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Scenic Opal Cruise Review
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Wonderful tour, fascinating excursions and scenery, exceptional food and service

Scenic Opal Cruise Review by chast

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Aug 2017
  • Destination: Europe River

We were interested in learning about Holland, Germany and Switzerland and discovering what a river cruise was like -- the best and most relaxing of all the cruises we have taken!

Our meals were fantastic, breakfast, lunch and dinner. We enjoyed having dinner entertainment. Margaret and Gigi looked after us with our favourite alcoholic drinks during our meals and on the sundeck as well as the lounge. Costin, the head of food service, always made sure that our meals were what we expected and were always available. Kurt, the cruise director, was fantastic and did a super job of making sure everything was going smoothly and made Harley laugh like crazy during the "German class" and as a result, Harley has signed up for conversational German to start Sept. 18!

The tour guides for the canals of Amsterdam and the bus tour were exceptional.

The tour guide in Koblenz was knowledgeable and showed us the best of the city with his love of the city and his flair for writing, he made the city come alive.

The Mechanical Music Instrument Museum was fascinating and the ride up the side of the mountain on the cable car gave us an overall view of the vineyards as we reached the Niederwald monument at the top.

We have no words to describe the experience at the Baroque Palace, complete with drinks and hors d'oeuvres before the classical concert - we were overwhelmed with the beauty of the room and the wonderful performances of the two opera singers and the piano accompaniment.

The visit to the Black Forest area was somewhat of a disappointment but Schnapps and the Black Forest Cake made up for it!

We found going through the locks fascinating and we were very impressed when our cruise got delayed by a mishap in a lock but we admired the way Kurt managed to rebook everyone at the right times on each bus so that we could catch our flight out of Basel airport.

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Cabin Review

Cabin Delux Balcony Suite 302

The bed was very comfortable. The bathroom was roomy and the shower was great. I have just one little complaint: that there was not an outlet for the hair dryer in in the bathroom but I appreciated the fact that a dryer was supplied because mine burned out the first day!

We enjoyed the balcony with the window that went up and down and the lighting was great for reading at night. No matter what the time of day, there was something to look at on the river bank.

We appreciated that the mini-bar was refreshed every day, and we loved getting the chocolates every night! Ratko made sure we were well looked after. The room was always kept clean with new towels, etc.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Canal Tour

Super guide and great excursion

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City Tour

Enjoyed it.

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Walking Tour

Guide was terrific and scenery was exceptional.

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Niederwald Cable Car

Terrific views - a great tour of the Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum.

View All 54 Niederwald Cable Car Reviews

We walked through the vineyard in hot temperatures with a "view" of the Black Forest. We enjoyed finishing with Schnapps and Black Forest Cake. (And free toilets!)

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