A European River Cruise was a "bucket list" item for us, and it exceeded our expectations. Staff members were always friendly and helpful. I was pleased to learn that some were being considered for promotions.
We enjoyed the itinerary. Future cruisers should be aware that some ports are not easy for anyone with difficulty or pain from walking. Viking did offer an "easy" version of many excursions to minimize walking, but even those had some challenges, especially cobble stones. I think Viking did the best they could; just a FYI for anyone considering this itinerary.
Our cabin had a French balcony, which was perfect for us. The weather was a bit chilly in October, and I doubt that we would have frequently used a veranda. We liked being near both the restaurant and the elevator. The elevator does not go to the floor with the standard rooms.
Small (as expected) but efficient. TV channels very limited, but who cares? We mainly used the TV to look at the menu.
Visited the Anne Frank House, which was our whole reason for staying in Amsterdam. Tickets can be ordered online about 30 days in advance, and we were able to walk right in at 1:00. There was a long line to purchase tickets in person. We took a 1-hour canal cruise afterward (located just outside the museum). Enjoyable but chilly in October.
Participated in an unexpected walking tour.
The cathedral is amazing. Walking on cobblestones is difficult - might be a good one to skip if that is an issue.
So interesting to learn how windmills removed water from an area that is below sea level.
Can see cathedral interior if mass is not taking place. From the cruise port, can easily walk to the cable car that crosses the river to a garden and a zoo. Great panoramic views!
Our tour guide was a life-long resident, so he could relate much history of this charming town. The Lutheran Church has amazing paintings on the ceiling and ornate woodwork. A large cathedral founded in the 11th century is nearby. Both are active churches. We also learned about the history of the Jewish community and saw a ritual bath (mikveh) that was also built in the 11th century. My favorite walking tour of all of the towns we visited. I could have spent much more time admiring the architecture. Not to be missed!