Danueb River - it is Enchanting!: River Beatrice Cruise Review by travelgirl321
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Danueb River - it is Enchanting!
Destination: Europe - River Cruise
It was quite a relaxing cruise. There is no comparison between an ocean cruise and a river cruise. Each one is unique and has its own ambience. We will take another river cruise, and will choose Uniworld again. The ports of call were all wonderful, the included tours were very good - I tried to note my favorite, but each one was! I would not have wanted to skip any of them! The casual ambience of the cruise (one dress-y night) was nice and added to the relaxing atmosphere on the ship. Our cruise was during a heat wave with record high temps, and we needed the casual clothing. However, slacks and shirts are appropriate for dining - not shorts or ultra-casual in the evening.
I will list a few things that you might find helpful: We added the 2 night Pre-Cruise Extension in Budapest - we will do that on any cruise from now on if we are flying to the departure port. We had flight delays (one was 11 hours) that caused us to miss the flight to Budapest. With the extra time we were not stressed about it and still had 2 nights to rest and enjoy Budapest before boarding the ship. The Hilton Budapest is a gorgeous hotel in a perfect location - the Castle Hill historic area where the premier sites are located just steps away - literally! The view from our room was of Matthias Church - a stunning gothic church. Fishermans' Bastion was around the corner. We felt safe and were able to walk around the entire Castle Hill easily - shops, restaurants, quaint sights - it was amazing!! Uniworld host, Romulus Varga, was there the entire day and even guided us on the tour of Budapest and the gorgeous Opera House (not to be missed!) and the huge indoor market (be sure to buy some paprika and some lovely lace and embroidery work there). Romulus booked a private tour for us after the optional afternoon tour was cancelled because not enough guested signed up. We had wonderful guides, Dr. Tovispalaki Ferenc (Frank) and Geszvein Nori. We went to the Szentendre Artists Village with Skanzen Outdoor Museum - well worth it - even in the oppressive heat; also went to Caprice Jewelry Center - not so worth it; a typical "cruise shopping stop". There was beautiful jewelry at very reasonable prices - diamonds and opals were the specialty, so if you are into that sort of souvenir, definitely go there!
Don't hail a cab off the street in Budapest - have the ship contact a taxi for you - you will get a reputable one.
The train system in Vienna was very easy to navigate. However, in the train station you put Euros in a ticket machine and a ticket comes out - no person to buy the ticket from. So take extra Euros for things like that.
Keep you money and valuables locked in the safe on the ship and if you carry anything with you, keep it ON you and hidden from sight. A money belt will be great. Divide your money and credit cards - never take it all with you in one pocket or purse. There is a safe in your cabin. Certainly don't flash it around when paying for something. Try to bring out only as much as you need. Pickpockets are common in towns and cities in Europe.
No one wanted to take US dollars, so be sure you have plenty of the local money. All the countries on the itinerary but Hungary use Euros. A Hungarian lady we met on the way said the exchange rate for the Hungarian ferinc is better in Hungary than in the airport. We risked it and arrived with nothing but Euros and US dollars, and got money exchanged at the hotel quite easily and with a good exchange rate.
There were no children on this cruise - this is not the type of cruise for children, in my opinion. There is no pool or other amenity that children would enjoy.
We wrote a journal each day, and noted each picture at the end of each day - That has been very helpful in remembering the details and keeping the photos straight! Bring a camera and a charger or extra batteries!
Uniworld exceded our expectations and we will sail on that line again! Less
Cabin review: 3304 Stateroom with French Balcony
We booked Category 3, Cabin 304 and enjoyed the views from the French balcony. Next time I will upgrade to a suite for the extra space. Our cabin was immaculate and beautiful; the bed was exceptionally comfortable with plenty of storage space underneath. The European feather duvet took a little getting used to, but added to the ambience. The bathroom was small with limited storage, but with lovely L'Occitaine toiletries. The ship was very beautiful. The crew and staff gave unbelievably wonderful service - and the gratuities were certainly earned by all of the staff and crew who were very accommodating Most midship cabin at the lower price. Great location. Excellent condition!Read All Stateroom with French Balcony (3) Reviews >>
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