Are You Ready To Sail From Vienna to Budapest?
The countdown is on! It’s time to start planning all those little details that will make our OUTbound cruise along the Danube from Vienna to Budapest even more exciting! Below are a few things to help you make the most of your vacation with us. As always, if you have any questions that we haven’t covered, or have a special request, hit us up… either by phone at 916.683.1000 or email us at info@iamOUTbound.com.
Let’s get started!
Since our Budapest Pride Cruise sails round trip from Vienna, flights couldn’t be easier!
Simply log onto your favorite airline’s website or app, select the ’round trip’ option, enter the city where you live (or the city you will be leaving from), enter Vienna (VIE) as your destination and start looking at flights! Honestly, airfare for this one is super easy since most major carriers (or their code share partners) fly in and out of Vienna daily.
Getting to the Ship
Reichsbrücke Dock (Bridge Dock) Address: Handelskai 265, 1020 Wien, Austria
By Taxi: Rates for taxis can often range from €25 to €35 depending on the time of day, and are readily available as you exit the Basel airport on the arrivals (ground) level.
By Rideshare: Uber is available all over Switzerland. Uber fares from the Vienna airport to our ship docked at the Reichsbrücke Dock (Bridge Dock) will often run anywhere from €20 to €30, depending on the time of day and traffic.
Boarding officially begins at 4:00pm local time on July 19th, but you are free to arrive at our ship at any time after 12:00pm noon. In the event your stateroom is not ready prior to 4:00pm, feel free to drop your bags at the reception desk, grab a drink from the bar and relax in the panoramic lounge or head up top to the sun deck to recover from your long travel day.
Tipping Our Hosts
Tipping is the ONLY thing not included with your OUTbound vacation. We never want to dictate anyone’s generosity or decide how much you think YOUR experience with a crew member, waitstaff or tour guide was worth. How much to tip depends on the type of service you receive and your personal experience.
During our trip together, you’ll come into contact with many different servers and hosts. At the end of each day’s guided tour, you’ll have the chance to tip our guide and driver whatever you feel your experience was worth.
Onboard our ship, you’ll receive an envelope in your stateroom on the last night of our cruise before disembarking the next morning in Amsterdam. It’s here where you will have the opportunity to leave a tip that will be split among the crew… waitstaff, bartenders, room stewards and the entertainment staff.
A general rule of thumb for tipping the ship’s staff is €10 per day, per person.
However, if your experience warrants something more, then by all means feel free to be as generous as you would like. If you feel that any individual in particular has gone above and beyond in making your experience something extra special, then we encourage you to reach out to them directly and let them know how much you appreciated their service during our time together.
What Money Should You Bring?
Austria & Slovakia
Both Austria and Slovakia are members of the European Union and one of 23 countries that use the Euro (abbreviated €) as their national currency.
Hungary’s official currency is Hungarian Forint (HUF). Many stores and restaurants will accept Euros as well, but the exchange rates at such places often don’t follow bank rates, and won’t be in the favor of customers. Also, if you are paying in Euros, be prepared to get the change in Forints.
You can also use your credit or debit card as well throughout our trip, as credit cards are widely accepted everywhere in the countries we are visiting. However, remember that there will be additional bank charges upon usage and even a foreign transaction fee in some cases, depending on your bank.
If we’ve learned anything over these last couple of years, it’s that the world can be an uncertain place at times. While you’re never required to buy travel insurance, it’s a good idea and we recommend all OUTbounders consider protecting your hard-earned vacation money. The price of your coverage will depend on a few factors, including the cost of the trip, what state you live in, how long before the trip departs, and if you have any pre-existing or underlying health conditions, to name a few.
Some reasons why you might buy travel insurance include:
- Cancel for Any Reason
- Unexpected Work Requirements
- Personal or Family Illness
OUTbound does not provide travel insurance. However, we always recommend using a third-party insurance carrier to provide your coverage.