Viking Eistla Cruise Review by atlpretyldy
- Sail Date: March 2015
- Destination: Europe River
- Cabin Type: French Balcony
We took the Viking Grand European Tour from Budapest to Amsterdam and had a wonderful time. We put together a group of 7 cabins of friends so we always had someone we knew to talk with and do port excursions with, but the other guests on board were also very friendly and nice so we met new friends too. The ship size was perfect and the service superb! Embarkation was a snap and our cabin was very nice, we had a french balcony, but some of our group chose the rooms below with the half window and said they were nice and large and quiet. We are signed up for another Viking cruise next year, going from Munich and ending back in Budapest. We loved Budapest and wanted to see it again and spend more time there. Others from our group have signed up for other Viking cruises this year and next, so this cruise was a hit with everyone! The weather was a bit cool in early April, but the prices were also better at that time, and there were fewer tourist crowds to deal with.
As far as shore excursions go, Bratislava was very interesting and our guide was witty and very knowledgeable. Our cruise next year goes back there and I hope it has not changed too much! Melk Abby was amazing, a must see, and the town of Cologne was lovely, people out for strolls and on blankets enjoying the spring sunshine. We recommend going into Budapest a day or 2 early to enjoy both sides of the river and poke around the markets nearby, lots to see and do within walking distance. The Marriott hotel on the river is excellent for pre cruise stays.
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