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6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
WE went on this river cruise because it's something I always wanted to do after a dozen big ships it certainly was different,we had a ball the crew were fantastic the food was great the cabin could do with some updating, the ensuite had ... Read More
WE went on this river cruise because it's something I always wanted to do after a dozen big ships it certainly was different,we had a ball the crew were fantastic the food was great the cabin could do with some updating, the ensuite had mould around the shower and the towels needed to be replaced getting a bit on the thin side. We went with Gate1 travel after friends recommended it and we weren't disappointed. The cruise director was excellent in arranging all the tours seeing the castle's on the Rhine Danube and Maine rivers was fascinating the towns we visited so much history amazing. There is a big difference between river cruising and ocean cruising that is on the ocean cruise you get a lot more time to relax where as on the river cruise you seem to be on the go all the time there's a lot of walking involved which we enjoy anyway but but at the end of each day we were certainly tired. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
I chose this cruise because it was recommended by my travel agent at Gordon Tours Israel. It was a really pleasant experience. Our cabin was cozy but comfortable and the ships crew were very friendly and helpful. The itinerary was ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was recommended by my travel agent at Gordon Tours Israel. It was a really pleasant experience. Our cabin was cozy but comfortable and the ships crew were very friendly and helpful. The itinerary was fascinating. I'd never been in Germany, or Switzerland and it was a fascinating experience. I enjoy history and I liked exploring all the cities on foot. It was also fun sampling the local culture. The boat and its crew were very conscientious and genuinely friendly. Rudy the cruise manager was charismatic and helpful. The staff on the ship made every effort to make us feel at home. They also kept our cabin spotless. The food on the cruise was tasty and plentiful. As for the entertainment. there was an evening activity every night of the cruise. Looking forward to my next cruise with Gate 1. Thank you very much for the pleasant experiencfe. Read Less
26 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
This is our first river cruise after about 15 ocean cruises and it is an experience we are definitely repeating. We booked with Gate1 Australia and the service has been great from start to finish. The ship takes about 155 passengers, ... Read More
This is our first river cruise after about 15 ocean cruises and it is an experience we are definitely repeating. We booked with Gate1 Australia and the service has been great from start to finish. The ship takes about 155 passengers, there was only 112 on our cruise with 52 Aussies, and do we know how to party. The ship, although not new, has been continuously refurbished so it feels really fresh. We had cabin 225 with a French balcony, although not hugh, was very comfortable, the bathroom is more spacious and usable than many ocean cruises that I've been on. The food was consistently delicious, thank you Chef Dirk.. Wine and beer are served with dinner each night, so we have the pleasure of sampling some very fine regional wine. The crew also helped to make it a more memorable experience, nothing is too much trouble. Special mention to Receptionist Genona, we went on board the day before our embarkment to make sure of the location, she spoke to us briefly giving us the info we wanted. Imagine our surprise when we embarked the next day that she remembered our names and cabin number and took care of our baggages for us. The included excursions were all well orgainsed with excellent tour guides that are all extremely professional and knowledgeable, although it did become a bit of ABC (another bloody castle/cathedral) in the end, they all did an excellent job looking after us. Read Less
44 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We have taken 2 previous land cruises with Gate 1 and found them to be fantastic. We came upon a special for a River Rhine cruise that was a great price in late spring. In all the Cruise was quite good. This was our first cruise of ... Read More
We have taken 2 previous land cruises with Gate 1 and found them to be fantastic. We came upon a special for a River Rhine cruise that was a great price in late spring. In all the Cruise was quite good. This was our first cruise of any kind so we did not know what to expect. Gate 1 leases this ship which is 10 years old but one would never think that. Everything was modern and very clean. There was a buffet breakfast with omelet station and lunch buffet with a hot sandwich and pasta option each day, Dinner was 4 or 5 course gourmet every night with wine or beer included. with the exception of two lunches, we had all of our meals on the ship. No complaints about the food were heard, all was very good. The cabin was cozy but not cramped and very clean. We did not hear any noise from the outside nor from neighboring cabins. Shore excursions were hit or miss. I thought some of them were somewhat rushed. The local guide gave a short walk with a smattering of information about the area and then left us for free time. There were three optional tours - Colmar, France with wine tasting, Heidelberg, and Marksman Castle. These were all on the expensive side and really not a good value. We were really rushed thru Heidelberg. At times it seemed as thou the ship's sailing schedule took precedence over excursion time. Evenings featured music in the lounge each night. The weather last week was perfect so we spent a lot of time on the ship's top deck. Beer and wine prices in the lounge were reasonable but mixed drinks were pricey. I have seen comments concerning Gate 1 as lower tier mass market. With sailing right next to Viking ships and following identical excursions I'm not sure that is a fair assessment. I don't know what Gate 1 is missing compared to Viking concerning the price of the cruise. I would recommend this cruise. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2017
This was out first river cruise. Everything was very easy and relaxed. The port is located a short distance from the train station. You will need to walk down to the pier which can be hard when you've got luggage. Once we arrived we ... Read More
This was out first river cruise. Everything was very easy and relaxed. The port is located a short distance from the train station. You will need to walk down to the pier which can be hard when you've got luggage. Once we arrived we simply walked right on the boat. Our room was ready and the bar was open! We did not leave the port until the following evening, so we were able to come and go as we pleased. I loved our room. We upgraded to a C cabin which included a french balcony. The only complaint is we never really had an opportunity to enjoy the view from our room. This is because we would leave the port at the time of dinner. So by the time we got back, it was dark. Or during the day, the boats are parked right next to each other, so again, your view is blocked. All of the walking tours were fantastic. However....it is a LOT of walking! Make sure you have good walking shoes as most of the streets and pavements are uneven. We averaged 20,000 steps per day. I strongly suggest taking the optional tours as well. The Kroller/ Muller Museum tour was very enjoyable. But our favorite was Brugge. It was just like a fairy-tale land! So beautiful. Our tour guide was Rudy and he was phenomenal! He just had such a great fun attitude, and was always happy and making sure we were having fun. Gate 1 is a budget cruise, but every day we woke up next to a Viking ship. We went to the same ports for less than half the price! You can't go wrong with Gate 1. They are very friendly and the food a drinks were great! Read Less
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