La Bohème: "Life on board" Top 5 Page for this destination Land Rheinland-Pfalz Hotel Tip by toonsarah
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A river ship like La Bohème is naturally long and narrow, so the large public rooms are located at either end of the Upper Deck. The lounge bar at the front of the ship was a particularly nice space, with large windows offering great views all around, comfortable seating and of course a bar! The system for buying drinks though is a little odd. You have to buy a card for either €15 or €50, which you then present each time you make a purchase. The sum you have spent is deducted by the simple method of crossing out boxes with different values in them, until the card is full, at which point you have to buy another one. This worked OK for us at first, as we bought a €50 card, but after the first day or so only the lower priced cards were sold, and buying a round for four of us at a time meant that we had to buy a card almost every time. We found ourselves wondering why we couldn’t just pay for the drinks!
The restaurant was at the rear and was large enough to seat all the passengers at one sitting (just – it was a little cramped perhaps). I have said more about the meals and meal arrangements in my separate Restaurant tip.
The other main public space was the Sun Deck, which as the name suggests is an open deck on top of the ship with lots of loungers for sunbathing and other seating. Luckily some of it is shaded, as the sun was intense during the day – and in fact we spent more time in the air-conditioned lounge than here. It was great for taking photos however, and lovely at night.
Apart from these spaces, the ship had a tiny souvenir shop (only open for an hour each morning) and reception area, and little else. All the other space was given over to cabins. So don’t expect life on board this ship to be like that on the big cruise liners. There were a few organised activities (quizzes and games in the bar, gentle exercises on the Sun Deck each morning), but mostly this is about relaxing and watching the beautiful castles, villages and hills sail past as you sip a coffee or something stronger in the bar, or catch some rays up on the Sun Deck.
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