Viking Emerald Cruise Review by Calimarie
- Sail Date: May 2012
- Destination: Europe River
St Petersburg was great. THe museums and palaces are unbelievable. We booked the optional ballet back stage tour and although very pricy, was fantastic, not to be passed up. The ship, Viking Rurik was just refurbished and was excellent although all of the Viking Russian ship's interior stairways are extremely steep and difficult. Food was good although service needs more work. Viking needs to work with the cabin stewards, who although do excellent work, do not speak English.
The ports of call were all very well managed and the local tour guides were excellent. The ships tour guides were just OK, and Viking has a lot of work to get them up to standard. Our highlights include: the breakfast at the Russian home in Uglich; the visit to the school in Kuzino; the Hermatage and Peter the Greats Palace in St Petersburg; the traffic in the cities. Moscow was also another wonderful experience but rushed.
We stayed the optional extra two days and it made huge difference. The Radisson Royal Ukraine Hotel is over the top. Advice: STAY THE EXTRA TWO OPTIONAL DAYS. The local Moscow Viking hotel guides were outstanding. The subway tour is a must see and not miss the opportunity to take the Moscow river cruise at the hotel.