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Crystal Debussy Cruise Review
0.0 / 5.0
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Great cruise, 7 day Rhine cruise

Crystal Debussy Cruise Review by tfred

29 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jul 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Suite

the really no downsides to anything on this cruise. Food, service and planning were first rate. This is a serious contender for a Rhine river cruise- I would certainly take a hard look at Crystal vs Viking et al.

embarcation was 5 minutes with the iPads that they use and we were in the room in 10 minutes

Food was outstanding in every way. There was a set menu with 2 or 3 choices along with suggested regional favorites. One poster said that they didn't follow dietary requests. The ship could probably do a few things but hard core gluten free, reduced salt etc users should look elsewhere - the same as any cruise ship (or restaurant) It isn't a personal chef. Breakfast was good with enough choices as well as lunch. There was a Bistro setup throughout the day for snacks. This isn't a ocean cruise ship with 15 stations set up with every conceivable meal all day - Indian, chinese, sandwiches etc.

wine and liquor are included all day and it was top shelf with plenty of choices. Rhine cruises have mostly German and Austrian wines, although there are some French and Italian - mostly for sales as "upgrades". Most would be fine with the wine selections included

service around the ship was excellent including the restaurant. The butler is "a butler". he isn't serving food in the off hours. when we had some requests he easily got them for us. Housekeeping was first rate

martin kaye was the performer on board and he made the cruise. Piano, singing dancing - he did it all.

excursions were good and well planned. The guides included University students who were passionate about telling a story. Take the e bike tour in amsterdam - it was fun.

On the top deck it was a collection of couches (under an awning) chaos and padded deck loungers. It doesn't appear that other lines have that. These were comfortable and allowed plenty of space to relax

The Petit Suite was big enough for us. Great layout

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Cabin Review


well appointed with literally brand new everything. Smaller vanity (but with enough storage). Shower was bigger than normal cruise ship size - appreciated

there was enough storage for clothes. There is a great self service laundry available that allows you to do the everyday stuff

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Niederwald Cable Car

cable car was "down" for a few hours so the cruise line subbed the Music House Museum. That was very interesting and worth it

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nice cable car ride over the river. Fortress was a good tour without too much "history"

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it is definitely a walk although not super strenuous Uni student that did a great job talking about the history and life in Heidelberg

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Bike Rental

e bike through the farms 2 minutes from the ship Must do and easier than you think

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plenty to see. you you take a museum sponsored tour (1 hour) for $5 worth it

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Cologne Old Town

guide was a Uni student and was a good story teller. The Church as essentially closed since it was sunday

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hour long ride in a glass top boat. liked it. We did have a private Organ recital in the church (thanks to Crystal) and that was excellent

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