Before I go any further, you must keep in mind that I am a smalltown senior citizen from New York state in the USA. This old gal had never been on a weeklong trip that required a passport. However, the beauty of my local surroundings and the Fingerlakes region of New York state places the bar pretty high. That being said and all things considered, this boat cruise vacation was a WOW.
Embark in Budapest, Hungary; What a way to start my vacation. Immaculate accomodations, cozy cabin, and gracious crew members to make all guests welcome. We started right off with a delicious dinner shared with other vacationers. Everyone was friendly and seemed quite happy.
Our first night cruise was spectacular. Everyone went to the upper deck to take photos of the magnificently lit historic buildings, bridges, and statues.
The daily (optional) tours kept us as busy as we wanted. We skipped one tour because relaxing on board sounded good. Recharged by afternoon, we decided to tour the locale by bus and on foot. You guessed it, more photos.
One of the extra tours we chose was a special Mozart Concert in Vienna. Thank you Viking Cruises for this special event.
Another item I must share is regarding the Viking Magni staff. Everyone, and I mean every one of the staff members who we had occasion to meet was kind, good humored, respectful, and helpful in every way. I was delighted with the beautifully appointed restaurant and dining rooms. Nicely set table service, well groomed wait staff wearing perfect uniforms, with personalities and social skills that brought a smile to my face every day. Oh, let us not forget the Chefs. There was a bountiful supply of great food prepared just the way you want it (cooked and served with a smile).
We loved the on shore excursions/tours. Words really cannot do them justice. The churches were breathtaking, the shops were quaint and very appealing, the countryside vast and beautiful. All were a must see.
I really want to do it again (and again).
Everything was spotless. Loved the sliding doors everywhere. Two chairs on the veranda was just fine.
A larger shower stall could have made my stay a little easier, but it is not a dealbreaker.