A Viennese Concert to remember

Trip Start Jun 06, 2012
Trip End Oct 29, 2012

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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Wednesday 12 September 2012 – Budapest to Vienna

We passed our first lock this morning at about 7am – it was Gabcikovo. There is a bit of noise and the ship gets knocked around a bit as it just fits into the locks due to the size of it. 

I slept a little later than Ian but did manage to get some breakfast before we had to do our safety drill.  Basically the alarms sounded and we had to make our way to the sun deck and put on our life vests.  It was all over within ˝ hour and the port side of the boat was the fastest to assemble and get our vests on.

We then had a German lesson conducted by our cruise director Yvonne.  We had a great time trying to pronounce some of the phrases.  After the lesson, we managed to pass the time by chatting with our friends and drinking coffee in the lounge.  Then it was time for lunch again.  There are two options for dining – the dining room or the River Café, which serves light snacks.  We opted for the dining room which allows you to choose from the buffet or have something prepared by the chefs from the menu.  Then if that is not enough, you can order other meals such as hamburgers, grilled chicken or grilled fish.  The choice is endless, but we opted for the buffet as there are numerous dishes to choose from. 

We decided to attend the talk by our cruise director which gave us an overview of how the cruise will be conducted and what free choices we could choose from.  We opted for a few but left the second week's choice until Yvonne gave us a follow up talk.

We spent the afternoon chatting with friends in the lounge and drinking coffee.  We also spent some time up on the sun deck soaking in the beautiful scenery.

We had an early dinner which was an Austrian buffet held in the dining room, then it was time to load the bus and head over to the Liechtenstein Palace for a classical concert.  It was great, they first started with an introduction of the musicians.  The concert consisted of music, opera singing and then a ballet dance routine.  It was fantastic and very well presented.  The host for the night gave us a summary of each of the acts, then asked us how long our cruise was.  Then he said that he needed to mention that a milestone had been reached – he mentioned a couple that had been travelling for 100 days and then mentioned Ian, I and Little Ted.  We were now famous for five minutes!!

When we left the palace, it was bucketing down with rain.  We did manage to make it to the bus before we got soaking wet.  When we were back on board the ship, there was a Goulash Soup Party ready for us in the lounge.  We decided to have a small bowl of goulash and a glass of wine.  The musician was there again playing.  We stayed a while and had a chat with Terry and Jill, then headed to bed – it was getting late.
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