Fittingly for a year spent thinking about, traveling along, or sailing down the Danube, I’ve just finished another cruise along that allegedly blue river. This one was a “Christmas Markets” cruise that sailed from Nuremberg down to Budapest (see map, below). For this trip, like for the earlier cruise I wrote about here and here, I was working for the National Geographic Society as a destination expert. In those previous posts, I covered the gamut of what it's like onboard a cruise and what a destination expert is supposed to do. Rather than rehash what I wrote there, I’ll post photos from the trip and tell the story through the captions.
From Nuremberg, the cruise led to Regensburg and Passau, from where passengers could take a day trip to either Salzburg or Český Krumlov. From here, we sailed to Melk and Vienna, and finally wrapped up in Budapest on Sunday (December 9). Unlike last time, the water levels held, and we were able to finish the cruise on the same boat.