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This was our first 'river cruise' and we are delighted that we chose Viking River Cruises to sail along the Rhine River. From the moment we stepped aboard we were warmly greeted and well cared for by an amazing team of crew members. The ship is less than 6 months old and it was a delight to be on board a clean, sleek, and well-designed boat. We had a cabin on the highest deck and while not huge, it was plenty big enough with lots of storage space for clothes and shoes, and space under the bed to store our suitcases. The big screen TV in the room was a nice bonus and the bed was very comfortable. (Pillows are on the soft side, which I loved.) Each day included some sort of tour, mostly via bus trips. These were well-organized excursions on beautiful buses. Each person is issued a wearable headset so that everyone can hear the tour guide. These proved so useful. They were easy to use and worked beautifully. And each local tour guide was truly superb. They had great knowledge of the subject and the area and they were skillful in moving the group along and answering questions. Food: there are two options for dining: the very casual upper lounge and the formal dining room. We found that the dining room offered a much better option for us with more choices. The food was excellent and one night everyone was welcomed into the small galley where all the chefs were proud to show off what they do in a small space. Breakfasts always included eggs and omelets made-to-order along with numerous meats and side dishes and breads/pastries. Lunch always included beautiful and tasty and creative side salads and a pasta dish along with several options for ordering off the menu. Dinners were creative and always offered a nice variety of options. We found it helpful to sit in the same area each night so that the server gets to know you and your preferences. We found the itinerary beautifully planned with stops at great locations, nearby towns and villages, and a good combination of bus tours and walking tours and sometimes cruising along the river by day. On the day we were to sail along the area of the Rhine studded with castles we had changeable weather - from bright sun to clouds to fog, with a very cold wind. (early September) So while the weather was disappointing, it was still a great way to travel! Our cruise director, Nick, was an unstoppable man with a great sense of humor. He made the trip extra enjoyable, as did the wait staff and bar staff. Every crew member showed us the utmost respect, performed their jobs very well, and made us feel very welcome. Our group of 4 felt there were just two things that could be improved upon: 1.) We wish there were some tables for 4 in the formal dining room. Each night there were always new people to meet, and while that is not really terrible, there were some nights that we just didn't want to have to 'meet and greet' yet another couple or two. 2.) Bus trips: we were on the younger side (late 50s) of the age group and wish that there was a bus for "fit and active" people who all moved at the same (faster) pace. Perhaps people could self-identify if they want to be in an 'active' or 'leisure' bus. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise, the ship, the staff, the locations, the tour guides, the food, and the entire experience. It exceeded our expectations - and we do a lot of traveling!

Exceeded Expectatioins

Viking Ingvi Cruise Review by cruisergirl46

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This was our first 'river cruise' and we are delighted that we chose Viking River Cruises to sail along the Rhine River. From the moment we stepped aboard we were warmly greeted and well cared for by an amazing team of crew members. The ship is less than 6 months old and it was a delight to be on board a clean, sleek, and well-designed boat. We had a cabin on the highest deck and while not huge, it was plenty big enough with lots of storage space for clothes and shoes, and space under the bed to store our suitcases. The big screen TV in the room was a nice bonus and the bed was very comfortable. (Pillows are on the soft side, which I loved.)
Each day included some sort of tour, mostly via bus trips. These were well-organized excursions on beautiful buses. Each person is issued a wearable headset so that everyone can hear the tour guide. These proved so useful. They were easy to use and worked beautifully. And each local tour guide was truly superb. They had great knowledge of the subject and the area and they were skillful in moving the group along and answering questions.
Food: there are two options for dining: the very casual upper lounge and the formal dining room. We found that the dining room offered a much better option for us with more choices. The food was excellent and one night everyone was welcomed into the small galley where all the chefs were proud to show off what they do in a small space. Breakfasts always included eggs and omelets made-to-order along with numerous meats and side dishes and breads/pastries. Lunch always included beautiful and tasty and creative side salads and a pasta dish along with several options for ordering off the menu. Dinners were creative and always offered a nice variety of options. We found it helpful to sit in the same area each night so that the server gets to know you and your preferences.
We found the itinerary beautifully planned with stops at great locations, nearby towns and villages, and a good combination of bus tours and walking tours and sometimes cruising along the river by day. On the day we were to sail along the area of the Rhine studded with castles we had changeable weather - from bright sun to clouds to fog, with a very cold wind. (early September) So while the weather was disappointing, it was still a great way to travel!
Our cruise director, Nick, was an unstoppable man with a great sense of humor. He made the trip extra enjoyable, as did the wait staff and bar staff. Every crew member showed us the utmost respect, performed their jobs very well, and made us feel very welcome.
Our group of 4 felt there were just two things that could be improved upon:
1.) We wish there were some tables for 4 in the formal dining room. Each night there were always new people to meet, and while that is not really terrible, there were some nights that we just didn't want to have to 'meet and greet' yet another couple or two.
2.) Bus trips: we were on the younger side (late 50s) of the age group and wish that there was a bus for "fit and active" people who all moved at the same (faster) pace. Perhaps people could self-identify if they want to be in an 'active' or 'leisure' bus.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the cruise, the ship, the staff, the locations, the tour guides, the food, and the entire experience. It exceeded our expectations - and we do a lot of traveling!
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Cabin 317
The cabin, while not huge, was 'big enough' and included plenty of storage options, including space under the bed for suitcases. Our cabin was on the third deck, pretty much in the middle of the ship, and it was convenient to access. Note that the ships are very long, so if you choose a cabin at/near the end of the ship you will have a long walk to the dining room and the central foyer.
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