We really didn’t know what to expect from this cruise from Basel to Amsterdam. We have sailed on the Nile in the past, but never on a European river, so although we had some idea of what was involved, we were in the dark a little with ... Read More
We really didn’t know what to expect from this cruise from Basel to Amsterdam. We have sailed on the Nile in the past, but never on a European river, so although we had some idea of what was involved, we were in the dark a little with what to expect. However, Viking did look after us very well indeed right from start to finish. One thing that does however remain the same as the Nile boats, is that you can be moored up tight against another river boat, which is standard practice. Viking have their own mooring/docking points at each port of call. The ‘Viking Daily’ which gives your itinerary for the next day’s activities is delivered during the previous evening.
The Viking Gullveig is very new and the cabins are just wonderful, although really tight on space. Our cabin was No. 334 with a ‘French’ balcony. However, having said that, there is lots of storage space for luggage, clothes, etc. I’ve done a small separate cabin review that should be attached to this review here in Cruise Critic. One thing the boat doesn’t have though is a swimming pool. I don’t know why I thought it did, but perhaps I was thinking more of the Nile boats, as they do have pools on board. Life on board the Gullveig is very relaxing and there’s no ‘dressing up’ unless you really want to of course! The food on board is just excellent – we couldn’t fault a thing. The trips ashore are also very good but, like all package tours and trips, there’s never enough time in each place, however Viking seem to do their very best to give you some free time to do as you wish, which was appreciated.
Everything ran like clockwork aboard the boat and we were unaware of any problems that there might have been. Entertainment is limited and perhaps not to everyone’s taste, but on some nights there is an opportunity to leave the boat to go ashore, which we took advantage of.
We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful right across the board – they are all obviously trained very well and they look after their passengers admirably. There was free wi-fi aboard with fairly good reception apart from up on the sun deck where I couldn’t get a signal.
I’m not going to go into great detail here as I have done a travel blog with loads of photos, which pretty much covers the boat and what we done and saw on the cruise, so will give the link to that plus my Flickr album of photos that I took at the time of the Viking Gullveig. I am hoping that this will give people an insight into the cruise and the boat as there wasn’t much information out there when we were trying to do research prior to our holiday.
Although you can book an extension to the cruise holiday to stay in either Basel or Amsterdam with Viking, we chose to do our own booking for Amsterdam at the end of the cruise. Of course that meant that we were responsible for our own transport to the hotel from the boat and then from the hotel to the airport, but that wasn’t a problem at all and everything ran smoothly. Viking are still happy to arrange your flights to suit what you have booked for yourself. If you arrange your extension with Viking though, then all of your transfers are included in the price of your holiday.
All in all, we had a wonderful holiday and would recommend Viking very highly.
Travel blog: http://vikinggullveigcruise.blogspot.co.uk/2014_07_01_archive.html
Flickr album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marlscat/sets/72157645474973747/
**I had to put the port of embarkation as Amsterdam as Basel isn't mentioned in the list given. This cruise sails from Basel to Amsterdam (which is how we travelled) and also in the reverse from Amsterdam to Basel**