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#1
1,642 Posts
Joined Nov 2003
We are thinking of a Seine river cruise for July or August. Has anyone taken this cruise and did you enjoy it? Last summer there were special deals on this cruise. I wonder if they will have great prices again?
#2
Suffolk County, Long Island, NY
913 Posts
Joined Nov 2000
My husband and I did the GCT Seine river cruise the end of September. This was our first river cruise and also our first trip to Europe. We really were not sure what to expect, but it was absolutely wonderful. My husband and I are in our middle to late 50's. We were told that river cruising, and GCT in particular, appealed to a much older crowd. While that turned out to be true, there certainly were others in our age bracket, and we certainly never felt out of place. I have to say that everything went without a hitch. We were lucky to be assigned a non-stop flight out of JFK into CDG. After landing and claiming our luggage, we were met by a GCT rep who transported us to our airport hotel, a short distance away. After checking in at the hotel, we met our Program Director, Olivier, who said there would be a walking tour of the small town later in the afternoon and an orientation meeting at 5 pm. We decided to take a nap since neither one of us slept on the plane. BTW, we tried a product from the Magellan catalog called No Jet Lag. It worked great. After a 2-hr. nap we both felt great. We had booked the pre-tour in the Loire Valley and were very happy that we did. Stayed 3 nights in the town of Blois, which was like being transported into the medieval past. Got to tour some of the beautiful chateaus that the area is know for. We also got to sample some out of the way restaurants on our own for lunch and dinner. Our Program Director was the best!! I can't imagine anyone doing a better job than he did. He was a wealth of information and a very pleasant person in general. We then went on to the Normandy Beaches and the American Cemetery where we got in-depth tours. When we arrived in Honfleur we boarded the Bizet. I have to say that we were very impressed with the boat. Our cabin, while small, utilized space very well. It never felt too crowded. Also, the ship was immaculate. Meals onboard were excellent, as was the free-flowing wine at dinner! Breakfast and lunch was a buffet. At breakfast there was always 1 special that could be ordered from a waiter along with an omlette station, breads, reallly good pastries, meats, etc. At lunch there were assorted offerings including a pasta station. Dinner included 3-4 main entrees. There was only 1 dinner I did not like, which was pheasant. I thought it would be more like poultry, but it was more along the lines of a very gamey beef. Just a poor choice I made. The tours we received in all the towns we docked in were very in-depth and just the right length. We loved the fact that you could disembark the boat and be right in the middle of town. Honfleur was our favorite. So picturesque! We went on a home-hosted visit in Vernon. I was a little apprehensive about going to someone's home that I didn't know. It was the most wonderful experience, though. Our hosts were very personable, and the 2 hours with them flew. I don't know what kind of information you are exactly looking for, so if you have questions, please post them and I'll try my best to answer them. I don't think you can go wrong with this trip. My husband and I only have good things to say about it. Absolutely nothing went wrong. And, contrary to popular belief, we found the French people to be very friendly and helpful. Most spoke English and were happy to do so. I have to say that we did brush up on our French a little and always tried to speak to them in French. Even if it was only "Bonjour." It seemed to go a long way. The Seine river cruise truly exceeded our expectations!
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#4
2,455 Posts
Joined Feb 2005
Please remember that August is France's vacation month. If you stay any extra time, you will find restaurants closed. If it is possible try to travel in May or Sept. The trip sounds very good. We did one with Uniworld in Sept. a few years ago. We made one big mistake--we spent a week in Paris AFTER the cruise. We were so relaxed, it took more than a day to be able to go for the entire day. Would have been better to be in Paris before the cruise. Have been back to Paris again since--this time before our cruie on the Rhone. Paris is magical, lovely. You will enjoy your time in France. Pat
#6
3,478 Posts
Joined Jul 2006
GCT offers last minute deals that are fantastic bargains,sometimes half price.If you will go to their web site you will see a link to their last minute specials. You will also be able to get email notifications of their last minute specials. Of course you will have to be in a position to be able to travel with just a couple of weeks notice.
#7
16 Posts
Joined Feb 2005
How was the CDG airport? The last tilme we went thru there it was just HORRIBLE. I would love to go on the French River trip but dread CDG. Maybe we just had a bad situation. Gatorgirl
#8
Suffolk County, Long Island, NY
913 Posts
Joined Nov 2000
Originally posted by Gatorlady
How was the CDG airport? The last tilme we went thru there it was just HORRIBLE. I would love to go on the French River trip but dread CDG. Maybe we just had a bad situation. Gatorgirl
It was fine up to the point where we went through security. They really scrutinized everything, which I'm OK with. At one point 1 person had my airline ticket/boarding pass, someone else was looking through my carry-on, and someone else was looking at my camera. I was feeling a little anxiety because I was trying to keep an eye on all my stuff, while yet another person was wanding me. Other than that, the airport was fine. No long lines to check in like at JFK.
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#9
Sarasota, Florida
5 Posts
Joined Mar 2008
I booked this cruise for April 27, 2009 in June 2008. The price fell substantially and GCT (after a long phone call) cancelled my trip and rebooked at the lower, new price with very little hassle, keeping the same cabin. It's our 12th GCT trip as we have never been disappointed.
#10
Suffolk County, Long Island, NY
913 Posts
Joined Nov 2000
Originally posted by chucklicht
I booked this cruise for April 27, 2009 in June 2008. The price fell substantially and GCT (after a long phone call) cancelled my trip and rebooked at the lower, new price with very little hassle, keeping the same cabin. It's our 12th GCT trip as we have never been disappointed.
Did they charge you a cancellation fee?
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#11
Ohio
590 Posts
Joined Oct 2003
I took this cruise last summer at the end of June. We booked one of the "last minute" deals and got a balcony cabin for about half price. We booked 35 days before the cruise, so had plenty of time to get ready. It was a very good cruise. We enjoyed it very much. Jean Pierre was our PD and he was great. This was my 5th GCT river cruise, so you know I enjoy GCT's river cruises. They have everything planned down to the last detail and their program directors are always great. Don't remember any problems going through CDG airport in Paris. Have flown out of there 3 times. It's just a big airport.
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#12
Sarasota, Florida
5 Posts
Joined Mar 2008
Originally posted by PCruzer
Did they charge you a cancellation fee?
Sorry to take so long with the answer. Yes and no. LOL. We had to forfeit the travel insurance and repurchase it so there was a "fee". However, we still saved over $400.00.