We booked our Grand European cruise directly through the cruise line and found their reps professional, efficient, helpful and truly interested in our enjoying our experience. Additionally, the website and communications via email and postal service were useful and timely. As soon as we booked our cruise (months in advance), we received our itinerary, books about the areas we would cruise, and other information to make it easy for us to plan and pack.
We arranged our own air travel and hotels pre and post cruising. For three days preceding our departure from Amsterdam, we stayed in the Marriott, Museum District, in downtown Amsterdam where we overlooked the main street and its parallel canal. We boarded the Viking Sky early in the afternoon and settled in at our leisure. Although the cabin was small, we managed to unpack and arrange our daily must-haves in the closet and cabinet (which also held a safe). We had a nice size bathroom with shower. We loved our approximately 4'X 7' sliding windows that almost filled the side of our cabin, adding light and air circulation on balmy days and nights. We REALLY LOVED that no smoking was allowed anywhere inside the ship. Our cabin steward was attentive and our living quarters remained tidy, quiet, and comfortable.
Meals were delicious and beautifully presented. Despite options for breakfast and lunch in the lounge, we ate all meals in the dining room, where meals were served, free seating, for about an hour and a half for each meal. Compared to American standards, servings were small, but meals were very well balanced and were certainly adequate. Double entrees or sides could be ordered if desired. In the evening, the dining room was rather crowded, but the wait staff were eager to assist or to rearrange as requested. In fact, the chef, (who let a group accompany him to the Budapest nachtmarkt to buy some special items!) the maitre d, and all servers were were friendly and jovial- we had lots of laughs!
Great view through large, sliding windows.
Quiet location - no vibration
Clean and safe. Signage was not particularly helpful but the ship's staff was a le to advise by phone and our driver was familiar with our destination once we had directions to the boat anchorage. We boarded the cruise here.
Great location right on the riverwalk. Clean, well lighted and safe. We disembarked here.
We did not go to Berlin, but many of our ports of call were missing:
Colgne, Miltenberg, Bamberg, Nuremberg, Regensburg, Rothenburg, Bratislava
All were well located and easily accessible.