We have just returned from our Viking Grand European Tour from Amsterdam to Budapest, with 2 additional days each in Amsterdam and Prague.. We departed on September 5, 2017 and returned on the 25th. This was a celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary
We chose Viking because of their fine reputation and ship size. There were 186 passengers with a ship staff of 52. Most passengers are aged 45+ and the ships, tours, and staff are designed for that age group.
From the first day to the last, this trip was nothing short of magnificent. From our arrival in Amsterdam to our departure from Prague the Viking staff was there to assist us and attend to our needs and comfort. Viking exudes “attention to detail.”
At all stages of this trip our luggage was handled in an expeditious manner, whether from arriving at the airport, to the Hilton (Amsterdam), to the ship, to the Corinthia (Prague), to the airport . Not one problem.
We could write a book on the ship and staff but, suffice to say, it could not fully describe this great experience. Nothing was overlooked. The staff could not do enough for each and every guest. Breakfast a morning joy. Lunch was a daily treat. Evening dinner was a delightful culinary experience.
Prior to dinner, we enjoyed time in the lounge. Just about any beverage you would ask for was available (suggestion - purchase the drink package). In addition, there was always some special treat being served. Every evening there was a briefing on the next days activities, that evenings dinner choices, and post-dinner activities. There were a number of interesting programs and lectures which were offered to the guests
Side-tours: many are included and many are at additional cost. We did both and were completely satisfied with Viking’s professional guides. Lots of walking so wear comfortable shoes. Important – the tours are designed from easy to somewhat strenuous so read the tour descriptions carefully.
Weather – nature is in charge. This may sound minor, but Viking supplies great umbrellas.
Clothing – We made the error of bringing way too much. We discovered that 95% of the men and women wore jeans or other comfortable garb. There were no formal evenings.
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Yes this is a luxury cabin with everything we expected and more. Spacious, comfortable, premier services, including wine, laundry service, and other premium amenities.