Cruising Rediscovered: Viking Sun (Retired) Cruise Review by magoolk

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Cruising Rediscovered

Sail Date: September 2011
Destination: Europe - River Cruise
Embarkation: Budapest
After hitting two hurricanes and one large storm ocean cruising many years ago, I thought I'd never try again. Then Viking sent their brochures and we tried it last fall on the Danube Waltz from Budapest to Passau, Germany.
The sights of those beautiful and historic towns and cities were spectacular, yet what stands out in my memory is the superb service of the staff. Connie, the cruise director, was hard-working, cheerful and right on top of everything. Marcie oversaw all the activities and had to deal with last-minute arrangements for extra cars because many were confused or lazy about signing up for special transportation. She was overwhelmed with work yet did it with a smile that said it was all OK.
One night we ordered Amaretto at the bar and we were served a cheaper brand that we couldn't drink. The bartender didn't charge us and promised to have the real stuff the next night, which he did. I had challenged him to a taste test, which I took and passed--all in More good humor.
Every single member of the staff was extremely helpful. The side trips were generally good, although I could have skipped the Roman horsemen. There were so many activities that we had no time for anything else--we gobbled up the sights.
Some exceptional ports, not on the master list herein, are worth noting. After Budapest we sailed to Bratislava which was once the capital of Hungary. The architecture is unique and beautiful. Durnstein was our favorite port. It's midieval buildings, cobblestones, and vineyards transported us into a Old World day tour we'd like to repeat. Vienna was the most beautiful city I've ever seen and the white horse daily practice session was kicks. Saltzburg was a great walking tour combining historic places with bustling markets. And our last stop, Passau, was small enough that we stopped for a German 'wurst' lunch, visited the glass museum and heard an outstanding organ concert in a church with more organ pipes than one can count.
I cannot imagine a cruise line that could provide greater planning, sights, service or exceptional food than Viking. So we have booked into the Rhine getaway for next September. Less

Published 01/22/12

Cabin review: B Deluxe Stateroom with Large Window

We were the first cabin on starboard side behind the main ship entrance which is the B deck. The rooms were very fine with a balcony and ample closet space. Luggage was stored in a corner next to the couch. We considered it first class with no need to pay for the upper deck since the rooms are identical. Some people were wanting to trade up from the lower deck, however, where they felt cramped.

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Port and Shore Excursions

We got there a day early in order to recover from jetlag, so took the city bus tour and explored more on foot for day one of the cruise. The city itself is very unique--Buda (the old city) and Pest located on two sides of the river. What we found most interesting was the cultural history, it having been occupied by Mongols, Turks and Prussians over the years. It's quite beautiful and romantic.
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