Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Six
Day six of our Danube River cruise began with a brief disembarkation meeting in the Horizon Lounge after breakfast. We were told what time we were leaving the ship based on our transfer times and given luggage tags. We were asked to be out of our rooms by 9am two mornings hence but that the restaurant and lounge would be open to us. Some guests were staying on the ship until mid-afternoon.
At ten o’clock we were outside to meet our tour guide for the walking tour of Bratislava old town. We first walked through Hviezdoslav Square, a long, treed, rectangle primarily for pedestrians. Dotted with benches, fountains, restaurants, and bars, this square has been part of the city for over 1,000 years.
We rounded the east end of the square and into the old town. The old town is home to many churches, embassies, monuments, artworks, and cultural buildings. Strolling through it in the morning is charming. Our guide told us it can get rather rowdy in the evenings as many groups of young people come to the old town to party at the many bars.
After exploring on our own and up into the old city walls after the walking tour, we headed back to the ship for lunch.
Coffee and Cake with a Local
When I first read the itinerary for this river cruise, this next bit was the part I was looking forward to most. Most of the ship’s passengers got on buses and we headed out to the countryside. We were on the road for about an hour while our guide pointed out the local sights as we passed them. We eventually arrived in Šenkvice (pronounced Shenk-eh-veechay) and were broken up into groups of ten and dropped off at separate homes.
Our hostess gave us a tour of her property, a long thin piece of land with three homes on it, all belonging to her family members. The homes were separated by an orchard, vineyards, flowers, trees, berry bushes, a vegetable garden, and a chicken shed. She led us back to her patio (translation was ongoing by our guide) and served us coffee and homemade apple cake. She answered any questions we had and really seemed happy to have us there.
We returned to the ship on the buses and prepared for the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. They told us they didn’t have the reception and dinner on the last evening because everyone wants to get packing and ready for disembarkation the following morning.
After dinner, there was a fun game in the lounge called Liar’s Club, where you had to decide which of the crew was lying about something. We did not win but we had fun.
Did you miss Day Five, Vienna?