Viking Sigyn Review

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Great Rhine River experience

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6-10 Cruises • Age 60s

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Sail Date: Oct 2023
Cabin: Veranda Superior

We did the Rhine Getaway along with the Basel extension and an additional independent stay in Amsterdam at the end of the cruise. We werre exceptionally plese with entire experience. First, our Viking representative, Nathaniel, was extrmeley helpful and flexible throughout the booking and pre-cruise process. He very responsive to inquiries before the cruise, calling us almost immeidately whenever we emailed a questions.

The Viking representative at the lovely and well-located Movenpcik Hotel in Basel, Jennifer, provided a great walking tour and gave us enough information so that we could easily find our way in Basel using prublic transportation. She also gave us useful restaurant tips.

The Viking Sigyn staff was wonderful. We very much enjoyed the Program Director, Anthony, who was entertaining, friendly, and very helpful. The food was excellent, as were most of the excursions and guides. It was a very interesting itinerary. We were pleasantly surprised by some of the ports with which we were not familiar, particularly Speyer and Koblenz.

Cabin Review

Veranda Superior

Nicely furnished but a bit small. The bathroom was particularly small.

Port Reviews

Amsterdam

Great city with lots to do and see. We found a tiny local restaurant, The Riviera (near the Pastana Riverside Hotel), that was wonderful. We loved the sticky ribs, the pork schnitzel, and the chicken satay. We thoroughly enjoyed the Anne Frank House, the Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh Museum, as well as a canal cruise. Note that you need to get tickets for the Anne Frank House well in advance of your visit. We should have planned a longer stay. But watch out for those bicycles!

Basel

Wonderful and easily-navigable city. Very pretty asnd well-maintained. Unfortunately, we did not have enought ime to see more than a couple of the thirty-plus museums it has to offer. Many good Swiis restaurants for shnitzel, sausage, and fondue. The bicylce riders were much less scary than in Amsterdam!

Cologne

Cologne was quite interesting, although we had the misfortune of being there on a rainy and blustery day, and on a Sunday (so that most stores were closed, and there was limited access to the Cathedral). Our guide recommended the Ludwig Musuem, right next to the Cathedral, and we were quite pleased with the Pop and Modern Art collection. Pieces by Warhol, Lichtenstein, Segal, Modrian, and others.

Kinderdijk

Fun stop. We enjoyed the windmill tour and the extra trip to the Gouda cheese farm and factory. Very interesting, and we learned that cows like to lick people!

Speyer

An unexpected pleasure. We new nothing about it, but were very impressed with this smaller city. We found the old Jewish section fascinating, containing the oldest mikva in Germany and the remains what is believed to be the model for Ashkenazi synagogues. Unfortunately, the stop (morning only) was too short.

Koblenz

The fortress was interesting, but very difficult to navigagte without a guided tour. The maps were not easy to follow, and there was no clearly marked path between the numbered locations. Almost no signage in English.

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