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Re: Rhone cruise

Postby Meg50 » 07 May 2013 17:34

indeed - as can be seen on Mike's thread - not knowing sets one off on the wrong foot
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Re: Rhone cruise

Postby Meg50 » 16 May 2013 18:49

we're back, having survived to tell the tale......

Give me a few days and I'll post a report ..


But suffice it to say -I'd have no hesitation recommending Luftner
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Re: Rhone cruise

Postby JollyJill » 16 May 2013 19:09

Meg50 wrote:we're back, having survived to tell the tale......

Give me a few days and I'll post a report ..


But suffice it to say -I'd have no hesitation recommending Luftner


Welcome back Meg. I look forward to reading all about it. :)
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Re: Rhone cruise

Postby Dave » 17 May 2013 06:10

Meg50 wrote:we're back, having survived to tell the tale......

Give me a few days and I'll post a report ..


But suffice it to say -I'd have no hesitation recommending Luftner

Excellent! I'm looking forward to the photos too... ;)
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Postby grannyM » 17 May 2013 09:10

Nice to have you back Meg. I'm glad you obviously had a good experience and look forward to your review. :)
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Re: Rhone cruise

Postby Meg50 » 17 May 2013 13:08

Weds May 8th
Set off by tram/train for St Pancreas/Paris/Lyon Part Dieu. Walked to Hotel Helder. Wished we'd known the tram from Part Dieu stops almost outside - it would have saved us a half hour walk…
Hotel adequate. Not a lot of restaurants nearby - 2 day bank holiday not helping…. Weather humid and damp.

Thurs 9th
Breakfast curious - no staff anywhere - just help yourself. Luggage left in a lock up while we explored town.
No sign of ship or rep… Lyon a lovely city - we walked miles. Will return to do the Botanical gardens if we come back with the ship…
3pm we collect luggage from hotel and make for Quai Claude Bernard - as we approach I see a lady with a Luftner sign heading our way at speed. Coach to Macon to pick up ship there - it's been there for at least 2 weeks cos water level too high to get under the bridges. Last week's cruise went nowhere so people were bussed/tgv'd around the area.
Eventually joined by an assortment of people and set off at 4 for Macon. Lots of flooding in fields on the way.
Hand sanitiser as board. Shown to cabin by stewards. Once luggage arrived (about 5 mins) we set off to explore - unpacking can wait….
Very welcome tea and pastries/ savoury snacks available so exploration postponed a wee bit!
Dinner at 7.30, then safety talk/daily briefing for english speakers at 9.30.
Hope to sail tomorrow at 6pm (normal itinerary says Macon tours so they'll go ahead as planned). Hope we get to sail - it's peeing down with rain.

Friday 10th
Declined the vineyard tour and explored the town instead.
After lunch C set off on a Cluny trip while M decided to stay and sun bathe - eventually driven indoors by the lowering temperatures…. Notices have appeared saying 'be back on board by 5.30' - promising…

Yes!!!!!!!! We sailed at 6pm - northwards through Tournus and a lock. The reflections in the water are spectacular
Arrived at Chalon Sur Saone at bedtime

Sat 11th May. Chalon Sur Saone.
Just about to disembark when we were stopped cos the ship needed to move to make room for Viking Europe on our inside - they'd chickened out of moving from Macon until we'd proved it was possible. The purser was delighted it was their carpets that would have the extra foot fall rather than ours!
We explored the town and after lunch went for a massage and after thew obligatory post massage wind down we went back to do the bits of town we'd missed on the first trip.
At today's briefing it was announced that tomorrow we sail for St Jean de Losne

Sun 12th May
Sailing, then St Jean de Losne.
As we sailed up stream the crew laid on a 'Taste of Provence - Moules, cheeses, wine (all at 10am!) not surprisingly, not many came to lunch!
This is the first 'large ship' to have ventured this far up the Saone and we caused a sensation - people kept rushing out along the banks with cameras, and once in town (tiny, only 1000 or so inhabitants) every one came for a look!
After lunch we went off on a trip to Dijon. A wonderful town and totally unexpected - not on the original itinerary!
Tomorrow we sail south at 12.30 pm

Mon 13th May St Jean de Losne
A trip to Louhans Market was on offer, but it appeared to only have 30 mins free time, so we declined, exploring the Marina instead.
I overheard an American passenger announce that the problem wasn't bridges or water levels, but that the ships are too big!
At the afternoon briefing the possibility of sailing to Lyon was mooted….
By 930pm it was in stone.
There was a pirate dinner - complete with waiters waving cutlasses! Followed by crew entertainment for the passengers.

Tuesday 14th May. Macon until lunchtime when we set sail for Lyon. The sun blazed down and we sat out on the sundeck and roasted while listening to the birds singing - heaven.
As we sailed into Lyon during dinner we realised the extent of the problem as we cleared one bridge with only millimetres to spare. Then it started to rain…

Weds 15th May - and rain and rain. Our planned trip to the botanical gardens was cancelled and we walked to Part Dieu shopping centre instead.

Thursday 16th May
Home time - tram to Part Dieu stn, TGV to Lille Europe (horrible place), Eurostar to St Pancreas, train to Croydon, tram home!


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129 booked, but only 81 coming after being offered cancellation
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18 US (Gate 1)
23 UK
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Re: Rhone cruise

Postby JollyJill » 17 May 2013 13:27

Thanks for the review Meg, which I enjoyed reading. So overall how many marks would you give out of 10 for the cruise?
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Re: Rhone cruise

Postby Meg50 » 17 May 2013 14:00

for what we should have done 5/10 - obviously we only did half of what we expected

for what we did do - 9.5/10

for the ship/line etc 9.5/10

for the way the company and the crew dealt with the problems 11/10!!!!!!!!!
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Postby Meg50 » 17 May 2013 15:02

I wonder if Dave had the same driver!
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Postby Meg50 » 17 May 2013 15:21

Our ship moored in Chalon Sur Saone
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