Q – We couldn’t be more excited about our upcoming Avalon Cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg. The ship looks lovely and they even include wines with breakfast! We’ll be facing the water from our bed so the question as to which side of the ship is best seems rather important. Really appreciate your advice on this. Love this site, you can’t imagine how helpful it is for first-timers like us.
A – Well first let’s get the matter of breakfast wines out-of-the-way. Avalon graciously includes sparkling wine (think imitation Champagne) with breakfast. We don’t want you to think you will find couples dancing on the tables as wines are freely poured with the breakfast omelettes. Avalon is a refined but relaxed experience.
If you choose a cabin on the starboard side of the ship you might be able to see the owner of the Backerei Konditorei Mistlbacher in Melk out for his morning walk. No – only kidding. You could see locals about their daily lives on either side of the river. One should never choose a European river cruise based on side of the boat. Instead, pick the part of the boat furthest away from public room noise and the engine rooms. Your travel consultant will help you make the best choice. Enjoy your cruise and your bed.