The cruise was planned for this time of year so that we could visit the Christmas markets in the cities on our itinerary as well as visiting the sites in each city. The planned tours were very good and the tour guides were fabulous. The route and destinations were each unique and well worth visiting. When we cruise, we normally select a balcony room. For this trip, we chose a French balcony since we didn't think we would be sitting outside in December. Due to our selection, the rooms on the ship were a little smaller than we thought. In addition, the food was OK but I would have thought that Viking would have provided more of a selection of local foods from the cities/countries we visited. Also, there was not much to do after dinner with limited entertainment on the ship.
It's hard to choose the best part of this cruise because all of it was superb. We've been on many large ship cruises before but, for our next one, wanted to do a river cruise. Our first Viking cruise was for one week in France. We enjoyed it so much we decided to do the two week Grand European cruise.
I would recommend finding alternative flight reservations other than what Viking assigns. We had a 26 hour return flight from Amsterdam (Amsterdam to Madrid, Madrid to Chicago, Chicago to Denver) It really ruined the trip because it was such an unpleasant ending. We made reservations 14 months in advance and this was the flight reservation they gave us!!!
I loved the extra excursion we purchased in Budapest - "The Best of Budapest and Thermal Bath" Most memorable day!!
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