4 Berlin First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

September 2015 was our first Viking River Cruise and we thought the Elba River was a grest choice. The Viking travel folks were grest to work with at every step. This included the fact that the Elba River was too low to cruise. This ... Read More
September 2015 was our first Viking River Cruise and we thought the Elba River was a grest choice. The Viking travel folks were grest to work with at every step. This included the fact that the Elba River was too low to cruise. This information did not deter us and we were so glad we went. We spent days on both the Viking Fontane and the Viking Schumann and the staff could not have better. From the greeting at the Berlin airport through departure in Prague every moment was terrific. While we missed the actual cruising everything else exceeded our expectations. The staff on each boat, Sonny and Valentina are just two of the staff that were totally dedicated to a great customer experience. Matthew, our cruise director/host was great at very step. Speaking of steps all of the walking tours to the historic sites were very manageable and the local guides were fun, knowledgeable and very articulate. This trip was so much fun we are going with Viking again in October 2016 on the Douro River to cruise in Portugal and visit Spain. Thank you Viking for a great trip and see you in a few months in portugal. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I am a very fit first time Viking river cruiser. Our first contact was in Berlin with Bojan Bozic our Program Director. He accompanied us throughout our trip, very knowledgeable, helpful and always smiling. There were never too many ... Read More
I am a very fit first time Viking river cruiser. Our first contact was in Berlin with Bojan Bozic our Program Director. He accompanied us throughout our trip, very knowledgeable, helpful and always smiling. There were never too many questions as he always interpreted our needs. The excersions were very good and we were well prepared the evening before as to historical background. The Astrild was fantastic. It was very special being the first cruisers on the ship. Our Captain Josef Cvejn never gave us a rocky moment and he mastered the locks perfectly. Jochen Prigge, the Hotel Manager, assembled a very competent, motivated and friendly crew. Thank you Victor for your smile and morning cappucino. Zjanette, you made the best Mojitos, perfect service, many thanks. The kitchen was fantastic thanks to Igor and Lajos. And again thanks to all the crew that looked after us. Two very small critics, first there is no elevator for physically challenged guests, and when travelling as a single you must pay double fare. Donna Zurich, Switzerland Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our first river cruise and we could not have been happier. The ship "astrild" was on its maiden cruise but things went so smoothly you would have thought the crew had worked together for a long time. The food was ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and we could not have been happier. The ship "astrild" was on its maiden cruise but things went so smoothly you would have thought the crew had worked together for a long time. The food was excellent, abundant, and varied. I normally do not eat much outside of the meat and potatoes group, but I tried most everything because it looked so good and it was. The cabin was spotless and got cleaned several times a day. The design of the rooms made excellent use of the space and the super large windows were great. I especially want to mention our program director Bojan who was great. He was organized and made sure we had a variety of things to do. His evening talks were always entertaining. The captain is truly gifted in how he can get the ship in the very tight locks in some areas where it looks like no more than an inch or two of room on each side. We had an unexpected fireworks show on VE Day and the captain moved the ship out into the river away from the fireworks and gave us the best seats in the house. Great job thinking on his feet. On the tours they had well informed guides which really helped get a good flavor for where we were. I especially liked Berlin and Dresden. Prague was beautiful but too crowded for me. Our guide in Prague was especially good however because he brought so much local knowledge. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We were given a lot of information before leaving which was very useful. Excellent hotels in Berlin and in Prague. Staff very helpful at all times. All the shore excursions were taken care of and information about what we were ... Read More
We were given a lot of information before leaving which was very useful. Excellent hotels in Berlin and in Prague. Staff very helpful at all times. All the shore excursions were taken care of and information about what we were doing the next day was given to us the day before which was good. Meals were excellent and we enjoyed them all. Cabin was good, the shower in the bathroom was O.K. but the water from the shower went all over the floor! The coaches were comfortable on land trips and the guides were on the whole good too. Summary/ A wonderful experience and I hope we can go on another trip, although its a bit far away for us in Chile! But if we get another chance we would definitely go on another Viking river cruise. Many many thanks. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015

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