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  1. We certainly did wake this morning to a spectacular sight! The fortress in Cologne just before dawn.
  2. We are currently cruising the Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel on Scenic Pearl. There are no water level issues whatsoever. Today been cloudy with sunny breaks, although it is drizzling slightly now. It is dinner time though so it doesn't matter. Thank so much notamermaid for all your posts over the past year or so. We are loving our first river cruise.
  3. Glad to hear your trip is going well jeb_bud. We have been in drizzly Amsterdam for 24 hours now and board our shop on Monday. Presumably it is still the Pearl, we haven't heard otherwise. Can't wait to get onboard and find out for ourselves, but I have never really worried about food and wine because there are so many great reports. I can't imagine water levels being much of a problem in the rain here is anything to go on.
  4. We are leaving this evening for Amsterdam, and boarding Scenic Pearl on Monday for the Rhine Highlights cruise. I am very interested in how the food and booze will be, but I am pretty confident. From reading many posts here, on other forums and on Facebook, most people rate it very highly but there are odd people who don't, as someone else said food is very subjective. I have read the drinks menu and it is extremely comprehensive. I really only drink wine with an occasional cocktail, so I will report back on the quality of the red wines - we are very fussy about them. As for champagne, I did notice that it was only available at breakfast, but other sparklings are available in the evening. I will just make a point of having one for breakfast each day - I am on holidays and certainly not driving lol. One of the above posts commented on being in a Royal Suite so therefore getting better wine. We are only in a Junior Suite on the top deck, not a Royal, but nothing I have been told or read says that the wine is any different.
  5. We almost always travel in January, partially because I can avoid the hot Australian summer and partially because it is easier for my husband to take holidays then. A bonus is a lack of crowds everywhere, but of course it is cold. We don't mind that. The forecast temperatures for our Rhine cruise next week seem really warm compared to what we are usually expecting in January. Notamermaid, we were in France a couple of January's ago and travelled south from Paris to Lyon to Avignon and then into Spain. I had assumed that it would get warmer as we went further south, but it definitely did not. We had heavy snow in Lyon and Avignon was totally freezing. We only warmed up in Spain.
  6. Well we sail on 14th October, so hopefully there will be lots of autumn colours and possible a little sunshine to go with it. The complete opposite of here in Melbourne, Australia, where spring is springing everywhere, except for today which is cold and wet. We can't wait to get to Amsterdam on Friday and get ready for our cruise.
  7. Thanks notamermaid, your posts have been so enjoyable to read for the last eighteen months. We fly out on Thursday night and I am keeping my fingers crossed that the water levels remain good enough for the trip.
  8. Lol I am sure you will be fine. We find that coming home is far, far worse than going. Excitement keeps you up when you are in a new place or an old favourite. Fly safely and have a great trip.
  9. Oh well never mind. At least you have a two week cruise, I'll probably be sorry to have to get off lol. My only worry about arriving on the day of the cruise is flight delays, although we are coming from Australia so it's a long way. It always takes a day or two to get over the jetlag. Where are you coming from, the UK presumably?
  10. Oh that's good news. Let's hope the forecast doesn't change. I really wanted to go all the way to Budapest, but this is our first river cruise and DHs first every time on a boat, so he wanted a short one to test the waters. It has actually worked out well, because after we disembark in Basel we are spending six nights in Vienna and then six in Budapest so we will still get to see those places too. Are you going to Amsterdam early? We will arrive on Friday 11th so have three nights. We have been to Amsterdam before, but still lots to see and do.
  11. We too are packing for all seasons, I have everything from sleeveless to down lol. I am interested in what you said about Accuweather. I just checked my app and it state sunshine most of the way with odd showers and cloudy days. Definitely not rain. We are sailing the Rhine from Amsterdam on 14th October. Are you travelling at a different time or are our apps just different?
  12. Ha ha, we also leave on 14th October on Scenic Pearl for the Rhine Highlights cruise. I have been tossing up whether to pack my down jacket as well as a lighter leather one. You have just made the decision for me!
  13. As people have said above, London's lights are still on til well past New Year. We were also in Paris, Strasbourg and Colmar earlier this year and they started to remove the lights on the day we left which was the 6th or 7th January. The markets in France were all done though, although I do remember a big Christmas Market in Prague a few years ago in late December.
  14. We are due to sail on the Pearl from Amsterdam to Basel on 14th October. We have heard nothing about a ship swap and we leave before you. I have looked at the map where the Pearl is and I'm not sure it is where she should be so I wouldn't be surprised to get an email too. She is due to leave Basel for Amsterdam on Monday 7th October, but currently she appears to be in Bernkastel which is a little strange.
  15. Thanks from me too notamermaid, we will have a week in Vienna later this month and the Albertina is already on my list. We will definitely try to see this too.
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