We chose Viking's new itinerary, the Capitals of Eastern Europe, because it took us comfortably to an area of the world that we had never seen or experienced. We were not disappointed! Our pre-trip to Prague, Hungary was wonderful! Prague is a city full of friendly people and beautiful Baroque architecture that is easy for English speaking travelers to get around in because about 60% of the signage is in English and the majority of people working in the stores and hotels speak English. Our motel accommodations were also top notch. We were bussed to Vienna to begin our river journey on the Viking Kadlin and did experience one difficulty of not knowing the length and stops of our itinerary that day or the amount of walking during the unexpected stop at Milulov, Czech Republic, which did affect several of our fellow guests. Once aboard, we found our cabin clean and comfortable and was kept that way seemingly by the magic of the Viking Kadlin's talented staff. We enjoyed delicious food every meal and were given regional choices to tempt our palates daily! The tireless servers met us with welcoming smiles and called us by name. Every meal was a tasteful delight as we shared our interests and life stories with new folks. The ship was smoothly sailed by the Viking Kadlin's Captain and crew. We enjoyed historical talks by the cruise staff, folk dancers and folk musicians from the region, a cooking lesson, and several evenings of laughing through group games aboard ship. In every city, we thoroughly enjoyed an included, educational city tour led by certified guides. The Balkan Peninsula is a geographical treasure that has been desired by empires throughout history. We found the friendly people multi-culturally diverse and excited to be finally forging their own independent governments that strive for freedom of religion and culture. The city tours required quite a bit of walking (which we enjoyed as a counter-balance to all the delicious calories we were eating), but guests with limited ambulatory ability may find these tours a challenge. There was always an option to stay on-board or to begin a tour and find a bench to sit on while the group proceeded, but guests with limited ambulatory ability should see if included tours in their itineraries have a non-ambulatory option of seeing part of the city by van with a guide provided. Viking Cruises did arrange our included airfare and our flights home were unfortunately booked as two flights so that we were not able to book our suitcases straight through to the United States and had to retrieve our baggage a 2nd time in Europe and go through customs and Security a 2nd time in Europe. This would also be something to check with Viking prior to the start of your trip. This was our third Viking River cruise and we loved it just as much as we did our previous Viking cruises.
We enjoyed our river-view cabin with terrace. The bed and linens were very comfortable and the reading lamps in the headboard allowed for individualized lighting. The bathroom was surprisingly room, especially when the shower doors were opened into the shower. The cabin was refreshed several times daily and we always found the room clean and comfortable.