This is the latest in a series of travel photos inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. The theme of this week’s Photo Friday is TWO (in honor of the hashtag’s second anniversary).
At the beginning of this month, I spent 12 days on the River Adagio, a river ship operated by Grand Circle Travel that plies the Lower Danube. I was covering the trip for the website, Cruise Critic, and you’ll be able to read my full review over there shortly.
One thing that I enjoy about small ship cruising is that you can stop in ports where larger vessels would never be able to go. Case in point: Vidin, Bulgaria, where this shot was taken. It was probably the poorest stop on our five-country itinerary, but the program directors on our cruise took the opportunity to educate us about Bulgaria’s particular plight within the former Eastern bloc countries and introduce us to a local who gave us her perspective.
One thing that people don’t always know before they take a river cruise is that the lack of berths in some towns mean that ships often have to tie up next to each other. In this case, Uniworld’s River Countess is next to GCT’s River Adagio. The former is much newer (and more expensive) than the latter, and so we were able to glimpse Uniworld’s chandeliers, wallpaper and hotel-style beds with a touch of envy. At least that was a better view than one couple on our ship had – they opened their window to find themselves staring into the faces of a couple on the other ship who had forgotten to close the blinds!
In order to disembark, passengers on the outlying ship must somehow pass through the vessel closer to the dock. During the trip, I witnessed ships rigging up elaborate routes so people from each ship wouldn’t run into each other. For example, a German cruise line docked next to us had their passengers walk up and over our top deck before coming down to the gangplank. That’s in total contrast to what I saw on the Nile River, when we were allowed to walk through the lobbies of the different ships and gawk at them all.
Stay tuned for more about my trip in the next few weeks.
Would you go on a river cruise?