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Viking Embla Review

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It got repaired . . at our cost

Review for Viking Embla to Europe River
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6-10 Cruises • Age 80s

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Sail Date: Sep 2019

This is the end of the Embla saga - on arrival at the Embla in Budapest on 11 September 2019 we were confronted by a vessel with an odd large boxed item next to the bridge. Wondering why it was there and how it would survive low bridges unless it could be lowered and raised like the captain’s bridge, we went to our cabin where we found the 06 September 2019 letter – not good timing on Viking's part as we were already on board. Once we got to Linz, we had to disembark to end up at a golf resort - Bad Griesbach - for two nights.Note that we had already received a “low water on the Danube” excuse notification from 29 August 2019.

From the golf resort I went on the two hour plus Viking bus ride to Regensburg . After the city tour I wandered back towards the bus park that is adjacent to a canal – I had wondered earlier how vessels made their way through Regensburg and now I was to find out as a cruise vessel, same size and (likely) same 1.7 m draught as Viking vessels, stopped to allow guests off to walk into the city – much nicer than a 2 hour bus ride there and back. So was the 29 August notice a smoke screen for the Embla’s generator replacement? And, if the generator replacement was known and urgent, for whose convenience did Embla sail in the first place? How would Viking have dealt with a situation had the vessel broken down 50 miles from the nearest large town? Clearly, passenger comfort and safety is not as high on Viking's priority list as one once imagined.

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We never got there


After a 3 hour bus trip that took 4 hours plus, we stayed on board . . 2 hours later our luggage arrived


Elderly people can't stand around for 3 to 4 minutes or more being harangued by Viking tour couriers whose command of the English language is not the best.


We did our own thing in the Residenz as every room has a notice in at least 3 languages, describing what you see. It saves us old people from having to standind still - we're better at moving along


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