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Low water on the Danube reduced the 10-day cruise to a week, with the remainder of the time in hotels in Budapest and Bucharest. "Included excursions" were often long bus rides from the Danube. Transfer from Budapest to Mohac, and from Nikopol to Bucharest were long, exhausting, and the major consequence of low water. Viking "system" greets passengers from airport arrival to departure. This aspect of the journey can be very stressful, but the Viking way makes it easy. The hotels were fine (Hilton West End in Budapest and Sheraton in Bucharest), if not necessarily located in prime tourist neighborhoods. Dining was an issue for us due to diet limitations (we can't eat lactose, and don't eat pork or shellfish); the maitre de (Gabor) did an excellent job assisting us. Only issue is the inflexibility of the dinner: 7:00 PM. There is no alternative. Program Director Stefan was superb. An important educational objective for us was to gain a better understanding of life before and after the collapse of the Iron Curtain as well as understanding the wars following the breakup of Yugoslavia. From formal briefings on board to the home visit in Croatia, we learned so much, honestly presented and with the vital historical context included. Overall, disappointing river cruise except for the educational component.

Low water = river + bus

Viking Aegir Cruise Review by Herb44

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: French Balcony
Low water on the Danube reduced the 10-day cruise to a week, with the remainder of the time in hotels in Budapest and Bucharest. "Included excursions" were often long bus rides from the Danube. Transfer from Budapest to Mohac, and from Nikopol to Bucharest were long, exhausting, and the major consequence of low water.

Viking "system" greets passengers from airport arrival to departure. This aspect of the journey can be very stressful, but the Viking way makes it easy. The hotels were fine (Hilton West End in Budapest and Sheraton in Bucharest), if not necessarily located in prime tourist neighborhoods.

Dining was an issue for us due to diet limitations (we can't eat lactose, and don't eat pork or shellfish); the maitre de (Gabor) did an excellent job assisting us. Only issue is the inflexibility of the dinner: 7:00 PM. There is no alternative.

Program Director Stefan was superb. An important educational objective for us was to gain a better understanding of life before and after the collapse of the Iron Curtain as well as understanding the wars following the breakup of Yugoslavia. From formal briefings on board to the home visit in Croatia, we learned so much, honestly presented and with the vital historical context included.

Overall, disappointing river cruise except for the educational component.
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Cabin Review

French Balcony
Cabin D 202
Tiny! No room for even a chair. Major positive is closeness to dining room and stairs.
Middle Deck Balcony Cabins