We certainly enjoyed our recent Danube River cruise on the Viking Vali. Yes, the weather was cool and rainy, but that did not affect our touring that much. We chose this time of year because we did not want to deal with potential low river water levels in the Summer or Fall.
Overall Viking's arrival services were seamless--fast pick-up at the airport, comfortable bus transfer to the boat, easy check-in with immediate access to the stateroom--light lunch ready and waiting. Usually we prefer to fly in to a port a few days in advance to get rid of jet lag and familiarize ourselves with the town--in this case, due to work schedules we were not able to do so, thus we were a bit tired.
We chose the lowest category cabin in the bottom--the windows are set very high, and there is only a limited view. The cabin is snug but all amenities are offered--spacious closet, mini-fridge, heated bathroom floor, desk, television, etc. We heard some people who had booked balconies never set foot on them once, due to the weather and to other river ships docking right next to us multiple times on the cruise.
Full of history, some of which is quite sad, but Budapest is quite interesting to visit and very busy. The included tour features bridges, the ancient Matthias church, and other great sites, so bring your camera! We loved walking around here and shopping after our morning tour. We went to the famous New York Cafe for tea, and to the Grand Marketplace to purchase items.
The elegant and masterpiece city of Vienna has so much to see and do that it is almost overwhelming. All the architecture is unique and beautiful. There is so much history still in place that one feels swept along in the tides of time. We made sure to also visit spectacular Schonbrunn Palace so we could gaze at all the fantastic furnishings. We would like to stay at least a week here to visit in style and go to a (waltz) ball!
Not quite ready for prime-time. Bratislava is nice, but smaller and more quaint. They were hit hard by Covid and many restaurants closed down. Shopping is minimal. This is a quick tour stop.