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We sailed on the Viking Skirnir from Amsterdam to Budapest and then we extended our cruise through Viking with a 3 day stay in Prague. This was our second cruise with Viking. We had enjoyed the portraits of southern France the year ... Read More
We sailed on the Viking Skirnir from Amsterdam to Budapest and then we extended our cruise through Viking with a 3 day stay in Prague. This was our second cruise with Viking. We had enjoyed the portraits of southern France the year before and loved the Viking experience so much, we booked the European one. We were met at the airport and immediately whisked away in a late model Mercedes. We were on the boat by 9:00 a.m. and were invited to partake of coffee and pastries while we waited for our cabin. We also had a light lunch later on deck. It was no imposition that we had arrived so early. We had the best time. The vistas were spectacular - too beautiful for words and we enjoyed all the towns and tours we visited along the way. The guides were wonderful and imparted their knowledge to us, making each stop more interesting. We were fortunate to have the best weather, except for a bit of rain in Vienna. The staff of Viking were wonderful and enhanced our trip immensely. They truly enjoyed their jobs and we never encountered a bit of impatience or rudeness. The boat was lovely and we had a cabin with a veranda which to us is a necessity as we love to sit and watch the scenery. Each meal on the boat was wonderful and we enjoyed various wines from the regions we sailed to. All in all, a most wonderful cruise and we have already booked cruises for this year and 2017. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Great trip. Crew had to make some adjustments due to flooding on the Danube but not a problem for the passengers. Very impressed with program director. We got into Nuremberg a couple of hours early so he arranged transportation and a guide ... Read More
Great trip. Crew had to make some adjustments due to flooding on the Danube but not a problem for the passengers. Very impressed with program director. We got into Nuremberg a couple of hours early so he arranged transportation and a guide for those of us who wanted to explore the city in the morning. Our concierge could not have been nicer and more helpful. She was so much fun. As always the entire crew was outstanding. The food was great especially some of the pastries. If there was any weakness on the cruise it would have been the excursion to Vienna. There was too little time to do it justice. But all the other stops were exceptional. We have always been pleased with the local guides. It was a great trip. Budapest was our favorite city followed by Nuremberg. We took a pre trip to Budapest and had the best city guide. But all excursions were enjoyable even when it was raining. The on-board entertainment was very good. The program director and musician had a great relationship and did things to get everyone involved. As always, the long ship was wonderful. The crew really works hard to keep everything meticulous. The room, although not all that large, is so well designed. It's hard not to have a great time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Amacello review- seven nights Romantic Rhine (June 4-11, 2015): Day 1- Amsterdam (embark) Day 2- Amsterdam canal tour, then bus to meet up with ship at first lock. Day 3- Cologne (morning walking tour of city), Koblenz (evening ... Read More
Amacello review- seven nights Romantic Rhine (June 4-11, 2015): Day 1- Amsterdam (embark) Day 2- Amsterdam canal tour, then bus to meet up with ship at first lock. Day 3- Cologne (morning walking tour of city), Koblenz (evening walking tour) Day 4 morning cruising Rhine gorge, (Rudesheim (afternoon and evening tours), Day 5- Speyer or bus to Heidelberg (afternoon walking tours), Day 6- Strasbourg (morning walking tours, afternoon explore city on your own), Day 7- Bresach/Riquewihr (bus to city then afternoon walking tours), Day 8- Basel (disembark). Post cruise extension possible I have taken over 20 ocean cruises on 8 cruise lines. I wanted to try a river cruise and this one worked out with my schedule. I arranged my own air transportation and pre and post cruise hotels. I traveled solo. Good 1) The ship is nicely appointed. Cabins are compact but with loads of not easily accessible under bed storage. Closets were perfect for one person, but would be much tighter with two. Nice bathroom, with a good-sized shower with glass door, but limited bathroom storage. 2) The staff is very nice and repeatedly stated that “all you have to do is ask”. I did ask for and get pants hangers, and asked and paid for a cabin up grade from lower deck to one with a French balcony. 3) Free Internet is included, although cell coverage is spotty due to cruising on border regions. The in cabin media system had a range of European and American TV channel coverage, and recent movies on demand. 4) Wine/soft drinks/beer are included with meals. Cocktails are ~$7. 5) Food was generally very good. Eggs, waffles, pancakes MTO, fruits, all breads baked onboard. 6) Excursions are included, generally a bus tour followed by a walking tour with several types of tours for active and gentle walkers and also biking tours. Have to read closely to differentiate between see (drive by) and visit (get out of the bus). Use the quiet boxes, so I could wander away from the group and still get the commentary. 7) Lots of small groups (2, 4, 6, 8) travelling together- no large groups on this particular cruise, but I has head from fellow passengers that large groups (30-40) have occurred on previous cruises which dramatically changed the dynamics. Most passengers are 60-90 retirees, with one group of 40-ish travellers, and several extended family groups. 8) Local entertainment brought on to the ship was mostly good to excellent. Bad, 1) Ship is small (146 pax maximum, 112 for this voyage). The beds were European and very hard. Would have liked to have a choice of pillows. Really no place to hang out to read. Often the only room (Lounge) is in use for port talks or entertainment. So I spent a good deal of time in cabin watching movies, the scenery, or reading. 2) When I asked for sweetener other than “sweet and low”, the answer was that knew there were other kinds, but they did not carry them. So much for “All you have to do is ask”. Feel free to ask, but the answer might be no! 3) Nothing bad to add about media- They can’t control the cell coverage 4) Wish wine was available all the time, not just at meal times 5) Everyone ate at the same time. Lunch 11-1 pm depending on excursions, and generally 6-7 PM for dinner and you are asked to come within 20 minutes of those times. Didn’t like that, but it is a small ship so they have limited staff and kitchen space. 6) The excursion had limited choices. Some local guides ere excellent others not so good. 7) No accommodations made for solo travelers. Walking into the dining room brought back the horrors of high school lunchroom with lots of little cliques that formed immediately. Most nights I just asked around to sit with people, sometimes “seats were being held”, other times I met lovely fellow passengers. Sometimes if I sat down at a table then when the late arriving member of the “clique” arrived that acted put out. Really-I travel to meet new people, not sit with the same people every day. I am more used to ocean cruises were there are tables of solo travelers. On this ship there were only two solo travelers. This was my least favorite aspect of the cruise. Would I recommend this cruise? Yes for couples and small groups, definitely not for solo travelers. I might try another river cruise in 10 years, but I did not consider this a luxury experience. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
My daughter and I had a most enjoyable first experience with Viking Cruises. We chose The River of Gold Itinerary travelling the River Duoro. The excursions were most interesting, the staff was outstanding (they anticipated your needs!) ... Read More
My daughter and I had a most enjoyable first experience with Viking Cruises. We chose The River of Gold Itinerary travelling the River Duoro. The excursions were most interesting, the staff was outstanding (they anticipated your needs!) and the quality of the food was at the five star level. We liked the size of the ship (only 108 passengers) and with unassigned dinner seating it gave us the opportunity to meet quite a number of interesting people. We were so delighted with our experience that next year both my daughters will be accompanying me on yet another European cruise with Viking. We are all looking forward to a memorable vacation!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Our first and last river cruise with Scenic. I totally agree with the poor review on this website. Our cruise was supposed to be a gastronomique and wine cruise in France. Well the classical French dishes were nowhere to be seen let alone ... Read More
Our first and last river cruise with Scenic. I totally agree with the poor review on this website. Our cruise was supposed to be a gastronomique and wine cruise in France. Well the classical French dishes were nowhere to be seen let alone resemble classical French dishes. Bouillibaise, French Onion soup, mussels, crepes suzettes, coq au vin etc where did they get the recipes from? The cabin was small in comparison with cruise ships. The waiters understood little English. One night we asked to see the Maitre D and got a pot of tea. We complained to the hotel manager about the food and was told that we cater mainly for Australians. Is that an insult to Australians or is it an insult to Brits, Canadians and Americans who were on the ship. As like the poor review we paid in excess on £11000 for what is classed as a luxury cruise and by far this is the worst cruise we have been on. This was our 15 cruise but our first river cruise. The company advertisers itself as top market. I would have thought that being if France the food would be as advertised in brochure, no where near. The chefs hands are tied by a moron in head office. The housekeeping and reception were excellent along with literally one or two waiters/butlers. Would I recommend Scenic, never in a month of Sundays Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I recently travelled from Budapest to Amsterdam with my Mum on the Viking Baldur. What a fabulous trip! Everything about the ship was wonderful, from our cabin (though on the small side), to the lounge and bar, the main dining room, the ... Read More
I recently travelled from Budapest to Amsterdam with my Mum on the Viking Baldur. What a fabulous trip! Everything about the ship was wonderful, from our cabin (though on the small side), to the lounge and bar, the main dining room, the sundeck and the Aquavit Terrace. The crew were just amazing, with the most attentive service and always with a smile, nothing was ever too much trouble. The shore excursions and tour guides were well organised and always of interest and we were fortunate to have mostly fantastic weather. Free Wi Fi was a bonus and mostly worked very well. The onboard entertainment and information talks were great, with something for everyone from a glass blowing demonstration, apple strudel making demonstration, dancers, singers, a trivia night, Viennese coffee culture, the European Union and more. When there was no specific entertainment we were always entertained by our pianist, Laslow (I think that's how you spell his name). And he played during lunch and cocktail hour every day as well. The meals were just awesome! Full buffet breakfast of 5 star hotel quality, lunch in the dining room or out on the terrace and 4 course dinner in the dining room. Snacks and tea/coffee available all day. Our cruise included the Silver Service drinks package which meant unlimited drinks from the bar of whatever we wanted. I would absolutely recommend Viking based on our experience and would cruise with them again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Although this is presented as a cruise the time on the water is only half of the trip. Nor did we embark at Shanghai but the option to choose Chonqing is not in the menu. This was our first experience of cruising since both my husband ... Read More
Although this is presented as a cruise the time on the water is only half of the trip. Nor did we embark at Shanghai but the option to choose Chonqing is not in the menu. This was our first experience of cruising since both my husband and I suffer from seasickness and had not thought it wise to try the oceans! The "Imperial Jewels of China", from Beijing to Shanghai is a once in a lifetime trip. It could hardly be called a "holiday" since leisure time is extremely limited at the beginning and end. Excursions to the "must do" sites such as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Terra Cotta Warriors etc set off very early in the day to try to avoid the worst of the crowds (not apparently successful!) so leisurely lie in bed is not on the programme. And even on the ship the excursions and activities are time consuming. But apart from the endless crowds and the rather disappointing weather this is an amazing experience. The vastness of a country you see only a portion of, the different culture, the overwhelming scenery - so different as you pass through different regions, the seething crowds ...... The cruise part of the itinerary we enjoyed immensely despite a couple of wet days. Unused to the possibly more luxurious cruise ships we found The Emerald more than comfortable and the crew delightful. If you want more luxury stay put in the hotels that Viking arranged for the rest of the trip! We were unfortunate since the night we embarked at Chongqing was the night that the Chinese cruise ship went down in the Yangtze with the loss of about 400 lives. This impacted on our timetable but the crew were more than helpful and reassuring. We had hoped to be sunbathing on our stateroom balcony but sadly the weather was not that kind. In fact we saw the sun on few occasions which, coming as we do from Andalucia in Spain, was disappointing. The pollution in the big cities hides the sun and the weather systems down in the mountains mean the sky is often grey with heavy cloud and drizzle. So don't take this trip if you want luxurious leisure or if you have difficulty in walking for long periods of time or if bad weather might put you off or if you are allergic to crowds. Take it if you want to experience something totally different and have your mind blown by the "Imperial Jewels of China", it's something you will never forget! P.S. The Viking tour guides are fantastic, particularly ours, the lovely "Johanna", and make things run like clockwork even on such a tight and demanding schedule. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I booked this trip as a RIVERBOAT CRUISE. The boat was only able to cruise for 1 1/2 days due crew error (crew on the boat informed us the boat was damaged the first night by backing into an object). Starting the fourth day of our trip the ... Read More
I booked this trip as a RIVERBOAT CRUISE. The boat was only able to cruise for 1 1/2 days due crew error (crew on the boat informed us the boat was damaged the first night by backing into an object). Starting the fourth day of our trip the boat became a very expensive hotel room and then things got worse. On day five we were offered the opportunity spend an entire day on a bus for the included tour and on day 6 we were bused to Avignon to stay in a hotel that is on par with a Holiday Inn. The trip did not meet what was promised by Viking in the following areas: 1. We were not provided with the scheduled river cruising for the majority of the trip. 2. We did not stay on the ship for 2 of the 7 nights. The hotel accommodations were significantly inferior to the suite we had booked on the ship. The food at the hotel was completely unacceptable and this is something that has been commented on numerous times by previous travelers so Viking is well aware of this fact. 3. We lost a complete day of our vacation by being bused from Lyon to Avignon. We wanted to spend time on the boat and river cruising, we had no intention of participating in the Arles tour but were forced to spend the entire day on a bus. 4. Starting on day 3 of the cruise we were constantly worried about what was occurring and how things were being handled. Having a very junior crew member handle the situation was completely unacceptable and stressful for the guests on the boat. 5. After the captain announced that the boat was ‘having problems’ we never saw her again until we were leaving the boat to be bused to Avignon. When asked where the captain was crew members responded that they did not know. We thought she had left! Having her stand at the end of the ramp as we were disembarking was laughable, she doesn’t speak English, the vast majority of the guests were English speaking and no one was there to translate. So the only interaction the captain had with guests during this entire time was to tell us the boat was broken and good bye. 6. We were assured by crew members numerous times that Viking would fully compensate us for our losses and ‘take care of us’. 7. We were advised by crew members that the hotel accommodations in Avignon would be similar to our room on the boat. The hotel accommodations were completely unacceptable, the room rate was in the range of 150 euro per night. 8. The hotel room in Avignon had 2 twin beds that could not be made into a single bed. No other rooms were available. We were advised that this was an error Viking made when booking our room. When we booked this cruise we requested a single bed, upon arrival we found that our room had 2 twin beds and we asked our stateroom attendent and reception to have the beds made into a single. The staff could not explain why this error occurred and just continued to apologize and assure us that Viking would ‘make things right for us’. The trip and Viking’s handling of this situation has been extremely disappointing. What is going on with Viking. We travel extensively having cruised many times with Azamara, Wind Star, Regent Seven Seas and Oceania. We have always had wonderful experiences and expected the same from Viking. I know Viking is attempting to break into this cruising market, however, with this type of customer service, I doubt this will be successful. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
My wife and I traveled with 16 friends on the Hermod. Our experience was a tale of two trips. During the time we were cruising and on the ship, our experience met expectations: a handsome ship, comfortable cabins, a choice of wonderful ... Read More
My wife and I traveled with 16 friends on the Hermod. Our experience was a tale of two trips. During the time we were cruising and on the ship, our experience met expectations: a handsome ship, comfortable cabins, a choice of wonderful dishes, pleasant service and a helpful staff. But as described below, the trip turned into a mediocre experience at best. Therefore, I must give the cruise a terrible rating for the failure of Viking to deal appropriately with the problems detailed below. To give some context as to our expectations for the trip, the Viking brochure describes the "Portraits of Southern France" trip as follows: "With its ancient towns, beautiful scenery and incredible food and wine, there is no place quite as evocative as southern France. On this magical 8-day voyage, sail the scenic Saone and Rhone Rivers, alongside some of France's most picturesque scenery. With its fabulous food and wine, you can look forward to a memorable journey of discovery." Our trip certainly didn't meet this description. We boarded the ship at Chalon-sur-Saone on Sunday, May 31 (Day 1). The ship did not actually leave Chalon until the afternoon of June 1 (Day 2) when it cruised to Tournus. Those who were on the afternoon bus excursion did not experience that cruising as the bus met the ship in Tournus. The ship then left Tournus at approximately 5:00 p.m., arriving at Macon at about 8:30 p.m. This brief period was the only daytime cruising we experienced. The ship left Macon after midnight and arrived in Lyon the next morning, June 2 (Day 3). At that time, we were informed that the ship had hit something, at least one of the propellers was damaged, and the staff was assessing the problem. The ship never left Lyon. Thus, the ship cruised only on two days, Days 2 and 3, and the amount of time actually spent moving on the river was less than a day, most of it at night while we slept. On Wednesday, June 3 (Day 4) instead of cruising to Vienne, we were taken by bus to Vienne for either of the two included, scheduled walking tours. On Thursday, June 4 (Day 5) we were offered two options: 1) a bus trip to Tournon for the included tour or 2) a guided tour of a Lyon art museum. There were 60 people on the museum tour with only one guide—totally insufficient for the size of the group. The tour in Tournon was supposed to include either 1) a morning tour of Tournon with chocolate and winetasting or 2) a steam train tour. However, the steam train tour was no longer offered as an included option. Because of the long bus ride to Tournon, the “morning” tour took all day rather than the half day it was supposed to have taken. And of course there was no afternoon scenic river cruising as shown on the original itinerary. By Day 6, we had not docked at Vienne, Tournon, Viviers, or Tarascon. Thus, we had no opportunity to view the scenery along the river or leisurely explore those towns as suggested by the original itinerary. On Thursday, June 4, we were told that we would leave the ship on the next morning and be taken by bus to Arles and then to Avignon where we would stay in a hotel for the rest of the trip. On Friday, June 5 (Day 6), after leaving the ship, we took a four and a half hour bus ride to Arles and were offered either of the two included tours of Arles. The afternoon was supposed to have been an optional tour to Les Baux and the St. Paul de Mausole hospital near St. Remy de Provence (which many of us had signed up for), but that optional tour was no longer offered due to the lengthy bus ride to Arles. Instead of having a wonderful lunch on the ship, we were taken to a large restaurant in a Best Western hotel for a group lunch of beef served over rice. We had virtually the identical dinner that evening in Avignon, beef served this time over pasta. In contrast to the meals on the ship, no choices were offered. Rather, one set meal was provided, and it was hardly the “Farewell Reception and Dinner” listed in our itinerary. When buses took us to our hotels in Avignon, our particular bus had no Viking personnel on it. After a full day of getting on and off the bus, a large group of us were left on a street corner just outside the city wall for almost 30 minutes waiting for a Viking representative to take us to our hotel. Our driver and none of us had any idea of where we were staying. While most of us are fit, there were several travelers who could not handle the trek. On Saturday, June 6 (Day 7) we had the scheduled walking tour in Avignon. A group lunch was provided in a nearby hotel restaurant, and again there was a fixed menu with no choice. Dinner was at our hotel again with a fixed menu, this time hamburgers. The Viking personnel in Basel, who apparently were handling our situation, provided no additional support to the Viking staff who accompanied us to Avignon. Our hard-working and very over-taxed program director and hotel manager did their best in a trying situation. They, however, were not given logistical support required to move passengers to four different hotels, inform guests of the next day’s activities, or provide details on leaving Avignon at the end of the trip. We want to emphasize that the problems with the ship were not due to low or high water levels, which would have been natural conditions beyond Viking’s control. Rather, our cruise was interrupted by a mechanical problem, and our ship never left Lyon where it arrived on Day 3. Viking put us in a hotel inferior to the accommodations on the ship. The meals that were provided after we left the ship in no way compared to the cuisine on the ship. After the scheduled stop in Lyon when our ship no longer cruised, we were denied the amenities that accompany cruising -- the picturesque scenery; the comfortable lounges and sun deck; the cultural enrichment programs; the entertainment; the variety, quantity, and quality of cuisine; complimentary wine, beer, and soft drinks; the assorted coffee and tea available 24/7; the convenience of unpacking once. The Viking brochure touts the benefits of river cruising as follows: "Nothing compares to a river. How else but on a river can you journey into the very heart of the world's greatest cities and most charming towns, strolling off to begin your exploration. How else but on a river would you travel with such ease, unpacking just once and enjoying the ever-changing scenery along the banks? Comfortable and convenient, river cruising offers a greater variety of destinations than you can find any other way. Spend less time getting there, and more time being there. Small wonder so many people have fallen in love with this relaxing, immersive and thoroughly enjoyable form of travel." Our experience falls well below these standards. We spent a lot of time “getting there” and much less time “being there.” As for compensation, Viking has provided a voucher valued at 25% of the fare that we paid for the Portraits of Southern France cruise for another cruise. The future cruise must be booked within a year. This is inadequate compensation for what we experienced. The voucher is little more than a promotional ploy, not much different than the discounts Viking regularly offers. Although there were good things about our trip, I must give Viking a terrible rating for mishandling the situation and not offering fair compensation. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Six of us booked the 14 days titled France's Finest. We got only as far as Lyon on day two of the second half of that trip on the Viking Hermod. As told by other people, the ship was rendered not able to continue because the ship ... Read More
Six of us booked the 14 days titled France's Finest. We got only as far as Lyon on day two of the second half of that trip on the Viking Hermod. As told by other people, the ship was rendered not able to continue because the ship hit something.. We all felt the jolt during the nite and even light in our bathroom went out. That was the end of our cruising. After two more nights aboard, we were bused to Avignon to different hotels. 1. There was obviously no set plan when an emergency occurs...it would seem that Viking would have a written Disaster Plan. It would have been helpful to crew and passengers! 2. The hotels and food offered were sub par and again not what we had experienced before. 3. The weather was very hot and many people had a really hard time as many of us are older! 4. We were told we would be compensated....and first we got a wrong email talking about water levels and offering 25 per cent off any Viking Cruise. Then we received an email saying first email was wrong and we would be receiving a voucher. We did receive a voucher for $663.88!!! We divided cost of this part of cruise and divided by seven and then multiplied by four and was $2800! We expected that compensation at least or a voucher for a future cruise...we spoke with another couple who experienced water level problem last year and they did not expect anything and received a 75 per cent voucher for another cruise.. 5. Not sure what has happened to Viking and their reputation. They have grown so much in last year and it seems quality of care of their passengers has really declined. Not sure about cause of accident, but what happened to us after that was not what we expected from Viking. 6. This was a special trip for us and we do not do a lot of trips and planning a year in advance is what we do. I do hope Viking reconsiders their small compensation. We were very disappointed Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Fantastic cruise on the Danube to celebrate my birthday. Excellent ship - crew very friendly and helpful. Nothing too much trouble. Ship spotlessly clean, good sized French balcony cabin with very comfy bed. Plenty of good food and wine ... Read More
Fantastic cruise on the Danube to celebrate my birthday. Excellent ship - crew very friendly and helpful. Nothing too much trouble. Ship spotlessly clean, good sized French balcony cabin with very comfy bed. Plenty of good food and wine - dining available in the main restaurant or buffet style on the Aquavit Terrace. Only negative was the Taste of Austria dinner which was a bit chaotic with starters, mains and desserts all buffet style at the central area. Too many guests trying to get different courses at the same time. Entertainment was ok Ports of call along the river were wonderful especially as we had terrific weather all week. Highlight was arriving in Budapest at night with the Parliament Building, Chain Bridge etc all lit up - breathtaking! Excellent programme of included and optional excursions. Disembarkation went smoothly for our onward stay at Le Meridien in Budapest. Would have no hesitation in recommending The Prestige and the Danube Waltz cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Having experienced the amazing service of Scenic on an Amsterdam to Budapest cruise we were happy to entrust our next holiday to them. We understood that river cruising in Russia was going to be different from Europe and planned for it. ... Read More
Having experienced the amazing service of Scenic on an Amsterdam to Budapest cruise we were happy to entrust our next holiday to them. We understood that river cruising in Russia was going to be different from Europe and planned for it. We were met at the airport by one of the lovely tour guides who saw us into a lovely BMW that speedily transferred us to the ship. First the Ship - Scenic Tsar is a lovely ship. We had a cabin on the middle deck about half way along the ship. The cabin was not huge but it was very well organised with adequate storage for our gear. The only negative was the tiny shower - fine for us but I imagine it wold be a struggle for bigger folk. The private balcony was a bonus as it gave us a place to sit in our cabin that was not our 'bedroom'. It was wide and very spacious - perfect for an afternoon wine or a morning cuppa. It was also big enough to hang out the 'smalls' we hand washed each evening without them intruding on our relaxation space. Meals without exception were excellent. I am coeliac so eating gluten free was essential for me. The staff it the dining room and the lounge knew after the first day and always brought me appropriate substitutes. Even at the self-serve tea/coffee station which had a small selection of sweet treats, I only had to ask and I was brought some gluten free treats. Free flowing wine and beer was served with all on board lunches and dinners. It was of a good quality and we found that we could always leave the dining room with a full glass to relax in the lounge or on the top deck if we so wished. We had $200 on board credit that we thought we'd use easily for extra drinks but found we actually spent the last couple of days working out how we cold use as, whilst the brochures all say drinks with meals only, there were lots of 'special occasions' where drinks were served before dinner. Evening entertainment whilst cruising was limited but enjoyable. In both Moscow and St Petersburg we enjoyed evenings out like Moscow Circus, choir recitals in and art gallery, ballet, evening cruises and on the ship we were entertained by a pianist each night, opera singers another night, a vodka tasting, piano recitals by one of the talented guides, and a few other fun activities that involved both crew and passengers. We found that as we had been so busy during the days, often with early starts that we weren't up for late nights of carousing anyway. We did enjoy warmly rugging up and taking a glass of wine for a stroll on the top deck after diner to watch the sun slowly sink to the horizon. The shore excursions were all amazing - interesting, insightful and some amazing places. Our guides were friendly, knowledgable and open to absolutely any questions we wanted to ask. We finished our trip in St Petersburg and pretty much had a free day on the last day. We had to be out of our cabins by 9am but were welcome to enjoy explore on our own or relax in the lounge or top deck facilities until our afternoon transfer to the airport - we did a bit of both. Would we do it again? Absolutely. I would love to return to Russia and because the tour was so richly intense, a repeat trip would still be most enjoyable. Would I do it again with Scenic? A resounding yes! We are in fact now planning our next trip with Scenic for 2017. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Having experienced the amazing service of Scenic on an Amsterdam to Budapest cruise we were happy to entrust our next holiday to them. We understood that river cruising in Russia was going to be different from Europe and planned for it. ... Read More
Having experienced the amazing service of Scenic on an Amsterdam to Budapest cruise we were happy to entrust our next holiday to them. We understood that river cruising in Russia was going to be different from Europe and planned for it. We were met at the airport by one of the lovely tour guides who saw us into a lovely BMW that speedily transferred us to the ship. First the Ship - Scenic Tsar is a lovely ship. We had a cabin on the middle deck about half way along the ship. The cabin was not huge but it was very well organised with adequate storage for our gear. The only negative was the tiny shower - fine for us but I imagine it would be a struggle for bigger folk. The private balcony was a bonus as it gave us a place to sit in our cabin that was not our 'bedroom'. It was wide and very spacious - perfect for an afternoon wine or a morning cuppa. It was also big enough to hang out the 'smalls' we hand washed each evening without them intruding on our relaxation space. Meals without exception were excellent. I am coeliac so eating gluten free was essential for me. The staff it the dining room and the lounge knew after the first day and always brought me appropriate substitutes. Even at the self-serve tea/coffee station which had a small selection of sweet treats, I only had to ask and I was brought some gluten free treats. Free flowing wine and beer was served with all on board lunches and dinners. It was of a good quality and we found that we could always leave the dining room with a full glass to relax in the lounge or on the top deck if we so wished. We had $200 on board credit that we thought we'd use easily for extra drinks but found we actually spent the last couple of days working out how we cold use as, whilst the brochures all say drinks with meals only, there were lots of 'special occasions' where drinks were served before dinner. Evening entertainment whilst cruising was limited but enjoyable. In both Moscow and St Petersburg we enjoyed evenings out like Moscow Circus, choir recitals in and art gallery, ballet, evening cruises and on the ship we were entertained by a pianist each night, opera singers another night, a vodka tasting, piano recitals by one of the talented guides, and a few other fun activities that involved both crew and passengers. We found that as we had been so busy during the days, often with early starts that we weren't up for late nights of carousing anyway. We did enjoy warmly rugging up and taking a glass of wine for a stroll on the top deck after diner to watch the sun slowly sink to the horizon. The shore excursions were all amazing - interesting, insightful and some amazing places. Our guides were friendly, knowledgeable and open to absolutely any questions we wanted to ask. We finished our trip in St Petersburg and pretty much had a free day on the last day. We had to be out of our cabins by 9am but were welcome to enjoy explore on our own or relax in the lounge or top deck facilities until our afternoon transfer to the airport - we did a bit of both. Would we do it again? Absolutely. I would love to return to Russia and because the tour was so richly intense, a repeat trip would still be most enjoyable. Would I do it again with Scenic? A resounding yes! We are in fact now planning our next trip with Scenic for 2017. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We were used to cruising on large cruise ships, so this was a delightful change. We enjoyed the camaraderie of fewer people, great service while dining and stateroom attention. The entertainment was great. The tours were very enjoyable ... Read More
We were used to cruising on large cruise ships, so this was a delightful change. We enjoyed the camaraderie of fewer people, great service while dining and stateroom attention. The entertainment was great. The tours were very enjoyable with well informed tour guides. Music was everything from opera (one song) to bluegrass and of course, blues. We enjoyed the cruise enough to sign up for the Columbia River cruise next fall. We have driven the highway though that area, but now want to see it from the river. I would highly recommend this cruise line and seeing America from the waterways. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
The highlight of the trip was the resource person, Todd Webber, who took the part of Mariwether Lewis telling the history of the expedition. Richland the try cities site of the Hanford Nuclear facility. Getting to know the ... Read More
The highlight of the trip was the resource person, Todd Webber, who took the part of Mariwether Lewis telling the history of the expedition. Richland the try cities site of the Hanford Nuclear facility. Getting to know the resourcefulness of the bus driver, Cindy, as she chatters through our trips. Morning visit to Sacajawea State Park and museum located at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia where the expedition camped. Afternoon visit to Hanford Reach Museum was packed with atomic energy information as it related to the people living in the trycities during the 40's. Huge amount of information about the Missoula flood which gouged out the Snake and Columbia Rivers. June 1 The Dales, OR. Columbia Gorge Discovery Center in the morning. More geology, local history and raptor show. Afternoon visit the museum was a surprise with Rodan room as packed as the Paris studio. June 2 Stevenson OR. The Bonneville Dam was a treat with an opportunity to see through windows several species of fish struggling up stream. June 3 Kalama, WA Trip to Mt St Helens blast center ended at Weyerhaeuser Center when the mountain hidden. The center was informative about logging the damaged trees as well a reforestation. June 4 Astoria, OR (the home of the Goonies) Trip through the city to the column which was under renovation. Fortunately, the view of the Pacific was spectacular. Then off to Fort Clatsop where the expedition over-wintered. Good visitors center. Afternoon we toured the Colombia River Maritime Museum at our leisure. Impressive the number of known shipwrecks around the mouth of the river. June 5 Portland Morning Todd covered the fates of several corps members. Tour of the city limited by the Rose Festival. The rose gardens were spectacular. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was their maiden voyage and everything went extremely well.My first River cruise and it was it was everything they promised. Shore excursions with local guides were fantastic with no problems with the English language. The weather ... Read More
This was their maiden voyage and everything went extremely well.My first River cruise and it was it was everything they promised. Shore excursions with local guides were fantastic with no problems with the English language. The weather in the beginning of June was just about perfect.A little cold in the beginning but it warmed up and it was a charm. Room with balcony nice. Would go for a larger room on another 14 day cruise. The staff could not be more accomadating with the food or menu. Nice change from large cruise ships with only 193 passengers. Would do this cruise again from Amsterdam to Budapest in a heartbeat. Nightly briefings were always helpful outlining the next day's itinerary. Crew from the moment we got off the plane, on the ship, and then again for return back to the States helpful, efficient, and doing everything possible to make our travels carefree and enjoyable. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Highly qualified, service-minded and pleasant crew. The meals (lunch and dinner) on board qualifying to at least 5 stars in the Michelin (have often enjoyed meals in quite many "chic" restaurants in France, but this really ... Read More
Highly qualified, service-minded and pleasant crew. The meals (lunch and dinner) on board qualifying to at least 5 stars in the Michelin (have often enjoyed meals in quite many "chic" restaurants in France, but this really reached the top!) Bravo for the chef de cuisine of "France"! The Maître d'hôtel/purser was a very pleasant, extremely service-minded and elegant person of highest class there is. Thanks to these persons especially and of course to all the rest of the crew, this cruise became a true adventure for us passengers. This is without any doubt whatsoever a cruise/ship/company to be recommended and if this is the standard for all the ships of CroisiEurope, I can say nothing else but - CONGRATULATIONS! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This fabulous little barge cruises north and south on the Shannon River through the Midlands of Ireland. With 10 lovely cabins and a crew of four, every detail is attended to and every creature comfort (within the confines of being on a ... Read More
This fabulous little barge cruises north and south on the Shannon River through the Midlands of Ireland. With 10 lovely cabins and a crew of four, every detail is attended to and every creature comfort (within the confines of being on a river barge) is provided. Rauirie Gibbons (skipper/owner) has sailed this river for nearly 20 years and his wife, Olivia, provides food that's better than any fine dining restaurant to be found anywhere, let alone Ireland. The small staff caters to your every whim and introduces local culinary treats. Day excursions give wonderful insights into Irish history and traditions and by the time your trip is over, you wish it could start all over again! A word of advice--pack lightly, but well. Weather can be tricky (it's Ireland for Pete's sake) so pack an umbrella. This is not a dressy cruise, so you don't have to dress for dinner. If you're looking to see a part of Ireland sometimes overlooked--or just want a relaxing way to see many parts without packing and unpacking all the time, the Shannon Princess is not to be missed! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our first river cruise and first time in the countries visited, the booking arrangements were excellent, except that we chose to fly to Munich, Germany a day earlier, and we did not take the pre cruise option to Prague, the US ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and first time in the countries visited, the booking arrangements were excellent, except that we chose to fly to Munich, Germany a day earlier, and we did not take the pre cruise option to Prague, the US office of Viking personnel told us that the transport from Munich to Passau was up to us that their transport was only for those that arrived the same day as the cruise or have taken the pre cruise package. We tried several ways and finally found one very nice lady from Globus that talked to the Viking Passau person in charge and it worked out, we took a taxi from Munich center to the airport and there we caught the Viking transport bus to Passau. The ship was great, the cruise was an experience of a life time, the personnel on board did every thing possible to make our cruise most enjoyable, the food for all three meals on board was delicious, the waiters were like longtime family or friends the way they pampered us, the housekeeping staff was most friendly and efficient. The entire experience was excellent, we enjoyed it better than the ocean cruises we have taken. Highly recommend Viking to anyone thinking of River Cruises, can't wait for them to start their Mississippi River Cruises in the States in near future! Wines and beverages with meals are included, get an extra one to take with you because in the lounge you must pay even for a glass of sparkling water or soft drink. The land tours included in the cruise were excellent, the busses very comfortable and the guides were great! Don't think it over, book your river cruise with Viking! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We visited wonderful places - in awe factor order - Forbidden City, Great Wall, Terra Cotta Soldiers, Yangtze River Gorges, school visit, Zoo/Pandas, numerous historical/cultural sites sprinkled throughout our journey. Was not impressed ... Read More
We visited wonderful places - in awe factor order - Forbidden City, Great Wall, Terra Cotta Soldiers, Yangtze River Gorges, school visit, Zoo/Pandas, numerous historical/cultural sites sprinkled throughout our journey. Was not impressed with Hu Tong visit (much construction work which appeared mostly unkempt and junky) and a demonstration of hacky sac type game nearby. Our guide, Matt, was excellent - always in tune with our group and looking out for our welfare. I am an adventurous eater and the food was excellent everywhere we went. Viking Emerald is an older ship so it was not as well appointed as others but accommodations were satisfactory none the less. The ship's crew were friendly, courteous and professional always. The Chinese people appeared friendly and always smiled. We learned to say "Hello" in Chinese and that always brought a smile and a wave and occasionally a picture with "the American visitors" especially from the kids who were just adorable. We would not hesitate to book future Viking vacations in any country offered. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This is a duplicate of the review posted for the preceding Paris leg of the trip. In May 2015 we embarked with UniWorld on their ship the River Baroness (RB) on the Seine, followed the next week on the River Royale (RR) sailing the ... Read More
This is a duplicate of the review posted for the preceding Paris leg of the trip. In May 2015 we embarked with UniWorld on their ship the River Baroness (RB) on the Seine, followed the next week on the River Royale (RR) sailing the Dordogne and Garonne in the Bordeaux region. This coupling of itineraries provides an excellent combination of the quintessential charming and glamorous Paris, with side excursions to interesting, quaint medieval towns, castles, chateaus, gardens, and to the Bordeaux region. The cruise lasted 15 days, including a land transfer from the RB to the RR using the high-speed TGV train. The itinerary of the trip was essentially as described in the UniWorld catalog. The scenic highlights of this cruise for me were of course Paris and surrounds, Normandy Beaches, St. Emilion, and the Chateaus of Bordeaux. The land excursions were mostly excellent, and very nicely selected to provide a broad spectrum overview of the area and culture. This review will mostly focus on execution of the cruise. Please be aware that some of the descriptions in this review will be in comparison to a UniWorld cruise we took in June of 2012, sailing on the River Duchess (RD) from Vienna, Austria, through Germany, ending in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. River Baroness and River Royale The RD set our expectations for a river ship. Never having been on a river cruise before that time, I was somewhat awestruck by the beauty and splendor of the ship; the reception, dining room, its lounge, and certainly its inimitable staff and crew. The stateroom was small, but definitely adequate. Three years later, now experiencing the RB, it is clearly an older ship in need of freshening. The reception area is tired and did not leave a great impression; neither did the lounge. The staterooms (level 100) are notably narrower than the RD, maybe a foot or two less, but that made a big difference in less ability for two persons to maneuver while dressing or trying to relax. This ship made us realize that on future cruises we need to get better informed and thoughtfully consider the ship and its accommodations. The sites where the ships docked were not necessarily in attractive or convenient proximity to their respective cities, except for Rouen and Bordeaux. But the most displeasing thing about where ships dock is that ships often tie up together side-by-side. This happened most of the time with each ship (RB & RR), resulting in no view whatsoever from the staterooms on that side of the ship. I realize none of the cruise ships have much control of this situation, especially due to the increasing popularity of river cruises. Fortunately, one usually does not spend much time in a stateroom except for sleeping. Culinary Experience As one would envisage, the cuisine is a delightful 5-star experience. Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners have typical, gourmet, and eclectic offerings to suit your preference. If in the unlikely case that the offerings do not meet your dietary needs or desires, the chef(s) are fervent to find something to your satisfaction. The best part of the cuisine are the dinner specials of the day, which are usually a specialty of a nearby locale; always a dining adventure. Dinners were usually five-course sumptuous feasts with fine wine selections. Moreover, much of the fare on-board is locally sourced. Of course, being in France, you can expect a smattering of interesting cheese, pate´, fish, duck, and luxuriant pastries and desserts. The soups were unique and delectable; they were on our must-have list every evening. On the RR, there was an excellent sommelier who every evening gave a short presentation of the wines selected for dinner. He also held wine education and tastings for small groups. This was a very nice and appreciated dividend indeed. One enticing option offered is the Saveur (flavor) Dinner in the RR Sky Lounge, a sunroom-like enclosure on the top deck of the ship. This popular sign-up option was limited to 25 persons or so, for a more intimate dining experience. The down-side of this experience is that the acoustics are so bad the conversation din was headache inducing. Further, the chairs had such narrow seats it was actually painful for some of us to sit. Lamentably, the staff admitted it was a known issue. Lastly, the sun shined so brightly through the large windows that sunglasses were a necessity. It was worth it though, to enjoy the perfectly prepared multi-course tasty cuisine. Almost as good as the food was the choreographed sharply executed food presentation at each table, reminiscent of a ballet. On the RB, the dining room staff were superb. They were omnipresent, yet nearly invisible when not needed. It seemed the very moment a glass needed refilling or plate removed, it happened instantly. The staff were all efficient, courteous, engaging, smiling and friendly. On the RR, the staff was equally efficient and worked assiduously, but apparently very understaffed, or maybe not as well trained. They just were not as attentive as the RB staff. My impression is that the staff was short due to cutbacks since the ship was obviously well below capacity. Shore Excursions Excursions are a main attraction of river cruising in France, and the itinerary offered on these cruises was exceptional. UniWorld’s selection of tours, sights, chateaus, castles, towns, farms, gardens, venues etc., were superb. They provided a broad overview of the region, while adding unique up-close views of past and present-day life. Because of the extent of the area, by necessity some of the tours required an extended bus trip to get to the destination, but those drives were often through beautiful scenic countryside with vineyards and charming villages. The guides were excellent, had amazing breadth and depth of knowledge, and were charming and witty, one and all. Each night before dinner a presentation was made about the itinerary and logistics for the following day, especially about the excursions and optional activities. Sometimes these were a bit hard to follow, much due to the fact that the written next-day itinerary was not distributed until after the talk. It would be much easier to grasp details if the itinerary was already in-hand when trying to listen to someone speaking with an accent. We found these talks to be important and useful to help decide which excursions we would choose, or not. UniWorld River Heritage Club The Heritage Club (Club) is obviously intended to reward, and thereby entice return customers. When poorly executed, as in our case, it is a dissuasion. The Club is purported to afford a cabin upgrade if available, have a private cocktail party with Captain and crew, provide a complimentary fruit platter upon arrival, and offer free weekly laundry, among other perquisites. After receiving none of these items on the RB, at the end of the week we inquired why. The purser said there was no record of our previous cruise (on the RD in 2012). Upon boarding the RR the next week, we asked the purser to look into it, as well as inquiring with our Travel Agent. The next day the purser said the record had been corrected. Nevertheless, there were these issues with the Club on the RR: 1) Never did receive a welcome platter. 2) Cabin upgrade was not offered, even though there were only about 74 guests on the ship (maybe 2/3 capacity), and apparently empty cabins. 3) We were ignored at the Captains cocktail party; no hors d’oeuvre served us. Admittedly, we were not sitting at a table with a “Reserved” card, but the reserved tables were occupied. We were, however, sitting at an adjacent table; likewise were a few other tables with Club members, but none of us were searched out. Part of the problem was that the cocktail party was set up in the lounge, and other guests started mingling with the party shortly after it started. Of course, none of those perks really much matter except for the cabin upgrade, and we were in fact afforded laundry service. UniWorld needs to overhaul management and execution of the River Heritage Club. Until then, you should ask for what you expect, - - or you may miss out. Summary These combined itineraries made for a great and enjoyable cruise. If you enjoy culture, art, and history, these are definitely for you, especially on the Seine. For the Bordeaux part of the cruise, you will enjoy it more if you are a wine aficionado or at least appreciate and enjoy wine. The length of the trip seemed about right, but another week extension onto the ship in the Burgundy region would probably be well worth it, given the expense to fly to France from the US or beyond. Obviously we had a few disappointments, hopefully just an anomaly, but we do not hesitate to recommend this cruise itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We've recently sailed on American Eagle from New Orleans to Memphis. It was not a pleasant experience though: First of all and the most important: if you ever been on a river cruise in Europe/Asia with let’s saying Viking, ... Read More
We've recently sailed on American Eagle from New Orleans to Memphis. It was not a pleasant experience though: First of all and the most important: if you ever been on a river cruise in Europe/Asia with let’s saying Viking, AmaWaterways, Tauck, Avalon etc…- do not take this cruise: you’ll be vastly disappointed. But first let me briefly describe our trip: We stayed at a hotel next to the French Quarter, in the morning got to the New Orleans port and had a smooth on time check-in. For an unknown reason musicians already stopped the embarkation entertainment and all welcome drinks were gone. It was a first call something is wrong, but we realized it later. So here is what we experienced during this cruise and what defers it from let's say an ordinary Danube cruise: - Same people (mostly college students on a summer break) work as a housekeeping stuff and serve dishes in the dining room. That’s the source of all service issues. - Very limited breakfast selection and by menu only. So expect to spend twice much time than if there was a buffet. - No barbecue on top deck in spite of a mostly nice weather. - Overall very limited food selection: only American food. No such things as thematic dinners: let’s say French, Italian etc… - Mostly “Gallo family” wines used. (the cost is around $3 in our local Walmart store). - Minor thing but no wine service in the dining room: need to pour glasses by ourselves. Wine is already on a table. - As other reviewers already mentioned the acoustic in the dining room is terrible. - Our cabin was never vacuumed - Many cabins have dampness issues. Shame for a new ship and whoever designed it! - Slow wireless internet disappearing at the same time as your cellphone service. On top of that the American Cruise Lines did not even fulfill what was promised with no explanation given: we never visited Oak Alley Plantation as advertised in the day by day schedule on their website. Overall it was a 1 start cruise for us but thanks to the entertainment and included tours which were pretty good I am giving it 2 stars. Here is the summary: I'd recommend this cruise only if you absolutely do not care about the service you receive, your kin is impatiently waiting for your death and tons of money under your bed still needs to be spent. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was my first experience with American Cruise Lines. All aspects of the cruise was FUN! More training needed of the young service personnel for their sake. All personnel was courteous. Tours were interesting, food was top quality, ... Read More
This was my first experience with American Cruise Lines. All aspects of the cruise was FUN! More training needed of the young service personnel for their sake. All personnel was courteous. Tours were interesting, food was top quality, kept up to date on a daily basis for tours, activities on and off the boat. Looking forward to another trip. Best part, you get to travel, see sights' meet new acquaintances without having to pack & unpack each day. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
The American Empress is the 2nd ship for American Queen Steamship Co and plies the Snake and Columbia Rivers in Washington and Oregon. Like the American Queen (AQ), the American Empress (AE) is a paddlewheel ship but AE is diesel powered ... Read More
The American Empress is the 2nd ship for American Queen Steamship Co and plies the Snake and Columbia Rivers in Washington and Oregon. Like the American Queen (AQ), the American Empress (AE) is a paddlewheel ship but AE is diesel powered with two "Z" drives supplementing the paddlewheel. AE was originally built in 2003 for Majestic CL as their Empress of the North. After Majestic failed the ship was returned to its bond holder. the US Maritime Administration, until bought by AQSC and returned to service last year as American Empress. Although the Empress looks like a steamboat from the outside, inside it is much more modern with large cruise ship styled cabins, almost all with balconies. AQSC is a upscale American owned, operated, and crewed company and thus fairly expensive. I am a "single" and usually AQSC charges double for singles which was the case with this trip. As AE holds only 220 guests, whereas AQ holds over 400, public spaces on AE are very few except for a lovely dining room, River Grill for casual meals at breakfast/lunch and reservation for dinner, a Show Lounge, and one Lounge/Library/Internet Center/Bar combo. Food on AE, like on AQ is excellent however the menu is "shorter" on AE with an emphasis on Pacific NW foods, e.g lots of seafood, whereas on AQ the food is more Southern/Cajun style. CREW/STAFF - all American with great morale/attitude. Never without friendly "hello's" and a smile on their faces. Itinerary - AE does a 7 night river trip from either Clarkson WA (Lewiston ID) to Vancouver WA (Portland OR) or reverse. Each trip begins or ends with a stay at a delightful upscale hotel. In my case it was the wonderfully restored 1914 Davenport Historical Hotel in Spokane. Once you reach your first night hotel everything with AQSC is "seamless" and outstanding in every respect. You check in, have dinner (on your own), provided with luxury overnight accommodations, breakfast the next morning, and then either have the morning to explore or take an extra cost AQSC tour. Your luggage "disappears" from your hotel room and reappears in your cruise stateroom, in the afternoon you are transferred to the ship and your trip begins. We went west down the Snake and Columbia rivers traversing eight river locks over the next days. Each day the "boat" docks at another town and you either take a Hop On/Off tour on AQSC busses which accompany the ship along the journey (travelling along the shore), or a extra cost Premium Tour to destinations further away. On the rivers we traversed from a desert like environment in the east to a heavily forested landscape in western OR/WA. (The Columbia River is the boundary between WA and OR). Personally I found that the stops on AE, while interesting etc. did not provide the variety or number of places of interest as found on AQ on her Mississippi River trips. This was the route of Lewis and Clark when exploring the area and was the "theme" of this voyage. A wonderful lecturer (called the Riverlorian) provides lectures, river commentary etc. On the 8th day we arrived in Vancouver WA, across the river from Portland OR where AQSC transferred us to the airport, tours, or their post cruise hotel. Other Comments - on AE cabins are "cruise ship like" with small baths and very small showers. Cabin walls are very "thin" and easily transmit "conversation" from next door. On AQ cabins are smaller, furnished with period furniture, large baths with tubs, but very few "private balconies". On AQ cabins mostly open to open Promenade Decks whereas on AE all cabins but six have private balconies. This was my 3rd AQSC trip and I find them expensive yes, but excellent is all respects. Your fellow passengers at least on this trip made this 75 year old feel that he was a "youngster". It is not just the "retired", but the "long retired" here on AE. Summary - it is almost impossible to find anything to "niggle" about on the AE or the AQ. AQSC is a great company and is I understand, part of the Hornblower Maritime "empire" which offers various maritime services around the world. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We stayed at a hotel near the port in Memphis. The check-in process was smooth. The boat was in good condition and traveled on the river very well. Spending time on our balcony while going down the river was pleasant. The shore ... Read More
We stayed at a hotel near the port in Memphis. The check-in process was smooth. The boat was in good condition and traveled on the river very well. Spending time on our balcony while going down the river was pleasant. The shore excursions were very interesting and enjoyable The internet connection was slow, when available The meals were better on some days than others, but the one consistent thing was the food was served cold most of the time. Talking to the Kitchen Staff along with Management did not make a difference - their attitude was "you do not matter and take the meals as is". The Staff turned distant and aloof after our comments and complaints, making this cruise disappointing. Entertainment on the boat is nonexistent We enjoyed the time off the boat visiting the small cities This cruise is very expensive and did not live up to expectations Read Less
Sail Date May 2015

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