Our arrival in Budapest, on Day #2 was very easy and we quickly had our bags and made our way to the Viking Cruise Line representative that was waiting for us. Our coach transfer took about 30 minutes for the airport to our ship, the Viking Legend which was waiting for us at the base of the Chain Bridge on the Pest side of the city.
Embarkation was nothing like arriving at a large cruise terminal. We were able to walk directly onto the ship, provide our names and were handed our key cards to our cabin. The small ship experience was beginning to grow on us already. A short walk down the hall from the Reception Desk and we were at our cabin # 233 with a French Balcony.
Our guide for the afternoon was George and he started our tour by taking us to St. Stephen's Cathedral in the heart of the Pest side of the city. From there he walked us through a pedestrian area and talked about the history of the Beda and Pest sides of the city. At the end of his walk we were given the option to stay in the city and explore or could follow George back to the ship. Having been up for over 24 hours we all elected to walk back to the ship.
Our next post will feature our full day of touring in Budapest!