Lovely River with an element of risk

Viking Beyla Cruise Review to River Cruises - Europe

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 28

Overall rating:

4.7 out of 5
Viking Beyla

9 Night Elegant Elbe Westbound (Prague To Berlin)

Sail date: June 17, 2018

Ship: Viking Beyla

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 207

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

I would recommend this cruise with the knowledge that at certain times of year you are taking a risk that the water levels may be too low. We missed Decin for this reason but fortunately, we had no further problems. The Elbe is a beautiful river with very little traffic. We felt like we had it to ourselves.


4 out of 5
We couldn't embark from Decin as planned due to low water; fortunately, the bus trip to the next embarkation point was short and we had no problems after that.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
All really good. Lots of choices. The staff went out of their way to acquire a baked potato for my husband!

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Actually, I'm not sure there were any. But I did take the paddling trip so maybe that counts. It was fun to experience the river this way but perhaps a bit too long.


5 out of 5

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All are charming and very accommodating

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

Be prepared for the possibility of low water

Ports of call

Prague, Czech Republic

4 out of 5
loved Prague by Night! but it should be retitled Prague by Twilight. It barely got dark but I think twilight is better anyway.

Decin, Czech Republic Did not visit port

Missed it due to low water level; we started in Bad Schandau which was very pretty

Dresden, Germany

5 out of 5
Our guide was great!

Meissen, Germany

5 out of 5
The tour of the porcelein factory and museum defiintely exceeded my expectations; very interesting and beatiful. Meissen was a lovely town.

Wittenberg, Germany

4 out of 5
Another excellent guide. This stop was mostly a lecture about the Protestant Reformation

End Of Vacation

4 out of 5
Do you mean Berlin? The city tour was pretty good. The Intercontinental hotel was very nice! Love the Marlne Dietrich bar. Trip was over way too soon. I would have enjoyed another day or two of cruising but this is just not a long river


5 out of 5
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