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River Discovery II Cruise Review
4.5 / 5.0
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Nice ship, very thin walls, relatively uninteresting Saone river to sail

River Discovery II Cruise Review by artnuvo

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Nov 2016
  • Destination: Europe River

We had a last minute deal which included airfare and was a great value, cost wise. We had 2 days inAvignon,a pleasent town to walk around. As this was the last cruise of the season, some cafes, and galleries were closed,including the galleries on Rue Tentulier. St Pierre's chapel was delightful to visit, as was the included excursion to midieval Vienne and the extra cost excursion to the Pont du Gard Roman aqueduct.

Pros- The ship has a pleasant and efficient Romanian/Buigarian staff, very good food service and cruise director/tour guide, and cabins are good size. We were upgraded to 417 which is the highest deck and had more closets and storage space and a mini fridge compared to other non suite cabins.


The cabin walls are extremely thin, such that if a neighbor sneezed it was as if they were next to you and tv sound was noticeable. The latter disappeared typically by 10pm when most retired.The walls need to be improved.

The river is not that scenic and that interesting to sail, frequently viewing nuclear plants, industrial sites, and trees slightly masking the parallel highways. By comparison the Douro River Vantage cruise we took in August was very scenic - hillside wineries and a few castle ruins.

The Avignon stay could have been improved by a nearby visit to Nimes or Aix en Provence.

The extra cost Perouges excurision was not worth $79. A tiny hamlet inhabited by about 80 people -sort of a Disney midieval open air museum. The midieve lbuildings are interesting but not as charming to view as those in our included Vienne excursion.

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Cabin C 417

Upgraded cabin,including more closet space, a mini fridge, and a french balcony.

Very thin walls which need improving. Your neighbor sneezing was if they were in the same room and next to you.

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