Author: Roger Mills
Originally the cruise was advertised as being the other way around , ie calling at Amsterdam first ,but later this was changed to the itinerary that I've listed .This alteration meant that our actual time available in port was severely curtailed and ruled out for instance in Honfleur, a visit to Monet's garden. Falmouth was lovely and the locals laid on a bus shuttle, goody bags all round and made us VERY welcome. My partner and I availed ouselves of a £5.00 off voucher in Rick Stein's fish restaurant! The weather was gorgeous. Honfleur was visited the next day but only for a brief stay. It was very expensive and packed with holidaymakers and tourists, although one cannot deny the attractiveness of this little place. On Wednesday after a seemingly endless journey up the river Schelde to Antwerpen, we had again just a few brief hours to take in the delights of the Grote Market and the beautiful cathedral. The most disappointing aspect of the cruise was the sudden change of berthing plan from Amsterdam to the distant IJmuiden. A shuttle service was provided, but many passengers only had enough time for a quick 1 hour river tour, then back to the ship. All in all, very disappointing , although we ate well, the ship herself is quite delightful ,and the staff helpful and courteous. The "formal dinners" and Captain's reception were memorable. I would go on a similar cruise again, but only if we had more time to actually do something at our ports of call. Otherwise, what's the point ???