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
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
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
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