Tuesday, 25 June 2013

A Short Cruise on the Danube River from Passau

On board the Crystal Ship
In my last blog post I wrote about the Crystal Ship that does short cruises along the Danube leaving from the town of Passau.
We chose to go on a morning cruise, that departed from and arrived at dock 11 at Passau. The cruise took just over two hours and was a very pleasant way to see the local scenery.
The different coloured waters of the Inn and Danube Rivers
On leaving the dock, we cruised past the end of the Passau peninsular where three rivers ( Danube, Inn and Ilz), each a different colour, join up. It was very interesting to see how marked the definitions were of where the waters met. A little further on from where I took this photograph, the River Ilz with its very dark water, flowed in, adding to the mix.
  Onward we cruised, along the Bavarian/Austrian Danube River Valley until we arrived in Austria at the little village of Kasten.
Kasten, in Austria
This was the endpoint of the cruise and from there we headed back towards the Bavarian town of Obernzell.

Obernzell, Germany
After a short stop at this pretty town, (you stay on the boat) we returned to Passau.
  For us it was very enjoyable; a beautiful ship, great weather and a chance to relax and enjoy the pretty scenery. The only downside was that the commentary was not in English.
  The Crystal Ship does this cruise several times daily from March 30 to the end of October. There are two more crystal ships in this fleet, operating out of Regensburg - Crystal Queen and Crystal Princess.
  If you are in Passau or Regensburg with a couple of hours to spare, I would recommend a crystal cruise!

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