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Danube Delta

Just before the Danube River empties into the Black Sea, it splits into several arms, creating a delta that is shared by three countries: Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine (see my map on Page One).


Most cruise lines offer all-inclusive fares that cover cabin, three meals, wine with dinner, and various shore excursions costs. But tipping and cocktails are extra on most boats.

Shore excursions

The majority of passengers go on the boat's organized tours. Some prefer to explore on their own, which is easy to do in Danube River cruise port towns.

Theme cruises

They focus on a particular field of interest (such as opera) to enhance the cruising experience for like-minded passengers.


If possible, select a cruise line geared mainly for your particular language. The top 3 for the English-speaking market are Amawaterways, Avalon, and Viking.

Dress code

You will find it much more relaxed than on cruise ships. For nearly all Danube cruise boats, it's casual for shore excursions, dressy casual for dinner (for men, this means a collared tieless shirt with long pants - a jacket is optional though preferable). Leave the tux and gown at home.

River traffic

It's noticeably less dense on the Danube than on the Rhine River.


Enjoy listening to Johann Strauss' "Blue Danube" but ignore his color description. The river may have been blue in his days, but now, it's muddy hued.

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