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A friend and frequent "cruiser" told us she preferred CroisiEurope to other river cruises she had taken prior to discovering CroisiEurope. While we have been on numerable large-ship ocean cruises, this was our first River Cruise. So we took her advice, booked the Lafayette, and now share her enthusiasm! We were thrilled with our intimate cruise aboard the Lafayette. While no cabins have balconies, both levels have large windows- the larger on the second level - and all cabins are spacious with plentiful storage room for clothing and luggage. The outside upper deck has lots of table seating in sunny and shady areas as well as an abundance of lounge chairs. Lafayette's lounge and dining room, are spacious and well appointed. While most passengers were European - on our trip they were primarily French and Norwegian - the staff at all levels speak English. Breakfast is open for two hours and for those very early risers, coffee and pastries are available in the large-windowed lounge. There is one seating for lunch and dinner, the timing accommodating the return of those off-ship passengers on morning and afternoon excursions. The delicious French cuisine is beautifully presented and wine is served with both meals. In the dining room we were seated with other English speakers from Jakarta, England and New Zealand. The local guides on the excursions are very friendly and knowledgeable. Every trip has one guide who speaks English and each person receives a headset that ensures you can hear all the commentary. Many excursions begin with a narrated coach ride to the town, village or site destination. At the return of the afternoon trip you are welcomed back by the staff with a cool drink or cocktail of the day. So if you are American and looking for a River Cruise we suggest you consider CroisiEurope. We give them five stars in all categories and we plan to book another trip soon! D&B Smart

Ship, Staff, Excursions and food all excellent!

Lafayette Cruise Review by smart_travel

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A friend and frequent "cruiser" told us she preferred CroisiEurope to other river cruises she had taken prior to discovering CroisiEurope. While we have been on numerable large-ship ocean cruises, this was our first River Cruise. So we took her advice, booked the Lafayette, and now share her enthusiasm!

We were thrilled with our intimate cruise aboard the Lafayette. While no cabins have balconies, both levels have large windows- the larger on the second level - and all cabins are spacious with plentiful storage room for clothing and luggage. The outside upper deck has lots of table seating in sunny and shady areas as well as an abundance of lounge chairs.

Lafayette's lounge and dining room, are spacious and well appointed. While most passengers were European - on our trip they were primarily French and Norwegian - the staff at all levels speak English.

Breakfast is open for two hours and for those very early risers, coffee and pastries are available in the large-windowed lounge.

There is one seating for lunch and dinner, the timing accommodating the return of those off-ship passengers on morning and afternoon excursions. The delicious French cuisine is beautifully presented and wine is served with both meals. In the dining room we were seated with other English speakers from Jakarta, England and New Zealand.

The local guides on the excursions are very friendly and knowledgeable. Every trip has one guide who speaks English and each person receives a headset that ensures you can hear all the commentary. Many excursions begin with a narrated coach ride to the town, village or site destination. At the return of the afternoon trip you are welcomed back by the staff with a cool drink or cocktail of the day.

So if you are American and looking for a River Cruise we suggest you consider CroisiEurope. We give them five stars in all categories and we plan to book another trip soon!

D&B Smart
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