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We chose this cruise as it fitted in with our itinerary and we thought the River Elbe would be interesting. We spent 3 days in Prague prior to boarding. On embarkation we were informed by the purser that the boat would not be going ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it fitted in with our itinerary and we thought the River Elbe would be interesting. We spent 3 days in Prague prior to boarding. On embarkation we were informed by the purser that the boat would not be going down the Elbe as the water levels were too low and we would instead be going down the canals. We had received no communication from Croisi about this prior to boarding and from there everything went downhill. The canals were boring and there was not much to see. We did still visit the towns as shown on the itinerary but we only did the one tour at the end to Berlin which was quite good. The cabins were quite reasonable and the decor was nice but it is a very small boat. Entertainment was minimal or non-existent. There were no fitness or recreation areas. There was an open deck upstairs for viewing but there was not much to see. On day 5 on arrival in Dresden we had to pack up, disembark, stay overnight in Dresden and change to another boat which again we were not expecting. Due to an air conditioning failure at the hotel we wer meant to stay at we then had to transfer to another hotel. The food at the hotel was terrible. The food was very disappointing on the boat no choice at dinner. Breakfast was a buffet and pretty average. Disembarkation was in Warnsee in Berlin not Tegel as we were told and we had to Uber into the centre of Berlin. Service on both boats was average. All in all a very disappointing cruise and I would not recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was our second Croisi Cruise. The first was for 5 nights out of Bordeaux. Fabulous French food and relaxed itinerary. Just 8 English speakers 2 Americans and 6 Australians We have started mixing a short cruise between busy ... Read More
This was our second Croisi Cruise. The first was for 5 nights out of Bordeaux. Fabulous French food and relaxed itinerary. Just 8 English speakers 2 Americans and 6 Australians We have started mixing a short cruise between busy land tours for R and R Eastern Europe overland 14 days- CROISI cruise 8 days -Russia and the Baltic States 14 days We were aware of low river levels distrupting river cruises so I contacted Croisi 10 days before our Cruise to ensure we would be sailing. They never replied and after we embarked in Berlin and sailed we were then informed of changes to the itinerary . We completed the first 4 days by doing a "rat run" down Canals and had to moor in isolated spots and spend long days on a coach instead of being able to walk from the ship to places such as Dresden and Meissen. After 2 long bus days we stayed on board and following a complaint on our return home we received a refund of our excursion costs 700 Euro. The company did their best and can't be blamed for the drought but I did object to not being informed beforehand of the changes. We were lucky in that many river cruisers at that time did their whole "cruise" on a bus!! The food onboard did not compare to the first cruise ..French Versus Eastern European Cuisine There were 6 English speakers 2 Irish 2 New Zealanders and 2 Australians. We all received a 700 Euro refund. Croisi is designed for Europeans and is not for everyone. We like their product and it represents good value compared to other companies. We had been to busy Prague on our land tour and loved a second opportunity to get up early and walk over all the bridges with hardly anyone else around. Don't do as the Europeans do GET UP EARLY and you will be rewarded. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
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