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Sail Date: October 2018
I'm not sure why they call this "low season" - we barely saw a drop of rain in a week! We joined the cruise just north of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for a week-long trip to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The ship is 22 cabins and ... Read More
I'm not sure why they call this "low season" - we barely saw a drop of rain in a week! We joined the cruise just north of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for a week-long trip to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The ship is 22 cabins and is able to take you all the way into the city, which was so convenient! The ship has a period feel, with lots of polished wood and brass fittings. Our cabin was on the upper deck towards the prow. Plenty of room for clothes and suitcases, it felt very spacious. The bathroom was small, but had everything we needed, including some welcome cabinets above the sink. We couldn't fault the food. Breakfast and lunch were buffets, with plenty of variety over the course of the week, including Cambodian & Vietnamese curries, as well as pasta and even roast pork! The excursions were awesome and the guides excellent. In one week we: saw the sun set over the flooded plains of central Cambodia; rode in an ox cart; visited a 200 year old Pagoda; tasted snake wine in Vietnam and saw the stunning Vinh Tran Pagoda. The crew were all extremely warm and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble. Can't recommend this cruise or ship highly enough! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2018
The La Belle de L'Adriatique is a old vessel with a capacity of 150 passengers. We cruised the Adriatic Sea from Dubrovnik to Naples. I would not recommend this vessel for those expecting a luxury cruise. I think the European ... Read More
The La Belle de L'Adriatique is a old vessel with a capacity of 150 passengers. We cruised the Adriatic Sea from Dubrovnik to Naples. I would not recommend this vessel for those expecting a luxury cruise. I think the European market is a better fit, but not for the American cruiser that expects a certain standard. The lounge on this vessel is the ugliest I have ever seen on a cruise ship. I have cruised 23 times. The colors are dark chocolate brown & milk chocolate brown. No cheer what so ever. There are many oil paintings on the walls throughout he ship which did not inspire me at all. The art in the cabin was amateurish. As this was a charter cruise I cannot comment on the beverages included. Food was good for all three meals. Service by the Philippino staff in the dining room was okay. They would at times reach over in my face to deliver & take plates. I had to be vigilant as at times they would take away my unfinished meal. The maids were cheerful. The laundry room for the ship was a few doors from our cabin with an open door. I have never been on a ship that had the ship's laundry on the same floor as guest cabins. This could be a problem with people sensitive to laundry products. If you don't mind the rough edges this is a ship for you. Looking for a more luxury experience you need to go elsewhere. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2018
Cabins small but well planned, and kept spotless by Renee. Picture Windows at water level. These are of little interest when moored alongside harbour wall or canal bank, which happened on four of our six nights. When we did get a canal ... Read More
Cabins small but well planned, and kept spotless by Renee. Picture Windows at water level. These are of little interest when moored alongside harbour wall or canal bank, which happened on four of our six nights. When we did get a canal view it was filthy with faeces floating. So don't stay in the cabin. Food was great but heavily meat based. Our rep promised lots of fish, but we had nine meat meals and three of fish. All drinks were included, and were fine, but don't expect the best wines and champagne unless you pay extra. Trips were varied with something for everyone, Roman ruins, oyster farming, cattle manade. For me, a little too long in buses, and would have liked more free time in various stopping places. The crew were excellent and attentive. Their manager kept telling us this, which was unnecessary. They joined in petanque with passengers, whenever there was a flat piece of ground near the mooring. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
My wife are from Melbourne, Australia and discovered this cruise on the internet. We have just completed a wonderful 7 night cruise of the Douro River Valley from Porto to Salamanca and back on Croisi Europe’s 132 passenger vessel the ... Read More
My wife are from Melbourne, Australia and discovered this cruise on the internet. We have just completed a wonderful 7 night cruise of the Douro River Valley from Porto to Salamanca and back on Croisi Europe’s 132 passenger vessel the ‘Gil Eanes’. Whilst Croisi Europe is a French cruise line there were passengers from France, England, Australia, New Zealand, USA, Denmark, Germany, Austria and Brazil. From our friendly Welcome Aboard till disembarkation the crew attention and service was outstanding. The Gil Eanes is a modern ship (built 2015) with compact but comfortable rooms and good bathroom. Rooms on the two upper decks have large sliding windows. A spacious lounge, dining room and sun deck with pool all provide for comfortable relaxation. Wines, beer, mixer drinks and the daily cocktails are free throughout the day. The food was a consistently high standard befitting a top restaurant with every evening menu themed to the local area and entertainment. The cruise passes through several impressive locks raising the ship up to 36 metres each time. Good value excursions are offered with excellent English speaking guides each day enabling us to explore many historic, scenic and cultural highlights. The Douro wines are wonderful and the scenery is stunning! Overall Croisi Europe offer a great value, high standard cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
I wanted a small ship experience and I was also keen to try out a French ship - I was travelling with my children and they all learn French at school and I thought it would be a good chance for them to practice with natives! And this was a ... Read More
I wanted a small ship experience and I was also keen to try out a French ship - I was travelling with my children and they all learn French at school and I thought it would be a good chance for them to practice with natives! And this was a family sailing too, so I thought there might be some other kids on board for them to befriend. In the event there weren't many other children (though there were some) but my children still spoke French to plenty of the adults who were very friendly and chatted to them in the tender boats or in the pool on the sun deck. It was lovely. And there were some English-speakers on the boat too, so that was fun and they were sat on the table next to us in the restaurant. What did we like about the cruise? We LOVED the food - it was 10/10 gourmet superb and mealtimes were an absolute delight. At first we thought it was too much having a 3-course meal for lunch as well as dinner, but we soon got used to it. And it ended up being much healthier, because none of us snacked between meals which is very unusual for my children! We also loved that the ship stopped in more than one port on some days and that we could just hop off and explore somewhere new for a couple of hours, get back onboard for lunch, then arrive at 2pm somewhere new for the afternoon. It was great fun and really diverse, especially as we loved all the stops. Mljet with its saltwater lakes was awesome. Hvar (like a French St. Tropez) was also great. Vis had a great beach. Split is awesome. Ditto dubrovnik and Kotor where we hiked up to the fortifications which was a real challenge in all that heat. And it was always nice to come back to our ship. The staff were all very friendly and one of our onboard higlights was the first show the staff put on for us! Another highlight was me winning a game played on sun deck whilst at sea. It was a fluke, but I got presented with a bottle of bubbly at dinner that night which was lovely! There was a pool and exercise bikes on the sun deck which was a bonus and suprise considering this is such a small boat. Back to the food - there were a couple of really special touches that I've never had on another ship. One was a BBQ on the sun deck for dinner, whilst we were docked in Split and the other was breakfast on sun deck as we sailed into the stunning bay of Kotor in Montenegro. We only did one shore excursion, preferring otherwise to go it alone, because I didn't think my kids would thank me for dragging them around churches/monasteries. The one place I was so grateful we went it alone was in Mljet where there are two saltwater lakes in the national park. Had we done the excursion there is would have cost about $250 for the four of us. Instead, I just paid for us all to enter the park ($50 approx) and then we walked by oursleves to the lakes where we swam for an hour and a half in one of the most stunning places I have ever swum. Had we done the excursion we wouldn't have had time to swim and would have just seen the glorious lakes and then taken a little boat to a monastery. The shore excursion we DID do was from Sibenik to the Krka National Park. Instead of doing the classic tour (really for the less unadventurous person) we did a new 'dynamic' excursion which was slightly longer, with lots of hiking throug this park which was STUNNING as well as time to swim in one of the park's famous waterfalls. This wasn't cheap this excursion, but it was worth every penny. We had a great day! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
My wife and I selected this cruise because we had heard good things about the value of CroisiEurope and we really wanted to see the Rhine river region. Before taking the cruise we looked at the reviews on this site and other sites and ... Read More
My wife and I selected this cruise because we had heard good things about the value of CroisiEurope and we really wanted to see the Rhine river region. Before taking the cruise we looked at the reviews on this site and other sites and everything was mostly positive - this was our experience as well. We stayed in room 362, which is on the upper deck, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who can afford the extra cost. The room was pretty spacious for a river cruise ship and the big windows meant you could lie in bed and just watch the river go by. We ate almost all our meals onboard. Breakfast was a buffet with breads, eggs, cereal, yogurt and fresh fruit everyday. Lunch and Dinner were a variety of things but it is worth noting (as it does on this site) that the boat is French so you need to like that food. There were many Spaniards on our cruise who didn't love the food (or the hours that they served it). Upon check-in you are assigned a table for the whole cruise, these are also the people you go on excursions with. I don't know what you do if you don't like them, we really enjoyed our table-mates. The staff onboard the ship was incredible. They did a great job of looking out for us and also were really accommodating to my wife who was 7 months pregnant. The one thing I have to warn others about is the itinerary - you need to make sure you manage your expectations around it. My wife and I knew that there would be lots of sailing and not a lot of time onshore and that meant that we were very happy with the cruise. There were others onboard who clearly hadn't done their homework and thus they were disappointed by the schedule. Remember, a river cruise boat isn't like an ocean boat - you don't have as much to do on the river boat. You need to bring your own entertainment or enjoy watching the scenery or you could be very bored. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
After many ocean cruises we thought we would try a river cruise and booked this one through Archers Holidays. We were very very please with the ship, the food, the excursions but above all the attitude, friendliness and professionalism of ... Read More
After many ocean cruises we thought we would try a river cruise and booked this one through Archers Holidays. We were very very please with the ship, the food, the excursions but above all the attitude, friendliness and professionalism of the crew in all departments. The cabin provided ample space and was clean and comfortable. The bathroom was a little tight on space but again very clean with plenty of towels and toiletries. The food was excellent and as the menu is available in advance it was easy to let the Purser know when there was something you did not eat. I am not a great fish eater and had a fabulous steak one day to replace a fish dish at lunchtime. The service in all areas was first class and every member of the team made you feel like an individual. Ok some of the entertainment was low key but always well presented and supported local artistes. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this cruise because our travel operator came to our development and presented this cruise to us. We were a group of 12 friends and neighbors. Even though the ship has cabins for 22 passengers, I would think 14-16 would be the max ... Read More
We chose this cruise because our travel operator came to our development and presented this cruise to us. We were a group of 12 friends and neighbors. Even though the ship has cabins for 22 passengers, I would think 14-16 would be the max ideal. There is one handicapped cabin on the main deck. All others are below deck down a fairly wide spiral staircase. There is no elevator so one must be able to go up and down the staircase. The common areas are very well appointed. The dining room is large and employs white linen tablecloths. The lounge has very comfy seating with a bar area tucked in the corner. There are outside tables and chairs under umbrellas, and a hot tub on the main deck. There is an upper sun deck which is available only when the ship is docked. The crew was outstanding! There are only six of them--captain, 1st mate, purser, chef, server, and housekeeper. Sometimes they wear different hats as there is always a bartender. It's amazing what only six crew can do. Every day after the appointed breakfast hour, we would go out on one or two excursions. These would be to churches, monasteries, working farms, vineyards, wineries etc. We would return to refreshment, lunch, and the afternoon was free to nap, enjoy the passing scenery, the process of going through locks (of which there were many), read, and relax. At a couple of towns where we docked, we were able to take out the plentiful on-board bicycles and ride down the bike paths. Dinner was at 7:30 pm. Because it didn't get dark until at least 10 pm, we were able to avail ourselves of some of the games like petanque which the ship carries. The food ranged from very good to outstanding. Breakfast is for the most part European. The breads are fantastic. The chef tries to use locally grown and produced products when he can. A few times a crew member was sent with us on our excursions into town to get fresh items at the markets. They try very hard to accommodate dietary restrictions, but for the most part, there is one appetizer, one salad, one main course, and one dessert. At lunch, an informative cheese course of 2 cheeses is presented. There is a "gala" dinner on the last night which was outstanding! Dress is casual. For the "gala" dinner, long pants and a button down shirt is about how dressy it gets. I do not think this is a vacation for young children unless you have a whole group of like-minded families, reserve the entire ship, and bring your own entertainment. I would go on another of Croisi's canal/river cruises. It was a great experience! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
One of the best family cruise lines, all the crew and staff as always did a great job wish that other lines would follow there example nothing was too big or too small for them to do for you all you had to do was ask great entertainment ... Read More
One of the best family cruise lines, all the crew and staff as always did a great job wish that other lines would follow there example nothing was too big or too small for them to do for you all you had to do was ask great entertainment and a wonderful crew show which I joined in a great laugh all tours great with great guides would recommend Croisieurope to all our friends nice friendly ship Named after the owner Gerard Schmitter, A stop over in Amsterdam before leaving port then again an overnight before leaving Only wish the did longer cruises say about 14 days from Amsterdam to Vienna which we did two Years go ,.And the food what can I say every meal fantastic, quick service and always with a smile never a sad face on any of the stall, Keep up the great work thankyou Croisieurope for everything Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
We came upon this cruise through the tour company we use in Los Angeles and decided to join. We embarked in Passau, Germany and meandered through one of the most beautiful rivers in the world to Budapest, Hungary. Our cabin was a tad ... Read More
We came upon this cruise through the tour company we use in Los Angeles and decided to join. We embarked in Passau, Germany and meandered through one of the most beautiful rivers in the world to Budapest, Hungary. Our cabin was a tad small particularly the bathroom, but it served the purpose. We were well taken care of by the crew members and were specially pleased with the fine dining experience throughout the trip. Lunches and dinners were mostly 3 courses and beautifully served with paring wines. Staff was efficient and courteous, especially, when some of us had special dietary requirements. Though we were only a handful of non-French speaking group, the crew made sure we understood the announcements (French followed by English). Shore excursions were also arranged for our English speaking group and all the guides spoke perfect English. The only misgiving we had was the lack of accommodations for those with physical disabilities. When on shore excursions, most able bodied passengers simply ignored some folks in our English speaking group with visible disabilities. They would hurry to get on the coach and took all the front seats thus making it very challenging for those with limited physical abilities to make it to the remaining seats in the back of the coach. I am not sure if they take physical disability in France as seriously as we do in the States but it is the fact that simply can't be overlooked. Other than that, we had a near perfect experience during the cruise and appreciated all the work the chef, and the entire crew did to make our trip a pleasant and memorable one. We look forward to joining another one of Croisi's cruises and hope the cruise line would also aggressively expand its marketing efforts to the West Coast to make it easier for us to make direct bookings. Thanks again! Read Less
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