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Danube River Cruise with Amadeus Queen

In October 2018, I sailed from Passau on-board the Amadeus Queen for 4 nights, finishing in Budapest. The usual itinerary is 7 nights, completing a round trip back to Passau.  During 2018, the river cruise industry faced many challenges such a high and low water issues. In my case this workout out rather well as we were scheduled to sail on an older ship, but we were upgraded to brand new Amadeus Queen, and she did not disappoint.

Elodie standing next to Amadeus Queen

Flights

I flew from Stansted to Munich with EasyJet early in the morning. They have multiple flights a day so is very easily accessible. From Munich we jumped in our shared transfer to Passau, roughly an hour and half’s drive. It was here that I saw the Amadeus Queen moored up in the port. Most of the Amadeus ships look very similar from the outside, however the Queen is something special.

Amadeus Queen

Amadeus ClubWe were greeted by the crew who instantly relieved us of our bags. We weren’t able to access our cabin’s until 4pm, however the communal spaces were open with tea and coffee being served. Both the restaurant and the bar are beautiful with floor to ceiling windows. There is another area at the back of the ship which was my favourite, the Amadeus Club. This was, I thought, the most calming and peaceful environment to relax in, not to mention the 24 hour coffee station with cookies served all day long.

CabinCabin 325 A1 Grade French Balcony

I had an A1 Cabin on the Mozart Deck. It too, had a floor to ceiling french balcony window which dropped down if you wanted some fresh air. The cabin was spotlessly clean, with a walk in wardrobe and a beautifully appointed bathroom. I was very much at home and Cabin 325 did indeed become my home for the next four nights.

 

Excursions

After an amazing six course meal the night before and just as good breakfast, we were up early for our first excursion – Melk Abbey and Wine Tasting. Melk Abbey is a staple of many Danube Cruises with extensive grounds and beautiful rooms.  Our guide showed us everything there was to see. During this trip I was so impressed by the local guides and the knowledge they have of their own towns and cities. No question went unanswered. I had the same experience on our tours of Vienna, Schönbrunn Palace and Budapest Castle District.Budapest Castle District

I loved every single excursion I took part in. My highlight was the Sound of Vienna Concert I attended on our first evening in Vienna. With a mix of classical music, dance, comedy and singing and to be greeted back on board with a late night snack, it truly was a fabulous evening. One thing is for sure, you won’t ever go hungry on an Amadeus River Cruise.

Elodie‘s Thoughts

Drinks at the Bar I honestly can’t fault anything I experienced on my Amadeus River Cruise. The ship was beautiful and when it was time for me to come home, I didn’t want to. The staff and crew were so friendly and polite and nothing was too much trouble. The food was amazing, another of my highlights. All needs were catered for and there was a wide variety of fish, meat and vegetarian choice, with six courses at every meal. (another reason I was sad to leave) The excursions where so informative and the guides so knowledgeable.

If you are looking for a European River Cruise with beautiful accommodation, great food (and plenty of it ) as well as an educational experience, look no further than Amadeus River Cruises.

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