Magna Carta Cruise Review by J&F
This review is a bit late, but the memories of our fantastic barge cruise on Magna Carta with Dominic and his amazing crew still remain with us. Magna Carta is top notch; the cabins are roomy, the beds are comfortable, and the common areas are wonderfully maintained. Dominic has placed time and effort into her and it clearly shows. Magna Carta is perfectly designed for relaxing and seeing the Thames. (During our trip, Dominic's son, Oliver, was certified as a ship's captain -- so the love of the river runs in the family.) As great as is Magna Carta, the true joy of this trip was her crew - they're professional, friendly and their service absolutely wonderful. The crew of KT, Vicki, Oliver, and Dana did a fantastic job - their service was so friendly, by the end of the cruise we truly felt like a part of the family! They keep Magna Carta spotless and assist Dominic in guiding the ship through the many picturesque locks on the Thames - if you're interested, they'll even show you how to work the gates! Meals were amazing - Vicki is a fantastic, creative and enthusiastic chef. The effort she places into each meal is impressive. She knows the shops along the Thames and knows just where she can get the freshest, special ingredients for each meal. Our group enjoyed wine and cheese with lunch and dinner, so the crew went out of their way to serve the finest local cheeses each day - a real treat! Each day was filled with tours but there was always time to relax on the river and meals watching the Thames roll by were a real treat! Speaking of tours, on each stop our visits were well organized and informative with a comfortable mini-van to get us to many of the sights. Each were wonderful, but the highlights had to be our visits to Highclere Castle (the home of Downton Abbey) and Cliveden House (Lady Astor's country estate). Both were spectacular and the grounds gorgeous. All in all, truly a trip of a lifetime and one we will never forget.
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