We chose to cruise in October to celebrate my birthday. We had hoped for good weather but Mother Nature did not co-operate. All the days but one were cold, rainy and overcast. Of course Viking had no control over the weather. We chose the 2 day extension in Amsterdam and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The hotel was very nice and we had a great tour of the city. The cruise started off with a glitch as the Viking Modi had run aground on her previous voyage and could not reach Amsterdam in time to pick up the passengers so we were bused to the ship. We were aware that there had been many problems with low water levels in the European rivers last year but decided to go on this cruise anyway. We were the first ship to make in all the way through without changing ships midway through the trip.
Previously we had cruised on many larger ocean going ships. So this was a definite new experience for us. One of the positives is that you get to know the crew and fellow passengers very well. After the first few days of the trip my favorite waitress knew what I liked for breakfast and had it ordered before I sat down. The crew were all very attentive. We liked the open seating as it gave us a chance to meet many new friends. Compared to other cruises, the food was just OK.
The entertainment was only so-so, mostly just piano music. We really prefer the entertainment on the larger ships. The excursions that were included were very nice, we learned a lot about the history of each of the ports. I highly recommend the optional excursion to Rothenburg, it was amazing.
Another inconvenience we encountered was the closing of one of the bridges that forced us to pass Vienna and then get bused back into town. Viking did make up for it by paying for our admission to the symphony which was originally an optional tour that was not included. I will say that Viking always tried to please the passengers by making adjustments to the excursions and other arrangements. The last port was Budapest and I would suggest staying up when you arrive later in the evening to see the beautiful lights of the city. Very well done!
I also personally missed not having a place to workout. There was a track available on the top deck, but it was cold and many days it was closed. Actually I may have been one of only a few passengers that missed a workout area as most of the passengers were older.
We enjoyed the experience but will probably go back to ocean cruising. You can only visit so many churches and castles.
The cabin was very nice, lots of room, always clean and well stocked with towels, toiletries and bottled water. We liked having the 2 rooms as it was a long cruise and it gave us room to spread out and welcome other guests to share a drink.
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