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We joined the Viking Eistla in Budapest. First impressions were that this was a smart, well-designed and well-appointed ship and this proved to be so over the next 14 days. The vessel is comfortable and quiet, with good lighting and temperature control. Public areas are pleasant and airy, and the lounge had plenty of space except for the rare occasion (eg disembarkation information) when everybody tried to be there at once. An attractive feature was being able to choose to eat either in the main restaurant or in the Aquavit Terrace. The restaurant provided a wide range of food for all meals whereas the Aquavit offered a lighter buffet selection and was less formal. We enjoyed the Aquavit for continental breakfasts and light lunches. Excursions were very good on the whole. The locations were always splendid and the local guides excellent 9 times out of 10. I also greatly appreciated the punctuality of the arrangements - the ship moored and the tours set off at the predicted times. Free Wi-Fi was also appreciated and was generally available except when docked under large metal bridges etc. (which also affected TV reception). Connection speeds were reasonable. We obviously did not expect entertainment to be on a par with what large ocean cruise ships can provide, but the resident pianist and occasional other live music was good. The standard of housekeeping and cleanliness throughout the vessel was excellent. Finally, and most importantly, the service was outstanding - quite the best we have experienced in about 10 cruises. Everyone from the superb Hotel Director Jadranka down was friendly, helpful and efficient. This played a major part in ensuring that the trip exceeded our expectations.

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Viking Eistla Cruise Review by wdcw

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2015
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Suite
We joined the Viking Eistla in Budapest. First impressions were that this was a smart, well-designed and well-appointed ship and this proved to be so over the next 14 days. The vessel is comfortable and quiet, with good lighting and temperature control. Public areas are pleasant and airy, and the lounge had plenty of space except for the rare occasion (eg disembarkation information) when everybody tried to be there at once.

An attractive feature was being able to choose to eat either in the main restaurant or in the Aquavit Terrace. The restaurant provided a wide range of food for all meals whereas the Aquavit offered a lighter buffet selection and was less formal. We enjoyed the Aquavit for continental breakfasts and light lunches.

Excursions were very good on the whole. The locations were always splendid and the local guides excellent 9 times out of 10. I also greatly appreciated the punctuality of the arrangements - the ship moored and the tours set off at the predicted times.

Free Wi-Fi was also appreciated and was generally available except when docked under large metal bridges etc. (which also affected TV reception). Connection speeds were reasonable.

We obviously did not expect entertainment to be on a par with what large ocean cruise ships can provide, but the resident pianist and occasional other live music was good.

The standard of housekeeping and cleanliness throughout the vessel was excellent.

Finally, and most importantly, the service was outstanding - quite the best we have experienced in about 10 cruises. Everyone from the superb Hotel Director Jadranka down was friendly, helpful and efficient. This played a major part in ensuring that the trip exceeded our expectations.
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Cabin Review

Veranda Suite
Cabin AA 308
The cabin was attractive and comfortable, and everything worked. We also appreciated the regular supplies of water and fresh fruit, and the flowers.
Despite having selected the second largest accommodation class on the vessel, we did still feel slightly cramped however. Cabins are significantly smaller than similar classes on ocean cruises.
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