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The ship never sailed. I don't know how they can call it a river CRUISE. I did not get notice until after I had arrived in Europe and lost the chance to cancel. it was supposed to cruise from Prague to Berlin. They substituted long ... Read More
The ship never sailed. I don't know how they can call it a river CRUISE. I did not get notice until after I had arrived in Europe and lost the chance to cancel. it was supposed to cruise from Prague to Berlin. They substituted long bus rides and a move to a second ship, the Beyla. One day (Between the hotel and arrival at the ship) included a mandatory trip to walk around Litormerice for hours in 1oo degree heat where (since they had changed the day of the visit to Sunday) everything was closed except a beer cellar where they had arranged a tasting. I am a 68 year old and was traveling with a friend. In Prague, we stayed at the Radisson Blu Hotel, which was very comfortable and in a great location. The Astrilde was a pretty new ship, although the cabins are small. Two people can't walk past each other. There were daily bus excursions to local towns. Activities and entertainment on the ship were very limited, probably because we did not cruise to planned ports. Two nights were German history, one was a Viking "commercial" followed by irate customer complaints, and one was a string trio from Dresden. Dining on the ship was a highlight with good food, good service, and good company. With the rescheduling, we ended with only twelve hours in Berlin and took the 4:45am shuttle to the airport. In summary, I wish I could have cancelled or postponed. The bad outweighed the good. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Booked an elegant elbe river cruise with viking. 3 days in prague before the 7 day cruise on the viking fontane (excellent). Three says in berlin after the cruise (excellent). 7 days devoted to the river cruise (a big fiasco). There was ... Read More
Booked an elegant elbe river cruise with viking. 3 days in prague before the 7 day cruise on the viking fontane (excellent). Three says in berlin after the cruise (excellent). 7 days devoted to the river cruise (a big fiasco). There was insufficient water in the elbe for cruising. We remained tied to the dock at dresden and were bussed every day to various sites. Then we were told to pack our bags and bussed to the viking schumann where we exchanged cabins with the schumann passengers who were transferred by bus to the fontane. We began our cruiseless cruise on june 5. Water levels in the elbe were tooooooo low weeks before that. Did viking notify the passengers and give them the option to cancel or re book? Noooooooooooooo!!! We were offered a refund of $1775 in cash and an equal amount in a voucher for another viking cruise which expires in one year. Beware! An anticipated restful river cruise turned into an exhausting bus tour. Want to river cruise... Try a reputable company like ama or scenic or any one but viking. Don't book with viking. You will be up the river without a paddle. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015

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