My husband and I have cruised many times on all sizes of ocean liners but this was our first river cruise. We chose the itinerary as it specified that it was a Jewish Cultural Cruise and we wanted to see the WW11 sites of those who suffered so greatly.
We flew to Prague from Miami via Frankfurt. We had arranged to take the pre-cruise package offered by AMA Waterways. Meeting us at the exit were representatives from AMA and we were taken to the Hotel Intercontinental right in the middle of Olde Town. It was a perfect location. Our cruise director Lisi who would stay with us on the ship for the entire cruise greeted us in the lobby, gave us much info as to tours in Prague. Lisi turned out to be a gem. she was the most organized person we have ever met. We opted for the included tour of the Jewish area of town. The following day we had hired a guide to show us the Palace and other sites. We did a walking tour with him and covered 9 miles.
On day 3 we were taken by bus More
to Nuremburg to board the ship. It was a long ride with a stop at Karlovy Vary. Embarkation was a whiz and we went directly to our cabin. The cabin was on the small side but very compact and for the 7 days we would be on the ship it was extremely comfortable. The bathroom was excellent with a wonderful glass enclosed shower.
We did not enjoy most of the dinners served onboard. Maybe we are spoiled by other cruise lines. the food was not hot and very tasty. Lunch was good with a large salad bar.
The excursions were the highlight of the cruise. We visited Regensburg, Melk, Linz, Salzburg, Vienna and Budapest. Every guide we encountered spoke flawless English and all were extremely knowledgeable. The silent box system was used whereby one did not have to be near the guides to hear them. A small box connected to headphones afforded excellent relay of information. Most excursions were included. We attended the Vienna Orchestra on an optional excursion (well worth the price).
Disembarking was easy and
After staying overnight in Budapest we went on a van (organized by Lisi because 22 of us were going to the same hotel) to the Sofitel Budapest. This turned out to be a great choice as the hotel was perfectly situated and it was beautiful. We had a beautiful room with a view of the Danube. This turned out fortuitous as on the day we were there was a major national holiday (All Saint Day) with thousands in town for the celebrations. We had dinner (arranged by the concierge) at the Radkakas restaurant serenaded by strings while we enjoyed a delicious Hungarian meal.
The flight home was on Swiss Air through Zurich.
We will always remember this beautiful part of the world! Less
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