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Viking Alruna Review

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Once-in-a-lifetime? I sure hope not!

Review for Viking Alruna to Europe
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AGBharpist
First Time Cruiser • Age 30s

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Sail Date: May 2019
Cabin: Deluxe Stateroom
Hey look! I’m on the Rhine River! There it is behind me!
My brother always took advantage of the excellent beer list at lunch AND di
Seeing the Alruna for the first time! It had just stopped snowing.
The going-away party the ship crew hosted for us. Bittersweet, but a lovely
And here we all are, enjoying a moment of glorious sunshine, on the Aquavit

It being their 40th wedding anniversary, my parents decided to go big —then graciously brought my brother and I along to explore the Rhine River and the culture surrounding it. What a whirlwind of incredible food and drink, sights, fun, and new friends!

From the moment we saw the Viking representatives at the Basil airport, we knew we were in good hands. Everyone was so personable, welcoming us to the city, packing us into the spacious van, and bringing us down the gangplank to our new home-away-from-home, the Alruna. From that moment on I tried not to blink too long for fear of missing something.

First, the food...oh my, what food! Every selection at every meal, be it entree, baked item, or dessert, was absolutely scrumptious. I think about several dishes, such as the asparagus soup and schnitzel, QUITE often. The wine choices were incredible, and the servers were warm, friendly, and often very funny. Despite the language barriers and cultural differences, I loved how easy it was to talk to them; as Victor Borge said, “laughter is the shortest distance between two people.”

Cabin Review

Deluxe Stateroom

So wonderfully designed, spacious, and amazingly comfortable.

Port Reviews

Heidelberg

Loved Heidelberg Castle! Our tour guide wasnt the best, but his idiosyncratic use of the English language gave us laughs for years and years to come.

Strasbourg

This was a lovely excursion, and our guide was excellent.

Basel

Since our flight into Basel was delayed, we didn’t get to do anything there but get on the van and then the ship. Alas! An unfair rating but all I can do.

Koblenz

A beautiful outing & it had snowed, and we all felt we had stumbled into one of the (happier) Grimms Brothers stories.

Cologne

This was truly awesome. Not only the cathedral, but this entire city was fascinating. History and modernity together! We have nothing like it in the States.

Cologne

Loved every minute of it! I wish I could remember our tour guides name, because she was truly excellent.

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