As the title states this review is my experience as a vegetarian on the Viking Danube Waltz cruise from Passau, Germany to Budapest Hungary; March 22nd to the 31st. I am writing this review on May 18 because I sent my concerns to Viking immediately upon the conclusion of the cruise and I wanted to be fair and give them time to respond. It has been a month and a half and they have not replied. The cruise itself was very good and if I were just to rate that part, I would give it 4 stars. I would also rate the crew and staff of the cruise as being excellent. However, a cruise is a total package and when I pay $3500 (per person), I expect a certain level of service.
Before we booked the cruise we checked with Viking and they assured us that they could accommodate vegetarians. I also assumed that it would be no problem since I eat fish, eggs and all dairy products. At the time of booking I let them know that I (along with another member of our party) was a vegetarian. Before the cruise, through our travel agent, we again informed Viking of our dietary requirements; what occurred?
1. When we arrived on the boat, no one was aware that there were any vegetarians in our party.
Comfortable room, bed and bathroom. French balcony was great - we kept the door open the whole time.
Great start to the cruise. Old world city and picturesque. Great views of the city from the opposite bank high up in the castle. Great photo opportunities everywhere.
We took a private Jewish tour of the city. Not much left to the Jewish community. Visited the old cemetery - part of which is underground. Visited various monuments to the Jewish population that perished in the Shoah.