We were able to fly ahead to Munich before transferring to Frankfurt to meet the ship. That was a nice side trip. When we were met at the airport, the airport was under construction. The staff that met us could have grabbed a cart to assist with the luggage as we had to walk quite a distance to the bus. It was quite a walk with all your luggage and we had older folks with us.
We were celebrating our 25 year anniversary with the Heart of Germany tour and to see the Christmas Markets. We expected a scenic river cruise and port in the towns we were visiting at least once, which did not happen. The ship was lovely, clean and well appointed. Our cabin was a nice size and our stewardess was bend over backwards accommodating. The advertised L'Occitane products in the bathroom were absent, good thing I travel with extra toiletries. The advertised local specialties in the dining room were also absent. The dining was less than desirable. The chef could have excelled with only 200 on board. I have had better food on a mega cruise ship in the Caribbean. We did have one "German night" on this German cruise. That food was good, but the rest of the meals were definitely lacking.
The service in the dining room, with the exception of one waiter was poor. They gave you what they thought you should have, not what you actually wanted (yes, there is a difference between milk and cream). Our first day out was a two hour bus ride to the town we were visiting, and a two hour bus ride to catch up with the ship that was going thru locks to meet us. One evening the ship was "late" and we sat literally in the dark at the side of the road for 40 minutes until we could embark. Too much time spent on giant tour buses, and if you didn't like the one and only tour offered that day, you apparently stayed on the ship and went thru locks all day.
Well appointed sans the bath products advertised in the brochure. One morning we did not have water, good thing we took our showers the evening before or it would have been awful. The beds were comfy. The last couple of nights the room was very dry and we had to put the shower on for the steam so we could breathe better.
Oldest Christmas Market in Germany. Very picturesque.