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Viking Ingvar Review

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River Cruise: St. Petersburg to Moscow

Review for Viking Ingvar to Europe River
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2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jun 2012

River cruising to historic venues is different than ocean cruising. The emphasis is on the places you visit, not the entertainment/fun/gambling etc, on-board ship. River cruising is not for everyone. There are no swimming pools or casinos or discos or men's hairy chest contents. Viking does a wonderful job with providing knowledgeable guides and excursions that give the information and cultural experience that these cruises are all about. The populations on these cruises is generally healthy mid-to-older English speakers, with an occasional young person, but no young children. Viking cautions that disabilities may prevent you from engaging in most of the excursions, however the ships have elevators.

The food is excellent, as is the service. One night we had fresh fish from the Lake that we were presently transiting. Another day, breakfast cheese from the local market was served. Food was Russian themed and prepared expertly by our Austrian chef. Meals are one sitting with no assigned seating allowing the opportunity to meet many different people. The small size of these ships keeps the atmosphere fairly intimate compared with large ocean liners. The accommodations are the best on the rivers, not glitzy, but attractive and providing all amenities. Entertainment is low key, with some of it provided by evening excursions to shows: ballet, folkloric, etc. and on-board demonstrations and associated fun: vodka tasting, Moscow at night city tour. There are also historic info talks by knowledgeable staff. The "shopping talks" that are standard on cruise ships here are truly informational and not specific to stores or pushing vendors.

We have travelled with Viking twice and would not hesitate to use them again. However, personally, we would not take a river cruise within Europe(other than Russia)as we would prefer to travel on our own by car or train and staying in hotels in order to more experience the environment. In areas of the world where the language and depth of information require a tour, river cruises are a wonderful solution. We were able to see more of Russia than we would have been able to experience any other way and in a more comfortable/affable environment than an other type of tour/cruise would allow.

Cabin Review

All cabins except for the suites are pretty much identical and the elevation in the ship is of no consequence since these are not tall ships and there is no ocean movement. Location is the only consideration and that is based on how quiet or participatory you are during the evenings.

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