We had such an incredible experience with Viking on our previous river cruise (from St. Petersburg to Moscow) that we felt that the only way to see so much of Europe would be on board a Viking ship again. We were NOT disappointed!
From the moment we stepped off the airplane we began to relax because we were met by Viking staff who began taking care of everything.
Viking always provides such a wealth of information pertaining to our journey and each specific stop the ship makes. They do what I used to do for our family, so it feels very good to have someone do it for us now:)
Even in the face of the strike at the locks, which put us behind in our schedule, Viking did a stellar job still getting us to where we needed to be and demonstrating such flexibility in their programs. We continue to be impressed by such professionalism!
The food was ALWAYS five star. Having more intimate dining options, at no extra charge, even on such a small boat, was a bonus. We loved the fact that wine and beer are served at no extra charge at meal times... and not just any wine or beer, they have many local selections.
We had one of the "cheap" cabins, but even they have a window to look out! The maid service was always done impeccably. We found that we spent more time, depending on the weather, either outside at a comfortable table and chairs or in the lounge with lovely comfortable furniture. They did a great job of arranging the furniture so that we felt that we could still have privacy, even though there were many other people there.
We had live entertainment every night. It was lovely and relaxing. Viking also had a glass blower brought on board and also some specialty cooking demonstrations. Dinner was even entertaining at times when they were celebrating a particular region's food. Viking does an outstanding job in all aspects!
The freedom and time we had in each city was great. If the boat was not docked within easy walking distance, then Viking provided excellent transportation to and from the city.
Viking may look like it is more expensive than other cruises, but because everything is paid up front, rather than nickel and diming you on board, we think it is a GREAT value for the money.
We enjoyed ourselves so much on this cruise that we are already booked for another this year! Can't wait!
Our room was quiet and very adequate, clean, warm and comfortable.