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We wanted to see all stops between Amsterdam and Budapest. We figured the best way to get a snap shot was to take the 15 day river cruise. A very polished crew, exquisite food, and cabins comfortable although small. We were on the lower deck, which, in fact was fine for us, being that in just a few seconds Dx we could be upstairs with a panoramic view. We were a little disappointed that the upper deck was off limits during a few days of the cruise due to the very limited clearance under the bridges. That severely cut down on the limited places to relax on the ship. Get ready for multiple bumps in the night as you traverse the scores of locks down the rivers. We, too, were disappointed when we had to change to a sister ship along the River due to water level being too low to navigate the ship. Even though the crew made it a pretty seamless transfer, we had to completely pack, and then, unpack in our same cabin on the new sister ship down river. We also had a very long bus journey (5 plus hours) w a stop at a McDonalds of all places along the way. Then, the next day, we had to bus back several hours, to the destination we missed along the river. So, that was very disappointing, and apparently happens frequently on the 15 day cruise. Taking a 7 day from Amsterdam, or from Budapest, avoids that low area (sometimes too high too as I understand it). The offered excursions at each port were very good, provided by local guides, invested in their culture and communities. We enjoyed having two bottles of water delivered daily to our cabin. Having wine or beer with lunch and dinner was also appreciated. The ship did run out of non-alcoholic beer for my husband, even though I called ahead, specifically requesting that they have NA beer in stock. It’s not something they apparently stock a lot of....so please note this if you have an NA drinker traveling in your party. We had inclusive international flights, but the 2nd rate airline, and itinerary left a lot to be desired, and caused a lot of headaches for many of the passengers, several of us traveling on the same itinerary at least through Dallas. We have traveled on many cruises on the bigger ships, but wanted to try the river cruise. I’m glad we did. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze, and he attention to detail from the staff was excellent. Don’t be expecting a table for 2. They don’t exist. You will mingle with others, and meet new friends. It’s a relaxing way to see several different countries and many UNESCO Heritage Sights. If you like casinos, bars and music, workout rooms, pools, and midnight buffets, then a Biking River Cruise May not be to your liking. We enjoy all those things too, but we also loved this river cruise. If it’s been on your mind to try one, I’d encourage you to do so. Just understand the pros and cons before you go.

The Grand Grand European Cruise

Viking Lif Cruise Review by TomKatSumpt

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: July 2019
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom
We wanted to see all stops between Amsterdam and Budapest. We figured the best way to get a snap shot was to take the 15 day river cruise.

A very polished crew, exquisite food, and cabins comfortable although small. We were on the lower deck, which, in fact was fine for us, being that in just a few seconds Dx we could be upstairs with a panoramic view.

We were a little disappointed that the upper deck was off limits during a few days of the cruise due to the very limited clearance under the bridges. That severely cut down on the limited places to relax on the ship.

Get ready for multiple bumps in the night as you traverse the scores of locks down the rivers.

We, too, were disappointed when we had to change to a sister ship along the River due to water level being too low to navigate the ship. Even though the crew made it a pretty seamless transfer, we had to completely pack, and then, unpack in our same cabin on the new sister ship down river. We also had a very long bus journey (5 plus hours) w a stop at a McDonalds of all places along the way. Then, the next day, we had to bus back several hours, to the destination we missed along the river. So, that was very disappointing, and apparently happens frequently on the 15 day cruise. Taking a 7 day from Amsterdam, or from Budapest, avoids that low area (sometimes too high too as I understand it).

The offered excursions at each port were very good, provided by local guides, invested in their culture and communities.

We enjoyed having two bottles of water delivered daily to our cabin. Having wine or beer with lunch and dinner was also appreciated. The ship did run out of non-alcoholic beer for my husband, even though I called ahead, specifically requesting that they have NA beer in stock. It’s not something they apparently stock a lot of....so please note this if you have an NA drinker traveling in your party.

We had inclusive international flights, but the 2nd rate airline, and itinerary left a lot to be desired, and caused a lot of headaches for many of the passengers, several of us traveling on the same itinerary at least through Dallas.

We have traveled on many cruises on the bigger ships, but wanted to try the river cruise. I’m glad we did. Getting on and off the ship was a breeze, and he attention to detail from the staff was excellent. Don’t be expecting a table for 2. They don’t exist. You will mingle with others, and meet new friends. It’s a relaxing way to see several different countries and many UNESCO Heritage Sights.

If you like casinos, bars and music, workout rooms, pools, and midnight buffets, then a Biking River Cruise May not be to your liking. We enjoy all those things too, but we also loved this river cruise. If it’s been on your mind to try one, I’d encourage you to do so. Just understand the pros and cons before you go.
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Deluxe Stateroom
Cabin E
Small but adequate. Nicely appointed and a comfortable bed.
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