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We travelled May 3/2015 from Amsterdam to Basel. We have travelled the large cruise lines in past,but wanted to experience what a River Cruise would be like. Because we were traveling from Canada we decided to land in Amsterdam on the Friday before we would set sail Sunday. This was good decision to help with jet lag & also to get a good taste of Amsterdam. When we arrived at the airport Viking reps met us & we said that we weren't sailing for a few days but they helped guide us to the train & were more than helpful. Our hotel Movenpick seemed to be a hub for Viking for many different ships & we were able to get information as our embarking port had changed (everyone so helpful). When we arrived on board we were greeted by many Viking Crew members, one who walked us to our rooms ( Demeter also our favourite bartender)& our luggage followed in minutes. Our room was on the first floor (125)and it was very compact. We spent very little time there. Meals were good and our excursions were interesting. We purchased extra excursions which we felt were good value. The water levels were high as there was rain in Switzerland for over a week. This caused some disruption but for us, it was all part of the adventure. We were bussed to our excursions & once ate in Strasbourg instead of going back to the ship because of timelines. Viking took care of all of this. All hands on deck when we came back on board, stewards, hotel manager, & even the captain greeted us. They were appreciative of our understanding as itinerary changed, and we could feel it. It was a wonderful journey. Boyon was our cruise director & he was AMAZING. He & the hotel manager kept us up to date on any changes.Our consierge was also very helpful.I would highly recommend Viking & would travel again. Three couples travelled together & had a great adventure.

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Viking Sun (Retired) Cruise Review by Stella's Favorite

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We travelled May 3/2015 from Amsterdam to Basel. We have travelled the large cruise lines in past,but wanted to experience what a River Cruise would be like. Because we were traveling from Canada we decided to land in Amsterdam on the Friday before we would set sail Sunday. This was good decision to help with jet lag & also to get a good taste of Amsterdam. When we arrived at the airport Viking reps met us & we said that we weren't sailing for a few days but they helped guide us to the train & were more than helpful. Our hotel Movenpick seemed to be a hub for Viking for many different ships & we were able to get information as our embarking port had changed (everyone so helpful). When we arrived on board we were greeted by many Viking Crew members, one who walked us to our rooms ( Demeter also our favourite bartender)& our luggage followed in minutes. Our room was on the first floor (125)and it was very compact. We spent very little time there. Meals were good and our excursions were interesting. We purchased extra excursions which we felt were good value. The water levels were high as there was rain in Switzerland for over a week. This caused some disruption but for us, it was all part of the adventure. We were bussed to our excursions & once ate in Strasbourg instead of going back to the ship because of timelines. Viking took care of all of this. All hands on deck when we came back on board, stewards, hotel manager, & even the captain greeted us. They were appreciative of our understanding as itinerary changed, and we could feel it. It was a wonderful journey. Boyon was our cruise director & he was AMAZING. He & the hotel manager kept us up to date on any changes.Our consierge was also very helpful.I would highly recommend Viking & would travel again. Three couples travelled together & had a great adventure.
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Cabin Review

Cabin 125
Room was compact.we were surprised that we had twin beds but it was ok. They couldn't be pushed together as it one came down from the wall. It was ok as it gave us extra room when changing etc.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • City Tour
    Complimentary with Viking- we did a quick walking tour & even though we had time inAmsterdam before our cruise, we did see different sites & he gave us great insight about the area
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  • Cologne Cathedral
    This Cathdral had so much history that we never would have known if not on a tour. Lovely architecture. We were there close to 12 noon so we had to clear an area for mass. The guide made sure timing was good
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  • Cologne Old Town
    This was all part of the Viking package. Guides always add extra insight that you wouldn't necessarily have uncovered. It was easy to find your way around
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  • Walking Tour
    This was part of Vikings package. We enjoyed the walk around the old town & learned history & how city got its name it also included the Cologne Cathedral
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  • Heidelberg Castle
    You could tell our tour guide enjoyed her job. She locked the door behind us ( with big keys) as we started our tour. I was glad I did not wear sandles as the cobblestones and uneven floor may have been difficult. The castle itself is magnificent
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  • Black Forest
    We took a bus tour thru the Black Forest and were given full info while traveling. We made a stop where we could take a small hike thru the Black Forest ( I would have liked even more time). We also had cuckoo clock demonstration & we purchased Black Forest cake which was amazing
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  • Wine Tasting
    We were able to view the old wine barrels that were hundreds of years old. This was an extra tour that we booked and it was well worth it. The owner gave the tour and his wife & daughter served wine samples. Our group had many questions for them, so it made it very interesting
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  • Notre Dame Cathedral
    We had a bus tour around Strasbourg & then had a walking tour around the city, and was able to go to Notre Dame Cathedral. Lovely architecture -easy walk.
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