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Rhine Cruise To Switzerland. by Mcgill, Inverkeilor

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Rhine Cruise To Switzerland.

Overall Rating: 3

Cruise Line:
Phoenix River Cruises
Cruise Ship:
MS Arlene
Northern Europe

Reviewed By: on
Just back from a river cruise on the Rhine with Phoenix Holidays on the MS Arlene. It was a lovely trip and I saw nice places,although weather was only fair. Food was very good considering size of boat, crew friendly, service good but sometimes slow in bar, air con too cool in lounge area and too warm in cabins( staff did adjust lounge temp when asked). Biggest drawback was the lack of evening entertainment, which consisted of 1 game and 1 guest entertainer(Mike with his cow bells).All the other evenings we just did our own thing. Guides were informative and gave us plenty of free time to explore. Would definitely go on another river cruise as a relaxing way to see some beautiful scenery.

Times cruised before: 3-5
Sailed: August, 2008
Age: 46-55
Cabin: Outside
Occasion: Annual/regular holiday

Quality of Food
Very good and always homemade soup which was very nice

So little entertainment there was no choice of most or least favourite

Shore Excursions
Best excursion was Strasbourg especially walking round Petit France, worst was Black forest but that only personal taste

Dining room staff all very nice and obliging

Children's Facilities

Onboard Activities
Quizes were provided on sheets at reception,sometimes crosswords, guess the film titles etc, few evening activities.

Cabins could be more comfortable as matress was thin on the longer bed, and air-con not very effective despite curtains closed

Overall Rating
Review useful?
Ford - , Haydon Bridge - Commented about this Review
Why have you not sent the brochure I ordered.
27 Sep 09 20:03 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
McPhee - , Kirkpatrick Fleming - Commented about this Review
Hello Mr McGill did you have facilities in your room, were the beds long enough for a 6.3inch male, did you find a need to book an overnight cabin on board DFDS to Amsterdam .
08 Mar 09 21:35 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
McGill -
, ARBROATH - Commented to a Question by McPhee (08 Mar 09 21:35)
Yes i'd book a cabin for the ferry but be aware that they are bunk beds in inside cabins,one of our party fell off on way out so took mattress on to the floor returning. There are no tea/coffee facilities in the rooms.Only one of the beds will be suitable but it may still be touch and go as my husband is only 5'9, hope this helps.
10 Mar 09 17:47 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
Hughes - , Hemel Hempstead - Commented about this Review
Hello McGill (sorry, don't know your first name). How long and bearable was the coach journey at its longest point - ie to Switzerland? What was the coach like? How many seats? I can't find on the Phoenix Holidays website any explanation about their coaches. Thank you. Gail. 6th March 2009.
06 Mar 09 11:28 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
McGill -
, INverkeilor - Commented to a Question by Hughes (06 Mar 09 11:28)
It was about a nine hour trip from switzerland to the port at amsterdam, we had plenty of comfort stops though, the coaches were comfortable enough and were about a 50 odd seater.We left from Arbroath in scotland and travelled to Newcastle for the ferry.The pick up times between stops were far too generous as they gave 45mins to travel 15miles ( this may now be resolved as it was the first trip) Maybe they thought Scotland has a traffic problem like London!! We felt that the trip to Interlaken, Lucerne was a bit long but that was a personal opinion.The trip to Strasbourg was very good and dont miss Petite France as its lovely. Hope you enjoy your Trip if you go,regards Pat.
07 Mar 09 08:02 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
Hardie - , Edinburgh - Commented about an Answer by McGill (07 Mar 09 08:02)
My wife and |I are going on the Arlene to the Dutch bulb fields. My question is possibly too obvious but is it formal dress for dinner or 'smart but casual' Brian Hardie.
10 Mar 09 08:45 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
McGill -
, ARBROATH - Commented to a Question by Hardie (10 Mar 09 08:45)
Very casual, no real need to dress up, most were in short sleeved shirts and trousers, or tops and skirts.
11 Mar 09 14:56 - Reply - Was this comment useful?
McGill -
, ARBROATH - Commented to a Question by Hardie (10 Mar 09 08:45)
Very casual, no real need to dress up, most were in short sleeved shirts and trousers, or tops and skirts.
10 Mar 09 17:42 - Reply - Was this comment useful?

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