On a Danube River cruise, you’ll have the chance to see a large portion of Europe. Many great cities line the river, inviting cruisers to explore their culture, dining, art, history, and architecture. In addition, other sites and sights await, ensuring every moment along the Danube is memorable.
Prepare for the diverse Danube
Packing for a European river cruise on the Danube is one of the most important parts of getting ready for your journey. The river covers a lot of ground as the European Union’s longest river. It also visits more countries than any other river in the world. The Danube runs through or along Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine. The river is massive, at just over 2,800 km in length. Comparatively, the distance from North to South in the United States is close to 2,600 km.
What we mean to say by all this is that the Danube features a wide range of cities, countries, and peoples along its course. With all that diversity also come different climates -- something one should be prepared for when taking a Danube River cruise. Here, we’ve listed the most important things to pack so you won’t have to worry, or make unexpected purchases, on your voyage.
Pack for every occasion with layers
Don’t overdress for your Danube cruise
As with many things nowadays, dress codes are relaxing and casual clothing has become the predominant way to dress for the majority of occasions. Danube cruises are no exception -- on board most ships, you’ll want to be dressed practically for whatever adventure awaits. We typically recommend our guests bring along a dress or a nice pair of trousers paired with a button-up, polo, or blouse for any nice dinners on the ship. When in doubt -- and whatever you choose to wear -- smart casual is a good, flexible option to take on anything the day may bring.
Bring interchangeable clothes to get the most bang-for-your-buck
Most of our cruise lines feature laundry rooms or services, so you won’t need to pack as many clothes. To help you get the most out of the clothes you do bring, we recommend packing clothing separates that can easily be worn with other items in your wardrobe. Going with a color scheme is one of the most popular ways to do this, so you’ll never have to worry about mismatched items.
Aside from these major things, packing as light and as organized as possible is always the way to go when traveling Europe. It’ll help you navigate smaller hallways, rooms, and elevators. Always be sure to consult one of our European cruise experts to ensure you pack accordingly for your voyage and the time of year. We hope these tips will help you make the most of your Danube River cruise experience, and wish you the best travels!