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I sailed on the Danube Princess with Deilman, and would not want to repeat the experience. There are too many new entries to the market to go with their old ships.
It serves no purpose to list all the cruises I have been on chronologically. Many of the lines or ships do not exist any more, or have been renamed. I have sailed on NCL,Bermuda Star, Regency, Royal, Silverseas, Mississippi Queen, Vantage, Marco Polo, Scottish Highlander, Princess, Victoria, Hebridean Princess, Paul Gauguin, Regent, Oceania, Cunard, Rembrandt, and Lev Tolstoy.
Was thinking of booking on this MS Mozart and the Danube river cruise for June 2013 with Titan/ Uniworld. Never been on a river cruise before ... I know she is an old ship but do you think we should go on a newer type ship. ? Any advise would be most welcome.
The MS Mozart (currently DertourMozart) has been built in 1987. But by that time she was way ahead of time. Still with 20 sqm large cabins she´s way ahead of many other ships (when the standard was and still is 11 sqm on many ships). The best part is the inside pool with viewing windows at the bow. She has been refurbished and got French Balconies on the upper deck.
Just because a ship has been built a couple of years ago that doesn´t mean it´s outdated. She´s been well cared and nicely decorated. You won´t see much wear and tear.
Thank you so much steamboat for your quick response and your knowledge. We have 2 cabins on hold with Titan at the moment whilst we decide. Yes, we read that she has large cabins which sound very nice indeed. Was thinking of going on the lower deck, Dorabella, purely for budget reasons. Do you know of any disadvantage of being down below. ?
Yes agree the photos we have seen of the pool look very inviting.
The lower deck is below the waterline. The windows are scenic windows but you can´t open them. They might be partially submerged. I can´t remember. We´ve been on the lower deck but in 2005 and our cruise didn´t last longer than 23 hours (due to high water we got stuck in Vienna).
The upper deck has French balconies. There are two suites with even 40 sqm.
I'm so glad Peter Deilmann Cruises is making a comeback. Our first river cruise was on the Heidelberg cruising the Rhine and Moselle in 2006. We were a few North Americans amongst mostly German and other European passengers and it was wonderful. We had a similar experience as Ralph Grizzle (read his AvidCruiser article above at the start of the thread).