Grand European Budapest to Amsterdam: Viking Njord Cruise Review by firefall

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Grand European Budapest to Amsterdam

Sail Date: May 2012
Destination: Europe - River Cruise
Embarkation: Budapest
We had a wonderful time and a river cruise is an excellent way to see Hungary, Austria, Germany, etc. Not sure if it was because of the newness of the Njord (and some of the crew) but things were just off a bit. Communication being a problem, we were left to wonder why our itinerary was different than our documents and what advertisements contain. Port drop off and pick-up sights were changed at the last minute and times in the ports were also changed at the last minute. This resulted in some unplanned bus rides and some very short times in cities. This was quite frustrating to us. Things just didn't run as smoothly as we were told it would with Viking.

We were able to use the upper deck only half of the voyage...understandable now but a surprise to us due to no pre-warning from Viking. Yes, they state they MAY need to close it but never let us know this voyage VERY OFTEN has this issue. The interior of the ship was quite crowded most of the cruise due to the closure. More The Lounge needs to accommodate more of the passengers...not enough seating. Loved our cabin at water level but we had horrible engine noise at night. The 135sq ft is tight but it worked ok. We don't need a balcony but room for a chair would have been a nice improvement. The shower was nice and large but hated the glass walls of the bathroom. The closet is a nice size but only a few hangers fit due to a bump out in 1/2 of it...crazy!! The TV is in the wall and we had neighbors that watched their's every waking minute at top volume. I asked the person at the desk if they could mention it to them and I was told it was my responsibility...they are not allowed. What??

Other than the TV issue...the crew were wonderful. Especially the dining staff. They all worked so hard to please and accommodate. The food was very good at breakfast & lunch...dinner was sporadic. We loved the size of the ship and very much like the small amount of passengers. The excursions were good and we had excellent guides (except just one). Just wish we had more time to explore on our own. The pace was just a bit slow for us.

River cruising is an excellent choice for some. We think we'll wait a bit for our next one. And when we do decide to try again we will try a different line. Less

Published 08/06/12

Cabin review: D234 French Balcony

Small cabin at 135sq ft! Ample counter space but need more shelves. Closet good except hangers don't fit correctly. Lots of engine noise in the rear 2 cabins. Wonderful shower. Very much liked being at water level.

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