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This was our second Viking cruise and it was every bit as enjoyable as our first! Our first cruise was on the Danube in December, visiting Christmas markets along the way. This time we wanted to enjoy the outside decks in warmer weather. Embarkation was like coming home! We were familiar with the layout and rhythms of the ship and the staff make us feel welcome and comfortable. I asked about a particular cocktail onboard and the bartender didn't have one particular ingredient. When I found it in town and gave it to her, she made sure to ask if I wanted my "special cocktail" when she saw me! Meals on board offered plenty of variety and gave us plenty of opportunity to meet other guests.We were graced with beautiful weather which enabled us to enjoy the outside decks while sailing. The staff made the cruising time very enjoyable and were very attentive with beverages and treats. Going through the locks was a lot of fun, especially when the captain was on deck to talk about the procedure. The guides for shore excursions ranged from very good to excellent, although we would have appreciated a little less time on formal tours and more free time in the various cities. The service onboard was excellent across the board! All staff members we encountered were friendly, attentive, helpful and dedicated to a high level of customer service. We were especially impressed when we had disembarked and were sightseeing in Basel, one of the staff members, on his day off in town, recognized and greeted us! The Viking staff courtesy doesn't end at the end of the gangplank! Would we take another Viking river cruise? Absolutely! We're already planning our next one!

Magnificent Memories on the Rhine

Viking Hlin Cruise Review by mvedwards

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2017
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Stateroom
This was our second Viking cruise and it was every bit as enjoyable as our first! Our first cruise was on the Danube in December, visiting Christmas markets along the way. This time we wanted to enjoy the outside decks in warmer weather.

Embarkation was like coming home! We were familiar with the layout and rhythms of the ship and the staff make us feel welcome and comfortable. I asked about a particular cocktail onboard and the bartender didn't have one particular ingredient. When I found it in town and gave it to her, she made sure to ask if I wanted my "special cocktail" when she saw me!

Meals on board offered plenty of variety and gave us plenty of opportunity to meet other guests.We were graced with beautiful weather which enabled us to enjoy the outside decks while sailing. The staff made the cruising time very enjoyable and were very attentive with beverages and treats. Going through the locks was a lot of fun, especially when the captain was on deck to talk about the procedure.

The guides for shore excursions ranged from very good to excellent, although we would have appreciated a little less time on formal tours and more free time in the various cities.

The service onboard was excellent across the board! All staff members we encountered were friendly, attentive, helpful and dedicated to a high level of customer service.

We were especially impressed when we had disembarked and were sightseeing in Basel, one of the staff members, on his day off in town, recognized and greeted us! The Viking staff courtesy doesn't end at the end of the gangplank!

Would we take another Viking river cruise? Absolutely! We're already planning our next one!
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Cabin Review

Veranda Stateroom
Cabin B 205
The cabins are well designed to incorporate plenty of storage in a limited space. Suitcases can be stored under the king-size bed, freeing up floor and closet space. There are plenty of lighting options from overhead lights to bedside reading lights. Love, love, love the 110/220 power options; no worries about transformers! The shower is a bit small, but the two-way doors maximize space. The heated floors in the bathroom are wonderful.
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