The Danube cruise begins north west of Budapest.
The new riverboat moves very smoothly through the water and does not leave a very large wake. It is driven by electric motors which are very quiet. An onboard diesel engine generates the electricity so that a very long extension cord is not required. It does have an extension cord so that it can plug into the city power when it is in port.
The little buoy on the left-hand side of the picture is a channel marker to separate upstream traffic from downstream traffic.
The sides of the river vary from sandy beaches to steep cliffs.
The wheelhouse on the riverboat can be lowered down below the level of the deck to clear low bridges when the water level is high. All of the deck chairs are moved down to the lower level and even the railings can be folded down flat.
In December the sun sets early. And, the heater is turned on to warm up your reserved seat on deck.