We have been to Europe several times but this cruise took us to places we had not been before. Viking Cruises and this particular cruise had been recommended to us by friends on two separate occasions.
The food was excellent and the dining room staff was always very pleasant, friendly, eager to serve and sometimes even entertaining. We couldn't ask for a more pleasurable dining experience!
The excursions were well organized & well thought out. The attention paid to detail was appreciated (umbrellas, bottled water). The 'quiet boxes' are a wonderful idea - and they always worked!! The one comment I could make concerning the excursions is the fact that a 'leisure group' was always offered for each excursion. Having this information at the time of booking would have been most helpful as we could have made more informed choices.
During the day the lounge and front deck were cool, quiet areas to go with a book or a visit with a friend.
The whole cruise was very well organized. There was never any reason on our part to feel confused or uncertain. The transfers to and from the airports (Budapest & Amsterdam) were smooth & efficient. The staff at the front desk dealt with requests & inquiries calmly & efficiently. The pre-dinner updates were very helpful and the evening entertainment was a fun ending to the day.
The cabin, although, small, had a very comfortable king size bed and plenty of storage for our clothes & accessories. The bedroom & bathroom were cleaned & tidied twice a day (fresh towels when requested) at our convenience. The cabin staff were extremely accommodating and friendly on both of the ships (Bragi & Skadi).