This was my wife and my first river cruise, as it was for my in-laws and their two friends who traveled along with us. It will definitely not be our last cruise with Viking! My wife and I are both in our early to mid 50's and have reasonably extensive travel experience. Our traveling companions were in their mid to late 70's.
There is simply not a bad thing to say about the entire trip. It started with the agent at Viking who was friendly and very attentive at helping with all of our booking. We had lots of questions since this was our first cruise. It could not have been any more of a smooth and easy process.
We opted for a two-day pre-cruise extension in Budapest. We met our connection easily at the airport who took us to the hotel. The hotel itself (Corinthia) was spectacular as was the service by all of the staff. There was a desk manned by Viking in the lobby during our stay to answer any questions.
The cabin was great (the shower and the heated floors in the bathroom were wonderful). The rooms are by no means large, but more than adequate and I am a 6'4" tall guy. Although I was not in any of the other room options, I would definitely recommend and go with a French Balcony on another trip. I don't think that I would like a Standard Stateroom with its small windows, and being below water level. On the other hand the Vernada rooms it seems to me are totally unnecessary since there are so many choices of places to sit outside onboard (including sheltered ones). The French Balcony was just perfect to be able to swing open the doors and take in the river the rare times we were in our room. The upper deck rooms are more expensive than the ones on the deck below, but really also seems unnecessary in my opinion.
Beautiful town and wonderful walking tour.
We took the World War II excursion which took us on foot into the Parade Grounds, the Documentation Center, and the Nuremberg court rooms. Our guide was a remarkably knowledgeable historian.