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Itinerary (2 days in Berlin, 5 day cruise including Wittenburg, Meissen and Dresden, 2 days Prague) appealed to us and didn't disappoint. Viking's cruise environment is (for us) a good mix of levity, entertainment and enrichment led by excellent program director Rik and enhanced by unadvertised extras such as an evening walk in Torgau, a lacemaking demo (and chance to try), a talk from a local woman on her upbringing in the DDR and a classical music trio. Much of the Elbe sailing is through tranquil farmland, but there is more varied landscape at the eastern end of the itinerary and the Bastei viewpoints are spectacular. We were glad we sailed from west to east because the views becam emore interesting the further we got. We enjoyed the hotel stays in Berlin and Prague, but would advise that a Viking hotel stay is not like being on board a ship. Both hotels (Hiltons) were perfectly adequate but typical chain hotels with little local character. Viking reps were helpful, but the Viking experience of these days was limited to the panoramic/walking tours of each city. Airport transfers (we used Viking Air) were fine. There is a buyer-beware warning for this cruise. We were one of the first successful sailings of this cruise for many weeks because of low water levels. Viking seems to be very coy about saying how many Elbe cruises end up being stationary with buses used to cover the itinerary (and we had been warned there was a strong likelihood that would happen to us), but it seems to have been a lot over the last two summers. Water levels on the Elbe appears to be quite unpredictable, so it's hard to say when in the season is best, but spring and early summer may be less prone to problems.

"Elegant Elbe" gives fascinating view of former East Germany

Viking Beyla Cruise Review by Andy_Ottawa

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: October 2019
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: French Balcony Stateroom
Itinerary (2 days in Berlin, 5 day cruise including Wittenburg, Meissen and Dresden, 2 days Prague) appealed to us and didn't disappoint. Viking's cruise environment is (for us) a good mix of levity, entertainment and enrichment led by excellent program director Rik and enhanced by unadvertised extras such as an evening walk in Torgau, a lacemaking demo (and chance to try), a talk from a local woman on her upbringing in the DDR and a classical music trio. Much of the Elbe sailing is through tranquil farmland, but there is more varied landscape at the eastern end of the itinerary and the Bastei viewpoints are spectacular. We were glad we sailed from west to east because the views becam emore interesting the further we got.

We enjoyed the hotel stays in Berlin and Prague, but would advise that a Viking hotel stay is not like being on board a ship. Both hotels (Hiltons) were perfectly adequate but typical chain hotels with little local character. Viking reps were helpful, but the Viking experience of these days was limited to the panoramic/walking tours of each city. Airport transfers (we used Viking Air) were fine.

There is a buyer-beware warning for this cruise. We were one of the first successful sailings of this cruise for many weeks because of low water levels. Viking seems to be very coy about saying how many Elbe cruises end up being stationary with buses used to cover the itinerary (and we had been warned there was a strong likelihood that would happen to us), but it seems to have been a lot over the last two summers. Water levels on the Elbe appears to be quite unpredictable, so it's hard to say when in the season is best, but spring and early summer may be less prone to problems.
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French Balcony Stateroom
Cabin C
Perfectly adequate, though snug.
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