“A very civilised way to travel!”
Cruise review of Viking Danube

Happy Wanderers046 Viking Danube 5 A very civilised way to travel!
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We boarded the ship in Budapest after an interesting cab ride from the airport with a driver who did not speak much English. We were made welcome by the Viking Danube crew and offered a light luncheon while our cabin was made ready. The first night was spent in Budapest and we undertook a city excursion the following day. We visited several prominent city landmarks and returned to the ship in time to set sail down river. The following days saw a succession of incredible scenery and interesting stops at Bratislava, Vienna, Melk, Passau, Regensberg, Nuremberg, Wurzberg, Wertheim, Koblenz, Cologne, Kinderdijk and finally Amsterdam.

The scenery was everything we had imagined, "post card perfect" is a fair description I think. At each stop there were included tours and options to do additional sightseeing if we wished. In Vienna a visit to the opulent Schonbrunn Palace and an evening Mozart and Strauss concert at one of the city salons is a must. The historic Melk Abbey is another fascinating place to visit. The trip was fantastic, we were well looked after both on board ship by the excellent crew and on shore by our tour directors and local guides. We learned a lot about the history of the areas we visited and were able to sample the cuisine of the regions.

We took the cruise at the end of a two month holiday around Europe and were delighted with the quality of food and service provided. We were able to relax and thoroughly enjoy the last couple of weeks of our holiday being looked after by the excellent staff and meeting new friends. River cruising is a very civilised way to travel!

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Cabin review:

We had a lower deck cabin. The cabin was clean and comfortable and not too cramped for space. The amount of storage space was a bit limited, hanging space was adequate but cupboard/drawer space was limited. The view from our cabin windows was a bit restricted as it was just above the waterline. This was not a major problem though as access to the upper decks was easy. The cabin steward was very efficient and cheerful.

Port and Shore Excursions

The ship docks very close to the train station so accesss to and from the ship is quite simple. We did not undertake any touring around Amsterdam as part of our cruise.

Budapest is a difficult place to board ship as the location can change on short notice by the Harbour Master. We found that even with the exact location of the ship the taxi driver whose English was very limited (and our Hungarian non existent) had difficulty in locating the ship. We would recommend that prepurchase of transfers to the ship is a better way to go.

The included tour is very good as it covers most of the city sights. We also used the funicular at the Chain Bridge to go up to the castle precinct. Tickets are inexpensive and the views were fantastic.

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Published 09/13/11
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