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We'd always fantasized about what it would be like to actually go on a Viking Cruise after seeing the wonderful ads on PBS. Could it really be that picturesque? Would the meals really be that good? Would the shore excursions really be as idyllic as it looked in the ads? Yes. The cruise was lovely (we had great weather, too). The crew could not have been more accommodating and more interested in our experience. My wife wanted a softer bed. Yeah, sure - we're on a boat dear - that's unlikely to happen. The people who took care of our room were able to provide additional cushion on her side of the bed - (how did they know which side she slept on?) These people are magicians. My wife and I must both eat a gluten free diet. In many cases, restaurants would say - well, you can have a salad then. Not on a Viking cruise. We had gourmet meals, specially selected for us in a private consultations every morning. On at least one night our dining companions wanted to know what we were eating - it looked so good to them! If you are wondering if the price will be worth the experience - don't hesitate. These people know what they are doing and they execute - flawlessly. We will take another cruise with Viking - the hard part is deciding which one to choose. Thank you to everyone at Viking!

Lovely week on the Danube

Viking Vilhjalm Cruise Review by MarkandKate

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: French Balcony
We'd always fantasized about what it would be like to actually go on a Viking Cruise after seeing the wonderful ads on PBS. Could it really be that picturesque? Would the meals really be that good? Would the shore excursions really be as idyllic as it looked in the ads?

Yes.

The cruise was lovely (we had great weather, too). The crew could not have been more accommodating and more interested in our experience. My wife wanted a softer bed. Yeah, sure - we're on a boat dear - that's unlikely to happen. The people who took care of our room were able to provide additional cushion on her side of the bed - (how did they know which side she slept on?) These people are magicians.

My wife and I must both eat a gluten free diet. In many cases, restaurants would say - well, you can have a salad then. Not on a Viking cruise. We had gourmet meals, specially selected for us in a private consultations every morning. On at least one night our dining companions wanted to know what we were eating - it looked so good to them!

If you are wondering if the price will be worth the experience - don't hesitate. These people know what they are doing and they execute - flawlessly. We will take another cruise with Viking - the hard part is deciding which one to choose.

Thank you to everyone at Viking!
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Cabin Review

French Balcony
Cabin D 202
We paid a little extra to get the French Balcony. It was fun to have the sliding glass door open at night as we glided up the Danube. There are no mosquitoes in Europe - they are the state bird here in Wisconsin. So, having the door open even without screens allowed us to listen to the water lapping against the hull. There was also the occasional shore noises - it really made the experience real.
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