Posted June 21st, 2018, 01:40 AM
Not too encouraging. Hoping with the new ship, the cruise amenities will be better.
We enjoyed a Rhine Christmas Market Tauck Cruise and really enjoyed the markets. Food on the ship was also mediocre. The ship could have been Ponant, I do not now. The chef needed to get some training.
Have no intention of going to Iceland and taking dressy, formal, clothing. We will dress very appropriately for a nice dining room.
Next summer, we go back to Oceania. We really enjoy traveling with Tauck, so hope it goes well.
No. Ponant does not have any river ships. Tauck leases these ships from Scylla, a Swiss company, for their exclusive use. Scylla designs and staffs these ships to Tauck's requirements, so these river cruises are a true Tauck product.
At present Tauck usually takes about half the cabins on a Ponant ship and markets it in parallel to Ponant's direct bookings. [For example, we are booked with Ponant for a New Zealand cruise in 2020 which is also offered by Tauck as a combination Australian land tour plus our Ponant cruise.] I have been told that as Ponant doubles the size of their fleet over the next few years, Tauck will move to chartering entire Ponant ships to market as Tauck-exclusive sailings – whether that will change the onboard experience, only time will tell.
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