2 Berlin Romantic Cruise Reviews

Took a chance on this Baltic cruise based on itinerary and calander, we've sailed on Princess before and wanted to see what the larger ships had to offer...going smaller next time. The large ships definitely have the glitz and glam ... Read More
Took a chance on this Baltic cruise based on itinerary and calander, we've sailed on Princess before and wanted to see what the larger ships had to offer...going smaller next time. The large ships definitely have the glitz and glam but miss the personal feel we experience on Oceania and Windstar. Embarkation was a breeze taking all of 60 seconds. Gettting on in Warnemunde is easy when 90% of the ship is getting on in Copenhagen. Getting to the port is a bit tricky as Princess will only transport from the Berlin airport and not hotels downtown. Ended up with private transportation. The ship is BIG and our stateroom on the aft on Aloha 737. Was led to believe the aft staterooms have larger decks, this is not the case on Aloha but true for the decks above and below, felt like A bit of bait and switch. That said the room steward took care of everything and did not experience any issues with soot on the deck as some have. Do like sleeping with the slider door open and did have a couple of time needing to close the door for exhaust smell. Weather was cool and not alot of time spent on the swimming decks. The pool areas were largely empty and did use the hot tubs a few times. Sanctuary area was empty the entire cruise. Wanted to use the enclave area but at $199 p/p for the entire trip thought that excessive given only three sea days. Would have liked to see a 3-pack offering or something like that. I usually am less than impressed with the entertainment on these ships but given the size Princess must pony up a few more dollars for entertainment. The guest entertainers were great and even the onboard dancers and singer put on some top notch productions. The best were the Beatlemaniacs. Started every evening at Crooners where Bo and Jason knew our routine. Enjoyed the early seating in Allegro as you then get the same staff taking care of you. They get to know your likes and dislikes and were very personable. The specialty steak restaurant was a let down. Service was fine, presentation left something to be desired, a steak on a plate, and family style sides. Felt a warmer atmosphere in Allegro. We always finished the night at Crooners as well, it gives a great view of whatever is going on in the Piazza. Did all our excursions with off board Trip Advisor or Viator excursions. Would definitely recommend TJ Travel for St Petersburg, we had 6 in our group...the best way to go. Would go on another Princess again but a much smaller ship and shy away from the Big Boys. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
This fall my wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary by taking our first ever cruise on the Elbe river from Berlin to Prague. We booked 18 months in advance and secured one of two Voyager Suites on the ship to celebrate in ... Read More
This fall my wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary by taking our first ever cruise on the Elbe river from Berlin to Prague. We booked 18 months in advance and secured one of two Voyager Suites on the ship to celebrate in style. We also extended our trip 2 days on both ends to enjoy two cities that have long been on my bucket list. In large part our Viking experience was excellent. Transfers were well done, hotels very nice in great locations, the ship(s) were spectacular, crews excellent, tours/guides very knowledgeable. The food was ok but a little disappointing - the chefs did their best with the underlying product provided, but it was a best good hotel convention food. So why only a 3 rating? We did not cruise! Viking notified us a few days before sailing that water levels were low and it was possible the boat would not be able to cruise the length of the river. This became a reality and after the first night we docked at Wittenberg and bussed to our locations. Mid-trip we packed up and did a ship swap to a sister ship docked in Dresden where again we bussed to our tour destinations. A couple weeks after returning I contacted Viking customer service to relate our high level of satisfaction of the product provided but requested a refund for the incomplete experience. Within a couple hours of writing my email a very professional customer service representative called, listened, and offered discounts on future trips. I respectfully declined - the principle in play is Viking failed to deliver on their brand promise; appropriate and reasonable compensation is a fair expectation. Bottom line. Great product but do your research on water levels before booking your cruise. High water can also prevent cruising so check with Viking, your travel agent, and look for reviews like this one before committing. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016

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