Travelled : The Rhein River, from Arnhem in The Netherlands to Mainz in Germany.
Visited : Linz, Bruebach, Rudesheim, Mainz, Boppard and Andernach
Stayed : On the MS Allegro, cabin 105 to be exact. The Allegro is 110m long, 10.4m wide and carries 144 passengers and crew.
Budget : MS Allegro ‘8 day Romantic Rhein Cruise’ €499 per person (includes coach transfer back to Arnhem). Our room account totalled €90.
We have travelled up the Rhein from the riverlands in Holland, to the mountains of Baveria. The country changes quickly from Cologne to Bonn low hills start to emerge. As we approach Linz the hills rise more steeply and thickly forested.
Life on the Allegro is very easy going. We don’t seem to be in a hurry to get anywhere and we travel at a leisurely pace. Mind you the water current in the Rhein is amazingly strong and we are travelling upstream so maybe this is by necessity. As I mentioned earlier, most of our fellow passengers are elderly and very nice people although many seemed to be focused on smoking themselves to death. We have been very fortunate, we appear to be the table of whipper snippers, all about the same age. They are very kind to include us in most conversation and speak in English.
The food on the Allegro is very good, the usual buffet breakfast and multi course lunch and dinner. The coffee is fairly ordinary, but the Dutch seem to think Douwe Egbert’s Moccona out of a machine is pretty good stuff. While most of the passengers are elderly they come running when the the dinner bell rings. Mind you the elevator broke down a couple of days ago and this has caused some pushing and shoving on the stairs as the stick people lobby for their turn.
It has taken us a couple of days to adjust to river cruising rather than ocean cruising, which we have done several times before. From our experience, ocean cruising is travelling overnight arriving in port early, visit the town or city and be back on board to depart in the evening. On the Allegro it’s about getting a comfortable spot and watching the countryside glide by. We stop at least a couple of times a day for 2-3 hours then cruise of again for another few hours. The Allegro doesn’t travel at night and we dock in the early evening giving you time to wander some village for an after dinner stroll. We are normally on our way about 6-7am.
It’s been a wonderful experience cruising the Rhein and quite unique to anything else we have done to date. But we are looking forward to being back in the Hymer exploring more of Germany.