HAL in the Baltic: Germany Excursions

ABOARD THE EURODAM — There are two opportunities to visit Germany on this cruise, going east with a stop at the port of Kiel, and returning with a stopover at the seaside resort town of Warnemunde. From these ports there are excursions to some of the historical Hanseatic League cities including the old red-brick town of Rostock; Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city featuring an international maritime museum; Wismar, founded in 1229: and the Old Town of Lubeck, …

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Scenic Jade, Day 6: Let’s talk about the cabin amenities on this river cruise

ABOARD THE SCENIC JADE – Today was our second day in Vienna. It is really nice that Scenic spends twos day in this beautiful and exciting city. Yesterday almost everyone did the city tour that was offered and today we were offered three different options. Two busloads headed off to explore Bratislava, the capital of nearby Slovakia, another visited the Schoenbrunn imperial summer palace and the last group visited the famed Spanish Riding School in the city …

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Scenic Jade, Day 5: Tours on Scenic Cruises definitely are superior

ABOARD THE SCENIC JADE – Today we are in the lovely city of Vienna, Austria, and pretty much everyone on the ship took a general city tour this morning. I did a similar tour two years ago off another river ship, but what a difference. On that tour we drove around the Ringstrasse (Ring Road) by bus, seeing all of the major sights like the Opera House and Parliament, and then everyone disembarked and walked down a …

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Scenic Jade, Days 3 and 4: Tour of picture-perfect village

  ABOARD THE SCENIC JADE – A day and a half have passed and this is the first chance I have had to write. Yesterday was consumed with full day tours and this morning with a half day tour. All tours are included on Scenic Cruises so participation is high. First we docked in Passau, Germany, where passengers were offloaded for their tours and at the end of the day we returned to the ship in Linz, …

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Scenic Jade, Day 2: The pace was slow and the touring do-it-yourself

ABOARD THE SCENIC JADE – It is only 3 p.m. and already we have had a perfect river cruising day. That is because we could pretty much do what we wanted with it. Our day began with what I call a “morning at sea” – that is, we cruised along the Main-Danube Canal all morning. This is what we all visualize of when we think of river cruising … lazy hours spent gazing at fishermen on the …

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Scenic Jade, Day 1: Our trip on Scenic’s “Space Ship” begins in Nuremberg

ABOARD THE SCENIC JADE – It wasn’t exactly easy to get here…three flights, beginning in Traverse City, Mich., and ending in Nuremburg, Germany. In Detroit, we connected up with our good friend and my fellow writer Bob Jenkins and the three of us traveled together. However, the overseas flight was delayed so Chet, Bob and I ended up spending four extra hours in Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and arrived last night at about 6 p.m. Overall, a trip …

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Preparing to depart the U.S. for a river cruise on the Scenic Jade

Once again I am rushing around preparing to leave on a cruise. Of course, this is a wonderful reason for rushing, but nonetheless, it makes me kind of crazy. For example, I have to line up someone to water my vegetable patch in the community garden. And I have to clean out as much of my email as possible. And I have to remember to check in tomorrow afternoon for our Monday flight. I need to change …

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