A typical day
on a Europe River Cruise....
Each new morning
finds the ship underway. Early risers are greeted by the fragrance
of fresh coffee while they enjoy the sounds of an awakening countryside
on the sun deck..
The views from
the staterooms panoramic window could be pastoral farmland,
craggy canyon walls topped by gothic fortresses or a mixture of
villages, vineyards and bustling cities. Each morning is different.
buffet full of familiar dishes soon entices the passengers to the
single open seating dining room. and gives them a chance to make
new acqaintances and to recount the previous days activities and
to plan for todays new experiences.
the ship pulls alongside a centrally located dock in the mornings
featured port of call. This allows passengers to wander ashore directly
into the center of the port to either explore on their own, or to
join the shore excursion which on many ships is an inclusive part
of the days activities.
In some ports
it could be a motorcoach excursion to a site of historic interest
or an informative and entertaining walking tour escorted by knowledgeable
English-speaking guides. Passengers could find themselves walking
along paths Caesars legions once marched or shopping where
souvenirs for travelers have been available for centuries, or perhaps
humming a tune that one of the locals composed
a local like
Bach or Schubert or Telemann.
passengers have either rejoined the ship, or the ship, having cruised
to the next destination, rejoins the passengers who re-embark for
a pleasant lunch underway. After luncheon, passengers can be found
enjoying the changing panorama from a chaise lounge on the popular
sundeck, or quietly enjoying a book. Perhaps a regional expert will
come aboard and provide a historic insight of the region which you
see gliding by through the panoramic windows of the lounge.
As the ship
docks in the heart of yet another regional center or rustic village,
passengers enjoy cocktails in the lounge followed by lively conversation
over the evening meal. The single-seating, open-seating dining room
offers a non-smoking environment (as do all public areas inside
the vessel). Passengers select their own table companions. And selections
abound with the menu as well. Five-course dinners are the norm,
with an expansive wine list to add just the right touch to the exquisitely
prepared international cuisine.
embark on an evening excursion or there might be a performance by
noted local entertainers or a lecture about the region, its history,
people, art and architecture. Finally a stroll around the deck as
the ship proceeds to its night anchorage, or into the village, or
into the lounge for a nightcap finishes the day.
Each day is
different. How can one compare a day in Budapest or Paris with the
tranquil sunny afternoon gliding along the Elbe, or a sunrise over
the lavender fields of Provence with a walk through Amsterdams
Rijks museum? Its all available for the enjoyment of the passengers
of a River Cruises