42 Bordeaux Senior Cruise Reviews

As an all inclusive cruise we liked knowing what we paid up front was the bottom line, no hidden extras. We have travelled with Scenic before so not a difficult decision. Lovely comfortable beds light airy and clean cabins. This time ... Read More
As an all inclusive cruise we liked knowing what we paid up front was the bottom line, no hidden extras. We have travelled with Scenic before so not a difficult decision. Lovely comfortable beds light airy and clean cabins. This time travelling to a region of France we have not seen before and wanted to learn more about. On board attentive staff, great food , friendly fellow passengers made the ten days most enjoyable and we learned a lot about wine, the grape varieties and wine making. Starting and finishing in Bordeaux which we found to be a delightful city and had adequate time for exploring. Other ports of call included Libourne, Pauilliac, Fort Medoc, Cadillac, Bourg sur Garrone and Blaye, we also took a side excursion to Cognac, a lovely town and of course we just had to see how its namesake spirit is made and tasted at Remy Martin. Recommend to anyone not just wine enthusiasts. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Scenic can always be relied on to provide excellence in all areas. The crew were friendly and knowledgeable, their service was great throughout. Our cabin (205) was comfortable, clean and well looked after and the balcony was an asset. The ... Read More
Scenic can always be relied on to provide excellence in all areas. The crew were friendly and knowledgeable, their service was great throughout. Our cabin (205) was comfortable, clean and well looked after and the balcony was an asset. The itinerary was based around Bordeaux and we cruised the Garonne, Gironde and Dordoigne visiting many chateaux and tasting many wines. The guides were fantastic especially Marie who really knows her history. All the crew were good but some deserve a special mention; Tamara, Marina and Daisy kept us well supplied with food and drink and the two Daniels and Ricardo and Teodor made sure no glass or plate was left empty. Marieta our cabin steward kept us clean and tidy and our butler Armin although not overworked was there when we needed him. The food was well cooked and presented and Tania the Cruise Director was everywhere making sure that all the guests knew what was happening, where and when. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I want to go To a Truffle hunt, vist the Bordeaux Region along with Taste some great Bordeaux Wine & most of all visit a Prehistoric Cave! I was able to accomplish all these things on a luxurious cruise. Also celebrate a special ... Read More
I want to go To a Truffle hunt, vist the Bordeaux Region along with Taste some great Bordeaux Wine & most of all visit a Prehistoric Cave! I was able to accomplish all these things on a luxurious cruise. Also celebrate a special Birthday. All the staff was friendly and provided excellent service. The entertainment was the best on my the last night when they had people arrive from the Bordeaux Opera Company. They performed many wonderful opera favorites along with interacting with the audience. The ship also offered a few Wine Tastings which I felt provided a good education on Bordeaux Wines. I have found a few bottles of my favorite wines when I returned back from my trip. I served them with a pasta dish I made with the authentic Truffles I purchased at the Truffle farm we visited. It gave me an opportunity to relive this wonderful trip with a Fabulous dining experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We liked the fewer number of passengers compared to a thousand "herd" on a larger ship. It is easier to make new friends and compare notes. The cabins, while small, are well appointed and make use of every inch. Food was ... Read More
We liked the fewer number of passengers compared to a thousand "herd" on a larger ship. It is easier to make new friends and compare notes. The cabins, while small, are well appointed and make use of every inch. Food was excellent with outstanding service. Best of all was our cruise director who was extremely personable and aware of everyone's needs and quick to respond to requests. Shore trips were delightful as people were divided into groups depending on ones ability to walk quickly or slower for those who needed a bit more time to navigate the walk. The staff all seemed "happy" and so willing to help. Always greeted you with a cheery hello or good morning. I believe they contributed to our cruise rating of outstanding. Would love to clone our tour director and have him on all cruises. The entire experience was so great that after returning home we booked another within a week Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Fabulous cruise with delicious local fresh food and very well presented. Plenty of variation to choose from each day. The red and white French wines were great however when we asked for French Champagne on arrival we were only offered ... Read More
Fabulous cruise with delicious local fresh food and very well presented. Plenty of variation to choose from each day. The red and white French wines were great however when we asked for French Champagne on arrival we were only offered sparkling wine. It wasn't until we enquired further that the sommelier then offered us French Jacquart Champagne. I would have expected French champagne to be offered as a staple when travelling in France on a 4/5 star all inclusive luxury cruise. The entertainment was very disappointing. The singer who sat at the piano singing voiceovers and occasionally playing a couple of notes would finish well before patrons had left the bar/lounge area each evening. We had expected lively entertainment that encouraged people to get up on the dancefloor and dance. The speaker sound system in the lounge/bar didn't work properly as we had to resort to playing music from our iphones once the entertainment had left for the night. Overall the staff were very friendly and helpful on board, particularly our sommelier and dining room manager, Plaman who arranged a special evening for us on the top deck with our selection of vintage French Champagne and canapes. Our tour manager, Adrian (AJ) was outstanding. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the tours. The Chateaux owners were very passionate about their wine making and incredibly generous with sharing their knowledge with us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
What a fun, relaxing cruise and if you love wine, this is the cruise for you! Wine tours, wine tastings and wine pairings. Mimosas in the morning, wine for lunch and dinner, sauternes and port for dessert. We didn't get the ... Read More
What a fun, relaxing cruise and if you love wine, this is the cruise for you! Wine tours, wine tastings and wine pairings. Mimosas in the morning, wine for lunch and dinner, sauternes and port for dessert. We didn't get the additional beverage package but the house wines served with lunch and dinner were excellent and we didn't have a lot of Bloody Marys and Martinis so we didn't really need it. The staff was fun and very attentive, always making sure our every wish was met. We had never been in a room without a balcony but since we booked last minute, we got the standard room downstairs. It really was very acceptable and wouldn't hesitate to book it again. The tours were interesting and informative, but some of our favorite memories were just relaxing on the sun deck or watching the captain and first mate masterfully dock the ship. We would recommend this cruise to everyone. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Scenic and Bordeaux appealed to us for its luxury, interesting itinerary, wine tours and all-inclusive approach to travel. They delivered on all levels. Our stateroom (Junior Suite) was compact - as you would expect on a river cruise - but ... Read More
Scenic and Bordeaux appealed to us for its luxury, interesting itinerary, wine tours and all-inclusive approach to travel. They delivered on all levels. Our stateroom (Junior Suite) was compact - as you would expect on a river cruise - but really well designed so there was plenty of room in wardrobes and bathrooms and the bed was huge and really comfortable. This theme continued throughout the ship. The common areas were excellent and the staff were consistently superb - friendly, attentive, helpful and all with a good sense of humour. Trips ashore provided excellent variety and range of choice and all the vineyard visits were excellent. A major highlight was the quality of the food and wine for every meal. Plenty of choice and a great size allowing you to easily taste four or five courses without feeling stuffed. Entertainment onboard was fun and engaging. Best of all was not ever worrying about how big the onboard account was growing - everything was included. Wow!! Read Less
Sail Date May 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 took our first river cruise on the AmaDolce Bordeaux cruise. I should have checked the amount of cruising because there was very little scenic cruising on this route. To me, this river cruise is just assisted living on a ship. Your ... Read More
We took our first river cruise on the AmaDolce Bordeaux cruise. I should have checked the amount of cruising because there was very little scenic cruising on this route. To me, this river cruise is just assisted living on a ship. Your meals are prepared for you at specific times and you go on excursions on large buses. We're not quite at that age, yet. If you like river cruises, then I would recommend not upgrading unless you have a daily scenic cruise. Otherwise, you're paying for balconies and doors to use while you're sitting at the dock, sometimes with other ships attached to your ship. Not really worth the extra money. Plus, and this applies to all Amawaterways ships, DO NOT get a room on the same level with the Chef's Restaurant. Rowdy and inebriated folks will come down the hallway at all hours and will wake you up if you choose to retire after 10PM. We need to age 10 more years until river cruising would be worthwhile. We should have just gotten a hotel in Bordeaux; taken some private chateau tours and then sat at a wine bar every day to try all the different wines. Then, go to a wine shop, order and ship. A local Bordeaux river cruise would have been better. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We have been on several Viking river cruises before, in German and Russia and had very good holidays. The problems with communication on this trip started as we arrived at the port when the person who was supposed to come to the coach to ... Read More
We have been on several Viking river cruises before, in German and Russia and had very good holidays. The problems with communication on this trip started as we arrived at the port when the person who was supposed to come to the coach to deliver important information failed to turn up. Consequently we had problems early on as we did not know about the imminent passenger information meeting. When we spoke to the Cruise Director she was very off hand and dismissive. Every day there seemed to be a problem with serving dinner. Most days the meal started at 7.00pm but most people did not emerge from the meal until almost 10.00pm. Frequently the food orders were incorrectly served and food was often only just warm. On several days the ship was double parked away from the quayside. This meant that passengers had to clamber to the top deck on Forsetti and the over the other ship on slippery steps in the pouring rain. excuse me Viking but people made this comment in reviews in 2013 and it is now 2018!! Inevitably some people had impaired mobility issues were unable to leave the vessel and go on the excursions. This parking problem also meant that people who had paid for balcony cabins couldn't use the balcony as there was another ship parked only a few inches way. The double parking on the last night in Bordeaux also meant that fumes were coming into the cabin via the ventilation system SO, even though the cabin was very well maintained by the stewardess Marijana I can not say that this was the enjoyable relaxing holiday which we intended. Will I go on Viking again? Only if things get an awful lot better. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
My first ever river cruise was exceptional! I have been on ocean cruises, but after being on the Forseti, I will never go back. The Viking Staff that met us at the airport was kind, very understanding that most of us had been flying for ... Read More
My first ever river cruise was exceptional! I have been on ocean cruises, but after being on the Forseti, I will never go back. The Viking Staff that met us at the airport was kind, very understanding that most of us had been flying for more than a day. They made the transition from the Bordeaux Airport to the Forseti comfortable, smooth, and enjoyable. I was traveling with my 76 year old Aunt and our cabin was clean and comfortable. It was my Aunt's very first time to Europe. It is a trip she will always remember and is very grateful that she was able to experience this adventure with her favorite niece, of course. As for me, it was a long time dream and I was very blessed to realize the dream that included exceptional meals; exceptional Staff; exceptional side excursions (especially to the Cognac Region:-)); exceptional tours and guides and especially, the exceptional chocolate!:-). The friends that we met were the best. I cannot remember of laughing so hard and enjoying the company of people that we were meeting for the very first time. Our Cruise Director and Maî·tre d'hô·tel were kind, wonderful, passionate, creative, talented, and right down inspiring! With God's blessing I am excited to plan for a trip that will include Paris in 2019. Thank you Forseti Staff for exceptional service, fun, special attention, exciting sailing, seeing the beautiful French country-side, and of course, CHOCOLATE!! May my Lord God bless you for many more safe cruises. And, thank you Viking Reservation Agents for making the purchasing and itinerary for the Chateaux, Rivers & Wine cruise one of the smoothest operations to experience. Gwyndolyn 2017 Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Friends who are regular Viking guests recommended this cruise. The experience was first class from beginning to end. The atmosphere was casual and comfortable on board. The food was excellent and service superb. We loved being able to dine ... Read More
Friends who are regular Viking guests recommended this cruise. The experience was first class from beginning to end. The atmosphere was casual and comfortable on board. The food was excellent and service superb. We loved being able to dine with new friends everyday. The cruises are definitely for the able bodied and active. We walked about 7 to 8 miles daily, which was awesome. We appreciated staying active in order to enjoy the excellent food and wine. The local guides were a delight and provided a true insiders perspective on the historical sights. We added on the Loire Valley to the beginning of our trip and enjoyed it immensely. Viking chooses beautiful historical sights to visit. The entertainment was average. One night we were treated to beautiful opera by singers who came on board, it was my favorite.I would recommend a Viking cruise to anyone. We already booked our next one for the Christmas markets 2019. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We loved the Bordeaux area cruise aboard Viking Forseti. The optional 2 day pre-cruise tour of the Loire valley and chateaus was terrific. Outstanding guide. Meridien hotel in Paris had nice rooms. We walked 100 yards/meters to a family ... Read More
We loved the Bordeaux area cruise aboard Viking Forseti. The optional 2 day pre-cruise tour of the Loire valley and chateaus was terrific. Outstanding guide. Meridien hotel in Paris had nice rooms. We walked 100 yards/meters to a family run restaurant ORESTO for an excellent meal with a carafe of wine reasonably priced. Great service by the young owner. Highly recommended. The Clarion Hotel Chateau Belmont in Tours had nice clean & modern rooms across from the older chateau/dining area; the food was just OK. A frenzied waiter spilled 2 dinners, one on a woman's dress next to me. Next night, several couples walked down the street to a fun modest dinner at the nearby restaurant Bistro de la Tranchee recommended by our guide. Folks need to know that because the Bordeaux area is subject to ocean tides, the exact sequence of tours posted is likely subject to change. Each week the Captain gives the Tour Director the ship sailing schedule and the TD re-plans accordingly. For example, because of tides we could not sail to Cadillac and were bussed instead, no big deal. Of course your Viking Daily and the briefings cover this. Optional Tours: onboard we signed up for the Home hosted Chateau Siriac tour. Great tour, the inside of the chateau (a home) is gorgeous as was the beautiful setting and food of lunch for the 30 of us. You'd think my wife would be old enough not to fall for it, but the owner invited her upstairs to tour his bedroom. Nice wines tasted and consumed for lunch. Well worth it. Unstated in the pre-cruise documents, but this tour ALSO takes you to Saint-Emilion so you do not miss that included tour. The other optional: oyster tasting @ the beautiful Arachon estuary was excellent. Several folks did not eat oysters but still loved the tour. First stop onshore was an oyster farming 10 minute explanation, followed by oysters & wine in a seaside nice setting. Then back on the boat for 10 minutes to an excellent lunch at a seaside restaurant, with the always included tons of Viking wine. Fun aboard the boat and the sailings were broken into 3 stops, one for oyster tasting, one for lunch, and finally the sail back to the marina for the bus. Others aboard liked the pricey optional cognac tour. We skipped that one. The numerous included walking tours and wine tastings were all well done, keeping us busy. Too many great choices at breakfast, made to order omelets, and especially fine French breads and cheeses. Lunch for us when not away touring was the buffet on the bow's Aquavit Terrace. Dinners were very good with half a dozen entree choices each evening. A superb highlight is the included hosted dinner at the beautiful facilities of Chateau Kirwan, after a wine tasting at a different chateau. Viking caters the dinner but the wines are from Chateau Kirwin, another gorgeous dining facility (like Chateau Siriac) and setting. Ended the cruise with our last night dinner out on the Forseti's Aquavit Terrace at sunset. In effect we had private service for 4 tables of 2. Met 2 couples whom we really, really liked, sadly just as we were to depart. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was a spectacular cruise. The ship was beautiful and the staff could not have been nicer or more accommodating. The food was especially delicious and reflected the french countryside where we sailed. The same was true for the wine ... Read More
This was a spectacular cruise. The ship was beautiful and the staff could not have been nicer or more accommodating. The food was especially delicious and reflected the french countryside where we sailed. The same was true for the wine that was served-- we were able to sample wines from the various vineyards and the crew members were very knowledgeable about the different wines. Every excursion was memorable--especially the wine tastings at the beautiful chateaus. We enjoyed meeting the current owners and learning that the vineyards had been in their families for hundreds of years. The Remy-Martin tour was also a highlight. I chose one option of shopping with the ship's chef at a market and then attending a cooking demonstration by him on board-- very interesting and fun. I also took advantage of the on-board beauty salon!! We have beeen on several river cruises with other carriers but I would definitely choose Scenic again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Price & itinerary and our availability to travel with our good friends. Also, have cruised with Viking before and knew of the high standard. This was our 3rd cruise with the same friends and really enjoyed it. The weather was very ... Read More
Price & itinerary and our availability to travel with our good friends. Also, have cruised with Viking before and knew of the high standard. This was our 3rd cruise with the same friends and really enjoyed it. The weather was very hot but that is something that Viking cannot control. Crew was very solicitous about offering bottles of water each time we embarked or disembarked the ship. Tour guides tried to keep us in the shade on tours as much as possible. We enjoyed all the various tours of wineries and wine tastings. Also the visits to chateaux. We loved the surprise lunch at Chateau Siaurac hosted by the ship's chef and entire wait staff. The crew, down to the last one, were courteous, helpful, professional and friendly. Our cabin steward, Helen, always greeted us with a big smile and always asked if we needed anything. She is a tremendous asset to Viking. Read Less
Sail Date July 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
This was our third sailing with Scenic and they just keep getting better. We took the 12 day package "Breathtaking Bordeaux", and arrived in Paris and took the Fast Train to Bordeaux the following morning. As expected we were ... Read More
This was our third sailing with Scenic and they just keep getting better. We took the 12 day package "Breathtaking Bordeaux", and arrived in Paris and took the Fast Train to Bordeaux the following morning. As expected we were met at the airport and hotel by warm and welcoming Scenic representatives and escorted to our Space Ship the Diamond where again the welcome was warm and friendly. I can't say enough good things about the crew. They worked at making sure that our every need was taken care of. The excursions were fun and informative. The Culinary Class on Board were one of the highlights for me. Chef Jerome was both informative and entertaining and each class I had the opportunity to attend was hands on, allowing each person an opportunity to learn from the expert. The entertainment was top rate we even had open air concerts on the Sun Deck, there is no end to the talent we danced to! Who knew the hotel manager Milenko and Cruise Director Mandy were amazing singers! On the Diamond we were treated to excellent meals, there was something to please everyone's palate. The Gala Dinner at Chateau Giscours Estate was amazing, as was our dinner at the on board Bistro L'Amour. Our Thanks to Cruise Director Mandy who was the heart of the Ship, her care and attention to detail was outstanding and created the Warm atmosphere that was so instrumental to the well being of each and every passenger she lead by example the crew truly enjoyed what they were doing and we were the beneficiaries of the results. Looking forward to our next trip . Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We had an excellent experience on the Wine Region River Cruise. We embarked on our river journey on time but had a few delays due to water level being a problem in order to get through some bridges. The ship was in perfect shape and ... Read More
We had an excellent experience on the Wine Region River Cruise. We embarked on our river journey on time but had a few delays due to water level being a problem in order to get through some bridges. The ship was in perfect shape and the staff was excellent. The captain and crew could not have been better. Very attentive and hard working! The outside entertainment and tours were expertly hosted by professional guides and the extra side trips to Cognac, Truffle Hunting and Archenon were absolutely worth every penny and so fun and interesting. I highly recommend these three excursions. The food options were perfect - one being lighter and healthier fare and the other being a more complete meal with lots of options. The wine with every meal flowed, so we did not feel the need to buy the extra beverage package. You do spend more time off the boat than on, which is what we enjoyed. So I would recommend this trip for people who like to be off the boat and enjoying the tours and cities rather than cruising. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
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
This was our 6th Viking river cruise and it was perhaps the best so far. The pre cruise 3 days in the Loire Valley set the tone, it was a very pretty venture and we thoroughly enjoyed our leisurely bus trip down from Paris to Bordeaux. The ... Read More
This was our 6th Viking river cruise and it was perhaps the best so far. The pre cruise 3 days in the Loire Valley set the tone, it was a very pretty venture and we thoroughly enjoyed our leisurely bus trip down from Paris to Bordeaux. The Forsetti was our second long boat trip. The long boats are very nice, especially the Aquavit Terrace on the bow of the boat for lunch. Our balcony room was just as nice this time as on our first long boat trip last year. Our crew on the Forsetti was extremely good, the main dining room waiters were especially efficient and friendly. The weather was beautiful for the whole cruise. While perhaps not as scenic as the Rhine or Danube voyages we have been on, we still found our trip on the various tributaries around Bordeaux to be extremely pleasant, especially the shore excursions that included vineyard tours. The dinner served by the kitchen staff of the Forsetti at Chateax Kirwan was exceptional and a very pleasant evening. We also opted for the 2 special additional excursions, the truffle hunt and a visit to Cognac with a visit to the famous Camus brand where you make your own cognac blend. . More expensive but worth every penny. All in all, a great trip and highly recommended Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This is our second AMAWaterWays cruise and we were again rewarded with a thoroughly enjoyable river cruise. The Amadolce cabin was spotless and in excellent condition as were the public areas. The crew with Captain Danny and Cruise ... Read More
This is our second AMAWaterWays cruise and we were again rewarded with a thoroughly enjoyable river cruise. The Amadolce cabin was spotless and in excellent condition as were the public areas. The crew with Captain Danny and Cruise Director Helene was one of the best we've experienced in over 30 years of ocean and river cruising. They were friendly, attentive, responsive and prompt. The tours were great and well paced and gave an insightful education on French wines. The food and wine selection onboard was very competitive with some of the best local restaurants in the Bordeaux region. The wait staff was fun, friendly, responsive and made us feel that the Amadolce was our river home for the week. Housekeeping was impeccable and Georgina, our stewardess, was a delight with her engaging personality and warm greeting in addition to the care she gave our cabin. My wife had a post-operation medical problem toward the end of our cruise and the staff was on top of the medical situation instantly, brought a doctor on board and helped us get treatment that she needed. The Purser, Captain and Cruise Director all demonstrated concern, empathy and acted to help ease my wife's issues. We were very grateful. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
The NY Times did a review of the top places to see in 2016 and #2 was Bordeaux. We wanted to try our first river cruise and were recommended to Uniworld. We just got home today after experiencing a wonderful week planned expertly by the ... Read More
The NY Times did a review of the top places to see in 2016 and #2 was Bordeaux. We wanted to try our first river cruise and were recommended to Uniworld. We just got home today after experiencing a wonderful week planned expertly by the crew and management of River Royale. Everything was first class from the moment we boarded. The rooms were gorgeous, the food was delicious and the wine poured freely. The crew made you feel that you were special and always greeted you by name and were always asking what they could do for you, The tour guides they hired were extremely knowledgeable and all had great personalities. We made so many great friends from Canada and the US but there were also many Australians on our cruise. Everyday was planned carefully but there were always alternatives for all lifestyles, however this cruise is definitely for wine lovers with tours of chateaus and vineyards. Two highlights for me....a tour of a wine barrel making factory and a small cooking class in St.Emilion with a private chef in a chateau. When we departed this morning we were taken by bus to the airport where we were met by another employee who made sure we all got where we were going, We are already planning our next trip with Uniworld! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Bordeaux River Cruise with Scenic Another fabulous cruise with Scenic. Met every expectation - beautiful boat, cabin, meals and service. Dining as usual was such a treat - loved missing breakfast and having a pastry or something ... Read More
Bordeaux River Cruise with Scenic Another fabulous cruise with Scenic. Met every expectation - beautiful boat, cabin, meals and service. Dining as usual was such a treat - loved missing breakfast and having a pastry or something else with coffee at the River Café on board. Our cruise director was superb - a few alterations made day to day depending on tides etc but every effort made to make the most of it and all excursions completed successfully. Bordeaux was great - really enjoyed it for a few days prior to boarding - history, buildings, food, river, markets etc. Cruise provided lots of variety - medieval towns, superb wineries, ancient castles, beautiful river vistas with fabulous day excursions every day - coaches are luxurious and guides informed and helpful. Every need was met and options galore every day - some days too much choice. Highly recommend to all. Look forward to cruise # 3. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We chose this cruise to travel with friends who had been with Scenic previously. We travelled by Eurostar and TGV to Bordeaux, which was fine but only just made it to Paris Montparnasse as the cross-Paris timing was very tight. On ... Read More
We chose this cruise to travel with friends who had been with Scenic previously. We travelled by Eurostar and TGV to Bordeaux, which was fine but only just made it to Paris Montparnasse as the cross-Paris timing was very tight. On arrival at Bordeaux we were not met by any representative so made our own way to the ship. From there our luggage was taken on board, we were given champagne and escorted through the beautiful ship to our cabin, which although smallish by ocean cruise standards was beautifully fitted with a balcony and kept spotless by our cabin attendant Angela. The dining on the ship was excellent with fine wines and other drinks included. The choice of food was excellent and the two special dining evenings were superb. There was a wide choice of excursions (included) to wine chateaux to taste and dine. Passengers should be aware that they should be fairly fit for the walking involved. The entertainment on board was a resident musician, and guest artistes from the local area, and also a very good crew show. Finally, the crew and service on board was faultless, friendly and attentive with a smile. Disembarkation went smoothly and we were transferred to the station for our train journey back to the UK. Would we go again - yes but would need to pace ourselves for the walking involved. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016

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