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  1. You would be best to check back closer to mid-November, as things change rapidly with Covid requirements. Fortunately, it doesn't seem as if cruises are being cancelled as they were last year, but as to requirements for entering countries, they can change overnight. Hope you enjoy your cruise, sounds like a great place to be with all the lights. Looking forward for a review.
  2. Nope, almost the other end of the country... Eastern Ontario here. 🙂 When you are in Budapest, don't forget to check out the night time cruise on the river. Depending on how traffic picks up, they may not do it through Avalon.
  3. Yes, I've seen some YouTube videos as well, that's what got me interested. So many plans, so little time. The more I have to "plan" our trip, the more I find to do!
  4. Prague's architecture is varied, from the historical astronomical clock and old buildings to the more modern Dancing House. There is the Art Nouveau Municipal House, old churches like St. Georges Basilica and St. Nicholas Church, and of course the Old Town Square. We are also looking into a cruise on the "Devil's Channel", to see the older buildings. There are walking tours you can book for various histories - Jewish, general etc.
  5. Hi @xLibLabLady, we are doing Avalon Bud - Prague Sept 2023. I haven't researched much on Prague, as we will only really have 1 1/2 day there, and the morning of our full day will be partly taken up with the "orientation" tour. What interests do you have? There is lots to see (and to little time), and knowing what you are interested in, I could maybe offer some suggestions I have thought of. Avalon is a great line, casual, but still delivers the full experience. We appreciated the fact that it wasn't "fussy". Our first cruise was the Rhine, and we pre-booked all our excursions and pre-paid our tips, so other than 2 beers that we purchased the day we toured the Middle Rhine, we had no surprise expenses at the end. We did give some extra to the crew we felt went above and beyond to ensure our vacation was tops, but that was just an extra thanks. River cruising if done to the max is not a relaxing holiday, but one that most wish to repeat. Not a lot of evening entertainment, but if you are ok with that (it's your "quiet time" maybe spending some time meeting up with new friends over a drink in the lounge with the pianist playing quietly in the background), and willing to go with the flow, you will probably have a great time. I guess the best advice I ever received is be prepared for anything, high/low water, broken locks etc,, and be prepared to have a good time not matter what. Hope you enjoy yours as much as we enjoyed our first one.
  6. @NCHPcruiser my deepest sympathies on the loss of your son, like Wings55, I can't begin to imagine how heartbreaking this would be. You and your families are in my thoughts.
  7. Thanks again for the fantastic review, and pics. Makes me wish we were heading out now. @mimmy52, I can't speak for AMA, but I do believe that "afternoon tea" and late night snacks are pretty standard on most lines. We were onboard for one tea on our Avalon and decided that it was a good thing we had booked afternoon tours, as the cakes & goodies supplied could be dangerous, no matter how much walking you did!
  8. Mmmmmm cheese strudle! So glad to see this, I'm not an apple lover and was trying to think of a way for my DH to get strudle with me not caring for it. That looks so good. Thanks for the write up, it's really making me eager to plan for our trip. I hope our weather is as good as yours, we were worried about the fall in that area, but it looks great.
  9. Regular butter vs unsalted? European butter also has a fat content, which makes it creamier.
  10. Sounds as if you had a great trip, and so glad the weather was good. Nice to hear that your CD did all that arranging, and that AMA looked after all the expenses, that is something I wouldn't have expected. Looking forward to more reports... 🙂
  11. Sorry you had to cancel or postpone your trip Roz, but it could be for the best. I know River Cruises aren't the most "relaxing' holiday (which I love, as it's nice not to have to be constantly planning multiple choices for what to do when travelling), but they shouldn't be stressful. I think with all the changes, and your concerns about being stranded in the Netherlands on your own if you do have a positive test, you will enjoy yourself much more once things settle down. We are the same, our 2021 cruise (cancelled) turned to a 2022 and is now moved to 2023 with the hope that by then, some sort of normalcy will be available. Yes, it's going to cost us a bit more money, but the peace of mind to me is worth it.
  12. Safe trip home Sleep7, looking forward for your review.
  13. You are better to purchase your own soft drinks and ask that they clear out the mini-bar. I am not positive, but I do think that they charge for soft drinks. You may be able to get soft drinks for breakfast, they probably don't mention if they are included as most do drink coffee/tea.
  14. Just a point of view from a Canadian. I think all our provinces are now going to some sort of "vaccine passport", where you have to show proof of vaccine for dining indoors, museums, concerts or other activities. Most provinces are also going the way of a QR code. You go to your provincial health site, download your vaccine records and put the code / record on your phone. We should (hopefully) have our QR code by the 22nd. If travelling between provinces, it's almost as bad as travelling in Europe, some are "free" to go back and forth, other's need passes, and some are back to requiring the 14 day isolation, vaccine or not. As far as I know, the Cdn govt. is also working with the EU to ensure our codes are good for there. Hopefully that will mean that we can show our code there, or apply for the EU "pass" with our code.
  15. I guess because we have to much French influence, around here, first wines are called Beaujolais Nouveau. Light & fruity, but not always the best. 🙂
  16. Avalon is part of Globus, a major company. Don't forget, while they may not be doing the trips in Europe, the US is wide open, and they also have tours in Canada. Yes, they are probably hurting, but a lot of staff are hired on contract through a staffing agency, so they didn't have to pay for that. Several other lines are also connected with larger companies, and since Europe opened up in July(?) there are a lot of bookings.
  17. Thanks @Travelw, our tour will be the first full day while we are still at the hotel, so looks like Parliament on the same day will be fine.
  18. Thanks @Travelw, I was also curious about the rooms, as we will be doing Avalon's pre & post cruise. Glad to see you get rooms with a view. Was the tour morning or afternoon? We are thinking of getting tickets to the Parliament for the afternoon, but if you only had 40 minutes after the included tour, it makes me wonder.
  19. Have a great trip Sleep7, looking forward to your review. We will be on the Danube around this time in 2023, so will be looking for pics to see what it's like in the fall.
  20. Amsterdam has ones that are gourmet cruises, however the ones offered by the Budapest lines are different.
  21. Did you get a tour of the palace with 40 minutes to tour the garden? Just wondering so we know if we want to do this or tour Vienna more.
  22. One thing I have found through research for the local cruises is not to choose the dinner ones.....I have heard several comments that the food isn't the "best". Also, get them when you are there, as you can make sure you get one where you can go outside and it's not raining hopefully... 🙂
  23. I think from looking at our upcoming cruise, we are expecting a driven orientation of the city, and a walking tour. We will be purchasing tickets prior to leaving for the Parliament buildings, and when we arrive, a night tour of the river. We will not be doing the dining tour, as I hear that the food isn't the "best". We will also purchase the 72 hr transit pass, to save problems of trying to figure out their ticket system - I hear a lot of complaints of people not researching how to use the single tickets and getting fines. There are lots of things to see in the city, so plan your visits well. We plan to do the Parliament tour on the first day, as you have to stash your backpacks in lockers, so would rather leave tablets locked in our hotel safe. I found a "local" market place to pick up my stash of paprika, so will avoid the busy main one - not a crowd lover. After our Parliament tour, I want to go see the McDonalds near there, I hear it's a bit unique. We like to wander, so will probably go to Margaret Island and Fisherman's Bastion & St. Stephen's on the day we board the ship. I would like to see Vajdahunyad Castle as well, as it's in a nice park so that may be the day we land to wear off jet lag.
  24. Here is a thread notamermaid started about the Moselle. It does sound like a great river to sail. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2268619-the-river-moselle-infos-and-river-cruising-experiences/
  25. @Tedferg, We did our first cruise the 2nd week of May. Weather was great (we like it when it's around 20C, warm enough you don't need jackets, but cool enough you can spend hours wandering and not be overheated. We did the Rhine, as it was (at that time) the recommended 1st cruise. We had a Danube tour booked for this May, put it off for May 2022, now are going to hopefully be going Sept 2023. DH's sister & her husband sail end of Sept to October, and enjoy then. Everyone will have a favourite line, so it's very important for you to look at the reviews (and tourist YouTube videos, not the company ones) and see what line will suit you. I really don't think there is a "bad" line to go with, they all offer great service, food & things to see. As for rafting, you really don't notice it unless you have to go through another ship to get ashore. Most times, you are out on tour while the ship is docked, so it's not as if you are sitting there all day looking at another boat instead of the scenery. I think on our Rhine cruise in 2018, we only had others go through our ship, not the other way around. Take your time and go through the "stickies" at the top of the forums, there are some good articles in there comparing lines, rivers etc. Majority of passengers will be American, but you will probably get some from all over the world. Our cruise had more from the Philippines than Canadians... 🙂 As to your cabins, you usually are only in them to sleep, so size is good for all levels. The lower levels have a fixed window and is at water level, so not always easy to see out of. We enjoy the 2nd level as it's just over the water, and we had fun watching the swans cleaning off the ship. The only main thing to think about is the balcony is counted as part of the room size, and on Viking, the corridor is off center, making the cabins with the french balconies actually smaller. We loved our nearly room sized opening windows for our french balcony as we could sit in our comfortable chairs and still have the "outdoor" experience...but when we wanted to see anything, we were either in the front section or up top...views are on both sides of the river!
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