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After many enjoyable river cruises we wanted to try hotel barge cruising. We were not disappointed. Cruising the Rhone-Sete canal and the Rhone between Sete and Arles on the Anne Marie met and often exceeded our expectations. We booked ... Read More
After many enjoyable river cruises we wanted to try hotel barge cruising. We were not disappointed. Cruising the Rhone-Sete canal and the Rhone between Sete and Arles on the Anne Marie met and often exceeded our expectations. We booked through UK based, Blue Water Holidays, which gave a high probability that we would be with English speakers. The barge carries a total of 22 passengers and 6 crew. The dining room, lounge, and terrace are all spacious enough to accommodate everyone. The cabins are small but very functional, with enough storage for a 6 night cruise. Dress code is casual. Our chef, Pierre, entertained us with 3-course lunches and dinners, as well as a buffet style breakfast. Our cruise director, Zoltan, also educated us each lunchtime with his knowledge of the various cheeses from the region. Daily excursions ashore had the same guide for the whole cruise, which I understand is normal practice, although not necessarily the same guide week to week. Our guide was Miriam, who did an excellent job keeping us organized and informed with her knowledge of the region and its customs. In summary, a very enjoyable experience, and one we will hope to replicate on the other itineraries that Croisi-Europe offers. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
The moment we arrived on board till the time we left we were looked after like royalty, nothing was too much trouble for Sonia (Hotel Manager) and her staff. The whole ship was immaculate, the food and presentation was magnificent. The ... Read More
The moment we arrived on board till the time we left we were looked after like royalty, nothing was too much trouble for Sonia (Hotel Manager) and her staff. The whole ship was immaculate, the food and presentation was magnificent. The cabin (246 on the middle deck) was so clean, with a full picture window, not that we spent much time there. At each served meal, the staff correctly served the ladies firstly every time. The main places we visited were fabulous, Vienna, Bratislava and of course Budapest. Walking through these lovely places in gorgeous weather, although tiring in 32 degrees was a wonderful experience, even smaller places like Melk, Kalocsa and Esztergom were interesting. We also enjoyed the cruising aspect of the trip, just looking at what goes on on the bank and listening and watching bird life.What a fabulous trip, we cannot recommend this ship and company highly enough, we will without a shadow of doubt be travelling with Croisi Europe via Mercury again. Thank you Sonia and team for making this trip such an unforgettable experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I had a really great 7 night trip on the CroisiEurope Beethoven on July 14, and my non-cruising husband enjoyed it too!! We left from and returned to Vienna on the Danube River. We were 2 of 5 Americans on the boat with the rest being ... Read More
I had a really great 7 night trip on the CroisiEurope Beethoven on July 14, and my non-cruising husband enjoyed it too!! We left from and returned to Vienna on the Danube River. We were 2 of 5 Americans on the boat with the rest being British, French and Danish. Language was not a problem and EVERYONE was terrifically nice and friendly. We enjoyed muddling along in English/French with the French passengers, and everyone else spoke English. There were English speaking guides and announcements. No hint of anything other than happiness to have the USA represented. As compared to Viking, the Beethoven is more homey and less elegant, without the richness of the surroundings and luxury appointments, but comfortable. Small staterooms. Minimal bathroom but functional. No verandas. French balconies with big, wide opening windows. The lounge was decorated with blown glass lamps, flowered curtains, anchor pattern turquoise rug and big sofas. Everything very clean. By the way, most alcoholic drinks and sodas were available without charge throughout the day, not just at meals. Beer and drinks seemed somewhat mild. Wine, bottled mineral water also. It was a nice touch! When I booked I unwittingly ordered the "full package" which included all excursions. I did not know there was another option and I am glad we did what we did. However other passengers, including two of the Americans, had purchased the boat trip only and there was a price list for excursions. Many of the Europeans purchased few or no exclusions and either stayed on the boat or just got off and walked around. For many, it seemed like the boat ride, good food, and activities were all they needed to be "on holiday". The excursions were good and guides varied in quality. Less structured than Viking, no fancy busses, etc. but more to the taste of my no frills husband. He and I had a wonderful time walking up to the ruined castle in Durnstein. Don't miss it if you like a bit of exercise! Food was a biggie with this group!! Your were seated with people who spoke the same language, and our table mates were from the U.K. and kept us laughing!! Breakfast was a buffet. Much less lavish and more European than Viking, with a boil your own egg station, etc. Great croissants and yogurt. The menu for lunch and dinner were posted and much discussed each day. The food was generally excellent (the duck was the best I've ever had!!) but no choices were offered at lunch and dinner. If you did not want venison steak or hake filets, too bad. I had arranged in advance with Michael Costa, the Croisi American rep to have a diabetic and pork free menu for My husband and they rose to the occasion like champs!! His plate was always lovely and they made him a different fruit plate for every meal. Some people at our table also chose to ask for a cheese plate instead of "puddings" for desert and that seemed ok. In general, no plate on the whole ship was returned to the kitchen any way except EMPTY! The "Entertainer" (cruise director?) was a young man who did everything from call bingo to teach napkin folding to open the gift shop (a big deal) to ride with the bus to the concert excursion. He was charming and a great favorite!! There were some games we did not participate in which gave points used later in an auction for prizes. We did not do this. We did attend the crew show that consisted of dancing to recorded music. It was well received as all passengers knew the crew, which was small. The room cleaners became the wait staff, so rooms had to be cleaned during buffet breakfast, etc. The real heart and soul of the ship was a lovely Portuguese woman named Sonia. She ran the whole show, doing every duty and running every aspect of the whole ship, except perhaps steering it down the river. On Viking she would have been at least 4 people. She set the friendly efficient tone of the whole trip. Incidentally she stays with the Beethoven, so anyone wishing to try Croisi will not go wrong with her!! In short, although my travel agent warned us that this company caters to local European customers and not the luxury- seeking American market, this trip was perfect for us. It was my husband's first river cruise and on Croisi I was not tempted to be a Viking know-it-all! It was different but equally enjoyable! The Danube is so beautiful and we had perfect, sunny, if somewhat hot, weather every day! The itinerary was arranged so that we sailed through gorgeous scenery and into beautiful lit-up Budapest at night twice!! We made many friends among our shipmates of all nationalities! By the way, we stayed 2 days post cruise which was just excellent. I found the hotel on trip advisor, the Beethoven Wein Hotel! Newly renovated historic building in perfect location, 3 blocks from the Opera and right next to the Nachmarkt, where we ate both nights. I booked us two concerts on line and between them, sightseeing, and the summer performance at the Spanish Riding School, we had a full schedule! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Much has been written in previous reviews on this website about this ship and the cruise among the islands and ports of South Dalmatia plus Kotor in Montenegro with which I entirely agree. I will just add some extra points which occur to ... Read More
Much has been written in previous reviews on this website about this ship and the cruise among the islands and ports of South Dalmatia plus Kotor in Montenegro with which I entirely agree. I will just add some extra points which occur to me. First, unlike one reviewer, we booked direct through Voyages Jules Verne. Transport to the ship and back to the airport was included in the price of our holiday and we did not have to pay anything extra. Aboard the ship, they made full use of the sundeck and one evening we had a barbecue and one morning when we were passing through many islands on the very scenic approach to Kotor, they served breakfast up there. Our cabin was on Deck 3 which was very convenient for the restaurant. The only problem was that you could hear the ship's dynamo or a similar noise all the time whether or not the ship was in dock but you quickly got used to it. I agree with one reviewer that the safe was on a top shelf. Whilst I could reach it, it was not very convenient. The food was excellent. Whilst my wife is on a diet, the restaurant manager was very accommodating and always provided an alternative if there was something she did not want to eat on the menu. It is probably a good idea to mention it to your travel agent when you are first booking which we did. There are many good tours with good English-speaking guides. Although I am slightly disabled and walk with a stick, people were very friendly and supportive. Whenever we went ashore in a ship's tender, at the time to come back on board, they used to provide fresh cold, mint tea at the landing quay. This was always welcome and refreshing. Like another reviewer we were a fairly small group, 16, of English-speaking tourists amongst mainly French people with two Americans and I think a few Germans but everyone was very friendly. To sum up, we had a very enjoyable holiday and would certainly go again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
It’s our first time with CroisiEurope on a 5-day Rhine river cruise in June from Strasbourg France to Cochem Germany and we thoroughly enjoyed!!! Thank you all to the hardworking and friendly crew…especially our entertainer Stephone ... Read More
It’s our first time with CroisiEurope on a 5-day Rhine river cruise in June from Strasbourg France to Cochem Germany and we thoroughly enjoyed!!! Thank you all to the hardworking and friendly crew…especially our entertainer Stephone who translated everything in English (even the trivia games so we could participate)!!! We were 5 english speaking passengers among a ship full of French speaking passengers (French & Swiss nationals). We felt very welcomed and I got a chance to polish up a bit of my French. With a little bit of French from me and some English from the fellow passengers, I didn’t feel there was any communication issue. My husband who didn’t speak any French said the same. Of course, the crew speak English and we didn’t encounter any issue. The ship M.S. France feels new (2001), well maintained and clean, our room is small but clean and functional, the meals are delicious, crew members are friendly, evening entertainment is fun, the scenery is breathtaking, the towns we visited and overnighted are picturesque, the rates are reasonable, what more can one ask for?! Well…perhaps to stay onboard a bit longer Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I have so many great things to say about this cruise I don't even know where to begin! I usually go on two cruises a year, and have been doing so since 1968. This has been one of my favorite cruises in all my years of cruising. The ... Read More
I have so many great things to say about this cruise I don't even know where to begin! I usually go on two cruises a year, and have been doing so since 1968. This has been one of my favorite cruises in all my years of cruising. The ship was beautifully decorated... The staff, Julien and Julie, were so attentive and were readily available to address any needs, they were so kind hearted and welcoming. The room accommodations were excellent, the bathroom shower was very spacious and the bedding was very comfortable. The food in the dining room had great presentation, it was also very delicious. I would recommend this cruise to everyone, it was more than relaxing. The bar staff were also very welcoming, offering drinks. This was a very enjoyable experience. This ship is great for anyone who is looking for a calm and soothing atmosphere. I implore anyone to give it a try. Ann G Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
A friend and frequent "cruiser" told us she preferred CroisiEurope to other river cruises she had taken prior to discovering CroisiEurope. While we have been on numerable large-ship ocean cruises, this was our first River ... Read More
A friend and frequent "cruiser" told us she preferred CroisiEurope to other river cruises she had taken prior to discovering CroisiEurope. While we have been on numerable large-ship ocean cruises, this was our first River Cruise. So we took her advice, booked the Lafayette, and now share her enthusiasm! We were thrilled with our intimate cruise aboard the Lafayette. While no cabins have balconies, both levels have large windows- the larger on the second level - and all cabins are spacious with plentiful storage room for clothing and luggage. The outside upper deck has lots of table seating in sunny and shady areas as well as an abundance of lounge chairs. Lafayette's lounge and dining room, are spacious and well appointed. While most passengers were European - on our trip they were primarily French and Norwegian - the staff at all levels speak English. Breakfast is open for two hours and for those very early risers, coffee and pastries are available in the large-windowed lounge. There is one seating for lunch and dinner, the timing accommodating the return of those off-ship passengers on morning and afternoon excursions. The delicious French cuisine is beautifully presented and wine is served with both meals. In the dining room we were seated with other English speakers from Jakarta, England and New Zealand. The local guides on the excursions are very friendly and knowledgeable. Every trip has one guide who speaks English and each person receives a headset that ensures you can hear all the commentary. Many excursions begin with a narrated coach ride to the town, village or site destination. At the return of the afternoon trip you are welcomed back by the staff with a cool drink or cocktail of the day. So if you are American and looking for a River Cruise we suggest you consider CroisiEurope. We give them five stars in all categories and we plan to book another trip soon! D&B Smart Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This river cruise exceeded our expectation. We participated in all the "optional" excursions which added greatly to our enjoyment. It would not have been the same trip without them. All were interesting and for the most part ... Read More
This river cruise exceeded our expectation. We participated in all the "optional" excursions which added greatly to our enjoyment. It would not have been the same trip without them. All were interesting and for the most part unique except for the "cruise" on the Erdre River which we found to be beautiful but not any more beautiful than other rivers of its ilk. Furthermore, the outing scheduled at 9 p.m. after a bountiful meal, was at a time when we "seniors" would prefer to be winding down. It grew quite dark and it was not possible to see the chateaus and villa alongside the river as the night wore on. The Loire Princesse is lovely--new, quiet, and well-maintained. he lounge and dining room are spacious and furnished pleasingly. The food, of course, is wonderful, although the breakfast cook did not fry eggs to American tastes! It was fun that the villagers, old and young, along the river came down to the banks to see us sail by and wave, the Princesse being the ONLY boat on the lower Loire. We appreciated the efforts of the staff to include non-French-speakers in all announcements. Two separate buses were provided for excursions; one with a French-speaking guide, one with an English-speaking guide, and a dedicated guide for those who only spoke Spanish. It was a positive experience in every way, even including transportation from the airport before boarding and to the train station at the termination of the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
My husband and I were looking for an intimate small ship experience in Europe with great food and wine and a relaxed atmosphere. Croisi Europe Jeanine - a luxury hotel barge delivered on all marks! This was our first time with Croisi ... Read More
My husband and I were looking for an intimate small ship experience in Europe with great food and wine and a relaxed atmosphere. Croisi Europe Jeanine - a luxury hotel barge delivered on all marks! This was our first time with Croisi Europe and our first barge cruise - and certainly the smallest ship we have sailed on before! Maximum capacity is 22 passengers. The staff and crew were exceptional! Henriette - the hotel manager kept everything well organized. Most notable for us was the exceptional food and wine. We have sailed on several "luxury" cruises and this cuisine on board Jeanine was as good or better than we have ever experienced! There is no menu. At each meal (lunch and dinner) the very talented young chef Roman, greets the guests with a description of the multiple courses featured for the meal. It's really quite fun to be surprised with the chef's creations. Lunch was just as impressive as dinner, and had an included cheese course featuring two different regional cheeses each day. The cuisine was classic French - and every course was exceptional. During the week we dined on rabbit, foie gras, quail, beef, veal, chicken and fish. For those with less adventurous pallets - the chef is more than willing to accommodate your dining request - just speak to him before the service. On the warm sunny days, we enjoyed lunch on the terrace with white linens and fine china as we sailed along the canals. And on one beautiful evening - we dined outdoors for dinner. It was just exceptional! The barge slowly meanders along the canals at a pace of about 5km per hour. You are free to get off the barge during a stop at the many locks and either walk or bike along the paths lining the canal. We did a fair bit of biking - and even went off to explore nearby villages and rejoining the ship further down the canal. Henriette - our lovely hotel manager stayed in contact with us by cell phone and text informing us of what lock we needed to meet the boat in order to join them for the lunch. It was amazing!! We met one couple from Ukraine - who have cruised many times with Croisi and love it. There was another couple from Belgium; and a few people from the USA - and us from Canada. A nice international mix - all lovely people enjoying this amazing experience together. Well organized shore excursions with local guides were offered complimentary in the main ports. There is no entertainment on board - it not necessary. The overnight stop in Dijon was a fantastic way to end the restful, and culturally rich 6 day journey. This type of cruise experience would be great for a group of family or friends, and in speaking with the staff - family charters are very popular. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Just got back from our first river cruise and have to say it was a fantastic experience. Croisi Europe advertises their cruise as "value for the money" and I have to agree that is what they delivered. You can easily pay twice ... Read More
Just got back from our first river cruise and have to say it was a fantastic experience. Croisi Europe advertises their cruise as "value for the money" and I have to agree that is what they delivered. You can easily pay twice what we did for the exact same trip and excursions. The La Boheme is rated as a four star ship and shows some minor need for cosmetic repairs but overall is very clean, well maintained, comfortable and easy to negotiate. The high point of the time on board for any cruise is the food and we were not disappointed. Lunch and dinner were always a 3 course meal with a wide variety of tastes and textures. Some of the best food I've ever eaten I must say. As expected for a French company the desserts and breads were magnificent, as was the wine. The breakfast buffet at first was a bit of a challenge. One of the groups on board had a different cultural background related to personal space, waiting your turn in line and simple manners which made it easier for us to just wait 20 mins. to arrive at breakfast. It was hard to understand their behavior given everything was refilled as soon as it was needed. The only other negative was we had Japanese, English, Spanish, and French on board and every announcement was made in all four languages at a volume that could not be ignored which took a great deal of time. Most times this was unnecessary given the information was already on the TV and posted in the reception area. Both minor annoyances only. The crew was very friendly and we made friends with the ships maintenance leader who showed us the engine room and other "guy things" the we would never have been able to see on a large ship. I even got to talk with the captain and ask a few nautical questions. When not serving the passengers the crew was always cleaning or tidying up the ship. We only speak English but this was never a problem, and a few times a bit of fun. The excursions were done well but for me a bit repetitive by the end as one castle looks the same as the other and the gold in one church is as disturbing and the next. But the views were breath taking to be sure. A word of caution, most of the excursions are for those reasonably fit. There is lots of climbing stairs and steep slopes, but getting to the top is well worth it. We have taken 6 cruises, all on the ocean, but none of them have provided the level of fond memories this river cruise has. I would certainly recommend this cruise for anyone that doesn't need the glitz of Viking or Tauck. You will get 100% of the experience at Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We wanted to visit Croatia and hike while cruising and that was exactly what we got. The ship is very clean, well managed, everything works, smooth and quiet sailing, with excellent staff, food and service. Our cabin was the basic cabin ... Read More
We wanted to visit Croatia and hike while cruising and that was exactly what we got. The ship is very clean, well managed, everything works, smooth and quiet sailing, with excellent staff, food and service. Our cabin was the basic cabin and perfectly adequate. We had two hikes a day with two guides and about 40 passengers so we got to see more of each island, be outside in the lovely weather and get al ot of exercise so we could enjoy the great food and drink in the evenings. Our guides were great, some of the hikes were quite strenuous but always well planned with beautiful scenery everywhere. We enjoyed getting to know the other hiking passengers. I liked the fact that the very reasonable price included everything, all excursions, drinks, etc etc. so there were no "extras". There were fairly simple programs in the evenings which was fine because our days were very full. The Dalmatian coast is absolutely stunning so everywhere we went was gorgeous. Even though there were only 4 English speakers, they provided special English speaking guides in a couple of the cities where there were historical sites. We will definitely go on another CroisiEurope cruise as soon as we can. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Wishing to cruise the Duoro River, and finding this Croisieurope offering with hiking excursions made this a perfect choice....and it was. The trip was great. Boat was well maintained and clean. The staff were friendly and willing to ... Read More
Wishing to cruise the Duoro River, and finding this Croisieurope offering with hiking excursions made this a perfect choice....and it was. The trip was great. Boat was well maintained and clean. The staff were friendly and willing to always help with explanations and advice. The English-speaking walking guide, Rick, did an outstanding job. The food and food service was fabulous. And last, I cannot say enough about the young woman, Susanne, in charge of customer service, housekeeping and wait staff. The local folk dancing on the last evening was very enjoyable. Matthew the Croisieurope USA was also very responsive and helpful. Whole experience is highly recommended. Too bad they are not able to offer more of the hiking cruises in this region. You should note that the Duoro River is shallow and narrow. For this reason, the boats are not allowed to sail at night, as we had experienced on other river cruises, and do all their sailing during daylight. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Overall the cruise was a fantastic experience. The boat itself is very sleek and chic. Cabins are certainly small but the storage and layout is very clever. The salon and deck were always full of people relaxing and socializing, ... Read More
Overall the cruise was a fantastic experience. The boat itself is very sleek and chic. Cabins are certainly small but the storage and layout is very clever. The salon and deck were always full of people relaxing and socializing, and the restaurant was comfortable and casual. As mentioned, the crew on the vessel is outstanding. Zoltan, in particular, is to be commended for his unflagging professionalism, enthusiasm, and friendliness. He set the tone for the entire experience and is a stellar representative of the Anne Marie, as well as CroisiEurope. Many thanks also to Chef Pierre as well for keeping everyone well fed! The cuisine was very enjoyable, especially the marvelous BBQ on the deck. Excursions were really fun and the guide, Virginie, was AMAZING. Favorites include the walking tour of Aigues-Mortes and the olive oil tasting. The free time in the port cities was also VERY much appreciated. Finally, I was very impressed with the caliber of the cycling experience. The bikes were super easy to ride and the paths along the river were in fantastic shape! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this 3 night barge cruise to enhance our vacation experience while visiting Paris for a week, and we were not disappointed. Thanks to a very attentive crew and pleasant accomodations on the river barge "RAYMONDE", we ... Read More
We chose this 3 night barge cruise to enhance our vacation experience while visiting Paris for a week, and we were not disappointed. Thanks to a very attentive crew and pleasant accomodations on the river barge "RAYMONDE", we were treated to an emersive experience in Parisian culture and city life. The barge was initially docked at the base of the Eiffel Tower when we boarded on day 1. We stayed there overnight with a fabulous view of the Tower at night and the busy river scene of passing sightseeing boats and dinner cruises. On day 2, the barge sailed on the Seine River and then on to a canal which took us through interesting locks and tunnels to a quiet neighborhood in Paris. From there, we embarked on a city tour of Paris via tour bus. The Raymonde overnighted in this quiet neighborhood. On Day 3, we did another bus tour in the morning before leaving to sail back through the locks to the Seine for our return trip to our original embarkation point where we again overnighted. While onboard the Raymonde, we were treated to gourmet meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) prepared with loving care by our chef Remy. Lunch and dinner were accompanied by fine wines selected to complement each course served. We were treated like family by everyone in the crew, and were sad to leave. I recommend this experience to couples and families who want more than just staying in a hotel and seeking out places to eat while in Paris. Thanks to the crew of the Raymonde for an adventure we will never forget. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Our group embarkation was a breeze granted the barge only holds 22 passengers! The staff was very friendly and accommodating to the entire group. I sailed with 11 others. Here is what you can expect: - Intimate, small boutique feel ... Read More
Our group embarkation was a breeze granted the barge only holds 22 passengers! The staff was very friendly and accommodating to the entire group. I sailed with 11 others. Here is what you can expect: - Intimate, small boutique feel barge. Brand new and stylish. Ideal for family reunions and girlfriend getaways. - Great food - locally sourced and cooked daily. Our chef was just fantastic. - Cabins are very small, but it's a barge cruise so you will only be in your cabin to change clothes - trust me, you want to be experiencing the canals outside. - Loved the open air top terrace - especially beautiful viewing the Eiffel Tower from the river with a bonus of the original Lady Liberty! - Wine will be served at lunch and dinner everyday. All liquor included which we loved! - Staff is funny and looks for ways to entertain their guests and engage them in local culture and flavor. - We loved experiencing the canal locks - definitely a sight to see and experience first hand up close and personal. We are experienced cruisers and highly recommend adding the 3 night Paris Itinerary to your travels in France! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
I truly was not expecting much when I climbed aboard the barge but I was in for such a surprise. The food was 5 star worthy, the crew looked after every need any of us had. It was such a relaxing trip with beautiful views of Paris. ... Read More
I truly was not expecting much when I climbed aboard the barge but I was in for such a surprise. The food was 5 star worthy, the crew looked after every need any of us had. It was such a relaxing trip with beautiful views of Paris. Cabins are very small but honestly you are only in it to sleep. Going through the canals of Paris was truly a unique trip. The excursions that were planned for us were fun with great tour guides. Bikes are available for use. Dining outside if the weather permits is also available. CrosiEurope is not a household name but I feel more people should look at this as an option while you are in France as a relaxing way to see the city of lights. I would definitely go again. This is a great cruise option for a family or group of friends to rent out the barge. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
We chose this cruise because we wanted a special celebration for our 20th wedding anniversary on December 28th. We flew to Baden Baden on a Ryan Air flight on the 27th and had organised an airport transfer straight to Strasbourg where we ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted a special celebration for our 20th wedding anniversary on December 28th. We flew to Baden Baden on a Ryan Air flight on the 27th and had organised an airport transfer straight to Strasbourg where we stayed overnight, our hotel La Maison Rouge was lovely, right in the centre of the old town. We had most of the next day to explore the city before boarding for our cruise. Unfortunately the Christmas Market had closed early due to the attack in Berlin but there was still plenty to see and do in Strasbourg and the local beer was definitely worth sampling! We were the only two English travellers on board and all the announcements and shore excursions were in French (most of which we managed to grasp) but we were assigned our own lovely personal translator Priscilla, all the crew and staff took great care of us and everyone really went out of their way to make sure that we had all the information we needed. The food was absolutley superb and the accompanying wines which were included in the cost of the cruise were just perfect and there was plenty to choose from, the dining experience was a real highlight of the cruise, we could not have asked for anything more. We didn't see the lovely views because the weather was quite foggy, on the plus side it means that we could do this same cruise and be surprised by the scenery. I would totally recommend this cruise, the boat and the itinerary to anyone, everything about it was just fabulous. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
CroisiEurope should be proud of the staff on board the Michelangelo, they were magnificent, very helpful friendly and pleasant at all times, they clearly worked hard. The ship was spotless and the food absolutely wonderful. The cabins ... Read More
CroisiEurope should be proud of the staff on board the Michelangelo, they were magnificent, very helpful friendly and pleasant at all times, they clearly worked hard. The ship was spotless and the food absolutely wonderful. The cabins were roomy with plenty of wardrobe space for two and there was a large window in each. Air con or heating was standard at the flick of a button and cabins were cleaned thoroughly each day. I would say that it was great value for money. I would definitely recommend to all my friends, a holiday with a special difference. The tours and the cruising was excellent, Michelangelo docked every night by the quayside in Venice not too far from the Doges Palace and St Marks Square. During the day when not on an organised tour its possible to see lots of Venice using the vaporettos to get around. The atmosphere on board Michelangelo was very convivial with some form of entertainment on every night. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
The cruise fit our time frame and our budget. Very reasonable singles, which were much larger than we anticipated, and very comfortable. Thoroughly enjoyable. Tours were fun: well planned and very interesting, with electronic head gear ... Read More
The cruise fit our time frame and our budget. Very reasonable singles, which were much larger than we anticipated, and very comfortable. Thoroughly enjoyable. Tours were fun: well planned and very interesting, with electronic head gear so we didn't have to all bunch around the guide. The most impressive part was how efficiently the crew performed. The tours were pretty much timed to the minute. Every member of the crew was helpful and polite. The food was wonderful! The most impressive part was how efficiently the crew performed. One awesome sight, not mentioned in any of the brochures or information, was the functioning of the locks. There were about 7 locks on the Douro, and they were awesome. Absolutely amazing to be on the top deck and watch how well they were engineered, and to watch the crew help the ship navigate through the locks, with only about 12" clearance on either side. All in all a wonderful trip. I can't wait till I go on another one. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
A very good friend showed me Great Train Journey brochure there were eight adults in our party. We travelled from St Pancras to Paris then transferred to Raymonde Barge in Joigny. No tour of Paris other than driving through the centre of ... Read More
A very good friend showed me Great Train Journey brochure there were eight adults in our party. We travelled from St Pancras to Paris then transferred to Raymonde Barge in Joigny. No tour of Paris other than driving through the centre of the city. Transfer from Paris to Joigny was unacceptable bus too small very cramped and journey to Joigny is over two hours so very disappointed...not a good start to an expensive holiday and we anticipated that we would travel in comfort. Both embarkation &disembarkation was efficient and smooth thanks too the professional crew on Raymonde Barge. The crew on Raymonde were very welcoming helpful and nothing throughout our stay was too much trouble. The Barge Raymonde had been recently exquisitely renovated the lounge was comfortable clean and spacious. The cabins were Small but thoughtfully designed storage was excellent beds were very comfortable shower efficient sumptuous clean towels daily very clean and attention to detail. Air condition not brilliant cabins sometimes got extremely hot. Dining on Raymonde was an awesome experience the presentation and content divine the cuisine was first class our chef explained our courses prior to lunch and supper daily breakfast was buffet style with fresh produce daily Silvi our waitress was always on hand but discreet with excellent knowledge of wine. Laurie team leader introduced daily new French cheeses to our palette.. Dining on the Raymonde was fabulous and memorable. Laurie who was overall encharge of the crew ensured entertainment and activities were there when and if we wanted. There was great crew participation and fun with all our activities and entertainment from riding the Raymonde bikes alone the towpath to playing boules to charades wonderful fun and laughter. Thank you Laurie Silvi Alan Nikki MoMo and Silvi you guys are simply the best. Service in a word excellent 5 Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We booked this cruise through great rail journeys. We had originally booked to go through champagne region, but a couple of weeks before they contacted us and said we couldn't go because of lock maintenance. We were offered a ... Read More
We booked this cruise through great rail journeys. We had originally booked to go through champagne region, but a couple of weeks before they contacted us and said we couldn't go because of lock maintenance. We were offered a refund, a later date or an alternative route. After much conferring, we chose the alternative route, which embarked at Joigny. When we received our itinerary we noticed that they were sending us on a dog leg route, quite pointlessly sending us on another train after the Eurostar, and then a long coach ride. After this was pointed out, it was changed, and we had a two hour trip on an extremely uncomfortable mini bus. Not the greatest start! We were a party of eight, and we discovered that the rest had cancelled. The barge has the capacity for 24, so we were more than delighted to have it to ourselves. When we arrived we were warmly welcomed by a crew of six, all of which were absolutely fantastic. They were Laurie, Sylvie, another Sylvie, Nicky, Mohammed, and Alain the captain. Nothing was too much trouble, the food was excellent, all the excursions were brilliant, with knowlegeable guides, and the barge was superb. We enjoyed cycling along the tow paths. We spent our last day seeing Paris, and moored under the Eiffel Tower. Champagne in the hot tub is recommended. So do book this fabulous trip, but do it direct with croisi Europe. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Loved this small boat and everyone who worked on it.The staff was very friendly and did their best to meet our needs. I thought that the french meals and wines were lovely and there was plenty of food. The small size, with about 80 ... Read More
Loved this small boat and everyone who worked on it.The staff was very friendly and did their best to meet our needs. I thought that the french meals and wines were lovely and there was plenty of food. The small size, with about 80 passengers, was just right: Most of the passengers were French, Spanish, Norwegian, British and then just the 8 of us Americans, and we enjoyed some of the evening entertainment which were friendly competitions with the others on the ship. The 8 of us were traveling together and we requested one large dining table, and the crew accommodated us, no problem The guides for our excursions were, for the most part, quite capable and entertaining and these excursions were well organized, some on comfortable buses and others were walking tours of the old towns, castles, cathedrals, etc. I would have liked a little more time to eat at the local cafes, to have the chance to try the foods from the different regions, rather than returning to the ship for every meal, but the food on the ship was excellent, so it is not a big complaint. Our cabins were adequate - there was plenty of room to hang up clothes and slide the suitcases out of the way, under the bed, so we could move around easily, and they were cleaned every day, with fresh towels. The excursions were all included in the cost of the cruise. We thought that this cruise was a great value for the money. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was our first ever cruise, to celebrate our 50th birthday this year, as my wife was always afraid of motion sickness. During our 12 day Danube cruise she was never sick and never felt any discomfort. In fact I can say that unless you ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise, to celebrate our 50th birthday this year, as my wife was always afraid of motion sickness. During our 12 day Danube cruise she was never sick and never felt any discomfort. In fact I can say that unless you have the curtains open you do not even realize whether the ship is moving or not. Our adventure started in Linz. It was a pleasant experience from the word go. We arrived early, at around 13 00hrs. One of the entertainment organizers, Lilla, met us to help us with our luggage. Even though we insisted that we were OK, she insisted to help us. Our luggage was kept on board until it was time to check in. This whole ship and especially our cabin were kept tidy and spotlessly clean throughout the cruise. An upper deck cabin is recommended as it gives you the option to open the huge sliding window while in the cabin, both for fresh air as well as to take some memorable photos and video. Dining was always a pleasure experience. The quantity was adequate, especially since we were eating three times a day, something we do not usually do at home. French cuisine was promised and French cuisine we got, both in the quality and taste, and in the presentation. The staff in the dining room gave us excellent, personal service; always with a smile. Entertainment and excursions where prepared in detail and professionally carried out. Although we formed part of a small English speaking group, we never felt left out and every announcement or commentary was always promptly translated to us. To be balanced, I would like to mention two things which can be improved. The WiFi service left a bit to be desired and should be improved, both in its connectivity and also in its availability across the ship. During the excursions we would have liked to have some more free time for private exploring and shopping. To conclude, this was a dream holiday. The service was personal and outstanding. We managed to enjoy every minute of our experience. Finally we would like to say a big THANK YOU and a big WELL DONE to all the crew, both those seen as well as those unseen. A special mention and extra thank you goes to Anna, Andrea and Sophie for all the personal attention and pleasant surprises they prepared for us. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Review of CroisiEurope Bottecelli 7 night cruise from Paris to Honfleur and return to Paris. Ship was docked in the heart of Paris just about a 10 minute walk from the Eiffle Tower. I arrived at around 4.30 which was too early to check ... Read More
Review of CroisiEurope Bottecelli 7 night cruise from Paris to Honfleur and return to Paris. Ship was docked in the heart of Paris just about a 10 minute walk from the Eiffle Tower. I arrived at around 4.30 which was too early to check in (usually 6.00 pm). However by 5 many passengers were arriving and the purser began checking everyone in. At check in passengers were allocated dining tables according to language spoken. This works very well and everyone from the U.K. who I spoke to found this totally satisfactory. In fact a large group from a tour company spread over 3 tables nearly revolted when their rep suggested table hopping to get to know each other better. I was shown to my cabin which was on the main deck. I had a twin for sole use which had t.v, safe, hairdryer, mirror,desk and chair. The bathroom consisted of w.c, shower cabinet and rubbish bin. During dinner on the first night the ship sailed upstream and moored mid river until it was dark. We then had a cruise along the Seine to see Paris illuminated by night. Some of the bridges are very low so passengers were only allowed on the sun deck proving they sat down and had to remain seated for safety until the cruise was over. I sat at the front on the main deck which gave just as good a view. Not all ships are able to offer this as I noticed many would have been far too tall to go under ther bridges. Being a French line all announcements are in French followed by English and then by any other languages needed. This cruise it was Spanish. The nationalities on board consisted at least of French, British, Spanish, Norwegian, Australian, Mexican and Russian. This time I do believe the French speakers were outnumbered by the English speakers. Dining is a buffet breakfast comprising of cereals, breads, fruits, cold meat, cheese, hot eggs, hot sausage, hot bacon bits, croisants, yogurts, teas and cofee and possibly many things I have already forgotten. Lunch and Dinner are either 3 or 4 course meals to a set menu. Main courses included veal, chicken, pork, rabbit, venison and fish. The menu is posted on the information chanel on the T.V. and should you not like what is on offer a substitution was available. Indeed one course was not for me I just told reception in the morning and received an alternative without hesitation. I noticed some passengers were obtaining a vegetarian meal daily. Waitresses/waiter are not allocated to specific tables so you get to see and speak to them all. Drinks are included with meals and throught the day when the lounge was was open. I understand that some of the wines were excellent but as I do not drink it I cannot comment. Entertainment consisted of a bi-lingual chap at an electric piano plus 1 night when a local singer and accordianist performed and another night where a folk troup performed. In addition we had the crew show which was based around the decades that the company has been in existance. Using film and live performers this was the best crew show I have seen on CroisiEurope. Rafting did rear its head a few times. On the second day sister ship Seine Princess moored alongside from 2 till 7. In Honfleur we docked alongside a Viking ship and our passengers had to alight via the sun deck. A little later the Seine Princess slipped in between the Viking ship and us. At Honfleur we docked against and alighted through the Seine Princess and finally back in Paris we docked alongside and left through sister ship France. Excursions were offered but as I am still recovering from a knee replacement I decided to explore the towns where we moored at my own pace. The exception being Paris where I went on a 3 hour panoramic tour of the city. The guide was excellent as was the driver. At €40 I thought this good value. My dining companions went on other excursions and I never heard any complaints. As I said we had many nationalities but we also had a mixed age group. 3 children who I would have estimated to be between 5 and 12 a few in their 30's and 40's with many 50 to 80 year olds. I am pleased that CroisiEurope still have a policy of tipping via a sealed envelope which is shared throughout the crew. Many unseen crew members do jobs which help our holidays run smoothly such as the kitchen staff and the engineers. This trip visits were made to both the wheelhouse and engine room but silly me missed out as I did not hear the announcement. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
"Following a short illness, my husband experienced difficulty walking. After motoring down from France, we reached the ship only to find it was moored down a steep slope. Our hearts sank. But we needn't have worried. The ... Read More
"Following a short illness, my husband experienced difficulty walking. After motoring down from France, we reached the ship only to find it was moored down a steep slope. Our hearts sank. But we needn't have worried. The excellent staff swung into action. A wheelchair was produced, our cases carried and we were quickly and comfortably settled on board. The cabins were small and when moored next to the sister ships, all glistening with chrome and glass, the Fernao did feel a little like Thomas the Tank Engine but we grew to love our friendly, comfortable little boat. True, the entertainment is geared to the French taste and the moorings are a little isolated but our little group of six English speakers was treated like royalty. Ricardo, the purser was incredible, he looked after the needs of the diverse mix on board with consummate skill, making sure everyone was happy. He arranged that we should have our own six seater Merc, with it's own English speaking guide, so we could fully enjoy the interesting excursions. On board, the food was very good, the impeccable service - kind and relaxed and the folk evening on the last night - fabulous. We had a great time." Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
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