We arrived at Munich airport and then took the bus 635 to Freising, where we then caught the 11:48 train to Passau, due to arrive at 13:37, all for 27.50 Euros (for two) as part of the Bayern ticket. The train was modern and very quiet, however due to a large party of school kids travelling meant we had to stand the whole way! The scenery was mainly flat, a few traditional villages, and lots of fields filled with solar panels! It was hot and muggy and thunderstorms are predicted for later.
We arrived at Passau station and jumped in a taxi to the ship, which cost 12 Euros. When I was in Passau before, the ships were docked right in town, but today the MS Mozart was docked further up the river at Passau Lindau Pier 3. I have been onboard the MS Mozart before, for the naming ceremony, and you can read my review and description of the ship here - Mozart naming
Upon arriving at the ship a friendly steward appeared and took our bags and we boarded the MS Mozart. We had arrived at 2pm, too early to go to our cabins, however we were warmly greeted and invited to sit in the public areas until 4pm. A steward appeared and offered to bring us some beers, and as we already knew our cabin number this was a welcome refreshment!
At 4pm we presented our passports to the front desk in exchange for 2 room keys (actual keys, on a key ring) and made our way to the cabin. We had a French balcony cabin on the top accommodation deck and it was very spacious indeed. As the Mozart is so wide (22 metres) it allows for some of the largest cabins on a river ship, in fact, as standard rooms go these have to be the largest I have seen. They are 40 sq m, with a seating area, fridge, writing table, flat screen tv, with a good sized bathroom with a decent shower that has great water pressure, and a screen door too - no sticky clingy shower curtain. Bathroom amenities are provided, no brand name, however they are a nice herbal range and smell great!
Once unpacked it was upstairs to meet the maitre'd to get our table assignment . There is just one sitting for breakfast, lunch and dinner and you are given a table to sit at for the entire cruise, we were table 48, by the window. It was then on to the Don Giovani bar and lounge for a talk from the cruise director Alexander Todorow. As all our fellow guests bar six are German speaking, they took us six English speaking passengers off to the conference room to to give us our own talk about the ship and the upcoming tours. We had pre booked a package of six tours before we left, and decided to add two more to them.
After our intimate ship briefing we had time to go back to the cabin to relax and get ready for dinner. Breakfast and lunch are a buffet combined with one course that you order from the waiter, and dinner is all ordered off the menu with the waiter. The ship had put us English speaking passengers together on one table which made sense and we were soon all getting on very well. Dinner was very good and consisted of grilled feta cheese in a bacon coat with red bean mousse and coriander, or mushroom risotto with blue cheese, followed by onion soup. For main I went for slices of whole roasted Angus beef rump, with port wine vegetable sauce, cauliflower gratin and creamy polenta. Dessert was chili flavoured chocolate mousse on a raspberry stew - really delicious, though I would have liked a bit more chilli to be honest! My table mates had the fish dish that was served with potatoes, and did remark that the potatoes were a bit hard, however everything else was cooked perfectly.
After dinner we retired to the Don Giovani lounge to listen to the piano stylings of Milo; it was your typical river cruise entertainment and a few people got up and danced. The predicted thunderstorms had arrived and the night sky was lit up with brilliant flashes of sheet lightening and heavy rain - lets hope it clears for tomorrow. After a long day travelling it was an early night, ready for Melk tomorrow.