Why did I choose Viking? After watching PBS for years, I was captivated by the Viking commercials and told my wife that one day we would take a river cruise. The day came in Oct 2019.
We( couple no kids) were originally scheduled to embark on the Skadi, however, due to lower river water level, we set sail on the Bragi. Our group was called Skadi on the Braggi by our cruise director.
Viking is a first class organization. We booked a standard cabin but were as well treated as if we had booked the owners suite. Food was excellent, itinerary very exciting, local guides were good and the cruise director was outstanding. The dining arrangement allowed us to meet most of the 190 guests onboard. Beer and wine flow freely at meal times and the chef onboard was known for his outstanding soups. The main dining room will accommodate all guests. Dinner was usually at 7 PM. An alternative for breakfast or lunch was the Aquavit Terrace, where you may eat a lighter meal or order from the menu.
If you are accustomed to the entertainment variety found on an ocean cruiser, then you may be disappointed with Viking. Some form of nightly entertainment is offered in the bar/lounge area. There was a musical duo( piano and vocalist) each night as well as occasional trivia types games. We were very fortunate to have a classical trained singer as our cruise director. His two performances during our cruise were both standing room only. Additionally, Viking brings on local entertainers as enrichments as you sail past their region.. We watched opera singers, musicians and even a glass blower!
Service was outstanding.Our stateroom was always clean and our steward instantly responded to all requests.
The included shore excursions were very informative and enjoyable. We the most impressive guides of any shore excursion to date.
I don't have any complaints about Viking. In fact, within two weeks of returning home, we had booked another cruise for March 2020.
Smaller than an ocean cabin. Cabin has a queen bed and nice bath. Space between the end of the bed and the cabinets is tight. Storage is adequate. Flat screen television with some movies, shows available at no extra charge. Water bottles filled twice daily. Room steward was very attentive. Window in the cabin is at water level which made for an exciting view of a swan's head as it swam by.
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