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our first cruise on Viking loved every minute would do another one sometime the food was great the entertainment was wonderful the scenery was awesome .The service was great and room service was very prompt when needed the food was ... Read More
our first cruise on Viking loved every minute would do another one sometime the food was great the entertainment was wonderful the scenery was awesome .The service was great and room service was very prompt when needed the food was very good and had a good selection and my husband has sugar diabetes was plenty for him to choose from . everyone was so knowledgeable about where we were and what was going to go on each day we liked that it was a smaller ship and not many people we got to know our table mates as we sat together every night we found out we lived in the same neighborhood at home in lakewood cololrado, small world and ship. we loved walking on the upper deck at night and seen the night lights along the land and also we have never ben on a ship that we had to go through the locks that was very interesting most were at night but we could still see and also touch the slimmy walls it was very interesting ,. we did see some during the day also so we seen how they worked we jad a great time Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
It’s our first time with CroisiEurope on a 5-day Rhine river cruise in June from Strasbourg France to Cochem Germany and we thoroughly enjoyed!!! Thank you all to the hardworking and friendly crew…especially our entertainer Stephone ... Read More
It’s our first time with CroisiEurope on a 5-day Rhine river cruise in June from Strasbourg France to Cochem Germany and we thoroughly enjoyed!!! Thank you all to the hardworking and friendly crew…especially our entertainer Stephone who translated everything in English (even the trivia games so we could participate)!!! We were 5 english speaking passengers among a ship full of French speaking passengers (French & Swiss nationals). We felt very welcomed and I got a chance to polish up a bit of my French. With a little bit of French from me and some English from the fellow passengers, I didn’t feel there was any communication issue. My husband who didn’t speak any French said the same. Of course, the crew speak English and we didn’t encounter any issue. The ship M.S. France feels new (2001), well maintained and clean, our room is small but clean and functional, the meals are delicious, crew members are friendly, evening entertainment is fun, the scenery is breathtaking, the towns we visited and overnighted are picturesque, the rates are reasonable, what more can one ask for?! Well…perhaps to stay onboard a bit longer Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
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 to Strasbourg where we ... Read More
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 to Strasbourg where we stayed overnight, our hotel La Maison Rouge was lovely, right in the centre of the old town. We had most of the next day to explore the city before boarding for our cruise. Unfortunately the Christmas Market had closed early due to the attack in Berlin but there was still plenty to see and do in Strasbourg and the local beer was definitely worth sampling! We were the only two English travellers on board and all the announcements and shore excursions were in French (most of which we managed to grasp) but we were assigned our own lovely personal translator Priscilla, all the crew and staff took great care of us and everyone really went out of their way to make sure that we had all the information we needed. The food was absolutley superb and the accompanying wines which were included in the cost of the cruise were just perfect and there was plenty to choose from, the dining experience was a real highlight of the cruise, we could not have asked for anything more. We didn't see the lovely views because the weather was quite foggy, on the plus side it means that we could do this same cruise and be surprised by the scenery. I would totally recommend this cruise, the boat and the itinerary to anyone, everything about it was just fabulous. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
This was our very first cruise of any type and it was absolutely magical. The food (Alsatian cuisine) was very good. The crew was wonderful, very professional and also very friendly. They catered to our every need. The accommodations ... Read More
This was our very first cruise of any type and it was absolutely magical. The food (Alsatian cuisine) was very good. The crew was wonderful, very professional and also very friendly. They catered to our every need. The accommodations were very comfortable. The scenery was beautiful and and so very peaceful. It was fascinating to watch as we navigated through 40 locks during the course of our cruise. Traveling down the inclined plane at Arzviller was a very memorable experience. We especially enjoyed the fact that the barge sailed during the day and was docked at night. The daily outings were very interesting. We went to a small chapel with beautiful stained glass windows by Marc Chagall, had a walking tour of Saverne, visited a family-run glass-blowing studio, explored two different castles, and dined on an Alsatian specialty at a local restaurant. We also enjoyed walking along the tow path a number of times while the barge sailed along beside us. The other passengers on our English-speaking cruise were all a lot of fun. An unexpected pleasure for us was getting to know the other passengers. We hope to take another CroisiEurope canal cruise in France sometime in the future. I highly recommend this cruise! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
I love CroisiEurope river cruises, but they are not to everyone's taste. The main language on board is French. You'll find there are few English speaking guests. Excursions aren't included in the price (except for cruises ... Read More
I love CroisiEurope river cruises, but they are not to everyone's taste. The main language on board is French. You'll find there are few English speaking guests. Excursions aren't included in the price (except for cruises sold in the US where the prices are higher to take that into account). Cabins are small and the shower room is tiny. If you want to be cocooned in your own little piece of England (or America) and don't speak any other languages, you need a different cruise line. We went on Victor Hugo for a trans-Europe cruise from Strasbourg to Budapest. This is really a repositioning trip to get the ship to Budapest for the summer season, but it's a great way to visit 5 countries. We're not great fans of organised excursions. We prefer to disembark on our own, see any major attractions on the way and have coffee with the locals. That makes CroisiEurope cheap. One point to note is that with a repositioning trip, the ship needs to get through the Main Danube canal as quickly as possible, so some excursions are dropped off at one port and picked up further along, leaving no opportunity for others to disembark. That's not a problem if you enjoy sitting on deck watching the world go by. There are only so many pretty German towns you can take in on one trip! A few tips along the way: Strasbourg is an interesting city. It's worth arriving the day before the cruise so you have time to explore it. Don't miss the Cathedral and the riverside district of Petit France. In Mainz, there's just time to walk into the old town, see the Gutenburg Bible in the museum, see the Cathedral and get back for lunch. (The organised tour doesn't go into either). In Esztergom, you can walk across the international bridge into Slovakia and tick off another country. There's still time to climb the hill and see the Basilica. In Budapest, the trams and buses take you anywhere you want to go. Buy a Budapest card and you can hop on and off at will. EU citizens over 65 travel free - just be ready to show your passport. Meals onboard were excellent and standard drinks in the restaurant and at the bar are included. You can pay extra for premium brands, but the standard fare suited us. Of course, on a French ship you can't get a decent cup of tea. We took a supply of Millac Maid to avoid the UHT milk. You can buy fresh milk ashore, but there's no fridge in the cabin. Our cabin was arranged with a double bed with one side against the wall. Bed covers were for two single beds so they soon finished up in a tangled heap. With the benefit of hindsight I'd recommend going for two singles. The entertainment staff on this trip were French and worked very hard. The rest of the crew were nearly all Hungarian. Announcements were in French although they provided a translation for the 8 of us who spoke English. The bar staff seemed happier speaking French or German. Entertainment mostly took the form of games but the crew managed to put on a couple of shows. Currency onboard is the Euro although the only things we actually had to pay for were a couple of postcards and our one excursion (a visit to a Hungarian folk evening in Budapest). All major cards are accepted. Tips are entirely voluntary. Towards the end of the cruise, you are given an envelope for tips and a questionnaire, but there's no pressure to return either. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We spend two to three months overseas each year. We run a cooking school in Lucca, Tuscany for a couple of weeks then go exploring. The luxury river cruises are way out of our budget. We also prefer to vacation with locals in Europe. ... Read More
We spend two to three months overseas each year. We run a cooking school in Lucca, Tuscany for a couple of weeks then go exploring. The luxury river cruises are way out of our budget. We also prefer to vacation with locals in Europe. This Croisieurope itinerary fitted into our schedule and budget. We were very happy. After a 4 week roadtrip to the bottom of Italy, back up the Adriatic coast, across the Alps to Austria then up to Munich we spent 3 days in Strasbourg before embarking. My mother flew into Munich from Toronto and joined us. Strasbourg is a beautiful city. We stayed at the Sofitel which was perfectly located for exploring the city. Embarkation was easy - a 20 minute cab ride from the hotel. We embarked, our luggage was taken to our cabin. At least two thirds of the passengers were French, about 40 were with a Probis group out of the UK. They had their own guide. She was very knowledgeable. I do think Croisie should consider putting a native English speaking guide on board. Some the local guides were very good - Heidleberg and Trier stand out. Others were quite poor. At the winetasting in Rudesheim, we were handed a handout (not enough for the dozen or so native English speakers) so we were left out. The itinerary was excellent. What a way to see the Romantic Rhine. We paid for the excursion package. It was very good value. My husband is a chef and we were very impressed by the quality of the meals. The menus were mainly French inspired. Dinners were either 3 or 4 courses. desserts were yummy. The staff were happy to accommodate my mother with gluten free options. The all-inclusive bar works well. Service was quite good, The staff were always helpful. They provided all of the entertainment - a bit amateurish at times but very warm. We did have a German historian come on board for a lecture. Very good. As we cruised down the rivers, there was a bilingual commentary that was very useful. Our final stop was changed due to a lock failure but the crew organised for the buses to take the passengers onto their final destinations. We were bussed back to Strasbourg where we took the train to Marseilles. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This cruise was booked because mom wanted to do a Rhine River cruise. My late dad and mom took a Rhine River cruise years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. The price was great probably because the end of the tourist season was here. The ... Read More
This cruise was booked because mom wanted to do a Rhine River cruise. My late dad and mom took a Rhine River cruise years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. The price was great probably because the end of the tourist season was here. The cruise was sold out. The big cruise lines could learn a lot on how to treat their passengers from Avalon. My mom, sister, and I were on this cruise. We knew our experience was going to be different when we checked in with the cruise folks at the Zurich Movenpick Airport, the start point of the cruise. Mom is disabled but the folks at the hotel took her under their wing to make sure she was taken care of. Check in was a snap, they just checked our names off a list. We opted for the Mt. Pilatus and Lucerne excursion. Avalon could just skip Mt. Pilatus and offer several hours in Lucerne instead. After spending about an hour in Lucerne, it was on the bus for a short trip to Basel. (Cruise Critic add Basel to your ports of embarkation). We got off the bus and the crew helped mom to the reception deck where they gave us our cabin cards. The crew escorted us to our cabins and helped us to orient ourselves to the features of the cabin. Our luggage was in the cabin before we could catch our breath. There was a evacuation orientation followed by a description of what to expect on the cruise by Gusta, the Cruise Director. She went into great detail about the included shore excursions, an extra that we weren't expecting, but welcome. Afterwards, there was a happy hour followed by the first of many great dinners. Beer and wine were included in the evening meal, another nice touch. In fact beer and wine were included in all evening meals. Happy Hour, every day, had drinks at half price. Since it had been a long day most cruisers retired to their cabins. The first full day found us in Strasburg, I opted out of the include excursion and just wandered around town. It was Sunday morning, everything was closed, except the bakeries. I bought a couple of roll and some cheese and strolled about. In the afternoon, we boarded a bus for a trip to area wine producing region and had a delightful afternoon of sipping wine. Though rain clouds threatened, we didn't experience any rain. After about three hours it was short trip back to the boat. The tour guide gave us a lot detail but knew when to be quiet and let us enjoy the ride. Another great meal on board. There was a very unexpected surprise in store for us. Sunday was my mom's birthday and about midway through the evening meal, the lights went out in the dining room and the head waiter led a procession of the crew to where mom was sitting and presented her with a birthday cake and rousing chorus of "Happy Birthday". It seemed that everyone on board came by to wish her the best. That was something a big cruise line would never do. That made the cruise for us. A night of cruising found us in Speyer the next morning. While my sister opted for the included excursion again I opted to stroll around myself. My sister said the tour guided gave a great walking tour. We only spent about three hours in Speyer because we were expected in Heidelburg in the afternoon. A short hop and we docked and got on board for a tour of downtown Heidelburg. I need to add since my mom uses an wheelchair some optional excursions were out of the question. On the walking tour of Heidelburg the tour guide went to great lengths to make sure mom was comfortable with the pace. I would also like to give a shout out to our fellow passengers that were always asking if mom was doing okay. On the way back to the boat the tour guide pointed out several old US Army Kasernes that were in the process of being converted back to civilian use. Another short hop found us in Mainz. It was at Mainz were we experience several days of less than nice autumn weather. But Avalon had us covered there as well. What big cruise line would provide its passengers with umbrella before going ashore? We did the tour of Mainz and the Gutenberg Museum and had about an hour of free time in Mainz. As luck would have it, there was a farmer's market in progress. It was nice walking about an seeing all the fresh produce, cheese, and breads. There was short hop to our next destination, Rudesheim. Rudesheim is the center of Rhineland wine region. Avalon stayed in Rudesheim overnight. I went ashore a bought some fresh pastries before we shoved off. We enjoyed the pastries as we sailed down to Koblenz. The morning and early afternoon were spent sailing down the Rhine Gorge getting a running history of the castles that dot the riverside. Gusta gave a great rendition of "Die Lorilei" as we sailed past that point of the Rhine. Koblenz is where the Mosel and Rhine Rivers merge. Koblenz could be called the capital of Mosel wines. It rained the afternoon but that didn't spoil our roaming the streets of Koblenz. The huge statue of Kaiser Wilhelm sort of dominates the area, located on the Deutsche Ecke, "German Corner" on the confluence of the two rivers. We sailed in the evening headed to Cologne. Enroute to Cologne, we passed the town of Remagen, where US Forces captured the lone standing bridge across the Rhine during World War II. The captain slowed the boat down and pointed the boat's spotlight on the ruins of bridges abutments to about dozen of us veterans on the upper deck. Gusta gave an excellent recap of the battle. Again we sailed throughout the night and docked sometime that night in Cologne. We took the walking tour of of downtown Cologne and visited the rebuilt Cologne Cathedral. Despite the cobblestones, folks in Cologne went out of their way to give us tips on smoother paths as we pushed mom in her wheelchair around. We stopped at a cafe for a cup of coffee and the owner gave mom a free cup of coffee with a huge dollop of whipped cream and a pastry that must have had a gazillion calories! Another night of sailing found us in Amsterdam for the last day of the cruise. Avalon provided a canal cruise. Amsterdam canal boats are not the easiest to get in and out of, the canal boat pilot went through great effort to get mom down before we started and helped her out at the end of the tour. The tour guide presented the history of Amsterdam in a very humorous way. The only really disappointing excursion was the trip to a "traditional Dutch village". It was more of a three hour shopping tour. That evening we wound up the cruise with a last excellent meal on board. The captain introduced his crew. The cruise director went through any last minute instructions in preparation for disembarkation. Disemarkation was a snap. We said our final goodbye, several crew members gave mom hugs and wished us well. I would recommend this Avalon cruise-Basel to Amsterdam to everyone. We were extremely pleased with the service, boat, food, and cabins on the cruise.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014

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