The trip was called Tulips and Windmills and included much more. My wife was more interested in the tulips and I was more interested in the windmills and technology. However the historical sights we visited were of great interest to both of us. It was a good mix of tours and times to rest and relax. There was some WWII history and some medieval history in the mix. The tour guides were excellent. They were knowledgeable and interacted well. It was always comfortable and friendly.
The meals and menu selections were excellent. The chef specials at dinner were excellent as were the wine choices. Dessert was always tasty. We enjoyed the fact that dinner was casual plus but not dress up. It was the right mix for a trip that featured tours and walking in the morning and either an afternoon trip or relaxing in the afternoon.
One of the best parts was the people we met. It seemed like everyone we met shipboard was friendly and engaging. A great part of that was the crew who was so pleasant that you could not help but feel that you were all welcome. In discussion one of them mentioned that he had started with another cruise line and had worked his way up to get to being a Viking member. There was pride in the company. The cruise director, Kane Davies, was extremely competent and had the knack of making everyone feel that they were important. We'd love to have him again and we are saving up for another cruise.
Our cabin was perfect. Extremely clean and cleaned well each day. The bed was very comfortable and linens were crisp. The bath room was spotless. The drapes block the outside lights at night so the room was dark for sleeping. The bedside light controls and reading lightin were excellent. The televisions were very good and the movie/TV show selections were ample. As a minor issue, I would have liked a shutoff timer on the bedroom TV to fall asleep by.
The small outside patio we had was great when cruising and so relaxing. Out of Vikings control was the fact that harbormasters often placed another ship alongside ours when docked. This made the patio just a little less useful. Next cruise we will still want one.
The history and discussions were excellent. The home visits in small groups was very enjoyable.