My husband and I are avid cruisers. We were on the May 14 cruise of Viking in the Ukraine. We upgraded to a mid level room. That was the first thing
ROOM: Viking does not tell you that there is no difference between the room categories unless you get a suite. The difference of the other rooms is their position on the boat. The cheapest is bottom level, small window, port side, next level is same room on river side, next category is one floor up, same room port side with a walking path in front of your room (floor three).
The room is tiny, tiny, two small beds, cot size and a bathroom that is SSS, . poop, shower, shave with a curtain to separate the towels so they do not get wet. The shower is actually a hand held attached to the sink.
The closet is an armoire with the bar running from front to back, which means you need to move everything to get anything. There is one small drawer.
When you enter there is a mirror with a small shelf underneath.
The room is the worse I have ever had even though it was not inexpensive $2,800 per person. If you want a normal cruise ship room you must get what they call a suite.
FOOD: The breakfast and lunch were best. Dinner looked good but in most cases was tasteless. The standard wine was awful. One day they brought three bottles of the same wine to the table, each one was another color.
TOURS: Were well done, not too much to see between Odessa and Kiev, lots of Lenin statues and gray towns. Odessa and Kiev were OK.
SHIP: Has no place to sit or "lobby". By each staircase there is a couch which looks like it is 1940's. There is a bar, but you feel like you should buy a drink, The library requires no noise. Each room can seat 30 or so. There is a sun deck, but how about rain?STAFF: Tries to do their best but there is lots of down time with nothing to do.
EMBARKATION: If you want to save money take a taxi. Their charges are outrageous. We had to do our own transportation, cost about $40 from Ukraine airport.....bad part, no sign and the ship was behind another we drove by 2 times finally saw some other people standing and we followed them. Awful embarkation.
SUMMARY: There are 2,200 ships on the Danube in one day, there is one on the Denpier, and the Ukraine government requires Viking to rent it from them. If you don't have a compeling reason to take this cruise do another.