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Viking Legend Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Mozart Balls and Strudel and Viennese Coffe

Viking Legend Cruise Review by otter941

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Jun 2015
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with French Balcony

Ours was a travel group of 7 adults, who took 3 double cabins and a single cabin. 3 of us had been on Viking cruises in the past; 4 were new to river cruising. All seemed to have a wonderful time during the entire trip. Cabin Staff was mostly from Eastern Europe (Romania), but we also had a sprinkling of Filipino and other European countries. All spoke very good English and German. The Cruise Director, David, was from the UK and provided excellent service and background lectures to each of our stops. We were well taken care of, in the tradition of Viking service. Besides the main part of the cruise, a subset of us paid for and spent a few extra days in Munich (NOT part of the cruise) to get acclimated to time zones. And we further supplemented our stay by spending 3 extra days in Rothenburg ob der Tauber, an ancient medieval town about 1 hours train ride from Munich. Highly recommended stop at Rothenburg, either on your own or as a part of the excursions on other Viking venues. Cruise itself was well run. A special treat was the ship's chef taking a large group of us to the local farmer's market to pick up the produce that would become part of nightly dinner. He toured us around to his favorite cheese shop; fruits and veggies; and sausage stalls. We even were treated to a round of very nice German Weiss Wine. Favorite stop would be Vienna, where we were shown where to buy a local chocolate delicacy, which translated into English was "Mozart Cookies/Balls" - marzipan dipped in rich chocolate. Very fine with Viennese Coffee and/or strudel. Had lunch in an 800 year old monastery, too.


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Cabin Review

Deluxe Stateroom with French Balcony
Cabin B 206

Cabin was impeccably appointed and set up as two twin beds, with enough room to maneuver around for two large guys. Luggage storage was under each bed and adequate if you didn't bring a 27" or greater hardcase. Bathroom right sized and provided with daily refreshment of not only towels, but toiletries.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Passau

Provided as part of the cruise. Excellent guide who explained the periodic flooding that has afflicted this town at the juncture of 3 different rivers; the last in 2013.

Linz (Salzburg)

The tour guide took us on the sights and sounds of the filming of the Sound of Music. Most informative.

Melk

Part of the cruise. The Abbey is rich in history and art. The guide was a recent graduate from the school founded by the Monks and which continues to this day. Coeducational with emphasis on language and humanities. My favorite was the hallway of the rulers, rich with portrait paintings and descriptions all in old German Script. [Sorry, translations not generally available.]

Vienna

Part of the Cruise. Mozart's birthplace; the old monastery restaurant that has been serving meals since 800AD; and especially the Furst confectionery store, the originator of "Mozart Ball" cookies/chocolates.

Bratislava

Good guide who describe the history of this old town and its transition from Soviet Control to becoming a part of the European Union. Uses the Euro, unlike Hungary.

Highlights Tour

Bus tour of the city. Very good survey of the city's highlights.

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The Castle District

Good general tour of the Castle and of the church nearby. Very hot this day; limited rest room facilities. Great Gelato.

View All 70 The Castle District Reviews

Viking provided tour was great. Good background of the city and the country from Soviet days til today, as a member of the EU. Uses their own currency (like the UK): Florins. Parliament bldg tour was very interesting. Interior covered with 88 lbs of gold leaf everywhere. Crown Jewels almost as amazing as those of Britain.

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