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We have done several ocean cruises but this is the first river cruise, so our comparison point is not with other river cruises. We had a very enjoyable time overall. The smaller ship (~150) was cozy and let the staff be more flexible in arrangements. The ship facilities were good overall. The excursions were great. The quietvox system they used was really useful. For the biking excursions, they had enough guides that they could have let the group split into two... one faster and one slower group. But instead, by keeping one group, the slower and faster folks were both a bit off their desired paces. The fitness center was small and one of the two bikes was broken for the entire cruise, so this caused a lot of contention. Good laundry machines available. Wait staff was really nice, but often made mistakes... wrong or forgotten orders, etc. Checkout was really inefficient. One person for all checkout. I think we waited in one for 45 minutes. Not much for kids.

Very enjoyable first river cruise experience

S.S. Maria Theresa Cruise Review by Cheechew

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We have done several ocean cruises but this is the first river cruise, so our comparison point is not with other river cruises.

We had a very enjoyable time overall. The smaller ship (~150) was cozy and let the staff be more flexible in arrangements.

The ship facilities were good overall. The excursions were great. The quietvox system they used was really useful.

For the biking excursions, they had enough guides that they could have let the group split into two... one faster and one slower group. But instead, by keeping one group, the slower and faster folks were both a bit off their desired paces.

The fitness center was small and one of the two bikes was broken for the entire cruise, so this caused a lot of contention.

Good laundry machines available.

Wait staff was really nice, but often made mistakes... wrong or forgotten orders, etc.

Checkout was really inefficient. One person for all checkout. I think we waited in one for 45 minutes.

Not much for kids.
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