Rhine Rhapsody

Viking Vidar Cruise Review to River Cruises - Europe

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 5
Helpful Votes: 198

Overall rating:

5 out of 5
Viking Vidar

9 Night North Sea To Switzerland (Amsterdam To Basel)

Sail date: March 28, 2016

Ship: Viking Vidar

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 216

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 5 years ago

Review summary

3/27/2016 Rhine Rhapsody.  10 days from Basel Switzerland to Paris, France. A short wonderful breathtaking cruise from Basel, Switzerland to Germany towns, to Luxembourg and ending in Paris, France.  This cruise is available only a couple of times at the start of the year.  Ours is the first trip for 2016 for Viking Vidar.  Some passengers canceled their trip because of last week's Brussels terrorist bombing, Only 60 passengers pushed thru and we all have a fabulous trip with almost a ratio of one crew to one passenger.  We were pampered, spoiled and have a wonderful time.  For a New Yorker, I find Switzerland and Paris expensive, but what the heck, we were on vacation.  

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Delicious meals in just the right portion.

Onboard Activities

5 out of 5
Nah, just some activities of singing and dancing after dinner in the lounge and sometimes educational programs in the afternoon.


5 out of 5
Some German music, fabulous singers, some jazz music in the lounge most evenings.

Children's Programs

5 out of 5
No children on board.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
Impeccable, solicitous service, friendly crew.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
Beautiful, modern, streamlined, efficient, clean ships,

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
Despite small space, it is well-thought of and spacious, enough hangers and closets and shelf space for all stuff, big flat screen tv, crisp linen and soft pillows in comfortable bed. Plenty of luggage storage under the bed. Bathroom has heated floors , good water pressure . I prefer the previous bathroom products, L'Occitane and not their new Viking trademark of Freyja products. There's always two big bottle of clean water in the room. Individual temperature control and safe and hair dryer too.

Ship tip

Highlights of the Alps , an optional tour in Basel, Switzerland is somewhat overrated and very expensive. No need to pay the package drink, there's plenty of free wine, and beers during meal times, and no corkage fee when you bring it to the dining room. Wines and beer are dirt cheap in Europe.

Ports of call

Basel, Switzerland

5 out of 5
Went with the whole day optional tour of Highlight of the Alps. Saw wood crafting , quaint towns and skiing.

Kehl (Strasbourg), Germany

5 out of 5

Mannheim (Heidelberg), Germany

5 out of 5

Cruise Rhine River

5 out of 5
Breathtaking river scenery

Rudesheim, Germany

5 out of 5

Braubach, Germany

5 out of 5

Koblenz, Germany

5 out of 5
Do not miss the Marksburg castle, You can imagine how the people lived a long time ago in that castle.

Cruise Moselle River

5 out of 5

Cochem, Germany

5 out of 5

Bernkastel, Germany

5 out of 5

Trier, Germany

5 out of 5
Went to the Luxembourg American Cemetery, Very serene and heartbreaking place,

End Of Vacation

5 out of 5
The cruise has a two day in Paris, France. Wonderful and romantic.
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