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Rhine Cruise To Switzerland. by Mcgill, Inverkeilor

Rhine Cruise To Switzerland.

Overall Rating: 3
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Cruise Line:
Phoenix River Cruises
Cruise Ship:
MS Arlene
Destination:
Northern Europe

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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
4

Entertainment
So little entertainment there was no choice of most or least favourite
1

Shore Excursions
Best excursion was Strasbourg especially walking round Petit France, worst was Black forest but that only personal taste
3

Staff
Dining room staff all very nice and obliging
3

Children's Facilities
0

Onboard Activities
Quizes were provided on sheets at reception,sometimes crosswords, guess the film titles etc, few evening activities.
2

Cabins
Cabins could be more comfortable as matress was thin on the longer bed, and air-con not very effective despite curtains closed
2

Overall Rating
3
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Hughes, Hemel Hempstead - Commented on 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.

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McGill, INverkeilor - Commented on a comment by Hughes (07 Mar 09 08:02)

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.

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Hardie, Edinburgh - Commented on a comment by McGill (10 Mar 09 08:45)

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.

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McGill, ARBROATH - Commented on a comment by Hardie (10 Mar 09 17:42)

Very casual, no real need to dress up, most were in short sleeved shirts and trousers, or tops and skirts.

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McGill, ARBROATH - Commented on a comment by Hardie (11 Mar 09 14:56)

Very casual, no real need to dress up, most were in short sleeved shirts and trousers, or tops and skirts.

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McPhee, Kirkpatrick Fleming - Commented on this review

Hello Mr McGill did you have tea.coffee 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 .

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McGill, ARBROATH - Commented on a comment by McPhee (10 Mar 09 17:47)

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.

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Ford, Haydon Bridge - Commented on this review

Why have you not sent the brochure I ordered.

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