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Paul Motter December 17th, 2012 03:54 AM

Christmas Markets Cruise - continued
Christmas Markets Cruise - continued
by Paul Motter

A pre-Christmas winter cruise to Europe to see the traditional Christmas Markets of Vienna, Budapest, Salzburg and more

A food stall in Bratislava Christmas market
Viking River Cruises Longboats

I am currently on a Christmas Markets cruise on the Danube from Budapest to Passau, Germany - near Munich. I gave my first report on Monday, and now it is time for an update.
But first a little more about the vessel. I took a Danube cruise just last summer, but on a previous-generation river boat.

Now I am on the newest model Viking River "Longboat," and I am amazed at how quickly the technology has changed.

We all know river cruises have become the fastest growing sector in the cruise industry. Part of that success must be attributable to these new riverboats. Viking River is just one of many popular river cruise lines, But the company alone already has an order for 18 of these new Longboats - an astounding number - to be built and put into service between now and 2016.

Trip December 17th, 2012 09:07 AM

Wow Paul, all I can say is these river boats are beautiful! Not anything like I had pictured in my mind. There is a sense of luxury, I just never associated with cruising the rivers.

Did you find that most of the cruisers onboard with you, were more seasoned cruisers? Maybe some European first timers? I would expect that for U.S. first timers, this would not be in their mindset as they research cruisers.

I looked through your gallery, and, the shots are just wonderul. A slice of the holiday season, from a different perspective. Really enchanting. Thanks

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