Viking Njord Cruise Review by gregstaff: WONDERFUL, RELAXING, INTIMATE
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WONDERFUL, RELAXING, INTIMATE
We sailed from Nuremberg to Budapest 12 - 19 July 2014, and thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. The crew was exceptionally friendly, upbeat, and helpful, and the food was great, plentiful, and varied; the evening activities were fun. Ship is clean as a hospital. Ship holds about 188 people, so by the end of the week you get to know most all of them, at least by sight.
There are no exercise / fitness facilities on the ship.
Arrival and departure went without a hitch.
This is a very unstressful way to visit Europe –
Only turn-off in retrospect was the hard sell for the shore excursions. Although they state that they must be signed up for immediately, we found that late sign-ups are possible for them all. (None filled up). Suggest you wait for excursions that are later in your trip, as you may change your mind. Once you sign up, there is no refund.
A few suggestions for travelers:
Bring all the clothes you need. Laundry services More are very expensive.
Internet (WIFI) works OK, but can be slow at times.
Buy spirits in duty free on your way to your boarding city. Mixed drinks are about $10. Beer and wine are free at dinner, but otherwise are reasonable at $4/glass.
If your itinerary includes Budapest, cannot recommend the Jewish Quarter excursion in Budapest - the museum and synagogue were good, but the walking tour afterward was just not interesting.
Unless you plan on spending a lot of time looking out your cabin window, the lower (cheaper) level is fine. On these ships, you really pay a premium for large windows / balconies.
If you are booking far in advance, try to avoid the spring flood season.
The crew really works hard for the gratuity they hope you will leave at the end. We passengers are lucky to have the wherewithal to afford a very nice vacation - don't "cheap out" on the crew. If you can afford this trip, I guarantee you that you will not miss an extra 50 Euros in two weeks' time. Less
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