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AmaWaterways Day 3 from Natalie.

Day 3

Farewell Romania, welcome back to Bulgaria! Today we were sailing all morning travelling back to Bulgaria, in total 188 miles of Danube cruising. Lucky for us the sun was shining high in the sky which meant that it was pool time, but before I get to that……..

Starting in reception, we have a large glass elevator which goes to deck 2, 3 & to the restaurant, it doesn’t serve the cabins on deck 1. It is one of the beautiful focal points with a swooping staircase on each side. Walking towards the front of the ship, passing reception you come into the main lounge where you have complimentary tea, coffee, water & ice tea available all day.

The bar is in the lounge, a dance floor and the most gorgeous soft, plush sofas and cushions perfectly placed to frame the lounge with the panoramic views. Right at the very front of the ship there is an al fresco seating area. Heading up the stairs to the sun deck, there is plenty of seating available, this is one of my favourite areas on the ship, as you walk passed the wheelhouse and up the stairs to see the pool with glass screens to protect from the wind, walking towards the aft, passing a giant chess board, sun loungers and a huge canopy area if you wanted some shade.

Back down to the decks and we have 3 passenger cabin decks (1, 2 &3), the highest deck is deck 3 where you will find 4 suites, twin balcony cabins and French balcony cabins, the lowest deck is deck 1 where all cabins are picture windows. At the aft we have a speciality restaurant with a glass show kitchen where you watch the chef prepare your evening meal. (I’m booked in here for Sunday so will let you know how I get on). A gym, massage room and hairdressers onboard too!

Early risers was available in the main lounge from 06:30 – 07:30, the main breakfast was available in the restaurant 07:30 – 09:30 and there was also late risers in the main lounge from 09:30 – 10:30, so I could take my pick on the alarm time this morning knowing that we had a leisurely morning onboard the ship. This was the first long stretch of sailing we were going to experience in the trip, so far we had travelled from Rousse to Giurgiu which was only 1.25 miles! So I was looking forward to the day ahead.

Dragan hosted a morning talk in the main lounge at 10:30 that explained about the afternoon ahead and the next few days. After this it really was pool time. I headed up to the sun deck and it was lovely to see lots of guests enjoying the sailing in the sunshine. Some guests were using the walking track, a little fact for you – if you walk around the track 16 times you would have covered a mile – so in my mind this means an extra piece of cake during afternoon tea! There were guests making use of the giant chess board and other just relaxing taking in the beautiful scenery as we meandered along the Danube. Lunch was served at 12:30 and you could go to the restaurant or the main lounge for a lighter option.

At 14:00 we docked in the town of Vidin, based in northern Bulgaria. When it came under the Turkish rule in the 16th century, Vidin became the largest town in Bulgaria and one of the biggest ports along the Danube. It was only in the 19th century that Vidin was returned to Bulgaria by the Romanian army. Our tour today took us on an hours drive to Belogradchik, it’s a small white town nestled in the picturesque Stara Planina Mountains. Gigantic rock formations were shaped by nature over a period of 230 million years…..we hiked up to the very top point to reveal the most stunning views! (Photo attached). This was just my perfect excursion, adventure, burning off some calories from lunch and amazing views!

After making my way back down to join the coach we went to Baba Vida, it is regarded as the best preserved medieval stone fortress in Bulgaria. We were treated to a local play in the fortress where they acted out the history of the fortress…..this only happens for AmaWaterways guests! It was time to go back to the ship and dress for dinner.
Dinner of course brought another wonderful evening of delicious cuisine, (menu attached). We were then given an extra treat to a very special evening. The Children of Vidin came onboard with their enchanting Folk performance in the main lounge. It was superb, they did dancing and singing, even got guests up to dance a traditional dance. It really brought all of the guests together and we all thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

So in 2 days, I have already travelled to Romania and now Bulgaria (again)……tomorrow is a very exciting day and one of the highlights (so I am told) of the whole trip – sailing through the Iron Gates!
Night from me……..

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