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  1. We recently did the gorge both ways starting and finishing in Budapest, just as interesting in either direction. Unfortunately the gorge was rainy both ways!
  2. The search function is decidedly iffy
  3. It is also worth looking at the roll call for the preceding years cruise if a similar itinerary to pick up hints in advance. We did a Cunard WC in 2015 and started a spreadsheet with ideas of things to take such as over the counter meds, magnets, pegs, washing lines, ballpoints, over door hangers etc etc. etc etc . I only wish I could find it again but I can't! We did take a mass of stuff "just in case' which fortunately we didn't need but we ended up supplying friends we made along the way with cough sweets, cold remedies etc etc! Storage was an interesting issue, so lots of good ideas from past Worldies on the line you choose will be invaluable, knowing what will fit where.
  4. Bonnie any news on this Azamazing evening on the 23rd December. nothing on cruise personaliser other than an evening tour that has been there forever??
  5. On our recent cruise with them there were 20+ singletons onboard evidently very popular and as someone else has said more so at the start/end of the season
  6. Try Riviera Travel, they have offers for solo passengers, good mix of people, mainly Brits if that's not an issue for your mum. They are also reasonably priced generally we found them on a par with Scenic or APT.
  7. We were on at the ned of August here is a link to my OH's video of the ship
  8. Just had published my review of our recent Riviera Travel cruise.Budapest to the Black Sea on Thomas Hardy . Another great cruise with them, highly recommended. This itinerary was particularly interesting for the recent history of the places we visited and for birdwatchers the Delta cruising (although from what the guides said spring would be best for this) https://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/memberreviews/memberreview.cfm?EntryID=668163&et_cid=3214772&et_rid=234335375&et_referrer=Boards_WAR_CC
  9. I couldn't tell definitively but from the US site it seemed that excursions were an optional extra. Is this any clearer on the German site?
  10. Just been on Thomas Hardy a Riviera Travel cruise owned & operated by Scylla and could not fault them. We will have to look at their own offering too now!
  11. Also worth a read of the Danube water levels etc thread started by the ever helpful Notamermaid which will give a flavour of the issues and Pleasures happening this year on the Danube.
  12. Amazingly good photos thanks for the link
  13. This news caused some interest onboard as we had passed the ship involved a couple of times enroute and it happened shortly after we left I haven't seen any further details, amazing there seemed to be no major injuries https://maritimebulletin.net/2019/10/05/cruise-ship-collided-with-cargo-ship-danube-romania/
  14. We are now in Budapest on the last day of our Thomas Hardy cruise to the Black Sea and back. Really interesting cruise to some of the less visited places, although still a fair few cruise ships to our uneducated eyes. I will do do a review on the Riviera thread. River levels were low and we did have a brief encounter with a sandbank. Today is bright and sunny with a distinct nip in the air and downstream the trees are showing more autumn colour coming back than when we went down. thanks to all for helpful advice.
  15. Probably depends where on the Danube you are?? we have been Budapest to the Black Sea and there is some yellowing but not bright autumnal colours.
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