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7 Night
Cruise from Budapest

Leaving:
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Cruise Line:
Avalon Waterways
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    Budapest
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    Vienna
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    Vienna
  • Day 4
    Durnstein (Krems)
  • Day 5
    Passau
  • Day 6
    Regensburg
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    Nuremberg
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    Nuremberg
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Avalon Imagery II - Avalon Waterways

Sightseeing excursions led by local guides

Beds in most rooms face the windows, not the wall

Fare includes wine with dinner, tours and Wi-Fi

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Avalon Imagery II Reviews

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0.0/5

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7 Night
Cruise from Budapest

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Budapest
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Cruise Line:
Viking River Cruises
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    Budapest
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    Budapest
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    Bratislava
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    Vienna
  • Day 5
    Durnstein (Krems)
  • Day 6
    Linz (Salzburg)
  • Day 7
    Passau
  • Day 8
    Passau
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Viking Ingvi - Viking River Cruises

Tours and most drinks included in price

Real balcony cabins; a rarity in river cruising

Sails Europe's Rhine and Danube

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Viking Ingvi Reviews

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4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value3.0

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7 Night
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Avalon Waterways
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    Passau
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    Deggendorf
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Avalon Passion - Avalon Waterways

Pros

Waterview beds, French balconies running the room length and well-designed bathrooms

Cons

European plugs are annoying for North Americans; inclusions slightly weak for price point

Bottom Line

Healthy menus and a boutique feel equal a modern but comfortable take on river cruising

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Avalon Passion Reviews

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4.5/5
Cabins5.0
Dining5.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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7 Night
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Avalon Waterways
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    Passau
  • Day 6
    Regensburg
  • Day 7
    Nuremberg
  • Day 8
    Nuremberg
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Avalon Visionary - Avalon Waterways

Pros

Panoramic sliding-glass doors that create "open-air balconies" and beds facing the river

Cons

All plugs are European only

Bottom Line

An intimate and comfortable ship, small enough to sail places others can't

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Avalon Visionary Reviews

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4.0/5
Cabins5.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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7 Night
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Avalon Waterways
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  • Day 5
    Passau
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    Regensburg
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    Nuremberg
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    Nuremberg
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Avalon Envision - Avalon Waterways

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Avalon Envision Reviews

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0.0/5

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7 Night
Cruise from Budapest

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Cruise Line:
Crystal River Cruises
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    Budapest
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    Cruising
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    Bratislava
  • Day 4
    Emmersdorf
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    Cruising
  • Day 4
    Weissenkirchen
  • Day 5
    Linz (Salzburg)
  • Day 6
    Durnstein (Krems)
  • Day 7
    Vienna
  • Day 8
    Vienna
Ship Details

Crystal Mozart - Crystal River Cruises

Pros

Beautiful interiors, high-end amenities and lots of choice for dining, tours and activities

Cons

Standard suites can feel cramped and some may be overwhelmed with all the tech options

Bottom Line

An ideal ship for exploring the Danube in style and comfort

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Crystal Mozart Reviews

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5.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining5.0
Service5.0
Value5.0

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7 Night
Cruise from Budapest

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Cruise Line:
AmaWaterways
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    Bratislava
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    Vienna
  • Day 5
    Ybbs an der Donau
  • Day 6
    Linz (Salzburg)
  • Day 7
    Vilshofen an der Donau
  • Day 8
    Vilshofen an der Donau
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AmaLea - AmaWaterways

Pros

Active excursions, twin balconies and outdoor pool bar stand out from the crowd

Cons

Dining service could be more intuitive; ambitious menus sometimes lack execution

Bottom Line

Comfortable furnishings and excursion choice allows cruise customization more than most

Reviews
Cruise Critic Editor Ratings
Overall
4.5/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.5

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7 Night
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    Budapest
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    Bratislava
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    Vienna
  • Day 5
    Ybbs an der Donau
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    Linz (Salzburg)
  • Day 7
    Vilshofen an der Donau
  • Day 8
    Vilshofen an der Donau
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AmaViola - AmaWaterways

Pro: Excellent dining, first-class active excursion options and select family sailings

Con: Entertainment options are limited

Bottom Line: Immersive cruise on elegant -- yet comfortable -- modern river ship

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AmaViola Reviews

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5.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining5.0
Service5.0
Value4.0

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7 Night
Cruise from Budapest

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Budapest
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Cruise Line:
AmaWaterways
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  • Day 1
    Budapest
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    Budapest
  • Day 3
    Bratislava
  • Day 4
    Vienna
  • Day 5
    Ybbs an der Donau
  • Day 6
    Linz (Salzburg)
  • Day 7
    Vilshofen an der Donau
  • Day 8
    Vilshofen an der Donau
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AmaSonata - AmaWaterways

Pros

Included shore excursions cater to varying activity levels

Cons

Kinks in the ID card system

Bottom Line

A good choice for travelers seeking active pursuits on land and laid-back time onboard

Reviews

AmaSonata Reviews

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4.5/5
Cabins4.5
Dining4.5
Service5.0
Value4.5

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7 Night
Cruise from Budapest

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Budapest
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Cruise Line:
Viking River Cruises
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    Budapest
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    Budapest
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    Vienna
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    Durnstein (Krems)
  • Day 5
    Passau
  • Day 6
    Regensburg
  • Day 7
    Nuremberg
  • Day 8
    Nuremberg
Ship Details

Viking Var - Viking River Cruises

Pros

Comfortable, well-equipped ship with a design that takes advantage of scenery

Cons

Short visits in some ports, no pool or bikes

Bottom Line

Viking is a pro on European rivers and provides a pleasant experience for all passengers.

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Viking Var Reviews

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4.0/5
Cabins4.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value3.0

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7 Night
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    Bratislava
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    Vienna
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    Durnstein (Krems)
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    Linz (Salzburg)
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    Passau
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    Passau
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Viking Prestige - Viking River Cruises

Cruises Europe's Danube and Rhine Rivers

Shore tours at each port included in the cruise fare

Riverboat has six single occupancy cabins

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Viking Prestige Reviews

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4.0/5
Cabins5.0
Dining4.0
Service3.0
Value5.0

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7 Night
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Viking River Cruises
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    Vienna
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    Durnstein (Krems)
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    Linz (Salzburg)
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    Passau
  • Day 8
    Passau
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Viking Vilhjalm - Viking River Cruises

Large number of balcony cabins

Complimentary wine, beer and soda with lunch and dinner

Culture-rich daily excursions included in the fare

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Viking Vilhjalm Reviews

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0.0/5

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7 Night
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Budapest
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Cruise Line:
Avalon Waterways
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    Budapest
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    Budapest
  • Day 3
    Bratislava
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    Vienna
  • Day 5
    Durnstein (Krems)
  • Day 6
    Linz (Salzburg)
  • Day 7
    Passau
  • Day 8
    Deggendorf
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Avalon Visionary - Avalon Waterways

Pros

Panoramic sliding-glass doors that create "open-air balconies" and beds facing the river

Cons

All plugs are European only

Bottom Line

An intimate and comfortable ship, small enough to sail places others can't

Reviews

Avalon Visionary Reviews

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4.0/5
Cabins5.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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7 Night
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Cruise Line:
Crystal River Cruises
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    Budapest
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    Bratislava
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    Vienna
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    Vienna
  • Day 6
    Linz (Salzburg)
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    Passau
  • Day 8
    Passau
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Crystal Mahler - Crystal River Cruises

Pros

Excellent dining, cabins and service makes ship feel like luxury hotel

Cons

Shore excursions can be iffy, with specifics hard to find; little enrichment

Bottom Line

Ideal for couples or groups that want a luxury river cruise that's more like a private tour

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Crystal Mahler Reviews

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5.0/5
Cabins5.0
Dining5.0
Service5.0
Value4.5

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10 Night
Cruise from Budapest

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Budapest
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Cruise Line:
Scenic
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Cruise Itinerary

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    Budapest
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    Budapest
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    Vienna
  • Day 4
    Vienna
  • Day 5
    Emmersdorf
  • Day 6
    Linz (Salzburg)
  • Day 7
    Regensburg
  • Day 8
    Nuremberg
  • Day 9
    Prague
  • Day 10
    Prague
  • Day 11
    Prague
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Scenic Crystal - Scenic

Scenic is one of river cruising's most inclusive lines

Many cabins have innovative sunrooms that convert to balconies

All-day dining and in-cabin service unusual in river cruising

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Scenic Crystal Reviews

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4.5/5
Cabins5.0
Dining4.0
Service4.0
Value4.0

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Budapest Cruise Reviews

Viking Hermod
Camden lady
Sail Date: Jul 2018
We did the pre cruise two days in Budapest and these were very enjoyable. I loved Budapest and found it to be both beautiful and very easy to get around in. We did the hop on hop off and enjoyed many...Read More
Robert Burns
BudapestRiviera
Sail Date: Oct 2018
We toured the city ourselves. The Castle Hill area was great. Take the funicular to the top. Had so much to see and do. ( Visit the Hospital in the Rock) We also toured the Parliament Building- short tour but...Read More
Viking Jarl
Jeff Adrian
Sail Date: Jun 2018
Passau was my favorite port of call. Just the right size "porridge", not too big and not too small. Spent the entire day there exploring the various neighborhoods. Talked with the citizens, and the many artists in...Read More
Viking Egil
sherrider
Sail Date: May 2018
We had the earliest departure from the ship so it was very early in the morning. Even so there was a young woman to meet us at the airport and see us to the airline desk. And of course Viking transported us from the...Read More
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