PEr FYI

March 27, 2010

Duna Bella Danube Daytime Sightseeing Cruise…..only if you have nothing else better to do

Filed under: Cruise, Hungary, Travel — Tags: , , , , — PEr @ 11:54 pm

Duna (Danube) Bella is an hour-long daytime sightseeing cruise on the Danube, sailing between the splendid vision of Buda and Pest. Headphones are provided for those interested in listening to a running history of the city and its major sights (commentary is available in 30 languages). During the trip we were guided by the 2 parts of the city as “Buda” and “Pest” were telling us their stories about the curiosities along the river. The Danube is a beautiful river but the ramblings of the commentaries over the headphones would put you into a coma and you’ll miss the beauty of the river.

The brochure stated that “champagne or cocktail and a choice of wine, beer or soft drinks” are included. That is false advertising, because  champagne was NOT served, though I requested for it. Instead we had wine and a mocktail.

The crew seemed to be having a party on their own in the glassed-in compartment at the front of the boat. You get the feeling they are have been down this river 1,001 times and are getting through the motions, trying to get it over with.

If you have an hour to kill when in Budapest, go down the Danube in this boat. Otherwise, there are better ways to get to know Budapest. I say it as it is because this is the true truth.

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