One Night in Budapest | The Perfect Guide for an Overnight Stay

Mondays are truly awful for celebrating birthdays. Especially, when you actually have a romantic weekend planned and there is no chance to extend the stay over Sunday. But when two nights is all you have, there still is a chance of making the best out of it. Join me on this fast-forward weekend escape to beautiful Budapest and learn how 24 hours can sometimes be enough for a perfect stay. Continue reading

Budapest | Hotel Nemzeti – M Gallery Collection by Sofitel

Budapest, sparkling gemstone on the Danube River and one of the most popular destinations for a romantic weekend for two. March may not be the most perfect time of year, but even when it is raining and snowing, there is so much to do and to explore. The only thing missing then is just the perfect hideaway to retreat to: Hotel Nemzeti combines an elegant yet homely accommodation in a lordly ambiance with an excellent access to public transportation and a fantastic price performance. Continue reading

Fantastic Waterways – New York City

There is no such thing as a mid-day arrival after a Transatlantic passage into the harbor of New York City and therefore a bucket list item for everyone! I remember how disappointed we were upon check-in in Southampton, that our scheduled overnight stay on the Bermudas had to be cancelled due to heavy storms over the Atlantic Ocean. And that the ship had to evade towards Madeira instead. But what was a tremendous frustration at first sight, turned out to be a marvelous day-time experience that most cruisers do not get to see when crossing the Atlantic. Continue reading

Frankfurt am Main | A Weekend in Mainhattan

Frankfurt, this is the place where I started my career as a flight attendant and where I spend almost six and a half years living in between flights. Back then, it surely was not my favorite place to be. But as May 2017 had already been some sort of trip to the past with my earlier visit to Dusseldorf, I decided to plan a romantic weekend around my birthday celebrations with my love in the city where it all began. And guess what? It has been better than ever… Continue reading

MS Excellence Princess | Dining Deluxe on the Rhine River

Food is one of the unquestionable temptations during a cruise and definitely one of the biggest success factors in the cruise industry. To me, it contributes massively to my well-being aboard and it is one of these things in life where a person´s passion and talent for his job as chef are unarguably measurable. And while the range of quality of onboard cooking can well differ from unspectacular to magnifique, I was more than happy to find out that Excellence Princess was lucky enough to have a chef that perfectly combined his talent, his passion for food and his motivation to strive for the best and who worked hard together with his team to deliver these high standards onto our plates. Continue reading

Mittelthurgau Travel | MS Excellence Princess Ship Tour

With an overall length of only 135 meters, Excellence Princess is actually one of the larger vessels floating on the European river network these days. Built in 2014, 186 passengers travel in luxurious outside cabins and junior suites in a highly familiar atmosphere, pampered with outstanding cuisine and first class service. I enjoyed a full week of Swiss hospitality on the Rhine River and I would most definitely go back onboard anytime. Continue reading

Excellence Princess | From Basel to Amsterdam – Day 7: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Day 7: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The ship reached port while I was still in Slumberland. It was a light sleep though as I could hear most of the maneuvering echoes through the steel walls of the exterior. It must have been around three or four in the early morning that we had finally reached Amsterdam and docked, as had finally fallen and I could continue to rest for a few more hours. Continue reading

Excellence Princess | From Basel to Amsterdam – Day 6: Duisburg, Germany

Day 6: Duisburg, Germany

The Ruhrpott, or also known as Pott, had always been Germany´s industrial area number one. While its iron and coal industry were major bombing targets during World War II, it served straight after again as the country´s primary industrial and electricity hub. Most of the coal-fired power stations had been closed due to the nation´s environmental politics decades ago, but a few of them are still in service these days, at least for a few more years. Continue reading

Excellence Princess | From Basel to Amsterdam – Day 5: Cologne, Germany

Day 5: Cologne, Germany

On the minute at 8:30am, Excellence Princess started her engines and the ship maneuvered from its anchoring position on the Mosel River right across the old town of Koblenz back into the Rhine River. The day started beautifully and the fortress throned brightly illuminated by the sun above the city. It would take us about 3 1/2 hours to overcome the roughly 110 kilometers that lied in-between Koblenz and our next stop, Cologne. Continue reading