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Viking Gefjon Cruise Review
0.0 / 5.0
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Amazing cruise, exceeded all expectations

Viking Gefjon Cruise Review by Grandma Rainbow

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2019
  • Destination: Europe River

I loved everything about this cruise (except the weather which was cold and rainy). Our cruise went from Budapest Hungary to Amsterdam. Castles, vineyards, beautiful scenery, churches, shopping, history, demonstrations-so much to see and do. Our cruise director/stand up comedian/singer was positively amazing and multi-talented. He coordinated all the activities and shore excursions so everything ran smoothly. He was very knowledgeable about the ship and the history of the places we saw along the way. He was also very entertaining, cracking jokes and keeping us in stitches.

All of the staff were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Our Cabin Steward was really sweet and did an excellent job of keeping our room tidy.

The meals were amazing, I think there was something for everyone and everything was top notch.

Our room was a tiny bit cramped, but there really isn't any way around that. The ship can only be so wide to sail the rivers and get through the locks. Even though a bit small, there was ample storage and closet space.

Just to manage expectations, if you are used to sailing the big ocean ships like carnival where there are pools, rides, Broadway shows, spa, casino, gym and all kinds of shops etc. This ship is tiny compared to those big ocean cruise ships and space is limited. They have internet, a small library, a tiny shop, a bar and a nightly singing duo, and occasionally demonstrations and history classes about the places we sailed by or visited. Most everyone of the guests on the cruise were retirees. If you can't live without all the bells and whistles, this is probably not the cruise for you.

That being said, we sailed during the night and were in another port the next day with an included walking tour or optional excursions, shopping and sightseeing on your own. Even when we sailed during the day, there was so much beautiful scenery to see along the way, we were never bored.

I gave a 3 star to the fitness and recreation catagory because they don't really have any fitness or recreational activities per se. There is a walking track on the top deck. On the other hand, I felt like the shore excursions themselves gave us plenty of walking exercise.


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Cabin Review

Cabin F Standard 105

It was comfortable even though a bit tiny. We had a nice size window (not huge but larger than your average port hole) above the water line so we could look out and see the world go by. The layout of the room and bath were well thought out with lots of storage. The bath had a heated floor. Our room steward was a real sweetheart and kept our room nice and clean and tidy.


Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Budapest

Its a beautiful city, but not really very tourist friendly. Figuring out the public transportion system was very difficult. It would be helpful if they would put the signs in both Hungarian and English so tourists would have an easier time.

City Tour

This was a bus tour included in the cruise. We saw some beautiful buildings and learned some interesting history.

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Included a small chamber orchestra, singers and dancers. I thought it was very well done and entertaining. The venue was beautiful.

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City Tour

Walking tour of the city. We didn't see a lot. Not really very impressed.

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Walking Tour

We walked through the city and saw some interesting buildings and heard some interesting history. St Stephens Cathedral was absolutely breathtaking and you have never heard an organ until you have heard that organ.

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Regensburg

Another beautiful city with lots of history.

Nuremberg

Beautiful city, but kind of depressing because of its history.

Bamberg

Really beautiful old city, lots of history, lots of interesting shops. Didn't try the smoke flavored beer but we did find a candy store with chocolate smoke flavored beer truffles that were really yummy.

Wurzburg

we took the optional tour of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Walked for a little ways on top the city wall, learned a lot of history, had a good traditional German meal. Our guide was really nice, knowledgeable and entertaining.

Huge fortress built on top of a hill. Took a gondola ride across the river to get there, that was pretty awsome all by itself. The guide took on the character of someone who lived around the time the fortress was built and explained all the fortifications and why it was so hard for anyone to take the fortress. It was interesting history.

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