It is so easy to take the excellent Viking staff for granted when it all runs so smooth, but they really went above and beyond when it was decided that the Danube water level was too low to continue from Passau. Although it was disappointing to have to leave the ship and go by bus to Nuremberg, the Viking staff worked tirelessly to make our trip a success. Cruise Director Oliver and his staff need special mention for their outstanding work in getting all the hotel rooms sorted, all the tours completed and I’m sure most of the passengers still had a great time, we certainly did.
We were met at the airport by Viking staff and from that moment we were treated superbly, we really feel special where Viking staff are concerned. This is our third Viking trip, 2 river, and one Ocean. The Viking Egil is fairly new and was beautiful throughout. Veranda cabin is plenty large enough for two, lots of storage and that fabulous bathroom. We had chosen the Silver Bubbles package and from my second drink, the bar staff knew my cabin number and my preference and that was how it would be for the week. All the meals were well presented and very tasty, the Philippine chef even gave my wife and I some of their national dishes at times, which were superb.
We chose the included tours for most days and we were not disappointed with any of them. The guides were interesting and passionate about showing us the best of their cities. A special mention to the young lady, I am ashamed that I cannot remember her name, who toured us around Schonbrunn Palace. She was brilliant, so knowledgeable and enthusiastic, funny, and delightful to be around.
Even considering that the cruise portion ended three days early, this was still one of the best trips we have been on, my 14th cruise. We have already booked our next Viking cruise in China next year.
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