Posted May 29th, 2018, 07:49 AM
I see that you cruised with Croisieurope last year. How did you like it? Were there many english speakers on the cruise? We're considering cruising with them next year but have some reservations. Don't want to be the only English speakers on board.
Here's what I posted when we got back. Because it was a Road Scholar trip, that guaranteed there were at least 26 of us that spoke English. I'd say there were another 15 that were French, a handful of Argentinians, and the rest from England. The crew was delightful, which is saying something for me as I don't usually get to know the crew. I'm too much of an introvert. Most of the crew were younger, with the exception of the few upper "ranks."
I would be fine doing another Croisie cruise, but would want to know the exact schedule. We left many ports before dinner, meaning that evenings were confined to the ship. I'd've like more time to poke around in port, or get dinner in port.
We just returned from a Croisi Rhine trip. It was also with Road Scholar, but that really only meant that our group had a separate tour guide and bus, and sat together at meals. We were on the Lafayette.
I would agree with everything already said. The ship was spotlessly clean, and the crew was delightful. The lounge was comfortable, though the chairs in the spots with the best view did show a bit of wear. There were fresh flower arrangements on board. Lunch and dinner was a set menu, generally French, though with some German dishes thrown in given the cruise location. Most of it was very good, if not what I would normally eat at home. It was consistently better than my MSC Yacht Club dining from this summer on Splendida. They were very good about working with dietary preferences/needs, if given enough advance notice. They did not encourage last minute, sit down to the table "oh, fish tonight? Can I have something different?" Dh does not eat fish though, and we told them at the beginning of the cruise. Every seafood dish had an alternative presented to him.
Language was not an issue. Most of the crew spoke good enough to fluent English. The cruise director did switch back and forth between French and English so quickly that I frequently didn't realize she was speaking English until half a sentence later.
I will say I was a bit shocked when we were moored next to a Tauck and Scenic (I think) ship and had to walk thru. I suddenly felt like the poor cousin. Those ship interiors were, for lack of a better term, shiny. Lots of glass, brass, mirrors, and marble. The rooms did not look that much bigger, from what I could see 4 feet from my window, though even a few square feet can make a difference in those little rooms. That said, our room was perfectly fine for what we needed, and the bathroom, particularly the shower, was spacious. If you need fancy, though, you may not be happy. If you are ok with clean, well kept, friendly, and comfortable, you should be ok.
There is actually a show called "Dream Cruises" on AWE (A Wealth of Entertainment) network that ds found. One of the episodes is about a Croisi Loire cruise on the Loire Princesse. Just checked our DVR, it was season 6 episode 1.
Croisieurope, Rhine river cruise, 2017
MSC Med, Splendida, 2017
DCL 4 Night MerryTime Cruise, Wonder, 2016
DCL Baltic, Magic, 2016
Oceania, Marina, French Polynesia, 2014
USS Belleauwood (LHA-3), Sasebo, Japan, 1995-97