- This holiday did not come up to our expectations. Although many people obviously enjoyed it, it was not what we had anticipated from a river cruise. There was little information about the places we passed apart from the first day along the Rhine Gorge and it was not always clear how timings would work to enable us to plan our time ashore.
We were disappointed about aspects of the itinerary - eg. insufficient time at Speyer, Heidelburg, Mainz, Cologne ; too long at Basel. The trip to the Rhine Falls was OK but a lot of coach travelling for a relatively short visit. Strasbourg was a highlight and we were pleased to arrive early so spent the whole day exploring this beautiful city. We chose to miss lunch to do this and instead took advantage of the local food festival being held that day. Sadly most of our fellow passengers missed this !
Meals were also disappointing - breakfast was quite good ( delicious bread and good selection of fruit) but lunch and dinner were uninteresting and there was very limited choice . Apart from the lunchtime salad buffet very few vegetables were served. We would have preferred a lunch buffet ( salad with cold meat / fish)for a light meal rather than pasta or a hot dish every day. The soups and desserts were very poor. ( Usually thin consommes that tasted of little more than a stock cube and "cream" desserts that resembled old fashioned "Instant Whip".) Cheese plate was poor, the crackers soft and cheese uninteresting. Main course portions were rather small and not for the hearty eaters!
Drinks. Wine was only served in 250ml glasses (or by the bottle) so as we did not wish to consume a third of a bottle at one go we declined to buy it and drank beer (OK) or water which was pricey as were incidental teas and coffees. Fortunately we brought our own kettle so could make our own choice of tea etc when required.
Entertainment. The on-board musician was clearly talented but as we did not want to listen to the same hits of the 50's and 60's every night we spent several evenings in the cabin as nowhere else to go! ( Many of the pasengers obviously enjoyed this but it wasn't for us.) The quizzes organised by the cruise managers were enjoyable.
This cruise may have suited many of the passengers but several of us felt as we did . Perhaps it is more suited to an older age group ( 70+) although the ship is not easy for those with mobility problems.
Published on: 01 December 2015