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Viking Bestla Review

4.0 / 5.0
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Better than I Even Imagined

Review for Viking Bestla to Europe River
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staceyhoward
6-10 Cruises • Age 50s

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Sail Date: Aug 2015
Cabin: Explorer Suite

My husband and I sent our baby off to college and wanted an adventure of a lifetime. We had been getting the booklets from Vilking for years and always said ”someday”, well someday was now. We booked the Explorer Suite and began our Grad European Adventure in Amsterdam and ended in Budapest. We have cruised with other large cruise company on big ships hauling 3000 people. We always felt like herded cattle on those ships. The Bestla was the perfect size ship. There were just 180 people on board and we never felt herded anywhere.

The staff on the ship was very attentive and added to the positive experience. We spent 3 days in Amsterdam before boarding our ship. We really enjoyed that, it gave us a pit of time to get our sleep schedules adjusted so we could hit the ground running on our excursions once on the ship. I loved waking up each morning knowing we had a new adventure in a new place.

We stayed in the Explorer suite and we are so happy we did. The first-class airfare was a great experience and made the trip so comfortable, our seats laid all the way down to a bed and we were given pillows and down blankets --best fight ever! Our cabin was beautiful. We had a large bathroom with large walk in shower, and a wall of shelves to hold all our things and the fresh flowers were a nice touch in the bathroom. We had a bedroom with a large bed and a sliding door with floor to ceiling windows. The separate living room was nicely done with sliding doors on two walls so the entire room could be open to the outside, we had views of both shorelines and a walk out balcony with chairs and a table. We sat out there often as we sailed into and out of ports. I will never forget the sunrise over the windmills... Our room was stocked with a drink refrigerator filled with our choice of beer, wine and soft drinks. We enjoyed fresh fruit, and warm cookies and fresh flowers in 3 locations in the room) each day. We did have a room stewart that spoiled us rotten, she even did our laundry at no charge and placed it on our bed folded in tissue and placed in a box.

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Explorer Suite

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We stayed in the Explorer suite and we are so happy we did. The first-class airfare was a great experience and made the trip so comfortable, our seats laid all the way down to a bed and we were given pillows and down blankets --best fight ever! Our cabin was beautiful. We had a large bathroom with large walk in shower, and a wall of shelves to hold all our things and the fresh flowers were a nice touch in the bathroom. We had a bedroom with a large bed and a sliding door with floor to ceiling windows. The separate living room was nicely done with sliding doors on two walls so the entire room could be open to the outside, we had views of both shorelines and a walk out balcony with chairs and a table. We sat out there often as we sailed into and out of ports. I will never forget the sunrise over the windmills... Our room was stocked with a drink refrigerator filled with our choice of beer, wine and soft drinks. We enjoyed fresh fruit, and warm cookies and fresh flowers in 3 locations in the room) each day. We did have a room stewart that spoiled us rotten, she even did our laundry at no charge and placed it on our bed folded in tissue and placed in a box. I mention all this about the suite because I was never able to find a review about the suite and I would have found it helpful. The amount of space in the suite was more then I expected and when traveling for 14 days we felt the room really added to our experience. We enjoyed the solitude there at times. The only drawback is the rooms nosier then the others because of the proximity to the engine room. It was really not a big deal.

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