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Reviews for the Vision4

We had a great time. The cruising was great with great villages along the way.
Boat had all the facilities that were needed and easy to handle. Only frustration was find a vacant berth to dock for the evening if cruising late in the afternoon.
I would like to qualify this - the service from the South African branch was outstanding.The service from the office at Trebes was also excellent. However, our gas bottles were not filled leaving us stranded at 9.30pm on our fourth night half way through cooking a meal. This resulted in us having to eat dinner at the one and only restaurant in Paradza at a cost of Euro 200 for the 2 families. The Homps guys were amazing and ensured that the bottles were replaced early the next morning. When I discussed this with the agent at Narbonne, he agreed to take euro 100 off our diesel bill. I, however, remain uncertain whether he actually did deduct the money or pretended to deduct the money. Our engine time seemed rather excessive.
As Above
Very bad reception at Homps as argument with older woman on reception about a taxi they booked for us which was not at the airport to meet us so we took another that was more expensive and she was very rude and said we would have to pay anyway, which was not the welcome we expected at the start of an expensive holiday. The other lady seem to have no knowledge of the items eg wifi etc that we had booked and paid for so I had to produce my invoice. We were told about two weeks before that our Vision 4 was not available so we were to be upgraded to Vision 4 SL this did not happen. Also no hairdryer onboard as promised and three woman unable to do hair for a week. The reception at Port Cassafiers was wonderful. So helpful and friendly, could not have been more pleasant.
A bit tired in places and a few more dishes and pans in the kitchen but generally fine.
The best part of our trip to France was the cruise along the Seille and Saone Rivers... very relaxing and great way to see the "real" France at a slow pace. Most memorable experience??? Saving Angelique... a trumpet swan that had fishing lure caught in her mouth and on her neck preventing her from drinking or eating. We managed, as a team effort, to corner her so that we could catch her and try to remove the lure. Because of the barbs in the lure and the lack of appropriate tools, we carried her (all 25 lbs of her) to a vet, who removed the lure, massaged her throat, gave her an antibiotic injection and was kind enough to treat her at no charge. We nursed Angelique overnight and freed her the next morning as she seemed to have regained her strength. Apparently, word got around Seurre as we were asked by a store owner "if we were the people who saved the swan"!
We experienced a minor mechanical problem which was brought to the attention of the local staff. A number of other minor recommendations have also been made to Head Office. Nothing earth-shattering - just a few suggestions such as having a squeegee and some chamois on hand, towel bars...
The weather was perfect which helped add to the magnificence of the trip. We rented a Vision 4 boat and it was ready for us on time and in perfect shape. Very neat and tidy and well-appointed. We loved the visual experience of the Nivernais. Each anchorage was special. The villages along the way were very special to experience, either for meals or just walking around. We loved the hours of cycling that all of us were able to do each day, either along the riverbank or through uncrowded villages and secondary roads. We bought fresh produce and meat and stopped at every boulangerie possible to prepare our own stellar meals onboard the Vision. The kitchen was very adequate for preparing elaborate dinners for the six of us. And, the wifi worked perfectly for the people on board who needed to be connected to the work-world. Thank you for that!
We have cruised on the Magnifique in the Midi before and the Vision 4 is sooooo much better! The kitchen is very spacious and well-appointed with a real refrigerator. The berths had comfortable beds and the baths were very functional. Suggest you buy new pillows! The linens and towels were clean and very comfortable to sleep in. We loved the top deck for hanging out during the day and evening for cocktails. Driving it was a breeze.