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Continent: Europe. Country: Germany. City: Passau.

AMA Waterways Cruise Blog

By Leanna Kelly

 

The Blue Danube Discovery and Jewish Heritage cruise joined in Passau, South East Germany.

Passau is a beautiful town in lower Bavaria, the town is also known as also known as the Dreiflüssestadt or "City of Three Rivers," because the Danube is joined at Passau by the Inn from the south and the Ilz from the north.

I joined the cruise half way through the itinerary at Passau, the cruise had previously begun in Budapest, some passengers have taken the option of a 3 night pre cruise stay in a 4*or 5* hotel in Budapest, the cruise then takes you along the Danube stopping along the way at some of Europe’s most historical cities, Bratislava and Vienna, continuing through Austria to Durnstein, Melk, Linz where an optional excursion to Salzburg is offered to guests. 

Day 1

We had a lovely welcome on arrival, met with a glass of champagne, which never fails to impress and each personally introduced to our cabin steward/stewardess who took our suitcases from us and left them in the stateroom for us. 

The staterooms on AMA Legro are beautiful, very spacious. I was booked into a Category C stateroom with French balcony, floor to ceiling sliding glass door. This added so much light to the stateroom, I loved the bathroom too, huge shower with multi jet showerhead.

All guests dine together and this is at a set time each day, this does vary from day to day and you are advised in ‘The Daily Cruiser’ you’re in stateroom leaflet.

Dinner consists of 4 courses, you have around 4-5 options for each course to choose from. AMA really try and give you an authentic experience, so they will  give you the option to try a local dish on the menu, which is great as you may not normally get to try ‘Slovakian Pork Stew with vegetables’. The atmosphere in the restaurant is relaxed and informal although the guests do tend to make an effort and dress up for dinner – a tuxedo however is not required!

Wine is free flowing at dinner as is at no extra cost to you, the wine is specially chosen to compliment the dishes, however you can request alternative, and they have a wide selection of red, white and rose

Following dinner entertainment is low key and relaxed, I decided to get an early night as a busy day ahead tomorrow.

Day 2

Breakfast is served between 07.30 – 09.30 am, there are Pastries served before this in the Adagio Lounge for Early Risers and also between 09.30 and 10.00 am for Late Risers. During the morning we are still sailing onto our next destination so there is a really laid back feel on-board, there are some educational talks in the Adagio lounge by the cruise manager, you could meet the captain in the wheelhouse for some nautical information. I preferred to go to my stateroom with my book, and watch the world go by. 

In the afternoon we arrived in Regensburg, a perfectly preserved medieval city right on the bank of the Danube River. The cruise manager ‘Ornulf’ informs us Regensburg is famous for its sausage kitchen which is the oldest in Germany, located right by where the cruise docks. 

I chose the Jewish heritage tour, which proved a popular choice. Each guest is asked what pace they wish to take the walking tour, this is great for those who take a little longer than others, but will not have the worry of others waiting for them. 

The Tour was fantastic, really informative. Our local guide was so knowledgeable. She took us right back to when the Jewish Community settled in Regensburg in the 15th Century, right up to present day. There are many memorials around the city to remember the Jewish people who died there during the Nazi Reign. The most poignant for me is the site of the original Regensburg Synagogue; the Synagogue was burnt to the ground during Kristallnacht in 1938.

After the walking tour, our next stop was the sausage kitchen; we all shared a plate of sausages and sauerkraut with some rolls and they were delicious, washed down with a glass of German beer.

Captains Farewell dinner, the entertainment was more upbeat this evening, music provided by ‘singstress’ Valerie may, who took us on a ‘international musical journey’, a great way to end the day

Day 3  

The ship continues on from Regensburg to Nuremburg, it has to pass through several locks as we cross the Continental Divide of Europe. We only have a few centimeters clear each side in one of the lock, the captain did an amazing job in navigating the ship. Our cruise manager Ornulf gave a short presentation on the Main Danube Canal, while we passed through the locks.

 After a light early lunch we disembark the ship in Roth, to join our excursion and the ship continues on to Nuremburg where we will re-join in the evening. Again there were a few excursions to choose from, I went with the majority and chose The Second World War Jewish Heritage Tour. This tour was absolutely brilliant, so interesting and informative. It took us on a journey back to the time of the Third Reich, beginning with a visit to Hitler’s Party Rally grounds. Our tour guide, had a lot of facts and photographs of the rally’s, it was hard to believe that we were standing on the site where the infamous Nazi party rally’s had taken place, and how this had played such a key role in the rise and support of the Nazi Party. Next were taken to the Nuremburg Courthouse where the Nuremberg Trials were held in 1945-46. Really interesting information given here by our tour guide, who also held a questions and answer session inside the court room. 

We were than taken on a tour of Nuremburg, a beautiful walled city, overlooked by a large castle. The city was mostly destroyed during the second world war (in 90 minutes!!) the historic buildings were rebuilt using the very same stones. The city is famed for its Christmas markets and gingerbread, known as ‘lebkuchen’.

Day 4

Unfortunately today we need to disembark the cruise, in our cabins we are left with little treats, and recipes for some of the dishes we have sampled during the week, also a certificate signed by the cruise manager, to certify we are all ‘First Class Sailors’ . Most of the passengers carry on a coach trip to Prague for a 3 night stay, joined by the cruise Manager who will be taking tours of the city. For us our trip has come to an end.

 

 

Leanna Kelly 

Opodo Cruise  

C0800 358 2288  

www.cruise.opodo.co.uk 

 

 

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