This blog was written by Nicola Michael, one of our cruise consultants at our parent company, WEXAS, when she travelled at the end of last year.
Another day and after the late evening of dancing and drinking onboard Amalegro, I decided to have a little lie in. Breakfast starts at 6.30 for early risers, but continues until 9.30am (full breakfast) or 10.30 (pastries, drinks etc). I decided to give it a miss as we were having an early lunch that day (11.30am). In the lounge area there's plenty of biscuit's and pastries with hot & cold drinks, which are re-stocked throughout the day (late night snacks from 10.30pm). You would never go hungry, even if you did miss a meal!
Today we cross the Continental Divide of Europe, the highest point of the entire trip - 1,332 feet above sea level, before descending again through stair-step locks. This involves careful navigation through a series of 16 locks (a bit noisy). This is not a day to sleep in too late! For people that enjoy locks and how they work this is quite a spectacular sight. Everyone was on the sundeck taking snaps as you travel through some of the biggest locks I have ever seen!
Lunch was taken early preparing us for our arrival into Roth where our coaches lay in wait to whisk us off to the city of Nuremberg. The reason they do this is because the journey from Roth to Nuremberg takes 4 hours, which would mean we'd miss a whole days sightseeing. Again we had the choice of City tour or World War II Jewish Heritage Tour. We opted for the Jewish Heritage tour as this was after all, the city that saw the so-called Nazi Party Rally's and the Nuremberg trails, where the most famous trial of Nazi criminals were held. We also had some free time in town and what a great town it is!
Nuremberg is the 2nd largest City in the German state of Bavaria. Most of the city was completely destroyed during WWII (in 90 minutes!), and pretty much rebuilt using the very same stones. WWII plays a major role in the city's history but today the city is a flourishing metropolis, well known for the production of toys, their world famous Gingerbread (Lebkuchen), and also it has one of the largest xmas markets in Europe. The city is still surrounded by its old city walls, one of the only city's that still has this. The centre of the city is where you will find the main square (Hauptmarket), with its famous waterless fountain and Nuremberg's most famous church. Across from here you will find Nuremberg's bustling shopping district, which is almost entirely car-free! We again sampled the city's sausages, which the guide encouraged us to do as he said they were better than Regensburg... and I have to agree!
The coaches returned at 5.45pm to transfer us back to the Amalegro, which was docked outside the city. Nuremberg city is not by the banks of the river so you need to know this, if joining the cruise from here (which some of the itinerary's do); it is not the most scenic spot! It is right by a motorway and not the pretty image you imagine. Once in the city and further on the Danube, it is very picturesque.
Dinner was taken early this evening (6.30pm) as this was our last evening onboard. The ship docks overnight here so you're free to take a taxi into town if you prefer to dine out or shop a bit more! After paying my room bill (hardly anything!) and paying the gratuities, we settled in the lounge to listen to Krassi on the keys (onboard pianist) before retiring to our cabins.
Disembarkation day and breakfast starts from 5am for early risers! Luggage can be left outside your cabin before 7am, or you can carry your own if you prefer. Some groups went onwards to Prague to do a 2 or 3-night extension but unfortunately our time had come to an end. The transfer from Nuremberg to Munich took around 2 hrs.
All in all, a great trip, on a great product. The crew and staff were fantastic. Food was so much better than I ever imagined. I am a River Cruise convert!