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.