Ship-spotting along the Danube

Our recent river cruise along the Danube aboard Tauck’s Swiss Jewel gave us ample experiences to remember forever – along with a great chance to do some ship-spotting as we sailed from Budapest, Hungary to Prague, Czech Republic. And even though we sailed at the start of fall, the river cruise season was still in full swing.

Here’s a look at some of the river cruise ships we encountered along the way, from the sparlking new to tried-and-tested favorites.

Tauck’s Swiss Jewel, docked in beautiful Durnstein, Austria. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Viking Legend arrives in Budapest, Hungary. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

… where she joins Viking Idun, one of Viking River Cruises’ new Longships. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Viking Idun at her Budapest berth at night. Note the amount of glass used in these new Longships. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

We encountered Viking Legend again while she was transiting a lock … Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

… and Viking Idun again in Melk, Austria. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Tauck’s Swiss Jewel alongside in Linz, Austria. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

The striking Excellence Royal leaves Vienna, Austria. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

Plenty of ships – including A’ Rosa’s DONNA, are still tied up at sunset in Bratislava, Slovakia. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

AmaWaterways’ AmaDante sails through the magnificent Wachau Valley. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

The stern of the brand-new AmaCerto, as seen in Regensburg, Germany. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

AmaBella bathes in the glow of sunrise in Regensburg, Germany on October 6, 2012. Photo © 2012 Aaron Saunders

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