We chose to go on our trip several days early, to both enjoy the Amsterdam area and get acclimated to the time change before starting our river cruise. We were picked up at the airport and taken to our nice hotel, where we spent time with Viking hosts to better plan our time there. They were extremely helpful, we were able to see many key spots in and around the city, and the local transportation was easy to use. We signed up for several tours while there which we enjoyed; Amsterdam is a beautiful city and we would highly recommend spending time there.
We easily found our ship "Skadia" near our hotel and we were pleased to see the hotel staff had transferred our luggage to our ship's room by the time we checked in that afternoon. We had several hours to relax and unpack before our informative welcome meeting and first dinner, which was helpful to my wife who had never been on a cruise before.
This river cruise with Viking was just excellent and better than advertised in many ways. The trip itinerary was well planned out, the additional shore excursion options were a good value in both time and money spent, the entire crew was professional, friendly and caring. The cabins had everything that we needed and the entire ship was always clean. We enjoyed the daily special touches that Viking added, like special treats after some daily excursions.
We thought that the cabin was very well thought out based upon available space. We appreciated the US voltage plugs, storage spaces, available entertainment choices, and elegant bathroom with a line to dry clothes on. The regular maintenance and cleaning of the cabin was excellent and well timed each day.
City walking tour of some parts of Amsterdam, good history given.
Visited Wurzburg Residenz and city walking tour, was excellent.
City walking tour with some time on our own to shop.
Bus and walking tour with extra time later in the day for exploration on our own.
City walking tour and time to taste test some sausages.
Bus and walking tour throughout the city, many beautiful sights.
Spectacular visit through the beautiful abbey.