To all of you who have booked this cruise, or want in the future--it is wonderful. We took it 2007 with Post trip to Lucerne. We never did get to Antwerp except to get on the bus and get of at the ship; The first two days of the cruise was spent in a hotel in Brussels because of an accident on the river.
The little towns along the way from Antwerp to Frankfurt, down the Mosel to the Rhine were super; My husband and I were in many of the towns in 1961-1964 and it was nice to see changes, or none, keeping the old European life. One very important surprise was at or near the juncture of the Rhine and Mosel, we passed the site where the Remagen bridge was during WWII. On each side of the river were large pillars as memorials. On the side we were on (going south), there was a memorial commemorating the American Army capturing the bridge in WWII The biggest American flag I have ever seen was flying; it was 9 PM, and there were illumnating the flag and memorial were not on, so picture taking was at a minimum. The Captain pulled as close to the wall that he could get so we could take pictures from the sun deck. The flag flies 24/7, rain or shine. What a wonderful site. A friend of mine worked on repairing that bridge, including the Remagen during WWII; he is 90 years old now. He remembers it like yesterday. What a site.
In Trier, we took the optional tour to the AmericanCemetery in Luxembourg . Our tour guide in the park was great, except he kept talking so much we almost didn't have a lot of time to walk thrugh the cemetery, so we left him. He was knowledgeable though. We had visited in 1962, so it was quite different than our first visit, grounds well kept, a chapel, and visitor centers. Before we headed back to the ship, we visited a few miles away, the German memorial cemetery; it was not well kept and sometimes two to a grave; worth seeing as well.
Baden Baden was nice; it was Sunday morning early, and not much open. Cure Haus was open for anyone who wanted a dip in a pool or to visit the casino; there were many kinds of water to feel or taste in the shop. Nice city tour.
Strasburg was nice for those who like France. Historical city;Cathedral is nice; an astronomical clock in rear of church to watch at intervals; Alsace tour was wonderful countryside.
We didn't have much time in Basel except to just walk around, as it was disembark day and we got on our bus for Lucerne. Beautiful countryside going to Lucerne. Alps in the distance. We enjoyed Lucerne a lot, most everything walkable; we took the train to Bern one day which is another beautiful old city. It was April and got very hot during the days in the sun; we had all nice weather during most of this cruise/post trip.