I am an early 60's woman who traveled with two sisters on Romantic Danube cruise. This was our first time on a river cruise though we have all cruised on ocean cruises. One sister traveled on her own to Prague, Czech Republic prior to our cruise. We all met up in Budapest on Friday night. We spent Saturday exploring Budapest which is a lovely city. We stayed at Le Meridien hotel. We did not purchase a transfer to the ship from Viking, but the Viking reps in the lobby arranged for our luggage to be transferred to the ship from the hotel which allowed us to spend Sunday morning exploring Budapest before boarding. With the luggage taken care of we purchased tickets from the Viking reps on the Big Bus (a HOHO type bus). We traveled half way around before we got to the ship. We hopped off, registered on the ship, had a quick lunch, then two of us hopped back on a bus and finished the tour prior to the evening briefing and dinner.
The Idun is a fairly new one of the longships. The crew was very friendly and efficient. Barry Sommers the program director was efficient, funny, interesting and a nice guy. Concierge Annette was also very sweet and helpful in arranging taxi to airport and recommending a hat shop in Passau.
The tour of Budapest focused on Heroes Square and the Castle district and we had a very good local guide. The Vienna tour just didn't seem to do the city justice and our guide was so-so. Our first optional tour of Schonbrunn Palace was well worth the extra fee as we saw many rooms and had a great guide, though it would have been nice to have 30 more minutes to explore the grounds. We did not do the optional concert that night. The next morning's cruise through the Wachau Valley was beautiful. Melk Abbey tour showed how they have created displays that demonstrate the values of the Benedictine monks at the Abbey. Passau had a fast paced tour with some inclines that challenged the slower members and an amazing pipe organ concert; it has a nice shopping area. Regensburg was very interesting with a lot of medieval buildings. The optional tour to Weltenburg Abbey included a beer tasting, boat ride through the Danube Narrows and tour of the Abbey; the guide for the Abbey was outstanding. The included Nuremburg tour touched on the Nazi era, but focused more on historical Nuremburg; too much time left for shopping in the central square.
The compact cabin was same as a standard D cabin but with extra space by the sliding door and with a narrow balcony that fits two chairs. Lots of storage, good toiletries(L'Occitane), tiny bathroom. Clean and comfortable.