Viking Gefjon Cruise Review by J. Corke
- Sail Date: April 2015
- Destination: Europe River
- Cabin Type: Veranda Superior
We then go on to Trier where Viking has a wonderful welcoming reception before dinner aboard the Viking Gefjon's maiden voyage! The next day Trier, Germany's oldest city, awaited us for a tour of the Roman Amphitheater and the Roman Baths and the Roman City Gates called Porta Nigra, Trier Cathedral and the Church of our Lady. We then cruised on to Bernkastel later in the afternoon and walked on the cobbled streets where you can see half timbered houses, the town hall and the town gate. The next day we went to Cochem and Koblenz...we saw Reichsburg Castle which was built more than a thousand years ago! We had time afterwards to do some shopping before we cruised on to Koblenz with all of it's hills of vineyards! Koblenz became a city in the 13th century. We then cruised on to more beautiful old cities over the next 4 days including the middle Rhine and the Rudesheim area where we saw the Marksburg Castle and took an optional wine tasting tour which we thoroughly enjoyed!
Everyone will enjoy seeing Heidelburg and it's castle and the walk through the old town center, the 600 year old University, which is Germany's oldest. We then headed on to Speyer where we had free time to explore on our own! The next day we had a walking tour of Strasbourg, France, with all of it's many historical sights. Our vacation was coming to an end with our last stop in Basel, Switzerland, with all of it's historic history and it's Lackerli cookies!
The excursion guides are very knowledgeable and are able to answer almost all of the questions you may have. Viking has the port excursions organized very well so that you are in relatively small groups with ear pieces so that you can hear everything that the excursion guide says. These tours can be partially by bus as well as the majority of the excursion walking. Usually after every tour you will have some free time to get lunch, shop, or sight see further on your own. Before you leave the ship you can pick up a small map of where you will be going...these are usually maps of the old city centers and how to get back to the ship or who to call if you should get lost...they haven't lost anyone yet!
Traveling with Viking is fantastic...they pick you up at the airport and get you to your hotel if you are staying for a couple of days before your cruise, and then pick you up at the hotel and get you to the ship for embarkation. Viking has embarkation and disembarking so organized you never even have to pick up your luggage...you do have to pack it though! The staterooms are all spotless and the beds are very comfortable with staff that are meticulous with their cleaning and replenishing of your stateroom amenties. There is plenty of storage for all of your clothes, luggage, toiletries, etc.! You will feel right at home in your stateroom for the time that Viking is taking care of you!
You will enjoy all of the afternoon and evening programs and demonstrations that they offer, as well as the piano player during the day and evening! Food on board is wonderful with several selections at every meal, as well as beer and wine with every meal. Being a coffee drinker I was ecstatic that you could get coffee and tea 24 hours a day and breakfast in your room if you desired. Viking is first class all the way...they know how to take care of their cruisers! The port and shore excursions are excellent and very well organized and are all included in your price, except for a few that they may offer, but these would not be necessary to be able to experience a wonderful vacation cruise with Viking! We will be leaving for another cruise later this year and have already booked another one for next year...we love Viking River Cruises!
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