Viking Danube Waltz: Viking Odin Cruise Review by Willybill

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Viking Danube Waltz

Sail Date: April 2012
Destination: Europe - River Cruise
Embarkation: Budapest
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 More 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! Less

Published 07/28/12

Cabin review: B211 Veranda Stateroom

211 was quite nice. It was slightly larger than the cabins on the opposite side of the aisleway, and had a small "French Balcony." There was enough room for two chairs on the balcony, but not much more. We listened to classical music on the entertainment system while in the room and enjoyed that.

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Port and Shore Excursions

Budapest was great! Viking provided a guided tour via bus on the morning after we arrived. We toured the Heroes Square, then to the Royal Palace and St. Mattias Church and a stunning view overlooking the Danube River and the rest of the city! Then to the Parliament Building, which is awesome. The ship was docked just under the Chain Bridge, which is lighted at night. The Chain Bridge, plus the other Budapest landmarks lit at night made everything really beautiful. Bratislava, our second port (not listed in the port listings on this form) was also very nice, but not nearly as interesting to us as Budapest or Vienna. However, the tour arranged by Viking was quite nice, and there were many interesting sights to see. We also found a nice cafe for coffee and pastry after our tour. Vienna was great! We thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of the city, and the tour was quite nice. We found another nice pastry shop! We went on an optional excursion at night to see a performance of Mozart and Strauss, and thoroughly enjoyed that as well. Additional stops were in Durnstein (just a village,) Melk (a small town) and Passau. We enjoyed each of these towns and the provided tours.
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Prague was great! The architecture was really interesting, although a number of buildings were, as our guide stated, "...awaiting restoration." We had three days here, with a bus tour of the city on our first morning in port, including the Prague Castle, the old (now pedestrian) bridge over the river in Old Town, and the square where the Easter Market was held. On our own we toured all around the Old Town area on foot, including the Jewish Quarter. I definitely want to go back here!
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