Bob and I are currently on a Tauck river cruise ship, ms Treasures, from Bucharest to Budapest. The ship was launched one year ago and is lovely; I'm impressed.
The décor is elegant — black, rich browns, gold and beige — with none of the usual cruise ship glitz. The staff is great and always helpful and welcoming. The food is quite good; nice selections and varied. Our cabin is on the bottom deck, with a horizontal, cabin-wide window just above the waterline and, though small, it's big enough and comfortable. Middle-deck cabins are exactly like ours but with a floor to ceiling French balcony. The third level suites are almost twice as large with two French balconies. The public spaces are ample and comfortable and never feel crowded.
The Danube is currently running at its lowest level in 30 years and our itinerary had to be adjusted to accommodate the situation. Tauck is giving the passengers a $500 discount off the next cruise because of the "inconvenience"! They always seem to be one step ahead of every potential problem. The tours have all been well run and informative. Tauck breaks up the excursions ashore into small groups so we never feel like we're being "herded around." We've just arrived in Belgrade and I suspect that the sightseeing is going to be even more interesting from now on.
There is a great amount of Tauck loyalty among the passengers and they're generally well-traveled. I have no hesitation recommending Tauck river cruises.