We sailed the Danube beginning with a 3 night pre-trip in Prague. We stayed at the Hilton which was a wonderful hotel, the biggest Hilton in Europe. Unfortunately, for us, it was a bit far from old town.
Breakfast at the hotel was first class, the staff was great. Had lunch in the cafe twice - a bit pricey, but it was a hotel meal.
There was free wifi in the lobby.
We met our fabulous cruise director, Nynke, the first night at a welcome champagne meeting.
We had already met a nice couple on the bus who we became fast friends with. First night dinner at the Cafe Europa, not far from the hotel. Good food and service.
Next day we had a walking tour of the Castle district followed by walking in the old town. We were bussed to the castle and then bussed back to old town then back to the ship.
Unfortunately the weather in Prague was chilly and rainy. That afternoon it just poured and we didn't get out much.
The last day in Prague we were to depart the hotel at 1pm. It was drizzly and we took the optional walking tour "Prague's Secrets Revealed" which went across the Charles Bridge into the Mala Strana area.
All the local tour guides we had were excellent. Occasionally the whisper receivers did not work.
It was at least a 3 hour drive on the bus to the Expression, docked in Nuremburg. We had a comfort stop on the way.
All the busses were new and comfortable. I'm writing this in a stream of consciousness format, hope you don't mind.
The Expression was glorious. Only 5 weeks old. We were in the bottom floor "aquarium" room which suited us just fine. The amenities were first class, queen size bed comfy, free water bottles, extra hangers, plenty of storage. It was fun to watch the camera showing the view from the front of the ship on our room's tv.
The whole crew on the ship was young and enthusiastic. All spoke excellent English and a lot were from Hungary.
After settling in we had our safety drill then dinner. Dinner was usually at 7pm and lasted at least 2 hours. It was a bit long for us but gave us a good chance to get to know our table mates. There are a few tables for 2 right inside the door, mostly tables for 4 and a few tables for 8. Service was mostly excellent, sometimes a little slow.
Food was good - not five star but good. Portions were small but you did have a choice of starter, salad, soup, entree and dessert. Wine was just ok.
There was a resident piano player, Titi, who played in the afternoon and after dinner. There is a small dance floor but not too many danced.
We usually cruised during dinner and through the night.
To be continued