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Viking Alsvin Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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"Cities of Light" Europeon Adventure

Viking Alsvin Cruise Review by lchrzan1207

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

We cannot say enough great stuff about Viking. We were worried about going to Europe for the first time. We were afraid of not knowing the languages or how to get around, etc..

Well, going through Viking was a dream come true. They met us at the airport and took care of us all the way, even waiting for us to check our bags at the airport to go home.

The ship was small enough that we got to know all of the staff and they got to know us. It was so nice to pass them in the corridors and have them say, good morning John & Linda. With only 150 passengers on board, we were able to pal up with many of them during meals or tours. We made many new friends, including the staff.

Bujorn (pronounced bullion) was our tour director and he made our trip so much fun. Every evening, before our scrumptious dinners, he briefed us of the following days activities. The chef would even brief us on the food selections and the wine steward would give us his nightly wine selections to compliment the meal according to your selection. Alcoholic drinks were included with lunch and dinner each day (which was an appreciated savings). Each port had multiple ability tours available. I thought it was great that they had tours for limited mobility as well as tours for normal ability people. They also supply you with a quietvox (hearing device) that you kept for the entire trip, for you to wear at each shore excursion. That was WONDERFUL. Everyone could adjust the volume, so you didn't have to try to stay at the front of the tour to hear the guide. My husband is hard of hearing, so he was really happy to be able to adjust his volume. It also made it so nice, because there were multiple tours going on at the same time at almost each venue, so there was no straining to hear our guide.

Seating for meals were open, so you could sit wherever you wanted, but we made friends with David and March (our servers) and tried to get to their table every evening. The food was excellent.... A local cuisine option was available at every meal, which was a fun way to try new food. You could eat on deck or in the dining room each meal. There was no mandatory dress up meal, which we really appreciated, so we didn't have to use up valuable packing space for formal attire.

Every evening, Bujorn had an activity planned for our enjoyment. Each day just flew by !!!

We thought that this trip would be our one trip to Europe, but we are already planning another Viking trip with some of the new friends we made on this trip.

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Cabin Review

French Balcony
Cabin D 228

Very nice cabin. One wall was a huge siding glass door so we could watch the scenery from our room if wanted. There was an insulated curtain that you could pull to block out the light if you wanted. The king size bed was very comfortable. There was plenty of storage space, all of our suitcases even fit under the bed. The bathroom floor (including the shower) was heated and shampoo, conditioner and lotion were always stocked. We had a large bottle of water replaced whenever we opened the one we had.

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