26 Bordeaux Group and Theme Cruise Reviews

Chose this cruise for (1) all inclusive and no nickel and diming us; (2) biking excursions to offset the awesome French food, and (3) size of ship with 174 passengers. A+ on all 3 reasons for going with CroisiEurope, and specifically ... Read More
Chose this cruise for (1) all inclusive and no nickel and diming us; (2) biking excursions to offset the awesome French food, and (3) size of ship with 174 passengers. A+ on all 3 reasons for going with CroisiEurope, and specifically the biking excursion alternative. Cabin and services were good, finding more room than I anticipated. Also appreciated that our window fully opened to watch as we traveled the rivers. Food was divine for lunch and dinner - 3 and 4 courses for each of these meals. Their ability to adapt and provide alternatives to dislikes was immediate! We got to really know almost all the servers! Breakfast croissants and pain au chocolat were deadly good! French eggs and bacon would be considered uncooked, but asked them for "well done". Biking excursions with Dig N Go was the only way to see this region. We were biking through quintessential French country roads and in between vineyards!!! Bikes accommodated us short people, which was a worry. Started out too fast-paced for what we expected, but the group pace slowed down significantly toward the end, accommodating our desire for photos of everything. Our guides Martin, Sam and Philippe were very helpful and knowledgeable about where we were. Highlight for us - St. Emilion and Arcachon/Cap Ferrat rides! Everything was included! Apero as we waited for dinner to start! Wine and oyster tasting - all included. I absolutely loved that fact! Would pick a CroisiEurope trip again! I can't find enough superlatives! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Loved the boat and got to experience Paris for 4 days post cruise. Visiting the different wineries was awesome. We came as a group of 3 couples. We were all celebrating anniversaries. The staff was not only great, but made us feel we had ... Read More
Loved the boat and got to experience Paris for 4 days post cruise. Visiting the different wineries was awesome. We came as a group of 3 couples. We were all celebrating anniversaries. The staff was not only great, but made us feel we had become friends by the end of our week. The drink package was a nice addition to our enjoyment. We liked the fact that our French balcony was just above river level. Slept with window open to here the water going by. We were alway offered water when going on shore. The excursions were always interesting and lead by professional and knowledgeable tour guides. We enjoyed all excursions and our time in Bordeaux on our own. The cruise director was a great addition to our already great time. Our dinner table was always perfect and we met another couple that made for great conversations. Keep up the high quality of Viking cruises. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
i called ama 3x to book a back to back cruise w/ Normandy and Bordeau. at no time was i told this was a wine themed cruise nor that it was also a cooking cruise. Joann who has a show on PBS invited 40 0f her customers so instead of ... Read More
i called ama 3x to book a back to back cruise w/ Normandy and Bordeau. at no time was i told this was a wine themed cruise nor that it was also a cooking cruise. Joann who has a show on PBS invited 40 0f her customers so instead of enrichment lectures we had cooking demos. boring. i was on the wrong cruise. i usually cruise w/ uniworld, therefore, i am used to exceptional service, but since i had just come from Amalyra (see my review) where i was pleasantly surprised w/ outstanding service and 5 star dining. i had clear expectations of amawaterways. The ship's public rooms and my cabin were identical. the coffee machine set up in the bar served great coffee on both ships. postcards were provided, stamped and mailed, free. if u buy your own postcard they charge for a stamp, but still mail. my grandchildren luv getting postcards. even better they arrived. Uniworld and Viking mail postcards, but they do not always arrive. i was warmed by the 2 postcards i received when i got home (one from ea. ship) thanking me for cruising w/ them. I also appreciate the stretch and yoga classes. on ocean cruises yoga is extra. i am baffled by the inconsistencies in service between Amalyra and Amadolce. My room stewardess from Amalyra was outstanding, therefore, the poor service provided by my steward on this cruise was glaring. he didn't clean my room while i was at breakfast so i would have to go to the bar to wait while he finished. he constantly forgot to replenish my bottled water and toiletries. i kept going to the front desk to meet my needs. when i asked him to dispose of my dying rose, he refused saying he would remove it tomorrow. i threw it out. Dining was a nightmare. I am diabetic and need an evening snack. on Lyra i received a plate (sans melon at my request) of pineapple, blueberries, bananas, apples, orange slices, kiwi. on Dolce the chef provided only pineapple. i am at a loss ... breakfast on both ships was fruit abundant. On Lyra, at dinner, they let me order double veggies or i could choose fish from one entree and vegtables from another. on Dolce i requested they hold the risotto and i was told by the water i had to have the meal set out on the menu. i left the risotto which was ok as long as i took what was printed on the menu. no extra veggies let alone combining meals. i had to order 2 entrees and combine myself i recycle religiously and wasting food appalls me. so i ate the menu item. I do not understand the rigid, inflexible kitchen and wait staff. most of the shore excursions ended in wine tasting. I sought out Dragan, the cruise coordinator (yes, that is his real name) who steered me towards a guide who, like myself, had a degree in art history. Dragan had charisma and exceptional customer relation skills. He also led the post-cruise into the Loire valley. Wheniwhmpered that iwas anold lady and not used to 40 degree celsius weather, he shortened the walking tour. he also arranged for a trolley to take usto the next chateau. my gratitude knows no bounds. the tour of the chateaus in the Loire Valley made the cruise all worthwhile for me. The cruise itself sucked. the postcruise was outstanding. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
This was our first river cruise, and we chose Viking because of their excellent reputation. Cruise representatives were waiting for us at the airport and were expeditious in helping us get to the buses for transport to the beautiful ... Read More
This was our first river cruise, and we chose Viking because of their excellent reputation. Cruise representatives were waiting for us at the airport and were expeditious in helping us get to the buses for transport to the beautiful Viking Forseti. The moment we stepped on board, the crew was waiting with beautiful smiles to receive us. The ship and our cabin were immaculate. I'm extremely particular about cleanliness and Viking is up to my high standards! The meals and service were divine. . .spectacular! We had our favorite waiter, who quickly learned our names and remembered our favorite beverages at each meal. We enjoyed the onboard entertainment and the excursions, each planned to the detail! Service was outstanding from each and every crew member. The ports of call were a delight - we were on the Chateaux, Rivers and Wine cruise. We would definitely travel on another Viking Cruise! For a first river cruise, this could not have been more wonderful! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We just finished a cruise on Ama Dolce in the Bordeaux region and we could not have been happier. We have been on one other River Cruise boat and although it was very nice Ama made us feel more like family and the food was far superior. ... Read More
We just finished a cruise on Ama Dolce in the Bordeaux region and we could not have been happier. We have been on one other River Cruise boat and although it was very nice Ama made us feel more like family and the food was far superior. Although it would have been nice to have rooms with balcony's ( the slider opened up but the room did not extend into a balcony) there was sufficient room nonetheless. Our cabin was cleaned to perfection every day by Andreaa and she was always very friendly and helpful. Our Cruise Manager, Natalia, went out of her way to make sure we were happy and if we needed anything she was right on top of it. She really took the time to get to know us and we enjoyed her company. The Housekeeping Manager, Dierk, was always there to greet us and chat as were many of the other crew. The food was absolutely outstanding and the service in the dining room and lounge was top notch. We particularly liked the excursions, which was a lot of biking during the day into the vineyard areas and through small villages. We also visited several wineries which were all quite nice. The people that were hired to conduct our tours were well versed and enjoyable and our safety, especially when we were biking was always looked after. I would highly recommend this cruise line to anyone and to top of their hospitality upon our return home there was a hand written post card from the crew thanking us for sailing with them. I'm not sure who get's that fun duty to send out over 100 thank you notes after every sailing but that special touch meant a lot to us. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I chose this trip because I had traveled with Viking twice before and had two wonderful trips - both were top of the line. Not this one. We were told that Viking now has 58 ships and is building two more. With a fleet of 60 ships it would ... Read More
I chose this trip because I had traveled with Viking twice before and had two wonderful trips - both were top of the line. Not this one. We were told that Viking now has 58 ships and is building two more. With a fleet of 60 ships it would seem inevitable that their quality control would go way down, and this is exactly what happened on this trip. First the good: the crew were all very accommodating and friendly (except our stewardess and the delay in fixing our balcony). And the land tours were all excellent. But the bad - the food was not very good - passable but not what you would expect on a cruise - more like a middle class restaurant. One night the entire dining room waited one and a half hours for dinner. No formal explanation was ever given, but one waiter told us that a 'big wig' from Viking was in the kitchen and that backed up everything. (I should think a 'big wig" would be there to make sure every thing went perfectly.) We had paid extra for a balcony but ours was constantly flooded due to a broken drain pipe. We reported it the first day but never were able to use it until the last day of the cruise when they finally fixed it. The cabin was the tiniest of any I have ever seen, and I have been on 34 cruises, six of them river cruises. The beds were so close to the opposite wall that only one person could get past at a time. We had twin beds and they were so close together that my travel partner couldn't even get between them. The stewardess was quite inattentive. We ran out of toilet paper one day and had only one cake of soap for both shower and wash basin for the entire trip. Of course we could have asked for more but we never saw her the entire trip and had no idea even what her name was. There was more but you get the idea. I will never travel with Viking again and am telling everyone I know, " Don't go with Viking." Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was our introduction to Viking River Cruises; It will not be our last. We traveled with another couple and our experience was outstanding and will leave us with memories far into the future. Our cabin was well appointed and, because ... Read More
This was our introduction to Viking River Cruises; It will not be our last. We traveled with another couple and our experience was outstanding and will leave us with memories far into the future. Our cabin was well appointed and, because of so many other things being available, we did little but sleep soundly in it. The excursions were informative, well run, and lead by very knowledgeable guides. Viking is to be commended for keeping a great pace to their scheduling. We never felt rushed or forced to maintain more than a leisurely stroll to some amazing sites. It goes without saying the food was outstanding. Every dinner gave one the opportunity to sample a locally sourced taste delight or make choices from a more standard fare, The evening informational meetings, whether it be a wine tasting, a talk about tomorrow's events, or a more in depth discussion of cooking or a particular city, were interesting to attend. The service we experienced was above excellent. You developed a real relationship with every member of the crew and service staff you interacted with and had the opportunity to get to know them as a person. We are already making plans for our next river cruise and this time we are thinking of taking the post-cruise time in Paris. Viking is an experience you want to relive again and again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We were on a wine cruise. The ship is lovely, the staff fabulous. We enjoyed the cities and tours we took of wineries and sites. The cruise director Chris was very good. I generally enjoyed the food but after a few days the food started ... Read More
We were on a wine cruise. The ship is lovely, the staff fabulous. We enjoyed the cities and tours we took of wineries and sites. The cruise director Chris was very good. I generally enjoyed the food but after a few days the food started to taste the same. My last meal of a white fish and risotto was not very good at all. My biggest issue, food handling. I was surprised upon arrival on the ship to find platters of food available without staff present and passengers served themselves. They had many food stations similar to this at breakfast and lunch and I was really uncomfortable with this. Many people do not wash their hands and with everyone touching the utensils many times this can only lead to disaster, which it did for me. I had a terrible gastrointestinal illness as several other passengers did. I am careful to wash my hands many times but on a ship, illness is sometimes unavoidable. I am not an experienced cruiser except for a one time Mediterranean cruise on a smaller ship. On that particular cruise line, I recall that they did not have food available sitting out for self serve. Also, unfortunately, our cabin was on the side of the ship that was parked next to another ship for 24 hours. We did not have a view or sunlight for that amount of time. So bottom line, a very nice ship and staff but I would not travel with them again unless they improve some of the food handling procedures and find out if blocking out my rooms view by another ship would be avoidable. I realize that is no guarantee but it would be an improvement I am sure. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I was invited by a friend to go on this river cruise and was a bit nervous as I suffer from motion sickness. The good news.......no motion sickness and it was an amazing experience. I would have to say the highlights were the Cruise ... Read More
I was invited by a friend to go on this river cruise and was a bit nervous as I suffer from motion sickness. The good news.......no motion sickness and it was an amazing experience. I would have to say the highlights were the Cruise Managers (Adrian) planned excursions which included cooking classes, bike rides through the vineyards and wine tastings. My favorite........St. Emilion, I could have spent a week there just strolling the ancient cobblestone streets and exploring all of the amazing little wine shops. The staff and crew were outstanding, I couldn't have asked for better service and they went out of there way to accommodate all of us. The food could have been a bit more "exciting", I'm a bit of a foodie and I feel that that's one area that they could improve. The wine selection was good, the pastry chef was outstanding. I would definitely sail with Uniworld again, they go above and beyond to make your vacation memorable and enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This was our second Viking cruise, and it certainly will not be the last. We ended up choosing this particular cruise because of the tremendous value that was offered with the cruise itself. free air, the excellent pre-trip itinerary, an ... Read More
This was our second Viking cruise, and it certainly will not be the last. We ended up choosing this particular cruise because of the tremendous value that was offered with the cruise itself. free air, the excellent pre-trip itinerary, an indebt, hands on exploration into French winemaking and culture through their free daily excursions. This was not our first Viking river cruise BUT, it was our first "Long Boat " experience. I can truly say that we were both very impressed with the cabin, the boats amenities, the food, and, most importantly, the receptive and caring staff. We are both retired and over 50. It was a joy to vacation with people our age and not have to worry about youngsters' running about! This truly is not a cruise with children in mind. Although we did not travel far, Viking did a great job in providing a different experience while in each port of call. In particular, we enjoyed the "special" off ship dinning experience at a local chateau, as well as offering an excursion (at an extra cost) to Camus, one of the premier cognac producers in the world, which concluded with each of us receiving our own blended bottle of XO cognac.....outstanding!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Beautiful ship. Mostly everything planned very well. Staff courteous and helpful. Food & bar service excellent. Tours interesting and informative. Both guides & bus drivers very competent. Disembarkation however a nightmare. ... Read More
Beautiful ship. Mostly everything planned very well. Staff courteous and helpful. Food & bar service excellent. Tours interesting and informative. Both guides & bus drivers very competent. Disembarkation however a nightmare. Cruise director did warn us to check our safe deposit box carefully, which was done. Suitcases had to be out of cabin by 3.00 am. Off ship by 4.00 am. Took a shower 2.30 am to try and wake up. Then after, door to bathroom open and forgot that my much loved nightshirt from Victoria's Secret was hanging on bar behind door. Got on bus to Bordeaux airport and somehow stumbled onto plane. At Paris airport could not get into Air France lounge which had been possible when leaving San Francisco. Long wait to get on flight. Was so exhausted could not sleep. Long wait for all passengers at San Francisco airport to get onto bus to San Louis Obispo. Being tired and run down, like some others, came down with a bacterial infection. That I can overcome but what hurts me more is that after reporting my nightshirt forgotten in bathroom, was told it was not found. Uniworld should stress to cabin cleaners to turn in anything forgotten in cabins. In other words, they keep what they find! Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise and company based on recommendations of friends and the iitinerary of the trip. The trip and experience were marvelous and i would highly reccommend it . The ship holds a maximum of 146 passengers, but only 104 ... Read More
We chose this cruise and company based on recommendations of friends and the iitinerary of the trip. The trip and experience were marvelous and i would highly reccommend it . The ship holds a maximum of 146 passengers, but only 104 passengersd were aboard for this cruise.The cabins, while small when compared to most ocean liners, were larger than many river cruises; quite adequate and well decorated. The beds were very comfortable and the cabin staff attentive to the nth degree, especially Georgiana. The bathrooms were quite roomy and well supplied with toiletries and the all important hair dryer for my wife. The in-cabin entertainment system was good, although to be honest we did not use it a great deal other than to watch some news, but they did have a large assortment of films and music available,. Wi-fi is gratis and to my surprise worked very well; much better than on larger ships. Food and dining were quite good overall. Breakfast was buffet style, but with a young lady making terrific omlets and eggs to order as well as the usual breakfast items and some less than usual items for most Americans.. Breads and pastries were excellent and required a bit of self control in order not to overdo it. The highlight for foodies was the special Chef's dinner to which all guests are entitled to attend. The menu is fixed for all seven nights and only 24 people are accommodated at a time. The items are all cooked in one location and served to each table as the food is ready. The service was superb and most of the items very good. The cod could have used a bit more seasoning.Wine, a nice selection of different reds and whites from the Bordeaux region as well as beer, are complimentary at all meals. Most entrees at the dinners were quite good, but the stand outs for me were the filet mignon and the prime rib.Each night there was always a Chef's Choice menu as well as several other items from which to choose.. If none of the menu choices for that day were appealing, one could always order a steak, salmon or chicken. One of the best ideas the line has instituted is to have a light lunch served buffet style in the lounge rather than the main dining room. Selections are limited, compared to the main dining room, but by no means lacking in many good choices. Salads and soups were always available as well as frog's legs and escargot at one of the lunches. Surprisingly I do not think they offered onion soup st any time. We did have some delicious deserts and the chocolate crepes were outstanding. The entertainment was limited as one would expect on a very small ship, but they did have a pianist who was quite good and brought aboard several entertainers; Frankly, I found this line offered better entertainment than most river cruises. The highlight of the cruise was an incredible staff-Kriss the cruise manager was unbelievable even getting up to see us off the boat at 4:15 am and providing us with a packed lunch. The front desk staffed by Ivan and Yasmina, during the day and a night attendant whose name I can't recall, were most helpful at all times and made us feel welcome and important addressing our every request with a smile. The bar staff and all of the waiters and waitresses were attentive, warm and friendly. The tours were excellent and our regular tour guide, Elisabeth, was beyond belief. She even managed to find us a local person on Bordeaux to take three of us on a special tour of the local synagogue. For the biking enthusiasts, they have quite a few bicycles and helmets and a bike tour led by Chris almost every day. We loved virtually all of the ports and excursions, but the highlight for us was St. Emilion. Not only a great wine producing regions with world famous wineries, but a delightful and charming village retaining much from the Middle Ages , including the catacombs and underground churches. I have no doubt we would go again and surely will consider another cruise with Ama Waterways Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Chose to sail with AmaWaterways as they are one of the few cruise lines that sail in France's Bordeaux region. This was my first river cruise and every expectation was exceeded tenfold. This itinerary is fantastic as it is ... Read More
Chose to sail with AmaWaterways as they are one of the few cruise lines that sail in France's Bordeaux region. This was my first river cruise and every expectation was exceeded tenfold. This itinerary is fantastic as it is round-trip Bordeaux. The port stops have been thoughtfully executed to allow for the perfect balance between planned sightseeing (often several choices of sightseeing in each port) and free time to enjoy the luxuries of the beautiful AmaDolce. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this is the first year that Ama has been sailing on the Dordogne and Garrone rivers, everything went flawlessly! From the five-star onboard dinners to the choice of excursions including walking, gentle walking, bike tours and "limited edition" tours, I felt like the sightseeing I experienced was well-rounded and the local guides so incredibly knowledgeable. I also sailed on what Ama calls a wine-themed cruise. Really this cruise because of its stops and year-round offered excursions can be called a wine-lovers cruise, but I really loved the added benefit of a wine host onboard who compared the old vine wine that we tasted at several winery visits along with the onboard wine selections to new vine wine, in this case the California wines of St. Francis Winery. The service was phenomenal, I will say that there was not one request that was not met and the crew does a fantastic job at making sure that everything onboard feels like a home away from home. I also love that on a river cruise, everyone get to know everyone, and Ama facilitates plenty of opportunities, both on board and off, for guests to mix and mingle. I would highly recommend this river cruise line to anyone considering visiting the Bordeaux region of France. From what I've read they are extremely consistent in their delivery of fantastic itineraries all across Europe. I will say that I am not a river cruise advocate, I can't wait to sail with them again, this time I'm hoping on the Danube River. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
The crew were amazing. They looked after everything you needed and went well beyond what was expected. The wines served at dinner were very good and they were not cheap with the pours which ran well after dinner was finished. The food was ... Read More
The crew were amazing. They looked after everything you needed and went well beyond what was expected. The wines served at dinner were very good and they were not cheap with the pours which ran well after dinner was finished. The food was excellent, with good choices for every meal. We enjoyed sitting on the deck when we were cruising as we found when you're in your cabin you can only see one side of the river and there's always something to see on both sides from the observation deck. The cabins were fairly small but we spent very little time in there, unlike an ocean cruise. We also found it a lot more personable with only 170 passengers on board. we met many more people than on a 3500 passenger ship. we still keep in contact with many of these people. We booked the Bordeaux cruise as we are winos and the tours were tailored to this as advertised. we saw all of Bordeaux and visited some amazing wineries. Overall an excellent experience and we have booked another cruise this year based on our experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We had enjoyed AMA's Porto cruise, so this was a natural next choice. Our cruse tour was organizd by AMA and included 7 nights on the Amacello, followed by the Loire vally and return to Paris.The cruise was A1 from start to finish. ... Read More
We had enjoyed AMA's Porto cruise, so this was a natural next choice. Our cruse tour was organizd by AMA and included 7 nights on the Amacello, followed by the Loire vally and return to Paris.The cruise was A1 from start to finish. Most of the passengers were seniors on this trip. We were met in Paris at the Paris Marriott Opera hotel by the cruise director Rachel, and everything flowed from there. Paris was rained out...the Louvre was flooded and closed, the Metro was flooded and closed, Roland Gaross was rained out. We took the bus trip to Montmartre and found dinner near Sacre-Coeur. Not much of the bohemeian life style left, but the view of the city was worth the effort. The TVG was on strike, so we boarded a bus rather than the TVG for Bordeaux to join our ship.. 9 hours later we arrived in Bordeaux and boarded, having enjoyed a very comfortable luxury coach ride through the French countryside. Our cabin on the Violin deck, port side forward, was very comfortable with a juliet balcony from which we enjoyed watching the river activity. The walkin shower had a multihead arrangement that took some getting used to, but once accustomed worked very well. Excellent hair dryer in the dressing table away from the shower, a nice touch. We exchanged the duvets for light blankets. The lounge is comfortable, with enough good seating for most events. We heard that the ship was 60% on this cruise so the wait staff and housekeeping were very attentive. With a full ship the lounge mght have been a bit crowded. When on board we took our lunches there, usually a soup, sandwiches, salads, a hot entree, fruits, cheeses or a light dessert were provided, More than enough, tasty and beautifully presented. Familiar listenable music on the electric piano in the corner by the ship's musician each day was pleasant and not intrusive. Dinners in the dining room were open seating. The predinner chat in the lounge with Rachel was always fun, interestiing and informative as well as entertaining. Evenng entertainment featured ccomplished young local musicians and dancers. A walking tour of Bordeaux was offered, but as the guide talked more than she walked we soon abandoned, headed back to the ship, took bicycles and explored Bordeaux on our own. Buses accompanied the ship each day along the rivers. One aftenoon I left my nexus phone on the bus. By the time i realized it was missing the buses had moved on to the next day's rendevous. The ship staff made contact with the bus company, and my phone was waiting for me at the desk the next morning before we departed the ship. The drivers come early to the ship for breakfast, and the driver had had found the phone and brought it back. What excellent service. Shore excursions led to daily wine tastings in vineyards in the Bordeaux, Garonne and Dordogne rivers. Tastings of various vintages were invariably accompanied by fine cheeses, meats and fresh breads. Many very famous Vineyards could be seen in the area. The cruise ended in Bordeaux and we had time to visit the new Citi du Vin wine museum, just opened. Filled with hundreds of interactive displays it is well worth a visit, to be topped off with a glass of wine of your choice as a treat on the 8th floor, which features a panoramic view of the city of Bordeaux and the river. The ship doesn't actually sail much on this itinerary, as the distances are short. I was left wanting more sea time. Next time , a longer itinerary, perhaps. All too soon we left our comfortable Amacello, boarded the TVG post cruise for the Loire Valley arranged by AMA. Didn't see much as the tracks run through cuttings much of the way to Tours, then on to Amboise to view Chateau D'amboise, Chateau du Clos Luce which featured working models of many designs and drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, Chateau de Chenonceau, and then to Blois to view Chateau de Chambord. We then bussed to Paris to the Pullman Paris Roissy, CDG airport, where the rooms are comfortable but the food at dinner was awful. Fortunately our flight home was not with Air Fance as they were on strike again, so we left on time. Altogether a memorable cruise tour. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Am single & never entertained the idea of cruising as I didn't want to be stuck on a huge boat for days on end but friends were going on this 8-day (small ship) Grand Bordeaux River Cruise with APT and needed even numbers (twin ... Read More
Am single & never entertained the idea of cruising as I didn't want to be stuck on a huge boat for days on end but friends were going on this 8-day (small ship) Grand Bordeaux River Cruise with APT and needed even numbers (twin share keeps costs down). It was amazing! I imagined I would be able to relax, read and generally have a real holiday. Not so, the itinerary of onshore sightseeing trips at every stopover was not what I expected. These excursions (included in the cost of the cruise) were daily, geared to those who had difficulty walking and those who didn't. I got to see so much and experience so much of the old French history in places such as Blaye, Libourne, St. Emilion, Libourne, Cadillac and Bergerac with wonderful local guides. And being in the region of Bordeaux, the visits to wineries, the tasting of amazing wines was wonderful. The highlight for me was the visit to a Caviar Farm and actually getting into waders and being in a pond with the male sturgeon..wow! APT is an Australian company so by far the majority of people on this cruise were Australian. Average age would have been in the 60s to 70s - my group was the youngest and we did our bit to get others on the dance floor for some fun most evenings. There were no children thank god but there probably wasn't much for kids anyhow (none I know enjoy traipsing around ancient ruins and the like). There were a number of single ladies who were invited to sit at the Captain's Table on our last night on board - that was a nice touch. The food, the service, the crew were phenomenal. The crew were so good and fun and the food, all meals, to a gourmet standard I have never experienced before and plenty of choices. One could get very used to champagne for lunch and dinner every day and all the chosen wines were local.. fabulous! The cabins were compact but perfectly adequate. WIFI was hit and miss but that seems to be the norm from reviews I have read. I loved the fact that APT charge an all inclusive rate which is great, there are no extras to pay like some cruise companies where you pay extra for alcohol and tips. The onboard shop had some lovely jewellery at affordable prices. I hope I can travel with APT on their small ship cruise in the Balkans in a year or two, but that may depend on what they can do for me as a single 'solo' traveler. Outside of Australia and the UK, I don't think APT is that well known, but the quality of the whole experience for me was just so incredibly impressive. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I have travelled with Viking before and am impressed with their service. I had the unfortunate experience of damaged luggage when I arrived for the tour and needed to purchase new luggage so I could return home. The concierge on the ship ... Read More
I have travelled with Viking before and am impressed with their service. I had the unfortunate experience of damaged luggage when I arrived for the tour and needed to purchase new luggage so I could return home. The concierge on the ship went shopping for me and purchased a new suitcase so I could return home , I appreciated all that he did so I could enjoy my cruise experience. I will definitely cruise with Viking again. The food was prepared and served in grand style. Cleanliness was at the forefront and the friendliness of the staff was exceptional. I have taken the Rhone river cruise before and enjoyed the ports of call. The Bordeaux cruise was just as enjoyable and the excursions entertaining. I especially liked the tour of Cognac and being able to make my own blend. I'm looking forward to New Years Day when I can sample my efforts! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We were on the Scenic Diamond ship that travelled on the Garonne, Gironde, and Dordogne Rivers for 10 days starting April 16. It was the trip of a lifetime! The Scenic ship and staff were terrific. The ship accommodates up to 150 guests ... Read More
We were on the Scenic Diamond ship that travelled on the Garonne, Gironde, and Dordogne Rivers for 10 days starting April 16. It was the trip of a lifetime! The Scenic ship and staff were terrific. The ship accommodates up to 150 guests and 50 crew/staff members. We could not have imagined better food, wine, service, or accommodations than what we received. The Scenic trip pricing is a true one cost that includes everything, including airport pickup and drop-off, all drinks, excursions, and tips. The excursion buses were extremely comfortable and we never had to worry about any details. Scenic makes sure that their guests only need to relax and enjoy the trip. The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable, and professional, and did everything possible to make our trip as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. The restaurant and bar manager, Eugen Anton, was very knowledgeable regarding Bordeaux wines and quickly became my best friend on the trip. The food was fantastic thanks to Chef Tivadaar and staff (Arpad made great omelets in the morning!). Eugen had great help with his talented staff of Zsolt, Monika, Ezster, Jose, Daniel, Andras, Kate, and others to make every meal a dining experience. The cruise director, Sylvie, always made sure everyone had a good time and attended to a multitude of details. Milenko was the hotel manager and received excellent support from Andrea, Marius, Daniel, Andrea, Judy, and many others who made our stay very comfortable and enjoyable. Finally, the ship captains, Jeremy and Sebastian, took care of keeping us safe while on the river and dealt with the tides and high waters. If you enjoy fine wine, exceptional food, and are interested in a river cruise, then this is the trip that you should take. You will not be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
The theme was Chateaux, Rivers, and Wine, and this is the cruise my husband chose. We cannot say enough nice things about our experience. Attention to detail was impeccable. The food was incredible. Dining staff were superb. We loved ... Read More
The theme was Chateaux, Rivers, and Wine, and this is the cruise my husband chose. We cannot say enough nice things about our experience. Attention to detail was impeccable. The food was incredible. Dining staff were superb. We loved our waiter - Joao - and chose to sit at one of his tables at all meals. We later learned that he was being promoted to Maitre D' very soon and were very happy for him. It will be a well deserved promotion for him. Cabin stewards were great. All staff was friendly and very accommodating. The local guides on our city walks were very knowledgeable and friendly. On board entertainment was excellent. The week was run very efficiently. We always knew what to do and where to be for the excursions. Airport pickup and drop off was efficient and prompt. All questions were answered clearly and completely. Can't wait to cruise with Viking again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We are avid wine enthusiasts and collectors and Bordeaux wine is our favorite. So we were very excited to be able to taste wine right in Bordeaux. I will never drink a Saint Emillion again without thinking about it's beautiful ... Read More
We are avid wine enthusiasts and collectors and Bordeaux wine is our favorite. So we were very excited to be able to taste wine right in Bordeaux. I will never drink a Saint Emillion again without thinking about it's beautiful city. The staff on board the Forsetti was absolutely fantastic. Everyone was so nice and friendly. The food was delicious and there was a lot to choose from at each meal. The wine on board was also excellent. The room was very comfortable and the movie selections were outstanding. We did go to one concert and it was very professional and of the highest quality. The guides were also outstanding, especially Bridget and her tour of Bordeaux. We did two of the optional tours: Chateau Siaurac and The Camus cognac tasting and blending seminar. Both of these were quite wonderful experiences. The dinner at Chateau Kirwin was spectacular with probably the best wine we experienced on the trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We are experienced travelers and generally make all of our own arrangements when traveling overseas. Because I suffer from motion sickness, we have never been on a cruise. The Bordeaux cruise took us to a part of Europe we had not explored ... Read More
We are experienced travelers and generally make all of our own arrangements when traveling overseas. Because I suffer from motion sickness, we have never been on a cruise. The Bordeaux cruise took us to a part of Europe we had not explored and we were very interested in this area, so we decided to try a cruise. I did not get seasick! This was a very relaxing trip; Viking staff took care of all our luggage, airline connections & ground transportation. Service was wonderful. Our rooms and the public areas of the ship were clean, and meals were good. The other passengers were a great group of folks and it was fun to meet and visit with them. The off shore excursions were interesting, tour guides did a great job of guiding us around. When the ship docked, our room was always next to the dock which made our little balcony unusable. Really, that was the only downside of the entire trip. Overall, we had a good time, enjoyed the scenery and amenities Viking Cruises offered.So much so that we have booked another cruise for 2017 Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
No need to cover much ground when sailing around the Bordeaux region offers such loveliness. The things we appreciated: the amazing organization and attention to detail. The large dinner tables, which ensured that we sat with others and ... Read More
No need to cover much ground when sailing around the Bordeaux region offers such loveliness. The things we appreciated: the amazing organization and attention to detail. The large dinner tables, which ensured that we sat with others and made friends. The superb, friendly and smart staff, who all seem to enjoy doing whatever they can for you. The excellent food and dining service. The interesting shore excursions. The unobtrusive yet prompt room cleaning service. I could go on and on. One example of staff dedication: we had an off-vessel dinner at a nearby chateau winery. The serving staff from the Forseti came along to serve the dinner. Their bus was arranged to leave the chateau first, so they could return ahead of the passengers to set up a late-evening wine and cheese tasting on board. An unrelated road accident caused us all to take another route back to the vessel, and the bus on which the servers were riding ended up returning to the dock last. Instead of shrugging and cancelling the wine and cheese event, the servers jumped off their bus and literally sprinted down the dock and onto the Forseti. When the passengers strolled back over the gangplank, the servers had the whole wine and cheese event set up, and they greeted us with trays of wine glasses as we arrived. If we hadn't seen their mad dash past us, we would have thought they had somehow figured out how to be in two places at once! The only niggling complaints we had were: the WIFI is only strong in the center public areas, not in the rooms. The wines served at dinner were just ok, which was a bit disappointing since we were in a wine area. These were very minor complaints. We would highly recommend the Viking Forseti Bordeaux cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
I'd camped a few times around the Bordeaux wine region back in the '70's so when I was offered the perspective as seen by the other half, I jumped at the chance! We were picked up from home, just four of us in all, in a ... Read More
I'd camped a few times around the Bordeaux wine region back in the '70's so when I was offered the perspective as seen by the other half, I jumped at the chance! We were picked up from home, just four of us in all, in a comfy VW minibus with courteous, friendly driver, travelling to Gatwick for overnight before an early scheduled flight to Bordeaux. Great standard room at the Sandman Signature, tasty food at elevated prices, captive audience priced drinks! The usual two hour minimum heel kicking to maximise airport sales exposure, prior to an underwhelming flight, courtesy of BA, not helped by a breakfast of gooey stodge masquerading as muesli and a dry bread roll even McDonalds would have been ashamed of, with microns thin cheese slice washed down by orange juice and coffee. Promptly picked up from Bordeaux airport in a well appointed coach with helpful friendly guide, delivered effortlessly to a smiling welcome party aboard the luxury River Royale berthed in Bordeaux on the Garonne. Uniworld's well rehearsed staff soon had us registered and furnished with an introductory programme and cabin keys. We had lower deck cabin on a level with the dining room, very well appointed but no space to spare! The board was fully inclusive of all food, drink and excursions and bicycles for loan, to boot! Every evening during cocktail hour, there was a greeting from the director of cuisine, an review of the night's cocktail and wines by a hilarious sommelier and an entertaining delivery by the Cruise Manager on the next day's voyage, evening entertainment and of course the next day's vineyard tours and tasting events. Dinners could be booked in the Claret Room, for twelve or fourteen or in the Blue Fox deck diner, topsides and wine tasting sessions could also be booked! Breakfasts, lunches and dinners were all scrumptious and most imaginative, a range of drinks without equal and service was impeccable and friendly throughout. Wine tours included vineyards in the Medoc, St Emilion, Sauternes (inc a stop to worship at Chateau d'Yquem!), Cadillac, Bergerac, Bourg and Blaye. Guests were from UK generally but probably majority from USA and Canada, plenty of friends to be made and non stop activity of some kind. There were opportunities to explore the City of Bordeaux, vibrant, clean and full of history. This was a holiday not to be missed, if you're a wine drinking Francophile! :-) Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
River Royale – Uniworld Bordeaux River Cruise Just completed our first cruise with Uniworld, a week long river cruise that can only be described as a truly magnificent experience. The entire cruise from end to end was nothing less ... Read More
River Royale – Uniworld Bordeaux River Cruise Just completed our first cruise with Uniworld, a week long river cruise that can only be described as a truly magnificent experience. The entire cruise from end to end was nothing less than sensational. The daily itinerary including scheduled day excursions to the most interesting places and were well planned, informative and all-round very pleasurable, in particular the visits to the chateau informative wine talks and tastings. The entire ship’s crew were, extremely friendly, welcoming and attentive meeting your every need in the most pleasant manner. No request was too much and they all carried out their functions in the most professional manner. Every meal offered a wide range of choices and well presented. Every evening meal (food and wine) were gastronomic experiences. The leisurely atmosphere and organization was unlike any of the other five river cruises we have experienced to date with other river cruise company’s. We loved the relaxed style, no hurrying, laid back approach and no name tags. It was the little things that made this cruise so pleasurable, The Cruise Director Piet was fabulous he just handled every issue with complete ease second guessing people’s needs and wants. Uniworld have certainly set a benchmark with us and we look forward to another experience with them they really know the meaning of value add. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Just back from our first river cruise on the Uniworld River Royale in France , sailing from Bordeaux on the Dordogne and Garonne river . Visiting many famous Chateaus and tasting wonderful French wine example: Chateau La Tour Blanche ... Read More
Just back from our first river cruise on the Uniworld River Royale in France , sailing from Bordeaux on the Dordogne and Garonne river . Visiting many famous Chateaus and tasting wonderful French wine example: Chateau La Tour Blanche ,Chateau Beau Beau Sejour , Montbazilliac and the different sauternes accompanied with a fine lunch at Chateau D’ Arche . The River Royale is a pretty new ship , luxurious cabins, good size and fast Wifi everywhere on the ship , very helpful staff from different nationalities and we received a perfect service till the last minute , all kind of drinks and snacks or sweets available all day long , never short of something , you just ask for it and it’s there rifgtaway. The food was excellent all the way , fine dining , choice of meat , fish vegetarian etc. never any complains except at one noon when they served hamburgers on deck , they have been not really eatable but how do you expect a great French chef to make that kind of junk food . They had fresh deliveries in every port of call to make all our meal delicious. The ship accommodate 130 guest but there have been only 96 . The two rivers did not have a good scenery as you would have f.e. at the Rhine river but the highlight of this cruise was visiting the wineries and old towns like Saint-Emilion or Blaye , travelling though the Bordeaux area and being informed about the history of it was more important. Have been lucky with the weather in June so that we enjoyed the included well-organized excursions, we had local guides wit very good knowledge about the places we have been visiting , and yes it was all explained in very good English but with French charm , not just retired school teachers but very professional guides. We all agreed that the optional tour ( a full bus ) to the Remy Martin cellars was just top notch. Some of our US travel friends have convinced us to join on this cruise and we did not regret it one moment, the contrary. Are there negative things to say , maybe but have to search for it, there is only one restroom near the restaurant but most guest went to their own cabin if needed , it’s just a short distance so no big deal . The airport pick at Bordeaux airport did not work the way it was expected or foreseen, it was all about advance information about , where - when - how. Uniworld is in the high price bracket but after sailing around the world on 5 stars cruise ships, this one was a bit different from what we used to do but for sure 5 star, we feel that these 7 days have been such a great luxury experience for us so that we can’t wait to book another cruise with Uniworld . Read Less
Sail Date June 2015

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