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Ms. Dudley. The trip was a success, courtesy in part to your help. Thanks for everything. Jim Fletcher
Ps. The picture is approaching Chenonceau

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Barge trip on the Cher
I apologise for my delay in contacting you in writing to thank you for all the arrangements you made for our holiday. It was really relaxing and enjoyable. The changeovers at Frankfurt Airport were rather a hassle (inevitable when moving between buildings and their system for security) but we did get through.

The Amadeus Elegant is a wonderful boat with excellent service from the crew and delicious meals. We had good table companions too – a couple of Australian ladies, of similar age to us, who had played as a doubles pair for Australia in the 1950’s and were due to at Wimbledon (as spectators) during the first Wimbledon week as guests of Frank Sedgeman (a former singles champion). Such is one of the delights of a cruise.

After a very wet start in Amsterdam the weather improved to be warm and sunny so we could enjoy sitting out on deck and joining in some of the excursions.
I’ve attached just this one photograph as a sample of some of the wonderful scenery we saw; this was in the Rhine Gorge just by the Lorollei Rock.

River Cruising on the Rhine 2012
Dear Troy

Thank you for your email and the review of our lovely River Douro Cruise. Thought you might like to see a photo of “our” table and just a few of the dozens of photos I just had to take!!

Marilyn and Ron Haywood (Walsall)

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Marilyn and Ron Haywood (Walsall)
Well. The cruise arranged by Ponders was extremely well organised and our slight concern about having a Ryan Air flight was completely unfounded. We had our baggage all checked in, seat allocated, priority boarding, left on time and arrived on time. The cruise was of a very high quality with the rooms being immaculate , staff all very helpful, relaxed and friendly. The food was sensational!! Also, very well balanced with the amount salt used and quantities were just right. The wine with the meals was always in full flow with a good variation. The included excursions were nicely balanced and VERY well organised. Not too regimental!! I would actually say that the order that we did it , starting in Budapest and heading up river was best as further up there are a lot of locks.
I have to hand it to Clare and her team in looking after us so well in checking our tickets itinerary and general well being!!
Highly recommend both Ponders Agency and Emerald Cruises.
Kirk Young