We wanted to see the Christmas Markets and this seemed an efficient way to do this. It was our first ever river cruise, and we were lucky to be able to sail the entire way given this year's chronic low water issues. Most of the staff were outstanding; very warm and helpful except perhaps for the tour director Lee, who seemed a bit prickly and distant at times.
The weather was VERY cold, and this may not have given us a true picture of what river cruising is like, as the outdoor areas of the ship were unusable, and several of the excursions were bitterly cold, including the one I had most looked forward to, to Cesky Krumlov.
I have been an independent traveler for most of my life. I don't like tours, and some of the excursions were a bit too programmed for my taste (though the guides were all excellent). Not sure if I will try another river cruise at this point.
Perfect use of space, but still cramped for two people. We were always in each other's way, it seemed.
Experience was diminished by extreme cold. Would love to see this village in more temperate weather.
Our guide was wonderful, and we enjoyed the Buda portion where we were free to roam, but the Pest portion was all onboard the bus, and if you were seated on the wrong side as I was some key sites, such as the Chain Bridge and the Shoes Memorial, were missed.View All 85 Highlights Tour Reviews
Did not find Bratislava to be as interesting as other ports on the Danube Waltz cruise. Extra time in Vienna or Budapest would have been preferred.