Overall the river cruise was excellent, if rather hectic at times in order to cram all the excursions in, and we met lots of very nice fellow travellers from different parts of the world. Food and service was very good, as were the organised tours. The standard of local guides was generally good. What struck us, having been on similar cruises, was how quiet and free from vibration the ship, MS Tranquillity, was. This was most important as most of the cruising was done at night.
The optional Folklore Dinner in Budapest was excellent, and in stark contrast to that in Bucharest (see below).
There were some downsides:
– The dining and bar lounge areas were quite cramped even though we were told the ship was not full.
– The optional Folklore Dinner in Bucharest was a bit of a disaster – poor service, very average food and the wine tasting suffered from a lack of wine!
There was also a scarcity of wine with the meal.
– It was disappointing that there was only one day when we were on the ship during daylight cruising so a lot of river life and scenery was missed. In future we shall duck out on some of the included shore excursions in order to have more relaxed moments on board.
– It would have been nice to have had some of the morning excursions start a little later to avoid an early rise and rush through breakfast.
Finally, because of our excellent experience on the Danube with Avalon, we have already booked for next year on the brand new ship, Avalon Panorama, travelling from Amsterdam to Budapest.
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