We chose this cruise because of the featured sites along the way. The Atla was pristine in cleanliness and comfort with excellent service. We enjoyed meeting new people and finding a group of friends for the voyage. The excursions were fantastic--especially enjoyed the Privileged Access tour at the Lobkowicz Palace at Prague Castle as well as the Apricot Dumpling demonstration at the monastery along the Danube. Don't miss the oldest sausage fast-food ship in Passau--it was good eating at a place that has been serving food for hundreds of years. Budapest was breathtaking as we cruised in one morning; and even more wonderful when the ship sailed after dark so we could see the illuminated skyline of this beautiful city. Our tour director was most amazing as were all the staff on board. We only went to the lounge for entertainment two nights but our acquaintances raved over the pianist and the theme entertaining. Food was healthy, delicious and plentiful. Loved the salad station with a wide selection of fresh fruits and vegetables. Several nights had special regional tasting menus which were superb--in addition regular menu choices were always available.
We loved it so much that we have booked the Budapest to Bucharest Passages to Easter tn Europe next year. I loved our wionderful Veranda Suite. Another plus was the ship's library stocked with new books and games for our free time.
The Veranda Stateroom was comfortable and there was a choice of TV or movies if you wanted to watch in the evening. Having a living areas with a balcony made for restful privacy. Pristine shower and great Freya products replenished regularly. Water was provided daily as well as a dish of fresh fruit, which changed daily.
One of my most pleasant memories was watching a swan family along the shore; the male swan came up to the boat and tried to push it away. As soon as we passed, he swam back to his companion and baby cygnets and brought them out to swim in the river when all was safe. So of course, I had to buy a Herend porcelain swan in Hungary to commemorate this great little moment from our balcony.
St. Matthias Church was beautiful. The local guide was very informative.