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Viking Kara Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Had a fantastic time on our first river cruise

Viking Kara Cruise Review by barrysue

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: French Balcony

We saw a 2 for 1 deal and decided to try it. Read about Viking and saw many commercials but when I had several people tell me they just returned from a viking river cruise and loved it we were certain it was going to be great.

We loved the small ship and less people onboard for a week of sailing. The Viking cruise line is a well oiled machine that runs like clockwork. We had a fabulous time and if there were any questions they were answered promptly.

The excursions were very good, the food was fabulous, and the boat was very smooth, never felt any movement.

We paid the extra $50 for airfare so we could decide on our flights and make changes if we needed to. This was wonderful and worth every penny.

I did feel a few times that the physical ability of some guests may have caused them to not be able to participate in some of the excursions due to the walking and uneven road surfaces at the castles. It is stated in the description of the excursions how difficult they are or are not. But felt that some people should have be more prepared for the degree of difficulty.

We had good entertainment, a classical night, a few game nights, cooking, etc, then there was always a pianist at the end of the night. I might suggest he learn a few more songs as we heard the same music every single night.

The Viking Kara ship was always clean, never saw anything that would cause us to complain. There was some bird poo on the one dining window but don't know how they were going to clean that on our cruise ,so just looked past it!

George was our program director and was a wonderful addition to the ship, we felt he did a top notch job. We had a small glitch at the start of our stay where our room was not available immediately but he treated us to a drink while they worked on the situation and then had a bottle of champagne and chocolates placed in our room for our inconvenience. That was a nice touch and we appreciated it.

The bartenders, servers, chef, cooks, and housekeepers, captain and all others are so nice and funny and wiling to share their stories if you ask. They are amazing people.

We will be traveling with viking again in the near future, and encourage others to try it for themselves.

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Cabin Review

French Balcony
Cabin D 202

The room was sufficient for our stay. You have about a foot on either side of the bed for walking and the sliding door opens to the outside. We had the door open while in the room and it was so refreshing to hear the water and see the sights. We traveled with another couple and decided if we wanted to sit together at night we would sit on the top deck or the lounge, which worked out very well. Bathrooms are nice, small, but just enough for our stay. The shower water pressure is the BEST. Wow!

You have enough storage for your things and store the suitcases under the bed. I asked for more hangars and got plenty to accommodate our clothes.

Our rooms were cleaned and made up by the time we got back from breakfast and always after our supper. I would choose this type of room again when cruising with Viking.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews


Can't wait to go to Amsterdam for a week and see all there is to see. . What a neat city! Loved Anne Frank House , buy tickets online 3 months ahead in order to get in. I want to go back few more times to see everything, since it's hard to wrap your head around everything in one visit.

Canal Tour

We took an open air boat ride, the cruise was great but the boat skipper was annoying and would have loved to told him to be quiet. He was very preachy about politics and how we should think about many topics.

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Didn't have enough time to see much but got the highlights and enjoyed our visit.

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Van Gogh Museum

A Must see museum . What a vast display of his work and personal items. You don't need to be a art enthusiast to enjoy this museum.

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we enjoyed the dinner and entertainment very much, took a small train to the restaurant and that set the tone for the night. The food is German and could have more if you were still hungry, wine and beer were served , and we did some Schnapps shots as a game. It was a fun time!

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Heidelberg Castle

Castle is amazing. Can't figure how they build them so many years ago so appreciate their beauty even more!

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Notre Dame Cathedral

Very beautiful and a pleasure to see such beauty. We were treated to an impromptu choir singing as we were leaving. Lovely.

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