Our first river cruise. It was very good! Now. It was the Viking TOR - a small ship - not what ocean cruisers are used to. Everything is smaller and limited. The staterooms are smaller, the public spaces are smaller, and the dining room is smaller. Gotta deal with that if you were just last on the Oasis. River cruising is smaller and more intimate. 190 folks on our cruise. The ship and the staff were excellent. Could not have asked for more. I could have asked more from fellow sailors who were somewhat rude. I am always amused and set aghast by folks who rush in at the buffet and cut in as if there will be no food left. We are all here in this (and there's lot's of food). 5 minutes or so is of no import. CHILL. How fat can you get?
We enjoyed our river cruise. The only downside was dinner seating. Open seating is really not that. It's a mad scramble to get to a table and fight off folks you don't want sitting with you so you can sit and dine with folks you know and love. We were a bit late one night and could not sit with our friends, Viking could easily fix this by allowing folks to reserve tables at booking and leave the rest open. No brainier.
The crew and wait staff were outstanding. The lounge was large enough to accommodate everyone and there were evening activities after dinner as well as a short briefing on the next days activities given by the cruise director who was very helpful. The excursions were quite enjoyable and included at no extra charge in the base fare with well informed local tour guides in each port with audio receivers for each guest that you brought from your room and they worked nicely. There was only one optional excursion for a fee in Nuremberg to the war crime trial museum and courtroom. Each excursion was about 3-4 hrs. with free time after. Of course the highlight of the cruise was being able to visit the Christmas Market in each port. Each was enjoyable and a bit different. That was wonderful since that was the purpose of this cruise at Christmas time!!
Small by ocean cruise standards - but quite adequate.