SS Antoinette Day 4
Day 4 on the SS Antoinette
This morning we woke up in Gemmersheim which I understand used to be an attractive village but has unfortunately seen better days. So we were taken by coach to the town of Speyer where we were given an excellent tour by the local guide. We were told that the weather today should again be warm and sunny but it was the opposite and bitterly cold.
Each morning we have to take a ticket numbered 1 to 5 from reception and this then tells you which guide you will be with. My experience so far is that all the guides are of superb quality and with the Quiet Vox system you hear everything that they have to say.
We had a little free time for coffee in Speyer after our tour, then returned to the ship in time for lunch.
This was lovely but I noticed that some people were commenting that the wine was not really free flowing as advertised. It had to be asked for and no refills were offered. This is very different in the evening.
Bikes onboard SS Antoinette river cruise
After lunch a group 8 of us decided to take the ship’s cycles and take a ride along the tow path. We went for about 6 kilometres to another town and of course the path is flat as it follows the river so even those not used to cycling were able to enjoy this. We found a little café by the river where we were able to warm up with a lovely glass of gluwhein before returning to the boat.
This evening half of our group have been invited to dine in L’Orangerie where they occasionally offer a fine dining experience as an alternative to the main dinner served in the restaurant.
They reported back that the meal was delicious and was a completely different, quieter meal than that in the Le Versaille dining room, where very often there is a lot of laughter and busyness.
I have to say that on the whole the dining staff are excellent, they are very informed about the food that they are serving, so helping you to make a choice. They always ask if anyone has a food intolerance or allergy. A couple of our group are not able to eat garlic, and the waiter made a point of speaking to the chef to find out which foods to avoid, all very professional and excellent attention to detail.
Confit of Duck on board SS Antoinette
I had a delicious meal in the main dining room and can honestly say that the Confit of Duck was the best that I have ever eaten.
After dinner the lounge was better attended and the duo played and sang while guests enjoyed the opportunity to dance.