12 Bucharest Cruise Reviews

We hired a private guide, Sylvana Rapeanu, to show us around Bucharest. She did a really nice job of showing us the highlights/interesting areas of the city in one day. She was very flexible in what we wanted to see, plus a few of her ... Read More
We hired a private guide, Sylvana Rapeanu, to show us around Bucharest. She did a really nice job of showing us the highlights/interesting areas of the city in one day. She was very flexible in what we wanted to see, plus a few of her favorites also. We walked through the Old Town area, heard the past recent history of Romania/Bucharest, visited the Synagogue which was better than expected, visited the Village Museum (again a "do not miss") and drove around city to see other major sites (Palace of Parliament, etc.) Wish we would have had more time, but Sylvana did a great job of explaining and getting the most out of our day. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We visited the Villages exhibit (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimitrie_Gusti_National_Village_Museum )
We visited the Villages exhibit (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dimitrie_Gusti_National_Village_Museum ) Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
City also was lovely in many areas,lots of parks and green space,but many dull bldgs.also built during communist control.City tour was interesting and saw the major sites.Then we took the extra excursion to Draculas castle.Was fun and ... Read More
City also was lovely in many areas,lots of parks and green space,but many dull bldgs.also built during communist control.City tour was interesting and saw the major sites.Then we took the extra excursion to Draculas castle.Was fun and weird and glad we went,but it was a 3 hr drive both ways which made for a long day.Actual castle tour was about 1 1/2 hrs.with extra time for lunch and exploring on own.Some took the HOHO bus here and wish we d had time to do both.Would have passed on long,boring tour of Parliament Bldg.Guide was dull,rooms not as impressive as outside,filled with smoke(odd I know).Some just took a taxi on own to hotel,which was sort of far out and not centrally located.But nice Marriott hotel in all. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
Bucharest was our starting point. City was, again, reminiscent of the Community era. There were areas of the city that you were encouraged to NOT go to -- at least alone -- or at night. We tended to stay close to the hotel and actually ate ... Read More
Bucharest was our starting point. City was, again, reminiscent of the Community era. There were areas of the city that you were encouraged to NOT go to -- at least alone -- or at night. We tended to stay close to the hotel and actually ate most meals in the hotel. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Bucharest was the beginning of our land component of our Black Sea - Turkey extension. It was a relative unknown city, compared to the other cities we had visited. Communist architecture evident everywhere, but many gems to be found. The ... Read More
Bucharest was the beginning of our land component of our Black Sea - Turkey extension. It was a relative unknown city, compared to the other cities we had visited. Communist architecture evident everywhere, but many gems to be found. The people's parliament is almost hideous in it's over sized grandeur, very similar to the Nazi architectural style of intimidation by size. Then there is the humour. A base of an old monument to Lenin (knocked down during the overthrow of the communist government) now has students place another monument there from time to time. It was a worm whilst we were there. We stayed at the JW Marriott, that was very nice and comfortable, although a little way out of town (a good 20-30 minute walk). Here is where the service industry is trying hard, but tourists, especially Western tourists are all very new to them. Not many smiles, no eye contact, although not that they weren't doing their job, it's just that they were often having loud discussions/disagreements with other staff in front of guests, and that sort of thing. I'm sure after a few more years they will have it all down pat.I recommend that you research what you want to see before you get here, as there is so much to see. We took an excursion to see the Snagov Lake and Monastery, which is about 90 minutes from Bucharest. It was lovely and similar to the Bulgarian style of church, with al frescoes painted all over the interior. There is only one toilet on the monastery island. It was a lovely preserved part of Romanian life.The shopping in Bucharest is good, with prices being the cheapest in Europe I had seen so far, with the quality not being compromised. I did enjoy our visit. Read Less
Sail Date May 2013
Due to drought condition and that we were on a Viking ship with a deep bow we had to port about an hour up stream from from the city. Therefore,we didn't get to have that first day of wandering around the city like most cruises let ... Read More
Due to drought condition and that we were on a Viking ship with a deep bow we had to port about an hour up stream from from the city. Therefore,we didn't get to have that first day of wandering around the city like most cruises let you do while you wait on the others to come on board from their flights. So, that was very disappointing. As a result, we didn't, get to see the Christmas Markets or other fun sites and shops. I would love to go back to Budapest but probably won't have the chance again. The tour was just to quick. Just too much in too little time. Friends on the smaller boat had much better opportunities. Oh well! Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
AFter visiting beautiful cities in Germany and Austria, Budapest was a bit of a let down.
AFter visiting beautiful cities in Germany and Austria, Budapest was a bit of a let down. Read Less
Sail Date August 2011

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