Valeryand
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Viking Kvasir

May 2016 - Viking Kvasir to River Cruises - Europe

Nice and relaxing

We sailed from Amsterdam to Basel in the end of May! It was a very nice and relaxing vacation. We stayed for 2 days in Amsterdam before cruise. And I recommend it highly. Not only because Amsterdam is such lovely and very different city. But it also helps you to get over your jet lag, that is, of course, lf you fly from US. The ship is great, very clean, contemporary interior design, done in pastel pleasing colors. State rooms are tiny, but very comfortable. Service is impeccable, the cru is wonderful, just terrific people, everyone of them. Soooo pleasant and extremely accomodating, it looks like they absolutely love what they do. FOOD! Food is fantastic! Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Coffee and little baked snacks are always available for you in a lobby. We enjoyed all inclusive excursion, and took 2 optional, Mercedes Benz factory (Phenomenal!!!) and Town of Colmar(Magic). The only thing I object is the timing of the excursions. Much much too early! And the ship most of the time does not live until very late. To me, that was the only detrimental point. At night, after dinner in a lounge, it is very nice to relax, have a drink, listen to the music and dance a little. You don't feel like going to bed early. Getting up in the morning at 7 am is not my ideal vacation. Of course we did and went to see every beautiful place, I think we have not gotten more then 5, 6 hours of sleep. This is the only thing I would change.  If it were up to me. In Basel we also stayed for 2 days, and it is good idea too. We were there before, but to come such a long way, it seemed not right to go home straight from the ship. Altogether it was very enjoyable trip. I am sure you,ll love it just like we did!

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Viking Pride

September 2015 - Viking Pride to Europe

Relaxing vacations.

Just came back from Normandy cruise on Viking Pride. Did not know what to expect, previously took only ocean cruises. The first impression was the shock of how old and drabby this boat was. Badly needs refurbishing and brighter interior design. We came to Paris with an early flight, Viking rep was there, did not have to wait for a long time, they drove us to the boat, wich is parked about 20 min from Paris center. Our room was not ready and we waited in the lounge, they have good coffee machine and fresh pastries every morning, if you don't wish to go to the restaurant for breakfasts On the speakers they mostly have Sinatra, and at the lounge at night, one guy plays piano and sings. Also mostly American music. I would have liked to listen to Piaff or Aznavour, to feel more in France. We took short nap, and went along the Siene to Eiffel Tower, just 10 min of easy walk. Next day we took the tour of the city, it was great, came back to the ship, had lunch and went back to the center of Paris. Paris is very easy to enjoy by foot, the river and Bridges will not let you to get lost. Have the map with you. The itinerary was nice, we always wanted to go to Rouen, to see Cathedral, it is spectacular! Do not miss light show, unforgettable sight! The food was OK. Stuff is great. On the board, is not much to do, quite boring, but I compare  this cruise with Ocean cruises, splendid ships, shows, bars, restaurants, dancing, tons of activity and if you want to go inside some country to see charming country sides and lovely towns, river cruises is a good way to do it. Also, about 95 percent of passengers are older people, I can understand the popularity of this cruises. It is easy and relaxing as you get to see a lot, sometimes 2 towns in one day. If I go again, I definitely would take a newer boat.

 

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Royal Princess

January 2015 - Royal Princess to Caribbean - Southern

Bedt way to celebrate New Year!

 

 

Our cruise actually was a New Year cruise, it is started on Dec 29th. Out of Ft Lauterdale. Came late at night and stayed overnight at nearby Hotel, after breakfast took the taxi to the port, about 5 min. Boarding  process was horribly organized, hundreds of people waited for the doors to open to get registered. Once on the ship, we were amazed at the utter luxury an beauty of the ship. Incredible!  Our room was nice, we always have the one with the balcony. Ports were great, beautiful islands, we went swimming everywhere, except for Barbados, liked it very much. It was terrific wacation, Lott of fun, music, dancing, just great! One thing we hated, was the food. It was awful! You know how there are always so many choices on these cruises, but everything we tried was awful, is it because they are now partners with Carnival? I don't know. Hope they have improved, I am sure many people complained. I remember one guy said to the waiter : I would not feed my dog with the food you, guys, serve here: I thought it was not quite fair, my dog would have loved it.😄 other then that, we  had great time, it was our second New Year cruise and I hope to do it again!

 

 

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Valeryand's Tips

Viking Kvasir Viking Kvasir - Bring very casual and comfortable clothes, and, of course super comfortable shoes. The streets are all cobble stone, very uneven surface, sneakers would work the best. Wear layers, so you can easily remove something or put on, as in the morning it can be plain cold, much warmer later on in a day.

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reviewed their River Cruises - Europe cruise on Viking Kvasir and gave it 4 stars!

shared a quick tip for Viking Kvasir"Bring very casual and comfortable clothes, and, of course super comfortable shoes. The streets are all cobble stone, very uneven surface, sneakers would work the best. Wear layers, so you can easily remove something or put on, as in the morning it can be plain cold, much warmer later on in a day."

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reviewed their Caribbean - Southern cruise on Royal Princess and gave it 5 stars!

reviewed their Europe cruise on Viking Pride and gave it 3 stars!

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