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American Queen Steamboat Co

Boat: American Queen in USA (Mississippi River)
Bill Forsstrom from the USA

 

AmaWaterways

Boat: AmaKristina on RHINE RIVER
Sue Piergallini from the USA

 

American Clipper Cruises

Boat: Premier by American Clipper on the AMAZON RIVER (& Rio Negro)
Elaine Andrews from the UK

 

American Cruise Line

Boat: American Constellation in USA (New England)
Susan Wilson from the USA

Boat: American Constellation in USA (Washington State’s Puget Sound & San Juan Islands)
Allison Karel from the USA

 

Australis

Ship: Stella Australis in PATAGONIA SOUTH AMERICA (Tierra Del Feugo)
Joyce Zemans from Canada
Catherine from Singapore

 

Blount Small Ship Adventures

Ship: Grand Mariner in NORTH AMERICA (Rhode Island)
Lynn Marshall from the USA
Liz Walker from the USA

 

Celebrity Cruises

Ship: Celebrity Xpedition in GALAPAGOS
Mala from the USA

 

CroisiEurope

Boat: Cyrano de Bergerac in BORDEAUX FRANCE
Miles Irwin from Singapore

 

Far Horizon Tours

Boat: Mahabaahu in INDIA (Brahmaputra River)
Nripjit Singh Chawla from India
Sue from the USA
Claude Bahout from France

 

Island Windjammers

Ship: Diamant in the CARIBBEAN (Grenadines)
Adrea Tidwell from the USA

Ship: Sagitta in the CARIBBEAN (French West Indies)
Wendy from the USA
Shelly Davis from the USA

Ship: Vela in the CARIBBEAN (French West Indies)
David Harrell from the USA
Katie Lobe from Canada

 

Le Boat

Boat: Crusader in FRANCE (Nivernais Canal)
Sian Appleyard from the UK

 

Lindblad Expeditions

Ship: National Geographic Orion in ANTARCTICA
Anisha Malhotra from the USA

Ship: National Geographic Endavour II in GALAPAGOS
Purandar Rao from Singapore
Sapna from Singapore

Ship: National Geographic Venture in ALASKA
Laura V from the USA

Ship: National Geographic Venture in ALASKA
Elizabeth Moss from the USA

The Majestic Line

Boat: Glen Tarsan in SCOTLAND (Oban to Inverness on the Caledonian Canal)
Janine O’Loughlin from Australia

 

Marine Link Tours

Boat: Aurora Explorer in CANADA (British Columbia)
Henry from New York City

 

Pandaw Cruises

Boat: Angkor Pandaw in VIETNAM (Red River & Halong Bay)
Donald Robertson from the UK
Avril Collins from the UK
Elaine Andrews from the UK
Derek Rahm from the UK
Glenice Warner from Australia
Rachael from the USA

Boat: Kalaw Pandaw in MYANMAR (Irrawaddy River)
Judi from Canada.
Sheila from New York City

 

Polar Latitudes

Ship: Hebridean Sky in ANTARCTICA
Vanessa Anderson from the USA

 

Ponant

Ship: Le Champlain to MEXICO
Michael Clay from England.

 

Sail in Greece

Boat: Alexia in EUROPE (Greek Isles)
Laura Holman from the USA

 

Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

Boat: Scenic Spirit in ASIA (Mekong River in Cambodia & Vietnam)
Julia S. from the USA
Sheila from the USA
Walt B from Canada

Boat: Scenic Jasper in EUROPE (Rhine River in Germany & France)
Kathi Savarese from the USA
Debbie Dutton from the USA

 

Silversea Expeditions

Ship: Silver Cloud in Antarctica & Falklands
Sue B from New Zealand

 

Star Clippers

Ship: Star Clipper in ASIA (Thailand’s Andaman Sea)
Monica from the USA
Roland from Germany
Douglas Andrew from the USA
Beth from the USA
Huber Hannelore from Germany
Mark from England
Andrea Stoeber from Germany
Stephen Andrews from Australia

Ship: Royal Clipper on a TRANSATLANTIC CROSSING
Alison Johnson from Jersey, Channel Islands, UK

Ship: Star Flyer in the MEDITERRANEAN
David Mann from the USA

 

UnCruise Adventures

Ship: Safari Explorer in HAWAII
Leslie Shepherd from the USA

Ship: Safari Voyager in COSTA RICA & PANAMA CANAL
David R. Perry from the USA

Ship: Safari Quest in THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST (San Juan Islands)
Mara Lofman from the USA

Ship: Legacy in ALASKA
Lawrence from Canada

Ship: Wilderness Discoverer in ALASKA
H Schneider from the USA

 

Uniworld River Cruises

Boat: River Empress in EUROPE (Germany & France on Rhine River)
Mike from New York City
Kavi from Singapore (age 13)
TJ from Singapore (age 13)

Boat: River Countess in EUROPE (Italy’s Po River)
RL from the USA

Variety Cruises

Boat: Pegasus in THE SEYCHELLES (Africa)
Donald Robertson from the UK

Vega Travel

Boat: Vega Cruise Boat in SOUTHEAST ASIA (Vietnam’s Halong Bay)
Barbara L from the USA

 

Viking

Boat: Viking Lofn in EUROPE (Rhine River)
Anne from the USA.

Boat: Viking Prestige in EUROPE (Danube River)
Kristen from Singapore
Suvir from Singapore

 

Windstar Cruises

Yacht: Wind Star in EUROPE (Greek Isles)
Don from Toronto.

Yacht: Wind Surf in CARIBBEAN
Don from Toronto

Ship: Star Pride in ASIA (Vietnam)
Chrissy from New York

 

Zambezi Queen Collection

Boat: Chobe Princess in AFRICA (Chobe & Zambezi rivers)
Chris & Peter from the UK

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Reader Review Angkor Pandaw

Vietnam’s Red River (Pandaw) by Rachael

REVIEWER

Rachael from the US.

CRUISE LINE

Pandaw.

SHIP

Angkor Pandaw.

DESTINATION

Halong Bay and Red River, Vietnam.

# OF NIGHTS

10.

DEPARTURE DATE & PORTS

May 2018, from Halong Bay, Vietnam.

OVERALL RATING

5 out of 5 stars (5=excellent, 4=very good, 3=good, 2=poor, 1=terrible)

-Food Rating: 5

-Cabin Rating: 5

-Service/Crew Rating: 5

-Itinerary Rating: 4

HAVE YOU BEEN ON A SMALL SHIP CRUISE BEFORE?

I’ve been on 1 small ship cruise.

REVIEW

I truly enjoyed all aspects of this cruise.  The first few days centered on the picturesque Halong Bay, weaving through the massive limestone rock formations. Sunrise was a particularly beautiful and calming time of day. From there, the trip was more about the day excursions than the river sites. We had the opportunity to see villages and interact with people locally. We could learn about the different customs, village life, and more intimate gatherings in these areas. I loved that this trip was not about shopping at all.

My only frustration is that we were often being shuffled back onto the boat when I wanted to stay in the town. I didn’t really understand the rush when the travel distance on the river was never extensive.

The food on the ship was delicious, it was a good mix of authentic Vietnamese food and more western options too. And the chef graciously provided me all the recipes of dishes that I particularly loved.

Overall a wonderful trip that I would highly recommend.

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Monastery visit on a Scenic Cruise

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Scenic Spirit on Mekong River

REVIEWER

Sheila Healey from the US.

CRUISE LINE

Scenic.

SHIP

Scenic Spirit.

DESTINATION

Mekong River in Cambodia & Vietnam.

# OF NIGHTS

7.

DEPARTURE DATE & PORTS

October 2018, from Siem Reap, Cambodia downstream into Vietnam.

OVERALL RATING

5 out of 5 stars (5=excellent, 4=very good, 3=good, 2=poor, 1=terrible)

-Food Rating: 4

-Cabin Rating: 4

-Service/Crew Rating: 5

-Itinerary Rating: 4

HOW MANY SMALL-SHIP CRUISES HAVE YOU BEEN ON?

6.

REVIEW

If you want an escape in comfort, with a good balance of UNESCO World Heritage sites and small village and temples excursions while river touring, then the Scenic Spirit is the ticket.  This over-worked New Yorker was in love from the get go. As Australian-owned you get a well appointed Modern-designed vessel along with a realistic view of the region.

This 10-day trip transported me to 9th-century Angkor Wat with a knowledgable guide and then back to Siem Reap for total comfort at the lovely Hyatt Regency for two days before we began the river segment of the trip. The guide team was exceptional in their knowledge throughout Cambodia and Vietnam and happy to assist in any need. The staff on the Scenic Spirit was just lovely and aimed to please. One of the highlights on board was the spa and pricing — a plus while traveling in Asia. With 45-minute foot massages for $20, I happily booked three times while on board. It’s the little things in life!

As many will ask about our food and wine selections while on board — overall decent choices and the kitchen did its best with a lovely fresh juice selection daily at  breakfast. I absolutely took advantage of the watermelon juice offerings!  Local cuisine was always a staple as well as western ala carte selections for the less adventurous traveler. Yes, we had the option of beetles and scorpions for one of our lunch selections. If you are a hard core foodie you may be let down at times, but you will have plenty of time to explore Saigon and Phnom Penh for that special food experience, which of course we did!

Our Cabin was super comfortable and the beds beyond inviting.  The size of the cabin is much larger than most river cruise ships and one feels the need to linger at times to enjoy the river views. A real plus was that the windows open with the touch of a button. perfect for your own private sunset photo opportunity while sipping champagne.

The excursions were  quite good overall. To me, the Cambodian side of the trip was more interesting (given excursions like Angkor Wat and the Killing Fields) than the Vietnam side of the trip, which was much more in the vein of local markets and small temple visits. We opted one afternoon to stay on the boat and enjoy the small pool and bar, which was quite enjoyable. WIFI is available, but at times non-existent, which assists in getting one off the grid and much appreciated.

If you are looking to get off the merry-go-round of western life, but don’t want to let go of your creature comforts this may be your kind of holiday. For me Cambodia invaded my soul and touched my heart in a way I wasn’t expecting. The Mekong awaits!

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Grand Mariner in Rhode Island

REVIEWER

Lynn Marshall from the USA.

CRUISE LINE

Blount Small Ship Adventures.

SHIP

Grand Mariner.

DESTINATION

Warren, Newport, Block Island and Bristol, Rhode Island.

# OF NIGHTS

3.

DEPARTURE DATE & PORTS

July 2018, from Warren, Rhode Island.

OVERALL RATING

4 out of 5 stars (5=excellent, 4=very good, 3=good, 2=poor, 1=terrible)

-Food Rating: 4

-Cabin Rating: 3

-Service/Crew Rating: 4

-Itinerary Rating: 4

REVIEW

We came with no expectations, so we we weren’t disappointed!  The weather rerouted our ship, but the captain found other ports and kept us safe. An elaborate hor’deurve table and full bar were offered as an APOLOGY!

Delicious food and friendly, helpful crew!

We’d go again!

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QUIRKYCRUISE.COM’S REVIEW OF BLOUNT SMALL SHIP ADVENTURES

Blount Small Ship Adventures (BSSA) was founded in 1966 by Yankee entrepreneur Luther Blount as the American Canadian Line headquartered in Warren, Rhode Island. He is largely responsible for the rebirth of US-flag coastal and inland voyages. His three daughters now run the cruise line and shipyard that builds small cruise vessels and excursion  boats. Since the beginning Blount has operated small American-flagged ships taking less than 100 passengers on an appealing set of creative coastal and inland waters itineraries from New England and its historic islands, via the Hudson River and Erie Canal to the St. Lawrence River and French Canada, through the Great Lakes to Chicago, and south along the East Coast’s Intracoastal Waterway to the Carolinas and Florida. Belize for its islands and barrier reef and Guatemala for its Mayan ruins are a December and January destinations. 9-day Cuba cruises during February to April are ongoing. The crew is all-American, and captains are Blount veterans and know their waters. Cabins are tiny and the social life amongst mostly senior Americans and Canadians is relaxed and upbeat. It’s destination cruising with few of the frills that characterize the mainstream ships. Most passengers like it that way, that is once they get used to the small quarters. 2016 was Blount’s 50th anniversary for operating small-ship cruises. Blount is the only overnight cruise line that can negotiate Erie and Oswego canals, and New York State’s canal system is now a National Historic Landmark. To read more click here.

 

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REVIEWER

Derek Rham from the UK.

CRUISE LINE

Pandaw.

SHIP

Angkor Pandaw.

DESTINATION

Vietnam Red River Delta.

# OF NIGHTS

10.

DEPARTURE DATE & PORTS

May 2018, from Halong Bay, Vietnam.

OVERALL RATING

5 out of 5 stars (5=excellent, 4=very good, 3=good, 2=poor, 1=terrible)

-Food Rating: 5

-Cabin Rating: 4

-Service/Crew Rating: 5

-Itinerary Rating: 3

HAVE YOU BEEN ON A SMALL SHIP CRUISE BEFORE?

I’ve been on 3 small ship cruises.

REVIEW

This was our 3rd Pandaw expedition and other than the revised low water itinerary, didn’t disappoint. The ship, crew and food were all excellent, there were a few minor early irritations with the cabin that were sorted by the efficient purser. The low water revision to the itinerary meant that some of the locations weren’t what we were expecting but the two on-board guides did a great job with what they were left with.

The highlight was the 3 days meandering around Ha Long bay with the opportunity to cycle, swim and kayak amongst the stunning scenery.

 

 

🐧 QuirkyCruise.com’s Pandaw Review

Pandaw has been offering high-quality expedition-style river cruises in Asia aboard traditional-style boats for more than 20 years. The growing fleet comprises 16 nearly identical-looking teakwood riverboats built in Myanmar and Vietnam in the spirit of the 19th-century Scottish-crafted paddle steamers that plied Burma’s rivers at the height of the British Empire. Each boat carries 10 to 60 passengers and has an ultra-shallow draft, two or three decks, and flat tops so they can slip under bridges and easily navigate small rivers, even when water levels are low. Wood-paneled nautical-style cabins are roomy and very comfortable and meals are tasty enough. In every way, the Pandaw experience is solid, authentic and eminently comfortable just like the boats, with the focus on the destination, not fussy décor or cloying service. Step on board and breathe in the refreshing scent of teak wood before wiping your sweaty brow with a chilled face towel handed out by crew at the gangway. Read more. 

 

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REVIEWER

Elaine Andrews from the UK.

CRUISE LINE

Pandaw.

SHIP

Angkor Pandaw.

DESTINATION

Halong Bay and Red River, Vietnam.

# OF NIGHTS

10.

DEPARTURE DATE & PORTS

May 2018, from Halong Bay, Vietnam.

OVERALL RATING

5 out of 5 stars (5=excellent, 4=very good, 3=good, 2=poor, 1=terrible)

-Food Rating: 5

-Cabin Rating: 4

-Service/Crew Rating: 5

-Itinerary Rating: 4

HAVE YOU BEEN ON A SMALL SHIP CRUISE BEFORE?

I’ve been on 5 small ship cruises.

REVIEW

I really enjoyed this cruise. We started with 2 days sailing around the stunning Halong bay, then proceeded up the Red River. The river by contrast, is not at all scenic, in fact it is very industrial in places, but is interesting in its own way.

There are plenty of places to visit en route, such as a bonsai village, factories making bamboo products and ceramic items, and temples. There is a visit to the busy city of Hanoi. On days when there are no stops, entertainment is provided on the Pandaw.

The service was excellent as always, with a staff ratio of almost one to one. They bend over backwards to help passengers, especially those who may struggle to get on and off the ship. A real bonus with Pandaw is that everything is included, guides, excursions, food, drink (including local beers, cocktails and spirits). The atmosphere is very informal and relaxed, and the ships are small enough to get to know your fellow passengers.

 

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REVIEWER

Avril Collins from the UK.

CRUISE LINE

Pandaw.

SHIP

Angkor Pandaw.

DESTINATION

Vietnam Red River Cruise.

# OF NIGHTS

10.

DEPARTURE DATE & PORTS

May 2018, from Halong Bay, Vietnam.

OVERALL RATING

4 out of 5 stars (5=excellent, 4=very good, 3=good, 2=poor, 1=terrible)

-Food Rating: 5

-Cabin Rating: 4

-Service/Crew Rating: 5

-Itinerary Rating: 4

HAVE YOU BEEN ON A SMALL SHIP CRUISE BEFORE?

I’ve been on 2 small ship cruises.

REVIEW

The ship was great — very comfortable and a fantastic crew who were attentive, professional and friendly.  The scenery was more industrial than I had expected, apart from Ha Long Bay which is mind-blowingly beautiful!  I might have chosen to travel a bit earlier as I found the heat (between 32-39 Celsius with serious humidity) a bit too much.

 

🐧 QuirkyCruise.com’s Pandaw Review

Pandaw has been offering high-quality expedition-style river cruises in Asia aboard traditional-style boats for more than 20 years. The growing fleet comprises 16 nearly identical-looking teakwood riverboats built in Myanmar and Vietnam in the spirit of the 19th-century Scottish-crafted paddle steamers that plied Burma’s rivers at the height of the British Empire. Each boat carries 10 to 60 passengers and has an ultra-shallow draft, two or three decks, and flat tops so they can slip under bridges and easily navigate small rivers, even when water levels are low. Wood-paneled nautical-style cabins are roomy and very comfortable and meals are tasty enough. In every way, the Pandaw experience is solid, authentic and eminently comfortable just like the boats, with the focus on the destination, not fussy décor or cloying service. Step on board and breathe in the refreshing scent of teak wood before wiping your sweaty brow with a chilled face towel handed out by crew at the gangway. Read more. 

 

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Reviewer

Barbara L from the USA.

Cruise Line

Vega Travel.

Ship

Vega Cruise Boat.

Destination

Halong Bay, Vietnam.

# of Nights

2.

Departure Date & Ports

March 2018, Halong Bay.

Overall Rating

4 out of 5 stars  (5=excellent, 4=very good, 3=good, 2=poor, 1=terrible)

-Food Rating: 4

-Cabin Rating: 4

-Service/Crew Rating: 4

-Itinerary Rating: 5

Have you been on a small ship cruise before?

I’ve been on 1 small ship cruise.

Review

The 2-night Halong Bay cruise with Vega Travel was fantastic! It is on a small boat (max 16 guests) which made for an intimate experience, both among the passengers and in terms of sightseeing. The natural beauty of Halong Bay is second to none and on the smaller boat we were able to go to places that the larger boats could not. Our local tour guide was very informative and packed great activities into our time together. The tour was well run, the food was good and the crew was fun loving and accommodating. We also greatly enjoyed the other guests.  The cruise was a highlight of our trip to Vietnam!

 

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Reviewer

Anne Hanifen from the USA.

Cruise Line

Viking River Cruises.

Ship

Viking Lofn.

Destination

Rhine River.

# of Nights

7.

Departure Date & Ports

June 2017, Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland; stopping at German and French ports along Rhine River.

Overall Rating

5 out of 5 stars  (5=excellent, 4=very good, 3=good, 2=poor, 1=terrible)

-Food Rating: 5

-Cabin Rating: 4

-Service/Crew Rating: 5

-Itinerary Rating: 5

Have you been on a small ship cruise before?

I’ve been on 1 small ship cruise.

Review

For our first family cruise we took a seven-day Viking Rhine river excursion from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland.  Although there was an option to stay in Amsterdam for three days prior to embarkation, we opted to add three days in Lucerne, Switzerland at the end of the cruise.  Thankfully, we had the afternoon to see some of Amsterdam before the ship departed around midnight as Viking provided shuttles into the city and tours all day.  After a long flight it was a treat to have easy access to the city and an opportunity to explore a bit.

With 50 crew members aboard the Viking Lofn, the approximately 190 passengers were taken care of well.  Our state rooms on the upper deck were modern with small balconies, air conditioning, internet (spotty at times) and television (not a lot of movie options for our teenagers).  We all enjoyed the complimentary fresh baked goods, coffee, tea and cocoa available in the common area all day.  The dining on board was exceptional with many wines, cooking demonstrations and delicacies from the local areas we visited.  Though the menu choices changed daily, there were certain items that pickier eaters could always order.

Traveling between ports primarily overnight was quiet and relaxing, while each day offered new places to explore.  Transportation, local guides and access to historic sites were all included.  Passengers could tour on their own, remain on board, or participate in the well-organized included tours.  For a fee, Viking offered additional tours at many of our stops along the Rhine.  We added a tour of the medieval village of Colmar, which was charming with canals, half-timber houses and Alsatian architecture.  Our daughters aged 15 and 18 were old enough to appreciate the history and culture of all the sites we visited.  One of our favorite days was spent touring the Marksburg castle in the morning and lounging on the upper sundeck in the afternoon as we cruised past numerous castles perched above the scenic Rhine.

At the end of the cruise, Viking provided transportation for those traveling on to Lucerne and booked us in a gorgeous hotel overlooking the lake.  Viking maintained staff in the hotel lobby to arrange activities as well as transportation to the airport in Zurich for our return flight.  Viking took care of every detail and the service was fantastic.  The cruise was excellent from start to finish and we would happily travel with Viking again.

 

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Reviewer

Katie Lobe from Canada

Cruise Line

Island Windjammers

Ship

Vela

Destination

Caribbean

# of Nights

6

Departure Date & Ports

January 2018 from Marigot Bay, St. Lucia, to St Lucia, Martinique and Guadeloupe

OVERALL RATING

5 out of 5 stars      (5=excellent, 4=very good, 3=good, 2=poor, 1=terrible)

-Food Rating:  5

-Cabin Rating:  5

-Service/Crew Rating:  5

-Itinerary Rating:  5

Have you been on a small ship cruise before?

I have been on 3 small ship cruises.

Review

Wow, What an Adventure!

As the Medical Officers on Amazing Grace of the previous Windjammer Barefoot Cruises fleet 20 years ago, my husband and I were able to visit the tall ships of that fleet as well as many of the Caribbean slands visited by the Grace from Bahamas to Trinidad and Tobago for a month long sail at a time.

We have recently arrived home from our first Island Windjammer sail on Vela, a surprise celebration for my husband’s 50th birthday.  We went into the adventure with high expectations and have returned home absolutely impressed!

Our group of 9 Canadian adventurers appreciated the focus by the Crew on all aspects of safety, which allowed everyone to relax, knowing we were in good hands.  A little note: be properly prepared to deal with seasickness as this is the real deal — navigating the Caribbean sea on a sailboat is not for the faint of heart!

The trip felt very familiar as the owners have captured the original Windjammer experience: sailing to see small islands the congested, large ships can’t get to, exceptional and well-trained staff (from booking to disembarkation) who go above and beyond to make sure your experience is what you want it to be, day trips, snorkeling and diving trips and even 5 o’clock swizzles and snacks!

The tour of the engine room is a must, as Frederick demonstrated the inner workings and the many talents demanded of him to keep the Vela operational at all times.  Chef Robert produced exceptional meals daily with the option available at times to purchase local meals ashore.  Great adventures ashore and on the water!  Accessibility to the Captain, Officers and Crew with whom you can take the time to share and learn about the sailing experience and each other’s cultures if you want to, while relaxing on the fantail or on the deck, leaves you knowing you have had an authentic experience.

We continued the Barefoot tradition of leaving clothing behind in our cabin for the crew at the end of our journey, knowing they will be able to share it with someone who needs it more than we do — thank you Island Windjammers for the wonderful memories!

 

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Reviewer: Debbie Dutton from the USA.

Cruise Line: Scenic.

Ship:  Scenic Jasper.

Destination: Rhine River.

# of Nights: 7.

Departure Date & Ports: June 2017, from Basel, Switzerland to German and French ports along the Rhine River.

OVERALL RATING: 5 out of 5 stars

-Food Rating: 4

-Cabin Rating: 5

-Service/Crew Rating: 5

-Itinerary Rating: 5

Have you been on a small ship cruise before? No.

Review:  CP BLUESHIRTS

We went on this cruise with a group of 40 people from our community. I can say with pretty much certainty that we all had a great time and would do it again!! This was my first time visiting Europe and I think it was a perfect way to go.

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Reviewer: Kathi Savarese from the USA.

Cruise Line: Scenic.

Ship:  Scenic Jasper.

Destination: Rhine River.

# of Nights: 8.

Departure Date & Ports: June 2017, from Basel, Switzerland to German and French ports along Rhine River.

OVERALL RATING: 5 out of 5 stars

-Food Rating: 5

-Cabin Rating: 5

-Service/Crew Rating: 5

-Itinerary Rating: 5

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Review: Surprised at the value!

Never thought I would take a cruise that was all inclusive, just assumed it would be out of my price range.  I compared this river cruise to another cruise line with an almost identical itinerary and was surprised that just adding in the land tours alone it was above Scenic.  This of course, did not even factor in the beverages and gratuities!  The cruise itself was wonderful, the staff could not have been more attentive, the food fabulous and a nice variety.  Looking forward to booking another trip on Scenic.

 

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