Best vacation ever: Viking Helvetia Cruise Review by kgoley
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Best vacation ever
Destination: Europe - River Cruise
Now .. for the ship and the cruise itself! The Helvetia was everything I expected and more. Our cabin was a good size, but the best part was the French balcony that allowed us to fully open the sliding door and watch the river run. It was especially beautiful at night and the sound was hypnotizing. The public areas were great - plenty of places to sit and watch the banks of the Rhine, including on the top deck. I loved the dining room - tables of 6 or 8 meant that you sat with new people every night and got to meet lots of passengers. The food was excellent. It was more American than European, though there were always local specialties on the menu. This is not your "belly up to the bar" kind of cruise! No huge buffets, just elegant, delicious, fresh meals!
The itinerary was excellent and the section of the Middle Rhine was everything I had dreamed it would be. Rene did a continuous explanation of all that we were seeing - the castles, vineyards, and small towns. We were able to walk off the ship in every port to walk around and each port had an included city tour. We did take a bus tour into the Black Forest and I was so grateful since I wouldn't want to just stay on the river and miss that! Each night included a talk about our next port, or a language lesson or food tasting for the region we were visiting.
We made great new friends from around the world and experienced a beautiful part of Europe. It was my 50th birthday and our 25th anniversary and we had saved for years to make this happen. It was worth every dollar. If you are looking for an elegant way to see Europe, want to be well taken care of and feel pampered, learn a bit while you travel, and relax all at the same time, a Viking Cruise is for you! We're already saving for the next one! Less
Cabin review: A325 Deluxe Stateroom with French Balcony
Cabin 325. All cabins on this ship are pretty much the same size. The price difference lies in the level of your room. The top floor cabins like this one have a full sliding glass door from which to view the river, the middle rooms have a picture window that can open, and the lowest deck rooms have a small window at about water level.Read All Deluxe Stateroom with French Balcony (A) Reviews >>