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A really great experience. The Zwaantje was perfect. The captain, crew and guides turned what would have been a very good holiday (given the route, itinerary, cycling, etc.) into a fantastic holiday. The food was excellent, the service was impeccable and the atmosphere was wonderful. The whole holiday turned out to be so much more than we anticipated with informative and interesting stops/visits/tours along the way. Highly recommended. We would certainly do it again :)
The respectful and friendly attitude of the guides and the crew was the touchstone in making this experience great. Secondly, the physical conditions such as the presence of almost a fine-dining kitchen, comfortable and clean cabins, a rich enough bar helped to make it pleasant.
Excellent encouraging guide and great chef
Our week long boat and bike tour was an awesome experience. The crew was amazing and very organized with detailed cycling maps, delicious tasty variety of food and lots of it and the captain was very conscience of the weather and had to make some last minute changes. The crew were always friendly, happy and ready to do anything for us. The Lena Maria was a very comfortable boat with adequate size cabins. This was a wonderful way to get a closer look of the Netherlands.
The crew on board the Lena Maria was fabulous. They did everything they could to make sure we enjoyed our vacation. The meals and snacks were delicious. We felt like one big family on the boat.
The barge exceeded our expectations in comfort and style. The crew was effective, helpful and friendly. Our two tour guides (Corey and Hetty (sp.)) were exceptional— fun, knowledgeable, and hard-working. The food was fantastic – delicious, varied, fresh, and well-prepared. The biking was great, despite some only okay weather. The bikes were first-rate, just right for the biking we did. The company could have facilitated us passengers getting to know the other passengers’ names better, for example by having the passengers introduce themselves to the group and distributing a list of passengers’ names. Finally, the other passengers on our trip were a true joy – friendly, diverse (at least geographically), fun-loving, and genuine.
Fantastic crew, food, guides, and commaraderie with other passengers! Hard working, friendly staff, tasty food by the chef, clean, stocked boat. Only downside was the hot tub wasn’t working till the last night. Since it was sunny weather all week it wasn’t missed much. Guides were fun and informative. Would highly recommend the premium tour.
Wir hatten eine unvergessliche Reise mit der Elizabeth auf dem Ijsselmeer. Alwin und seine Crew waren klasse. Es hat einfach alles gepasst. Alwin ist ein leidenschaftlicher Skipper, der seine Elizabeth mit Liebe durch alle Brücken, Schleusen und Kanäle schippert. Er erklärt den Gästen wahrscheinlich jede Woche die selben Fragen aber er scheint nicht müde zu werden. Man ist bei ihm gerne willkommen am Steuer zu sitzen. Mit Witz, Charme und Humor begegnet er seinen Gästen und wir hörten ihm gerne zu, wenn er seine Geschichten und Erfahrungen von der See mit uns teilte. Reintje, der Matrose erklärte uns wie die Segel zu setzen sind mit Hingabe. Geduldig wartete er bis alle Seile richtig gewickelt waren. Max unser Koch ist eine Wucht. Wer ihn an Bord hat, darf sich glücklich schätzen. Jeder der ihn nicht kennt, verpasst eine nette Person und einen gigantischen Koch. Köstliche Leckereien zaubert er aus einer der kleinsten Küchen. Liebevoll kreiert er ein 3 Gängemenü mit frischen Zutaten und stellt diese vor der Abendessen jedes mal vor. Sabina, erfüllt die Wünsche unter Deck gekonnt mit ihrer sympathischen Art. Wenn es an Deck ans Segelsetzen geht, ist sie stets parat und hilft überall. Dass die Crew so toll zusammenpasst ist für die Gäste einfach genial. Wir haben auf dieser Reise auch nette Menschen kennenlernen dürfen und hoffen, dass wir sie eines Tages wiedersehen. Wir haben von dieser Woche viele Eindrücke an Deck und an Land mit nach Hause nehmen können und werden noch lange davon zehren. Wir bedanken uns für dieses Erlebnis. Claudi und Dagmar
The crew was friendly, quick to help and generally fun to have around. Commoradery with other group members was great. Perfect size for the type of cruise. Guides knew where they were taking us and from time to time would give us interesting information about the sites we would pass by. It would have been nice to have a few more picnic sites to stop at for lunch although I suppose others prefer the cafes. The food was very good, a few more vegetables would be good. EG. We had beef stew one night, there were barely any vegetables in the stew. Accomodations were very good, slept great. Shower was great. For the most part the bikes were in good shape except for a couple of bikes. We had one significant medical issue with a crew member which was handled well. However the response to bike spills and minor accidents tended to be lackadaisical. One member ended up crashing into a bridge railing and was in considerable pain. The guide’s response lacked the appropriate response at the time. The next day he showed more concern when she continued to be in pain. Over all, it was a great experience.
Bikes were excellent. Boat was adequate. Food good. Got a bit annoying to pay for a small glass of water at dinner.
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