Viking Gefjon Cruise Review by Hornman47
- Sail Date: May 2018
- Destination: Europe River
- Cabin Type: Veranda Suite
There are two eateries on board: the main dining room and the Aqauvit “cafe” at the bow of the boat. We ended up eating all breakfasts and most lunches at Aquavit because it was like eating at a sidwalk cafe except the sidwalk was the river. We could eat while watching, hearing, and smelling the surrounding countryside slide by. The main dining room was a great meeting place for dinner. The large tables resulted in seatings of groups of people that started the meals as strangers and ended up as friends. Most nights the main dining room offered aregional menu in addition to the standard menu. The Regional menu offered a chance to try local cuisine that would never be available at home. In most cases it was a pleasant surprise.
The on board entertainment was uniformly excellent. The two person lounge combo was thoroughly professional and had a breathtakingly broad repetoire. Viking brought in opera singers and a glassblower for unexpected types of entertainment. There were frequent historical seminars, usually as preludes for the next day’s excursions which greatly helped understand the history behind the excursion.
When we booked this cruise we were aware that the Viking river cruises were ranked number one. We quickly found out why. Everyone we encountered from the Captain, to our room Steward, to the restaurant and bar serving staff, to the deckhands, were always pleasant, always had a smile, and always tried their utmost to be helpful. The crew made this a gold star cruise.
The shore excursions added the local touch that we were looking for. The tour guides hired by Viking were all local residents that had deep knowlege of the subject of the tour they were leading. Each of them had their own personal spin on the subject of their tour, which kept the tours from feeling “canned”. As a consequence, just about every tour contained information that would be hard to find in a history book.
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