The amazing staff of Viking Egil from the captain to our room attendant made this trip outstanding. The Program Director Oliver is fun, organized and very helpful. The waitstaff are so attentive, helpful and friendly. Milan and Angie deserve a huge thank you.
The beauty of the Danube is inspiring.
At the top of the list of complements Wong be the Eigl crew and staff. From the always cheerful Captain, to the seriously committed Tour Director and the Wait and Housekeeping staff, everyone bent over backwards to make our "visit" both comfortable and thoroughly informative.
Accommodations on the Eigl were excellent. For example, and oddly, the bathroom in our cabin, though a bit smaller than the one at the Corinthia Hotel in Prague, actually was considerably easier to navigate, with more shelving for toiletries, and a more logically designed shower.
The "wall of glass" leading out to the private porch just added to the pleasure.
You've got to ride this boat!!
Our favorite part of the cruise was the congeniality of the guests as well as the wait staff.
Since this was our first river cruise in Europe, we were surprised at the amount of time spent in each port. Unlike conventional cruising and Chinese river cruising, the ship was not in port for any length of time. I would have preferred more time in the ports.
Also we were very unhappy that we paid $99 per person to "see" the Lipizzaner Stallions. We saw the stallions in their stables and the performance hall but alas no performance. The jockeys did not even work on Monday, the day we attended this optional excursion. Information very misleading.
Program Director, Anthony was great as well as our waiter, Florian.
This is a wonderful trip on the Danube River. We visited three lovely capital cities along the way. The ship is one year old and in top shape - like new. The entire ships staff were very courteous, professional, friendly and they exceeded our expectations, This includes the Captain and his crew, Hospitality and housekeeping, chief and wait staff, tour directors, guides, drivers and ground personnel. We felt we were well cared for and often pampered.
The overall Amenities on board were very good. The ship was designed very well
and the seating arrangements in the Lounge and Dining area allowed choice
for different moods. The Food was very Good with plenty of variety. We found September to be an excellent time of year, neither too hot or cool. The general History of the area was fascinating and made the trip somewhat educational. The
scenery was very nice , not breathtaking but very Nice.. The staff was very attentive and pro actively asked if there was anything you wanted or that they could do for you.
Each evening, my wife and I posed the question to ourselves, What could Viking have done to make this day better? Each time, the response was the same--Nothing! Now, I shy from the word "perfect", but everything the crew did for us, all of the local tour guides, the restaurant and staff, and especially our PD, Anthony, made the entire experience comfortable, informative, and pleasurable. The physical ship was designed and outfitted to make time on-board easy and efficient. Our balcony stateroom, while understandably "cozy", had every amenity easily at-hand and convenient. We might have liked a little more personal time at some of the individual ports, but balanced against the benefit of having a single accommodation for the entire trip, and the opportunity to see so many different beautiful towns/cities, it is a small complaint. We came away knowing we would be using Viking again--soon.
The personalized attention, the sceneryand the beautiful stops, and of course the excursions. I was disappointed with the balcony. Half the time in port we were next to another ship and couldn't sit on it and had to close the drapes so the room was dark. It wasn't worth it. I would have liked it if the beds had a cover sheet.
I would definitely recommend this cruise or any cruise with Viking.
The ship was great, the personnel was very attentive, and the food was terrific. The captain did everything possible to get us to certain sites by bus when we couldn't get to them by boat . Very happy to have taken this cruise. The excursion to see the Lip..horses was a bust. Waste of money.
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