First time on a river cruise and with Riviera - we were not disappointed. It was a marvelous trip, the ship was superb, the cabins more roomy and better furnished than many hotel rooms we’ve stayed in. The food was unbeatable. Our Tour guides Sheila and Sarah were friendly, helpful and efficient. We enjoyed every minute. Well done Riviera!
The Blue Danube
8 days from only £1299pp Show price breakdown
Departures available June to October 2014, prices from £1199pp rising to £1,399pp flying from London Gatwick
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Thank you for a superb holiday!
Yet again we enjoyed the benefits of booking a Riviera Travel Holiday, you just keep improving - brilliant Tour Managers ( Sheila & Sarah) who had the patience of saints, excellent tact, helpful, friendly, knowledgeable, great representatives for Riviera Travel.
We have no criticisms whatsoever, and can make no suggestions for improvements.
Thank you once again, we look forward to booking another holiday with Riviera Travel.
Having just returned from a Danube cruise with my friend Carol Knill, I just wanted to record what a super holiday we both enjoyed! Everything about the cruise from the helpfulness of office staff on a couple of pre-holiday queries, to the seamless organisation, friendliness and helpfulness of all the crew on the Serenade 2, our accommodation, wonderful choice of excursions and superb care from our tour guides (Sarah and Shirley) - made it a holiday to remember - thank you!
Having been on the above holiday, we would like to say what a most enjoyable holiday this was. Everything was just perfect, the boat, food, very friendly staff. A lovely surprise on my birthday, having received a sparkly Birthday cake, and congratulations from the Captain and crew. The places we visited, and the two tour managers, Sheila and Sarah who were just a joy to be with. They were friendly,helpful, and very knowledgeable. We would definitely recommend, Serenade 2 and Riviera, and would love to do a river cruise again, but this one will take some beating. Thank you so much for making it so good.
My daughter and I have recently returned from a cruise on the Danube which we thoroughly enjoyed.
The two representatives of Riviera Travel, Sheila ans Sarah, were outstandingly good and contributed significantly to making the cruise experience memorable. They were organised, without being overbearing, knowledgeable about the area, always pleasant and nothing was too much trouble .
We cannot commend them highly enough . They are a real asset to Riviera Travel.
We’ve just returned from our Blue Danube cruise on the Serenade II and want to thank you for organising a wonderful holiday. We cruised on the Rhine last year (again Serenade II) and booked this holiday as a treat for our 40th wedding anniversary present to ourselves.
The itinerary was excellent, as was the food and the company, our fellow travellers providing the icing on the cake. Our only complaint (yes, complaint) was that the weather was too hot and your representatives were unable to turn the thermostat down!
Sarah and Sheila were probably the best tour managers we’ve ever had - friendly, professional, always ready with information when needed and one or other of them was always discreetly “riding shotgun” on our outings to iron out the few minor problems.
We’ll be touring with you again so please keep us on your mailing list.
We have just returned from a wonderful holiday on the Serenade II. We are new to river cruising and we weren’t sure what to expect but the experience was everything we could have wished for and more. The accommodation, the food, the service and the facilities were all excellent but it was the little extras which make the difference between a good customer experience and an excellent one. For example, anyone who had a birthday was presented with a birthday cake complete with sizzling firework, cold drinks were served free of charge after a very hot day out in the city and the little chocolates which were left on the bed each evening was a lovely touch.
Particular thanks go to Sarah and Shelia, the representatives who were both very friendly and ensured that everyone got the most out of their holiday.
We enjoyed all of the places on the itinerary, small towns and large cities and we fully intend to return to both Vienna and Budapest in the future.
I would certainly recommend this cruise and Riviera to my friends. Thank you.
We have just returned from the above cruise and would like to tell you that we had a fantastic time. It was our first experience of river cruising and we will certainly do it again next year. We quite fancy the Rhone.
Every member of the crew on board Serenade 2 were superb and could not do enough to make our eight days an absolute pleasure. The food was excellent as was the service in the restaurant. Special mention has to go to Sheila and Sarah who were very professional and really ensured that everything went smoothly at all times; they were wonderful!! We will certainly recommend Riviera to our friends.
Thank you for a great holiday!!
I don’t know where to start praising this holiday. The food was a joy - small courses (up to seven!) of delectable flavours and textures, beautifully presented and served. The service was excellent. The ship and the service on it, also excellent - twice daily cabin tidies, clean towels etc etc, and the beds were very comfortable. The tour guides were helpful and friendly and always there if we needed them, whilst also socialising with them. The crew made a huge effort to create a family atmosphere aboard - no-one was anonymous, and all were polite, cheerful and helpful.
It goes without saying that the locations were fabulous, and we had prompt, interesting, understandable and informative tour guides on every excursion. No hotel can ever beat the locations occupied by the ship when moored - especially in Budapest!
The beginning of our cruise was curtailed because the ship was unable to come up to Budapest to meet us due to lock damage during the recent huge Danube floods. Riviera obviously had no control whatsoever over this, but they put us up in the Budapest Hilton, then we had to have a long day on board the coach, broken by our visit to Bratislava, meeting the ship further along, which, together with cold weather, made us feel our holiday had started a day late.
The only downside ( apart from the above) was travelling by Easyjet (cramped and a long delay on the way back) - stark contrast to the luxury of the ship.
We would definitely recommend the MV Serenade and Riviera, and intend to take another river cruise.
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