We arrived in Amsterdam after a long plane trip from Atlanta. We were tired and it was raining in Amsterdam so we boarded the ship and stayed on board. We were welcomed at the airport by a Viking representative who was very solicitous and assisted with collecting our luggage and getting us promptly to the ship.
We had an excellent room and could go out on our patio or to the outside deck area any time to enjoy the scenery, sit and visit, read, or... The Viking staff took excellent care of our room and provided assistance where and when needed.
The restaurant was excellent - great food, fantastic service, great views as we cruised, and many opportunities to meet and visit with fellow travelers. We had time to share food and wine with people from various parts of the United States, Canada, Ireland, England, and Australia. The staff serving in the restaurant, as well as in other public areas, were from a number of European countries - they spoke excellent English and, when engaged, shared information about their home countries.
We enjoyed the entertainment and always looked forward to presentations by our Cruise Director.
The tours included with the cruise were excellent as were the optional tours we took. The guides were knowledgeable and communicated well. They were from the areas we were touring and so were able to provide a better tour. At the end of the cruise portion of our trip we did a three day extension to/in Prague. Viking staff took care of us the whole time we were there. Our tours were also conducted by Viking contracted guides and were very knowledgeable. Viking staff got us from Budapest to Prague, were there at the hotel when we needed assistance, and got us to the airport and through the check-in process.
There were lots of opportunities to see and take pictures of the sights along the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers. Lots of cathedrals, castles, museums, and other sites that are part of European history. There were lots of opportunities to take pictures and bring home memories.
We are looking forward to our next trip with Viking which we are hoping will be the Viking Homeland cruise. We have highly recommended this cruise to others who might be interested and even if they are not thinking about it at this time.
We are very interested in history and why we are what we are today- this trip put pictures to what we have read and been taught.
Very clean and comfortable. The cabin stewards took very good care of the room and we were never inconvenienced by their need to work in the room - they always seemed to know when they could come in and work.
We were comfortable reading and watching TV in the room and did not feel a need to go somewhere else to be comfortable.