This cruise met our requirement to stay away from central Europe yet experience a part of the old world that we had not yet discovered completely. The air travel to and from overseas I could do without. Even though we had up-graded seats the space was very tight in both width and knee room. The food left a lot to be desired. There was a problem with providing our travel documents and they did not arrive until six days before we left.
We stayed in Lisbon for two days and the hotel was very nice and we managed to do and see a lot that was new to us. At the end of the cruise we stayed two days in Santiago, Spain. The hotel was very nice and again an awful lot to see that was a new experience for us. Both hotels were withing reasonable walking distance to the major attractions. We included these stays as we do not believe it is cost effective to fly/visit Europe for less than 15 days.
The ship was new and in very good condition. Boarding was easy and we were treated well by all crew and staff members. The cruise director assisted us in rearranging our return flight to eliminate a 4 hour drive at two in the morning to catch a plane home. Our cabin was clean and well appointed and our needs there were well taken care of.
The food served was very good and the all male, older waiters were something new and they did a magnificent job. However, for some reason the wine service came up a bit short and not what we have experienced on other Viking cruises.
I could almost call this a bus tour, as almost every port required a bus ride of from one to three hours each way to reach the site of our visit. The locations were amazing and the scenery along the river was some of the best that we have experienced.
A Viking staff member accompanied us (a group of about 10) from our hotel to the airport, took us inside, led us to the processing for our flights, helped us through security and wished us a good voyage home.
Overall it was a very enjoyable experience and we look forward to our next cruise with Viking.
This was the last cabin available to us for this cruise but it did not disappoint. We had sufficient room, space to put clothes and luggage and still move around very well. With the nice weather and things to see we did spend a great amount of time in the cabin. The beds were comfortable our needs were provided for and replenished on a daily basis.