Viking is a GOOD company! They did all they promised and more. Instead of trying to come up with more ways to make money, they gave us unexpected free activities and services.We have done 3 escorted European land tours and 9 large ship cruises and this riverboat was the easiest traveling we have ever done. In most ports we were docked in town so we could easily come and go. User friendly city maps were plentiful as were slips of paper with the ships phone number and location.
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!