We were not keen on going on an ocean cruise and decided we would try a river cruise and choose to go on a Viking Danube Waltz river cruise. We choose December as prices were very reasonable then and we loved the idea of seeing all the Christmas markets in the various towns/cities we were due to visit. We had also booked the pre cruise trip to Budapest and we were glad we did this as Budapest is such a lovely city and it was great to have a bit more time to enjoy this wonderful city.
From embarking on to our longship, Viking Skadi, we got the impression that we were going to have a great time and Viking didn't fail us.
We just had a standard stateroom and there was ample space and facilities for us as we spent most of the time out of our stateroom. As long as we had a comfortable bed, ample storage facilities and good shower we are happy with this. The stateroom attendants kept the rooms spotless and ensured all the toiletries and tea/coffee were replenished daily.
All staff on Viking Skadi were brilliant and their main agenda is to ensure all the clients have a great trip; nothing was too much trouble for any of them.
Our Programme Director ensured we were all briefed daily regarding the trips taking place the next day and if there were optional trips you may wish to book. We did book the optional opera trip in Vienna and thoroughly enjoyed this and would definitely recommend this. There were various programmes organised in the ship either in the afternoon or evening which were also very good and you could choose if you wished to attend or not.
You are given a GPS system for all the excursions which meant you could be a distance away from the group and guide and could still hear the guide's narrative which was really good as you didn't feel you had to get in a group huddle all the time. Guides were all very knowledgeable with excellent English.
The food on the ship was first class and beer, wine and soft drinks were flowing at lunch and dinner if you wished to partake. You could choose A La Carte for lunch and dinner or the slightly more informal dining near the bar area. We usually had lunch in the bar area as we preferred something light and choose to have A La Carte in the Dining Room for dinner. This was a 3 course meal and there was always something from the regional specialties to choose or if you preferred there is always steak, chicken or salmon to choose. The food really was delicious and the Chef would come round the tables beforehand to introduce a regional specialty and afterwards to ask if everyone enjoyed their meal. Dining is free choice which means you could sit wherever you wished which meant we got to eat meals with a variety of different fellow travellers which made meal time very interesting and meant you got to know more of your fellow travellers. We met some really lovely people on the cruise.
Being December this meant that all the places we visited had their Christmas decorations up which added to the atmosphere. Melk looked particularly picturesque with the Main Street lined with little Christmas trees decorated with lights.
This was our first Viking cruise and we were so impressed that we have already booked a Rhine cruise and the St Petersburg to Moscow cruise!
The stateroom was small but it had a lovely comfortable double bed and our cases could be stored under the bed. There was ample wardrobe space and drawers for everything. Bathroom was small but had a great shower and was ample for our needs; the underfloor heating in the bathroom was a pleasant surprise.
Budapest is a fascinating city and we were pleased we did a pre cruise extension to enable us to see more of this beautiful cityView All 353 City Tour Reviews
Didn't feel there was much to see or do in Bratislava
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Fantastic and Melk was extremely pretty with all the Christmas lights and decorationsView All 182 Melk Abbey Reviews
Loved Saltzburg and would have liked to have more time to explore this lovely placeView All 70 Old Town Tour Reviews
Cathedral was beautiful and really enjoyed the Christmas market in PassauView All 112 St. Stephen's Cathedral Reviews