From my set entitled “Amsterdam”
In my selection entitled “Rhine Most important Danube”
In my photostream
Just above a year back, Karen and I cruised the Rhine-Most important-Danube System. The tour protected the pursuing countries: Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Hungary. The cities we visited involved Amsterdam, Xanten, Cologne, Koblenz, Aschaffenburg, Wurzburg, Bamberg, Nuremburg, Regensburg, Passau, Vienna and Budapest. It was a charming trip, and I came home with above 2000 images, most of which I posted amongst October, 2007 and May, 2008.
The pursuing article content deal with our ship, The MS Casanova, operated by Peter Deilmann Reederei
Reproduced from Deilmann Casanova Assessment
By Durant and Cheryl Imboden
Peter Deilmann Reederei has operated cruise vessels on European rivers because 1983, when the Donauprinzessin joined the line’s present fleet of ocean ships. Currently, the firm has 10 ships on the rivers of Western and Central Europe, jointly with two lavish ocean vessels: the MS Deutschland and the sailing yacht Lili Marleen.
In drop, 2004, my son and I used a week aboard the MS Casanova, a five-star river vessel that moved from Northern Italy to the Rhine, Danube, Moselle, and Rhine-Most important Canal for the 2005 period and past. This illustrated assessment describes the ship, the services and facilities onboard, and the distinctly European design of river cruising that Peter Deilmann features to cosmopolitan vacationers.
MS Casanova: the ship
Casanova was developed in 2001 for cruises on Italy’s Po River, exactly where ships need to be able to cruise below small bridges and fit comfortably in narrow, shallow canals. As a outcome, it really is more compact than lots of ships that cruise Central European waters, with a length of 338 ft and a beam of 32 ft, or 103 m by 9,70 m. The ship could be described as a “boutique vessel,” because it accommodates only ninety six passengers.
Most community rooms are on the Verdi deck, or major deck, which also has 26 of the the ship’s 48 passenger cabins. A staircase prospects down to the Rialto Deck, exactly where a lobby separates the restaurant from the 22 reduced-deck staterooms. The Sundeck, an open up spot on the leading of the ship, features deck chairs, tables, and a lot of house together the railings for sightseeing and photograph-taking.
Passengers enter and depart the ship by means of the reception spot, positioned amidships on the Verdi deck, which functions as a buffer amongst the community rooms and cabins. A doorway on the starboard facet of Casanova prospects previous a boutique/hairdresser into the big and effectively-appointed lounge, which has a bar, a library corner, a tiny dance flooring, and a piano for leisure.
Audience and atmosphere
Like other Peter Deilmann river vessels, Casanova serves a multinational viewers. This tends to make it distinct from its foremost rivals on the European river-cruising circuit, which operate individual vessels for the U.S. and Canadian current market (Viking) or cater only to North American vacationers (Avalon Waterways, Uniworld, Vantage, and so on.).
The bulk of Deilmann’s company arrive from German-speaking countries, but a significant minority are from the U.S., Canada, and Britain. On our cruise, about a third of the passengers ended up American or Canadian, with just one British couple on board. Most of our fellow company ended up in their 60s or more mature (a reasonably common age vary for European river cruises).
The ship’s atmosphere has a powerful German taste, but you should not go looking for stereotypes from yesteryear: The waiters, stewardesses, and reception workers are more welcoming than official, and the costume code on most evenings is “wise informal.” You’ll notice the Teutonic influence primarily when you flip on the Tv set–exactly where German channels predominate–or if you request drinking water in the restaurant, when you are going to be questioned if you want bottled mineral drinking water or American-design ice drinking water. (Right after the 1st meal or two, your beverage stewardess will try to remember your preferences.)
All ship’s bulletins are in both equally German and English, and individual variations of the each day e-newsletter are released for Deutsch- and English-speaking company.
In general, Casanova and Peter Deilmann Cruises offer you a more cosmopolitan ambiance than you’d obtain on a vessel that caters principally to U.S. and Canadian vacationers. With Deilmann, you really feel that you’re in Europe when you’re aboard the ship, not just when you go ashore. Whether or not which is great or terrible relies upon on your preferences and no matter if you desire mingling with the locals or sticking with fellow foreigners.
Casanova’s staterooms arrive in a few flavors:
Queen cabins. In these 16 staterooms, the queen-sizing beds have individual mattresses, every single with its individual duvet when the stewardess removes the bedspread at night time. This usually means you can snuggle or maintain separation, depending on whom you’re touring with.
Twin cabins. These 30 cabins have twin beds on reverse partitions. A person berth converts into a couch through the day.
Junior suites. There are just two junior suites, both equally on the reduced or Rialto deck. They have queen-sizing beds and are a little greater than the typical queen and twin cabins.
Rooms on the Verdi or upper deck have cleverly created French doorways overlooking the drinking water. Open the remaining fifty percent, and you have a flooring-to-ceiling display to hold bugs at bay. Open the correct facet, and you can lean out to consider images, check the passing landscape in more element, or get a really feel for the weather conditions.
Cabins on the Rialto or reduced deck have set photograph home windows.
All staterooms are attractively adorned with generous expanses of wood paneling, drapes, images on the partitions, and so on. Casanova’s designers gave a large amount of consideration to particulars, as the inset picture of a ceiling light will show. The gold-trim motif is also utilised on the tailor made cabin furnishings, which consists of developed-in closets, nightstands with storage house, and a desk with minibar. (I did notice just one tiny oversight: Casanova’s duvets are filled with a slim polyester batting instead of down.)
The bogs are particularly effectively-created, with luxurious touches such as glass shower enclosures, marble and ceramic partitions, wooden toilet seats, brass faucets, and sinks that have marble counter tops in a attractive brown-pink marble earlier mentioned a wooden storage cupboard and shelves. You can find a retractable clothesline in the shower stall, and you are going to obtain a lot of racks and hooks for towels and dressing robes. (Your stewardess will offer bathrobes on request.)
Ultimately, the Tv set in every single cabin has a great assortment of channels–primarily in German, but with BBC Environment and CNN to hold you in contact with what is actually occurring again home. Casanova also has shut-circuit films numerous times a day in both equally German and English.
Germans have a status for taking their foodstuff very seriously, and the high-quality of hotel and restaurant foodstuff in Germany tends to be considerably improved than in the United States or Britain. So it shouldn’t arrive as a shock that Peter Deilmann’s Casanova life up to its five-star ambitions in the eating space.
Breakfast consists of a buffet with refreshing fruit, cereals, rolls, dim German breads, croissants and other pastries, cheeses, chilly cuts, herring, smoked salmon, and so on. Waiters are on hand to provide beverages, whisk absent dirty plates, and consider orders for refreshing-cooked eggs or each day specials. Mineral drinking water and sparkling wine, which you spend for at lunch or evening meal, are free of charge at breakfast. (Nicole, our beverage stewardess, told us that some company like a glass of Prosecco to wake up in the early morning. I tried a quarter-glass as a examination but decided to stick with coffee. My son was happy by the sizzling chocolate, which was excellent.)
Lunch is a pick-your-individual-experience affair exactly where you can fill up a plate from the buffet or have a full meal served training course by training course. On most days, I grabbed a handful of salad and fish objects from the buffet and skipped instantly to the major training course or requested pasta as an entrée.
At evening meal, the menu generally features an appetizer, two soups, a fish or pasta training course, a alternative of entrées, and dessert. (On gala evenings, a sorbet precedes the major training course.) The restaurant’s wood-and-marble buffet desk is laid with a salad bar (with the term “salad” encompassing such luxuries as shrimp and fish), which is replaced by a range of cheeses and fruit at the end of the meal.
Deilmann isn’t going to skimp on elements: Higher-high-quality fish is on the menu at virtually every single midday or evening meal, and we ended up served lobster, big shrimp, lamb, veal, and duck at several times through the cruise. Baked items are also excellent–most notably the cakes and other desserts, which are baked on board by a full-time pastry chef.
If sightseeing leaves you hungry for more than a few sq. meals a day, you can leading up your tummy with boullion at eleven a.m., finger sandwiches and cakes at afternoon tea, or the late-night time snack in the lounge at 10:30 p.m. (On our voyage, Jozef–the Casanova’s excellent pianst and vocalist–provided musical accompaniment through afternoon tea, the six:30 p.m. cocktail hour, and the evening snack.)
Espresso, tea, ice drinking water, and fruit juices are free of charge. Other beverages charge additional at lunch and evening meal, even though complimentary sparkling wine and Kir Royale are served (and replenished generously) on gala evenings. If you buy a bottle of wine or mineral drinking water in the eating space, your waiter will mark the bottle and help save it for potential meals.
Consume price ranges are in line with what you could anticipate on a European luxurious vessel: On our cruise, a glass of German draft beer charge €2,80, a bar-sizing bottle of delicate consume was €2,fifty, a 5-cl glass of vermouth charge €2,90, grappa was €3,80, and whiskies or cocktails ended up in the €5,fifty to €6,90 vary. Featured wines on the evening meal menu generally charge €20 to €25, and a quarter-liter of the residence white or pink was considerably less high priced than a glass of wine in a common U.S. restaurant.
Casanova has an unusually big workers for a river ship that carries only ninety six passengers. Peter Deilmann promises a passenger-to-crew ratio of two.5:one, or “about the ideal crew to passenger ratio of any river vessel.” You can find even a physician on board.
The multilingual restaurant, bar, housekeeping, and reception workers ended up a hardworking bunch through our cruise, and they ended up also really-experienced professionals. Our waiter, Mladen Tomljanovic, was a nine-year veteran of cruise ships, and our beverage stewardess, Nicole Hoppe, experienced a few decades of professional schooling and apprenticeship prior to signing up for Peter Deilmann Cruises. Mladen, Nicole, and other users of the restaurant and beverage workers worked jointly as an effective crew, delivering services on a par with what you’d anticipate on a luxurious cruise line or a five-star hotel.
I was also amazed by the crew’s heat, friendliness, and in general great cheer. A person evening, the more youthful workers ended up form ample to invite my 18-year-previous son to be part of them at a nightclub that was well known with riverboat crews. (I resisted the urge to play chaperone, spending the evening with a Donna Leon secret instead.)
The Casanova’s e-newsletter proposed dividing gratuities of €6,fifty to €7,fifty per passenger per day amid the services workers, and passengers ended up inspired to make further contributions to a guidelines box at the reception desk for other users of the crew. I believed the proposed figures ended up a bit small for workers who worked fifteen hours or more per day, so I gave €50 every single (for two passengers) to our waiter, beverage