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    #16
    I am sorry you had to go through all that Malcolm if only to warn us all off from ever booking with CroisiEurope. Sounds horrendous.

    Not just the menu thing but the whole attitude of the staff is enough to put me off and to be fair on our Yacht cruise earlier this year, there was not choice of meal - always a set menu of three single course, starterm main and dessert with no choice but always readily accepted by everyone and no-one complained, so it can be done.

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      #17
      I have done a number of river cruises, the last a month ago, and with various companies. Some have been better than others.

      Like ocean cruises I think it is important to do some research and choose a line that is right for you. They vary, as do ocean ships and also land hotels.

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        #18
        Thanks for the interesting read - now know which line to avoid.

        Are you sure it wasn't a 'Fawlty Towers' themed Cruise?

        We have been on a Danube cruise with Emerald which was excellent and have a Rhine trip planned. Good to hear what you think of the Douro.

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          #19
          Originally posted by mags, cardiff View Post
          Like ocean cruises I think it is important to do some research and choose a line that is right for you. They vary, as do ocean ships and also land hotels.
          Agreed! I did do my research, but it did NOT reveal the true extent of the poor experience that I would receive.

          It's difficult to capture the beauty of the Douro with a camera, but here goes:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IUaIR2nwMw
          See my cruise blog: HERE

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            #20
            That does NOT sound like a pleasant river cruise. Not for me. I enjoyed reading your review Malcolm. Thanks for that. Jan.

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              #21
              Oh dear Malcolm . I’m Veggie, celiac and have an extreme dislike of cigarette smoke Sounds like a nightmare to me!

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                #22
                Cruising friends took the same trip two years ago and were quite impressed. They said that there was a choice of three main courses at dinner, but appetizers and desserts were set. Maybe, in common with other cruises corners have been cut since then. They thought it was value for money and plan to use CroisEurope again. I hope they won’t be disappointed.
                Sheila

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by smtcan, Scarborough View Post
                  They said that there was a choice of three main courses at dinner, but appetizers and desserts were set.
                  That would have been acceptable to me.

                  They actually have 'standard' and 'premium' ships. Maybe part of the difference is: 'no menu"?

                  I recently got four choices of hot meal on a flight, in economy!
                  See my cruise blog: HERE

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                    #24
                    Here is the boat: https://youtu.be/j3B_u2IhcI4

                    Although a little dated, the problem was NOT the boat, it was the on-board experience.
                    See my cruise blog: HERE

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