The Sound of Music ~ A tour of our river boat

Sunday, April 20th, Danube River Cruise

I have been looking forward to our river cruise for weeks.  We have only taken one other river cruise and that was about 5-6 years ago.  We went from Moscow to St. Petersburg.  I loved it, but Tim was sick almost the entire trip so he does not have fond memories.  This is my chance to “sell” him on taking another river cruise in the future.

And guess what, Tim woke me up at 5:00 this morning asking for medicine.  He was feeling rotten…

Fast forward 12 hours and he is feeling much better and I am hopeful that we nipped his bug before it was able to do much damage.

Anyway, we are now on board, all unpacked and waiting for our evening departure.  Other passengers have been streaming on.  I think there are 120 passengers in total, plus crew. For anyone that has been on an ocean cruise – get that thought out of your mind.  This is a much smaller and more “basic” vessel.  And by basic, I mean BASIC in comparison.  No glass elevators overlooking a stunning 5 story lobby, only one restaurant where we eat all of our meals, no shopping court and no casino.

Here are a few pictures I took to show what our accommodations look like:

Our Cabin:

Our cabin with "balcony" - which means it has a window that opens

Our cabin with “balcony” – which means it has a window that opens

Sitting area and desk

Sitting area and desk

I got a kick out of the laundry list.  Guys have underpants, but ladies have knickers!

Dining Room

Dining Room

Reception desk

Reception desk

Library and computer area

Library and computer area

Lounge where lectures and port talks are done

Lounge where lectures and port talks are done

Sun deck

Sun deck

I think we will be quite comfortable here for the next week.  It is low key, casual, and with so few passengers will make it easier to get to know our fellow travelers.  We have been divided into three groups of 40, each with our own tour manager.  Mick, Adrien and Peter will rotate giving lectures and port talks.

We met our maitre d’hotel, Christian, who was very familiar with Tim’s food allergies and will see that meals are specially prepared for us.  I feel like we are in good hands! 

Menu

Menu

Main Course

Main Course

Sail away - Budapest at night

Sail away – Budapest at night

Parliament building

Parliament building

GRATITUDE MOMENT:  Today I am grateful for second opportunities.

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our "next chapter". At a stage in life where traveling the world, taking pictures, and sharing our adventures with friends and family will be our dream come true.
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