We had an opportunity to take a trip to Salzburg but decided to stay aboard the AMALyra. The decision was based on several factors: 1) it is cold (33 degrees Farenheit); it is rainy; it is very foggy; all the shops are closed on Sundays (except the Christmas markets); four of the seven hours of the trip were on a bus; it cost $ 100 a person; I like to relax on the ship. The ship is not too far from Passau as I write this. The rest of the group will join us in Passau.
Continuing on in dense fog we passed one of several castles that would be visible under normal circumstances. We could not see most because of the fog. Despite the fog, I was able to get a picture of one of the castles standing on a hill above the Danube. It is currently occupied by members of the - yes - Hapsburg family.
After we docked in Passau we took an hour tour of Passau. We were unable to go inside St. Stephen's Cathedral, however, because of a Christmas concert.
I will expand on these items in a later report:
Room - Excellent. The bathroom is especially nice for a ship and standard room.
Staff - Excellent
Guides - charming, attractive (especially Kati at Melk) and excellent
Breakfasts - Excellent
Lunch - Very Good Plus
Light lunches in lounge - Excellent
• Main courses of regional food: Very Very good to Excellent
• Vegetables: Good regional choices
• Presentation: Excellent plus
• Service - Excellent
• Permanent menu items OK
• Hamburgers: started cooking yesterday. Inedible by me.
• White wines; good to very good
• Red wines - Poor to fair
• Overall: A delightful experience so far. Highly Recommended.