This was our first ever River Cruise after nine ocean cruises. We embarked in Budapest the same day we completed an 11-day Baltic cruise on a large Princess ship. The contrast was significant in terms of size, number of passengers and amenities.
Overall, our experience was mixed. Lots of things to like and some things were really disappointing.
First, the ship was difficult to find due to lots of construction in the pier area. We took a cab from the airport and, despite being given the location in writing from the friendly Viking greeter at the airport, our driver could not find the correct location (Viking has three piers separated by 3/4 mile). I didn't see it either. A 3/4 mile walk dragging luggage wasn't a good start. In retrospect,the Viking transfer, though expensive, would have been worth it.
The bed, furniture, bathrooom and towels were all first class. Very comfortable. Storage was adequate. No issues with the number and placement of electric outlets. The ability to open the slider and get fresh air was nice. Be advised that this cabin is very small (135 sq ft). Literally only 12" between the bed and the slider curtains in the one-bed setup. And that side of the bed is inaccessible (without climbing over) if anyone sits on the stool in front of the mirror.
The location was only two cabins from the reception area. While we were originally concerned about this, it was actually very convenient and we never heard any noise frmo the traffic passing by. The cabin attendant was very good.
Combined with noise in the public spaces (see main review), we would opt for the veranda stateroom on our next Viking river cruise.
Included excursion in the AM. Four stars only because of the weather. Walking tour through Regensberg with bright red Viking umbrellas covered a great deal. Good commentary and guide pointed out some hard to see sights.. Tour ended and we got very easy directions back to the ship allowing us to explore more.
Arrived early so Viking added bus transport in the AM for self-exploration of the city center. Picked up a self-guided walking tour map from the Visitors Center. Walked a lot and climbed up to the castle which gave great views of the city. PM was the optional WWII tour which was fantastic. Included the Documentation Center museum, Congress Hall and the Nuremberg Courtrooms. Had almost an hour at the Documentation Center on our own - very moving. Zeppelin Field was dropped from the tour due to an auto race being staged there.