Amalegro Danube river cruise blog day 2
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.
After a good nights sleep, I awoke to no noise or rocking! River cruising really is smooth sailing. I went down to breakfast, which is taken in the restaurant and what a breakfast it was. A full selection of hot and cold buffet style delights and the chef had a working station in the middle where he was cooking omelettes or eggs anyway you like them! You can also order from the menu, if you like something more specialist like Eggs Benedict, or maybe even a steak! I decided to sample the buffet on my first morning as there was such a huge selection and wasn’t disappointed!
After a briefing on AMA Waterways and what they do, we headed to the lounge where the cruise director was advising the days program and the choice of (free) excursions. There was a selection of options to choose from including a cycling tour. There is always a walking city tour on each stop and also at a range of speeds, depending how quickly you move! There’s fast, regular and slow - Suitable for all ages and capabilities, and helps the frustrations you sometimes feel when people aren’t walking as fast as you are, or walking too fast for you!
We opted for the Jewish Heritage tour, which took in the sights of this charming Medieval Town and explores the former home of the oldest Jewish ghetto in Germany and the former home of Oscar Schindler. The great thing with their walking tours is AMA Waterways provide you with an audio unit and earpiece, which means you can hear everything the guide is saying even if you are lagging behind or caught up taking photo’s whilst they march on!
After the tour we sampled some of the local delights, namely beer and the sausages that this city is famous for - top tip - pop into Germany’s oldest sausage house by the banks of the river, fantastic! The walk back to the Amalegro isn’t far as it docks right by the centre. We had more than enough time to relax and take time to get ready for the Captains Farewell cocktail party that evening, which gave us girls a good excuse to dress up!
The evening was a success, champagne and cocktails before dinner, a chat with the captain, then down to dinner - where I sampled one of the best pieces of beef I have ever eaten! The menu matched the occasion for sure!
After dinner we went up to lounge where the evenings entertainment was a local singer, who sang a mixture of International songs that everybody knew. I’m not normally a fan of things like that but even I had to say she was extremely good and captivated everyone with her voice & charm as she worked the room. That evening we set sail at 8.45pm so if you did fancy having dinner in the city, you had more than enough time to do so - Not the case with large ocean ships!