WHEN you hear you’re sailing on a luxury cruise named after one of the world’s most famous musicians, you just know it’s going to be a hit.
The superlative Riverside Mozart is brand new and twice as big as most river cruisers so there’s plenty of room.
And the fun of Riverside Mozart and your tour can be as full or as cold as you want.
You can sit all over the board or have a mix of pleasures on a five-star cruise ship, while enjoying the best places on the cruise.
The pricing options mean it’s affordable for everyone. Sure you can push, erm, cruise and push on the upgraded suites, but the performance levels are not limited in any of the packages.
My journey was as direct as Mozart’s journey along the Danube in central and eastern Europe.
The views don’t even come close to describing my suite, it came with a butler. This is walking with class.
The king size bed was very comfortable. There aren’t many better ways to change than a leisurely stroll from one area to another along the famous Danube.
And because of the ability to open the sliding doors, I can blow the wind and enjoy the amazing view.
Forget old-fashioned narrow-mindedness. These rooms have a lot of space so there is no chance of catching a fever. The hotel suite had more storage than most luxury hotels I have stayed at.
The HUGE bathroom had an amazing shower and tub, perfect for relaxing after a busy day of sightseeing and eating food and wine.
But the piece-de-resistance has to be the obvious toilet, with a seat that opens as you approach.
I have to admit it scared me the first time it happened but it was definitely a talking point at dinner on our first night!
Cabinets are also stocked with a large TV, a swanky coffee machine and a fully stocked minibar.
I started my days in the bright atmosphere of the Marketplace restaurant where I helped myself to cold meats, fruits and omelets while coffee after coffee was brought to your table.
Riverside Mozart has many romantic and elegant restaurants. The Vintage Room is available for private parties to sample the finest food you can have, and the finest silver service.
If you had told me I would be trying caviar and scallops years ago, I would have laughed my head off.
There’s also a bistro bar and grill that’s casual, with no dip in food or service.
The piano with musicians was the perfect way to cap off the day in a fun atmosphere while the drinks flowed and we reminisced about everything we saw and did that day.
Because that’s the best part of the experience, trying many different things for the first time.
But of all the good things I have to offer, my favorite time in the arena was just sitting on top and watching the world go by.
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It is very large and full of sunbeds, chairs, bean bags and tables, just like the Riverside Mozart, plenty of space for everyone.
We also started to enjoy a barbecue under the surrounding sunlight with a wonderful view of the banks of the Danube. An afternoon or evening meal prep is always fun.
I made the most of the spa and pool, as well as the jacuzzi, which was just the ticket to unwind after a day of sightseeing. Or if you love water sports, then the current pool machine will challenge you.
There is also an excellent gym, with all the cardio and weight equipment you need.
My cruise left Vienna and our first stop the next day was Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.
It’s a small town, but nice to walk around and the center is a short walk from the boat stop.
Bratislava Castle, which was built in the ninth century, was very impressive. The white building is surrounded by green gardens and towers over the city and the Danube, with amazing views of the Austrian and Hungarian regions.
The city has a lot of history. The Jews of Bratislava and the surrounding area were subjected to severe persecution for many years. First he was in the hands of the Nazis and then from the Soviet Union.
But now it’s a thriving modern city, full of outdoor cafes and bars to relax in the sunshine. Don’t worry if I do!
After enjoying lots of partying and entertainment on board, our next stop was Melk, Austria.
One of the first things you see as you approach is the yellow Melk Abbey, a majestic and still active religious site.
Benedictine monks still live there and devote their lives to education. It has the Imperial Staircase and Corridor, the Great Marble Hall, the library, and the abbey church.
The library has an amazing painted ceiling – I had a stiff neck from looking at it for so long!
Out in the fields I looked at the small village where the monks were living their lives around me. It was peaceful and spiritual.
That feeling continued as we drove through the Wachau valley, with the charming Austrian town of Dürnstein, with its colorful buildings, the next stop on our tour.
If you want to climb, visit the amazing ruins of the Castle. Miss? I loved the slow pace of life as we strolled through the narrow streets, surrounded by quaint shops and restaurants.
Dürnstein is said to be where the late Diana, Queen of Wales spent time, unnoticed and unmolested, and when I visited it was easy to see why she loved it there.
Austria is known for having some of the best wines in the world, so I tried them to judge for myself at the winning vineyard of Winzer Krems Sandgrube 13.
This was educational and informative. We sampled a variety of red and white wines on the scenic patio overlooking the vineyards and enjoyed an interactive video, before embarking on an exciting tour.
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I can’t say I’m a wine lover, but I came out of there with more knowledge than when I went in, I was a little merrier for sure.
Whether you’re a veteran of the river, or new to it like me, a cruise on the Riverside Mozart will be music to your ears.
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