Having visited St. Petersburg earlier in the year with a "big" cruise ship and two short days to see it all, I was looking forward to the three and one half days this time. I was not disappointed. But let's start at the beginning.
I had taken Viking River Cruises on the Danube a number of years ago and was impressed. When I mentioned it to friends who had not taken a river cruise before they were intrigued. One of my friends made comment that we should go to Russia before it was too difficult. We started looking for river cruises and it was agreed that Viking was our choice. May was a good month for us and the weather would not be too cold.
We made the necessary arrangements and booked out travel and took off. We did not use the service that was offered or the airlines. We did the visa route ourselves and booked out own air. We all had a great time commenting on what had to be done and why.
From the moment that the Viking staff met us at the airport till the time we were taken back to the airport in Moscow, we had a "blast". Our guide stayed with us the whole excursion trips.Being Russian, our guide was up on all of the news and views as well as history. We got to know the wait staff and the officers. The food was good, very good and first class. It was up to you on your choice.
We were the first trip of the season and as a result,there were some minor glitches. Nothing to write home about. Would we travel with Viking again...YES!!! My friends have stated that they would not take a "big" boat again if they don't have to. We are starting to plan our next trip.
Our cabin was one cabin away from the entrance to the dining room. Near the constant coffee and snack area. We were near the elevator. Being in the aft of the boat we did hear some reverse noise, but very little. It was small but not difficult to navigate around in with two women. We did not spend much time during the day in the cabin anyway. Saw no reason to pay the extra for "A" cat.. as we had a balcony and a few more square feet.