Viking Pride Tulips and Windmills: Viking Pride Cruise Review by OSNOFLAD

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Viking Pride Tulips and Windmills

Sail Date: March 2011
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Amsterdam
Viking is a GOOD company! They did all they promised and more. Instead of trying to come up with more ways to make money, they gave us unexpected free activities and services.We have done 3 escorted European land tours and 9 large ship cruises and this riverboat was the easiest traveling we have ever done. In most ports we were docked in town so we could easily come and go. User friendly city maps were plentiful as were slips of paper with the ships phone number and location.

The Viking staff did not appear to be overly experienced, but they more than made up for it with their enthusiasm and efforts to please. Because the ship was so small,we felt like the staff, captain included, became our friends. Our fellow passengers were mature, but lively, interesting and well traveled.

All but 3 tours were included and were conducted by well informed local guides who used our audioboxes effectively. The ports were visually lovely and included a mix of history, art, engineering, More horticulture, nautical and food. We loved gliding down the rivers and canals with sheep nibbling grass along the dikes.

The Pride is not fancy, but was comfortable and kept immaculately clean. The food was outstanding. Breakfast and lunch were as casual or formal as desired, and dinner was all about presentation. I am "picky" and my husband is a hearty eater and neither of us were ever hungry.

We chose an early March cruise because the price was much lower and it was a good choice for us. Some flowers were blooming and there were so many other interesting and lovely things to do that we didn't feel cheated.

I would recommend this cruise highly. We were so impressed by Viking that the day after we returned home ,we booked their trip to China! Less

Published 04/08/11

Cabin review: E102 Standard Stateroom

Our room was shockingly tiny, but I managed to get our things tucked away. Bathroom was roomy enough and toiletries smelled lovely. Soundproofing was good with the only sounds being water lapping and boat motors passing. Beds were adequate. It was a budget room, and well worth the price. After 9 other cruises with 4 other lines, I must say our room steward was the best ever!

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Port and Shore Excursions

Beautiful old city with LOTS of character. Our ship was docked within easy walking distance to city center and public transportation was easy to use. Viking provided us with several informal walking tours (one to the RED LIGHT district)and a canal boat cruise that was a highlight of our trip. The Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House should not be missed.

Cathedral of Our Lady is a beautiful church with many impressive Reuben's on display. This is a lively city with interesting streets and squares,lots of shops and cafes. We also shopped in the big market under the Hilton.
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Picture perfect beautiful. MANY photo ops,including from the top of the 366 step bell tower, which is worth the climb just to see the bells up close and personal. The market in the square is exceptional, but be warned, it disappears at 1pm. The canal boat ride is pleasant and not overpriced. The Church of Our Lady is preserved, but not much restored. Very interesting, do pay to go behind the altar.
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