I chose this cruise based on the reviews by prior cruisers and the ads seen on TV for Viking. The ship was a nice size and the cabin (balcony) was adequate. There was plenty of storage so no problems there. Several times we were tied up next to other boats so the balcony could not be used that much in some of the ports as you were virtually inches from the balcony of the the other ship. There is only one chair in the cabin which presents a problem when both people are there as only one can sit in a chair and the other must sit on the bed. The bathroom is small but spacious enough for your shower, however if there are two women in the cabin one must do their makeup and hair out in the main cabin, especially if you have someone who seems to take a lot of time getting ready, like my sister. Dining--this is where my experience is much different from many of the others. I was not the least impressed with the food offered. Breakfast was fine, and at lunch you could go to the smaller cafe on deck three. There you could get sandwiches or burgers, etc. Dinner was not pleasant at all. The food choices were not great and I wound up eating steak three times in the one week. Not ideal for sure. The included excursions are all walking tours and a lot of your experience there depends on your tour guide. Some were good and others not so good. Be sure you are up for a lot of walking even on the easy ones as that is what they all are. We wound up leaving a couple of the tours and going off on our own because we were not impressed with the tour we were getting. My favorite part of the entire cruise was the two days we had in Budapest prior to boarding the ship. We have signed up for the Rhine cruise but my expectations are extremely lower than what I had for the first one. The crew did a good job of taking care of us and they are exceptional. Entertainment is almost non existent but I didn't expect much there to begin with. If you are not on the ship during the meal times (we missed lunch a couple of time due to excursions) then you are sorely pressed to find anything to eat on board. The cookies by the coffee machines were the same every day and there was no where to get anything to eat. I asked in the lounge if they had any appetizers but no luck. The bar tender finally took pity on us and went looking for something for us to eat . He came back with a sandwich which he said he found but didn't know who it belonged to. There is someone crew member on that ship still wondering where his sandwich went. My sister and I shared this one lonely sandwich to get us through to dinner time. Do I think these cruises are worth the amount of money you spend for them?
Mostly no....I do it to see parts of the world that I have not seen and want to see
We did the pre cruise two days in Budapest and these were very enjoyable. I loved Budapest and found it to be both beautiful and very easy to get around in. We did the hop on hop off and enjoyed many sites on our own. You must try Gelato Rosa