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Lovely cruise on the newer Viking Hlin Longship from Basel to Amsterdam. Cabin was with a French Balcony (picture window with a bar across). Accommodation was just a bit smaller than the cabin on our Danube cruise on an Avalon ship a couple of years ago, but everything was top notch. Bathroom floor was heated, which was a nice touch. Food was okay some evenings and spectacular on others. Never bad. Breakfast was buffet with eggs and omelets and sausage as well as a selection of cereal, fruit, cheeses, etc. Dinner consisted of regional specialties, and always had a steak and fish choice. I don't drink alcohol, but my wife said the wine served at meals was adequate, nothing to write home about. Soft drinks and beer are also offered with the meals, but cost extra at other times. A few people purchased the drink package, but said unless you want to drink constantly all evening it was not worth it. Many purchased bottles in town and brought them back to their cabins. Some people complained that for the price they expected everything to be top shelf. As with any river cruise, it is like having a very nice hotel each night which moves to a different city while you sleep. The day-time cruise through the Rhine Valley with its spectacular castles and scenery is almost worth the entire trip. The included shore excursions (mostly walking tours - longer bus tour to the Black Forest and into Heidelberg) were excellent. The guides were very knowledgeable at each city. I especially enjoyed the WWII Colmar Pocket additional excursion and the visit to the Audie Murphy site. Plenty of free time to shop and explore or to have a meal in town on your own. We ate most lunches and couple of dinners in town and the ship's concierge was very helpful with recommendations. Traveled with a couple who have cruised extensively on ocean liners. We had warned them it was nothing like that, and they said they were happy they were forewarned. They are used to room service, nightclubs and entertainment like in Vegas, and he wanted a couple of days to just veg and relax on deck while the ship traveled down river. There are few times to sun on the deck while the ship travels, as the ship is in port most days, and of course no room service. Entertainment is local people ranging from classical music after dinner, to lederhosen-clad accordion players. There is a lot of walking and hiking. Not the type of trip for someone who wants to veg and relax on a chaise lounge. They do try to make accommodation by bus or van for those who cannot climb the many steps or make it on the cobblestone streets. We had a couple of passengers who unfortunately fell and injured themselves - one on ship, and two while on shore (one riding a bicycle). All in different cities. The ship's hotel manager and crew accompanied the two of them who needed to go to the hospital and stayed with them until they were treated and released. Be sure to have medical insurance which can cover your expenses, although all remarked how much less their treatment cost than if they had gone to an E.R. in the States. The other injured party refused to go to a clinic for treatment, but accepted the first-aid offered by the crew to treat her cut forehead. The crew are professional and accommodating. All speak English and the passengers were mostly from the States and Canada, with a few from the U.K and Australia. Average age was probably 60, but there were three or four couples in their 30s and 40s and two teenage young ladies traveling with their grandparents who were doted on and spoiled by all others. The prior week the ships could not get up to Basel because the river was too high to allow them under some of the bridges and the passengers were shuttled by bus down river to another ship, but we had no such difficulties. Be aware this is a risk during spring and into June. Extended each end. Two days in Lucerne which was wonderful (really recommend the Mt. Pilatus tour) but breathtakingly expensive. At the end spent two days in Amsterdam, and wish we had extended for an additional one or two days more. Loved the city and its museums. Viking handled all transfers and hotel arrangements without problem. Next time i will handle my own flights and hotel extensions, as I know I could have saved a few $100 if I had done so this time. Did so on our previous Danube trip. But by having Viking handle it we were saved the stress of arranging transportation to and from the airport.

Viking Rhine Getaway Cruise on Viking Hlin

Viking Hlin Cruise Review by Cadodge

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2015
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: French Balcony
Lovely cruise on the newer Viking Hlin Longship from Basel to Amsterdam. Cabin was with a French Balcony (picture window with a bar across). Accommodation was just a bit smaller than the cabin on our Danube cruise on an Avalon ship a couple of years ago, but everything was top notch. Bathroom floor was heated, which was a nice touch.

Food was okay some evenings and spectacular on others. Never bad. Breakfast was buffet with eggs and omelets and sausage as well as a selection of cereal, fruit, cheeses, etc. Dinner consisted of regional specialties, and always had a steak and fish choice. I don't drink alcohol, but my wife said the wine served at meals was adequate, nothing to write home about. Soft drinks and beer are also offered with the meals, but cost extra at other times. A few people purchased the drink package, but said unless you want to drink constantly all evening it was not worth it. Many purchased bottles in town and brought them back to their cabins. Some people complained that for the price they expected everything to be top shelf.

As with any river cruise, it is like having a very nice hotel each night which moves to a different city while you sleep. The day-time cruise through the Rhine Valley with its spectacular castles and scenery is almost worth the entire trip. The included shore excursions (mostly walking tours - longer bus tour to the Black Forest and into Heidelberg) were excellent. The guides were very knowledgeable at each city. I especially enjoyed the WWII Colmar Pocket additional excursion and the visit to the Audie Murphy site. Plenty of free time to shop and explore or to have a meal in town on your own. We ate most lunches and couple of dinners in town and the ship's concierge was very helpful with recommendations.

Traveled with a couple who have cruised extensively on ocean liners. We had warned them it was nothing like that, and they said they were happy they were forewarned. They are used to room service, nightclubs and entertainment like in Vegas, and he wanted a couple of days to just veg and relax on deck while the ship traveled down river. There are few times to sun on the deck while the ship travels, as the ship is in port most days, and of course no room service. Entertainment is local people ranging from classical music after dinner, to lederhosen-clad accordion players. There is a lot of walking and hiking. Not the type of trip for someone who wants to veg and relax on a chaise lounge. They do try to make accommodation by bus or van for those who cannot climb the many steps or make it on the cobblestone streets.

We had a couple of passengers who unfortunately fell and injured themselves - one on ship, and two while on shore (one riding a bicycle). All in different cities. The ship's hotel manager and crew accompanied the two of them who needed to go to the hospital and stayed with them until they were treated and released. Be sure to have medical insurance which can cover your expenses, although all remarked how much less their treatment cost than if they had gone to an E.R. in the States. The other injured party refused to go to a clinic for treatment, but accepted the first-aid offered by the crew to treat her cut forehead.

The crew are professional and accommodating. All speak English and the passengers were mostly from the States and Canada, with a few from the U.K and Australia. Average age was probably 60, but there were three or four couples in their 30s and 40s and two teenage young ladies traveling with their grandparents who were doted on and spoiled by all others.

The prior week the ships could not get up to Basel because the river was too high to allow them under some of the bridges and the passengers were shuttled by bus down river to another ship, but we had no such difficulties. Be aware this is a risk during spring and into June.

Extended each end. Two days in Lucerne which was wonderful (really recommend the Mt. Pilatus tour) but breathtakingly expensive. At the end spent two days in Amsterdam, and wish we had extended for an additional one or two days more. Loved the city and its museums.

Viking handled all transfers and hotel arrangements without problem. Next time i will handle my own flights and hotel extensions, as I know I could have saved a few $100 if I had done so this time. Did so on our previous Danube trip. But by having Viking handle it we were saved the stress of arranging transportation to and from the airport.
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French Balcony
Cabin D 334
Cabin small but well appointed on upper deck. Many 120v outlets and no adapter needed. Safe in the cabin for passport and valuables.
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