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

Excellence Princess | From Basel to Amsterdam – Day 4: Koblenz, Germany

Day 4: Koblenz, Germany

We left Rüdesheim in the early morning around 8:30am. I had set my alarm clock an hour early to be able to take some photos from castle Ehrenfels, the one that I had climbed up to yesterday, from the river perspective. Unfortunately, the weather was not as grand. Even though it was not raining, the sky was covered in grey and the air almost seemed a little misty. Not the best conditions for photographing, but if that is what I would have to work with, fine. Everything is better than rain! Continue reading

Excellence Princess | From Basel to Amsterdam – Day 3: Rüdesheim, Germany

Day 3: Rüdesheim, Germany

It was so longest stay so far during the river cruise from Basel to Amsterdam and for my taste, it could have been even longer. We had left Gambsheim around six o´clock in the evening before and passed the last lock on this journey during dinner time. While not being aware of it at all (despite the many locks we left behind), the Excellence Princess had mastered over 55 meters difference in elevation during the last two days. That is over half the height of the Statue of Liberty!

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