I had read an article by Wendy Perrin about this cruise. She took her family to the Christmas markets and i thought I'd love to take my wife on this trip. As everyone has heard by now, there was a pretty severe drought in Europe this year. We knew there was a possibility that our cruise was not going to go as initially planned. Our cruise went from Budapest, Hungary to Nuremberg, Germany. The first leg of the cruise was canceled due to low water levels. Of course this was through no fault of Viking Cruise Lines, all cruise lines had the same issue. We were provided with accommodations and transportation to the next port. We enjoyed our bus trip and the scenery.
Our stateroom was very clean and our steward was fantastic (we miss him). The day we got in our room, I called the front desk and asked to have my dress shirts pressed. They picked them up and had them back within 3 hours, outstanding service!
The staff on board was fantastic, from the waiters to the people on the front desk. Our program director was energetic, funny and made sure we were all well entertained.
I'm glad we splurged on the veranda stateroom. We really needed the extra space. Bathroom was tight, but functional. We had a small issue a leak in the shower and it was fixed the very same day.
My wife and I hired a private guide in the morning. We did a food tour, then went back to the ship and did a bus tour around many of the nazi sites and walked up to the castle. Then we went to the Christmas markets. It was a terrific day