My husband and I just booked a Viking river cruise on the Danube from Butapest to Nuremburg. We will be traveling on the Viking MS Vienna. I haven't been able to find any reviews of that ship. Has anyone traveled on the MS Vienna? Also, do you have any travel suggestions for our trip the first week in Sept. 2013? We will visit Prague after the river cruise.
Have you looked at www.cruisecritic.com? A search there turned up this thread, among others: http://tinyurl.com/brhcfky As for travel suggestions, what sort of information were you looking for? If you want information on your ports, you can start with Rick Steves Eastern Europe, which will not have Nuremburg, but will have places like Budapest, Melk, Vienna, and Bratislava, and Prague. Cruise Critic is a great resource in general for cruisers, as their needs are different from land-based travelers. You can sign up for a Roll Call of your sailing (so you can meet other passengers in advance and arrange private tours with them if you wish): http://tinyurl.com/cq8w4h4. You can also get port information: http://tinyurl.com/aelfwxb.
By the way...it's BUDAPEST not Butapest.
Yes, Budapest-- just a typo.
Judy, glad I'm not the only one to hit a wrong key from time to time. I've talked to a few people who have taken similar trips and they have all commented that the biggest mistake they made was not arriving a few days early (or staying a few days longer) so that they could see more of the anchor cities; in this case Budapest and Nuremburg. After spending thousands of dollars on plane tickets and dozens of hours on travel its worth a few dollars extra to hang around.
Oh my gosh yes! Come before and stay afterwards for as long as you can. Getting to the continent is the expensive part. Might as well make as much of it as you can. Yes, visit Nuremburg and stay the night in nearby Castle Veldsenstein:
http://www.burghotel-veldenstein.de/Home_eng.htm for a night to remember.