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This barge hotel cruise on and along the Marne river was absolutely fantastic! It is by far the most relaxing way to travel I've ever experienced. Plenty of on board activities from which to choose during the cruising portion. ... Read More
This barge hotel cruise on and along the Marne river was absolutely fantastic! It is by far the most relaxing way to travel I've ever experienced. Plenty of on board activities from which to choose during the cruising portion. Interesting daily excursions to learn of the local history, observe a different way of life and take in all that France has to offer. The crew were very attentive and hospitable. One of the biggest, if not THE biggest, highlight of the trip was the food. Breakfast was a typical French style buffet with all the trimmings. Lunch and dinner were menus, in the French style, prepared by our Chef and paired with a variety of wines and cheeses from around France. Each meal was unique and full of variety culminating at the end of the week with our Gala Dinner. One of the excursion highlights, and a major reason why we chose this particular cruise, was the falconry demonstration at Chateau Thierry. It was very well done and quite a moving presentation, which included an American Bald Eagle and, even more surprisingly, Storks. If you are looking for a more intimate way to cruise, Passenger to Crew ratio was 17 - 6, consider barge hotel cruises. We are most definitely looking forward to our next barge hotel cruise experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Summary over a cruise on the Haute Seine and Yonne on a barge. As seasoned cruisers, knowing well all aspects of cruising on seas and rivers, we had no experience about traveling on a barge in a canal. It was also time to overcome this ... Read More
Summary over a cruise on the Haute Seine and Yonne on a barge. As seasoned cruisers, knowing well all aspects of cruising on seas and rivers, we had no experience about traveling on a barge in a canal. It was also time to overcome this lack. A number of companies offer this kind of cruising on barge with 8 to 16 passengers, however very often at exorbitant prices. Luckily, we discovered that the company CroisiEurope offers one week cruise on various canals in Europe, at very decent price, especially considering that all is inclusive (full board, all alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and all excursions) on modern barges with a maximum of 22 passengers. We opted for the barge Ms Deborah, which cruises on the canal de la Loire, with the Briare to Nevers’ route. We were looking forward to this itinerary because the proposed excursions particularly suited us. Unfortunately, only a few days before departure, we were informed that due of a lack of water in the Loire canal the Ms Deborah was switched over to the Haute Seine and Yonne for a new itinerary from Paris to Sens. Despites the fact that this new itinerary didn’t really meet our desires, especially the excursions, we decided to accept the change. Our group of 6 persons from Switzerland was very warmly greeted by all members of the crew when arriving on the quai de Grenelle in Paris where we see the MS DEBORAH for the first time, our floating home for the week. With its two dominating colours blue and white, it is difficult not to fall in love with this beautiful small ship. We were invited immediately for the welcome cocktail during which we met officially the crew and the other six individual passengers originating from New Zealand, England and the USA. With less time than it needs to tell, the relation between us was created, so that everyone felt part of a bunch of friends knowing each other for long time. There is no need to present here the MS Deborah itself, as this is already thoroughly done on the Cruise Critic page. The crew of 6 persons is composed of a captain, a sailor, a cruise director, a chef, a waitress and a cabin hostess who put all their efforts to satisfy the passengers and offer them the best possible service. The captain as well as the sailor are always trying to make passengers at ease, answer questions or even bring a drink. The lady cruise director is omnipresent, taking care of the passengers better than a mother hen would do. The talented young French chef aims to produce dishes which please everybody. His outstanding sauces and excellent desserts should be particularly praised. However, referring to comments we made during a cruise on the Seine Princess two years ago, we cannot understand that why today it is not possible to offer the choice of a light buffet at lunch instead a three or even four course menu! The always smiling and friendly Hungarian waitress was very caring and attentive, without forgetting the cabin hostess doing a great job in the cabins, the public spaces and even the kitchen. It wouldn’t be fair to name a single person as all members of the crew, without any exception, do all they can to make the cruise unforgettable. Our one-week cruise on the barge Ms Deborah enables us today to make the following comments: ~ a cruise on a barge cannot be compared to any other kind of cruise ~ despite all the comfort offered on modern barge, one must be very aware that life on board happens at a restraint space, requiring therefore much flexibility and understanding in all aspects from all passengers ~ in our case, being only 12 passengers, we had the opportunity to take our meals on the terrace. We also never had the feeling that the boat was overcrowded. This can be different when the ship is full, especially by bad weather ~ the state of mind between the passengers who are mostly of foreign nationalities, who don’t know each other and don’t speak French, must function well right from the beginning ~ if the interrelation works, it is difficult to find a more relaxing and enjoyable way of travelling ~ the success on a barge is mainly due on the quality of its crew. Ms Deborah’s crew members have quickly created a family spirit on board, showing also that they genuinely like what they do ~ excursions can play a major role in choosing an itinerary. Not speaking French or English can be a handicap Do we recommend to do a cruise on a barge? Yes, definitively! It’s affordable, the atmosphere on board is unique, the routes can be very interesting. In our case, this second try with CroisiEurope gives them a better note. We would also consider again if some improvements are made in a certain sector Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This is our second river cruise with Croisieurope and it was excellent. The ship - the Amalia Rodrigues, is a new ship, only 4 months old when we went on it in July 2019. It is tastefully decorated throughout. We were luckily enough to ... Read More
This is our second river cruise with Croisieurope and it was excellent. The ship - the Amalia Rodrigues, is a new ship, only 4 months old when we went on it in July 2019. It is tastefully decorated throughout. We were luckily enough to be upgraded from the main deck to the middle deck, which gave us a floor to ceiling view and an opening patio type door (without a balcony). This was really good as you could just watch the banks of the Douro go by as you lay on your bed. Shampoo and body wash are provided in the bathroom and a hairdryer. Electrical points are situated in the bedroom (take a European adapter). A free safe was provided in the stateroom. Information - was available in the reception and also on the drop down television in the staterooms. There is free WiFi on board. Croisieurope operate a set menu ( you need to inform them when booking if you have an allergy or are vegetarian) at lunch and dinner. The breakfast is buffet style with a whole range of continental style food, with the occasional hot item being offered. There was the facility to boil your own eggs. An omelette station was set up for breakfast one morning. The wine served with lunch and dinner was of good quality. The bar is open for house wines, beer and cocktails from mid morning until midnight. But it is closed during meal times. There was a help yourself soft drinks provided in the lounge daily, often with some biscuits or a cake. You could get a coffee from the bar. The evening entertainment was a mixture of folk dancing and music. There were occasional quizzes in the afternoon. Which were just a bit of fun and not taken too seriously. Excursions are added on at an additional cost. We didn’t do all of them. Some times the ship moves whilst you are on an excursion (where you depart the ship is not necessarily where you rejoin it) so you will need to be on board for the departure time if you go for a walk around and are not doing the excursion. All the staff on board were very friendly, polite, hard working and most are multi lingual. All announcements and information was given in different languages, including English. The cruise up and down the river has stunning scenery. Grape plantations each side of the valley, small towns and villages, 5 or 6 huge locks which we navigated through. Where the river narrows at certain points a long the river, the scenery in my opinion is like the fjords, just not quite such high mountains. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
I was on a University Alumni cruise that was organized by AHI on the Douro river in Portugal.. All the passengers were Alumni of different universities, about 85 or so. Many were seasoned travelers. Having been on 3 other river cruises I ... Read More
I was on a University Alumni cruise that was organized by AHI on the Douro river in Portugal.. All the passengers were Alumni of different universities, about 85 or so. Many were seasoned travelers. Having been on 3 other river cruises I am familiar with the format. The Amalia Rodrigues was very new, clean and immaculate. And very comfortable. The rooms are small but there was a place for everything. You don't spend that much time in them. The bathroom was nice. The food was quite good. The crew was fabulous and bent over backward to accommodate various requests. All were very kind and helpful. The CD Ricardo was a master in his job - energetic, always informative and funny. He is a real asset to CroisiEurope. Having never before sailed with CroisiEurope I would now consider sailing with them. I understand that we were on a somewhat "special" sailing but if the crew and CD are indicative of the caliber of people at CroisiEurope I would sail with them again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Chose this cruise for (1) all inclusive and no nickel and diming us; (2) biking excursions to offset the awesome French food, and (3) size of ship with 174 passengers. A+ on all 3 reasons for going with CroisiEurope, and specifically ... Read More
Chose this cruise for (1) all inclusive and no nickel and diming us; (2) biking excursions to offset the awesome French food, and (3) size of ship with 174 passengers. A+ on all 3 reasons for going with CroisiEurope, and specifically the biking excursion alternative. Cabin and services were good, finding more room than I anticipated. Also appreciated that our window fully opened to watch as we traveled the rivers. Food was divine for lunch and dinner - 3 and 4 courses for each of these meals. Their ability to adapt and provide alternatives to dislikes was immediate! We got to really know almost all the servers! Breakfast croissants and pain au chocolat were deadly good! French eggs and bacon would be considered uncooked, but asked them for "well done". Biking excursions with Dig N Go was the only way to see this region. We were biking through quintessential French country roads and in between vineyards!!! Bikes accommodated us short people, which was a worry. Started out too fast-paced for what we expected, but the group pace slowed down significantly toward the end, accommodating our desire for photos of everything. Our guides Martin, Sam and Philippe were very helpful and knowledgeable about where we were. Highlight for us - St. Emilion and Arcachon/Cap Ferrat rides! Everything was included! Apero as we waited for dinner to start! Wine and oyster tasting - all included. I absolutely loved that fact! Would pick a CroisiEurope trip again! I can't find enough superlatives! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was an exclusive group booking by BrandG sailing down river to Oporto. First glance showed this to be a new modern and smart boat with decent top deck and small cool shallow pool. The top deck needed clearing to get under one ... Read More
This was an exclusive group booking by BrandG sailing down river to Oporto. First glance showed this to be a new modern and smart boat with decent top deck and small cool shallow pool. The top deck needed clearing to get under one bridge only. We were able to visit the bridge once. The crew were very pleasant and the bar service excellent compared to previous river sailings. Food was fine and waiter served at dinner but buffet lines for lunch were often long. Our double bed cabin on 3 deck had a large slide back glass wall which was excellent with good curtains as some times you are alongside another boat. They do not sail at night. Good shower. The air con unit was directly above the bed though and a little difficult to adjust! Decent storage space and safe. The duvet was too warm though. The river and huge locks interesting, though the water can be slow flowing and green in places. A good value boat. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
We had a good time on the cruise. We were in a unique situation, so our feedback might be a little skewed. Our cruise was bought out by a French Bus Tour Sabadu all but two tables of the dining room went out together on big black buses ... Read More
We had a good time on the cruise. We were in a unique situation, so our feedback might be a little skewed. Our cruise was bought out by a French Bus Tour Sabadu all but two tables of the dining room went out together on big black buses for their excursions. That left my group of 7 and a couple from Belgium. Croisi Europe rented a little bus and guide for our excursions. It felt more lux this way to us and we knew it was not the norm. We were the only English speakers on the cruise – which was perfectly fine and we made friends nonetheless. However, I suggested in the boat that size, even with the mixed group, that some kind of “ice breaker” activity should be done the first night. Perhaps it is my years of working at a college where we are always having to mix groups quickly, I see the benefit of such an activity. The food was great, and the service was caring and wonderful. We asked if we could watch the FIFA Women’s Final (US vs NL - and we were in NL) in the bar on the big TV and the crew set up chairs for us to watch. We also had a birthday in our group and informed the chef. We brought our own party favors and the chef served her dessert with sparklers. The crew show was so bad it was good – all in good fun. My group cheered them on and laughed and clapped. Great fun! I am sure I will do another in the future, just when I don’t know. There is great value for money with CroisiEurope. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Just returned from the holiday. This is our fourth river cruise and second with Croisieurope. In short, excellent. The ship - the Amalia Rodrigues, is 4 months old (as at July 2019) and as new as you can get. Very well appointed ... Read More
Just returned from the holiday. This is our fourth river cruise and second with Croisieurope. In short, excellent. The ship - the Amalia Rodrigues, is 4 months old (as at July 2019) and as new as you can get. Very well appointed and tastefully decorated, likewise the staterooms. As a bonus we actually got upgraded from the main deck to the middle deck, which gave us a floor to ceiling view and an opening patio type door (without the balcony). This was really good as you could take a bit of time out of socialising and just watch the banks of the Douro go by. Consumables - such as soap, shampoo, etc were all provided. Also a hairdryer and electrical points in the room and bathroom (take a European adapter). A free to use safe was provided in the stateroom. Information - was well presented and available in the reception and also on the drop down television in the staterooms. Food - the main difference with Croisieurope and other lines is the set menu (except if you have an allergy or are vegetarian). If you really don’t like something then let them know and they will do their best to find a good and wholesome alternative but this is not the norm. I treated this as a learning experience as I found myself eating food that I would never normally try. The menu’s on this cruise were, as expected, biased towards Portuguese and Spanish cuisine. As for the cooking and presentation - to ship is French, so need I say more. Wine - again, the ship is French, so the wine was of good quality, although mainly of Portuguese origin. Bar open from mid morning until midnight. Evening entertainment - was a mixture of local culture (Fado music, folk dancing and Flamenco) and music with an open dance floor. There was a few games in the afternoon as well, most of which were cleverly done so as to be non-language specific. Excursions - this is another departure from the usual. Croisieurope add their excursions on at an additional cost. We didn’t do all of them, just the ones we really wanted. Occasionally, the ship may move moorings during some excursions (where you depart the ship is not necessarily where you rejoin it) so you will need to be on board if you are not doing the excursion. We quite enjoyed this as the ship was quiet during these times and the repositioning was not generally more than about 30 minutes so you could get off once you had got to your new moorings. Staff - excellent. Nothing was too much trouble. Friendly, polite, hard working and multi lingual. Clientele - we had 12 different nationalities on board. We were the only English and were sat at meal times with two Australians. There were also three Americans. We thought this was great (a bit embarrassing, of course, as all of the other nationalities spoke English). All announcements and information was given in four different languages, including English. The cruise itself - in a word, stunning. Vine plantations rising up each side of the valley, small towns and villages, huge locks (which we navigated through). What a pleasure it was to just watch this go by during our sailing time. Value for money - is where the cruise scores heavily, full board with drinks and all of the amenities you need on board. In summary, this is the second Croisieurope cruise we’ve done, along with river cruises with other companies. The combination of the Croisieurope cruise line and the Douro cruise route nailed it for me and I would thoroughly recommend this to any potential river cruiser wishing to see the sights of the Douro. Don’t worry about the set menu or the nationalities of the other passengers, it just adds to the experience. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
We were 4 New Zealanders and we chose this cruise because it was 18 days and at a reasonable price. The cabin was not huge but nicely decorated, clean and a good shower and had a large window. The bed was very comfortable. The Victor Hugo ... Read More
We were 4 New Zealanders and we chose this cruise because it was 18 days and at a reasonable price. The cabin was not huge but nicely decorated, clean and a good shower and had a large window. The bed was very comfortable. The Victor Hugo had very recently been refurbished. The food, wine and drinks were fantastic. The meals were amazing Staff were great and the announcement were in French and English. We had a little hiccup with our excursions but that was an error with their NZ agent and was soon rectified. Unfortunately when we were to leave Regensburg a Viking Ship smashed a lock gate which prevented all boats going any further. Because we were to go to Amsterdam on our cruise, Croisi arranged for us to go by minibus to Strasbourg and join another ship the Gerard Schmitter which then completed our cruise to Amsterdam. We were 4 days short of our cruise so Croisi put us up in a hotel all meals included with wine, and we had a guide for 4 days to show us all the sights of Amsterdam which was fantastic. We would definitely do another cruise with this company and hope to in the near future. Brian & Wendy (N.Z) Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We had a wonderful trip on the beautiful Renoir. We chose this trip because we wanted to do a one way on the Seine, ending in Paris. We started in Honfleur where we had time to explore the city and a coach trip to We were extremely ... Read More
We had a wonderful trip on the beautiful Renoir. We chose this trip because we wanted to do a one way on the Seine, ending in Paris. We started in Honfleur where we had time to explore the city and a coach trip to We were extremely happy with our room and loved that we could keep our sliding glass window cracked open for fresh air at night. The bed was very comfortable and the cleaning staff kept our room and bath room clean and supplied. The entire crew, but especially the gals at the front desk, really was pleasant and never tired of answering our questions. They knew everything that was happening and we felt like we were in extremely good hands. The captain did a great job making sure that we were safe and that we met the schedule. What expertise taking the boat under the bridges in Paris! The excursions for the most part were very good. The boat tour in Paris was par excellence and so glad we were able to do that! The Paris Cabaret show was another highlight for us. The meals were presented well, they were hot and tasty. The dining crew worked really hard and they were always so pleasant and willing to go the extra mile to make sure our dining experience was a good one. We loved the breakfast buffet and the 2 lunch buffets. Because we prefer mainly vegetables, that really worked for us. We wish that every lunch was a buffet!!! Dinners were a little heavy for us and we had to substitute the red meats with fish or chicken. But most of the other people looked like they were really enjoying the menu. We so enjoyed our English speaking table mates, really helped us to communicate at dinner. We would do this trip again in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We wanted to go on the Douro river and explore the Portuguese countryside. It was an amazing experience. Amalia Rodrigues is a new ship. Very modern and welcoming. We loved the crew. The staff was very hardworking, friendly, humorous and ... Read More
We wanted to go on the Douro river and explore the Portuguese countryside. It was an amazing experience. Amalia Rodrigues is a new ship. Very modern and welcoming. We loved the crew. The staff was very hardworking, friendly, humorous and caring. They worked as a perfect team. Special thanks to the cruise director Sonya and the entertainer Diogo. The evening entertainment, shows and different kinds of trivia contests were a lot of fun. Comfortable cabins and common areas. This cruise is for foodies and wine experts. The French cuisine was elaborate and the wines and drinks on the ship were very good and wine tasting on tours was great. We loved shore tours and the tour guides that were contracted by Croisi. Those people were passionate about their country and history. The natural beauty of the Portuguese country side is breathtaking. We liked all tours, but the best ones were in Salamanca (Spain) and Lamego. It was not our first river cruise, but the most successful thanks the detailed planning and perfect organization of all activities by the crew and the cruise company especially the staff in New York office Ms. Manipon and Mr. Erickson. The atmosphere on the ship was very pleasant. The staff was Portuguese, but spoke French and English. We were with the group of English speaking tourists from New Zealand and Denmark. We highly recommend this cruise to American tourists. Thanks to CroisiEurope we had an unforgettable vacation. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
We chose this cruise because of the time of year (tulips in bloom in Amsterdam). We had also heard good things about Croisi so we thought we would give them a try. The planned route of the tour took us to all of the places we wanted to ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the time of year (tulips in bloom in Amsterdam). We had also heard good things about Croisi so we thought we would give them a try. The planned route of the tour took us to all of the places we wanted to visit along the Rhine. The food was excellent as was the service. We were amazed at how stable the boat was throughout the entire cruise. We passed many ships heading both upstream and downstream and never felt any motion or roughness from their wakes. It was hard to tell whether the boat was moving or moored unless you opened a curtain and looked outside. At one stop, we moored next to a Viking Boat which was at least a third if not half again as long as our boat. I can't imagine that they had a better ride than we did. The service was exceptional and the people very friendly and helpful. We will definitely look at taking another Croisi Cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
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
Sail Date October 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
Sail Date August 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
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
Sail Date July 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
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
Sail Date June 2018
We were curious about Eastern Europe, and Croisieurope's itinerary seemed the most interesting. Mostly older French-speaking passengers, with a sizable Spanish contingent. Only six English-speakers, but Omer the cruise director kept ... Read More
We were curious about Eastern Europe, and Croisieurope's itinerary seemed the most interesting. Mostly older French-speaking passengers, with a sizable Spanish contingent. Only six English-speakers, but Omer the cruise director kept us informed and made sure there were English-speaking guides on the excursions. (Although my French is limited - 30 night school classes 25 years ago - I found myself understanding nearly everything by the end of the week). Excellent food and interesting excursions with good guides. A low-key and pleasant eight days. Shore excursions were generally very good. Was somewhat disappointed that the Constanta tour didn't include the beach, and the "included" noon meal could have been skipped -- large restaurant catering to tour groups with mediocre food and slow service. We would have happily paid for our own meal at a beachfront restaurant. Also, the Bucharest tour seemed very rushed, possibly of necessity. There was no time to do justice to the outdoor folk museum. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
I want to say that, in general, we enjoyed our cruise immensely. The Loire Princesse is very well designed and appointed and kept in excellent condition. The staff are all lovely and the food, as I had expected from our previous ... Read More
I want to say that, in general, we enjoyed our cruise immensely. The Loire Princesse is very well designed and appointed and kept in excellent condition. The staff are all lovely and the food, as I had expected from our previous experience of Croisi, was excellent. We do, however, have some criticisms, which we have passed on to the cruise company. These relate, in the main, to the excursion programme generally and to some excursions in particular. Firstly, though, when booking I would advise you to check out the cabin allocated to you very carefully before you accept it. The paddle wheels are quite noisy when running, so I would advise trying not to be too close to them. The other thing is that there are a number of cabins on both decks that are smaller than standard, due to the stairs between decks. We noticed that cabin 234, for example, which happens to be the one that we were originally allocated by Croisi before, at our request, we got changed to 243, is one of those smaller cabins. I have to say that we would not have been at all happy if we had had to keep cabin 234 and only found out that it was smaller when we got there! In regard to the excursions, firstly, some general comments. As English speakers, we felt that we were disadvantaged by some of the guides who translated only a fraction of their French commentary into English. The notable exception to this was the guide Jean-Louis, whom we felt made every effort in that respect, switching between French and English commentary much more frequently than the others. We also had some concerns that one of the coach drivers spent an awful lot of his time speaking to the passengers with a microphone in one hand and only one hand on the steering wheel; even when executing turns, and negotiating roundabouts! It seemed to us that, on occasions, he was trying to usurp the function of the guide, and rather liked the sound of his own voice. We have suggested that if it is the intention that drivers should provide commentary, then for the safety of passengers, they should be provided with hands free microphones so that they can keep both hands on the wheel! We felt, in general, that the excursion plan was a little too intensive, especially with so many early starts. I appreciate that we could have opted to not have taken the whole excursion package, but it is very difficult to know, beforehand, which excursions will really be worth going on, and which it would really be no loss to miss. We believe, also, that the planning and execution of some of the individual excursions could be improved. These are our comments on the particular excursions that we took. Guerande - The visit to Guerande itself was lovely. The visit to the Salt pans was mediocre. The English translation here was particularly sparse. As there were other passengers who did the "dynamique" tour, so that the coach had to return to Guerande to pick them up, it would have been nice if we had had the option for some free time in Guerande instead of the Salt pans. Nantes tour - We felt that less than a third of what our guide Eva said in French was actually translated into English. She also went into far too much detail in places. At the cathedral she must have spent at least 20 to 30 minutes going into every single detail of the tomb of Duchesse Anne's parents! Even French people were getting bored and wandering off. At the castle, it would have been better to have had a shorter guided tour and some free time to visit the walls and Royal rooms or, as there were only a few English, perhaps to have supplied them with the audio guides and arranged to meet later. Erdre cruise - This was OK but I did not think it was worth the price to sit in a closed-in river boat on uncomfortable plastic seats. It was impossible to take any good pictures through the glass windows, but whenever they were opened, there was an overpowering smell of fuel. Muscadet Road tour - From here on in Jean-Louis was our guide and the quality of guiding, and ratio of English translation improved immensely. The visit to Clisson was pitched perfectly in terms of timing and content. The visit to Cassemichère was also very good, with three very nice wines offered for tasting. Saumur & the Cadre Noir - This excursion was a little disappointing. The visit to Saumur consisted only of seeing the town hall and the castle, fairly briefly, from the outside, before moving on to the riding school. There we were ushered directly into the arena to take up our seats. I have to say that I feel that we have seen better horse displays and it was disappointing that, although the audience was clearly an international one, commentary was solely in French. Angers - The castle was interesting but we felt that far too much time was taken up in explaining almost every individual panel of the Apocalypse Tapestry. Again, a lot of people seemed to be getting bored and wandering off. An option here to either stay with the guide or for some free time to explore other aspects of the castle and meet up later would have been welcomed. The short walk through Angers and look in the Cathedral after the castle visit was interesting. Castles of the Loire - A very full and quite tiring full day excursion, basically at least 10 hours away from the boat. The two castles and one garden visited, though, were all delightful. Corniche Angevine - We felt that there really was not much substance to this excursion, other than the visit to Domaine FL and the wine tasting there, which took up a large part of the excursion time, although the scenery was pleasant enough and there were a number of short stops to see specific things. For us, a wine tasting that early in the morning did not seem ideal. Unfortunately, we were not alone in feeling that the wines offered for tasting were not very palatable, judging by the amount that was being tipped away by everybody, rather than being drunk! Finally, so as not to finish on a negative note, I would just reiterate that we had a really lovely time, but we hope that, perhaps, improvements might be made in the excursions, and particularly for English speakers, as a result of the detailed comments that we have made. We have already seen that Croisi are commissioning a number of new boats over the next couple of years, so we will be looking at their itineraries in due course, with great interest. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This cruise was a convenient short cruise out of Paris. The ship was clean, well maintained and attractive. The lounge and sun deck had ample space for socializing and viewing the scenery. The food choices were limited to chef's ... Read More
This cruise was a convenient short cruise out of Paris. The ship was clean, well maintained and attractive. The lounge and sun deck had ample space for socializing and viewing the scenery. The food choices were limited to chef's choice rather than a full menu at lunch and dinner, but what was served was delicious, plated in a lovely fashion and served with excellent service. Dietary restrictions could be accommodated. This cruise offers complementary wine and drinks which is a great value. The quality of the complimentary wines was so good that we never felt the need to upgrade to premium choices. Also, the complimentary wine varied at each meal to carefully pair with the cuisine of the meal. The breakfast buffet had a full variety of choices to suit any palate or diet. The shore excursions were included in the price of the cruise. On this itinerary there was scenic cruising in the morning through bucolic villages in Normandy. Then there was an afternoon excursion. The guides hired for the excursions were all knowledgeable and passionate. While we were 2 of 4 native English speakers on the cruise, most of the staff spoke English and we never felt excluded or lacking in information. There was also a TV channel in English so that we could read about the days activities. In fact the staff went out of their way to ensure that we were included in all activities. There were amusing games in the lounge before lunch and dinner as well as evening activities. The gala dinner was fabulous and made for a memorable birthday celebration for us. Overall a lovely experience and excellent value. We will definitely travel with CroisiEurope again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
My wife and I just returned from a last minute 8 day trip to Italy (bucket list checked). We were interested in both Venice and river cruise and happened upon Croisi. I checked the regular sites for reviews and found very little, but went ... Read More
My wife and I just returned from a last minute 8 day trip to Italy (bucket list checked). We were interested in both Venice and river cruise and happened upon Croisi. I checked the regular sites for reviews and found very little, but went ahead and booked. Very glad we did. We sailed on the Michelangelo in Venice April 4-8. First of all, the boat/hotel manager (Herve) is an excellent host. He could not have been more friendly, informative and organized. He is very customer service oriented indeed. The boat was spotlessly clean, the food very tasty, the tours exceptional and the overall experience delightful. We will definitely cruise on Croisi again. You board the boat very near the main cruise port, but on a very nice quay away from the hustle/bustle adjacent a typical Venice neighborhood. When all passengers are on board the first night, it then moves on to an even better location on a quay just a few minutes walk to St. Marks Square and all of Venice. We walked for hours each day directly from the boat in beautiful neighborhoods. The passenger mix on our cruise was perhaps 60% German and the remainder French (except the two Brits and two other Americans whom we shared a dining table with - they were all very nice and it was good to have companions to share with at meals). You will not go hungry or thirsty. The food is very good with a nice breakfast buffet and three course lunch and dinner. It is a French line, so lots of meat and sauces. Wine, beer and liquor flow freely. The rooms are small compared to cruise ship standards and the bathrooms even smaller, but for us this didn't matter as the location, ambiance, entertainment and tours were excellent. I read one review that complained about the lack of cruising the boat actually does, however it is exactly what is listed in the Croisi itinerary - but yes, its more of a floating hotel than what most are used to for a cruise. We went on to Florence and Rome, where we did day tours and there is no question that Venice and Croisi were the highlight. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The Madeleine is a barge that runs between Lagarde and Strasbourg (or return) in the Alsace region of France. Whilst the barge can accommodate 22 passengers, we were lucky that there were only 10 of us. We did have a problem at the ... Read More
The Madeleine is a barge that runs between Lagarde and Strasbourg (or return) in the Alsace region of France. Whilst the barge can accommodate 22 passengers, we were lucky that there were only 10 of us. We did have a problem at the beginning because the company didn't provide very good directions for our collection at Strasbourg station - we were all in different places! A map with clear instructions would help. The food was exquisite as they served us food local to the region. Wine was included with lunch and dinner. Lunch also included beautiful cheeses which they described prior to the meal. We spent most of our time either 1. relaxing in the lounge as we passed through the many locks 2. walking or cycling on the tow path or in the quaint villages 3. Participating in the excursions they arranged for us. The entire journey was very relaxing, the staff friendly and helpful. We just loved it and highly recommend it as a wonderful, relaxing way to see a small region of France. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Just finished a cruise on the Anne Marie, from Arles to Sete. We thoroughly enjoyed it and miss it already. All of the crew preformed excellently. However, I want to acknowledge the exceptionally excellent work of Chef Pierre (Peter) and ... Read More
Just finished a cruise on the Anne Marie, from Arles to Sete. We thoroughly enjoyed it and miss it already. All of the crew preformed excellently. However, I want to acknowledge the exceptionally excellent work of Chef Pierre (Peter) and the host Zolton. Chef Pierre's food offerings were, for each meal, comparable with the best food I have tasted anywhere. All of the other passengers agreed. Our host, Zolton, was always cheerful and accommodating. His description of the wines and the cheese course were both educational and entertaining. I would have been happy to stay aboard the Anne Marie eating Chef Pierre's food and drinking Zolton's wine, but there were some great excursions to historical sites and points of interest.. The only excursion I would suggest that you avoid is the one to the salt factory at Auigues Morts. Just tour the ancient town. It's walking distances from thge barge dock. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
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