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Monarch Empress Review

This was our third Danube cruise and it suffered a little by comparison

Review for Europe River Cruise on Monarch Empress
10+ Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jul 2018

We had not visited Poland(Warsaw, Krakow) so we joined this tour of Poland followed by a cruise of the Danube from Budapest, Bratislava, Melk, Durnstein, Vienna, Regensdorf and on to Munich to catch our flight home to San Francisco.

We had the very best luxury Suites on the ship but in general, felt cramped especially by the very large group from Israel who tended to monopolize the ship. But the food was OK and the service decent. It paled in comparison to our first Danube cruise on Viking.

Nevertheless, the scenery was breathtaking even though we have traversed this stretch to Prague at least 3 times before. Vienna is always such a delight representing old world elegance and genteel manners with Baroque architecture and of course Motzart's music and chocolates(Motzarts kugel made with marzipan). The shore excursions were great and well managed. All in all, the cruise was good value for money.

Cabin Review

Great clean spacious cabins for such a small ship a vast change from the mega cruise liners which we cruised on NCL Escape, Bliss, etc. We prefer the smaller ships because then you can really interact with your fellow passengers and form longer friendships.

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