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Our trip, the City of Lights tour, started in Prague and ended in Paris. After a wonderful two night stay in Prague, we traveled by bus to Bamberg to embark on our cruise on the Main, Rhine and Moselle Rivers. Boarding, access to our cabin and luggage were efficiently handled. We're off to a great start! Cocktails in the lounge from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. was a nightly occurrence. This included information about the next day's excursions and events as well as what was being served for dinner that evening. Several times wine from the region we were traveling through were served with the meal and we were given information on the area and the wine at this time as well. Our party consisted of my husband and me (in our 70's) and our two adult children and daughter-in-law (in their 30's). They were definitely the youngest passengers but thoroughly enjoyed everything about the trip. One seating for dinner, usually at 7 p.m. The dining room was beautiful, the service impecable and the food was delightful every evening. Dress was what I would call business casual. A more casual meal was available on the deck but we enjoyed the dining room so much that we never varied our routine. Our servers were fun but professional and came to know our likes and dislikes and made us feel so welcome. It was also a time for us to discuss our day, especially nice if we took part in different excursions during the day. There was entertainment following dinner each night that included live piano music with our onboard musician, a traditional glass-blowing demonstration, dancing, a performance by local musicians, etc. Breakfast in the dining room was served from 6:30 - 9 a.m. and included anything you could want from the buffet breakfast or a choice of dishes cooked to order. Excellent! We were very spoiled by the end of the cruise. On the days we were not on an excursion during lunch, the dining room served lunch and a lighter, buffet-style lunch was available on the terrace. Excursions included with the tour were led by local people who were very knowledgeable about the history and culture. Every one we took was well worth our time, well led and informative. One of our favorites was the tour of Rothenburg, called the best-preserved medieval town in Germany. The architecture, the narrow cobblestone streets, and the medieval gates transported us to another time - all the beauty without any of the hardship involved in living during that time. Several excursions were offered that were available at an extra charge. We enjoyed an optional tour that included a wine tasting in Rothenburg as well as one in Rudesheim. While riesling wines are generally thought of as too sweet by my family, we found the wines we tasted on this trip to be very good and not too sweet. I strongly recommend this trip. Viking pays close attention to all the details and handles them seamlessly. I very much hope to go on another Viking river cruise.

Trip of a lifetime

Viking Alsvin Cruise Review by Citygirl44

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: French Balcony
Our trip, the City of Lights tour, started in Prague and ended in Paris. After a wonderful two night stay in Prague, we traveled by bus to Bamberg to embark on our cruise on the Main, Rhine and Moselle Rivers.

Boarding, access to our cabin and luggage were efficiently handled. We're off to a great start!

Cocktails in the lounge from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. was a nightly occurrence. This included information about the next day's excursions and events as well as what was being served for dinner that evening. Several times wine from the region we were traveling through were served with the meal and we were given information on the area and the wine at this time as well.

Our party consisted of my husband and me (in our 70's) and our two adult children and daughter-in-law (in their 30's). They were definitely the youngest passengers but thoroughly enjoyed everything about the trip.

One seating for dinner, usually at 7 p.m. The dining room was beautiful, the service impecable and the food was delightful every evening. Dress was what I would call business casual. A more casual meal was available on the deck but we enjoyed the dining room so much that we never varied our routine. Our servers were fun but professional and came to know our likes and dislikes and made us feel so welcome. It was also a time for us to discuss our day, especially nice if we took part in different excursions during the day.

There was entertainment following dinner each night that included live piano music with our onboard musician, a traditional glass-blowing demonstration, dancing, a performance by local musicians, etc.

Breakfast in the dining room was served from 6:30 - 9 a.m. and included anything you could want from the buffet breakfast or a choice of dishes cooked to order. Excellent! We were very spoiled by the end of the cruise.

On the days we were not on an excursion during lunch, the dining room served lunch and a lighter, buffet-style lunch was available on the terrace.

Excursions included with the tour were led by local people who were very knowledgeable about the history and culture. Every one we took was well worth our time, well led and informative. One of our favorites was the tour of Rothenburg, called the best-preserved medieval town in Germany. The architecture, the narrow cobblestone streets, and the medieval gates transported us to another time - all the beauty without any of the hardship involved in living during that time.

Several excursions were offered that were available at an extra charge. We enjoyed an optional tour that included a wine tasting in Rothenburg as well as one in Rudesheim. While riesling wines are generally thought of as too sweet by my family, we found the wines we tasted on this trip to be very good and not too sweet.

I strongly recommend this trip. Viking pays close attention to all the details and handles them seamlessly. I very much hope to go on another Viking river cruise.
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Cabin Review

French Balcony
Cabin D 224
It was, as expected, small and compact. Well organized. The bathroom was better than any others we have had on ships.
Middle Deck Balcony Cabins