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Danube River cruise with Viking- I recently took a Viking river cruise, the Danube Waltz with other adult family members. The weather was perfect so we enjoyed the sun deck on the ship and our outdoor time in respective ports. A cruise can be a great way to explore a new area without having to arrange for your own tours or transportation. However, there are a couple of things to be mindful of: River boats are often docked together in port so often your views are completely blocked by another boat and the fumes from the idling boats are noxious. River boats are tiny- our small stateroom would not have fit anyone over about 5 ft 9 or anyone overweight The lower staterooms have some funky smells at times and can feel cave-like when docked in a port Riverboats have no Dr. onboard- passengers must go into port for any medical attention The Viking included tours are very general and buses are packed. Little time to visit places like museums, etc. with this type of travel. AirFrance held a strike on our day of departure, we were packed into another airline and missed 6 hours in Prague. The Viking selected hotel had no bureaus for unpacking, you will live out of a suitcase and could have a very old room or bathroom (ours was circa 1986). The needs of the elderly or immobile are not adequately meet with Viking River cruises. No access to sundeck via elevator or a lift. No room service for folks who can't make it to the one meal time seating. The tour operators were clueless about the meaning of "incapable" of walking and immobile guests had to make own arrangements to return to the ship if they could not walk back. The lack of understanding for easy access was also evident with hotel concierge in Prague. She put us at a restaurant that required walking over a bridge and down some stairs. My guest fell. She also fell during one of the Viking excursions and fractured a bone. Buyer beware before booking a river cruise- allowing others to make arrangements does not always lead to the best travel experience. I trust my own skill in arranging the best accommodations and excursions rather than relying on a corporate formula for what they have negotiated.

Review of Danube Waltz Spring River Cruise

Viking Vili Cruise Review by mmenotti

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom
Danube River cruise with Viking-

I recently took a Viking river cruise, the Danube Waltz with other adult family members. The weather was perfect so we enjoyed the sun deck on the ship and our outdoor time in respective ports. A cruise can be a great way to explore a new area without having to arrange for your own tours or transportation. However, there are a couple of things to be mindful of:

River boats are often docked together in port so often your views are completely blocked by another boat and the fumes from the idling boats are noxious.

River boats are tiny- our small stateroom would not have fit anyone over about 5 ft 9 or anyone overweight

The lower staterooms have some funky smells at times and can feel cave-like when docked in a port

Riverboats have no Dr. onboard- passengers must go into port for any medical attention

The Viking included tours are very general and buses are packed. Little time to visit places like museums, etc. with this type of travel. AirFrance held a strike on our day of departure, we were packed into another airline and missed 6 hours in Prague. The Viking selected hotel had no bureaus for unpacking, you will live out of a suitcase and could have a very old room or bathroom (ours was circa 1986).

The needs of the elderly or immobile are not adequately meet with Viking River cruises. No access to sundeck via elevator or a lift. No room service for folks who can't make it to the one meal time seating. The tour operators were clueless about the meaning of "incapable" of walking and immobile guests had to make own arrangements to return to the ship if they could not walk back. The lack of understanding for easy access was also evident with hotel concierge in Prague. She put us at a restaurant that required walking over a bridge and down some stairs. My guest fell. She also fell during one of the Viking excursions and fractured a bone.

Buyer beware before booking a river cruise- allowing others to make arrangements does not always lead to the best travel experience. I trust my own skill in arranging the best accommodations and excursions rather than relying on a corporate formula for what they have negotiated.
Viking Cruises, Community Team has responded
We appreciate you sharing some details from your voyage aboard Viking Vili, mmenotti, and are pleased to learn of your enchantment with the sun deck. We regret to hear of your disappointment in our onshore tours, as well as your guest’s experience of physical difficulties onboard and ashore. Your valuable feedback allows us to review our products for future improvements. Should you like to share additional details about your Viking Experience, we would be happy to hear from you at TellUs@vikingcruises.com. Thank you for this chance to respond, mmenotti, and we hope you have a wonderful day.
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of The Independent Traveler, Inc.
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