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3 Fred. Olsen River Cruises Europe - River Cruise Reviews

Done a lot of Ocean Cruising but never a River Cruise. This one coincided with our timetable. The Itinerary - Rhine and Moselle attracted us and the reality met our hopes. The stops chosen were good. Perhaps a little longer in one or two ... Read More
Done a lot of Ocean Cruising but never a River Cruise. This one coincided with our timetable. The Itinerary - Rhine and Moselle attracted us and the reality met our hopes. The stops chosen were good. Perhaps a little longer in one or two of them would have been nice. Obviously smaller than a Cruise ship but for its size was spacious and well laid out with nice lounges. Our Cabin was on the second floor and of a decent size with a french window. Very good wardrobe space considering. Good size bathroom/shower room. Nice dining room. Particularly liked the sit anywhere policy. We like the varied menu and the food was very good at all meals. Bar area and lounge was large with good all round vision. Unfortunately the weather didn't let us use the sundeck as much as we would have liked. Lovely smaller lounge at the rear of the boat with all day hot drinks and cookies available. After experiencing Cruise ships didn't expect too much in the way of entertainment. Very pleasantly surprised. Definitely knew the audience they were aiming at. The overall service in all areas of the boat gets full marks from us. We only did a couple of city tours and both of the were good. Would definitely consider another river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
The whole experience from booking to returning to Heathrow afterwards was really well organised and enjoyable. The cabin was spacious enough for two, with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors. Fine for watching the scenery slip by when ... Read More
The whole experience from booking to returning to Heathrow afterwards was really well organised and enjoyable. The cabin was spacious enough for two, with floor to ceiling sliding glass doors. Fine for watching the scenery slip by when the Sun Deck got too hot. The shower provided plenty of hot water, a definite plus. The food was of premium quality and the staff all friendly and helpful. Maps were provided of each destination town/city and the crew were knowledgeable about each one. The itinerary was interesting with plenty to see, although we did not book any shore tours. In Strasbourg, where the boat docked a little way from the cathedral and other points of interest, a shuttle bus was provided. We booked late and the cabin was at the rear and, although on the top accommodation deck, was a little noisy from the engines, when we sailed during the night. However, we got used to this after a couple of nights. We would definitely recommend a Fred Olsen river cruise as we thought it excellent value for money. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I have never been on a river cruise before, but after a very fast embarkation , we were settled into our cabin, not large, but comfortable and always plenty of hot water & very efficient toilet. Dinner the first evening was okay, but ... Read More
I have never been on a river cruise before, but after a very fast embarkation , we were settled into our cabin, not large, but comfortable and always plenty of hot water & very efficient toilet. Dinner the first evening was okay, but pleased to say food improved considerably over the week and they were very good with my lactose intolerance and I was able to choose for the day at breakfast, from the menus and the chef would adjust, had some lovely sorbets for dessert. The places we stopped at were interesting and although we didn’t do any of the tours, but were happy to do our own thing and also used the cititrains in some of the towns, they took you all around the sites and told you about the history. The scenery was beautiful with castles and little villages and towns, the houses have interesting architecture, but I think I have seen enough vineyards to last a lifetime. People on board were friendly and we changed tables every night. The weather was perfect everyday until the day we arrived in Düsseldorf ,when the temperature dropped & the sky turned grey, but luckily , no rain during the day! Disembarkation was easy, journey home short and uneventful. We had a lovely holiday and would definitely do another river cruise, rather than an ocean cruise, no movement, very smooth, no waves........lovely! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
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