We will be celebrating our 50th anniversary this year and really wanted to splurge on a fabulous trip. Due to concerns over low water levels last summer and fall, we opted to book our cruise in May. As Mother Nature decided to make up for her performance last year, we had nearly a solid week of cool temperatures and sometimes heavy rains. Several of the heavier downpours occurred during our walking tours. The tour guides were all very good but there was no plan B for inclement weather and multiple tour groups (plus many other groups from other cruise lines) would be left for a hour of free time in areas with little opportunity to escape the wind and rain. This was especially problematic in Vienna, as nearly all of the museuams and shops were closed on the Sunday we were in port. I don't know if there is anything that could be done but it certainly wasn't the wonderful experience we hoped for. Passengers that had booked the e-bike excursions into the countryside were told they would still be held and were non-refundable.
Otherwise, the ship, staff members and everything else was terrific. The food was amazing. We did not have the Silver Spirits package and found all of the wine offerings to be wonderful. We were highly impressed with Viking and are possibly spoiled for life due to the intimate nature of river cruising. We will be much more focused on which European cities would be visited on a Sunday or holiday, but that was a beginners mistake.
While river cruise ships are limited in width, every inch of space was efficiently designed. We wondered how larger guests could fit into the shower as the bathroom was really tight. Loved the heate floor and night light in the bathroom. Our cabin steward was remarkable as we would see her scrubbing the showers in other cabins with gusto. Our cabin was spotless.