Jane McDonald has been everywhere in the globe on cruise ships. In Channel 5’s Cruising with Jane McDonald, she joined a luxury Danube river cruise.
Jane was travelling on the Amaverde, a 5* ship from APT with 4 decks, able to carrying 160 passengers.
As soon as she boarded in Budapest, Jane was impressed, exclaiming: “Well, that is fairly fabulous!”
Her luxury room included champagne and fresh flowers and there have been even two balconies to admire the views of the river.
The elegant cabin was a world away from Jane’s room as a crew member, which she described as “in regards to the size of a wardrobe!”
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Jane’s Danube adventure began within the evening which the cruise expert said she generally preferred.
She told viewers: “A night sail away like this provides you time to unpack, clean up in that king size bathroom after which emerge on deck.
“Take a look at how beautiful Budapest is at night. It’s a totally different atmosphere, it’s magical.”
The incredible ship included a plunge pool and putting course but there was one activity that Jane couldn’t wait to experience.
She said: “The Captain’s Table is at all times the place to go. That was the seat to get. However the Chef’s Table has absolutely taken over from that now.
“Since the chef, I feel, is an important person on the ship. Sorry to captains everywhere in the world!
“The Chef’s Table is the very best of the very best food and the very best of the very best wines that you’ll get.”
The exclusive experience can seat as much as 24 diners but guests can only do it once per cruise trip.
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Jane said: “It pays to book it as soon as you board to secure a spot. Amazingly, you don’t should pay anything extra for this experience, it’s all included in the worth.”
The chef cooked a delicious six course tasting menu and every course was paired with its own wine.
As Jane joined the opposite guests on the table she said: “I really like this latest Chef’s Table now, since the poor Captain used to should have dinner with so many individuals.”
Afterward in her trip, Jane got an early begin to see one among the Danube’s most impressive sights.
Because the ship passed through the imposing Iron Gates, a naturally occurring gap within the river, Jane could see Serbia and Romania on either side of the bank.
Unfortunately for Jane, she had to go as much as the highest deck at 5:30am to see it and joined other guests in her dressing gown.
She said: “It’s breathtaking. The view is totally stunning. The Danube is just amazingly tranquil and peaceful and calm. Even when it isn’t actually blue. If that doesn’t make you are feeling good, then there’s something mistaken with you!”
Jane explored Budapest, Bratislava, Belgrade and several other other intriguing Danube spots on her cruise.