We went cruising to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. Some of the things we experienced are:
Very good food with the chef giving some demonstrations of special treats
Very social environment. We were encouraged to meet with other cruisers
Great tours. We signed up for every extra tours. This meant that we were up at 6 am every day, eating breakfast at 7 and touring at 8 or 9.
For our anniversary, we were given 2 bottles of sparkling wine.
We arrived in Prague and stayed at the Prague Hilton. The hotel was decent. Walking tours were provided that evening and the next day.
The third day we spent a long time on the bus touring Nuremberg and then arrived in Bamburg where we embarked. A lot of time was spent on buses. Buses can move between towns faster than the boat. Many days we were bused to a town farther down river and then met the boat.
The German cities were great. Beautiful, informative, and fun.
We were not impressed by the city Luxembourg but the visit to the WWII cemetery was moving.
Then came the 5 hour bus ride to Paris. We stayed at the Le Meridian Etois. It is located near the Arc de Triumph. Debarkation was not as organized as it should have been. Our bus had to be changed in Luxembourg due to a mechanical problem. It took hours to get our luggage in the hotel. Some people didn't get their luggage until 2 am. The Paris tour the next day was fair. It was mostly by bus with a tour of the Notre Dame cathedral. We stopped for 15 minutes near the Eiffel Tower. Normally, you would leave the day after that. We extended our trip 2 days but not through Viking. I highly recommend that. Paris is a city that would take weeks to see. We were able to see more of Paris and do some shopping. We will return to Paris and now know what we would like to see. The computers were down at the hotel when we wanted to checkout. Since we paid for our extensions ourselves, that meant we gave them our credit card and had to let them apply charges later. They emailed the receipt. I didn't like that but there was nothing that could be done.
One final thought about the cruise. The majority of the passengers are over 60 (as are we).
I liked the Veranda. The room was located near the center of the ship which gave us easy access to the entertainment and food, but it was quiet. Utilizing a second floor room instead of the top floor saved money and didn't forfeit any amenity. The room was similar in design to the rooms of ocean cruises. Electrical outlets accommodated both European and American plugs. Rather than buying converters, buy an extension cord which accommodates multiple plugs. The bed was comfortable and the views spectacular. The trees were in the middle of the fall color changes.