messmerb675

messmerb675
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Viking Atla

September 2017 - Viking Atla to River Cruises - Europe

1st Viking Cruise, won't be the last!!

A wonderful experience for this 1st time river cruise couple! We've taken several ocean cruises, and although it's different, it was very enjoyable. The tours included in the cruise were interesting and were kept to small groups.

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Celebrity Reflection

April 2015 - Celebrity Reflection to Europe - Mediterranean

Beautiful spotlessly clean ship, lots to do, crew was so friendly

We were a little nervous going on a ship that held 3,000 passengers, thinking that the service and food would not be great.  Nothing was further from the truth.  Our room was big, especially the bathroom.  The food was excellent.  The crew were so friendly, always said hello when you passed them.  The entertainment was pretty good.  The ports of call were great, our highlight was Ephesus which is a must-see.  My only complaint is that there was so much nickel and diming on the cruise.  You had to buy bottled water for 5 Euros when you could get it onshore for 1 Euro.  The premier restaurants charged extra, it was worth it.  But the lunch places, gourmet coffee bar, and gelatto stand charging extra too???  I also felt that the 18% gratuity on drink orders was a bit steep.  Then there's the complaint on every cruise about the exorbitant prices for the internet, no exception on this one. The food in the buffet was more than adequate and delicious.  Lots of seating in the buffet dining room which was nice.  The coffee was delicious in the buffet, too.  This was my first Celebrity cruise and I will definitely book again.

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messmerb675's Tips

Vienna, Austria - Highlight of the cruise for me was the private, Viking passengers only, Mozart/Strauss concert in the Kimpskey palace. Don't miss that!!!!!
Budapest, Hungary - Loved Budapest. We took the 2 day after-cruise package and took a wonderful food tour that I found on Trip Advisor which went through the Jewish ghetto.
Regensburg, Germany - Loved this small Bavarian town. Don't miss the sausage sandwiches and beer and the abbey excursion.
Viking Atla Viking Atla - Get to the dining room on time! Also, most passengers found out after they checked in that we had a shipboard credit. If we had known about that ahead of time, we would have used it to purchase some optional excursions and drinks package that we paid for before the cruise. I wouldn't buy anything in advance from now on in case we get an onboard credit the next time. You don't have to worry about optional excursions selling out.
Naples, Italy - Nothing special unless you book an excursion to Capri or the coast.
Mykonos, Greece - Another Greek white city. Good for walking around and calamari
Istanbul, Turkey - Go to Topkai Palace when it opens, and run to the cafe and enjoy a coffee overlooking the bay.

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shared a quick tip for Viking Atla"Get to the dining room on time! Also, most passengers found out after they checked in that we had a shipboard credit. If we had known about that ahead of time, we would have used it to purchase some optional excursions and drinks package that we paid for before the cruise. I wouldn't buy anything in advance from now on in case we get an onboard credit the next time. You don't have to worry about optional excursions selling out."

reviewed their River Cruises - Europe cruise on Viking Atla and gave it 4.7 stars!

added Sep 24, 2017 cruise on Viking Atla to their profile.

received a helpful vote on their Celebrity Reflection cruise review - Beautiful spotlessly clean ship, lots to do, crew was so friendly

checked in for the roll call for Oct 18, 2018 cruise on Queen Mary 2!

checked in for the roll call for May 7, 2017 cruise on Allure of the Seas!

received a helpful vote on their Celebrity Reflection cruise review - Beautiful spotlessly clean ship, lots to do, crew was so friendly

received a helpful vote on their Celebrity Reflection cruise review - Beautiful spotlessly clean ship, lots to do, crew was so friendly

received a helpful vote on their Celebrity Reflection cruise review - Beautiful spotlessly clean ship, lots to do, crew was so friendly

received a helpful vote on their Celebrity Reflection cruise review - Beautiful spotlessly clean ship, lots to do, crew was so friendly