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River Duchess Review

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Review for River Duchess to Europe
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10+ Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Aug 2022

We choose this cruise, as we were looking forward to having a relaxing cruise seeing the Danbue and Rhine, the locks and all the beautiful scenery along the way. Unfortunately, the River Duchess did not make it to Budapest so we could get on the boat. Instead we were put up in a hotel in Budapest and the next day had a 3+ hour bus trip to meet the boat in Vienna. This began our adventure. After a night on the boat, we had approximately 2.5 hrs in Vienna and then bussed again. We had a total of 1 1/2 days cruising and the rest either docked in Passau or Vilschofen and bussed daily to various cities. The water levels were low in Europe; however, this was a known fact. We missed many towns and stops on our itinerary. We were then bussed to Frankfurt and after 3 nights in a hotel bussed to Amsterdam for 2 nights. In total we spend 6 nights in a hotel and docked the majority of the rest of the cruise.

Cabin Review

The cabins were small. We had a large picture window. They had 2 twin beds pushed together, night stands and a small round table with 2 chairs. There was just enough room for one person to walk around. They did have good closet space. Since we were docked the majority of the time on the boat, we either faced the seawall or had another boat rafted off next to us and was looking into their dining room or another persons cabin. So, we had to keep the curtain closed alot. You had to request to have bed linens changed.

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We choose this cruise to have a relaxing, scenic cruise on the Danbue and Rhine and see the landscape and locks. Amsterdam is a large city, Airport on departure is an experience with long lines for security.

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