Sunday 24 May 2015
After our Norwegian Airlines flight from Gatwick to Budapest, we
were met at the airport and driven to the riverside to board our
cruise ship - the MS Belvedere.
Settling in to our cabin, we unpacked and watched as we set sail
at 6pm down river and enjoyed our first meal aboard - a Welcome
Monday 25 May 2015
Our first real day cruising - we were awakened at 6am and had to
visit reception to have a 'Face Check' - matching the passengers
to their passports by the Croatian authorities at the border at
At 1pm we arrived at Osijek in Croatia for our first excursion
ashore for a City Tour.
Casting off at 6pm we continued on our way down the Danube
before taking the evening meal in the restaurant at 7pm.
Tuesday 26 May 2015
We arrived at Belgrade at 9am and took the organised City Tour.
After dinner at 7pm we enjoyed some time in the lounge with
onboard musician Marek - before retiring and setting our clocks
and watches forward by 1 hour.
27 May 2015
I woke up early - just in time to photograph Golubac Castle as
we sailed past in the early morning mist and rain.
All day was spent sailing down the Danube - through the
beautiful scenery of the Djerdap
and the Iron Gates
We also went through the Iron Gates I and II locks - dropping
some 27 metres in height as we did so.
28 May 2015
Arriving at Giurgiu in Romania and went ashore for our coach
journey and City Tour of Bucharest.
The Belvedere meanwhile sailed on to Oltenia - where we
re-joined after a hectic drive from Bucharest during which our
coach driver was stopped and fined for speeding!!
We set sail at 5pm.
Ukrainian bartender Maxim gave a cocktail demonstration at 11am
in the lounge - which some attended.
We arrived at the mouth of the Danube - on the Black Sea at
'Kilometer zero' - during lunch and the captain took the
Belvedere as far out into the sea as was safe.
Returning to the Danube we docked at Sfantu Gheorghe for our
boat trip through the canals and marshes of the Danube Delta.
The evening meal consisted of a 'Pirates Dinner' - with the crew
dressing up in appropriate attire.
30 May 2015
Sailing back up the Danube we arrived at Cernovoda at 1pm -
ready to board our coaches for the City Tour of Constantsa.
Arriving back on board, we set sail at 7pm.
Sunday saw us arriving at Rousse in Bulgaria at 8am - ready for
another bus tour and walk.
Casting off at 1pm, there was a Towel Folding demonstration by
the Housekeeping Team - for those who like such things!
day was spent sailing back up the Danube
- relieved by an arranged visit to the
galley - where we were shown around by
Chef de Cuisine Krisztian and marvelled
at how he and his staff managed to
produce such superb meals in such a tiny
At 10:45 we were treated to a
Balkan-style 'brunch' - called
Früschoppen - on the sundeck.
Bier and Würst before lunch on a hot day
is an acquired taste - but very nice!
After passing back through the Iron
Gates locks and Gorge, a visit to the
wheelhouse had also been arranged - so
we took advantage of it and fascinating
it was too!
2 June 2015
our clocks back by 1
hour, we had to go to
the front desk to sign a
We were treated to a
visit to the engine room
- accompanied by the
captain - after which we
arrived in Novi Sad at 12:30.
Our excursion began at
2pm with a coach trip to
a monastery in the hills
and a visit to Sremski
decanting into the main
square in Novi Sad for a
walk - and a very
welcome ice cream.
The evening saw us in
the lounge for the 'Crew
Show' - a set of
sketches ably put on by
the crew - the highlight
of which was captain
Vladimir's guitar solo
tribute to ACDC!
3 June 2015
Our last day of cruising saw us arriving at Kalosca for
a tour of the
by a trip to a
- and rounded
off by a visit
to a Horse
Farm to see a
We had docked in Budapest overnight and had a morning to
leave of the
the coach trip
airport - so
Kay and I set
off early to
walk up to the
and across to
We spent an
but tiring -
the hoardes of
our way back
to the ship at
noon to say
It was a
were made very
welcome by all
the ships crew
and we had a
Ken Duffey -