Sail Date: March 2012
From the moment I boarded the Viking Odin, my home for the inaugural cruise, I knew I was in for a special treat. From the friendly and courteous staff, some of whom I had grown quite attached to by the end of my cruise; to the amenities ... Read More
From the moment I boarded the Viking Odin, my home for the inaugural cruise, I knew I was in for a special treat. From the friendly and courteous staff, some of whom I had grown quite attached to by the end of my cruise; to the amenities on board and in the cabins; to the unforgettable excursions; and yes, the glorious food--the scrumptious, delicious, gourmet food we delighted in each night. Plus, there many magical moments on board from sailing through locks and under bridges to cruising the rivers past idyllic landscapes, fascinating architecture and enchanting villages. I am still reeling from the entire experience and urge all who seek a leisurely and convenient way to see the sites of Europe, to see out Viking River Cruises for an unforgettable vacation that will create memories to last a lifetime! Our first port-of-call was Volendam where upon arrival, we embarked on a journey through Edam--home of that most scrumptious cheese; Marken--a quaint seaside village on the shores of the Ijsselmeer and then back to Volendam for a stroll through narrow streets lined with quaint and uniquely Dutch architecture. The next week, we awoke to the enchanting site of windmills barely visible in the misty horizon--Kinderdijk--where we learned about the miller's heritage and the workings of the windmills. We even climbed to the top of one of them. After lunch, we sailed to Rotterdam for a tour of the Hague to see the Queen's palace grounds and office, the Peace Palace and the Mauritshuis Musuem--home to "Girl with Pearl Earring" among other famous works of art. Not only does Viking River Cruises operate world-class ships with exceptional guest service, they provide enriching and cultural experiences for all who sail from the accommodations and spectacular ships to the epicurean delights and immersive guided tours through the various ports of call. Above all that, I think what I enjoyed the most is the intimate setting on board these river-going vessels. To sum it all up, this will not be the last time I experience Viking River Cruises--they have a new fan for life!   Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2012
My lady friend having had a cruise on a European river before Viking Odin sounded like a terrific chance to have holiday in a floating river hotel. No such luck, probably the worst holiday I and many of the other passengers to whom we ... Read More
My lady friend having had a cruise on a European river before Viking Odin sounded like a terrific chance to have holiday in a floating river hotel. No such luck, probably the worst holiday I and many of the other passengers to whom we bcame friends felt the same way. The staff were terrific except for the cruise director who would have been better off on a club 18-30 trip. A very condescending attitude towards us Senior Citizens who had probably traveled half the world before he was born. Activities were non existent, no space and the interminable time cruising especially through locks was extremely boring. For the first four days we were not allowed to use the upper deck for fear we would be decapitated by bridges confined to the main lounge with a book to read could have done that at home. Cabin useless, so small my dog would not have felt comfortable. After showering I had to leave the "shower room" in order to dry myself I could barely move my arms. Entertainment was pathetic and that is being nice, the only good time was dinner when we sat with the friends we had made and had a good laugh and chat. The only good excursion which my Lady enjoyed was an opera trip, we did our own thing when we could get off the ship and it turned out we had been quite wise to do that. Not worth the money and if it had not been for the staff and food would have been an absolute disaster. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
Our Viking Danube Waltz cruise started April 7 in Budapest. This was only the second week of cruising on the brand new Viking Odin. Ports of call included Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Linz (where we got off for a day trip to ... Read More
Our Viking Danube Waltz cruise started April 7 in Budapest. This was only the second week of cruising on the brand new Viking Odin. Ports of call included Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Linz (where we got off for a day trip to Salzburg,) Durnstein, Melk, and Passau, plus we did the three-day Prague post-cruise excursion. We thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary! This was our first trip to Central/Eastern Europe. We found the each of our stops to be very interesting and educational. Included with the Viking cruise was a guided tour of most of the ports where we stopped (in Durnstein we were on our own.) Each of the tours was quite good, but we appreciated some of the tour guides more than others. One of the things we most enjoyed was the beauty of the churches we visited in most every stop. The abbey in Melk was phenomenal, but the cathedral in Passau was also beautiful. Prague was also extremely interesting, especially Prague Castle. We were in Prague at Easter, and the Easter market was fun. The ship experience was very good. After about the second day, we felt we knew most of the ship's staff from our daily interaction. Everyone worked hard to please the guests. Our activities director was great! We found the food to be quite good and looked forward to the meals. We met many of the passengers and enjoyed the time we spent with them on the ship and the tours/excursions. Since the ship was new, everything was in excellent condition. We were concerned about the possibility of cold weather with an April 7 departure, but the weather was quite good. We had only a little rain, and in general, the early April temperatures were quite nice; cool, but nice. The one downside to us was the fact that most of our cruising was done at night so that we would be at the next port the following morning. We cruised during the day only one day, when we visited Durnstein and Melk. We found it really enjoyable to cruise past the many small towns on that daytime cruise, and it turns out that the weather was probably the best day we had while on the ship, allowing us to watch the scenery from the top of the ship, while we had German foot and free beer! We will definitely do the European river cruises again. In fact, we've already booked our next one for 2013! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2012
This is absolutely the best way to be introduced to a part of the world that is new to you. The brand new Viking Odin had clearly benefited from Viking's years of experience in its design and amenities. But it wasn't just the ... Read More
This is absolutely the best way to be introduced to a part of the world that is new to you. The brand new Viking Odin had clearly benefited from Viking's years of experience in its design and amenities. But it wasn't just the boat's beautiful interior or our roomy cabin's thoughtful design that made the trip so comfortable. It was the crew that made it made it special, worry-free and fun. I cannot imagine how Viking is able to recruit such pleasant and hard working crew members. Our room was perfectly cleaned while we were at breakfast every morning and straightened up every evening while we dined. I have not experienced such service and attention to every detail at any resort or hotel I've visited. The meals were uniformly excellent, with dishes offered each evening that were characteristic of the region. The chef came out most evenings and sincerely wanted to know what we had liked and what else we might like to see on the menu. The wines served were quite good and I don't think the attentive waiters ever let a glass become empty during dinner. I admit that I can't compare Viking to other river cruise lines and I may never be able to since I'm unlikely to commit my money and vacation time to a competing company in the hope that their ship might be as nice and their service as good as Viking's. We thought that we would be on our own for the two extra days we spent in Budapest, but even there Viking delivered our bags to our hotel room and had a concierge on duty every day to give us suggestions, make dinner reservations, buy concert tickets. Even the trip's one minor glitch turned out to be a blessing. On our last night before reaching Budapest there was a brief engine failure that caused the boat to drift into a bridge abutment. The damage was minor, but it caused us to dock at Esztergom that morning which gave us an unexpected chance to visit this royal city of the medieval Magyar kings. The view of the Danube from high up on the castle walls is worth the climb and the history exhibits are fascinating. Viking should make it a regular stop on the trip. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2012
We started our trip in Prague where we met our cruise director, Joe. He gave us great tips for our time in Prague. What a great city Prague is! In our 3 days there we used the underground, the bus and the tram service. Really easy to get ... Read More
We started our trip in Prague where we met our cruise director, Joe. He gave us great tips for our time in Prague. What a great city Prague is! In our 3 days there we used the underground, the bus and the tram service. Really easy to get around and the local folks were more than happy to assist us with directions. Our hotel accommodations in Prague were first rate. We especially enjoyed the tour of the Lobkowicz Collections at the Lobkowicz Palace. A special treat was actually meeting William Lobkowicz and listening to him explain the family history. Once we were on board the Viking Odin, Joe met with us every day to tell us about the next day's schedule of events. The local guides at each port were exceptional. We especially liked the new listening devices that enabled all of us to clearly hear what our guide was describing. The Odin crew, the staterooms, meals - everything really exceeded our expectations. Even though there was a slight malfunction with the hydraulics for the wheel house, every effort was made to ensure that our cruise continue on schedule. Vienna was memorable and the concert by the Vienna Residence Orchestra that we attended was incredible. Another of my personal favorites was visiting the Melk Abbey. The organ concert in Passau was also great. We were a group of 10. Each one of us was totally thrilled with the entire experience and plan on taking another Viking River Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2012
We cruised the Viking Odin in September 2012 on the Danube from Nuremberg to Budapest. The cruise took us to places we had wanted to see. Our room was comfortable and well kept by housekeeping, the ship was very nice and the staff was very ... Read More
We cruised the Viking Odin in September 2012 on the Danube from Nuremberg to Budapest. The cruise took us to places we had wanted to see. Our room was comfortable and well kept by housekeeping, the ship was very nice and the staff was very good especially the Cruise Director Joe, the front desk personnel and the hotel manager. The dining room staff was very attentive. The daily excursions gave you an overview and we used receivers connected to the guide -- an excellent tool. For the most part the on-shore guides were knowledgeable and interesting. The 4 or 5 additional excursions could not be signed up for in advance of the cruise but these were quite good especially the Mozart-Strauss concert and the Danube Gorge. Why was the sign up not offered prior to sailing is a mystery. Dinners in the Main Dining room were extremely noisy because all 190 guests were present at the same time making it difficult to have conversation. The dining room was crowded with armchairs that made it difficult to get in and out. Food was good but not exceptional. We did not purchase the wine & spirits package because wine or beer was provided at lunch and dinner and while it was built into the cost of the cruise, it was not worth it. We (6 of us) would have preferred to pay as you go instead. The evening entertainment consisted of a few local performers or a lecture by one of the staff, and there really was no space on board for much of anything. We were often linked up with 2 or 3 other Viking vessels visiting the same cities and used each other for transit to shore. Viking's book about the trip was most informative but they did not need to spend money on a small leather bag to hold it and 2 name tags that hardly anyone wore. Viking's marketing is quite extensive and the patrons are paying for it rather than getting value for their money on the trip. Overall, the cost was high when you compare this with a high quality but small ocean going cruise ships. The only value with these river cruisers is that they can get into places where a small Ocean going vessel cannot go. However, the cost of this access and the marketing - $3 to 4k more than a small ocean going cruise line like Oceania - causes me to think that the trip was not worth the cost. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
On this third cruise with Viking, the Four Sisters (ages 77-86) spent 8 days on the Danube River from Budapest to Nuremberg. This was perhaps a less strenuous cruise than those we have taken on the Rhine and Elbe Rivers. However, ... Read More
On this third cruise with Viking, the Four Sisters (ages 77-86) spent 8 days on the Danube River from Budapest to Nuremberg. This was perhaps a less strenuous cruise than those we have taken on the Rhine and Elbe Rivers. However, Budapest is an enchanting fairyland; Vienna, amazing and walkable; Nuremberg, chilling history, with interesting old cities in between. There are long stretches of river through the Wachau Valley with beautiful hills and interesting buildings during the cruise. The stops along the way are well planned and guided. The tour to the Danube Bend, and the ride downriver experience, is especially interesting; the visit to the Abbey less so. We did the optional castle tour but a short day in Vienna is not long enough. The cruise director and concierge were most accommodating in all requests; i.e., a cab to the organ recital because it was too far and too hilly to walk from the bus. The ship board itinerary is well planned; the food is amazing (be certain to sign up for the galley tour and be further amazed at the small space and the large output of 3 meals plus per day). Each day the cruise provided educational and special entertainments. We took advantage of all of these plus the on-shore included tours and two optional tours offered: the castle in Vienna and the World War 11 History Tour which every passenger should take. It was chilling, mentally and visually numbing providing a deeper understanding of the horrors of this war. We plan our own itineraries placing a river cruise in the middle. Budapest and Vienna are too interesting and lovely to spend only a brief time. Therefore, we spent several days beforehand in Budapest, and flew back to Vienna for a couple of days following the cruise. We also spent days in NYC and Istanbul prior to Budapest and in Prague following our return to Vienna. If one wishes to see more than what is available on a river cruise itinerary, I suggest that other cities become book ends. The cruise is an absolutely delightful way to relax and recharge. Where next????? Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2012
Being frequent cruisers on ocean vessels(over 15) this was our first River Cruise. We arrived a few days early in Nuremberg because my wife is from Bayreuth and her sister picked us up so we could spend a few days in her hometown. Since ... Read More
Being frequent cruisers on ocean vessels(over 15) this was our first River Cruise. We arrived a few days early in Nuremberg because my wife is from Bayreuth and her sister picked us up so we could spend a few days in her hometown. Since this was my first trip to my wife's birthplace I received the personal tour of all the historical and beautiful sights! The opera house, the former military base which my wife's father served, the historical downtown and of course the "new mall". My wife's family owned a shoe store for many years and even though it is not in the family anymore, it is still a shoe store downtown! After spending time with her sister and friends we were back to Nuremberg to meet up with my parents for our embarkation aboard the Viking Odin. What a beautiful ship! Everyone was extremely friendly and the atmosphere was very relaxing and pleasant. Of course many passengers were tired and sleeping in public areas because they had just arrived from the overseas flight. There was a wonderful buffet while the rooms were finished being prepared. Once the rooms were ready, we were so happy to be able to get our things into our room and get settled! We had a balcony room and it was very nice. If you have traveled on a nice ocean liner it was similar and of course small but plenty of storage space and counter space for all of our stuff and my wife's makeup. Included in the cruise fee is WiFi internet which was wonderful. We hate being nickeled and dimed on most of the ocean liners. The speed was good and every night we uploaded our pictures so when we got home all our pictures were already online! Also to be able to check email, etc in the evenings was great. Every port has included excursions. In each room is a "whisperer" which is a radio receiver listening device so you can hear your tour guide without having to be on top and close to him/her. This is a wonderful extra so you can be up to 50 or so feet away. After each excursion you put it back on its charger in your room so you use the same one each time. Viking really has fantastic guides who know the history of each port! We have had many excursions all over the world and Viking really tries to get the best! All of ours were really good. Of course some better than others but all were good and not one we had was below "above average"! In Nuremberg we saw the old castle, Nazi rally grounds and much more. All the streets downtown are named after Israeli prime ministers which really seems appropriate due to the history of the city. Once we were back to the ship we were off to the next port. One of the coolest things being on a river vs the ocean is how smooth the ride is and how close you are to the sights on land. To see castles, vineyards and go right through cities is really wonderful! Also the number of river locks we went through was amazing. I thought we may go through 1 or 2 but we had to have gone through 25 or so during our entire cruise. It is an amazing experience to go through a lock(up or down) if you never have. The ship is literally inches on each side. Also in order for the Viking Odin to go under many bridges the Captains Bridge is able to retract. It goes so far down the Captain cannot even see the river through the windows! Another really special feature you can take advantage of is the tour of the bridge which I highly recommend, especially if you have never seen how a ship is commanded and operates. Highly advanced electronics including radar, depth indicators, etc are all part of a Captain's electronics! The next port we stopped at was Regensburg, Germany. This quant town is a great place to take pictures and shop! They have some of the best German Mustard in all of Germany so you have to pick some up! There is a shop on the right, before you walk across the bridge which has the best prices on Mustard! Also there is a wonderful restaurant right at the dock which serve delicious brats. A little known fact is each German city/town has its own type of bratwurst and its own type of mustard. Some will be large brats, others smaller. Some mustards will be sweeter than others but I can tell you ALL are delicious! My favorite was in Bayreuth, my wife's hometown! All the food on the Odin is fantastic! The service is top notch and deserts are to die for! Most tables are for 6, some for 4 but really none for 2. We generally like to dine alone however we were with my parents so we sat at a table for 6. We met a very nice couple from the U.S. who we tried to sit with for each meal. They were great dinner companions and we had very nice conversation. The next port was Passau, Germany. This is where the Danube, Inn and Ilz come together and the city is sometimes known as the city of 3 rivers. The picturesque city lies in Germany’s far southeast corner near the Austrian border. Settled since prehistory and a former hub of the salt trade, it became the Roman village of Batavis, then later the Holy Roman Empire’s largest diocese and a sword-making center. Saint Stephan’s Cathedral, home of the world’s second-largest cathedral organ, is one of Passau’s favorite attractions. Our tour included beautiful churches in the main square of the city including St. Stephen's Cathedral (Dom St. Stephan). Be sure to have a good camera because you will want to take many pictures inside this church. The ceilings are beautifully painted artwork! Of course the food in all the cities is really great! The next stop is Melk, Austria, a city of only 5,000! This city and tour will take you on a brief walk through the woods (a nice trail, don't worry) to "The Melk Abbey" which is the world's most famous monastic sites sits on a high on a cliff. Again, be sure to take a good camera! The library rises two floors and also has a Troger ceiling, along with around 80,000 volumes of priceless works. The highlight of the abbey, though, is certainly the Stiftskirche (Abbey Church). The church has an astonishing number of windows and is richly embellished with marble and frescoes by Johann Michael Rottmayr with help from Troger. The spiral staircase is a treasure which you will want to take many pictures of! There is a terrace which have fine views of the river and Napoleon probably used as a lookout when he used Melk as his headquarters for his campaign against Austria. On the way back to the ship there was a small food stand in the forest. My wife and I got a bratwurst there which again was fantastic! Once everyone saw us enjoying it they all wanted something as well and got in line to order. My wife and I have always loved the little food stands and are not afraid to try things and have all over the world! More about one of our favorite things at our last stop, read on! That night on the ship we had local entertainment. A bit tight in the lounge, all that was forgot when they performed. For a small ship we did not expect the type of entertainment like on large ocean liners however we were impressed with the quality of this(and other) entertainment provided. To have true locals performing was really special for us to see! The next port was Vienna (Wein), Austria. The downtown was incredibly beautiful with another St. Stephan’s Cathedral which had some of the most beautiful colored glass windows we have ever seen. The colors in the church change as the sun changes positions(or should I say earth changes positions) which change the entire look inside the church. Hopefully when you visit you will have some sunshine because it is one of the most unusual and beautiful color reflections we have ever witnessed! Also be sure to try some of the street potatoes which are really unique and delicious! There are many bakery's and if you have never had Austian (or German) pastries, you will have to try them. They are SO MUCH better than anything here in the U.S. They are no overly sweet, just right and the bread is something indescribable! We had a great tour of Vienna and that evening we did purchase an additional excursion of a "Night at the Oprah" This was another fantastic excursion, well worth the extra cost. We went to the Vienna school of Music where we were entertained by 2 (man and women) classical dancers, a 12 piece orchestra and a pair of Oprah performers who were really good. Even for someone like me who is not well schooled in classical music or opera, this was something I would have hated to miss! The last port of call was one of the nicest, most beautiful cities we have ever been to. We have seen beautiful places like St. Petersburg and the Pyramids which of course are amazing however Budapest is right up there at the top. In fact on all the Viking TV ads the Parliament Building and Chain Bridge are shown. In day and especially at night these sights and historical places are absolutely beautiful. Luckily we were there for one of the first days of which the Christmas market was open so we were able to see the local foods and small shops. Something well worth planning a trip during this time period! Our excursion was a city wide tour which took us to such historical places such as panoramic tour of the Pest side of the city. Journey along Andrássy Avenue and see the 19th- and 20th-century mansions, National Opera House, Parliament Building and Chain Bridge. Stop in Heroes’ Square to learn more about Hungarian history, then cross the Danube to Buda’s Castle District. Walk up the hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. All of these have such wonderful views. The tragic history of Budapest(actually one side of river is Buda, the other side is Pest) is heartbreaking. From the Nazis to the Soviet occupation, these people have suffered tremendously. One thing you MUST TRY is the pastry roll. You will see people walking around eating something that is hard to determine what it is. It is rolled up held with a pastry type bakers paper. It is called a KürtÅ‘skalács but don't worry about that, just try one. Most are baked over a flame and the best are the cinnamon although they do come in other flavors. You will want one of these each time you see them being made! Worth going back to Budapest just for this alone. All in all this trip was the best cruise we have ever been on. From Viking Cruise Line, our ship, our ports, the food, excursions, everything was great. The transportation back to the airport was on a first class bus and in closing all I can say is We Cant Wait for our Next Viking Cruise!   Read Less
Sail Date: November 2012
This was my first river cruise. I have done many Ocean liners, but i was blown away with this experience. First of all, the staff aboard the Odin was top notch! Never have i met a nicer more attentive staff in all of my sailings. They ... Read More
This was my first river cruise. I have done many Ocean liners, but i was blown away with this experience. First of all, the staff aboard the Odin was top notch! Never have i met a nicer more attentive staff in all of my sailings. They were just so damn nice, and always with a smile on there face. The room was smaller than what I was used to, but it was all about the destination more than the room, but it served its purpose very well. The food selection was great! The chef out did himself every night. Breakfast was wonderful as well. I never ate lunch on board, since I was always off on an adventure during the day, and did not want to waste one moment of the over all experience. The weather was chilly, but not freezing, and I planned for the cooler weather. The cruise was also at the beginning of the Christmas market season , which is a site to behold in itself as well. I just loved loved loved everything about it. I heard some fellow guest complain a little about trivial things, but chalk it up to just spilt milk. I do regret not doing the Budapest extension. There was so much more I wanted to see, but had to catch my flight back home. Not listed in the drop down list are a few stops along the way. First stop was Nuremberg. Wonderful pastries! I could not get enough of them. The next day we found our selves in Regensburg. We did a wonderful walking tour of this old town. Rich with history. The worlds oldest sausage stand can be found here, and it is a must do. The tiny sausages with kraut, are offset with the sweet mustard on a hard rye roll. It was wonderful. We also purchased a black forest Coo-Coo clock and had it shipped home. Once again, more wonderful pastries. The following day, we stopped in Passe, and did yet another walking tour of the town, with its rich history. Then off on our own to do a little shopping . The days just did not seem long enough to capture all that we wanted to do. The following morning we arrived in Melk to tour the abbey. Rich in history and a little over the top> Most of the shops were closed since we were at the end of the season here. Our cruise date was right after thanksgiving and right at the beginning of Advent and the Christmas markets. Not till we hit Vienna were they open. We were not impressed with the market in Vienna. IT looked like everything was imported from China in the first market we ventured into. We did however find another market by St Petersburg Cathedral with more authentic goods, and Vienna had redeemed itself. Riding the subways were our preferred choice. The automated ticket machines offer English for purchasing tickets. We splurged and got the all day pass. Jumping form the red to green line and the purple.I advise that you have a good sense of direction though. We ventured out one evening to have drinks, and found that to be extremely expensive. We had 4 drinks with tip came up to about 65 euro ($75.00)yikes. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
Well let me first say the crew on the boat was wonderful, no hesitation there, friendly, helpful and an absolute joy. Now on to viking. We got started on the wrong foot when the river was to high for the boat to get down river and pick ... Read More
Well let me first say the crew on the boat was wonderful, no hesitation there, friendly, helpful and an absolute joy. Now on to viking. We got started on the wrong foot when the river was to high for the boat to get down river and pick us up. Not much viking can do about that. But they could have done something about the bus trip, things we missed such as stops along the way, and hotels we got stuck in. We were told that we would all receive a refund of 25% of what we paid plus a credit for 50% off another cruise from what we paid. That seemed fair at the outset. What followed was hardly worth it. We went from hotel to hotel, which is a pain but again, not exactly Vikings fault. The places we stayed at were however Vikings choice. Spending new years eve at the airport, with food that would gag a goat was not my idea of a pleasant cruise. While we could hear the huge fireworks display at midnight we were not part of the celebration. Having gone thru the Hogmanay in Edinburgh decided not to head out but would have enjoyed being up on the upper deck watching, which of course did not happen. Not only that, the upper deck was never even opened for reasons never really explained. The basic 90 minutes we spent walking around in Vienna was a little short to see the city and guess I will have to go back another time. But the real kicker was in seeing how, after a disappointing trip viking lived up to its word. I did receive a check in the mail. It was for about 12% of what I paid, not the 25% as promised and never did get the voucher as promised. As far as I am concerned, if this is how a company stands behind their word, I will look elsewhere to spend my money next time. Fortunately, there are plenty of lines out there, that want my money, and don't lie and cheat people after they give their word. Again, my frustration is not with the crew, or the boat, it is with the company, based in southern California, which might say something right there. Read Less
Viking Odin Ratings
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Cabins 3.5 0.0
Dining 3.5 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 1.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.5 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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