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Viking Embla Cruise Review by Belle Star

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Viking Embla
Viking Embla
Member Name: Belle Star
Cruise Date: July 2013
Embarkation: Budapest
Destination: Europe River
Cabin Category: VB
Cabin Number: 211
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Member Rating   5.0 out of 5+
Dining 5+
Public Rooms 5.0
Cabins 5.0
Entertainment 3.0
Spa & Fitness 4.0
Family & Children Not Rated
Shore Excursions 4.0
Embarkation 5+
Service 5+
Value-for-Money 5.0
Rates 4.0
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Ship Facts: Viking Embla Review (by Cruise Critic!)
Great Experience

The crew was great, very accommodating in all aspects. Cabins are smaller than ocean cruise ships, but very efficient with all needed amenities including refrigerator. Veranda added additional room, but upper deck verandahs not necessary as you are often rafted to a ship next to you in port. On the river, views are the same on either deck. There are many many towns you pass while cruising, and a verandah is well worth the additional expense. Included tours are similar in each town, visiting the main church and a few other sights. Guides are sometimes hard to understand due to listening device and accents. Sufficient time to explore towns after included tours (usually about 90 minutes). We participated in only two optional tours, opting instead to wonder through the town ourselves. Dinning was very nice (all casual) usually with two options, the dinning room or the indoor/outdoor terrace. Meals were very well prepared with appropriate size portions. Note the sun deck is closed while on the Main Canal (about 4 days) due to low bridges. Entertainment is limited to a piano, but numerous talks on the canal and other subjects added to the voyage. Expect to learn the names of most of the 190 passengers aboard as the ship is relatively small and you are almost always dinning with more than 2 people.

The captain and crew reacted very well to lock strikes and other challenges to reschedule excursions to ensue we had the full experience.

If departing from Budapest, consider several days on your own prior to starting the cruise. Great city with lots to offer. Hotels can easily get you to the ship at minimal cost. Departing we used the ships transportation which made the final leg of the trip easy.


Publication Date: 08/11/13
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