We took our first river cruise with Viking based, for the most part, on reviews and recommendations. This turned out to be an excellent decision. The ship was bright, light, spotless and comfortable. We were concerned about the stateroom size, as it was quite a bit smaller than what we found on larger ships, but the thought that went into the design of each stateroom provided outstanding storage and the best use of space possible.
Meals in the dining room were quite good with many choices of well prepared meals, all served by excellent servers who learned our likes after the first day and always had a large iced tea at our table. We found all the staff we met to be helpful, pleasant and willing to go out of their way to make our trip the best it could be.
The land tours were led by knowledgeable and involved personnel. Although we sometimes felt too much time was spent on buses, the groups themselves were not overly large and this allowed for time to ask questions.
Cabin was smaller than ocean going ships but well designed with great light and storage space. Bathroom also was small but shelving and large vanity space allowed for all of our things being thoughtfully stashed.In all ways this small cabin met our needs although a more comfortable chair would have been nice and the pillows were flat and simply awful.