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First Viking cruise. Low water meant a move Wed from Hiln to Kara with a local ship cruise down that part of the Rhine we could not sail on. We missed little although there were issues with locks in Amsterdam diverting ship from there to Rotterdam and not being told, the low river water and the ship swap and some foggy weather. Oh and a French police strike in Colmar. But through it all our cruise director Candi kept it all moving - kudos to the crews for effortlessly handling everything. Both ships had great crews - we loved the team on the Hiln though - and despite a review to the contrary - we liked them better than the crew on the Kara - but both were good. Ships very clean but sometimes musty smelling. We really disliked the cattle call meal times where everyone is called to eat at 7 and it's like a game of musical chairs. Ugh. Food was ok - a B. The chef on Kara was better over all. Tour guides are simply amazing - wow - real quality. That made things so worthwhile. Bottom line would we cruise Viking again? If there are going to ports we want to see yes. But not one of those folks that pick a different Viking Cruise every year as some do. They are not that good. Viking could learn dining from Holland with their Any Time plan, the quality of their food and the way they serve buffets. And Holland crews are simply amazing.

Hiln and Kara and low water cuise

Viking Hlin Cruise Review by cborn

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Stateroom
First Viking cruise. Low water meant a move Wed from Hiln to Kara with a local ship cruise down that part of the Rhine we could not sail on. We missed little although there were issues with locks in Amsterdam diverting ship from there to Rotterdam and not being told, the low river water and the ship swap and some foggy weather. Oh and a French police strike in Colmar. But through it all our cruise director Candi kept it all moving - kudos to the crews for effortlessly handling everything. Both ships had great crews - we loved the team on the Hiln though - and despite a review to the contrary - we liked them better than the crew on the Kara - but both were good. Ships very clean but sometimes musty smelling. We really disliked the cattle call meal times where everyone is called to eat at 7 and it's like a game of musical chairs. Ugh. Food was ok - a B. The chef on Kara was better over all. Tour guides are simply amazing - wow - real quality. That made things so worthwhile. Bottom line would we cruise Viking again? If there are going to ports we want to see yes. But not one of those folks that pick a different Viking Cruise every year as some do. They are not that good. Viking could learn dining from Holland with their Any Time plan, the quality of their food and the way they serve buffets. And Holland crews are simply amazing.
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Cabin Review

Veranda Stateroom
Cabin B 332
Small but efficient - good use of space and floor to celing sliding doors bring in lot of light. Beds comfortable - AC and heat good. Bathrooms have heated floors. They do a lot with a small amount of space. Yes it's tight but to be expected but they design them well.
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