5 Bucharest Cruises for the Disabled Cruise Reviews

We started our trip a day early in order to acclimatize after the long flight and booked the extra night at the hotel being used in conjunction with the cruise. We had already cruised the upper Danube with another company and chose ... Read More
We started our trip a day early in order to acclimatize after the long flight and booked the extra night at the hotel being used in conjunction with the cruise. We had already cruised the upper Danube with another company and chose Viking to travel the lower Danube, initially because they offered the cruise on the dates we wanted to travel. It was a good decision as the included excursions were exceptional from our perspective. We learned more about daily living and the culture of the post communist countries from the residents themselves. The entertainment provided by guest performers was much appreciated, from the students talking about their hopes and dreams, the young dancers in costume, the musicians playing local music, the lecture about the Serbian war, to the discussion about living during communism. We saw the destruction caused by years of war and appreciated the will of the people to claim their independence and rebuild. We visited areas less traveled so we did not experience the crowds so common with cruising. The scenery along the river was spectacular. Another interesting point was having to present ourselves for passport control when we entered the Schengen Zone at 0400 in the morning. The staff were friendly, knowledgeable and professional. The only difficulty we experienced was with accessibility. I have difficulty with stairs and need to rely on an elevator. Because the elevator on this ship was only between two floors, we were limited in our choice of cabin and I did not have access to the sun deck for the activities that were available there. Disembarkation was not the most pleasant. We had to vacate our stateroom by 0900. However after we left for an early breakfast our room was made up (bed changed, towels removed) making it somewhat difficult to finish our morning routine and final packing. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
This is our third Scenic Cruise both previous ones were in Asia and were outstanding in ALL RESPECTS. We were a little taken aback atvthe sizebof alm the ships on the Danube as ours and all others seemed to have over 150 passengers ... Read More
This is our third Scenic Cruise both previous ones were in Asia and were outstanding in ALL RESPECTS. We were a little taken aback atvthe sizebof alm the ships on the Danube as ours and all others seemed to have over 150 passengers which to me was like a cruise line with 4000 plus passengers! Having said that the organisation of the cruise was outstanding and our every wish was accommodated! It was hard to understand why do few cruises go through to the Black Sea as the further north we went the demands of more and more tours became apparent and quality deteriorated! And we travelled in April! The staff in our ship were equivalent to the outstanding crew we had experienced in Myanmar and The Mekong! Our butler service by ATI and Stat made the journey so much more enjoyable and they are to be commended similarly the joviality of the senior butler Chris was appreciated by all! The Cruise Director was happy to meet our needs as because of a disability I cannot walk far and we had all our requests accommodated! The cruise on the Danube was relaxing and enjoyable the countries visited were historically interesting and we enjoyed the experience! I would not want to further up and suffer the issues of overwhelming Numbers! Each passenger has their own expectations we had ours met by the splendour of the Riger and countries the absolute attention to detail by our Bali butler ATI and the help of our support butler from Serbia Stat who was a source of great local information to us! Thank you staff we enjoyed The first night at The Marriot in Bucharest is best forgotten and the company should look for a better venue! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Recommended by friends who have been on prior AVALON cruises, including this summer on the same one we took but at an earlier time. We also chose it for size of boat, lack of children, number of stops and excursions. The ports were ... Read More
Recommended by friends who have been on prior AVALON cruises, including this summer on the same one we took but at an earlier time. We also chose it for size of boat, lack of children, number of stops and excursions. The ports were excellent, with variation of guides in ports from super to ok. Enough free time and also enough information provided. In fact, everything was timed perfectly - no mixups. The ship was lovely, well designed to encourage socialization and choices for meals. The staterooms were roomy for a cruise, with plenty of storage and it was great that all had outside windows (we never opened ours but there were Juliette balconies). Food was excellent and abundant. Our on-board director, NANCY, was fantastic. She made everything work with great spirit and enthusiasm and problem solving. And she gave precise and well-articulated "briefings" every day. Terrific. A real pro. 99% of our "problems" were of our own making in that we had a small fold-up wheel chair which does not work easily on the old town streets and hills - FYI for anyone traveling with a wheel chair or limited walking ability. Luckily we are used to me parking the chair for my husband somewhere interesting and galloping off on my own to see things beyond his range. As to Nancy and the crew, they made the wheel chair part no problem as much as humanly possible. I would recommend for entertainment that there be more organized after dinner things like scavenger hunts or bingo of some variety or other group games - we did a few but mainly it was passive entertainment and then people went to the bar or their rooms. The days were filled very well; no too long stretches of sailing. We did run out of Danube at the Budapest stop - hardly the fault of Avalon. We were impressed with everything. Met lovely people, all similar enough in age/life stage to fit together well. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
AFter 4 river cruises, I figured that the companies were all great and did not matter too much. But, I was wrong. My first time on Emerald and I was dissatisfied with the service. Things did not start out too well for me when my airport ... Read More
AFter 4 river cruises, I figured that the companies were all great and did not matter too much. But, I was wrong. My first time on Emerald and I was dissatisfied with the service. Things did not start out too well for me when my airport transportation from Emerad did not show up, and despite there being someone there from the sister company Scenic, this representative told me she never heard of Emerald and would not help me. The driver was contacted by a random stranger and he apologized, but I got no apology from the cruise line or cruise director for the over 1 hour wait. The only other part I personally was affected by was when I inquired about an optional excursion, the cruise director basically talked me out of it and said it would not be that great, but everyone who went on the trip said it was really amazing. I think the cruise directors inexperience really showed in instances like this, and forgetting to tell us to bring our passports on certain excursions. I found my balcony cabin very nice, and roomy for 1 person, but I heard from others that for 2 people it was too cozy. I found that the cabin and the rest of the ship was very modern and stylish, though some of the chairs were too much on style and not enough on comfort (particularly difficult to get out of...). I personally loved that the balcony was just a window that dropped down, I loved sitting there, and loved the extra space that it affords. The food and wine was very good, I really enjoyed the quiet and smaller breakfast and lunch in the lounge. As a solo traveler, I enjoy eating with others but spending over an hour each meal for food and chatting gets tedious. I thought that the guides and excursions were excellent, and seeing Eastern Europe this was was less intimidating (because of language and alphabet barriers). I don't think it is a good intro to Eruope for beginners, and if you are going the whole distance, I would recommend starting East and going west- especially if you go further west than Budapst where the scenery is prettier. The local entertainment brought onboard was excellent, but the lounge was just too small to fit everyone comfortably. One word of caution for those with reduced abilities. There is an elevator on board, but you have to climb stairs to get on and off the ship (and muster). There were a few on the trip in scooters but this part of the world is not ready for this, I saw them always tailing behind and getting stuck with staircase. And, even though there is a slow walkers group, the amount of walking in some ports was a lot, and getting up and down in coaches is also tiring, so make sure your fitness is up before you attempt it. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I was taking a guest on this trip. She has never traveled and my mom had always wanted her to go on this trip. It was a joy for both of us. I had lived in Europe for many years and this was a way to share with her. Our trip was a ... Read More
I was taking a guest on this trip. She has never traveled and my mom had always wanted her to go on this trip. It was a joy for both of us. I had lived in Europe for many years and this was a way to share with her. Our trip was a joy from beginning to end. Never thought I would make it for 30 days but it just was such a joy and enjoyable that the time just went quickly. The ship was always top shape and clean. Rooms were neat and tidy every minute. "Food", understated! Wonderful and always meeting our tastes and needs. To find something special or extra was always a delight. Too put it right, we were spoiled to the bone. I hated to leave the trip as the staff and crew became like a family. I would like to think they were this way with all of their guests but I know, "we were spoiled". Both of us have wondered if that whole crew would be on the next trip as well. Then I would have to adopt most of them. Most of the activities were enjoyable and the culture ones were very informative. I enjoyed the extra knowledge to each of our stops or points of interest. Lots of knowledge from each of the directors. I cannot sell one place above the others but this tour was want we wanted and it fit the list on our list. It was a wonderful way to see the rivers and the many countries it shared. Would I go again......yes of course. Might sit along the side or in the sun this trip but as one gets older, the picture is still beautiful. This was a delightful trip, the minute I made the phone call to the minute I got home, I was more than just pleased. I would love to write a note to each of the people on this trip that made it such a joy. My first time travel friend, cannot wait to go again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016

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