the really no downsides to anything on this cruise. Food, service and planning were first rate. This is a serious contender for a Rhine river cruise- I would certainly take a hard look at Crystal vs Viking et al.
embarcation was 5 minutes with the iPads that they use and we were in the room in 10 minutes
Food was outstanding in every way. There was a set menu with 2 or 3 choices along with suggested regional favorites. One poster said that they didn't follow dietary requests. The ship could probably do a few things but hard core gluten free, reduced salt etc users should look elsewhere - the same as any cruise ship (or restaurant) It isn't a personal chef. Breakfast was good with enough choices as well as lunch. There was a Bistro setup throughout the day for snacks. This isn't a ocean cruise ship with 15 stations set up with every conceivable meal all day - Indian, chinese, sandwiches etc.
wine and liquor are included all day and it was top shelf with plenty of choices. Rhine cruises have mostly German and Austrian wines, although there are some French and Italian - mostly for sales as "upgrades". Most would be fine with the wine selections included
service around the ship was excellent including the restaurant. The butler is "a butler". he isn't serving food in the off hours. when we had some requests he easily got them for us. Housekeeping was first rate
martin kaye was the performer on board and he made the cruise. Piano, singing dancing - he did it all.
excursions were good and well planned. The guides included University students who were passionate about telling a story. Take the e bike tour in amsterdam - it was fun.
On the top deck it was a collection of couches (under an awning) chaos and padded deck loungers. It doesn't appear that other lines have that. These were comfortable and allowed plenty of space to relax
The Petit Suite was big enough for us. Great layout
well appointed with literally brand new everything. Smaller vanity (but with enough storage). Shower was bigger than normal cruise ship size - appreciated
there was enough storage for clothes. There is a great self service laundry available that allows you to do the everyday stuff
cable car was "down" for a few hours so the cruise line subbed the Music House Museum. That was very interesting and worth itView All 54 Niederwald Cable Car Reviews
nice cable car ride over the river. Fortress was a good tour without too much "history"View All undefined undefined Reviews
it is definitely a walk although not super strenuous Uni student that did a great job talking about the history and life in HeidelbergView All undefined undefined Reviews
e bike through the farms 2 minutes from the ship Must do and easier than you thinkView All 12 Bike Rental Reviews
plenty to see. you you take a museum sponsored tour (1 hour) for $5 worth itView All 77 Rijksmuseum Reviews
guide was a Uni student and was a good story teller. The Church as essentially closed since it was sundayView All 52 Cologne Old Town Reviews
hour long ride in a glass top boat. liked it. We did have a private Organ recital in the church (thanks to Crystal) and that was excellentView All undefined undefined Reviews