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River Discovery II Review

4.5 / 5.0
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Better than we expected or even hoped for.

Review for River Discovery II to Europe River
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cshoema
10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: May 2016
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We were waiting for a good last-minute offer from GCT (the only other river cruise line we'd used) when this Vantage cruise popped up at a price we couldn't refuse. From beginning to end, things went smoothly. Sure, the flights from Phoenix are long and arduous, but that's the downside to any European travel, and they were uneventful, as one would want. Check-in was smooth and we were escorted to our room by a cheery and informative crew member.

The room was impressive -- large enough, with ample drawer and closet space, a gleaming bathroom with great shower and L'Occitane de Provence products, and hey, is that free bottled water?! Yes, AND a water bottle for each of us to take on tours. We'd have paid a bunch on another line for that. Minibars aren't our thing, so we put those items aside and used the little frig for our personal stash of Diet Coke. The French balcony was perfect -- lots of view through those large windows and a chance to get fresh air while cruising with the door open. Going through locks, you can see there's not an inch to spare, so a balcony with seating would only have cramped the room. We were happy with this arrangement. Card keys worked well.

Captain's Club was a short distance away, so we had easy access to ice, coffee, tea, and fresh fruit 24/7. Plus, it's a nice quiet place to hang out and read. A little library at the other end kept us stocked with Sudoku puzzles and reading material. One evening after a long day, we felt more like staying in the cabin, where we could access free movies and there was a decent selection of new and old.

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The room was large enough, with ample drawer and closet space, a gleaming bathroom with full sized shower and L'Occitane de Provence products, and free bottled water. We used the little frig and cabinet for our personal stash of Diet Coke and snacks. The French balcony was perfect -- lots of view through those large windows and a chance to get fresh air while cruising with the door open. Going through locks, you can see there's not an inch to spare, so a balcony with seating would only have cramped the room. They supplied robes and slippers (we didn't need or use) and linens were changed half-way through the cruise. Towels could be re-used or replaced, as requested. Card keys worked well. Beds had room underneath for the luggage, so that was out of the way. Phone worked ok, great hair dryer, but the plug for US electrical appliances won't accommodate a curling iron.

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