Arrival in Passau and exploring our ‘floating hotel’
The starting point of the journey was the university town of Passau. Once there we parked in the Globus Group parking lot. Interesting fact: three rivers – the blue Danube, the green Inn and the black Ilz – meet in Passau. From there, a shuttle bus took us to Passau Racklau, where MS Normandie was ready and waiting for us. The check-in was done very quickly and before the first stage meeting in the afternoon we had enough time to move into our cabin and explore the ship.
At the stage meeting, which was held in German and English, we were told about the route for the following day. Two routes were available, a slightly lighter and slightly heavier track. Jan, our tour guide, knew the routes really well and his insider tips were worth their weight in gold. After the meeting, the crew introduced themselves during a welcome cocktail and we ended the first evening with a cosy dinner.