Viking Eistla Cruise Review by beemer2
- Sail Date: June 2016
- Destination: Europe River
- Cabin Type: French Balcony
It was a pleasure to sail on a 2015 build ship that looked as if it had just been launched and outfitted. Clean as a new pin, bright and airy with plenty space for it 190 passengers.
As can be seen here from other reviews Viking staff are excellent in manner and appearance.
The included food and drink in quantity, variety and quality was better than we expected.
On board entertainment was excellent and informative, a good mix.
Because of the too high Rhine some excursions were marred by longer than normal bus travel, e.g. 3 hour round trip with only 30min stop at destination. Our last night on board was cancelled and we had to disembark to a nice Basel hotel and next day bussed to Lucerne for our planned two day visit.
The Viking staff off-ship and at the hotels were very helpful and friendly. All excursions had radio earpiece receivers so there was no need to keep close to the tour guide.
Viking gave us 10% compensation (towards a future cruise) for our trouble with the high water. They also enticed all to return by offering a buy a £100 or £200 "certificate" and they would make it up to £200 or £400. We took the latter which with the compensation helped make our decision to return with Viking.
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French Window more than adequate. Don't see a need for veranda upgrade.
Beautiful shower room
42" TV with movies and live view of front of ship
Full central heating
Bose Sound System