This early springtime cruise was incredibly affordably priced when we booked for six couples to sail. We were treated with superb service in every way: rooms were beautifully cleaned each day, meals were delicious and some of our group sat together for meals while others chose other tables to meet more like-minded river cruisers, the onboard entertainments were fun for our group to join in, and the absolute care and attention given to the tours at all ports of call is what makes a Viking River Cruise the best experience possible.
My husband and I especially appreciate the fact that VRC includes all drinks during meals in package price. We do not drink much, so it is fine to have one or two drinks a day for us. We have fun with friends-both old and new ones-during the evenings without extra alcohol. We have been on two VRC cruises (Rhine in 2013) and have not spent any extra money on drinks.
The tour guides are always very fluent in English. They are also very familiar with the city you are visiting that day. So, when we ask for extra information or reccommendations of where a local might eat or what a local does, we know we can trust the answers. I love history and I feel each and every tour guide we've met is me in other skin! They always fill the allotted time and I know they would have that much more to share if time permitted.
The rooms are small and extremely efficient in their layout. My husband and I are both large people and we were comfortable in the king size bed. We had plenty of room to walk around the bed and in front of it. The bathroom was sized for one of us to be comfortable in and surprisingly the shower unit felt huge! We book rooms on the lower level, so our window is flush with the river water level which is awesomely cool! We see boats sailing by our very noses if we happen to be in our room during the day. We packed for a three week trip through Germany before both cruises, as well as the cruise in a carry on airline approved luggage bag. We do laundry rather than haul a "closet" along on long trips.