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Personal Information

Author:
Randy

Did you do a river cruise before:
Yes

Number of previous cruises:
3

Summary:
The ship was in good condition, the crew was fantastic with an excellent hotel director. Program Directors also excellent.


General Questions

Why did you select this particular cruise itinerary?
It visited an area that I wanted to see

Why did you select this particular cruise line?
I love the value for the money that GCT gives. We are Inner Circle. I really like their model, several program directors, exploration of history and culture and willingness to confront controversial subjects.

Did you book with or without airfare?
0

How would you rate the service provided by the cruise line from the day you booked until the cruise started?
10

How would you describe the service provided by the cruise line from the day you booked until the cruise started?
I really like the pre-cruise contact from PD for Inner Circle members.

How would you rate the service provided by the cruise line from your disembarkation until you where back home?
8

How would you describe the service provided by the cruise line from your disembarkation until you where back home?
We really had no service once were in line for airline checking . . . did not need any.

How would you rate the quality of your cruise director / program manager(s) during the cruise?
10

How would you describe the quality of your cruise director / program manager(s) during the cruise?
Super! Helene's favorite expression. We went off on our own a lot and she willingly pointed us in the direction we needed and also annotated our maps. The two other PDs were always willing to assist when they were at the desk or our PD was not available.

Did you experience any problems during the cruise?
Other (please specify)

How did your cruise line handle the crisis management?
10

How did your cruise line handle the crisis management?
Not a crisis, but our cabin was noisy due to the entertainer. Hotel Director followed up with us the next day and provided a satisfactory resolution.

How often was your ship double docked to another?
4


River Harmony Ship Rating

Ship Tech: Please rate the ships cabins, elevator and all other technical installations.
10

Ship Tech: Please describe the ships cabins, elevator and all other technical installations.
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Ship Equipment: Please rate the other rooms and and their equipment on board.
10

Ship Equipment: Please describe the other rooms and their equipment on board.
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Ship Service: Please rate the on board service.
10

Ship Service: Please describe the on board service.
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Ship Food: Please rate the food, restaurant, restaurant service and cuisine while on board.
9

Ship Food: Please describe the food, restaurant, restaurant service and cuisine while on board.<
Service and food were great. Wine was so so. Chef very visible and readily accommodated my dietary needs. He talked to me daily about upcoming menu and, when necessary, cooked a meal another way or offered a substitution.


General thoughts
This would be the field for any general comments on the itinerary, the countries or the season of the year your cruise took place.
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Day 2: City Brussels

How would you rate the city?
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Tags for this City:
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In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
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Please describe the city and your activity:
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Day 2: City Antwerp

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Meet the Locals   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
Included walking tour to RLD. On or own in central area for beer sampling and to bancomat.


Day 3: City Antwerp

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
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In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
Walking tour of central area then off on our own to White Star Museum. We reserved tickets in advance, on line, as we read that admissions were limited. An English guidebook was available.


Day 4: City Willemstad

How would you rate the city?
6

Tags for this City:
Meet the Locals   19th Century   Military History   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
The real reason for the stop was to let people off for the optional to Delta Works, a tour we did previously


Day 4: City Delta Works

How would you rate the city?
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In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
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Please describe the city and your activity:
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Day 4: City Kinderdijk

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Medieval History   Meet the Locals   Photo Opportunities   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
8

Tour Type
Other

Please describe the city and your activity:
Walking tour combined with boat ride. It was interesting to see all the old windmills and learn how they operate


Day 5: City Nijmegen

How would you rate the city?
8

Tags for this City:
Contemporary History   World War 2   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
It's a small urban city, nothing special but interesting on market day. Did noted to see as much of the area involved in Market Garden as I hoped.


Day 6: City Bonn

How would you rate the city?
8

Tags for this City:
Cold War   World War 2   Meet the Locals   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
8

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
Meh, it's a city, it was a Sunday . . . But we did go to Remagen by train on our own to visit the Peace Museum at the famous Bridge.


Day 7: City Cochem

How would you rate the city?
9

Tags for this City:
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In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
Combined Drive & Walk

Please describe the city and your activity:
Interesting small town. Included town tour after ride up to castle from ship and then back to town. Tours were staggered by group and this worked well.


Day 7: City Reichsburg Castle

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
19th Century   Meet the Locals   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
Good local guide . . . would have been better if sun instead of rain, but still got a good tour.


Day 7: City Bernkastel-Kues

How would you rate the city?
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In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
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Please describe the city and your activity:
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Day 8: City Bernkastel-Kues

How would you rate the city?
9

Tags for this City:
Food   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
-

Please describe the city and your activity:
Wine tasting . . . actually more of a discussion of growing grapes and making wine over drinks.


Day 9: City Trier

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Ancient History   Renaissance   Photo Opportunities   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
Very interesting city with a great walking tour. We went on our own back to tour the Dom, visit the Roman museum, the Coliseum and the baths.


Day 10: City Traben-Trarbach

How would you rate the city?
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In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Day 10: City Luxembourg

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Contemporary History   World War 2   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
Combined Drive & Walk

Please describe the city and your activity:
The visits to the American and German WWII cemeteries was moving. I wish the bus ride was shorter.


Day 11: City Boppard

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Nature   Photo Opportunities   Meet the Locals   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
Enjoyable small town. We hiked/climbed on our own up to the Vierseenblick overlook. This was a bit strenuous, the pathway was only somewhat improved and definately not for everyone. It was just bad timing that the Sesselbahn (chairlift) was not yet operating. It would still be a walk to get to the overlooks, but no climb.


Day 11: City Marksburg

How would you rate the city?
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In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
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Please describe the city and your activity:
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Day 11: City Rhine Gorge

How would you rate the city?
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Tags for this City:
Nature   Medieval History   Photo Opportunities   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
-

Please describe the city and your activity:
PDs provided good commentary


Day 12: City Speyer

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Jewish History   Contemporary History   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
This was also the day of the Home Hosted visit, so no opportunity to go touring on our own. We did have some time at the Biergarten next to the docking spot.


Day 13: City Strasbourg

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Medieval History   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
Other

Please describe the city and your activity:
Walking tour combined with a canal boat tour.


Day 13: City Riquewihr

How would you rate the city?
8

Tags for this City:
Nature   Agriculture   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
Combined Drive & Walk

Please describe the city and your activity:
Panoramic drive to the Stork Park and then on to this town. I enjoyed the Stork Park and did not have enough time for me. Riquewihr was OK, but nothing special. For the amount of time on the bus, it was kind of disappointing.


Day 14: City Strasbourg

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
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In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Tour Type
-

Please describe the city and your activity:
We spent the day of the Baden Baden tour in town on our own. Walked the old quarter, spent time in the cathedral and rode the tram to see the EU government area.


Day 14: City Baden Baden

How would you rate the city?
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In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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Please describe the city and your activity:
Skipped


Day 15: City Basel

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
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In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
Glad our PD gave the tour and guided us to the tram. We stayed in town all day rather than return to ship for lunch. Basel Tourism has several walking tour routes . . . We combined a couple of them and wore ourselves out for the trip home. Basel was much more expensive than the other cities visited . . .


Day 16: City Basel

How would you rate the city?
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In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
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