Cruise number 52
Riviera Cruises - MS Thomas Hardy
6th December - 11th December 2018
Cabin number : 218.- midship , Deck 2 - Balcony Cabin
Total pax : 169 , Crew : 44: Decks :5
Cruise for 5 nights - Christmas Market cruise
Budapest / overnight Budapest / Bratislava / Vienna / Vienna overnight / at sea / Budapest overnight
Checking in was fast and expiditied perfectly , From arrival on river side/ check in then to cabin was 30 minutes.
On board, housekeeping , room service ,main dining room service and food all of a very good standard.
The Bistro restuarant which is booking only can not be compared to any of the chefs table rstaurants on similar star rating ships this is due to it not being any differant from the main restuarant except for menu. No differant silver service ( in fact our table felt we had better service in the main restaurant), no variety of wines per course as expected and local foods as would be the norm.
The included excursions all of a good standard , with the guide in Budapest on day one Uri being so non PC its great to hear and excellent at his guiding.
The oriantation tour around Bratislava with Alta was first class again so non PC its refreshing .
Tour around Vienna was basic and pedestrian . We did our market route and spent many wonderful hours using our own apps. The Ars Mundi string quartet was a nice touch as entertainment in Vienna on board after dinner.
No form of sail away , however found the departures times to early as you miss the impact of the christmas lighting after dark. Postpone by 2 hours and all would be fie on this point
However the total lack of any entertainment besides our loan pianist who tried his best does drop the overall rating somewhat along with the very pedestrian cruise director , the tour manager tried his hardest to bridge the gap but to no avail. This meant long dinners and more bar time .
Overall a good product with a few tweeks and upliftments , the Housekeeping, Bar and main dining room along with the ship crew carry the product for sure
2018 star grading - 4
Wonderful cabin midships deck 2 , fantastic service and kept clean throughout day. Turn down service well timed and general space in cabin of a good standard . Bathroom modern and well structred.
Uri was a excellent guide so non PC it is refreshing and very informativeView All 353 City Tour Reviews
Alta was a great guide again non PC and told it as it is , wonderful knowledge of history and current affairs mixed wth humour made it a guided tour of a good couple hours well worth it.
Very pedestrian and bland the guiding company used needs to not be so mono toned. We ended up leaving the tour as did many others and ventruing via apps to the christmas markets etc ourselvesView All 169 City Tour Reviews