-all! It was different but equally enjoyable! The Danube is so beautiful and we had perfect, sunny, if somewhat hot, weather every day! The itinerary was arranged so that we sailed through gorgeous scenery and into beautiful lit-up Budapest at night twice!! We made many friends among our shipmates of all nationalities! By the way, we stayed 2 days post cruise which was just excellent. I found the hotel on trip advisor, the Beethoven Wein Hotel! Newly renovated historic building in perfect location, 3 blocks from the Opera and right next to the Nachmarkt, where we ate both nights. I booked us two concerts on line and between them, sightseeing, and the summer performance at the Spanish Riding School, we had a full schedule! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
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