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This was Viking's Windmills and Tulips cruise. We took a 3-day pre-trip in Amsterdam to get over jet lag and take advantage of all that city has to offer. Our hotel (Amsterdam Blu) was well located near Dam Square and many other places to visit. Since Amsterdam is a good walking city, it was very convenient to get around. We bought an "I heart Amsterdam" pass, which permitted use of public transportation as well as entry to many museums, including the recently reopened Rijksmuseum. We also especially enjoyed the eclectic and informative Amsterdam Museum. Other must-sees for us were the Anne Frank House and the Rembrandt House. Restaurants offer many food choices. We liked the Indonesian-style rijstaffel at Kantjil & de Tijger. On the Viking Delling, we took advantage of as many of the optional tours as possible: Delft, the Kroller-Muller Museum, the Het Loo Palais, Bruges, and visits to a tulip farm as well as a family that owns a power-generating windmill. We also thoroughly enjoyed all the included excursions. The local guides had excellent English and were delightful people; we learned much about Holland from them. We realize we were especially fortunate with the weather. Although we did encounter some light rain during some days, for the most part, the weather was good for the spring. Our dates included the visit to the famous Keukenhof Tulip Gardens toward the end of the cruise. The day was perfect, with lovely sunshine and the tulips at or near their peak. We highly recommend the cruise. You can do as much or as little as you wish. The public areas of the ship are commodious and comfortable. The rooms are well-appointed and convenient.

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Viking Delling Cruise Review by baitang

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This was Viking's Windmills and Tulips cruise. We took a 3-day pre-trip in Amsterdam to get over jet lag and take advantage of all that city has to offer. Our hotel (Amsterdam Blu) was well located near Dam Square and many other places to visit. Since Amsterdam is a good walking city, it was very convenient to get around. We bought an "I heart Amsterdam" pass, which permitted use of public transportation as well as entry to many museums, including the recently reopened Rijksmuseum. We also especially enjoyed the eclectic and informative Amsterdam Museum. Other must-sees for us were the Anne Frank House and the Rembrandt House. Restaurants offer many food choices. We liked the Indonesian-style rijstaffel at Kantjil & de Tijger.
On the Viking Delling, we took advantage of as many of the optional tours as possible: Delft, the Kroller-Muller Museum, the Het Loo Palais, Bruges, and visits to a tulip farm as well as a family that owns a power-generating windmill. We also thoroughly enjoyed all the included excursions. The local guides had excellent English and were delightful people; we learned much about Holland from them.
We realize we were especially fortunate with the weather. Although we did encounter some light rain during some days, for the most part, the weather was good for the spring. Our dates included the visit to the famous Keukenhof Tulip Gardens toward the end of the cruise. The day was perfect, with lovely sunshine and the tulips at or near their peak.
We highly recommend the cruise. You can do as much or as little as you wish. The public areas of the ship are commodious and comfortable. The rooms are well-appointed and convenient.
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Cabin 321
We enjoyed a cabin on the top-most deck, and a veranda room that enabled us to sit outside, which we did on the occasional day. We had a nice view of the shore from the room. The rooms have a modern, scandinavian-influenced design. We found there was a space for everything. We especially enjoyed the 110 volt plugs, which enabled us to charge cell phones and ipads conveniently.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • Anne Frank House
    If you wish to visit this museum, it is highly advised to book in advance via the Internet. By the time I learned this, it was too close to our cruise for me to make the arrangements (no tickets were available online for our dates). So, my wife and I got in line by 8:00 a.m. for the 9:00 a.m. opening. If you go later in the day, the line (and wait) is much longer.To get the greatest benefit from the visit, you should read Anne Frank's Diary beforehand.Visitors climb steep stairs to see the family's "secret annex," as well as the company offices on the lower floors. Displays show how the rooms were furnished during the Frank family's stay. The museum has purchased the neighboring building to facilitate moving through the Frank house, and to provide more space for special exhibits. Among the most important are oral histories by the Dutch people who helped the Frank family. This is as much a shrine as it is a museum.
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  • Canal Tour
    The canal tour demonstrates how the city is put together, as well as the importance of the canals, and how the Dutch maintain water flow through them. The canals are still used extensively for transport, and many Dutch live in houseboats docked in some canals. The tour includes many observations about the city's history and the view of buildings, bridges, etc. from the canal is unique.
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  • City Tour
    The city tour is a land-based version of the canal tour (although not as extensive). The guide was excellent in helping us get oriented from the hotel, and in pointing out important features of the buildings, as well as life in Amsterdam (be mindful of the bicycles). We found the city tour as a start of our own exploration of the city by foot.
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  • Rijksmuseum
    The Rijksmuseum was reopened to the public in February 2014 after having been closed for many years for extensive renovation. Its collection is extensive and the renovated museum adds space for more of its collection to be seen. The museum has important works by the Old Masters, including Rembrandt (The Night Watch), Vermeer, Ruisdael, Van Rijn, and many more. The paintings are excellently curated and there are descriptions of the paintings in English. It may be best to visit the museum on a weekday, not the weekend, because of the crowds. You need a minimum of 3-4 hours to see the collections, which include art and artifacts from the Dutch colonial experience in Indonesia.
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  • The Keukenhof Gardens
    Excellent experience and the highlight of the trip. The gardens are located about 45 minutes by bus from where the ship docks in Amsterdam. We had the choice of spending just the morning or the entire day in the gardens. Because the weather was so nice, with a lovely sun, and the flowers were so beautiful, we opted to spend the entire day in the gardens. In addition to extensive and artistically designed plantings of tulips and other bulb flowers in large beds throughout the park, there are several pavilions with cut flower displays that were juried. In the park, we took a canal boat ride to view some tulips planted in nearby fields. The colors were magnificent. You simply cannot overstate the importance of tulips to Holland, and the wonderful things the Dutch do with them. Really a must-see.
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  • St. Bravo's Cathedral
    My wife and I attended mass at the cathedral during the morning, had a snack of Belgian waffle and coffee afterwards, and then joined the ship's tour of the cathedral in the afternoon. The tour included excellent descriptions of the cathedral's many important artworks, as well as an explanation of how the cathedral had changed over time. Very interesting.
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  • Canal Boat Tour
    Although Bruges' canals are not as extensive as Amsterdam's, they do provide a good way to cover a lot of territory and to see the city's landmarks from another point of view. The day we spent in Bruges was wonderful, relaxing and informative, and the canal boat tour added greatly to the experience.
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  • Market Square
    The guide showed us the architectural and other highlights of the market square and other nearby areas. During the tour, the guide described the history of the city, whose high point was the 12th - 15th centuries, as well as the city's more recent history. He explained how the market square's architecture had changed over time.
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  • Walking Tour
    The walking tour started from where the bus let us off and entailed a 45-minute walk to downtown; the walk back to the bus took only one-half hour. Both directions, as well as the tour in the city center, provided much information about the city and its prominence during its heyday. The guide also pointed out handicrafts the city is famous for and suggested places to visit. My wife and I spent the day in Bruges, enjoying the nice weather and sunshine. We also enjoyed a lunch of mussels, Belgian beer (highly recommended), and chocolate mousse. Delightful.
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