Europe - River Cruise
Hi, We returned about two weeks ago from our cruise from Bucharest to Amsterdam. A previous review pretty well said it all about the ship, although that was from Budapest, and we were on it the first week from Bucharest, so I thought I'd write about that part of it. We were met at the airport by Viking, and taken to the Raddison Blu Hotel. Our flight had been delayed, and we were pretty tired, so stayed in for the evening, but were taken on a bus tour of Bucharest next day. This part of the trip took in parts of Europe that had previously been under Communist rule, and we had been unable to visit because of my husband's job. It included Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia,and Hungary. It is a poorer part of Europe and doesn't have the tourist infrastructure, but that made it more authentic of what the people there live with. The locals were very friendly and our guides were very well spoken and educated. Some were a little hesitant to speak of the past, but were looking forward to a More
better future. It was sad to see bombed buildings from the Serb-Croatian wars, and some areas were still waiting to be cleared of mines. Roads needed repairs but there was no money as each village is responsible for roads and most of the young people have moved away to make money. Each house has a small garden for fresh veg. and a small vineyard. Plum wine is popular and each visitor is greeted with a glass. Food in local restaurants was delicious. Food on the Aegir for this part of the trip was not up to our expectations, but we had a different chef for this part of the trip. (We heard he was a replacement, and not the regular Viking Chef). When the other chef boarded in Budapest, there was a definite improvement. The servers, room staff, receptionists and concierge were all outstanding, and I don't think we've ever had such a hard working cruise director. This was a vey educational and interesting cruise, sailing on the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers with no problems with water levels. I would highly recommend doing the whole length from the Black Sea to the North Sea on the Viking Aegir. I am still sorting through my 1600 plus photos. Hope this is helpful. Less
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