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5 Koblenz to Europe - River Cruise Reviews

We had been on a Celebrity cruise several years ago and really disliked it. It was the attraction of a much smaller boat with less than 100 people on board that really appealed. Unfortunately with only a few days to go we were told that ... Read More
We had been on a Celebrity cruise several years ago and really disliked it. It was the attraction of a much smaller boat with less than 100 people on board that really appealed. Unfortunately with only a few days to go we were told that our itinerary had to change due to low levels of water in the Rhine, we were offered a Mosel cruise instead. We had the opportunity of a refund but given that the time booked was the only window of opportunity for my wife and I and also that Mosel had attractions of its own we went ahead. I can't fault the collection arrangements at the Ramada Dover and the smooth passage to Koblenz (our port of embarkation), I would however warn those contemplating this holiday that it is an approximately 8 hour journey with only two breaks in between. The Lucy Anne is best described as quaint, it is one of the smaller River Cruise liners taking on a maximum of 100 passengers, it was often dwarfed by the many other River Liners which if space is your thing then you need to take that on board (pun not intended). This brings me to the low point of the Lady Anne- the accommodation. I had opted for the standard room which I have to say is just about adequate for a single person but the bed was far too small, the duvet too big which meant it readily slipped off the bed. There was an additional tilt in the mattress which felt as if you would slide out at a moments notice. I am completely at loss to see how two people can share such a room. So as you might imagine I had to find time to cat-nap during the day. Even small people (I am admittedly not one of them) will find these sleeping arrangements really difficul but to my amazement it drew little criticism from any one else of they had wanted to share their room secrets with me. I would have preferred to have had a river view out of the dining room but that wasn't possible as the window was ostensibly under water! The food bordered between very good and excellent the waitresses being very attentive to every want and need. I would have wished for the time between breakast and lunch (9.15 -11.45) to be extended as 2.1/2 hours being too short for proper digestion but that is a personal opinion and I know not shared by everyone. The bar service was excellent and again very attentive, but I thought the prices a little high but that's what you get with a captive market. Do not bring your laptop or any other media device that needs the internet. The Cruise line offers it but by their onboard admission it very rarely works much to everyone's annoyance. Our courier did an amazing job given the short notice that she had to do with the change of plan and I can'y say enough about our driver who got us here there and everywhere safely and on time. I was dissapointed not have gone on the original intinerary, but it was no one's fault. The situation in respect of the Rhine was well known in Germany and I felt that some earlier notice could have been given. The Captain and his crew were always available to ask questuions and the entertainers fantastic in their vocal and instrumental skills The small size of the ship and the reduced number of passengers engendered a genuine sense of bonhomie which I certainly did not feel with the larger cruise line. We met some really nice people and by the end of trip we got to know nearly everyone. This was a big plus Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
The cruise was sponsored by my university. There were many colleges represented - Ohio State was number 1. University of Texas was second. Canadian ones also. 130 persons. This was my only experience river cruising. There are many ... Read More
The cruise was sponsored by my university. There were many colleges represented - Ohio State was number 1. University of Texas was second. Canadian ones also. 130 persons. This was my only experience river cruising. There are many locks. We has some snow but we were very comfortable on board in Suite 304 on the Mozart deck. Our suite had good closet space, a decent bathroom (shower only); mini-bar, no ice machine or microwave oven, a shallow veranda and quiet seating area. Cabin staff are excellent. The Panorama Bar is on deck 3, for port lectures and a light dinner menu. The Panorama Restaurant on Deck 2 offers full breakfast, lunch and dinner. The quality and quantity of drink and food is generous. At the stern of Deck 3 is the Amadeus Club. Coffee is available 24/7 and there is a small library and TV. Shore excursion are good with hearing devices so that your can hear the tour guide from any distance. Transfers are well executed. We enjoyed a 3 night extension in Munich before flying home. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This Cruise, our first, was booked over the occasion of my 70th birthday, Always an ambition of mine to cruise the Rhine and I was not disappointed. The crew from the Captain downwards were very friendly and efficient, I can give an ... Read More
This Cruise, our first, was booked over the occasion of my 70th birthday, Always an ambition of mine to cruise the Rhine and I was not disappointed. The crew from the Captain downwards were very friendly and efficient, I can give an accolade to the executive chef Clinton James for his fabulous food and its presentation. The ship was a delight to sail on despite all the troubles of the River Cruise line prior to departure. I would have no hesitation in giving my recommendation for this cruise and just as an aside am going to book the same ship next year on the Danube. We sailed from Koblenz to Basle through some beautiful scenery and fortunately had little or no rain over the week. The Cruise director was knowledgeable and approachable as were the cabin staff and crew. We were joined on the cruise by two celebrities who gave us excellent entertainment and the benefit of their individual knowledge of specialised subjects. David Harper on antiques and Lesley Waters on cooking/baking. The shore excursions were pricey but value for money I was absolutely astounded by the visit to the music museum, not to be missed by any traveller. The Rhine falls, not up to Lake Victoria standard nonetheless impressive and Lake Tittisee also not to be missed. Our resident driver was English and the coach (right hand drive) was roomy and comfortable. Overall I have to award the experience five stars Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
For our first trip abroad, we wanted a guided tour that was relaxing but where we would still be able to visit parts of France and Germany. Seeing Switzerland was a bonus. With all the excellent meals on board, and transportation provided, ... Read More
For our first trip abroad, we wanted a guided tour that was relaxing but where we would still be able to visit parts of France and Germany. Seeing Switzerland was a bonus. With all the excellent meals on board, and transportation provided, this trip was bargain for us. The staff and service on board catered to your every whim. The tours are adapted to seniors and there was enough free time and tips to make every excursion enjoyable. The only disappointment was the rainy weather, as we would have loved to enjoy the sun deck more. Viking greeted us with hot towels and warm drinks upon our return to the ship to make up for this. It was exciting to find out what gourmet meal the chef had made for us each day. Everything was first class! We do plan to travel again with Vikng to see more sites. This is the only way to travel! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This is the first Viking cruise for my wife and I. We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. The cruise was excellent, service, food, cabin, etc... all excellent. The staff was wonderful and very helpful. All the tours were ... Read More
This is the first Viking cruise for my wife and I. We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. The cruise was excellent, service, food, cabin, etc... all excellent. The staff was wonderful and very helpful. All the tours were well organized and very interesting. We liked it so much that we are scheduled to go to China and Hong Kong in Oct of 2016 and considering the Med cruise in 2017. My wife enjoyed the gourmet meals the most. She owned and operated a restaurant for almost 20 years so she knows good cooking and food presentation. Service in the dinning room was excellent. The wait staff was excellent, they went the extra mile to accommodate our every need. Since the ship was small, entertainment was average; live piano. I had a slight disagreement with the piano player in that 'as time goes by' was not a classic song. Any film buff will tell you that this song is an all time classic. Highly recommended Read Less
Sail Date April 2015

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