As much as I liked the ship: staff, food, cleanliness, etc., I have to tell you that the cruise was a complete disappointment. The ports that the cruise stopped at were not very exciting/interesting. The excursions offered by the cruise line were very unorganized (to the point where a tour guide did not show up!). On one of the 'free' excursions, a tour bus drove over 100 passengers on a 1 hour and 45 minute trip which let us out at a large 'gift shop'. We were told to shop and enjoy the gift shop for 40 minutes and then we needed to get back on the bus to return to the ship. That was way too much travel to head to a gift shop! The real disappointment of the cruise was the scenery along the river: lots of RV parks and trailer parks; boring roads and fields on either side. There was a very small stretch of scenery that included approx 7 castles. Whereas that was impressive, it was only several miles of a very long stretch of river during an entire week of cruising! Note: You have to go thru many (about 25) locks during the cruise. The first several were interesting but when you go thru a lock in the middle of the night and the ship has only several inches between it and the 'wall', you experience bumping and terrible noises as you are trying to sleep.
I spoke to many people during the week-long cruise (both young and old) and I did not find where ANYONE liked it. They too had expressed their disappointment.
I would not recommend this cruise.