Took Rhine River Cruise. Everything about it was fantastic—service, guides, tours, food, programs. As always, Viking has every base covered. We did a pre-cruise excursion to Lucerne. We are still talking about it. The entire trip was executed flawlessly by the Viking staff. The cruise along the middle Rhine was breathtaking; the Program Director’s narration inspiring. Every included city tour was excellent. Time management was superb. The staff on the ship was attentive, courteous, professional, knowledgeable and considerate. We came home and booked our next tour almost immediately.
On this particular cruise, the ship Captain was very accessible and went out if his way to share his insights and experiences with the passengers. That added a nice touch to the experience. Likewise, the kitchen staff offered a kitchen tour which was outstanding. Given the relatively small space available to the kitchen and wait staff, it is even more amazing that meal service continues to be a major highlight of every cruise. It is almost like they perform magic tricks being able to offer world class service under such confining conditions. Again, the kitchen tour really added to the overall experience ( in a really good way)!