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One final caution about river cruising

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

We never expected that this sculpture that greeted us in our Vienna hotel would “come to life” during our cruise.

Unlike large ocean going cruise ships, on the river the ships dock next to each other lengthwise sometimes even three deep – like this. You get to shore by walking THROUGH the other ships.

You are so close to your “neighbors” that on the top deck we have carried on conversations about life on our respective ships. On a German line, where unlimited beer is included, we’ve even been treated to a glass by our new found friends.

On the lower decks you have a clear view into your neighbor’s cabin. Depending on the layout of each ship, some cabins are right next to the lounge or dining room of the ship next door.

Can you tell where this is going?

Late one afternoon we and most of our cruise-mates were attending the Captain’s cocktail party in the lounge when a sudden gasp and shriek directed our attention out the window. There we all observed a couple engaging in some personal recreation without having closed their curtains.

There was quite a commotion in our lounge as a crowd all rushed over to one side of the ship. The couple was quite unaware that they had become the center of attention. Quickly a bartender closed OUR drapes.

River cruise ships are not likely to have the type of problems recently reported about ocean going vessels. There are only about 160 passengers and you are never out of sight of land. Just be careful that you are never IN SIGHT of others when you don’t want to be.
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