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Viking Jarl Review

Fabulous river cruise, most wonderful crew/staff

Review for Europe River Cruise on Viking Jarl
First Time Cruiser • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Apr 2023
Cabin: Explorer Suite

We could not imagine more courteous, friendly, accommodating, and pleasant service than what we received from the Jarl’s crew, stewards, and restaurant staff. We felt as if we were constantly given the most attentive individual service, we were always greeted with a smile and called by name. The cuisine was superb and abundant; we joked that the Göttweig Abbey’s Benedictine motto of “Ora, lege, et labora (pray, read, and work)” inspired us to adopt the motto “Vora, vora, et vora (eat, eat, and eat)” for our dining experience on the Jarl, including daily room service for breakfast beautifully presented. The explorer suite is spacious, luxurious, and comes with many beneficial amenities. From the time we were met by Viking representatives, then directed to our private driver at the Budapest airport, until after our Prague post-extension we were turned over by another private driver to their representative at the Prague airport, with our luggage handled and personal guidance all the way through to the security checkpoint; nothing was left to chance. Our shore excursion guides were knowledgeable and helpful; Peter in Prague was particularly fascinating with his wry humor. Our post stay in Prague at the beautiful historic Augustine Hotel was like a dream, with elegant spacious rooms, lovely staff, and so many incredible sights such as Prague Castle and Charles Bridge nearby. I would be remiss if I did not mention some of the most outstanding Jarl crew and staff, including our steward Zoe, maître d’hôtel Jeffrey, restaurant servers Pam and Leo, and cruise program director Taylor, among many others whose names we can’t recall; all we encountered were most friendly, helpful, and professional. And of course, all the sights and wonderful excursions along the Danube are incomparable. We highly recommend this cruise and the Prague post-extension; were we to plan this trip again, we would add the Budapest pre-extension to allow better accommodation to the time zone shift.

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Explorer Suite

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