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Viking Tor Review

4.0 / 5.0
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A Tale of Two Cruises

Review for Viking Tor to Europe River
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2-5 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Jul 2014

I call this review A Tale of Two Cruises because there was everything that happened on the boat and everything that happened off the boat. For that reason, this review is in 4 parts, three referencing off the boat issues and one referencing on the boat issues:

1. Pre-cruise. We booked this cruise 18 months in advance. First mistake: We called Viking and asked them their opinion regarding itineraries. Viking is in the business of selling cruises. They don’t care which one you take. You need to get a travel agent. Contrary to the impression you get from their brochures, Viking is not a travel agent. I was totally unaware that you could book a Viking tour through an agent and that it wouldn’t cost you more money to do this. In fact, it could save you both money and aggravation (and no, I am not a travel agent).

We decided to book a week-long Rhine cruise from Amsterdam to Basel for the end of July. The boat is a newer one called the Tor.

Cabin Review

Cabin French Balcony

This room was excellent. It was on the east side of the boat so we saw beautiful sunrises. At sunset, we were normally at dinner or in the lounge so we were able to see those as well. The rooms are designed for maximum efficiency. I do not travel light and there was room for everything. The bed was facing backward and that would be the only thing I would have changed. That is, no big deal but you might want to make sure the bed in your room faces the direction in which the ship is sailing. The boat is a perfect size. Small enough to get around very easily and meet people. Large enough not to feel crowded in any way. They provide you with a hair dryer but it doesn't plug in the bathroom. It plugs in by the sliding doors where this is a little vanity area.

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