Viking Ve Cruise Review to River Cruises - Europe

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7+ cruises


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5 out of 5


Sail Date: August 26, 2016

Reviewed: 9 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: 317

We really liked the smaller number of passengers and the more personal attention as compared to our ocean cruises.  Great itinerary - loved the small German towns.

Food was good, but not the variety of entrees we had on ocean cruises, but after seeing the kitchen, I understand this.

Would have liked more evening lectures about the countries we visited - the ones we had were good, but with all the history there I think this was a missed opportunity.

Also really appreciated not being "kicked off the ship" at the end.  The crew was most accommodating - we even came back for lunch after checking out, and were allowed to leave our bags on until later in the day.

Included shore trips were good, as were the guides (with 2 exceptions)

Evening light cruise in Budapest was a FAVORITE!  As was the  castle cruise 

on the mid-Rhine.

Yes I would definitely recommend this cruise.

Cabin / Stateroom
cabin was small, but adequate. loved the balcony!
Claudia was excellent!
Comfortable bed, did not like the squishy pillows.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
both were very easy and very different from our ocean cruises. a very pleasant surprise. really appreciated being able to leave luggage on ship after checking out - and even coming back for lunch.
Ship Quality loved the 3rd floor balcony room
our ship looked newer and cleaner than many others that we saw enroute

Destinations and Excursions
TOO much shopping time on some excursions. 2 hours in Nuremburg -way too long. Suggest an early bus back to ship and a later one for shoppers.
Onboard Activities would have liked more educational lectures or presentations about the history and people of the countries we visited.
Very good- enjoyed glass blower and the 2 music nights
Service and Staff
top notch! Sam was fun and very helpful too - as was Marco.
Claudia was a very fine cabin steward.
Food and Dining
liked the open dining and meeting new friends

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