Viking Vidar Cruise Review to River Cruises - Europe

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5 out of 5

Rhine Rhapsody

Sail Date: March 28, 2016

Reviewed: 7 months ago

Traveled As: Couple

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: 216

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.  

Cabin / Stateroom
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.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
nary a second wait after retrieving our luggage, the Viking crew were already outside to load us into buses, And they even helped us checked-in at the airportsafter transporting us.
Ship Quality
Beautiful, modern, streamlined, efficient, clean ships,
Destinations and Excursions
Well thought -of excursions , knowledgeable tour guides and interesting places.
Onboard Activities
Nah, just some activities of singing and dancing after dinner in the lounge and sometimes educational programs in the afternoon.
Children's Programs
No children on board.
Entertainment
Some German music, fabulous singers, some jazz music in the lounge most evenings.
Service and Staff
Impeccable, solicitous service, friendly crew.
Food and Dining
Delicious meals in just the right portion.
Basel, Switzerland
Went with the whole day optional tour of Highlight of the Alps. Saw wood crafting , quaint towns and skiing.
Kehl (Strasbourg), Germany
Mannheim (Heidelberg), Germany
Cruise Rhine River
Breathtaking river scenery
Rudesheim, Germany
Braubach, Germany
Koblenz, Germany
Do not miss the Marksburg castle, You can imagine how the people lived a long time ago in that castle.
Cruise Moselle River
Cochem, Germany
Bernkastel, Germany
Trier, Germany
Went to the Luxembourg American Cemetery, Very serene and heartbreaking place,
End Of Vacation
The cruise has a two day in Paris, France. Wonderful and romantic.

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.



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