Viking Vilhjalm Review

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Sail Date: Dec 2023

We were on the last ship to depart Passau for Budapest along the Danube for the Christmas Markets. We left on December 20th after a stay in Passau. We had rain and as the river began to rise it became questionable about making our destination in Budapest by ship. We were able to make our scheduled stops in Linz and in Krems. We departed Krems after the morning excursions in order to get ahead of the rising river. We arrived in Vienna on Christmas Eve and enjoyed the city and markets. Had a wonderful Christmas Dinner and Christmas Caroling by the piano bar. Christmas morning was in Bratislava with many of the markets and shops open. Then the ship made a mad dash to Budapest as the river behind us was being closed due to the rising water and the inability for ships to get under the bridges. We arrived safely and were wowed by Budapest! A fabulous city and one I would love to revisit for a longer stay. We were so grateful for the Captain and the Crew who made this a once in a lifetime adventure. Our waiter, James Bond, was the best. Food was good but I wouldn't say it was exceptional. The crew was exceptional. And the Captain was amazing. Thanks Viking for everything.

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