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We cruised the Danube for our 30th Wedding Anniversary in April, 2018. We are an active couple in our low 50's and have traveled independently for many years. Viking's Danube Waltz 8 day River Cruise was a great alternative to ocean cruises (no seasickness). We found Viking to be the right level of "luxury" for us -- comfortable without a lot of frills we don't need or desire. It seemed to attract a group of individuals who were much like us-- laidback, not super-fancy, earthy people who enjoy the cruising experience with delicious, filling meals with a few drinks but were not on a cruise to eat and drink their way through the week. The format with a choice of daily guided group excursions was perfect for us. We typically chose the more active, walking option with an introduction to the location we would visit. The wireless headset technology used for the guided tours was exceptional and allowed us to clearly hear the guide without huddling in tight groups. The introductions helped us get acquainted with the layout, culture, and things to see or do at each destination and then we had free time to explore each destination on our own. We enjoyed the delicious regional dinners with local themes, meeting different guests each night (different cultures, backgrounds, experiences, ages), and the evening activities and/or entertainment. We were impressed and delighted with the simplicity, flexibility and ease of travel. The travel arrangements, embarkation and disembarkation were all smooth and the service was impeccable. The crew was highly competent, engaging, attentive to all guests, and talented! After a 2 day early arrival and exploration of Budapest on our own, we moved into our small but well-appointed, beautiful French Balcony cabin and appreciated going to a new destination each day without having to pack/unpack our things. While cruising the river we enjoyed learning about the lock system on the river. The views and fresh air from our cabin's sliding glass door were incredible, and we enjoyed the breathtaking 360 degree scenery and taking a few laps around the walking track on the upper deck in perfect Spring time weather. We enjoyed all destinations, but especially enjoyed the excursion to the fairytale-like city of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. This was a relaxing, educational, cultural, romantic, and fun experience that combined guided, group activities with on-your-own adventures at a great value. We can't wait to book our next Viking Cruise!

Anniversary Adventure

Viking Vili Cruise Review by Jeananaa

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: April 2018
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: French Balcony
We cruised the Danube for our 30th Wedding Anniversary in April, 2018. We are an active couple in our low 50's and have traveled independently for many years. Viking's Danube Waltz 8 day River Cruise was a great alternative to ocean cruises (no seasickness). We found Viking to be the right level of "luxury" for us -- comfortable without a lot of frills we don't need or desire. It seemed to attract a group of individuals who were much like us-- laidback, not super-fancy, earthy people who enjoy the cruising experience with delicious, filling meals with a few drinks but were not on a cruise to eat and drink their way through the week.

The format with a choice of daily guided group excursions was perfect for us. We typically chose the more active, walking option with an introduction to the location we would visit. The wireless headset technology used for the guided tours was exceptional and allowed us to clearly hear the guide without huddling in tight groups. The introductions helped us get acquainted with the layout, culture, and things to see or do at each destination and then we had free time to explore each destination on our own.

We enjoyed the delicious regional dinners with local themes, meeting different guests each night (different cultures, backgrounds, experiences, ages), and the evening activities and/or entertainment.

We were impressed and delighted with the simplicity, flexibility and ease of travel. The travel arrangements, embarkation and disembarkation were all smooth and the service was impeccable. The crew was highly competent, engaging, attentive to all guests, and talented! After a 2 day early arrival and exploration of Budapest on our own, we moved into our small but well-appointed, beautiful French Balcony cabin and appreciated going to a new destination each day without having to pack/unpack our things. While cruising the river we enjoyed learning about the lock system on the river. The views and fresh air from our cabin's sliding glass door were incredible, and we enjoyed the breathtaking 360 degree scenery and taking a few laps around the walking track on the upper deck in perfect Spring time weather.

We enjoyed all destinations, but especially enjoyed the excursion to the fairytale-like city of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic.

This was a relaxing, educational, cultural, romantic, and fun experience that combined guided, group activities with on-your-own adventures at a great value. We can't wait to book our next Viking Cruise!
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French Balcony
Cabin D
Well-appointed, exceptionally replenished & cleaned.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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