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OK, this was a great vacation with Viking, our first using Viking! It was tough getting to our embarkation point. Germany and Switzerland had increased security at the airports. So may sure you check with the airlines before you leave. If this is the case, you will need to take a deep breath when you land at these countries airports. Now, when we landed in Basel Switzerland (this is funny), we followed the exit signs and ended up in France side instead of Switzerland side. Lucky for us that a Viking rep was waiting for us to make the mistake and got us on the right side of the border. Once we had our bearing, Viking reps were they to help us with bags and getting on the correct bus to deliver us to the longboat. Once to the boat, we checked in walked about Basel before having to report back to the boat for departing. As for the boat, she was only two years old, very comfortable along with the cabin. The dining experience was unbelievably great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I would highly recommend having a diet plan in place when you return home because you will not be able to help yourself. As for the staff, it did not matter, if it was the room, dining, or excursions, you were taking care of. If you had an issue with anything, it was taken care ASAP! Now shore excursions, we greatly enjoyed all of them. The only negative would be to work with Viking when selecting them. There are some you have to pay for that are not included. I made the mistake of not speaking with Viking when making the selections. There were opportunities where you could have done the included excursions in the morning and included one of the paid excursions that afternoon. I did not know this, by the time you are on the boat and I found out, it was too late. The paid excursions were full. So, work with Viking when selecting. You may be able to do multiple excursions per visit. Now for disembarking, pay attention to what's happing at that disembark point. You may be going to the airport instead of seeing the city you disembark in. You may have to add a day(s) on the end to see the disembark city. This could be ending your great vacation on a negative note if you are not paying attention during booking. As for Viking, we highly recommend them. We have already booked another Viking river cruise in 2020 and we are looking forward to it! You may think, what about 2019, Ireland won out!

Very Relaxing Trip!

Viking Tialfi Cruise Review by lhfrankgtenet

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: June 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: French Balcony Superior
OK, this was a great vacation with Viking, our first using Viking! It was tough getting to our embarkation point. Germany and Switzerland had increased security at the airports. So may sure you check with the airlines before you leave. If this is the case, you will need to take a deep breath when you land at these countries airports.

Now, when we landed in Basel Switzerland (this is funny), we followed the exit signs and ended up in France side instead of Switzerland side. Lucky for us that a Viking rep was waiting for us to make the mistake and got us on the right side of the border. Once we had our bearing, Viking reps were they to help us with bags and getting on the correct bus to deliver us to the longboat. Once to the boat, we checked in walked about Basel before having to report back to the boat for departing.

As for the boat, she was only two years old, very comfortable along with the cabin. The dining experience was unbelievably great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. I would highly recommend having a diet plan in place when you return home because you will not be able to help yourself. As for the staff, it did not matter, if it was the room, dining, or excursions, you were taking care of. If you had an issue with anything, it was taken care ASAP!

Now shore excursions, we greatly enjoyed all of them. The only negative would be to work with Viking when selecting them. There are some you have to pay for that are not included. I made the mistake of not speaking with Viking when making the selections. There were opportunities where you could have done the included excursions in the morning and included one of the paid excursions that afternoon. I did not know this, by the time you are on the boat and I found out, it was too late. The paid excursions were full. So, work with Viking when selecting. You may be able to do multiple excursions per visit.

Now for disembarking, pay attention to what's happing at that disembark point. You may be going to the airport instead of seeing the city you disembark in. You may have to add a day(s) on the end to see the disembark city. This could be ending your great vacation on a negative note if you are not paying attention during booking.

As for Viking, we highly recommend them. We have already booked another Viking river cruise in 2020 and we are looking forward to it! You may think, what about 2019, Ireland won out!
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Cabin Review

French Balcony Superior
Cabin C 330
The boat was only two years old, so the room was excellent. Plus, we had sliding glass doors, which was great for afternoons or evening when the boat was moving between destinations.
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