Being loyal Viking cruisers, we decided a Douro River cruise was in order. There were four in our party and this is our collective review of our cruise.
We booked the pre-cruise extension but came in a day early and booked the room for the extra night ourselves. The Hotel Tivoli is nothing short of amazing and we were so glad we booked an extra night – we could have stayed there longer. Be aware that the streets in Lisbon (including outside the Tivoli) are polished limestone and can be quite slippery, especially when it rains. Prior to the cruise, one passenger fell and broke her arm and another slipped and reinjured her ‘just-recovered-from-an-operation’ knee.
Our Viking pre-cruise extension tour in Lisbon was fine. The guide we had for three hours was informative but we were glad we did our own advanced planning as we were able to see/experience so much more in our extra days. (BTW, do take advantage of the Tuk-Tuk drivers – entertaining and well worth the money.)
Much smaller than normal river cruises but this is due to the fact the whole ship is 'compressed' in order to get through the locks and because the Douro itself is narrow. The veranda was the same depth as the chair was wide (maybe 3'). Still, the cabin was nicely appointed and comfortable (important when you're in there for two days, fighting a virus).