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My wife and I considered several cruise lines before we settled on Tauck. We are looking for the best river cruise for our family — three of us, including our twelve-year-old — and while the Adventures By Disney option was tempting, we really liked Tauck's itinerary. The reviews were consistently high, and the agent we spoke with was extremely helpful and knowledgable. We boarded the MS Savor in Budapest. Members of the crew and the cruise director greeted us, all cheery and welcoming. We quickly discovered the Panorama Lounge and had a light lunch as we waited for our cabin to be ready. From those first moments, we were very impressed. We had never been aboard a river boat, and we weren't sure what to expect. I think our biggest fear was cramped quarters and packed dining halls — far from it. MS Savor is a big roomy vessel that was spit-spot clean for the entire journey. Our cabin was much bigger than we had imagined. We were on the uppermost deck about halfway down from reception. With the exception of a few kids who ran along the hallway from time to time, it was very quiet. The bathroom is spacious with a nice hot shower. And the closet is enormous. Our bed was terrific, and our son, who had the pull-out sofa bed, slept very comfortably. The room was always clean with new towels and thoughtful leave-behinds each night by a topnotch maid service. Just like a 4-star hotel. The meals on board were absolutely delicious, made even better by a wonderful serving staff. We got to know a couple of the waiters very well, and they totally took care of us — especially our son. All along our journey, we enjoyed specialties and wines of the countries we visited. And breakfast each morning was quite something. The Sun Deck is terrific place to relax and take in the beautiful landscapes along the Danube. We had a barbecue there one night, and it was a highlight of the cruise. My son and his newfound friends also enjoyed the small pool — not a lot of room, but a lot of fun. Our Tauck staff included our tour director, Tea, who was wonderful, and four experienced guides, two of whom had been with the company for a number of years. As passengers, we were divided into smaller groups, and for the most part we stayed in those groups for the entire cruise. On the days we traveled by coach, we had the chance to get to know our guides better, and we found them all to be very knowledgable. On the day we took a bike ride, our guides doubled as bike mechanics. The night we did karaoke, they served as back-up singers. And whenever we were making our way through a city on our own, they were our local experts, pointing out must-sees and fine restaurants. Tauck also had city guides ready for us in Bratislava, Vienna, Durnstein, Salzburg and Passau. Every one of them was excellent. We really felt like we had a great vacation. And if we were to do another trip like this, Tauck would absolutely be our first choice.

A Truly Memorable Family Vacation

ms Savor Cruise Review by HWS

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My wife and I considered several cruise lines before we settled on Tauck. We are looking for the best river cruise for our family — three of us, including our twelve-year-old — and while the Adventures By Disney option was tempting, we really liked Tauck's itinerary. The reviews were consistently high, and the agent we spoke with was extremely helpful and knowledgable.

We boarded the MS Savor in Budapest. Members of the crew and the cruise director greeted us, all cheery and welcoming. We quickly discovered the Panorama Lounge and had a light lunch as we waited for our cabin to be ready. From those first moments, we were very impressed. We had never been aboard a river boat, and we weren't sure what to expect. I think our biggest fear was cramped quarters and packed dining halls — far from it. MS Savor is a big roomy vessel that was spit-spot clean for the entire journey.

Our cabin was much bigger than we had imagined. We were on the uppermost deck about halfway down from reception. With the exception of a few kids who ran along the hallway from time to time, it was very quiet.

The bathroom is spacious with a nice hot shower. And the closet is enormous. Our bed was terrific, and our son, who had the pull-out sofa bed, slept very comfortably. The room was always clean with new towels and thoughtful leave-behinds each night by a topnotch maid service. Just like a 4-star hotel.

The meals on board were absolutely delicious, made even better by a wonderful serving staff. We got to know a couple of the waiters very well, and they totally took care of us — especially our son. All along our journey, we enjoyed specialties and wines of the countries we visited. And breakfast each morning was quite something.

The Sun Deck is terrific place to relax and take in the beautiful landscapes along the Danube. We had a barbecue there one night, and it was a highlight of the cruise. My son and his newfound friends also enjoyed the small pool — not a lot of room, but a lot of fun.

Our Tauck staff included our tour director, Tea, who was wonderful, and four experienced guides, two of whom had been with the company for a number of years. As passengers, we were divided into smaller groups, and for the most part we stayed in those groups for the entire cruise. On the days we traveled by coach, we had the chance to get to know our guides better, and we found them all to be very knowledgable. On the day we took a bike ride, our guides doubled as bike mechanics. The night we did karaoke, they served as back-up singers. And whenever we were making our way through a city on our own, they were our local experts, pointing out must-sees and fine restaurants. Tauck also had city guides ready for us in Bratislava, Vienna, Durnstein, Salzburg and Passau. Every one of them was excellent.

We really felt like we had a great vacation. And if we were to do another trip like this, Tauck would absolutely be our first choice.
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