Viking Beyla Review

We loved the "Baby Longship", But spent too little time onboard.

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Sail Date: Dec 2023
Cabin: Standard Outside Stateroom
Sun Deck on the Beyla
The Viking Beyla Decorated for Christmas.
A view of the lower rooms with a picture window instead of a Veranda.
This is what you get when you can't decide between Chateaubriand or Potato Pancakes. The plate was gigantic.
One of the stalls at the Christmas markets in Dresden. Good Food, Drink, and treats were everywhere.
A stall in a Christmas Market in Dresden. There are six markets within walking distance of our ship.
The Cathedral in Meissen. A bit of a walk uphill but Beautiful views.
Grilling Sausages in a Market in Berlin.
Torgau is a quick evening stop, and not wanting to waste an opportunity. Our cruise director, Tomas, took us on a walk through town.
Nothing like Christmas in Dresden.

This was our fifth Viking Cruise, and third Viking River cruise. We wanted to do something different and chose the Elbe River on one of two Viking "Baby Long Ships". The Beyla has half the capacity of Vikings River ships, to navigate the notoriously shallow Elbe River. This was not a problem on our cruise, as the river level was high after recent snow in the area. Since the navigable section of the river is so short, Viking has a land portion at each end where they put us up in luxury hotels and give tours of both Prague, and Berlin. It's like getting an optional extension on both ends of the cruise.

This has both Pros and Cons. It does add time to an otherwise noticeably short cruise. We spent five days total on the ship, and had two days each in Prague, and Berlin. But you do seem to spend a lot of time living out of a suitcase, which avoiding that, is one of the reasons we go on a cruise. We mostly just had the included tours provided by Viking. All were excellent, and informative.

Viking always does an excellent job providing the best local guides with in-depth knowledge of the area you are touring. The exception to that was in Prague since dinner was not included, we decided to take the Prague Folklore Dinner tour. We have never been disappointed with a "food" tour with Viking, and this was no exception. We loaded onto a bus and were driven out to a local farm for regional food and entertainment. Three musicians, one Violin, a double bass, and a Dulcimer provided the music and a dance couple dressed in traditional cloths provided the entertainment. The food was tasty and plentiful. Just a wonderful night. In Berlin we took the Berlin Street foods tour and were taught how the city transit system will whisk you anywhere in town. Viking calls it eating in Berlin like a local. I found you can't go wrong with Currywrust...

Cabin Review

Standard Outside Stateroom

We were curious to see how big the lower cabin windows really were. The full-size Viking River ships have small windows at water level. These windows were larger than any window I have seen on a ship. When you look at the outside view of the ship, the dining room windows are at the front and the same size window goes all the way back. These "Baby River Ships" only have two decks with cabins and hold ninety-eight guests. The thirty-three crew do whatever needs to be done. I remember that the Head Chef brought our luggage to our cabin.

The cabins are larger than the French balcony and are very well appointed.

Just like all Viking River ships, they have plenty of USB charging ports, and US 110-volt plugs.

The one thing we did notice was that the bathroom did not have the heated floors of the larger ships, or at least

they had no controls. We never noticed a cold floor so that was a non issue.

Overall, we loved the small size of the ship, for its casual atmosphere.

Port Reviews

Dresden

Six different Christmas markets. We visited the five free ones. Loved the city tour.

Meissen

We visited the Meissen China factory for a demonstration of the steps, and skills required to hand make and paint each piece that they make. We walked around town to the top of the hill the town is built on. Fantastic views.

Berlin

A large city that still has a very friendly feel, tons of shopping opportunities. Great food loved the Currywrust.

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