This cruise was a retirement cruise, as I retired August 31, and we left for Lisbon just a week later. We purposely scheduled an extra three days in Lisbon on our own, and we scheduled private tours using Viator for 1 1/2 days. We booked our hotel the same as the one used by Viking so that we would not have to change hotels.
The Lisbon part was land-only, and they did a good job of getting the large coach around Lisbon's narrow and curvy streets. We hit some of the highlights of the city, and we deliberately did not do these during our three days prior to Viking. We paid extra for a really nice "Foodie" walking tour, which was in the early evening and visited three true neighborhood bars/wine bars/local watering holes. Nothing fancy, but a very nice time and a delightful walk.
On route to Porto, we stopped in Coimbra where we had some time in the downtown to do some walking and shopping, then spent time at the hilltop University. This was a highlight of the trip, where we got to visit the magnificent library (no pictures) and the chapel, after which we were treated to a lovely lunch that included men Fado musicians, which was wonderful.
We boarded the ship in Porto and had some time to shop or to visit one of the many port centers. We opted to visit the Sandeman port house, which was good. And all of this was before the actual cruise started.
The ship was beautiful, and we upgraded to a small suite with a balcony, which was really nice. Everything was spotless and fresh. The crew on this ship was the best we have encountered...very friendly, helpful, and obviously enjoy their work. Food was outstanding, as we have come to expect from Viking.
Stops on the cruise were beautiful, small towns, lovely estates, and great scenery all the time. We especially enjoyed our day in Favaous.
We truly had not one complaint. We have already booked our fourth Viking cruise. We don't know why people complain about the lack of outdoor dining and other specifics that are necessitated by the river locks' requirement for shorter boats. Folks should be well aware of this, as it is clearly disclosed. And all accessibility issues should be discussed with the cruise line BEFORE booking is done.
Spacious, clean, plenty of room, nice walk-in closet, efficient bathroom. Very nice blackout shades in both rooms.