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River Empress Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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River Empress Cruise Review by FGU

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Standard Stateroom

We contracted this cruise with others through a common travel agent and received great value. The rooms on the 3rd level are quite small, requiring my wife and I to signal each other as to where we were headed in the room in order to make space for us to pass. There is sufficient closet space, few drawers, a good safe, and interestingly the wall covers have a foam base which eliminates all noise other than that in the room.

The daily trips related to the Jewish Excursions throughout the week and the guides, with one exception, were among the best we have experienced. Everything was easy here, prompted by a rather modest size passenger list. The food was from good to very good, with outstanding restaurant service, especially the maître d' who provided my wife at every meal with a serrated knife since she has problems with her hand. He would come up behind us, wherever we sat, and unobtrusively replace the cutlery. And he had the cook prepare a side dish for a passenger we sat with based on her request. MOST IMPRESSIVE.

There is less to do in the afternoons after the tours and other than a piano player, nothing in the evening...with one exception. While the cruise director did good work describing the castles on the Rhine, more information would have been very helpful and more entertainment in the evening would have enhanced the trip.

Our room was kept spotless, and the ship itself was exceedingly clean.

It was a comfortable cruise with a very attentive staff. I wish that it had some added features in order for me to recommend this excursion to others.

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Standard Stateroom
Cabin 3 323

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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

All tours were terrific, with good choices and excellent guides (but one). One of the sites was unavailable since religious services were being conducted. Since this could have been known beforehand, it is curious why another option was not available. To view a synagogue from the outside is hardly worth the effort.

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