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Gerard Schmitter
3.5 / 5.0 Cruise Critic Editor Rating
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Passengers 176
Crew 37
Passenger to Crew 4.76:1
Launched 2012
Shore Excursions 44

Jamey Bergman
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Gerard Schmitter Overview

Launched in 2012, Gerard Schmitter follows the blueprint of CroisiEurope's more than 20 other riverboats. A modest but comfortable ship, it plies the waters of the Rhine in Central Europe year round, catering to a majority French clientele. CroisiEurope's family roots are clearly on display on Gerard Schmitter; the ship itself is named for the company founder, and both his portrait and his own art can be found onboard.

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Like other ships in Croisi's fleet, Gerard Schmitter has a bright color scheme that is repeated throughout the ship. The pink and purple furnishings onboard are prevalent, but they're softened by the neutral colors in the carpet and wall coverings. All in all, though, pastel reigns on this ship -- from Mr. Schmitter's still lifes to the soft colors of the blown-glass lights in the reception and lounge areas.

The ship carries 176 passengers in 88 simply furnished cabins and offers a very French set menu at lunch and dinner. The fare onboard is consistently good, although it can be a bit rich for British and American palates. Like most other Europe riverboats, Gerard Schmitter includes wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner in its fares. However, shore excursions cost extra.

Interestingly, CroisiEurope has increased its marketing in the English-speaking sphere of late, so it's likely that the onboard experience will reflect this push in coming years. Currently, a niche group of Francophiles from the U.K. and other, mostly European, countries complements the French-speaking majority of cruisers. The line makes every attempt to group its non-French passengers together on cruises by primary language and nationality, and English is the secondary official language onboard. Brits and Americans make up a small fraction of the line's clientele -- after French, Germans, Belgians and Swiss.

Cruising on the Rhine full time, Gerard Schmitter has plenty of space for sitting and watching the countryside roll by. The ship offers two lounges, fore and aft, both with access to outdoor deck space. The open-air top deck is so large and relatively empty that it brought to mind a sports field with its ample amount of space, few chairs and indoor/outdoor carpeting. Overall, it's a pleasant and unpretentious ship that reflects the company ethos, offering value-for-money river cruise experiences.

Fellow Passengers

The general age for river cruise passengers is 60 and older, which is the typical demographic onboard Gerard Schmitter. More than half the line's passengers are French, with about 6 percent coming from the U.K. and U.S. annually. With a price point that emphasizes value rather than luxury and a solidly French onboard experience, many passengers will be veterans of package tour travel, particularly within France. The line operates in two languages onboard, French and English, including all announcements. Provisions are made when larger groups of passengers who speak neither language are onboard.

CroisiEurope Gerard Schmitter Dress Code

Smart casual is the normal mode of dress onboard Croisi ships. Because the ship and its clientele are mainly European, colors are darker, and generally nice trousers or jeans and collared shirts for men (blouses for women) is the norm onboard. There is, however, one Gala Dinner on each sailing, with most passengers in evening dress, enjoying a crew performance and dancing after dinner. If you're planning on touring -- either with the ship's added-fee shore excursions or on your own -- don't forget a comfortable pair of shoes. As the ship sails in Europe, with its lovely and historic landscapes, tours frequently involve cobblestones and other uneven surfaces.

CroisiEurope Gerard Schmitter Gratuity

Tips are not included in the cruise fares. The line does not suggest a specific amount, preferring to allow passengers to make their own decisions with regard to tipping. An envelope is discreetly placed in each cabin prior to the end of the sailing. Gratuities are cash-only, and they're divided among the crew. There is a box marked simply "Merci" near the reception area of the ship where money and envelopes can be dropped. The onboard currency is the euro, though other currencies are accepted for tips.

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CroisiEurope Gerard Schmitter departs from Amsterdam and Budapest.
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CroisiEurope Gerard Schmitter Member Reviews

Gerard Schmitter
Sail Date: Jul 2018
My wife and I selected this cruise because we had heard good things about the value of CroisiEurope and we really wanted to see the Rhine river region. Before taking the cruise we looked at the reviews on this site...Read More
Gerard Schmitter
J Evans
Sail Date: Dec 2016
We chose this cruise because we wanted a special celebration for our 20th wedding anniversary on December 28th. We flew to Baden Baden on a Ryan Air flight on the 27th and had organised an airport transfer straight...Read More
Gerard Schmitter
Sail Date: May 2015
CroisiEurope is fabulous! We are 100% sold! Our first river cruise but not our last. Upon arriving via train from the airport had no problem finding the ship thanks to the map we were provided and just a short...Read More
Gerard Schmitter
john doolan
Sail Date: Jun 2018
Schmitter, A stop over in Amsterdam before leaving port then again an overnight before leaving Only wish the did longer cruises say about 14 days from Amsterdam to Vienna which we did two Years go ,....Read More

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