We had been looking forward to the Grand European Tour for over 18 months and the cruise exceeded our expectations. The views along the Danube and Rhine rivers were spectacular. The ports of call and included tours gave us an interesting view into the history and culture of the region. The two day pre-cruise extension in Budapest was perfect. The Hilton Hotel was conveniently located in the Castle District and gave us a chance to meet other passengers.
I’m sure other river cruises offer similar tours, but what stood out about Viking was the high level of service. Every crew member seemed to go out of their way to help passengers with whatever they needed. The waiters learned our names and preferences from the first day and made menu suggestions based on what we might like. The housekeeper, who brought fresh fruit to our cabin every day, discovered we really enjoyed the mandarin oranges and brought more the next day. Every guest we talked to agreed that the service was excellent. We will definitely cruise with Viking again!
Loved the Explorer Suite with separate living and bedroom areas. Comfortable seating and wrap-around balcony and windows gave us a spectacular, private views of the river. Mini fridge was restocked daily and heated bathroom floors were so nice on cool mornings. Only wish we had been on one of the newer ships that have a better furniture arrangement.