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Thanks to the crew of the Viking Ship Torgil, A bad situation was salvaged and made into a great Journey. The Portuguese River Authority would not let us sail the Rio Douro, because the river was too high. Excessive rains and the release of water into the gorge by Spain made it too hazardous. While only a few opted our, most stayed with the Torgil and their crew was terrific. They went our of their way to adjust our tours and added tours to the schedule and we had the opportunity to take half day or full day tours at no extra charge. This provided even more opportunities not provided by the regular tour schedule. Even under the pressure caused by the situation, the crew remained warm, friendly and full of positive smiles and "Can Do " performance. All the tours were accomplished in new modern buses and the guides were most knowledgeable, friendly and were quick to address any special needs. Of note was a tour of a convent that provided a Portuguese Style home cooked meal that was served by the ships complement in Fryer attire. One of the best and fullest meals of the week. One tour took us across Portugal into Spain to Salamanca with a mid break for a tour and wine tasting. In Salamanca we were put up in a five star hotel with Flamingo traditional entertainment that evening. Most excellent time was had by all Even though the boat never left the dock in Porto, Portugal a monumental effort was made to make us feel at home, welcomed and safe. This Journey turned out to be one of the best informative trips yet. Finally, We disembarked the Torgil, after a busy day, at 3am for our trip to the airport. At the end of the gangway stood the Captain, the Program Director and the Hotel Manager to see us off. There had been an alert given by the authorities that the river may not crest that night and Viking may have to evacuate the boat. Luckily, this did not happen, but that crew stood watch over us and made sure that all was well. It was an 18hr day for the crew of the Torgil. They have may appreciation and thanks.

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Viking Torgil Cruise Review by rcascio

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2016
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Suite
Thanks to the crew of the Viking Ship Torgil, A bad situation was salvaged and made into a great Journey.

The Portuguese River Authority would not let us sail the Rio Douro, because the river was too high. Excessive rains and the release of water into the gorge by Spain made it too hazardous.

While only a few opted our, most stayed with the Torgil and their crew was terrific. They went our of their way to adjust our tours and added tours to the schedule and we had the opportunity to take half day or full day tours at no extra charge. This provided even more opportunities not provided by the regular tour schedule. Even under the pressure caused by the situation, the crew remained warm, friendly and full of positive smiles and "Can Do " performance.

All the tours were accomplished in new modern buses and the guides were most knowledgeable, friendly and were quick to address any special needs.

Of note was a tour of a convent that provided a Portuguese Style home cooked meal that was served by the ships complement in Fryer attire. One of the best and fullest meals of the week. One tour took us across Portugal into Spain to Salamanca with a mid break for a tour and wine tasting. In Salamanca we were put up in a five star hotel with Flamingo traditional entertainment that evening. Most excellent time was had by all

Even though the boat never left the dock in Porto, Portugal a monumental effort was made to make us feel at home, welcomed and safe. This Journey turned out to be one of the best informative trips yet.

Finally, We disembarked the Torgil, after a busy day, at 3am for our trip to the airport. At the end of the gangway stood the Captain, the Program Director and the Hotel Manager to see us off. There had been an alert given by the authorities that the river may not crest that night and Viking may have to evacuate the boat. Luckily, this did not happen, but that crew stood watch over us and made sure that all was well. It was an 18hr day for the crew of the Torgil. They have may appreciation and thanks.
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Cabin Review

Veranda Suite
Cabin AA 312
The cabin was roomy, kept vary clean to include the shower, and room service was excellent
Upper Deck Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

  • City Tour
    Because of the river conditions, the Torgil never left the dock. This created a creative situation where the entire schedule for touring was redone. We actually saw more than the normal schedule. Everyone was great.
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  • Port Wine Tasting
    Wine tasting was plentiful. Were we had lunch or dinner, the wine flowed freely. It was a great experience.
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