This cruise took us to many places we never thought we would see. Budapest and Vienna were beautiful! With one exception, all of the local guides were very good. The staff was wonderful in particular the Program Director, Violetta.
About midway through our cruise, we had to swap ships due to low water levels in the Danube. We were warned before we left this might happen. We were transferred to the Aegir which was identical to the Embla. The swap was handled very well and the only inconvenience to the passengers was that we had to pack up and then unpack again.
We felt the food on the Embla was noticeably better although the pastries were amazing on both ships. The food reflects the region you are traveling through, as does what is served on excursions. Both ships appeared to have the same menu.
There is a lounge and that is where all of the port talks, parties and entertainment are held. Various acts or demonstrations are brought in and on other nights there is a piano player and singer. Beer and wine are included during meals and the drink prices in the lounge were very reasonable. There is a walking/running track on the top deck that was often closed due to weather or mooring situations. There was also a small library with 2 computers. The wifi worked very well.
We were pleased with the excursions and did mostly the included excursions. We did an optional wine dinner in Vienna which was ok but not a good value. We did a pub crawl in Cologne that we enjoyed very much.
The room was tiny and there were very strange gurgling noises coming from the bathroom day and night. On the Embla, the room was not cleaned properly upon boarding and the room was not properly serviced (towels, toiletries) on occasion. There was never any ice in the machine when I went to get some. On the Aegir, the cabin was always properly and promptly serviced
The room was very noisy at night due to going through locks and docking. Passengers on the upper decks did not seem to have this issue. We did not sleep well due to all of the noise (inside and outside) of the cabin and the rough movements of the ship.