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The ship is small and cozy and the owners are nice and work hard to please and make it a good experience. However, operating a ship with a 3 person crew is not enough. We have been on many boat and bike trips and we were never involved in loading and unloading bikes of the ship as it was this time. Cabins #1 and #2 are to be avoided, smallest and stinkiest of the 13. The thing most people remember from trips is the meals and in this case 2 of 6 were vegetarian (33%) that were very very low cost. First and last meal should always be the most memorable and in this case they did not deliver on the first meal. Good breakfasts but if you were slow you ended up with very little choice of breads or cold cuts. Having to ask is not my style. The tour is excellent and lovely places were visited. The instructions for the paths taken were poor, not the typical map like paper instructions with detailed info. Just the numbers of the cycle-paths. Overall we enjoyed the small group of people, the food was acceptable and would be better with some changes as mentioned above, improve the deck space for sitting during sailing and get another crew member to help with the chores and the bikes. Good people, well intending but need improvement to make this a 5 star tour.
Thank you for sharing your feedback on your experience aboard The Flora. We appreciate your compliments regarding the ship's cozy atmosphere and the hardworking and friendly owners. However, we apologize for any inconveniences you encountered during your trip. We understand your concerns about the 3-person crew. While they strive to provide a pleasant experience, it seems that the loading and unloading of bikes might have taken away from the overall enjoyment of the trip. We appreciate your feedback and will take it into consideration for future improvements. Regarding the meals, Boat Bike Tours offers fully catered tours, including delicious meals. Sustainability and reducing the footprint of our tours are very important to us. The menus now become even more tasty as we make them more sustainable. In fact, a quarter of our carbon footprint consists of food and drink. Our goal is to reduce this by at least 15% in the 2023 season, by: -Choosing meat less often, -choosing local/regional products and ingredients more often, -and putting meals with lots of vegetables on the menu. For these reasons, during your trip, two dinners will consist exclusively of delicious vegetarian dishes. Let us surprise you! Thank you very much for your cooperation. We apologize if the breakfast options became limited as time went on. We understand that having a wider selection is important, and we will address this issue to ensure that guests have more choices available, even for those who may be slower in the morning. We will also take your feedback into consideration and work on providing clearer instructions for the paths taken during the tour. We appreciate your suggestion to improve the deck space for sitting during sailing and to have an additional crew member to assist with chores and the bikes. We will evaluate these suggestions. Thank you for acknowledging the good intentions of the staff and the enjoyable aspects of the tour. We appreciate your feedback as it helps us identify areas for improvement. We strive to provide a five-star experience for all our guests, and your comments will be taken into account as we continue to enhance our services. Warm regards, Romy
The quality of the bikes could be better. Bikes should have water bottle cages. The amount of time spent at stops while on the tour should be reduced, especially if there is nothing to see. A list of participants and countries should be given to everyone. The routing was very good and enjoyed the stop at the cheese factory and the castle.
Hi Diane, Thank you for your feedback on the bike tour. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the quality of the bikes. We'll take your comment into account for future improvements. Regarding water bottle cages, we understand the importance and will explore adding them to our bikes to enhance convenience. We're glad you enjoyed the routing and the visit to the cheese factory and castle. Your positive feedback is appreciated. Thank you for your review. We'll use your feedback to enhance our services and hope to welcome you back for an improved bike tour.
Wi-Fi didn’t work Guide did not know how to use GPS Unfriendly assistant to chef Guide was unprepared for flat tire issues
Thank you for your review and for bringing this to our attention. I am very sorry to hear about your less than satisfactory experience on this trip and hope you will accept our sincere apologies. Best Romy
The crew was wonderful! The boat was comfortable. I loved my Trek e-bike! Dinners were great. Lunch makings were a bit limited. Our guide, Wieger, was fun and very knowledgeable. I’m short, and the mirror in the bathroom was too high for me to see in (very minor problem). It was a fun and enjoyable experience! Thank you!
Hi Sandy, Thank you for the nice review about our tour. We are delighted that our guide Wieger made your trip enjoyable! We hope to see you again in the near future. Best, Romy
It was wonderful. The pilot and entire crew were exceptional. The trip not only met my expectations, it exceeded them
Hi Gloria, Thank you for such a lovely review. It has been a pleasure to have you on board and we hope to see you again soon. Best, Romy
The overall cycling route was very good although somewhat too close to traffic lanes at times . The guide, Wieger , was excellent both knowledgeable and very safety conscious. The towns we visited were mostly very historical and picturesque. Berthus, Janne, Christina who owned and ran the boat and catering were outstanding. Nothing was too much trouble and the catering was very good. The cabins are small and fan was needed to keep cool. We had an excellent mix of clients other than our party. Overall I would rate highly.
Hi Jock, We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to share your feedback with us. It means a lot to our entire team That you rated our trip so positively. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Best, Romy
The Flora is great barge with adequately sized cabins and excellent ensuites. Meals were well presented and varied. There was strong bias towards vegetable content which meat lovers may have trouble with. On board bar was well stocked and much appreciated. Cycle route was easily followed and daily distances were within reach of anyone who could ride a cycle. Overall the Flora’s new owners have a great product and their willingness to interact with guests is sure to see many guests return in the future.
Hi Dennis, We’re so happy that you are pleased with your experience on board of the Magnifique IV. We strive to deliver the best customer experience, and it makes our day to know we have accomplished just that. Best, Romy
I liked pretty much everything about our trip down the Moselle and Saar Rivers in the Flora. The itinerary was very good, with well thought out routes and stops. The size of the boat was almost perfect, and the small passenger load made for a very intimate bike tour. We even made a few new friends along the way. The crew of the Fluvius were very attentive to our needs, and the bikes were in very good condition. While the cycling distances were perfect most days, some days I longed for a bit longer route. Unfortunately, when cycling in a river valley, with hills on either side, I realize this is not always practical.
Hi Charles, We are incredibly grateful that you took the time out to share your feedback with us. Customer satisfaction is our top priority and we are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience on board of the Flora– it means the a lot to our entire team! We look forward to welcome you back on board. Best, Romy
My trip was not as expected as I had a mishap at the end of my first day of cycling. I ended up boating more than biking spending two days biking and four days cruising the canals. But it was still a good experience.
Thank you very much for your e-mail. How unfortunate to hear that you hurt yourself, during your trip, which prevented you from cycling. I hope you recover soon. Kind regards,
Went with group of 10. Had an excellent holiday. Crew helpful and friendly. Food is good but no options (didn’t bother us). Weather was very hot which made sleeping difficult. Could improve with more on-deck seating. Drinks prices very reasonable. Intent to do again in a couple of years.
Hi Robert, Thank you so much for sharing your experience on board of the Flora with us. Your feedback helps us improve our tour for everyone. Warm regards, Romy
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