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Our Rhine river cruise started in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and ended in Basel, Switzerland where we continued to Zurich by train for an independent stay. Since I had lived in Europe for a few years, we decided to travel independently to Amsterdam and made our own flight and hotel reservations; however, most people on the cruise used Viking's full travel services to book. We stayed at the Park Hotel, which was centrally located in the museum (Riks, Van Gogh) section of Amsterdam and within easy walking distance of all major city sights. The hotel is on a canal where you can pick up a canal cruise directly across the street or hop a tram two short blocks away. One caution for departure -- if you stay in a hotel other than that selected by Viking, which in this case was the Movenpick, you need to obtain the phone number for the ship in Amsterdam so you can determine from which dock it will leave. The dock for this departure was directly behind the Movenpick; however, there are two other possible locations. Since the dock is not determined until a day or so before departure we had to rely on the concierge at the Park hotel to make calls to find where the ship was docked. It would have been good to know in advance what time the ship would depart so that we could have done more sightseeing in Amsterdam the day of departure - so try to determine this in advance. In this case it was 11:30 in the evening. The Viking Modi is brand new and was on its fourth trip. The ship is squeaky clean, and while not as elegant (or gaudy) as a larger cruise ships, it was decorated with clean, modern furnishings. Our stateroom, which was one of 180, was an adequate size and is further detailed in my comments on the cabin. But, what really set this cruise apart was the friendliness and efficiency of the crew. We will never forget Claudia, the hotel manager, who made it all happen; Roos, the program director, with her quick wit, excellent presentations and great tours; Captain Gabor; Lucas, one of the chefs, who was always so pleasant and loved ice hokey; Sera and the other waitress staff; and Tony, the efficient concierge. The staff truly seemed to love their jobs and it showed in their smiles, the quality of service and their willingness to help wherever needed. The food was excellent -- breakfast buffet with eggs to order in the morning, lunch included various lighter menu options (soup, sandwiches, salads) served either in the dining room or on the terrace, and dinner was always superb with multiple choices for the entree. The house wines were very good but other wines were also available. We didn't purchase the Premium beverage package since it is required that you purchase it for two people if you are sharing a stateroom. It would not have been cost effective for us since one of us didn't drink much. We had daily stops along the Rhine River for included tours (local guides), and there were multiple optional trips as well - we took them all! If you have the energy take advantage of as many of the tours as you can. They also offered tours for those that didn't or couldn't walk as much as others on the cruise. Stops included: Kinderjijk for its windmills, Cologne (plus optional tour: Bruhl Palace), Koblenz's Marksburg Castle, Rudesheim (plus optional German dinner), Heidelberg city/castle, stroll through Speyer, Strasbourg city tour (plus optional Alsace wine tour - a pleasant surprise), Breisach (plus optional Colmar tour). Roos, our program director, provided a evening program explaining the next days activities and a look at various aspects of where we would be touring. There was also a daily bulletin in our rooms each evening with an overview of the next days tour. Due to heavy rains and high water on the Rhine, the locks were closed before we could sail on to Basel. The staff quickly organized a bus to get us to our final destination in Basel. Overall, it was a fabulous trip! We will be traveling with Viking again.

2015 Rhine River Cruise with Viking

Viking Modi Cruise Review by LoveViking

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Our Rhine river cruise started in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and ended in Basel, Switzerland where we continued to Zurich by train for an independent stay.

Since I had lived in Europe for a few years, we decided to travel independently to Amsterdam and made our own flight and hotel reservations; however, most people on the cruise used Viking's full travel services to book. We stayed at the Park Hotel, which was centrally located in the museum (Riks, Van Gogh) section of Amsterdam and within easy walking distance of all major city sights. The hotel is on a canal where you can pick up a canal cruise directly across the street or hop a tram two short blocks away.

One caution for departure -- if you stay in a hotel other than that selected by Viking, which in this case was the Movenpick, you need to obtain the phone number for the ship in Amsterdam so you can determine from which dock it will leave. The dock for this departure was directly behind the Movenpick; however, there are two other possible locations. Since the dock is not determined until a day or so before departure we had to rely on the concierge at the Park hotel to make calls to find where the ship was docked.

It would have been good to know in advance what time the ship would depart so that we could have done more sightseeing in Amsterdam the day of departure - so try to determine this in advance. In this case it was 11:30 in the evening.

The Viking Modi is brand new and was on its fourth trip. The ship is squeaky clean, and while not as elegant (or gaudy) as a larger cruise ships, it was decorated with clean, modern furnishings. Our stateroom, which was one of 180, was an adequate size and is further detailed in my comments on the cabin.

But, what really set this cruise apart was the friendliness and efficiency of the crew. We will never forget Claudia, the hotel manager, who made it all happen; Roos, the program director, with her quick wit, excellent presentations and great tours; Captain Gabor; Lucas, one of the chefs, who was always so pleasant and loved ice hokey; Sera and the other waitress staff; and Tony, the efficient concierge. The staff truly seemed to love their jobs and it showed in their smiles, the quality of service and their willingness to help wherever needed.

The food was excellent -- breakfast buffet with eggs to order in the morning, lunch included various lighter menu options (soup, sandwiches, salads) served either in the dining room or on the terrace, and dinner was always superb with multiple choices for the entree. The house wines were very good but other wines were also available.

We didn't purchase the Premium beverage package since it is required that you purchase it for two people if you are sharing a stateroom. It would not have been cost effective for us since one of us didn't drink much.

We had daily stops along the Rhine River for included tours (local guides), and there were multiple optional trips as well - we took them all! If you have the energy take advantage of as many of the tours as you can. They also offered tours for those that didn't or couldn't walk as much as others on the cruise. Stops included: Kinderjijk for its windmills, Cologne (plus optional tour: Bruhl Palace), Koblenz's Marksburg Castle, Rudesheim (plus optional German dinner), Heidelberg city/castle, stroll through Speyer, Strasbourg city tour (plus optional Alsace wine tour - a pleasant surprise), Breisach (plus optional Colmar tour).

Roos, our program director, provided a evening program explaining the next days activities and a look at various aspects of where we would be touring. There was also a daily bulletin in our rooms each evening with an overview of the next days tour.

Due to heavy rains and high water on the Rhine, the locks were closed before we could sail on to Basel. The staff quickly organized a bus to get us to our final destination in Basel. Overall, it was a fabulous trip! We will be traveling with Viking again.
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The stateroom, which was located just off the main reception area, was a nice size given that it was a river boat. The room and furnishings were entirely new, as is the entire ship, since it was its fourth voyage. Suitcase storage and life vests were under the bed and out of the way. The room had several drawers, a closet with shelves and safe, and sufficient hanging space with hangers. The shower, while adequate, was rather small but it had swinging glass doors that made the bathroom look larger.

The room had a sliding glass door the full width of the room which made it light and airy. Since it was rather chilly and rainy for most of the trip, we did not use our veranda which accommodated two chairs and a table. It would have been a very nice addition in better weather -- but it was Europe in the Springtime and the weather was as expected.

The room was cleaned up immediately on our departure by the attentive house cleaning staff who were never intrusive but always available when needed.
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