My wife and I are both retired and have taken up cruising again after several years of raising a family. We booked the Viking Prestige in order to be on its maiden voyage in June, 2011. We did a two day pre cruise stay in Amsterdam at the Radisson which was fun.
The embarkation went smoothly. Unfortunately, Viking has problems that need to be corrected. First, the bathrooms flood due to hair traps being located at floor level. The beds are extremely hard. The satellite was iffy at best. Don't try to watch TV...and don't try to use a computer. Our view was blocked 10 of the 15 days due to other ships tied up next to ours. Conversations from adjoining suites are recognizable due to no insulation in the ceilings. The lounge is not big enough for all of the passengers to view a presentation. The touted Sun Deck was closed 8 days due to height restrictions. On the plus side, the food was excellent as was the free wine every night, but soft drinks were an added expense...
many excursions are well run and informative, with Viking using local guides who are informative, especially in Wurzburg and Melk. The disembarkation went smoothly with passengers going to the airport in Budapest on buses at a scheduled time. Don't expect to see any negative comments on Vikings Facebook page as they will censor it. Trust me, I know...They did offer me $500 per passenger for a future cruise, but why would I want to get burned twice? Less
Viking Prestige Cruises to the British Isles & Western Europe