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We won this cruise through the Daily Mail and not having been on a cruise before we did not know what to expect. Travelmarvel took care of everything including ensuring that my wife, who is disabled and walks using two crutches, was helped with assistance through Manchester airport, Frankfurt and return from Budapest to Munich, full marks to them for that. At Prague we were met by the company reps. who escorted us to the coach which took us on a 4 hour journey to Vilshofen where the ship was waiting. It should be noted here that the normal port of embarkation is Nuremburg but lock maintenance did not allow the ship to get any closer than Vilshofen. Luggage was placed in the cabins whilst everyone was welcomed on board by the crew. The cabin on the ship was about the same size as a Travelodge hotel room with a very comfortable king size bed. Meal times were 'civilised' and the food was first class. A whole list of excursions were offered, some free and a few to be charged. The tours also catered for the disabled by ensuring that the group toured on an almost level route, nice touch. Evening entertainment was sourced via the area that we berthed each night. The ship travelled daytimes only when we were going through a picturesque part of the Danube which made the week more interesting. The crew were fantastic and looked after us all with professionalism and friendliness. The disembarkation went smoothly. Overall the whole experience was rated as totally organised without being obvious, totally relaxed with good food and comfortable surroundings.

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Travelmarvel Sapphire Cruise Review by Ronald05

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We won this cruise through the Daily Mail and not having been on a cruise before we did not know what to expect.

Travelmarvel took care of everything including ensuring that my wife, who is disabled and walks using two crutches, was helped with assistance through Manchester airport, Frankfurt and return from Budapest to Munich, full marks to them for that. At Prague we were met by the company reps. who escorted us to the coach which took us on a 4 hour journey to Vilshofen where the ship was waiting. It should be noted here that the normal port of embarkation is Nuremburg but lock maintenance did not allow the ship to get any closer than Vilshofen. Luggage was placed in the cabins whilst everyone was welcomed on board by the crew.

The cabin on the ship was about the same size as a Travelodge hotel room with a very comfortable king size bed.

Meal times were 'civilised' and the food was first class.

A whole list of excursions were offered, some free and a few to be charged.

The tours also catered for the disabled by ensuring that the group toured on an almost level route, nice touch.

Evening entertainment was sourced via the area that we berthed each night.

The ship travelled daytimes only when we were going through a picturesque part of the Danube which made the week more interesting.

The crew were fantastic and looked after us all with professionalism and friendliness.

The disembarkation went smoothly.

Overall the whole experience was rated as totally organised without being obvious, totally relaxed with good food and comfortable surroundings.
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Cabin 103
Very clean, comfortable king size bed, bathrobes and toiletries supplied
TV including BBC News channel