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because the water level was low, we had to transfer half way through the cruise to another boat located on the other side of shallow water. The transfer was excellent The tour director stayed with us on both boats and he was terrific. The boats were essentially identical so the accommodations were the same and good. The Fall time was cold and we couldn't use our veranda because of the chilliness as well as we were locking through the lock system many times when we had down time, usually in the evening. The meals were similar and there was plenty of food and wine. Some geographic variation in the menus was appreciated, although, not as tasty as I had anticipated. The side trips were amazing, lots of walking tours and the guides were unique, informative and entertaining. The extra tours were well worth the extra money. Bus rides were in comfortable buses which were expertly driven, especially the windy, hilly and narrow roads. The staff. Both boat's staff were friendly. The staff on the first boat were well organized, efficient and I am grateful to have had their service. The staff on the second boat were disorganized, did a lot of running around, never could get the dinners out, tables cleared, coffee refilled, desserts got mixed up and a lot of visibly standing around. Housekeeping had to return to finish up something left undone. Both boat staff I repeat were friendly and seemed motivated, just not well led on the second boat: Gefjon.

Tale of several cities on two boats

Viking Gefjon Cruise Review by RiHo2015

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2015
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: French Balcony
because the water level was low, we had to transfer half way through the cruise to another boat located on the other side of shallow water. The transfer was excellent

The tour director stayed with us on both boats and he was terrific.

The boats were essentially identical so the accommodations were the same and good. The Fall time was cold and we couldn't use our veranda because of the chilliness as well as we were locking through the lock system many times when we had down time, usually in the evening.

The meals were similar and there was plenty of food and wine. Some geographic variation in the menus was appreciated, although, not as tasty as I had anticipated.

The side trips were amazing, lots of walking tours and the guides were unique, informative and entertaining. The extra tours were well worth the extra money.

Bus rides were in comfortable buses which were expertly driven, especially the windy, hilly and narrow roads.

The staff. Both boat's staff were friendly. The staff on the first boat were well organized, efficient and I am grateful to have had their service. The staff on the second boat were disorganized, did a lot of running around, never could get the dinners out, tables cleared, coffee refilled, desserts got mixed up and a lot of visibly standing around. Housekeeping had to return to finish up something left undone.

Both boat staff I repeat were friendly and seemed motivated, just not well led on the second boat: Gefjon.
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Cabin Review

French Balcony
Cabin D
plenty of room as long as one packed light, i.e., layered for the cold and at times rainy weather

The first boat housekeeping was efficient with a minimum of disruption of our stay.

The second boat, housekeeping came back several times to finish up something
Middle Deck Balcony Cabins