Booked this cruise European Canals, Rivers and Cities, then looked at reviews just prior to sailing and found the Astoria was the oldest cruise ship in the world, plus some reviews were a bit worrying, especially about the cabins and crew. Ok will deal with cabin 464 later. The food throughout was excellent both in the Restaurant and in the Bistso, the quality quantity and service was very good. Our waiter in the Restaurant was superb in sorting out my wife's dietary requirements. Asked for first sitting, got second, so didn't use Restaurant as much as usual. One point on catering, The toaster in the Bistro (and I use the word advisedly) was as much use as a chocolate fire guard, . I put my toast through upto 5 times and it never browned, the queue was miles long. It should be dropped overboard at the earliest possible moment, and in a deep a water as possible. All the crew were smart, polite efficient and helpful at all times and they all seemed to get along well with each other. The ship considering her age was extremely smart, and very clean, no tired looking furniture, carpets etc., Entertainment in the Show Lounge considering the size of the stage was excellent. A really lively group. The ships band was really professional We have cruised with CMV since 2010 (our first cruise). Since then Marco Polo (5), Magellen (1) Colombus (1) and enjoyed everyone. The Captain seemed a bit anonmous, I don't doubt this competence , but I missed the morning briefing as with the Colombus last year when the Captain gave an update on speed, weather , distance etc and the time from his (Very expensive watch!!!), plus he walked the deck and said" Hello" to whoever he saw. Embarkation and dis embarkation were faultless, really speedy. Looking forward to our next Astoria cruise.

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Astoria Cruise Review by cgb1950castor.

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Booked this cruise European Canals, Rivers and Cities, then looked at reviews just prior to sailing and found the Astoria was the oldest cruise ship in the world, plus some reviews were a bit worrying, especially about the cabins and crew.

Ok will deal with cabin 464 later. The food throughout was excellent both in the Restaurant and in the Bistso, the quality quantity and service was very good. Our waiter in the Restaurant was superb in sorting out my wife's dietary requirements.

Asked for first sitting, got second, so didn't use Restaurant as much as usual.

One point on catering, The toaster in the Bistro (and I use the word advisedly) was as much use as a chocolate fire guard, . I put my toast through upto 5 times and it never browned, the queue was miles long. It should be dropped overboard at the earliest possible moment, and in a deep a water as possible.

All the crew were smart, polite efficient and helpful at all times and they all seemed to get along well with each other.

The ship considering her age was extremely smart, and very clean, no tired looking furniture, carpets etc.,

Entertainment in the Show Lounge considering the size of the stage was excellent. A really lively group. The ships band was really professional

We have cruised with CMV since 2010 (our first cruise). Since then Marco Polo (5), Magellen (1) Colombus (1) and enjoyed everyone.

The Captain seemed a bit anonmous, I don't doubt this competence , but I missed the morning briefing as with the Colombus last year when the Captain gave an update on speed, weather , distance etc and the time from his (Very expensive watch!!!), plus he walked the deck and said" Hello" to whoever he saw.

Embarkation and dis embarkation were faultless, really speedy.

Looking forward to our next Astoria cruise.
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Cabin 464
AVOID.
Booked this grade of cabin as it was as near they type we have had on previous CMV ships.

It was very small, no dressing table and the storage space was limited. Just a well we were only 9 nights.

The central heating was SO noisy, never slept first night, so bought earplugs in Rotterdam, which helped, plus as with all our cabins on CMV whether your set the temperature on 12c or 28c they just blow cold.

We had a fridge, which was balanced on 2 bits of wood so that when you opened the door with bottles in the door it tipped forward, so much so that then returning one afternoon the thing was not working, so lifted it out of its housing and found the plug had come out. Plus it gave off a very gassy smell.

The electric plugs / sockets along the wall behind the beds. Whilst removing a plug one day, the whole socket came away, plus the plastic trim, exposing all the wiring. Managed to nail it back in place, but had to be very careful then removing plugs.

Great to have a cabin witha bath though.

Our cabin steward ANNA was fantastic , a credit to herself and the company.