We took the Rhine Getaway cruise from Basel to Amsterdam in the Viking Rinda (one of Viking's new ships this year). After many ocean cruises, this was our first river cruise. Overall, we were very pleased with all aspects of the cruise and Viking. We are an empty nest couple nearing 50. As expected, we found the demographic on board mostly Americans in their 60's and 70's. We were very pleased that there was no strict dress code like the ocean cruises and most people wore jeans all week. Our opinion is that the formal dress codes and men having to wear long sleeve, collared shirts and slacks to dinner every night need to be put in the past.
The included tours each day were well organized and the guides very knowledgeable, polite, and sometimes very funny. As others have posted, the most scenic part of the trip is the middle Rhine were most of the castles are located. The food overall was very good, a little better than Princess. As there are only 200 passengers and 45 crew on board, the experience was much more intimate than that of a large ocean cruise ship. Our captain, Attila Toth, and rest of the officers greeted each passenger with a toast at both the welcome and farewell cocktail parties. We purchased the most basic category of cabin (#120) and were satisfied, since you spend very little time in your cabin.
There are a few things Viking can improve on we would like to share with prospective guests:
The bed pillows were the flattest down we have ever seen. 2 piled on top of each other was barely sufficient. If you have pillow preferences, bring your own.
When disembarking the ship, you were given a hand written card with your cabin number, which you handed in when you re-boarded. Implementing a system to swipe your key card like on the ocean cruises would greatly update the process.
The house wines included with lunch or dinner were the same all week and could be better.
Lunch was served around 12pm and most nights dinner was not served until 7pm, which is a little late for us. Besides cookies and some dry muffins at the self serve coffee bar, there was no food available between lunch and dinner. It would have been nice to have some finger sandwiches or other more substantial snacks during this time.
It would be nice to offer more active, longer tours to guests that want to purchase something more. There were 5 additional tours offered during the week, but still short in duration. Unless the passenger demographic changes to include younger couples, this may not change.
We would cruise with Viking again and would recommend them to others.