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Sail Date: August 2014
This review is for the Viking "Rhine Getaway" cruise on the new longship Ingvi from Amsterdam to Basel with the two night pre-cruise extension in Amsterdam. We made the mistake of trying to take advantage of an offer from ... Read More
This review is for the Viking "Rhine Getaway" cruise on the new longship Ingvi from Amsterdam to Basel with the two night pre-cruise extension in Amsterdam. We made the mistake of trying to take advantage of an offer from Discover Card that required us to use their travel agency. The only "special" request that we had was that the cabin be equipped with a refrigerator to store my insulin, all of the new longships and several of the older ships have this. The first six trip proposals that we received were for ships without refrigerators in the cabins, by the time that that we could book a reservation on the longship Ingvi it was for seven weeks past our requested cruise date. Our credit card was charged for a higher amount than I had authorized, we eventually received a refund for the excess amount. We only received the Viking cruise kit two days before our sailing date. Whenever we tried to contact Viking for information we were told that we had to work through our travel agent. Every time that we spoke with someone from the travel agency it was with a different agent. We booked flights and transfers as part of the package, big mistake. I'm sure that we were charged twice as much as we should have been for airfare. For our transfer from Schiphol airport to the Moevenpick hotel we had to search for an agent who made it clear that she didn't care about us and that we should "wait over there". We ended up riding with eight people in a van with seating for six and holding our luggage on our laps. At the hotel our room was not ready, so they checked our luggage and carry ons. After spending four hours walking around Amsterdam on our own we were allowed to check into our room at 4:00 pm but had to wait five more hours for our luggage to be located. The hotel said that they were "very busy". The Moevenpick hotel room was adequate but not worth the price, the included breakfast was spectacular. We took the mediocre Viking walking tour around the same section of Amsterdam that we had previously explored on our own and spent additional time walking and on a canal cruise. When we returned at 7:00 pm our room had not been made up, the hotel said that they were "very busy". There was a Viking representative at the Moevenpick hotel, but her dining and tour recommendations were very overpriced compared to what we found on our own. Don't go to the recommended restaurant at the library, there is a Subway fast food restaurant three doors down from the hotel with better food. The "included transfer" from the hotel to the Ingvi consisted of walking from the hotel to the ship. Once again our room was not ready, once it was we had to wait another three hours for our luggage to arrive. We took another Viking walking tour of central Amsterdam which covered the same area as the tour the previous day. The exterior of the Viking longships is very unattractive compared to the ships from other cruise lines. The interior is acceptable except that the lounge is too small for events attended by all passengers, the cabin layout is very efficient given the limited size. We had a cabin on the lowest level, we didn't mind the porthole window but the noise was terrible. We missed not having a clock or a top sheet for the bed. The service from the cabin attendant was excellent. Dinner the first night was seated at 7:00 pm, we didn't get any food until 9:00 pm. In general the ship's breakfast buffet was excellent, the lunch buffet/service good, and the dinner service skimpy and slow. Tuesday night was German food night served buffet style in the lounge, the restaurant, and the galley. There was five times as much food as anyone could possible sample. The food was better than anything else served on the cruise, I wished that they had saved the leftovers to serve the next two days. If you don't order the 'Silver Spirits' drink package you are out of luck getting any beverage service. The included Kinderdijk windmill and Marksburg castle tours were very good. Our guide for Cologne spent all of his time talking about how Catholics mistreated the Jews, celebrities he had met, parties he had been to, and current middle east politics. The Heidelberg and Strasbourg guides abandon you in the middle of the cities and tell you that you should look for your busses "back there" after shopping for a couple of hours. On the Black Forest tour the bus drives on winding roads past beautiful scenery at 100 kph without stopping so that you have more time to spend in the souvenir shops. The guide was from Italy and couldn't answer questions about the region. We didn't take any of the optional tours. We enjoyed walking through the towns of Rudesheim, Speyer, and Kehl on our own during these times. Our flight out of Basel Switzerland was at 6:50 am, so we had to get up at 3:00 am to have our luggage ready at 3:45 am and depart at 4:45 am. They did an efficient job getting us off of the ship and to the airport, but I don't understand why they schedule leaving at that time for what is supposed to be a leisure trip. In summary we do not feel that this trip was a good value and we will not be taking any more Viking cruises.   Read Less
Viking Ingvi Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 4.7
Entertainment 3.0 4.2
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.7
Family 1.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.7
Enrichment 4.0 4.6
Service 4.0 4.9
Value For Money 3.0 4.6
Rates 4.0 N/A

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