MS Amalyra river cruise blog day 3
After a very comfortable nights sleep, it was time to see what AMA provided as its breakfast offering. The answer -a really bountiful feast with over a dozen different types of bread with just as many pastries to match. In addition, 5 types of juice, several cereals and various cold platters - fruit, cheeses and meats. Smoked salmon seemed a very popular option (probably because it was near the sparkling wine!) there were also 10 hot options including a cooking station where eggs were cooked to order. Certainly something for everyone and the perfect start to the day.
AMA Waterways offer several different excursion options (most of which are included in the price of your cruise). Our group started with a guided coach tour showing the highlights of Budapest, following which we went to the Sofitel for a lesson in the art of creating Hungarian goulash - like most things easy when you know how!! If honest, our creation was probably not the best food we experienced during our trip. This was followed by a quick visit to the charming Christmas market before returning to our coach for the 45 minute drive to Esztergom, where the ship was now waiting our arrival. Some very pretty scenery on the way and the town of Esztergom itself looked very interesting but sadly we had no time to explore it.
Our return to the ship meant one thing - more food! Dining plays a very big part in the river cruise experience! The food is all excellent with a light lunch option being served in the lounge or a full 5 course experience in the restaurant. The food itself differs very little whichever option you choose - the main difference is with the lighter option you have more control of what goes on the plate!
A leisurely afternoon and evening saw us sailing from Hungary and into Austria. Various activities were available during the afternoon - including talks and presentations in the lounge or guests can stay in their cabin either resting or watching one of several new movies on the ship’s excellent infotainment tv system.
Dinner is a paltry 7 course affair!! Again excellent and awas with local menu choices.
After dinner, it was time to get festive as several of the guests helped decorate 3 large Christmas trees and listened to various regional Christmas story’s -including a new one on me - the story of the Christmas pickle. Basically an excuse for a treasure hunt with the winner getting to open the Christmas present.
Musical entertainment from the ships resident pianist/dj ended quite a long but very enjoyable day.
Cruising overnight to Vienna........