Having been on a river cruise before but not really impressed with the ship we thought we would take the plunge and see what Viking could offer as we had received various brochures and seen the adverts. Our expections were exceeded as we were impressed from the time we booked. Viking looked after us every step of the way. The itinery arrived one month in advance so it gave us time to look at what we were going to do. It was exciting.
On arriving in Amsterdam for the cruise we were taken to the ship and shown to the cabin and from the start we were delighted. It was spacious and airy with a picture window so we had views even if when we were in the cabin. It was located on the main deck near reception which we thought may be noisy with people passing but it wasn't. We were able to take a walk in to Amsterdam as the ship was located right in the centre which was an ideal location. In the evening we went for dinner which was on the same deck as our cabin and as there is no table allocation we were a bit aprehensive about this but we need not be as we chose a table for 10 and met some lovely people from America, Canada and the UK. We stayed at that table throughtout the voyage and we thoroughly enjoyed the company. It was out choice to do that but people did move around and we met a lot of different people. The waiters were lovely. Friendly and helpful. Later in the voyage I went to the galley to see where the food it prepared and was stunned to find the food for the ship, which was superb, was created in such a small space. All the staff on board were equally friendly and helpful.
We had various ports of call throughout and shore excursions which were well organsised. We were allocated our coaches and times for the excursions and everthing went like clockwork. Our visits included the windmills at Kinderdijk which were really good. Our trip to Cologne Cathedral was also good but it was such a wet day it did hinder our enjoyment slightly. There was also a trip to the Fortress at Koblenz which was also well organsied then Heidelberg castle and Speyer which was a lovely town. We visited Colmar and Freiburg and the highlight of our tour the Mercedes factory visit instead of the Black Forest tour which we could have taken. The factory tour was obviously not for everyone but everyone who did it was impressed with the whole thing. Facinating watching all the cars being made and each one already sold.