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Viking Hemming Cruise Review to River Cruises - Europe
Experience: 7+ cruises
Review: 1
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Overall Rating:

4.5 out of 5
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Viking Hemming

9 Night Portugals River Of Gold (Lisbon To Porto)

Sail Date: December 14, 2018

Ship: Viking Hemming

Cabin Type: Balcony

Cabin Number: 305

Traveled As: Couple

Reviewed: 8 months ago

Review Summary

This 'cruise' is different from most other Viking River cruises in that several of the ports were relatively undeveloped and uninteresting. They were docking ports and we had long bus rides to visit the wineries and attractions. We did enjoy Lisbon and Porto, as well as Salamanca in Spain. We will likely visit them separately in the future rather than taking a river cruise.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Well organized, very efficient

Ship Experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Seafood dishes were expertly prepared, meat dishes and deserts were just okay.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5
Could not use the pool in December (to be expected). Deck activities were also limited.

Entertainment

5 out of 5
We had lunch at a restaurant where we had a wonderful Fado performance (included in the Viking itinerary). There was also an onboard performance by a University Tuna band that was very energizing and entertaining.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Very friendly, attentative room stewards and waiters. There were three Program Directors - very competent and excellent. The captain was also very friendly and engaging with the patrons.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5
Generally very good, rainy weather did make the deck more challenging to maintain.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
The room was a good enough size for a river cruise. Well designed, very comfortable. The room steward (Ivo) kept the room very clean and well stocked.

Ship Tip

This cruise was quite different from other Viking River Cruise experience in that for most others, the towns/attractions were very close to the river. In this case, there were many long bus rides since most towns were small and relatively uninteresting near the dock (Porto was an exception). We spent many hours on the bus, so it is good to be psychologically prepared.

Ports Of Call

Lisbon, Portugal

5 out of 5
We went on the included excursion, which provided a good introduction to Lisbon attractions and neighborhoods. We also walked and explored on our own and enjoyed this vibrant town.

VILA NOVA DE GAIA (PORTO), PORTUGAL

5 out of 5
Beautiful town with interesting neighborhoods and historical attractions. The included tour again provided a good introduction, and we explored churches, neighborhoods that were very interesting.

Regua, Portugal

4 out of 5
This port was mostly a docking port, we took buses to the attractions. We did enjoy the visit to Lamego.

Pinhao, Portugal

3 out of 5
This port was basically a docking port and Viking used buses to bring us to wineries and other areas. The port was relatively desolated and uninteresting.

Barca D'Alva, Portugal Did not visit port

Two of the locks were undergoing maintenance and we missed this port.

Vega De Terron (Salamanca), Spain

5 out of 5
Beautiful town with impressive architecture and buildings. Very walkable. The Universities made this a vibrant environment. Both the old and new cathedrals are worth a visit - especially to see the contrasts.

Disembarkation

5 out of 5
Very efficient. We did pay Air Plus so that we could leave at a reasonable hour. Otherwise some people left at 3am in the morning.
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