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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
We have wanted to go on a river cruise forever and finally booked with Gate 1. We are laid back people so wanted something exciting but not overly formal or stuffy. This cruise was so different than what we expected, starting off with ... Read More
We have wanted to go on a river cruise forever and finally booked with Gate 1. We are laid back people so wanted something exciting but not overly formal or stuffy. This cruise was so different than what we expected, starting off with guest introductions so everyone could get to know each other, all the way thru disembarkation support and local Budapest tips on what to do and see after we left the ship. It was well beyond our expectations and made for, by far, our best vacation ever. Our cruise director Krisztina A was absolutely amazing. So incredibly knowledgeable in the local areas and history. Beyond that, she was so charismatic and personable that we felt as if we had known her forever. Everything was perfectly planned and executed without a hitch, it was so easy going and laid back without us having to have a single worry the entire trip. She was there whenever we had questions but always treated us as friends rather than guests or just a job, which is what we had experienced previously on other cruises and just made our experience that much better. The activities host Armin was such fun. He was engaging and comical and drew quite the audience. There was morning stretching, technical details, all kinds of mid afternoon activities, and a ton of nightly fun and games. He was always around and even when we felt like it should’ve been time for him to take a break, he spent time with us and other guests. The trip includes local tours at every stop and the tour guides were fantastic. We learned so much and always had more than sufficient time to explore on our own as well. The food and drink each day was tailored to the country we were in which was great. We got to have local cuisine even if we didn’t choose to leave the ship. And who can complain about complementary beer and wine with dinner! The whole trip felt like we were at home with old friends but really were on an amazing adventure with people we had just met. Very highly recommended and we will be back! Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
The ship was modern and the crew was the best ever! Our balcony room 215 was the epitome of relaxation, lying in bed with the curtains and sliding glass doors open, gliding down the river complete with sounds of water. It was like a ... Read More
The ship was modern and the crew was the best ever! Our balcony room 215 was the epitome of relaxation, lying in bed with the curtains and sliding glass doors open, gliding down the river complete with sounds of water. It was like a movie. Our room was cleaned twice daily and the beds and blankets were unbelievably cozy. There is so much storage space in the room, under the beds, in the closets and bathroom. And there is a refrigerator. The first night there was a champagne briefing and there was complimentary wine with every evening meal. If you have never been inside a lock or were curious about them, you will get a chance to know them up close because we entered at least 6-8 of them. Quite an educational experience. Our entertainment director was Daniele, quite the character from Italy. Wouldn't have been the same without him, although I'm sure other Gate 1 cruises have a Daniele almost-equivalent. Dining in the dining room was 3 times a day. Breakfast and lunch were buffet=type, while dinner was off the menu. For breakfast, you could select from the many choices of food or you could have the chef prepare something you request. Midweek, Daniele hosted a fun night for all on board. Audience participation. It gives you a chance to really know your fellow cruisers and brings out everyone's personality. It was a blast! The night before we disembarked in Germany, we were treated to a surprise performance. I will not give it away, for those future cruisers. But you will be delighted!!! On disembarkation day, we had to be ready by 5am and hated that we would miss breakfast. Surprisingly, Gate 1 prepared breakfasts for us consisting of a sandwich, oj, an orange, an apple, etc. So thoughtful and unexpected! And so organized! The driver picked up our bags at 4:45 and were were provided a personal driver and van to the airport, 1.5 hours away. Gate 1 thinks of everything. We failed to bring adapters for electronic devices but Gate 1 gave us a loaner. And for the rain, Gate 1 provided umbrellas. I have only 2 complaints total. One cannot be resolved because it's how things are. Whenever we got into port, we would often have to dock next to other ships, which completely blocked the view from our cabin. This is common practice because there are not enough spaces to park along the banks. what you do is walk through the other ships or they walk through yours. The other is that, twice, I got a bad radio, used for the tours. Once, the guide had an extra one, but the other time I had to endure the tour without a radio. Read Less
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