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Sail Date: December 2017
If you are used to the fine food that is served in the main restaurants aboard cruise ships or even river cruises such as on the Douro or Nile then you could be in for a nasty surprise with A-Rosa. It is not much above that of motorway ... Read More
If you are used to the fine food that is served in the main restaurants aboard cruise ships or even river cruises such as on the Douro or Nile then you could be in for a nasty surprise with A-Rosa. It is not much above that of motorway services or cross channel ferry fare. On our last night it did improve markedly but up till then it was very basic. The house wine is awful plonk reminiscent of the kind of stuff British pubs used to sell many years ago before the customers demanded something better. Breakfast was also uninspiring Germanic fare i.e. cold meats & cheese, with very little hot food unless you were prepared to wait for a small omelette. On a cold winter sailing like this a hot breakfast would have been nice. On the plus side, the staff are very good, very friendly and very efficient. Cabins are quite nice with a lovely shower. However I would not have wanted be be on the lowest deck where your window is only just above the water line. Excursions to the Christmas markets were very expensive and if this in indicative of their typical excursion prices then [apart from the poor food] I would not want to do a summer cruise with them. If you are looking for a Rhine cruise then I would suggest you check out other operators. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
An interesting itinerary visiting some small Normandy towns not usually on the agenda. Docking right in the centre means you're just a few minutes easy walk and don't lose time getting into town. Whilst the Paris berth at the Quai de St ... Read More
An interesting itinerary visiting some small Normandy towns not usually on the agenda. Docking right in the centre means you're just a few minutes easy walk and don't lose time getting into town. Whilst the Paris berth at the Quai de St Ouen in St Denis is not in the middle of Paris, there's a Metro station about 10 minutes walk away with a direct line to the city centre and just a single change at Invalide if you want to get to Versailes (and it's a very cheap form of transport). Very enjoyable cruise on the 200 passenger Viva, had a comfortable cabin with 2 large portholes and everything you need in a cabin. A wide of range and variety of food with plenty of options - cannot fault the food. The inclusive package of drinks was highly acceptable - my palette isn't sophisticated enough to tell whether my G and T has Gordon's (included) or Hendricks (a supplementary charge)! Staff very helpful and obliging and generally good service. Used the Jacuzzi once (not enough time to use it again) whilst my partner used the mini gym. Had never heard of A-Rosa previously but would definitely use them again. Very good value for money compared with some of the more luxurious lines, but it's all a matter of personal choice. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
We selected this cruise because the date was right. We selected this cruise, as well, based upon our tourism company´s recommendation. It was a relaxing and quite nice cruise up the Rhine. Included some cities we had visited by ... Read More
We selected this cruise because the date was right. We selected this cruise, as well, based upon our tourism company´s recommendation. It was a relaxing and quite nice cruise up the Rhine. Included some cities we had visited by car as well as other locations we had not been to. The room service was quite wonderful. The fellow who had been assigned to our section of rooms spoke far better English than German. Being an American expat and my partner, a native German, is bi-lingual and we both could talk to this fellow. We have been told than in 2018 The Aqua is becoming International with English being the second but equal language with German. From my perspective, it has begun. The food service was varied and quite fine. The waiter in our section is Hungarian and having heard me speaking in English began our week with English dining room service. Being a smoker, I totally appreciate the back of the ship´s area for smokers. We, had a great deal of rain the last 2 days and the upper deck was not conducive to being there. Would go on another A Rosa Cruise. Plan on a short stay in 2018 at a resort of A Rosa. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I am on the last night of the Seine cruise and I'm so sorry to have it end. A ship that met all my expectations, a friendly crew, good food, enchanting small French towns: who could ask for more?I can hardly wait to rebook this cruise. ... Read More
I am on the last night of the Seine cruise and I'm so sorry to have it end. A ship that met all my expectations, a friendly crew, good food, enchanting small French towns: who could ask for more?I can hardly wait to rebook this cruise. Embarkation was a snap. The cabin was small but the floor to ceiling windows on the Juliette balcony made the room seem larger. Nice touches like a table that can be rolled over to serve as a working place lying in bed. Air conditioning always function perfectly in my cabin as well as in the rest of the ship. Crew I met were mainly from Slovakia and Hungary. All were capable of communicating in German as well as English and willing to try their hand at any other language they knew. Les Andelys and Caudebec -- I had never heard of them but what a joy to discover their charming old towns, churches and castles. Excursions were available but I only took the one to Monets museum and garden in Vernon, well worth the money. We usually docked only a few steps from the middle of the old towns and it was a joy to walk off the ship and into the center of town to explore. I found the amount of preparation for each town by the crew adequate. I booked basic tarif with full board. There was Always plenty to eat and most of it quite good. The cooking inspired from the French atmosphere also contained Italian and Indian elements that were welcome. The desserts were not the High Point. Restaurant manager Frank ran the restaurant efficiently and always trying to please at least this customer. Waiters and waitresses always professional and friendly. I booked this cruise due to the spa on the ship and it didn't fail to live up to my expectations. Although small there was enough room for exercise classes in the mornings and masseuse Leila gave a wonderful full body massage while her colleague Daniela a wonderful manicure. Both were always polite and cheerful. The sauna with the glass panorama window was piping hot, and the Jacuzzi at the bow of the ship was wonderful to sit in while sailing along. Unfortunately there was a problem controlling the temperature of the Jacuzzi that needs working on. There were only two cross trainers and one bike but at no time were all three occupied. Plenty of fresh towels. Prices for massage and manicure were extremely reasonable. Fellow guests were German and English, a few Americans and Russians; mostly the older crowd but a few families with younger children. The atmosphere on the ship was relaxed casual and friendly. I have a criticism of their advertising: what is advertised as cake at coffee and tea time does not include coffee or tea. I found this misleading. I'm looking forward to booking another cruise with a Rosa perhaps even again on the Seine. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Unfortunately we booked the trip not knowing tha we were 16 ofuk couples the rest bein German, not a problem,but we felt quite isolated,all of the ships announcements were in German,followed by occasionaly with a short comment in English ... Read More
Unfortunately we booked the trip not knowing tha we were 16 ofuk couples the rest bein German, not a problem,but we felt quite isolated,all of the ships announcements were in German,followed by occasionaly with a short comment in English .The food was terrible nearly always warm or cold and very difficult to guess what it was,as most of the time it wasn’t described or labelled,The crew were rude surrly and quite offensive on occasions,I would never ever go on the ship again,nor would quite few of the people we met ,disembarkation was nothing less the a joke,as was embarkation,we were given the wrong cabin, when I mentioned this I was told I was wrong,until I produced the ticket telling the cabin I was in.No apology just wait and will sort it out.When we arrived on the ship about 12.30 pm we asked for 2glasses of wine and was told we will have to pay as the all inclusive dose no start until 2.30 pm.from then it just got worse Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We took advantage of a special offer via Imagine Cruising a company we use and trust for this river cruise.We arrived at Lyon and boarded quickly and were very pleased at our cabin which was spotless and very welcoming with nice decor ... Read More
We took advantage of a special offer via Imagine Cruising a company we use and trust for this river cruise.We arrived at Lyon and boarded quickly and were very pleased at our cabin which was spotless and very welcoming with nice decor etc.We enjoyed the pleasant public areas and especially the sun deck with good seating and a lovely shaded area with also small but well presented pool to cool off in everyday.All meals and most drinks are included and were of very good quality.We enjoy different cultures and the food offered and like to try different tastes and always found something tasty at meal times.Salads.meats,fish desserts.cheeses including the breads were good.Tea and coffee are available at all times. We visited the South of France area from Lyon through Avignon,Arles etc down to the Port st Louis area which was the only port to disappoint.We think this last stop should be excluded from the itinerary as it's too industrial in this part.We enjoyed two trips outside of the towns that we moored in the centres.the first was to the Camargue area ending up in the lovely little seaside town of St Marie de la mer which is beautiful.The second was to Marseille but was too rushed and a bit frustrating as we only had 25 minutes around the port area which was the most interesting part of the city. The clientele are largely German with a few other nationalities and about 25 percent British and there was little mixing ,probably due to the language barriers and it was difficult to communicate and people gathered in the evenings in their own language groups.I hoped for more mixing It was very pleasant to sit to enjoy sunsets and the passing countryside as we leisurely sailed the river.All the main cities including Lyon and Avignon are easily explored from the boat and we have lovely memories of these beautiful places. the evenings were simple with light music playing as we enjoyed the company of fellow cruisers with inclusive drinks and food at hand at all time. We will certainly river cruise again and we hope with Arosa in the future.104 Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
Having been on 3 other river cruises, we found one that went down the Rhone, which we had not gone on before. The Rosa Stella is about 12 years old, but extremely well kept and very clean. In fact it is the cleanest cruise ship we've ever ... Read More
Having been on 3 other river cruises, we found one that went down the Rhone, which we had not gone on before. The Rosa Stella is about 12 years old, but extremely well kept and very clean. In fact it is the cleanest cruise ship we've ever been on. Our cabin was a decent size - not large but well appointed and the beds were comfortable. We had a French balcony, meaning you could open the doors for fresh air but not sit out. We kept them open with the screen as one of the enjoyments of a river cruise is watching the shore line and hearing the water gently move. The staff was superb - they went out of their way to be accommodating and were friendly, smiling and efficient. Louise was the person who interfaced the most with us and she gets a gold star. The spa, run by Nadya, was heaven and I had three massages for a reasonable price. The service was excellent. The swimming pool was my favourite - larger than most and warm. I spent time every day in it. There is also a fairly wee equipped gym and a sauna. This is a German ship, so the food, though we were in France, was mainly German, as was the major language. Food was buffet style but they also grilled fish and meat as the buffet and in special dinners on the deck for BBQ. Plenty of meat suited my carnivorous husband and fresh, lovely salad bar every day suited me. Excursions cost extra, but, since the ports were all in town, we walked and explored without guides. The best ports were Avignon, Arles and Lyon which kept us busy for the entire times were there. People who went on shore excursions said they were happy, so I can only rate them based upon the experiences of others. So, would we take another Stella cruise? Yes because it was extremely good value and was a wonderful experience and I cannot say that about every journey we have taken over the years. Full Marks, Rosa Stella. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
Was it good? No. Was it bad? No. I need to make it clear from the outset that to some extent we were comparing this cruise to our only other river cruise, which was on Scenic. So business class to economy is probably the best explanation I ... Read More
Was it good? No. Was it bad? No. I need to make it clear from the outset that to some extent we were comparing this cruise to our only other river cruise, which was on Scenic. So business class to economy is probably the best explanation I can provide. Similar price differential. Viva departs from St Denis, which is more than 5 miles from the city centre of Paris. It shares a wharf with a cement company. Apparently it's too big a vessel to navigate into the more interesting areas of the city. No mention of this when booking. As we had been to Paris several times before this was not a big loss to us, but if you were expecting to glide past the tower etc .... some grumbling heard. So don't book this cruise if you want to sail through Paris. We spent our first day sitting at St Denis in this middle of nowhere because of a strike somewhere. Nothing the ship could do about that but it did provide some short notice excursions, so credit due (that doesn't mean they were free!). This meant the itinerary for the next few days had to be adjusted and we lost one port. No offer of compensation. Except for Rouen, where we stayed overnight and had much history, we stopped at several small, pretty, but meaningless towns before returning to spend another afternoon and night at St. Denis. Boring. The itinerary aside, what about the boat? The cabin. Ours was on the top deck. Corridor smelt like a sewer. Room small but adequate. No odour problem. No fridge. Aircon struggled when temperatures rose. Sparse but functional shower room. Exceptional cabin attendant Csilla (sorry if I got the spelling wrong). The cabin was value for money. The boat. Apparently there was a spa, gym and hot tub upfront. Never got to any, but that's our fault. Lounge with bar, cafe and restaurant all aft on deck two. Restaurant aircon was poor. Far too warm. So people went early so they could sit in the cafe, which was a cool extension of the restaurant. Most entertainment was in the Lounge; most entertainment was DJ Andy. Who tried hard. The food. Not bad. Not good. This is a German ship that mainly offers German inspired catering. Sometimes a struggle to satisfy an English pallet, but generally good quality. However some translations into English needed to be much improved otherwise people with allergies could be caught-out. The staff. Room attendant great. Bar and wait staff so-so. Sometimes brilliant; next time chatting together and ignoring guests. But generally cheerful. The senior staff. Difficult to comment. Saw the Captain a few times but never spoke. First failure on many cruises. It was only half-way through the cruise I realised the lady who was wearing a flack jacket on even the warmest days was the Hotel Director. She did smile at me once in passing. The drink. Only low quality alcohol free to Premium guests. We bought some wine at prices which were very reasonable compared to ocean cruises ships. The summary. My wife and I have been fortunate enough to have sailed the Suez Canal; the Panama Canal; the Kiel Canal ... even the Amazon. We have hired our own small craft on French rivers and canals. Good fun. But if you want a good river cruise holiday in France I would suggest the Rhone. You choose the cruise line! The security. My final point has to be about the apparent lack of security on this boat. Those who have travelled the oceans will be well aware of the hoops we have to jump-through each time we board a cruise ship. On Viva anybody could walk on-board and as long as they didn't want a drink, which entailed showing your room card, enjoy lunch, maybe try the hot-tub or the gym, then walk-off. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2017
We were a family of six non-German speakers including two kids who had a very relaxing time on this trip. The itinerary was supposed to be south to Switzerland but when we boarded we found out, because of water levels, the boat would ... Read More
We were a family of six non-German speakers including two kids who had a very relaxing time on this trip. The itinerary was supposed to be south to Switzerland but when we boarded we found out, because of water levels, the boat would be going north. This was disappointing as members of our party had recently been to the cities to the north and we had specifically wanted to see the Alps and that was why we picked this trip, but we ended up having a much more easy trip as we only spent about two days in port, therefore giving us lots of relaxing boat and family time. Also, we got a 50 euro credit per adult to use on board so we all had massages. We had booked this trip via the North American offices and got mostly great service but also some wrong information (e.g. about disembarkation, facilities). The information on the boat via the loudspeakers was exclusively in German. We sometimes asked the cruise manager to tell us what an announcement had said. We did get lots of information in English in our cabins. We didn't do any excursions because they were all in German only. The signs were only in German as well so we may have broken a few. But if we asked for help we always got it. The staff were lovely. Some were clearly not comfortable with English but the ones that were seemed to go out of their way to make us feel welcome. The hot tub outside was nice and not too many people used it due to the cold temperatures in January. The sauna we never quite got up the courage to go in as it was nude and for both sexes. The gym didn't have too much (it is not a big boat) but was fine. The boat spent a lot of time docked right beside another A-Rosa ship, meaning that for long portions of the trip half the boat had no view, which was too bad as we had paid extra to have rooms with Juliet balconies. The food was really great with lots of options vegetarian and otherwise. We loved all the virgin cocktails. Only two beers were part of the all-inclusive but they were good. Our large party sometimes couldn't sit exactly together at meals if we didn't get there on the early side but mostly it was fine. Mealtimes were not too chaotic and it was a pretty elegant but not stiff atmosphere. The ship was very clean and nicely decorated. Our cabins were well-designed with lots of nice storage. Two of us did feel ill the last night (and one was ill for a few days after that) so we don't know if it was something we ate or something else like a virus. Everybody else was fine. There were no specific activities for kids and just a handful of kids on the boat but we played games and did the hot tub and socialised. The staff were kind to the kids. In summary, this is a very German cruise line good for a relaxing time. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Went on the cruise because it fit our timeframe and part of group had free cruise because last years cruise couldn't move because of high water and they were given another cruise for free. Only two groups of Americans on the cruise 11 ... Read More
Went on the cruise because it fit our timeframe and part of group had free cruise because last years cruise couldn't move because of high water and they were given another cruise for free. Only two groups of Americans on the cruise 11 people--they are not prepared for English speakers very well at all. We had to ask for all news and daily stops and maps in English. They were not automatically given to us til the week was half over. We received no info prior to the cruise. No info on excursions, no luggage tags, absolutely nothing! Food just average or less. But plenty of it at meal time. Lounge/bar musical entertainer very good--spoke no English but could sing American songs. Wait staff was all EXCELLENT. One staff person assigned to help Americans and she got some info when we asked, but wasn't prepared for us and didn't know the answers herself. She was very nice though. Just don't think they are ready for non-German speaking customers. No excursions with English guide unless all 11 would sign up for the tour. No time to look at excursions to decide if we wanted to take them. Had to sign up with no detailed info about the excursion also. This is my fifth river cruise and this one was not up to par. Read Less
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