First ... a shout out to our wonderful “included” tour guides. We especially enjoyed Sylvia Seifert whose extended tour in Regensburg (including Jewish history and the Stumbling Stones Project) was spectacular. Another terrific guide -whom we were with today in Cologne- was Ralph (sorry no last name). His knowledge of history was extensive. In a very brief period we learned so very much. Finally and sadly (sorry!!!) we cannot recall the name of our Wertheim guide, another terrific individual (woman in her 60s) who brought her home town to life -past and present. For example she told us that her husband was 5 years old when US tanks rolled through town at the end of WW2:
an image he has never forgotten.
She shared a great deal of her own life experience as well as history and both helped us get a true flavor for her river town.
Food was outstanding. Thank you Marc!! My husband is a vegetarian and there were excellent options and the chefs also made special meals for him which were great. Note: no special milk products like soy, cashew or almond milk on board.
The staff took exquisite care of us. They took care of everything.
We have loved our cruise experience (we have one more day). I have 2 items to critique: I would have liked another day in each of the larger cities: Vienna and Cologne. Of course I knew the schedule in advance. I would like Viking to know this preference however and will put this on the evaluation they provide. We did the pre-extension in Budapest and so we did have more time there. The second item is that for a good part of the cruise - maybe half - the sundeck was closed due to very low bridges. This is something that I would have liked to know about in advance. It would not have stopped me from coming. Still, if one does not have a private balcony, not having access to the sundeck makes a difference.
Last but not least this trip is great if you are very active (you can hike and bike), if you have limited
mobility and need to be in a “gentle” tour group or if you are anywhere in between. We were told the average age was 68 with a range from 20s- 83.
A terrific experience.
Lovely. The double glass door made the room bright and beautiful. It is a small room but we had absolutely everything we needed. The room was always pristine ie cleaned twice a day.
I also want to celebrate the entire staff. Everyone was amazing from our Program Director David Parker to Joseph who took of our room, to Dado and Ivan (2 Ivans actually), Ria, the restaurant manager and on and on.