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I did some research about what time of year to cruise to avoid low water issues that plagued 2018 cruising. Trying to find the balance between warm weather, plenty of water to curise and not the height of tourism season. May 2019 was chosen. We had the three day extension in Prague at the beginning. My poor husband got food poisoning on our last day there from a meal at our hotel. The transfer to our boat was supposed to be to Nuremberg, but unfortunately the water level was too high and we spent the better part of the day on a bus to Passau. We arrived and emergency vehicles greeted us as a passenger had just embarked and died. The next three - four days were spent circling about and never in the right port. Instead we bused everywhere. Did I mention I got food poisoning on day two and spent the next three days in my cabin. Lastly we had to switch ships to the Gullveig to get to Budapest and then we find out the Viking ship before us had hit a boat full of Koreans. We arrived Budapest with television crews from all over the world and recovery efforts underway. There was virtually no free time for any wandering on your own. That being said, most of the problems that plagued our trip were not directly the fault of Viking, unfortunately for us they were all accumulated for no so great of an experience. Given the fact we had to work overtime for two years, I won't be persuaded anytime soon to give it another go. Lastly, the flights back from Budapest via Air France and a stop in Paris was a disaster. We specifically asked for wheelchair assistance and there was none to be found in Budapest and Paris. We were so very grateful to finally get home on U.S. soil.

Viking River Bus Tour

Viking Egil Cruise Review by Batalax

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: May 2019
  • Destination: Europe River
  • Cabin Type: French Balcony
I did some research about what time of year to cruise to avoid low water issues that plagued 2018 cruising. Trying to find the balance between warm weather, plenty of water to curise and not the height of tourism season. May 2019 was chosen. We had the three day extension in Prague at the beginning. My poor husband got food poisoning on our last day there from a meal at our hotel. The transfer to our boat was supposed to be to Nuremberg, but unfortunately the water level was too high and we spent the better part of the day on a bus to Passau. We arrived and emergency vehicles greeted us as a passenger had just embarked and died. The next three - four days were spent circling about and never in the right port. Instead we bused everywhere. Did I mention I got food poisoning on day two and spent the next three days in my cabin. Lastly we had to switch ships to the Gullveig to get to Budapest and then we find out the Viking ship before us had hit a boat full of Koreans. We arrived Budapest with television crews from all over the world and recovery efforts underway. There was virtually no free time for any wandering on your own. That being said, most of the problems that plagued our trip were not directly the fault of Viking, unfortunately for us they were all accumulated for no so great of an experience. Given the fact we had to work overtime for two years, I won't be persuaded anytime soon to give it another go. Lastly, the flights back from Budapest via Air France and a stop in Paris was a disaster. We specifically asked for wheelchair assistance and there was none to be found in Budapest and Paris. We were so very grateful to finally get home on U.S. soil.
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