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2008 Danube River Cruise Mini-reunion Memories & Pictures

Three nights in Prague—City of a Hundred Spires

Pre-Extension: Prague

58 people began our mini-reunion with three nights in the vibrant city of Prague, Czech Republic—known as the “City of a Hundred Spires.”

Thursday 2 Oct - Day 1

Upon arrival we went to the 5-star Prague Hilton, overlooking the Vltava River and within walking distance of historic Old Town and the shopping district. The rest of the day was free to explore on our own and sample some of the hearty local cuisine. This evening we could see the city’s monuments, like the National Theatre, Prague Castle and the famous Charles Bridge, beautifully illuminated.

Click here for 13 picture of afternoon activities exploring the old town area  (All pictures not attributed to the Taker are provided by Sam Weiss.)

Click here for 67 picture of evening activities including a group dinner

 

Friday 3 Oct - Day 2

Today, every member of our party on the morning tour received an admission to most of the top attractions including Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, the National Museum, Museum of Fine Arts, Old Town Bridge Tower and much more. In the afternoon some went on an optonal tour of the Old Town and Jewish Quarters.

Click here for 199 picture of the morning tours

Click here for 57 picture of the afternoon optional tour

Click here for 16 pictures in Prague taken by Don & Bobbi  Lionetti

Click here for 15 pictures in Prague taken by Mike Urette

 

Saturday 4 Oct - Day 3

We had a full day to further explore this “City of a Hundred Spires.” Some went on their own shopping tours and explored more of the Old Town or checked out some of Prague’s more modern sights like the Frank Gehry-designed Dancing House, an unusual office building inspired by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Some walked across the Charles Bridge, watched the mesmerizing Astronomical Clock, and walked about in historic Wenceslas Square. (B)

Click here for 38 pictures of shoping on our own

Click here for 24 pictures of group dinner that evening

Click here for 24 pictures in Prague taken by Don & Bobbi Lionetti

Click here for 6 pictures in Prague taken by Mike Urette

 

Sunday 5 Oct - Day 4

Due to the low river level we went by bus to the NH Hotel in Nuremberg as the ship could not get to Nuremberg. (B)

Click here for 17 pictures of departure from Prague

Click here for 33 pictures of bus ride to Nuremberg

 

Romantic Danube Nuremberg to Budapest

During this 8-day journey, discover the grand cities and quaint villages along the celebrated Danube River. Savor the tastes of authentic dishes, learn about local legends, and see why Strauss immortalized this romantic river in his famous “Blue Danube” waltz.  In Germany, explore a baroque cathedral and stroll cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses.   Tour riverside towns in Austria’s Wachau Valley.  Experience Vienna’s imperial architecture and gracious culture.  Explore both sides of Hungary’s capital —traditional “Buda” and more cosmopolitan “Pest” —and from Fishermen’s Bastion, see how the river divides this fascinating city.

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Sunday 5 Oct - Day 1 - Nuremberg

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Welcome to Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second largest city. Some of us were met at the airport and due to the low river level transfered to the NH Hotel. After the buses arrived from Prague there was a Welcome Briefing and then dinner. (D)

Click here for 10 pictures of the arrival at the NH Hotel in Nuremberg

 

Monday 6 Oct - Day 2 - Nuremberg & Main-Danube Canal

After breakfast, there was a motorcoach tour of Nuremberg, Bavaria’s second largest city, featuring the former Nazi parade grounds, the Main Railway Station and the Palace of Justice, historic home of the Nuremberg Trials. There was a brief stop at the Court House before returning to the Old Town area enclosed by ancient city walls. We saw Elizabeth and St. James Church, and the tour ended with a walk from the castle grounds, passing the Albrecht Dürer House and Main Market Square.

Click here for 12 pictures of the Nuremberg morning tour taken by Dan Barney

Click here for 73 pictures of the Nuremberg morning tour taken by George Kopcsak

Click here for 58 pictures of the Nuremberg morning tour taken by Jim Mathison

Click here for 20 pictures of the Nuremberg morning tour taken by Dennis Rooney

Click here for 7 pictures of the Nuremberg morning tour taken by Mike Urette

Click here for 7 pictures of Lunch taken by George Kopcsak

After lunch at the Restaurant Brauerei Lederer we were taken by motorcoach to where the ship was docked in Vilshofen.  After boarding, and finding our cabins, there was an embarkation briefing and a cocktail receptation before dinner.  The ship then embarked to sail us through a number of locks that comprise the Main-Danube Canal, an engineering marvel stretching 106 miles from Bamberg on the Main River to Kelheim on the Danube. Begun as Charlemagne’s dream in 793, it was completed in 1992 with 16 locks that raise the water level 1,332 feet. Today it enables river travel from the North Sea to the Black Sea. Dinner is served aboard and you cruise through the night.
(B, L, D)

Click here for 24 pictures of finally aboard ship

Click here for 7 pictures of aboard ship taken by George Kopcsak

 

Tuesday 7 Oct - Day 3 - Regensburg & Kelheim

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This morning, we met our guides dockside for a walking tour through the scenic town of Regensburg, considered one of Europe’s best-preserved medieval cities. We saw one of the largest groupings of 13th- and 14th-century church spires, towers and patrician houses north of the Alps. We also encountered the 12th-century Old Stone Bridge, St. Peter’s Cathedral and a number of idyllic courtyards. We had time to stroll the streets or shops before returning to our ship.

This afternoon, we enjoyed scenic cruising along the Danube.  We traveled by motorcoachs to Kelheim, at the southernmost point of the Main-Danube Canal, then embarked on a ferryboat ride to explore the Danube Gorge’s dramatic scenery and its spectacular 400-foot chalk cliffs. We also visited the renowned Weltenburg Abbey, which still echoes with age-old chants. It is famous for its dark ale, brewed here by monks since 1050. We then rejoined our ship for dinner and cruised through the night. (B, L, D)

Click here for 12 pictures of morning aboard ship

Click here for 90 pictures of touring Regensburg

Click here for 24 pictures of touring Regensburg taken by Don & Bobbi Lionetti

Click here for 23 pictures of touring Regensburg taken by Jim Mathison

Clik here for 14 pictures of touring Regensburg taken by Dennis Rooney

Click here for 41 pictures of the Danube Gorge cruise

Click here for 20 pictures of the Danube Gorge cruise taken by George Kopcsak

Click here for 6 pictures of the Danube Gorge cruise taken by Don & Bobbi Lionetti

Click here for 24 pictures of the Danube Gorge cruise taken by Jim Mathison

Click here for 16 pictures of the Danube Gorge cruise taken by Grace Webster

Click here for 32 pictures of the Weltenburg Abbey

Click here for 15 pictures of the Weltenburg Abbey taken by Don & Bobbi Lionetti

Click here for 6 pictures of the Weltenburg Abbey taken by Jim Mathison

Click here for 6 pictures of the Weltenburg Abbey taken by Dennis Rooney

Click here for 12 pictures of the Weltenburg Abbey taken by Grace Webster

Click here for 36 pictures of the early evening lounge and then dinner aboard the ship

Click here for 23 pictures of the evening Bavarian Folklore fun in the Lounge taken by Grace Webster

Click here for 13 pictures of a passage through a lock

 

Wednesday 8 Oct - Day 4 - Passau

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We were scheduled to arrive around 0900 hrs in Passau, at the confluence of the Inn, Ilz and Danube Rivers. Our guided walk along the town’s narrow streets took us through the Old Town and past traditional patrician houses. We saw the Oberhaus Fortress and visited the impressive baroque St. Stephan’s Cathedral with its ornate interior. Inside, we were treated to a special concert played on the 17,000-pipe organ, considered Europe’s largest church organ. Lunch was aboard, but we could return to the city for further exploration on our own before an early evening departure and cruise through the night. (B, L, D)

Click here for 8 pictures of the passage through the Lock on way to Passau taken by George Kopcsak

Click here for 50 pictures of touring Passau

Click here for 82 pictures of touring Passau taken by George  Kopcsak

Click here for 12 pictures of touring Passau taken by Grace Webster

Click here for 42 pictures in the afternoon lounge taken by Sam Weiss and George Kopcsak

Click here for 24 pictures of Dinner

 

Thursday 9 Oct - Day 5 - Melk & Vienna

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After arriving in Melk around 0800 hrs, the first two buses left at 0900 hrs and the third bus left a 0915 hrs to go to the the Benedictine abbey at Melk for a guided tour through the ornate interior of this baroque gem of architecture, its wonderful frescoes and medieval manuscripts inside the large library, and  the garden courtyard. 

Click here for a web site that has excellant writeups on the Coloman Courtyard, the Marble Halls, the Library, the Abbey Church, and the Garden Pavilion.

We rejoined the ship for lunch and an afternoon cruise along the Danube through the Wachau Valley and its lock. We arrived in Vienna around 1800 hrs and after dinner there was an optional excursion to attend a Mozart and Strauss concert in this “City of Waltzes.” (B, L, D)

Click here for 36 pictures of Cruising to Melk and having Breakfast

Click here for 21 pictures of Going to Melk Abbey

Click here for 37 pictures of Touring the Melk Coloman Courtyard

Click here for 62 pictures of the Melk Abbey Museum

Click here for 9 pictures of the Melk Marble Hall

Click here for 20 pictures in the Melk Library

Click here for 28 pictures in the Melk Abbey Church

Click here for 36 pictures of the Melk Garden Pavilion

Click here for 91 pictures of the Melk Abbey Tour taken by George Kopcsak

Click here for 37 pictures in Melk taken by Grace Webster

Click here for 66 picture while Cruising the Wachau Valley

Click here for 22 pictures of going through the Wachau Valley Lock taken by Jim Mathison

Click here for 44 pictures of going through the Wachau Valley Lock and a look inside the ship Wheelhouse

Click here for 47 pictures of Cruising through the Wachau Valley taken by George Kopcsak

Click here for 28 pictures of Cruising through the Wachau Valley taken by Grace Webster

Click here for 26 pictures of Dinner

 

Friday 10 Oct - Day 6 - Vienna

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After breakfast, began our half-day city tour. We saw some of Vienna’s lovely baroque architecture, then rode along the beautiful Ringstrasse, with sights including the Opera House, Stadtpark and Hofburg Theater. We then visitrd St. Stephan’s Cathedral. Before returning to the ship for lunch there was time for some to have a visit to a Viennese coffee shop. The afternoon was ours to further explore this city on our own or join Marcela for a subway ride to the center of the city. Dinner was the traditional Captain's Dinner. (B, L, D)

Click here for 77 pictures of Touring Vienna

Click here for 14 pictures taken in Vienna by George Kopcsak

iClick here for 17 pictures taken in Vienna by Don & Bobbi Lionettii

Click here for 18 pictures taken in Vienna by Jim Mathison

Click here for 11 pictures taken in Vienna by Mike Urette

Click here for 9 pictures taken in Vienna by Grace Webster

Click here for 41 pictures taken during the Belvedere Palace Tour

Click here for 23 pictures of Sailing to Budapest

Click here for 48 pictures of the Captain's Dinner

Click here for 8 pictures of the Captain's Dinner taken by Don & Bobbi Lionetti

Click here for 41 pictures taken at the Farewell Party

Click here for 5 pictures taken during the Farewell Evening by Grace Webster

 

Saturday 11 Oct - Day 7 - Budapest

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Arrived in Budapest, Hungary’s vibrant capital divided by the Danube River. Our tour began with a motorcoach ride through the Pest side of the city. We journeyrd along famous Andrássy Avenue and saw numerous 19th- and 20th-century mansions and the National Opera House. Other noted sites were the renowned Parliament Building and Chain Bridge. Stoped in Heroes’ Square to learn more about Hungarian culture and history. Next, crossed the Danube to the Buda side for a visit to the Castle District. Walked up the hill to see Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church and to catch the brilliant views of the city below. Returned to our ship for lunch and the rest of the day was free to explore both sides of the city, traditional “Buda” and modern “Pest.” There was also a complimentary excursion to the Caprice Factory outlet and the village of Szentendre.  There was also a optional tour to a horse show.(B, L, D)

Click here for 26 pictures of Breakfast while Arriving Budapest

Click here for 9 pictures of Arriving Budapest taken by George Kopcsak

Click here for 28 pictures of the Group Pictures Taking Session

Click here for 8 pictures of the Group Picture Taking Session taken by Bobbi Lionetti

Click here for 74 pictures of touring Budapest

Click here for 53 pictures of touring Budapest taken bt George Kopcsak

Click here for 19 pictures of touring Budapest taken by Don & Bobbi Lionetti

Click here for 12 pictures of touring Budapest taken by Jim Mathison

Click here for 13 pictures of touring Budapest taken by Mike Urette

Click here for 24 pictures of touring Budapest taken by Grace Webster

Click here for 22 pictures of visit to Heroes' Square

Click here for 50 pictures of touring Matthias Church and return to ship

Click here for 31 pictures of Afternoon in Budapest aboard ship and "Time to Say Goodby"

Click here for 15 pictures of our Last Dinner aboard Ship

Click here for 21 pictures of our Last Evening in the Lounge taken by Grace Webster

 

Sunday 12 Oct - Day 8 - Budapest

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After breakfast, settling our account, and loading the transportation to the airport or the Budapest hotel, we disembarked the ship.  The Cruise portion of the Mini-reunion had reached its conclusion, but the memories will last forever. (B)

Click here for 14 pictures of our Final Breakfast Aboard Ship

Click here for 37 pictures of activities while departing Budapest

 

Other shared pictures taken during the Cruise

Click here for 128 pictures taken by Tom Baird

Click here for 62 pictures taken by Dick Buckner

Click here for 9 pictures taken by Dan Halpin

Click here for 58 pictures taken by Pat Hoy

Click here for 4 pictures taken by Chip Smith

Click here for 18 pictures taken by Mike Urette

Click here for 10 pictures taken by Grace Webster

Click here for 86 pictures taken by BobbI Weiss

 

Central Europe shines with three nights in Budapest

Post-Extension: Budapest

Some Classmates extended their mini-reunion with three additional nights in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, where they were centrally located within Buda’s Castle District and minutes from the Chain Bridge. They then had time to explore the city on their own, and perhaps visit one of its renowned spas.

Sunday 12 Oct - Day 1 - Budapest

Transfer to the 5-star Hilton Budapest (or similar), in Buda’s Castle District. Take the rest of the day to relax and sample some Hungarian cuisine.

Click here for 16 pictures of touring Budapest taken by Grace Webster

Monday 13 Oct - Day 2 - Budapest

Today, you received a three-day prepaid Budapest Card, which covered unlimited travel on public transport and entry to dozens of museums and attractions. A Viking concierge was available to help you plan your Budapest visit.

With this card you could walk through Old Buda; see Buda Castle, Matthias Church and Fishermen’s Bastion. Cross the Danube via the famous Chain Bridge to Pest, and shop along the Váci Utca. Tour the Hungarian National Gallery, the Bartók Museum or one of the thermal baths. (Bold type indicates attractions included on the Budapest Card.)  (B)

Click here for 22 pictures of touring Budapest taken by Grace Webster

Tuesday 14 Oct - Day 3 - Budapest

A full day to further explore Budapest. (B)

Click here for 23 pictures in Budapest taken by Don & Bobbi Lionetti

Click here for 7 pictures in Budapest taken by Mike Urette

Click here for 7 pictures in Budapest taken by Grace Webster

Wednesday 15 Oct - Day 4 - Budapest

You were taken to the airport for the return flights. (B)


It is hoped that you have enjoyed viewing the 3128 pictures on this page that have been provided by Tom Baird, Dan Barney, Dan Halpin, George Kopcsak, Bobbi Lionetti, Jim Mathison, Dennis Rooney, Chip Smith, Mike Urette, Grace Webster, Bobbi Weiss, and Sam Weiss.  If you have some that you would like to add to these, please send them to Sam Weiss.

 

Who Went

Who Went Cadet Company Cabin Assignment Extended Stay
Adams, Glen & Jeri M-2 A 307
Alexander, Betsy A-2 B 240
Anselm, Don & Judy D-2 B 222 Prague
Bacon, Carl & Ann M-1 D 203
Baird, Tom & Judie C-1 C 208
Barney, Dan & Pam K-1 A 315 Budapest
Battle, Bren & Alice H-2 B 220 Prague &
Budapest
Brown, Ed & Rina D-1 A 301
Buckner, Dick & Trish I-2 A 318
Budge, Larry & Connie E-1 B 232
Cairns, Robert & Terry E-2 C 209
Campbell, Jack & Judy L-2 E 108
Carroll, Pat & Gerry E-1 B 236
Clarke, Dick & Gail K-1 A 309 Prague
Connolly, Jim & Linda C-2 B 216 Prague
Counts, Edward & Mildred H-1 A 320 Prague &
Budapest
Dalgleish, Bruce & Saundra A-1 D 201 Prague &
Budapest
Dorr, John & Stephanie K-1 A 321 Prague &
Budapest
Ekman, Michael & Ann K-1 E 106 Prague
Fischer, John & Carolyn F-1 B 229 Prague &
Budapest
Fishburne, Joe & Ginna M-1 B 217 Budapest
Fritz, Bud & Sheryl D-2 C 211 Budapest
Gabriel, Henmar & Susie D-1 B 228
Glass, Bob & Dawn G-2 B 227 Prague
Goodell, Eugene & Sharon B-1 E 102 Budapest
Grannemann, Rod & Jan L-1 A 311
Grisoni, John & Teri H-1 B 224 Budapest
Halpin, Dan & Maria G-1 B 221
Halstead, Bruce & Joanne K-1 B 219 Prague
Hansell, Charles & Karen G-2 A 308 Prague
Harmon, Jim & Carolyn I-1 D 206 Budapest
Harpold, Mike & Elaine G-2 E 105 Prague
Hodges, Hamp & Vicki C-1 D 200
Hoy, Pat & Ann I-1 A 314 Prague
Hyde, Gary & Button M-1 D 202
Java, John & Donna I-1 B 237 Prague
Kammerdiener, John & Ellen Leonard G-2 B 234
Kee, Bob & Ruth H-2 B 231 Prague &
Budapest
Kenny, Henry & Mary Frances K-2 D 207 Prague
Knoblock, Richard & Diane L-2 A 312  
Kopcsak, George & Michele B-1 E 100 Budapest
Lionetti, Don & Bobbi K-2 A 316 Prague
Lombardo, Michael & Veronika F-2 A 306 Budapest
Mace, David & Ann L-1 D 205 Prague
Mathison, Jim & Lorna C-2 B 223 Budapest
Maus, Mike & Coralinn A-1 E 109
McBee, Don & Janis F-1 B 225
McCann, Jay & Linda B-1 C 210 Prague
McLaughlin, John & Donna I-2 A 303 Prague
Meissner, Ken & Rachel B-2 C 212
Miller, Dave & Dot L-1 A 313 Prague
Mucho, Burke &
Sandra Shapiro
L-2 E 110
Paone, Lucy
Anne Gunsolus
A-2 A 300
Rauch, Frank & Joan F-1 C 214
Rooney, Dennis & Judith K-2 A 304
Schall, Judith & Van Gorder, Wendy E-1 A 305
Schultz, Brian & Joyce D-2 B 233 Prague
Shroyer, Bruce & Pat H-2 B 218 Prague &
Budapest
Skillman, John & Ellie A-2 B 235 Budapest
Smith, Chip & Sally H-2 B 239 Budapest
Solomon, John & Mary Jane G-1 D 204
Starsman, Ray & Marsha H-2 A 302
Stokes, Jim & Dolly H-2 A 319 Prague
Struve, James & Lou C-1 B 230 Prague
Urette, Mike & Karen K-2 A 317 Prague &
Budapest
Washington, Kathleen   E 107
Webster, Gary & Grace M-1 C 213 Budapest
Weiss, Samuel & Roberta I-1 B 226 Prague
White, Lyman & Cathy M-2 A 310 Prague &
Budapest
Wilder, Sam &
Phyllis
A-1 E 101
Williamson, Bill & Bobbie A-1 B 238
Witherspoon, Eugene & Georgia K-2 C 215

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1/14/2009