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River Royale Review

5.0 / 5.0
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Bordeaux River Cruise - Perfect for Foodies & Fine Wine Connoisseurs alike

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Michy17
First Time Cruiser • Age 50s

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Sail Date: May 2018
Cabin: Stateroom with French Balcony

Fabulous cruise with delicious local fresh food and very well presented. Plenty of variation to choose from each day. The red and white French wines were great however when we asked for French Champagne on arrival we were only offered sparkling wine. It wasn't until we enquired further that the sommelier then offered us French Jacquart Champagne. I would have expected French champagne to be offered as a staple when travelling in France on a 4/5 star all inclusive luxury cruise. The entertainment was very disappointing. The singer who sat at the piano singing voiceovers and occasionally playing a couple of notes would finish well before patrons had left the bar/lounge area each evening. We had expected lively entertainment that encouraged people to get up on the dancefloor and dance. The speaker sound system in the lounge/bar didn't work properly as we had to resort to playing music from our iphones once the entertainment had left for the night. Overall the staff were very friendly and helpful on board, particularly our sommelier and dining room manager, Plaman who arranged a special evening for us on the top deck with our selection of vintage French Champagne and canapes. Our tour manager, Adrian (AJ) was outstanding. We thoroughly enjoyed all of the tours. The Chateaux owners were very passionate about their wine making and incredibly generous with sharing their knowledge with us.

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Stateroom with French Balcony

Our cabin was tastefully decorated however it was very small. We had a French balcony suite on the starboard side however we were rarely able to use it or had our curtains and balcony doorway open as each time we docked we either had a ship berthed next to us or we were facing the dock. So it isn't really worth paying the extra money for a balcony suite unless your cabin is located on the port side. This boat is being renovated shortly. Hopefully the cabins will be bigger and a bar installed on the upper deck as the beautifully furnished enclosed room on the upper deck is being underutilised.

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