January 20th 2018


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“The Magic Of Moselle” “The Magic Of Moselle”


Continent: Europe. Country: Germany. City: Cologne.

“The Magic Of Moselle”

By Karen Kearlsey, MPS Rotterdam, Shearings

A colleague and I were given the opportunity to take a river cruise to Germany, sailing down the Rhine and Moselle. I didn’t know much about river cruises – or what to expect. Here’s how we got on...

We travelled by coach down to Dover, then on via ferry to Calais, then on to our overnight hotel in northern France. Here we enjoyed our first of many pleasant three-course meals, with time to get to know our fellow passengers. We had a lovely evening, but decided it would be sensible to get an early night ready for the start of our cruise in the morning – not that we slept much, being rather excited!

After our early breakfast in France, we started our journey into Germany, arriving into Cologne for lunch on board the Rotterdam. My first thoughts were of how elegant and comfortable the boat looked, and I couldn’t wait to look around our home for the next seven nights.

We checked into our cabin and headed off to explore the city of Cologne for the next few hours. The cathedral is not to be missed, and Cologne is definitely the place to do some shopping, as the streets are crammed with shops and places to eat. We returned to the ship for dinner and what a treat this was – the food on board the Rotterdam is simply amazing. 

Next morning, the ship had set sail by the time we awoke. I looked out of the window to discover the sun shining, making our surroundings of the beautiful green river banks look ever more amazing. Up and dressed, we headed to the restaurant for breakfast. Once again the food was great, with everything you could possibly want in a breakfast. I could see us needing to lose a few pounds at the end of this holiday!

Up on the sun deck we basked in the glorious sunshine. There are plenty of sun loungers and tables to sit and enjoy a complimentary cup of tea or coffee whilst taking in the stunning views.  

Here we met the very friendly rep, who had so much knowledge of our ports of call and excursions. My favourite of the trip was Reichburg Castle in Cochem, where the guides are so knowledgeable. You really do feel like you’ve gone back in time – very interesting if you are into all things historical.

If history isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other excursions along the Rhine and Moselle to enjoy. For example, if you’re a wine connoisseur the wine tasting in Cochem is fantastic, taking place by candlelight on the bank of the river, tasting the most fantastic wines of the region and learning about how each wine is made. 

Our fellow passengers provided great company. We met a lovely couple on board, George and Doreen. George definitely enjoyed his food – his highlight of the holiday was the dessert buffet, which was served at BOTH lunch and dinner. George had one of each dessert with every meal, so I don’t think we were the only ones to put on a few pounds that week!

If you’re not too tired after all the excursions and sightseeing, the on-board evening entertainment is well worth a look. It took place twice over the seven evenings and was generally a live musician with a spot of dancing.

All in all, this cruise is a experience that I will never forget, with just the right amount of relaxation and activity combined. I would recommend a river cruise to anyone, young or old.

Blog by Karen Kearlsey

Travel Consultant at Shearings Holidays


Tel – 0844 874 7788