Viking Eistla Cruise Review by jpauljr
My wife and I just returned from Viking's Grand European Tour on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. We are 100% satisfied with everything about this trip. The ship, Eistla, was brand new and on its maiden voyage. Viking handled all aspects of the cruise including round trip air fare from Cleveland. At every point of the trip from the airport in Amsterdam to the air port in Budapest, Viking provided qualified representatives to escort and assist us. The service aboard the ship was superb in all categories. Our program director was outstanding. The free daily excursions were well managed and always interesting. We took only one optional excursion in Nuremburg and were very pleased with the content and the guide. Food also was superb. Abundant breakfast made to order or from the buffet, lunch and dinner in the dining room was always excellent. Lunch and dinner is open seating which provides the opportunity to meet many new people. Daily schedule enabled us to be back on the ship every day for lunch as well as breakfast and dinner so you did not have to seek out local places to eat. Each day there were scheduled presentations on subjects of interest and at night there was some type of entertainment, none of which was disappointing. Two cautions about river cruising. First, there is a lot of walking on the free excursions but the excursions are rated as to level of difficulty. Second, river water level can be a problem. We had one day where the ship could not proceed because of low water lever; this was on a section of the Danube. On that day, Viking arranged an excursion to Munich which was probalby better than the originally scheduled stop for the day.
jpauljr’s Full Rating Summary
Cabin was lower level with small water level window. It provided everything we needed and was very confortable, clean and well-serviced daily. We had no regrets about having selected this lower cost option because we were never in the cabin except to sleep, shower, shave etc.
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