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Having been a veteran of Caribbean cruises on the large and mega ships, we had the opportunity to travel with a group of about 45 cabins on the Rhine River Cruise with Viking. It was an entirely different experience from what we were used to. It is much more intimate with approx 90 cabins. The check-in process was so quick, I didn't realize that it was complete. The interior was very sleek and clean. Light wood furniture and trim. Small areas to sit and relax. Lots of sunlight throughout the boat since there are no inside cabins. There was a nice bright dining room and an inside/outside dining area that was more casual. There was a partially covered sundeck on the entire top of the boat. The staff all got to know us on this voyage since there were so few people. No lines to wait in. No trouble finding seating for entertainment. The staff was 99% excellent or very good. Just one or two waiters that seemed a bit less experienced. They accommodated our large group with private receptions/parties very nicely. Having the wine and beer included with lunch and dinner was very nice! No big bar bills at the end of the cruise. The food was very nice. Varied choices, prepared well and served well. Included were excursions on every stop that were included in the prices of the cruise. They were generally more historical and educational overall. So if you just wanted to party 24/7, this is not the cruise for you. However, we did party quite a bit but in a more "mature" way! lol The scenery while cruising was gorgeous. The ports were all really fun and enjoyable. We were escorted to all tours. Overall, I would say most all the tours involved a moderate amount of walking on uneven surfaces. Not for the frail or physically limited. However, there were a couple of tours listed specifically for those that were mobility restriced in some way. The whole atmosphere was generally informal. Nicer casual outfits for dinner but no formal nights. Some of the entertainment on board was very fun, the pianist wasn't very versatile. We had a day and a half in Amerstam before sailing. That easily could have been longer and this was a wonderful city. Everyone bikes or walks. Bikes do have the right away so be very alert! We went to the Keukenhof Gardens which were amazing!!!!! Post cruise we went to Lucerne, Switzerland for 3 days. I fell in love with this city. Everyone walks. It's very old and historic. The river runs right thru the middle of town with covered bridges and restaurants lining each side of the water. Just outside the city is the rural farms and mountains with snow tops and beautiful waterfalls. We were there in late April and we have fantastic weather! People were friendly everywhere we went. Most everywhere was very clean and no overweight people. Everyone walks for bikes everywhere. What a great way to live.!

Trip of a lifetime

Viking Idi Cruise Review by kathymgardner

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2018
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Stateroom
Having been a veteran of Caribbean cruises on the large and mega ships, we had the opportunity to travel with a group of about 45 cabins on the Rhine River Cruise with Viking.

It was an entirely different experience from what we were used to. It is much more intimate with approx 90 cabins. The check-in process was so quick, I didn't realize that it was complete. The interior was very sleek and clean. Light wood furniture and trim. Small areas to sit and relax. Lots of sunlight throughout the boat since there are no inside cabins. There was a nice bright dining room and an inside/outside dining area that was more casual. There was a partially covered sundeck on the entire top of the boat. The staff all got to know us on this voyage since there were so few people. No lines to wait in. No trouble finding seating for entertainment. The staff was 99% excellent or very good. Just one or two waiters that seemed a bit less experienced.

They accommodated our large group with private receptions/parties very nicely. Having the wine and beer included with lunch and dinner was very nice! No big bar bills at the end of the cruise. The food was very nice. Varied choices, prepared well and served well.

Included were excursions on every stop that were included in the prices of the cruise. They were generally more historical and educational overall. So if you just wanted to party 24/7, this is not the cruise for you. However, we did party quite a bit but in a more "mature" way! lol The scenery while cruising was gorgeous. The ports were all really fun and enjoyable. We were escorted to all tours. Overall, I would say most all the tours involved a moderate amount of walking on uneven surfaces. Not for the frail or physically limited. However, there were a couple of tours listed specifically for those that were mobility restriced in some way.

The whole atmosphere was generally informal. Nicer casual outfits for dinner but no formal nights. Some of the entertainment on board was very fun, the pianist wasn't very versatile.

We had a day and a half in Amerstam before sailing. That easily could have been longer and this was a wonderful city. Everyone bikes or walks. Bikes do have the right away so be very alert! We went to the Keukenhof Gardens which were amazing!!!!!

Post cruise we went to Lucerne, Switzerland for 3 days. I fell in love with this city. Everyone walks. It's very old and historic. The river runs right thru the middle of town with covered bridges and restaurants lining each side of the water. Just outside the city is the rural farms and mountains with snow tops and beautiful waterfalls. We were there in late April and we have fantastic weather!

People were friendly everywhere we went. Most everywhere was very clean and no overweight people. Everyone walks for bikes everywhere. What a great way to live.!
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Cabin Review

Veranda Stateroom
Cabin B 311
Very nice finishings. Compact but efficient. Bed comfortable. Nice size closet. Bathroom nice and functional. Poor reception on TV lots of the time but was warned of this.
Nice balcony big enough for 2 people, 2 chairs and a small table.
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