Jump to content

LIVE Tauck: Amsterdam to Budapest 6/29/19-7/15/19


Recommended Posts

We did the walking tour of Nurnberg which was ok. Our tour guide walked way too slow for us but it was nice to see the town. She did a nice job of showing us all of the damage done to the town during WWII and the rebuilding that occurred after the war. All of the shops were closed so no shopping for us. Boo!

 

 

96D0850F-14DB-4F8F-8D6D-26CE88B45A3D.jpeg

4D893A0B-46A1-4262-BDB0-314C412730C7.jpeg

88838940-F9F7-428F-9FF6-BDCEEC273970.jpeg

713A6FF3-8805-417E-82DE-D24775A82B98.jpeg

E79E477E-7A49-486C-A221-225544336882.jpeg

E2887900-A3C9-4F5A-AAD8-71E7387C63FC.jpeg

Link to post
Share on other sites

At noon we watched the clock tower do it’s thing. Called a glockenspiel- Very cute. It lasts about 3 minutes. 

 

Tauck gave us $20 Euros each to get lunch on our own. We headed to a pub for lunch. Our new found friends tried the pork knuckles which they said was great. We had some of the sausages and a salad. 

 

654384C1-868D-4923-ABE8-FF26210CA4FB.jpeg

FB443B43-97DB-4966-A029-66ED45433517.jpeg

8026DDF4-98B2-4E2F-9530-5B362B30029C.jpeg

8A0AD88C-A520-4C2A-87F7-B03C02BC1BF2.jpeg

6E893654-656A-4AD7-9ACA-6ABBCCB5CD21.jpeg

Link to post
Share on other sites

Back at the ship we heard  a great talk about the big locks and man made canal linking the Danube with the Main and Rhine. Really great! Experiencing those huge locks was incredible! To see you floating a ship over a freeway like an overpass is truly amazing! Photos don't do it justice! 

 

33D6E932-7638-4D3F-AC62-14BF18286410.jpeg

D49D8C67-FCA4-4C0D-BA41-9D29731F3F7D.jpeg

F534D85D-B914-42B0-A457-4C348DC859B4.jpeg

CE69E148-F0DF-401A-B024-E047AD054111.jpeg

ABBBEF02-BA61-4BF0-8370-D464068972E5.jpeg

Link to post
Share on other sites

Dinner was a mix of good and bad. The appetizer was supposed to be grilled foie gras but it was terrible! Nothing like what I’ve had previously.  Everyone at our table sent it back. The main course, veal tenderloin, was good. I’d rate it an 8 out of 10 forks. The chef on this cruise tends to over salt  and over sugar food IMO. We have been asking for low salt options. We never had to do this on our last Tauck River Cruise. I think it’s just the chef. 

Dessert was wonderful! Crepe Suzette! 

 

B406B116-504E-4EF6-9EB2-3D56B56DF3DA.jpeg

1A4C0BE6-FEF6-4089-A9B6-B8575BE447A6.jpeg

CA65C638-1D7D-461A-84F1-BDBBF6C86B9F.jpeg

Link to post
Share on other sites
17 hours ago, HBCcruiser said:

Dinner was a mix of good and bad. The appetizer was supposed to be grilled foie gras but it was terrible! Nothing like what I’ve had previously.  Everyone at our table sent it back. The main course, veal tenderloin, was good. I’d rate it an 8 out of 10 forks. The chef on this cruise tends to over salt  and over sugar food IMO. We have been asking for low salt options. We never had to do this on our last Tauck River Cruise. I think it’s just the chef. 

Dessert was wonderful! Crepe Suzette! 

 

B406B116-504E-4EF6-9EB2-3D56B56DF3DA.jpeg

1A4C0BE6-FEF6-4089-A9B6-B8575BE447A6.jpeg

CA65C638-1D7D-461A-84F1-BDBBF6C86B9F.jpeg

 

The "good and bad" was our experience as well....a few times anyway. I felt that lunch was the best meal of the day. Were really surprised that after dinner, waiters never once came over and asked if we wanted coffee, No big deal but just unexpected. Truly we had significantly better dining room service on the bigger ocean ships. Loved the trip as I've said here several times, but still don't feel that, on the whole, it's quite worth the high cost compared to other cruises. 

Link to post
Share on other sites

We had a great day shopping and did a ton of walking! Pretty town! Had lunch with our new friends from Australia. Super fun group! Our waiter was... interesting🤣 We’ve decided that German customer service is quite different from the US. 

 

 

 

4AE729CD-A7A9-47F9-A89A-5DC61F6249E5.jpeg

7F42A515-8C2C-44EF-987F-20464841AECB.jpeg

 

1D7F90C9-4F67-4EF2-B0C3-A1FC6F15B12D.jpeg

 

CBE3D01B-24A3-4BC2-8253-4ED7710990A8.jpeg

Edited by Host Jazzbeau
dups deleted
Link to post
Share on other sites

We passed under some low bridges. Wild!

 

The staff said there are low water areas and that our itinerary was changed to allow the boat to dump it’s water in ballasts and lighten its load. We were able to spend more time in town but had to be bussed to the ship which was 45 min away. Not too bad but they are expecting the water levels to get worse in the summer months.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Day 10 Passau:

We had perfect weather! We walked around town - so beautiful- then watched an organ concert at the cathedral which was awesome! We saw the mixing of 3 rivers - note the water color change and crossed into Austria. The water is a light green. So pretty!

 

F20405C1-822D-4E71-8572-88A7FE890208.jpeg

976E71FB-CF0A-4373-8312-2E5B2066012D.jpeg

6A29CFC1-1EBE-4B0B-A3E5-C712B7254B7C.jpeg

8A3AA75E-C769-4F4A-BCB4-1EE93F68E4F2.jpeg

3EF6BE9B-97DA-4900-85EA-05BE65423F0C.jpeg

25B305E4-C037-4F11-BC7C-2F3970E9281E.jpeg

Link to post
Share on other sites
15 hours ago, HBCcruiser said:

We had a great day shopping and did a ton of walking! Pretty town! Had lunch with our new friends from Australia. Super fun group! Our waiter was... interesting🤣 We’ve decided that German customer service is quite different from the US. 

 

 

Can you elucidate on how your waiter was “interesting” and how German customer service differs from that in the US?

Link to post
Share on other sites

I’d love to know if the pastries in your Passau pictures were from the ship or a Pastry Shop in town.  If it’s a Pastry Shop, I’ll be searching Passau high and low!  😜

 

I understand your comment on German waiters being “interesting”.  I too find many quite abrupt which can easily be misunderstood as rudeness.  On the other hand, some American servers have been accused of over familiarity or being too casual!

Link to post
Share on other sites
4 hours ago, laverendrye said:

Can you elucidate on how your waiter was “interesting” and how German customer service differs from that in the US?

 

Servers in Europe in general, and Germany in particular, are paid a living wage, and tipping is not common. For the most part a "tip" is leaving the "odd" change to the nearest Euro, or at best 5%. The result is that servers tend to be more "business like" in that they take the order, deliver it promptly, and move on, with none of the "fawning" chit chat common to most North American restaurants/bars. It's not rude, it is just efficient. Another thing that is different is that, by and large, most meals are paid in cash and every server carries a large wallet. Where a credit card is used, they also carry the card terminal with them. We travel extensively in Germany and find it is just easier to pay cash in restaurants, unless one is in a higher end establishment. But then, the food is usually better, and cheaper. in the "Bier Stubes".

Link to post
Share on other sites

Ok so the waiter- he told he was still drunk because he celebrated a birthday with friends the night before 😳. He also forgot to bring soup to someone in our group then got upset when we asked him to remove it from our tab. He said he’d rather just bring the soup. We told him that we had to leave. He then started complaining about other wait staff who were supposed to bring the soup and said he’d have to pay for it. We wound up leaving him a large tip which more than covered for it. Just an odd experience.

 

The bakery was in town. You will walk right by it! So yummy! 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • Forum Assistance
      • Holiday Exchange - Jingle and Mingle 2020
      • Q&A: Cruise Insurance with Steve Dasseos of TripInsuranceStore.com
      • Q&A with Chris Prelog, President of Windstar Cruises!
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×
×
  • Create New...