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Viking Njord Cruise Review
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Christmas markets cruise on Viking Njord longship with the peek-a-boo bathroom

Viking Njord Cruise Review by Dylann

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Dec 2016
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: French Balcony Superior

We took the Budapest to Nurnberg direction in late-November/early-December stopping at Vienna, Krems, Passau and Regensburg and had cabin 228. First off, the onboard housekeeping and food service staff and meals were excellent. There were food choices of local dishes as well as American fare (steak, burgers, chicken).

When we booked this cruise our ship was to be the Tor then the Bestla then the Njord was a last minute substitution when Bestla was delayed upstream. Earlier that fall, longship Freya was taken out of service after it collided with a bridge causing the death of two wheelhouse crew so ships were juggled to fill cruise itineraries and we unfortunately ended up with Njord.

We have cruised in cabins with French balconies on Avalon, Uniworld and Viking lines but the French balcony cabins on the Njord were the smallest of all. There was 12-inches clearance on each side of the bed. There was no room for a chair. The peek-a-boo bathroom had two glass walls (apparently to make the cabin appear bigger) and a dial that turned the translucent panes to clear glass. Maybe for a honeymoon suite but not here! Who wants to see their roomie shower or pee?

Njord is the oldest of the longships and its floor-to-ceiling windows in cabins, lounge and dining room were not double glazed so cold drafts came with the view. Very appropriate that Njord was the Norse god of wind. The central hallway was narrow with a low ceiling. There were pale yellow bleach stains on some of the grey sofa cushions in the lounge. So Njord needed to be dry-docked and refurbished.

Advent 2016 began on November 27 and marked the beginning of Christmas markets along the Danube, an annual event which appeared to surprise Viking Njord staff. Passengers expected to spend time at these seasonal markets but Viking was still on its summer tour program. Extended time with bus connections back to the ship were hurriedly worked into the schedule. At the Regensburg market, Viking booked 70 returning passengers on a 50-seat bus and had to hold back another tour bus to accommodate the overflow. These two buses arrived in the dark at Essinger Hof then Kelheim to wait for the ship to arrive thru the lock. In the pitch black with no lighting in the parking lots or on the gravel path sloping down to the riverbank, one woman fell, hit her head and went to hospital. The puny flashlight held by Program Director Boris was useless. Multiple public safety violations during this clumsy transfer.

Overall, an interesting itinerary but if you want to experience the advent Christmas markets, check that Viking has allotted sufficient time and, try to get a different ship. Njord is not great (nor is their see-thru bathroom).


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Cabin Review

French Balcony Superior
Cabin C 228

We have cruised in cabins with French balconies on Avalon, Uniworld and Viking lines but the French balcony cabins on the Njord were the smallest of all. There was 12-inches clearance on each side of the bed. There was no room for a chair. The peek-a-boo bathroom had two glass walls (apparently to make the cabin appear bigger) and a dial that turned the translucent panes to clear glass. Maybe for a honeymoon suite but not here! Who wants to see their roomie shower or pee?


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Regensburg

Extended time with bus connections back to the ship were hurriedly worked into the schedule. At the Regensburg market, Viking booked 70 returning passengers on a 50-seat bus and had to hold back another tour bus to accommodate the overflow. These two buses arrived in the dark at Essinger Hof then Kelheim to wait for the ship to arrive thru the lock. In the pitch black with no lighting in the parking lots or on the gravel path sloping down to the riverbank, one woman fell, hit her head and went to hospital. The puny flashlight held by Program Director Boris was useless. Multiple public safety violations during this clumsy and dangerous transfer.


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