Viking Embla Cruise Review to River Cruises - Europe

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5 out of 5

Viking Embla River Cruise

Sail Date: March 24, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: 233

This was our first river cruise, and Viking certainly lived up to it;s reputation of being one of the finest.  We were very happy with the ship, staff, itinerary and side trips.  From the time we were picked up at the airport by the Viking staff until our departure, we were well cared for both on and off the ship.  The cruise director, captain and crew, waiters, room stewards, and the entire staff did everything possible to make sure that we were enjoying our trip.  Happy

Our visit to the Lazar Horse Farm outside Budapest was the perfect end to a wonderful vacation.  This was my new best friend, it was love at first sight.

Cabin / Stateroom
The Veranda Stateroom was lovely as I stated above.

Embarkation and Disembarkation
Unbelievable!! We arrived in Amsterdam in the morning to find at least six or more Viking representatives waiting for us with smiling faces. We have never felt so well taken care of on any cruise or trip we have taken, and we have done a lot of travelling. We were at the Embla quickly to find our cabins ready and food available. Disembarkation was just good with our bus waiting right outside the ship to take us to the airport. Once there, Viking reps took care of our luggage, stayed with us to help with the boarding passes, and cheerfully send us on our way.
Ship Quality
The beautiful Vikeng Embla was a sleek, modern ship. Our veranda cabin was lovely with every space designed to be useful. We had plenty of closet and drawer space, and the shower was actually large enough to be able to bend over and retrieve dropped soap. Our cabin steward, Corina, was one of the best we've ever had. Nothing was too much trouble, and she was great at working around our schedule.
Destinations and Excursions
The destinations and excursions were wonderful. We especially loved the concert in Vienna, and the Lazar horse farm in Budapest.
Onboard Activities
The onboard activities were not for those who are looking for the excitement of a large cruise ship. River cruising is meant to be relaxing and our cruise allowed us to enjoy each other's company each night in the lounge with occasional local talent brought in to entertain. An better area, suitable for playing cards would have been appreciated, but with such an active daily schedule, we were happy to have the laid back atmosphere. The wonderful 24 hour specialty coffee/beverage brewer and homemade cookies and muffins were much appreciated.
Children's Programs NA
Our on board entertainer was an amazing talent, providing us with everything from lovely background music, to lively pop music to enjoy or dance to. We also enjoyed the special local talent which came on board in several ports to entertain us.
Service and Staff
The entire staff was wonderful! They went out of their way to provide prompt cheerful service in every phase of the cruise.
Food and Dining
The food quality was excellent with many diversified selections at each meal. We especially enjoyed the local food and drinks which were offered on many occasions.
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Kinderdijk, Netherlands
We were all determined to get off and enjoy the windmills at Kinderdijk, so we took our large Viking umbrellas and started out. Unfortunately, it was cold, windy, and pouring rain, so many of us tried but decided it wasn't worth getting soaked. If it's raining and cold, I would pass because quite a few of us got colds.
Cologne, Germany
Koblenz, Germany
Lovely, but I would advise against the castle tour and ride the cable car to the fortress instead. The ground was wet in the castle and the walk was slippery and treacherous. Several people fell because there was nothing to hold on to once you started down the walk to return. We felt that our tour guide should have let people know about those conditions before we were in that situation.
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Miltenberg, Germany
Wurzburg, Germany
Bamberg, Germany
Nuremberg, Germany
Regensburg, Germany
Passau, Germany
One of our favorite towns. St Stephens Catherdral is one of the most beautiful we've ever seen. Don't miss it!
Melk, Austria
Krems, Austria
Vienna, Austria
This is a great stop because it's easy to leave the ship and travel by subway into the city to visit the various sites. We went to the big art museum, and although it had a wonderful Egyptian exhibit, and a lot of art, we were told that there was a nearby art museum with lots of Impressionist paintings which would have been more to our liking.


The Viking Embla was a newer, modern ship. We loved he idea of the veranda, but we didn't really use it much because of the locks and cool weather. I feel that a French Balcony would have been fine also because you still have the large sliding glass doors which open to the outside.

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