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Viking Freya Cruise Review by kj40

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Viking Freya
Viking Freya
Member Name: kj40
Cruise Date: July 2012
Embarkation: Amsterdam
Destination: Europe River
Cabin Category: E
Cabin Number: 102
Booking Method: Cruise Line
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5.0
Public Rooms 4.0
Cabins Not Rated
Entertainment 5.0
Spa & Fitness 1.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 5.0
Embarkation 5.0
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 4.0
Rates 4.0
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Ship Facts: Viking Freya Review (by Cruise Critic!)
A great time through central Europe
This is our second cruise with Viking River Cruises and it was again a very good cruise. The Viking Freya is a new ship and as such everything was in good order. It is a happy ship meaning all of the staff tried their best to make the cruise a enjoyable time. Our room on the lowest deck was very nice with comfortable mattresses and a nice bathroom. The shower has glass shower walls that could be converted from opaque to clear glass by pushing a switch, which was interesting but of no value to us. At night a low output night light was included that lighted the bathroom without interfering with a companions sleep. If you turned on the bathroom lights it would flood the cabin with light but it was not necessary to turn the lights on to use the toilet at night since the night light was sufficient. (A comment on an earlier review.) The closet and drawers were more than sufficient for our needs, although the number of hangers in the closest was not adequate, but we had brought a few extra hangers based on an earlier review. A forty inch TV was in every room, but we hardly used ours as we had plenty to do without it.

Our only major complaint we had was the noise level in the dining room. It was very loud and for an older person like me it made conversation very difficult. Also, the lounge was not large enough for some of the activities, such as the daily briefing of the nex day.

We enjoyed all of the included tours of the cities visited. Most were a combination of bus and walking tours with local guides. At all times the cruise directors staff was present to see that things went as close to planned as possible. An optional tour in Budapest was a Mozart/Strauss concert that was very good.

I am not including descriptions of the cities visited except to say they were all very interesting and a great way to see some of the important sites in central Europe. Those restricted to wheelchairs might have a different view as many of the tours included strenuous walks.

The part of the trip via the Maine-Danube canal had low bridges that require closing the top of the ship (sun deck0 for about a week. As we had very nice weather during our voyage, this was a negative but there was still plenty of viewing sites to see the landscape.

Overall, I highly recommend the Viking Freya 14 day cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest.

Publication Date: 08/20/12
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