We arrived independently in Budapest but found it quite simple to get connected with Viking and Bragi. After check-in at the hotel, our bags awaited us in our stateroom and the embarkation was flawless. Halfway through the cruise we had to change ships because of low water on the Danube, but even this glitch was handled with grace, good humor, and extreme efficiency. The ship's public spaces were exceptionally inviting. We ate 90% of our meals in the Aquavit Terrace so that we could enjoy the sunrise, the sunset, and the surrounding countryside. Breakfast was ample; the luncheon buffet was varied; and the choices at dinner were almost limitless. We had intended not to eat every single meal and certainly not to eat dessert twice a day--and yet we did! We highly recommend the Spirits Beverage Package--reasonable prices; good selections; and no worries about a high bar bill at the conclusion of the cruise. The entertainment was pleasant, and some of the activities planned by our Cruise Director, Chantal, were a delight. (And speaking of Chantal, she is a gem--Viking needs to clone her!). We appreciate that Viking fares include one excursion in each port. All were worthwhile, and the tour guides were exceptionally informed and engaging. The optional excursions we took (Salzburg, Nuremberg, and Modern Aristocracy) were well worth the additional expense. As enjoyable and informative as the excursions were, I think our two favorite days were the ones spent cruising on the Danube and the Rhein: castles and cathedrals; cathedrals and castles; and an everchanging landscape--talk about relaxing. Disembarcation in Amsterdam was flawless and I really appreciated the fact that we could stay on the ship until late morning. We are singing the praises of Viking to our friends and family...and have already booked our next cruise!
Wonderful bed; grand waterside view; spacious bathroom; terrific service; a tad noisy as it was next to the engines, but this was never more than a minor distraction.