The Viking staff did not appear to be overly experienced, but they more than made up for it with their enthusiasm and efforts to please. Because the ship was so small,we felt like the staff, captain included, became our friends. Our fellow passengers were mature, but lively, interesting and well traveled.
All but 3 tours were included and were conducted by well informed local guides who used our audioboxes effectively. The ports were visually lovely and included a mix of history, art, engineering, horticulture, nautical and food. We loved gliding down the rivers and canals with sheep nibbling grass along the dikes.
The Pride is not fancy, but was comfortable and kept immaculately clean. The food was outstanding. Breakfast and lunch were as casual or formal as desired, and dinner was all about presentation. I am "picky" and my husband is a hearty eater and neither of us were ever hungry.
We chose an early March cruise because the price was much lower and it was a good choice for us. Some flowers were blooming and there were so many other interesting and lovely things to do that we didn't feel cheated.
I would recommend this cruise highly. We were so impressed by Viking that the day after we returned home ,we booked their trip to China!