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Inaugural Voyage of the "Scenic Crystal"

Rhine Gorge - Rudesheim

25 April- Rhine Gorge - Rudesheim

Rhine Gorge - Rudesheim

We cruised all night back down the Moselle to Koblenz where we re-entered the Rhine River. All along the river are kilometer markers, Scenic Cruises provides us with a detail booklet of all the towns, castles and information on the area we are cruising through. They also have a commentary with the headsets that they provide in the room. These are tuned to GPS markers along the way. Very neat system. ( I will add the booklet information later on.)
stgoarSt.GoarTown St Goar Rhineon the rhine LoreleyLoreleyCastleKatzCastle KatzMouseMaus

The counts at the Castle Katz used to joke that they would eat the rival inhabitants of the Castle Maus just up the valley.

Breakfast was early and we ordered off the menu today, Eggs Benedict. Brought to us in a glass with Hollandaise sauce, different presentation.
Our cameras are ready today..., this morning we cruise through the spectacular Rhine Gorge, with its stunning vistas of castles perched above steep vine-covered slopes. While cruising along they serve a Rudesheim coffee around 10:30 am, ummmm. (One teaspoon brown sugar, one shot local Rudesheim liquor-Asbach-. coffee, whipping cream, sprinkles of chocolate and now just to sip slowly.
The information and KM markers start at Koblenz, about KM 592, and end up in Rudesheim (noon), about KM 526 . After we dock we head out for a tour of the city , several guests board the ‘Winzerexpress’ mini train for an Included guided visit of Siegfried’s Mechanical Musical Instrument Museum where you can then take a cable car to the Niederwald Monument.
winzerexpressRudesheimRestaurantteawinehouse
Instead we head out for our own walking tour. Many shops, restaurants and christmas stores. Of course wine shops all over as this is an area where wine vines cover the valley slopes.
Around 4:30 pm will be the christening of the Scenic Crystal. Here are a few pictures.
champagnesceniccrystalChristening Ceremony 2012
Tonight we dine at the Portobello's restaurant. Six course meal, it was very good. Afterward off to the lounge 9; 15 pm, where we experienced a Zither concert.

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