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Travellers’ Tales


The Group Organiser

Mike Bartram has been a Group Organiser for at least 30 years. He and his wife first cruised with us in 2012 and they have since been three times between them, aboard the mps Lady Anne and the ms Serenity. We spoke to him about his most recent cruise aboard the ms Serenity.

Q  What were your first impressions when you joined the ms Serenity?
Well I had seen it before at the cruise convention in Cologne but all the customers liked it. They were particularly pleased with the cabins: they thought they were spacious for a river cruise vessel and well designed. Even the bottom deck cabins are the same size with the same facilities. Everyone was delighted with it.

Q  What was the food like on board?
The food was amazing, it was fine dining, and the only adverse comment was that there was too much! Every dish was a delight; it was all individually plated up and presented, obviously a talented chef on board! We struck up a rapport with our waiter straight away; he had a good sense of humour and made us laugh. The musician was also very talented; we had one or two serious ballroom dancers in our group and they all said how easy he was to dance to.

Q  What was the best part of the cruise?
The whole cruise experience of going down the river and visiting the cities, particularly Vienna and I thought Bratislava was beautiful as well. We cruised past Bratislava Castle at about 10:30pm; everyone was in the lounge bar so we were able to see it beautifully lit up at night.

Q  Did your group have a favourite destination?
They were all interesting cities but everybody enjoyed Vienna and Budapest. We were berthed in pole position in Budapest right opposite the Parliament Building – it couldn’t have been better.

Q  How would you sum up your cruise?
I thought it was excellent value for money. Everybody enjoyed it. We were blessed with good weather, the scenery was spectacular – it was everything we wanted it to be.

Q  Do you have any tips for anybody wanting to cruise on the Serenity
Go for the Panorama Deck – with the extra large windows it’s worth it for the views.

Q  Where are you off to next?
We’re back on the Rhine with you in August 2015. We’re taking a coach on the one that goes to Switzerland on the ms Serenity and I’ve only two cabins left!


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