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Viking Mimir – April 9 – 19, 2018 – Tulips & Windmills Why this cruise?. We have done 37 ocean cruises, but only three river cruises, so we thought this one would be a good idea. And we were correct. It was a very nice ten days sailing on canals and rivers through the Netherlands and Belgium; and seeing huge amounts of flowers and windmills. We had Viking arrange the air which was a non-stop British Air from Phoenix to London and then a short hop to Schiphol in Amsterdam. Our flight was overnight, so we opted for business class. We were met by Viking at the airport, which is second only to Heathrow for size in Europe; and arrived at the boat in time for dinner. We were probably the last on board. Shore excursions Viking offers at least one free excursion every day, and a choice of paid trips. The cost of the paid trips is not high by cruise standards Our first day was spent touring Amsterdam by canal boat for a few hours in the morning. We have been there a few times; but love the central city. In the afternoon we took a paid tour of the Delft “Porcelain” factory. It is not true porcelain, but ceramic ware; striking nonetheless. The next day we arrived in Hoorn, which is on an enclosed bay north of Amsterdam. We took a paid tour which included a visit to a farm with a wind turbine owned by the farmer; but managed by his wife. Her explanation of the turbine, which is one of many supplying electricity throughout the country was fascinating. We then went to a tulip farm which was an amazing operation, growing millions of tulips, all for shipment outside Holland. It was difficult to understand the full process of this family run enterprise, but it was extremely enlightening. Thursday was spent in Arnhem; which was the location of a major battle, and allied defeat, in 1944. Driving through the beautiful countryside was nice, with the tour guide providimg a very detailed history of the battle. We stopped at a small, partly finished museum, and enjoyed a very good cup of coffee. We sailed at 4:00 A.M for Kinderdijk, arriving at 1:00 P.M. where Edith enjoyed a walking tour of a historic windmill, which showed how the family once lived in it. There also was a lecture on water management which she found very enlightening. Saturday we arrived in Antwerp in Belgium. The walking tour was conducted by a California girl. Most of our time was spent in the Cathedral, which had some very nice art works, but our guide did not manage time well and we had to return to the boat without seeing much else of the city. The next day was spent in Bruges, which is a very attractive old city that we had visited before. Our guide did an excellent job, and we particularly enjoyed the busy central square as well as the canal with its boats. Monday we were in Zeeland, which adjoins the North Sea and is entirely below sea level. We learned about the disastrous flooding which occurred in 1953, killing more than 1800 people. It led to the building of huge dikes to protect the land from the sea, and they are an amazing sight. We sailed that afternoon past Rotterdam, which is the major western Europe port, and very active. Tuesday we were in Amsterdam and our tour was of the Keukenhof Gardens. This is a stunning place containing a huge array of all sorts of flowers; both in the open and in buildings. It is open for only eight weeks each year from the end of March to the end of May. It occupies over 69 acres and is truly spectacular. This was a provided tour by Viking, which was nice considering that the normal entrance fee is 59 Euros. This did not stop a very large crowd of visitors, and it shouldn’t. We returned to the boat for our farewell dinner well satisfied with the day. The next day most of the passengers returned home, but we stayed overnight, visiting the Stedelijk Museum in the afternoon and attending a concert at the Concertgebouw that evening. This hall has perhaps the finest acoustics of any concert venue, and the orchestra is one of the top five in the world, so we enjoyed a Beethoven piano concerto, the Harry Janos Suite by Kodaly and a Prokoflev orchestral piece. The following day we flew home. The Mimir This is one of Viking’s “Longships” and was launched in 2015. It will carry 190 passengers and we had 183 on board, so it is as big as any river boat. The cabin furnishings are in a largely pleasant light wood, with enough room in our verandah cabin for everything. The bathroom was quite adequate with a shower that worked very well, maintaining the desired temperature. The stateroom had a small couch and coffee table, with an adequate desk. The verandah was small, with two chairs and a table. The weather did not encourage much outdoor seating. Deck two forward had the large dining room, with tables for six and eight, inviting interaction with one’s fellow passengers. The tableware was Villeroy and Boch, hotel quality of course, but very attractive. The boat’s lounge was on Deck three, and had comfortable seating, but probably did not hold all the passengers. There was an “alfresco” small dining area forward of the lounge, and an outside viewing area forward of that. The sky deck had a large covered area mid-ships, and, as always on riverboats, one could look into the captain’s bridge. A visit was provided here, and the equipment was quite impressive. The Food As river cruise boats go, the dining was quite good, although Edith felt that the vegetarian offerings fell short on some days. The choices were fewer than on ocean going ships, but the quality of the cooking and service was high. The baked goods were especially nice. The breakfast buffet did not have the full fruit selection we were accustomed to see on our ocean voyages, and the toaster was out of service for a few days. Lunches were also limited as to the items available; but we never went hungry. Wine and beer were freely poured at all lunches and dinners as well as at a few special events. The Crew Viking does a superb job with its guest relations and crew efficiency. Our cabin was made up by the time we returned from breakfast every day. The cruise director was always available, on board or on shore, and very helpful. The Captain was quite young, but always around and friendly. All the waiters were pleasant and efficient. The front desk people were especially nice. The atmosphere on board was as good as anyone could hope for. Onboard Entertainment There was a pianist and singer providing music every day. Twice a group of local musicians provided entertainment, and there were some talks on local life and culture as well. The cruise director explained the next day’s tour options every evening before dinner. Fellow Passengers A scurvy lot! No, of course not. The percentage of people from the UK was probably higher than 50%, which made conversations quite interesting. As usual we were almost all retired and enjoying life. While most on board had done a fair amount of river cruising, the number of ocean cruisers was low compared to our experience at sea. The Overall Experience This was a very enjoyable cruise, matching the AMA Waterways AmaVida we took on the Duoro River ln Portugal 4 years ago. While the weather was quite cool at times, we were able to dress warmly enough, and we had no rain on shore. The care and attention of the crew was superb, the boat very convenient, and the tours quite good. We can definitely recommend Viking for any river cruise.

A 4.5 rated cruise

Viking Mimir Cruise Review by Liat

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Stateroom
Viking Mimir – April 9 – 19, 2018 – Tulips & Windmills

Why this cruise?.

We have done 37 ocean cruises, but only three river cruises, so we thought this one would be a good idea. And we were correct. It was a very nice ten days sailing on canals and rivers through the Netherlands and Belgium; and seeing huge amounts of flowers and windmills.

We had Viking arrange the air which was a non-stop British Air from Phoenix to London and then a short hop to Schiphol in Amsterdam. Our flight was overnight, so we opted for business class. We were met by Viking at the airport, which is second only to Heathrow for size in Europe; and arrived at the boat in time for dinner. We were probably the last on board.

Shore excursions

Viking offers at least one free excursion every day, and a choice of paid trips. The cost of the paid trips is not high by cruise standards

Our first day was spent touring Amsterdam by canal boat for a few hours in the morning. We have been there a few times; but love the central city. In the afternoon we took a paid tour of the Delft “Porcelain” factory. It is not true porcelain, but ceramic ware; striking nonetheless.

The next day we arrived in Hoorn, which is on an enclosed bay north of Amsterdam. We took a paid tour which included a visit to a farm with a wind turbine owned by the farmer; but managed by his wife. Her explanation of the turbine, which is one of many supplying electricity throughout the country was fascinating. We then went to a tulip farm which was an amazing operation, growing millions of tulips, all for shipment outside Holland. It was difficult to understand the full process of this family run enterprise, but it was extremely enlightening.

Thursday was spent in Arnhem; which was the location of a major battle, and allied defeat, in 1944. Driving through the beautiful countryside was nice, with the tour guide providimg a very detailed history of the battle. We stopped at a small, partly finished museum, and enjoyed a very good cup of coffee.

We sailed at 4:00 A.M for Kinderdijk, arriving at 1:00 P.M. where Edith enjoyed a walking tour of a historic windmill, which showed how the family once lived in it. There also was a lecture on water management which she found very enlightening.

Saturday we arrived in Antwerp in Belgium. The walking tour was conducted by a California girl. Most of our time was spent in the Cathedral, which had some very nice art works, but our guide did not manage time well and we had to return to the boat without seeing much else of the city.

The next day was spent in Bruges, which is a very attractive old city that we had visited before. Our guide did an excellent job, and we particularly enjoyed the busy central square as well as the canal with its boats.

Monday we were in Zeeland, which adjoins the North Sea and is entirely below sea level. We learned about the disastrous flooding which occurred in 1953, killing more than 1800 people. It led to the building of huge dikes to protect the land from the sea, and they are an amazing sight. We sailed that afternoon past Rotterdam, which is the major western Europe port, and very active.

Tuesday we were in Amsterdam and our tour was of the Keukenhof Gardens. This is a stunning place containing a huge array of all sorts of flowers; both in the open and in buildings. It is open for only eight weeks each year from the end of March to the end of May. It occupies over 69 acres and is truly spectacular. This was a provided tour by Viking, which was nice considering that the normal entrance fee is 59 Euros. This did not stop a very large crowd of visitors, and it shouldn’t. We returned to the boat for our farewell dinner well satisfied with the day. The next day most of the passengers returned home, but we stayed overnight, visiting the Stedelijk Museum in the afternoon and attending a concert at the Concertgebouw that evening. This hall has perhaps the finest acoustics of any concert venue, and the orchestra is one of the top five in the world, so we enjoyed a Beethoven piano concerto, the Harry Janos Suite by Kodaly and a Prokoflev orchestral piece. The following day we flew home.

The Mimir

This is one of Viking’s “Longships” and was launched in 2015. It will carry 190 passengers and we had 183 on board, so it is as big as any river boat. The cabin furnishings are in a largely pleasant light wood, with enough room in our verandah cabin for everything. The bathroom was quite adequate with a shower that worked very well, maintaining the desired temperature. The stateroom had a small couch and coffee table, with an adequate desk. The verandah was small, with two chairs and a table. The weather did not encourage much outdoor seating.

Deck two forward had the large dining room, with tables for six and eight, inviting interaction with one’s fellow passengers. The tableware was Villeroy and Boch, hotel quality of course, but very attractive.

The boat’s lounge was on Deck three, and had comfortable seating, but probably did not hold all the passengers. There was an “alfresco” small dining area forward of the lounge, and an outside viewing area forward of that.

The sky deck had a large covered area mid-ships, and, as always on riverboats, one could look into the captain’s bridge. A visit was provided here, and the equipment was quite impressive.



The Food

As river cruise boats go, the dining was quite good, although Edith felt that the vegetarian offerings fell short on some days. The choices were fewer than on ocean going ships, but the quality of the cooking and service was high. The baked goods were especially nice. The breakfast buffet did not have the full fruit selection we were accustomed to see on our ocean voyages, and the toaster was out of service for a few days. Lunches were also limited as to the items available; but we never went hungry. Wine and beer were freely poured at all lunches and dinners as well as at a few special events.

The Crew

Viking does a superb job with its guest relations and crew efficiency. Our cabin was made up by the time we returned from breakfast every day. The cruise director was always available, on board or on shore, and very helpful. The Captain was quite young, but always around and friendly. All the waiters were pleasant and efficient. The front desk people were especially nice. The atmosphere on board was as good as anyone could hope for.

Onboard Entertainment

There was a pianist and singer providing music every day. Twice a group of local musicians provided entertainment, and there were some talks on local life and culture as well. The cruise director explained the next day’s tour options every evening before dinner.

Fellow Passengers

A scurvy lot! No, of course not. The percentage of people from the UK was probably higher than 50%, which made conversations quite interesting. As usual we were almost all retired and enjoying life. While most on board had done a fair amount of river cruising, the number of ocean cruisers was low compared to our experience at sea.

The Overall Experience

This was a very enjoyable cruise, matching the AMA Waterways AmaVida we took on the Duoro River ln Portugal 4 years ago. While the weather was quite cool at times, we were able to dress warmly enough, and we had no rain on shore. The care and attention of the crew was superb, the boat very convenient, and the tours quite good. We can definitely recommend Viking for any river cruise.
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Cabin Review

Veranda Stateroom
Cabin B 331
The cabin furnishings are in a largely pleasant light wood, with enough room in our verandah cabin for everything. The bathroom was quite adequate with a shower that worked very well, maintaining the desired temperature. The stateroom had a small couch and coffee table, with an adequate desk. The verandah was small, with two chairs and a table. The weather did not encourage much outdoor seating.
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