Viking Egil Cruise Review by NickfromPA
- Sail Date: July 2017
- Destination: Europe River
We took the pre-cruise and post cruise options in both Budapest and Prague and would encourage others to take advantage of these options. Viking made our travel to Europe easy and much less expensive than had we booked on our own, and the arrangements worked out well for us to enjoy a full day on our first day in Budapest.
Getting on board (and disembarkation) were both handled smoothly and quickly and made our lives easier. As opposed to boarding a large ocean vessel, the Viking Egil’s crew were quick to load and unload and we were able to get to our cabins and change within minutes of boarding.
The ship and its set up were perfect for both us as a couple and for our entire group – we had 56 friends all onboard. We had the freedom to be alone or be with others in the lounge, or on the decks - and we often used the front deck off the lounge for a meeting place. The July sailing was met with very warm weather, only one or two brief rainfalls, and spectacular service. The food and beverage options were exceptional, and we enjoyed every breakfast, lunch and dinner we shared on board.
The staff were quick to help and that the service was personal – bartenders and servers took just one service to learn and remember our names and favorites, and encouraged us to take advantage of all the boat provided. Even the captain and operational crew were pleasant and approachable, and the stewards were both friendly and not overbearing. The concierge and tour staff were all knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile to be of service. I must say that traveling with a lgroup of 56 friends was a challenge for the staff and at times for the other passengers, but the crew were wonderful about it and very understanding of our unique needs.
On board, the cabin was our base of operations and sleeping center, as we had events every evening and excursions daily – but it was large enough to allow us room for all our “stuff,” and to relax. The bed was extremely comfortable as well.
While our group had several independent day trips, the Viking excursions were many and varied – to meet lots of people’s preferences. The logistics were well handled, and we enjoyed every one.
As noted, this was our first river cruise, but there are already more in the future plans. Viking – and the crew of the Viking Egil made this trip a highlight and worth every penny!
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