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This was our first river cruise. We were on the Viking Idi sailing June 27, 2018 from Amsterdam to Basel. Since this was our first river cruise after many ocean cruises on other lines, we did not know what to expect as to the food. Breakfast was super....many choices and all were tasty and served quickly. As to lunch and dinner....another story. We are not "foodies" and not very particular, but the lack of selection was surprising. Only 2 daily menu selections for main course and several nights there was nothing we liked! Beef stew was one night....really? Another surprise was the lack of German dishes (except for one night at the end of the cruise). Then you had a myriad of yummy German dishes. Wish they would have spread them out and have at least one each evening. We were on the Rhine for goodness sake. One night shrimp curry was the feature! Bland at best. Wait staff attentive, pouring house wines and beer liberally. Apparently this ship was beef challenged...rib eye, sirloin and burgers were tough or over cooked. When a chef came to our table and asked about the meal one evening, I told him about the steak. Several people at out table agreed that it was barely edible. He turned on his heel and walked off! The included tours were good but when the cruise director had her briefing on the next port, it was hard for us ( having never been on a ship that had included tours) to know if what she was describing was "included" or "optional". I suggested making that clearer, but it never changed during the 8 days. Eventually we figured that every morning tour (but one) was "included". They never changed our bed linens the whole week. That was a surprise as well. We used Viking air and came in one day prior to the cruise and stayed in a hotel of our choosing so we did not get a transfer to the ship. We could stow our luggage as early as 8 am and we boarded easily at 9:30am. Then we walked on our own to a canal tour boat very close to the dock. Transfer from the ship to the airport in Basel was great. We had a private cab due to our flight departure time I guess and were met at the airport by a Viking rep who took us to the correct check in spot! That was a nice touch. The actual voyage was very interesting....sailing down the Rhine and viewing people at small beaches, cows and horses at other beach areas....houses, castles, locks and a variety of river traffic made for enjoyable sights. Returning from the daily tours, staff greeted us with a small glass of something refreshing. Another nice touch! We thoroughly enjoyed the trip, but agreed that a river cruise was just not for us. We are booked on a Viking ocean cruise in the Med in March of 2019 and hope that Viking has the same level of service on board, but better food selections!

First river cruise

Viking Idi Cruise Review by xeena

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Stateroom
This was our first river cruise. We were on the Viking Idi sailing June 27, 2018 from Amsterdam to Basel.

Since this was our first river cruise after many ocean cruises on other lines, we did not know what to expect as to the food. Breakfast was super....many choices and all were tasty and served quickly. As to lunch and dinner....another story. We are not "foodies" and not very particular, but the lack of selection was surprising. Only 2 daily menu selections for main course and several nights there was nothing we liked! Beef stew was one night....really? Another surprise was the lack of German dishes (except for one night at the end of the cruise). Then you had a myriad of yummy German dishes. Wish they would have spread them out and have at least one each evening. We were on the Rhine for goodness sake. One night shrimp curry was the feature! Bland at best. Wait staff attentive, pouring house wines and beer liberally. Apparently this ship was beef challenged...rib eye, sirloin and burgers were tough or over cooked. When a chef came to our table and asked about the meal one evening, I told him about the steak. Several people at out table agreed that it was barely edible. He turned on his heel and walked off!

The included tours were good but when the cruise director had her briefing on the next port, it was hard for us ( having never been on a ship that had included tours) to know if what she was describing was "included" or "optional". I suggested making that clearer, but it never changed during the 8 days. Eventually we figured that every morning tour (but one) was "included".

They never changed our bed linens the whole week. That was a surprise as well.

We used Viking air and came in one day prior to the cruise and stayed in a hotel of our choosing so we did not get a transfer to the ship. We could stow our luggage as early as 8 am and we boarded easily at 9:30am. Then we walked on our own to a canal tour boat very close to the dock. Transfer from the ship to the airport in Basel was great. We had a private cab due to our flight departure time I guess and were met at the airport by a Viking rep who took us to the correct check in spot! That was a nice touch.

The actual voyage was very interesting....sailing down the Rhine and viewing people at small beaches, cows and horses at other beach areas....houses, castles, locks and a variety of river traffic made for enjoyable sights. Returning from the daily tours, staff greeted us with a small glass of something refreshing. Another nice touch!

We thoroughly enjoyed the trip, but agreed that a river cruise was just not for us. We are booked on a Viking ocean cruise in the Med in March of 2019 and hope that Viking has the same level of service on board, but better food selections!
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Cabin Review

Veranda Stateroom
Cabin B 231
We had a balcony cabin (#231)....space adequate but a bit tight if 2 people wanted to change sides of the cabin! Storage was pretty good. Bathroom met our needs, but if you were weight challenged, getting in the shower might pose a problem!
Middle Deck Balcony Cabins