First time river cruisers and chose this one for the full Grand European Cruise experience.
First and foremost, the Viking Staff were absolutely outstanding. They went above and beyond to ensure the passengers were always treated as top priority throughout the entire voyage.
We also chose the late April sailing so we could enjoy the tulips in full bloom and they were definitely showing their colors. A beautiful sight.
The trade off for going on this cruise in the Springtime is having cooler temperatures. They were so cool that we had days with sleet and hail while in Amsterdam. The local people agreed the temperatures were extremely cold for the time of year when we were there.
The only thing preventing a top mark for the overall rating, is the large amount of idle time for passengers. Morning walking tours were routine in most cities, but once they were complete, the remainder of the day is pretty much up to the individual passenger. There are add-on excursions that can be taken at additional expense, but they would help to fill up the day.
This type of cruise is not suitable for children and I would strongly recommend parents not bring them on a river cruise. They might be extremely bored.
The cabins are smaller than on ocean going vessels, but very comfortable and the bathrooms are extremely nice. The way the shower is configured with pivoting glass doors allows for ease of movement in the bathroom.
The guide was very knowledgeable about Amsterdam and shared a lot of interesting information about the city.
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