This was my first river cruise. I have done many Ocean liners, but i was blown away with this experience.
First of all, the staff aboard the Odin was top notch! Never have i met a nicer more attentive staff in all of my sailings. They were just so damn nice, and always with a smile on there face. The room was smaller than what I was used to, but it was all about the destination more than the room, but it served its purpose very well. The food selection was great! The chef out did himself every night. Breakfast was wonderful as well. I never ate lunch on board, since I was always off on an adventure during the day, and did not want to waste one moment of the over all experience.
The weather was chilly, but not freezing, and I planned for the cooler weather. The cruise was also at the beginning of the Christmas market season , which is a site to behold in itself as well. I just loved loved loved everything about it. I heard some fellow guest complain a little about More
trivial things, but chalk it up to just spilt milk. I do regret not doing the Budapest extension. There was so much more I wanted to see, but had to catch my flight back home.
Not listed in the drop down list are a few stops along the way. First stop was Nuremberg. Wonderful pastries! I could not get enough of them. The next day we found our selves in Regensburg. We did a wonderful walking tour of this old town. Rich with history. The worlds oldest sausage stand can be found here, and it is a must do. The tiny sausages with kraut, are offset with the sweet mustard on a hard rye roll. It was wonderful. We also purchased a black forest Coo-Coo clock and had it shipped home. Once again, more wonderful pastries. The following day, we stopped in Passe, and did yet another walking tour of the town, with its rich history. Then off on our own to do a little shopping . The days just did not seem long enough to capture all that we wanted to do. The following morning we arrived in Melk to tour the abbey. Rich in history and a little over the top> Most of the shops were closed since we were at the end of the season here. Our cruise date was right after thanksgiving and right at the beginning of Advent and the Christmas markets. Not till we hit Vienna were they open. We were not impressed with the market in Vienna. IT looked like everything was imported from China in the first market we ventured into. We did however find another market by St Petersburg Cathedral with more authentic goods, and Vienna had redeemed itself. Riding the subways were our preferred choice. The automated ticket machines offer English for purchasing tickets. We splurged and got the all day pass. Jumping form the red to green line and the purple.I advise that you have a good sense of direction though. We ventured out one evening to have drinks, and found that to be extremely expensive. We had 4 drinks with tip came up to about 65 euro ($75.00)yikes. Less
We had a french balcony. Although this was my first river cruise, and have nothing to compare the rooms to except ocean liners, it was very much satisfactory. The only negative, is that they are a lot smaller, but they have to deal with constraints with the width of these long ships. The room was functional, and nicely decorated. They made the best use of the space. The suites gave you more room, but the only thing we used the room for was to shower dress and sleep. Every other waking minute was spent busy off the ship or having diner and drinks with fellow passengers
By far the most amazing city that was on the entire itinerary. I just wish we could have stayed longer to experience more of the city. We managed to squeeze as much into the 17 hours we had before we had to pack and get off the ship before our early am flight. The Christmas markets were in full swing by now. Here they not only had the mulled red wine, but they offered a vanilla spiced white mulled wine, that was the bomb! I also recommend trying the Chimney Cakes. It was just fun to try. I will be returning at some time to this city, because I feel cheated that I was not there longer
We started in Prague, doing our own extension, by flying in a day early. We stayed at one of the Marriots in the city. A wonderful hotel! The staff was amazing! Never have i met a more hospitable bunch. Everyone was so nice. We explored the city on our own. We had not slept much, but I refused to give in till about 3 in the morning. I did not want to miss a thing of this wonderful city. I think i ended up taking over 100 pics just of this city alone. The following day, we were up early to explore more of the city by day, and visiting Prague castle with its amazing cathedral. We were even fortunate enough to watch the changing of the guards at the palace before making the short drive back to Nurmeburg to board our ship.