River Cruises, the BT Way

Photograph by ALA-Gator
Photograph by ALA-Gator

We finally got around to taking a look at our April issue of Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel. Our favorite item therein? Well, thanks for asking. We found Marilyn Holstein’s “Gently Down the Stream” suggestive, even inspiring. Holstein’s article is essentially a narrative of her river cruise journey from Nürnberg to Budapest.

We have to confess that we’ve never been cruise people. They’ve just never really appealed to us. But the thought of a small cruise wending its way down a river is infinitely more appealing than the thought of a massive jumbo ship lumbering across open seas. The intinerary Holstein describes is quite lovely, to boot. In addition to Nürnberg and Budapest, her cruise took in Kelheim, Regensburg, Passau, Melk, and Vienna. It’s not difficult imagining how gorgeous this journey would be during the summer.

For gold-star Cheapos, Holstein’s budget may be out of reach. The cheapest cabin we found on her Viking Lines cruise was $1799 for “E” class accommodations.

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Alex Robertson Textor
About the author: Bitten by the travel bug at 11, Alex Robertson Textor has fond childhood memories of ultracheap Spanish hotels (the kind with Styrofoam shelving) and supermarket lunches scarfed on park benches. Formerly an academic, Alex has spent the last several years redirecting his professional life into full-time travel journalism and editing. He has published articles in the New York Times, Guardian Unlimited, Condé Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications.
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