We chose this cruise Trade Routes of the middle Ages" due to its diversity of countries having never been to Europe but have taken many ocean cruises before..
arrival a the airport and finding the Viking representatives was swift and all questions asked and guided well (a little tired due to an over night flight with no sleep) to our buses with luggage taken for us.
embarkation (and the ship in general) was quick and smooth. our luggage was left for the staff and brought to our rooms by the scheduled 2 pm. during this tie we were able to eat lunch (we were starving) and look around the ship. it is small and well defined and within one day we didnt get lost!! we found representatives all over the ship and easily approachable for directions. found the ship in general too cool for me so sweater was necessary always.
Cabin: we were in 4107 which had a balcony, heated floors in the bathrooms, many toiletries a lady would need and replaced as needed without asking, adequate thick towels etc, glassed in shower, adequate places for all your toiletries brought. limited storage for clothes (shorts, etc) not on hangers (which i brought and were used) but we found space. maybe some shelving in the large hanging closet would be a great idea and put the safe in their also. great 40 inch tv which was convenient for local and world news plus movies at out leisure. used the balcony a few times.
Dining: it didnt matter where you went. from the world cafe to the Restaurant, it was wonderful with attentive waiters to serve coffee, tea and soda , wine and beer at your discretion. the chefs Table was incredible but only went once. we had the Asian meal which i was afraid i wouldnt like.. impressive... Manfredies was not our favorite and we went once only and cancelled a second. I love italian but was disappointed. too spicy for us. our favorite haunt was The Restaurant where fine dining was different every night with waiters at your beck and call with a smile always..
Entertainment and activities: there was something all day every day for every one. the daily sheet of activities and where to meet for tours was well written allowing any one to plan their day. simple things such as Trivia with new made friends (we came so close so many times) was fun! lectures of WW2 and art lectures and discussion were made available and very interesting and enjoyed. attendances was good. i brought two books. i didnt open either one.. guess i was too busy... night entertainment was good with soloist singers of different types, a soloist pianist (incredible), a magician (who did he do it??). honestly my fave forever was Brian Rodriques, who was an assistant cruise director who sang solo one evening with a packed house. From show tunes to opera, he was incredible evoking emotional responses from many (including myself)/ Thanks Brian for sharing your gift!
Service" no matter where on the ship or even off the ship, a Viking representative was available and eager to assist no matter what. even managers of every departments were visible each day and often.
Ports and Shore Excursions: most of the included trips were educational and represented by the people of that country. the two i would not recommend were Falmouth and Belgiun as Falmouth itself is a nice quaint little town to visit (and we were there during a festival-which we missed). the included trip to cornwall was uneventful and lack of capability to see any scenery which was special . The included trip not to Brugge but to another town was somewhat okay for a few minutes then lack luster. we were dropped off in the city of " ?" to shop yet the stores were closed. we wanted to get chocolate to purchase but ummm the stores are closed??? the rest of the included trips we took advantage of with also purchasing some. i found the costs reasonable compared to other cruise companies. the best included was paris. yes! its far but once there we saw so much and given time to eat at a side walk cafe and to feel the parisian style. limited shopping was disappointing but all in all we saw so much for no cost to us!!! the only other purchased trip i would ot recommend was Amsterdams Rickmuseum (sp). very confusing, tie wasted, with tour guides (however intelligent to art) but too much time determining who was gong to take whome (limited to 20 each but did not say- you 20 stand here please) and too much detail orientation of one painting limiting us to seeing two paintings in half hour. we finally left the group and met up when we were to leave. as did many.
Tak Tak Tak Viking for giving us a beautiful and memorable trip we will never forget even to the end (and in the airport-this after we had filled out our comment forms!!!)
we have already planned on a river cruise next year and so looking forward to the next experience!!
please see above.. the rooms are small but well designed. suitcases go under the beds!!
a beautiful city. do wish we could have seen more gaudi related buildings. we saw one
seeing the ruins was incredible.imagine Ceasar and us walking on the same floor!! loved how the tour guide loved her city..
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went on both the included tour of the city which was again so different fro the day before. again enjoyed the tour guides love of their city.. Mijas was wonderful. my recommendation would be to drop us off there for three hours to shop, eat and enjoy the area more. quaint little place, tour guide not really necessary...View All 17 Village of Mijas Reviews
disappointing waste of time.. land is limited to seeing due to high sides on the side of the roads, going to beach unnecesary. considered it all a waste of time and boring. wish we had staying in town with or without the festival...View All undefined undefined Reviews
paris on your own... wonderful!!! we still saw everything. had some time off to look around and felt it a total ful day.. and our surprise when arriving back??? how special that was. thank you so much for making us feel special!!! and yes we were glad to be back "home".View All 65 Paris Reviews
after half hour it was boring. you can only see so many canals. went to a town where stores were closed!to shop!! no chocolates. no food, no anything.. and no place to sit waiting.. heard brugge was incredible. why arent we going there???. there were many grumbling alsoView All undefined undefined Reviews
confusing guides.. they can only take 20 each and dividing us out was -difficult??? wasted time doing this (1/2 hour). once in museum spent too much time of details, ie faces, hand placement, background, etc when there were three floors to see (1/2 hour). we left the tour and looked quickly at what time we had left and met up with them after to get back to the ship.. canal cruise was the best part... if the plan for tour guides and separations were done initially there would have been more time to see and shop if we wanted. they were very knowledgable and why i said average versus poor. would i recommend it? noView All 77 Rijksmuseum Reviews
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