Positives: Glorious weather, fantastic food prepared artistically; staff was courteous, friendly, helpful and always eager to please. Although we had to change ships after the second day of our cruise (from Embla to Aegir,) the staff made it a smooth transition. Our travels through the locks were easy and almost always on time; the choices for meals offered variations - you could sit in the dining room or up on the bow deck. There was always a BBQ going with hot dogs, burgers, shish-kabobs and fresh salads. The rare entertainment we had was excellent.
Negatives: The upper deck was unusable during most of the trip, due to low bridges. There were many ports with not much time to spend. Aboard ship in the evenings, there was not enough entertainment. We would have liked MORE narration during sailing time. Although our Director was outgoing and humorous, he was not a historian and only offered what he read off a computer printout.
ALL of the furniture aboard the Viking ships are poorly designed and most uncomfortable. The "lobby" had room for 4-6 people to sit. Upstairs (library area) there were TWO chairs! Ridiculous waste of space. Laundry is quite expensive.
Viking picked us up at airport and brought us directly to ship; our bags were already in
our cabin. We were able to walk off ship and to spend time in the city. The next day, we
had a city bus tour and walk. In the afternoon, we took an optional tour to the Dohaney Synagogue and museum, which was excellent. We had lots of time and transportation was good. Departure sailing at night was spectacular.
Viking offered free tours and extended time for anyone who wished to stay. Extra buses were provided for those who stayed 2 hours longer. The city offers lots of shopping. Some of the directions for finding the buses were confusing to some. We had no problems.
We walked right off the ship in Koblenz. There had been a running marathon that morning and there were hundreds of young men and women who were celebrating "life!" There were booths of beer, sausages and music. We took the cable car up to the fortress and we were able to get a beautiful view of the river and our ship. We arrived late in the afternoon and wish we had more time to spend there.