A Wonderful Overview: Viking Legend Cruise Review by Nursechick

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A Wonderful Overview

Sail Date: August 2012
Destination: Europe - River Cruise
Embarkation: Budapest
My husband and I usually plan our own trips and do not take tours arranged by companies. However, we were not sure we could manage such an adventure in an area of the world where we are not familiar with the languages. In the past, we have vacationed in the US, England, and the Netherlands. A Viking River Cruise seemed like a great way to see a lot and not have to worry about lodging or transport, and it was perfect!

The flight arrangements and transfers went off without a hitch, and the staff on our ship (The Viking Legend) were as friendly as could be. Our cabin was very ergonomic--not large, but laid out EXTREMELY well--we were able to put everything away and not have it feel cluttered at all. The food was EXCELLENT--several regional choices at many meals, and if we weren't feeling as adventurous, there were always choices of salmon, chicken, or steak. Breakfasts were a sumptuous buffet, and the waitstaff at all meals were attentive. The wine and beer included in More lunch and dinner were just fine--we did not feel the need to get the extra package. And the destinations! Each morning, there would be a tour by bus and then walking in the historic area of whatever the port of call was. The audio system worked well, and the guides were very knowledgeable. After lunch, we generally had free time or optional tours--we took a couple of the optional tours (a private home visit in Bratislava, which was fascinating as we got to hear about the changes in lifestyle as Slovakia became part of the EU), a trip to Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, and a classical concert in Vienna. These extra trips were worth it.

The only disadvantage to a cruise of this type is it left us wanting more, and we would LOVE to see Vienna in more detail--we'll need to make a dedicated trip for that at some point! If you are looking for a very comfortable and convenient way to get a look at a broad area, and don't want to have to worry about ANYTHING, a Viking River Cruise is the way to go! Less

Published 02/06/13

Cabin review: B207 Deluxe Stateroom with French Balcony

Room 207 was lovely--small, to be sure, but laid out very well. We were able to easily put everything away and slide our luggage under the bed, which was comfortable. Our "French Balcony" (a sliding door) was nice to have--great views, though we spent much of our time on deck if we were even on the ship! Our room was quiet, and since the Viking Legend is a small ship, we were never far from where we needed to be. We were worried that showering would get the whole bathroom wet, but again--very well designed! Not a drop of water where it didn't belong, and the water pressure and temperature were fine!

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Port and Shore Excursions

Budapest was the most "foreign" of the places we stopped, and we enjoyed it a lot. It was very hot on the day we were there, which caused one of our planned excursions (a horse show) to be canceled. That was a slight disappointment, but better for the horses, I'm sure! We loved walking to the City Market and getting a real sense of the smells and tastes of Budapest! The historical tour was very interesting. Our other ports are not listed--we stopped in Bratislava, Vienna, Melk, Durnstein, Linz (with a side trip to Salzburg), and Passau. Vienna was absolutely beautiful, and there was too much to see in a day--we want to go back! The monastery in Melk was incredible, and the cruise up the Danube to Durnstein was extremely pretty. The trip to Salzburg involved a fairly long bus ride, but it was a lovely town and we really enjoyed seeing it. Lots of good music, food, and art everywhere we went!
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