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Viking Gullveig Review

4.0 / 5.0
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126 reviews

Disappointing

Review for Viking Gullveig to Europe River
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Captain Stardust
2-5 Cruises • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jul 2018
Cabin: French Balcony

On the Rhine Getaway cruise last year we had a fabulous time. The food was great, the trips, despite a couple of really rainy days, were enjoyable and informative. The evening entertainments were sparkling and the Programme Director Renee was lively and the life and soul of the party. Nearly all the reviews of this cruise are fulsome in their praise for the experience, and I heartily concur with them!

Having had such a sterling experience last year we almost immediately signed up for the Romantic Danube cruise. Naturally having had such a brilliant experience we assumed that this was the norm for Viking. Oh dear! We should have read read the reviews. This year was a great disappointment, especially when compared to last time.

Three days before departure Viking informed us that due to low water levels we would not be starting from Nuremberg but Passau near the Austrian border. We were under the impression that this was a rare event; Viking was being rather disingenuous because according to the reviews fluctuating river levels are quite common. This should be mentioned specifically in the brochure, that water levels can fluctuate and this should be taken into consideration before booking. No mention is made of this until the travel documents arrive, after you have paid in full.

Cabin Review

French Balcony

Cabin D

Small and compact - plenty of storage space.

Did not use the French window much due to lack of privacy. Spent too much time moored alongside other Viking ships.

We liked the heated floor in the bathroom.

Port Reviews

Passau

Passau has suffered an awful lot of flooding!

Durnstein (Krems)

Gottweig Abbey was very good. The guide was informative and considerate of passengers' needs as it was very hot. There is a lot of steep steps to negotiate so those with mobility problems need to be aware.

Regensburg

To get here we had a coach journey of some one and a half hours each way.

Commentaries on all the coach journeys would have made them more interesting.

As a medieval town it had much to recommend it.

Lunch was provided at a local restaurant. There was plenty of free beer or wine, but the food was average.

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