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This is our 3rd Viking river cruise and it's just as good as the first! This was the Elegant Elbe package and it lived up to Viking standards. The couple of days are in Berlin then you are bussed to the ship on the Elbe. The Elbe is a natural river with no locks so it's a bit shallow and we did run out of water to sail in by Dresden, just one port shy of our goal. Nonetheless, Viking maintained their high standards and took care of everything. The Elbe ship is a smaller version of the regular Viking river ship but is every bit as comfortable and luxurious as the bigger ones. The cabins are exactly the same as the bigger river ships, there is just less of them. I believe the capacity is 95 guests. The rest of the ship layout is the same as the bigger ships with the lounge and dinning room being a bit smaller but definitely the right size for the amount of people on the ship. Viking has revised their menu scheme this year to include more local flavors than before and it proved popular with the guests we spoke to during the cruise. As always, regardless of the dish, Viking culinary standards are very high and it was a treat to eat dinner and lunch on the ship each day. The shore excursions are well thought out and precisely planned. You have plenty of time to wander about and the busses used by Viking are top notch. Our favorite was the town walking tour of Torgau after dinner one night. Very relaxing, quaint little town. As usual with Viking, the crew from top to bottom was incredibly helpful, friendly and provided for our every need.

Another wonderful adventure with Viking!

Viking Astrild Cruise Review by THNebraska

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: French Balcony Stateroom
This is our 3rd Viking river cruise and it's just as good as the first! This was the Elegant Elbe package and it lived up to Viking standards.

The couple of days are in Berlin then you are bussed to the ship on the Elbe. The Elbe is a natural river with no locks so it's a bit shallow and we did run out of water to sail in by Dresden, just one port shy of our goal. Nonetheless, Viking maintained their high standards and took care of everything.

The Elbe ship is a smaller version of the regular Viking river ship but is every bit as comfortable and luxurious as the bigger ones. The cabins are exactly the same as the bigger river ships, there is just less of them. I believe the capacity is 95 guests.

The rest of the ship layout is the same as the bigger ships with the lounge and dinning room being a bit smaller but definitely the right size for the amount of people on the ship.

Viking has revised their menu scheme this year to include more local flavors than before and it proved popular with the guests we spoke to during the cruise. As always, regardless of the dish, Viking culinary standards are very high and it was a treat to eat dinner and lunch on the ship each day.

The shore excursions are well thought out and precisely planned. You have plenty of time to wander about and the busses used by Viking are top notch. Our favorite was the town walking tour of Torgau after dinner one night. Very relaxing, quaint little town.

As usual with Viking, the crew from top to bottom was incredibly helpful, friendly and provided for our every need.
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Cabin Review

French Balcony Stateroom
Cabin C 220
While the cabins look small at first, they are so well designed that there is plenty of storage and more than enough room for a couple. Since we spent most of our time out of the cabin, it was the perfect size. Wifi is weak on-board but not much they can do about that easily.

The toiletries supplied in the bathroom were very good and the bed is also very comfortable. Soundproofing is pretty good as well.
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