Myself and friend booked this holiday over a year in advance and was looking forward to this for a long time so I can't help feeling then that the holiday itself was very anti-climactic.
We opted for getting the eurostar from London to Amsterdam and this part was smooth and enjoyable. We arrived in Amsterdam on time but minus the person who was meant to meet us. Using Google and common sense we made our own way to the boat after we called it directly to find out where it was moored. We had to have the room rearranged upon arrival but one thing I cannot fault is the staff. Friendly, funny and engaging the entire time and couldnt be more helpful.
The cabins are somewhat small and sadly despite the beautiful weather we rarely had the sliding door open...for some strange reasons these boats are a magnet for spiders and creepy crawlies.
The rooms are small but well fitted. Bed was comfortable and external noise minimal. Didnt spend much time but was very serviceable. Shame Viking stopped using L'occitane products. Bathroom also small but adequate. Room was always cleaned well and made up by staff promptly.
Visited Cologne on a sunday when everything is closed. Disappointing. Spent time afterwards walking around and visited the Lindt chocolate factory which definitely made up for it!
I personally didnt visit Koblenz but friend did. He enjoyed while I enjoyed some quality relaxation on the boat.
Seemed silly to be doing two castles back to back so spent time on the boat to Speyer and visited the Technik museum. Could have spent so much more time there and by far the best most interactive museum I have ever been to. Viking should really look at including it in their itinerary.
Well worth paying extra for the canal cruise. Stories provided through head sets were entertaining and funny even of the accents were a bit dodgy.