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Last year I took my adult daughter on a Viking Cruise to China and we were very pleased with the total experience so I decided to book a second cruise this year with my wife, son and his wife. We decided to take the Paris & Heart of ... Read More
Last year I took my adult daughter on a Viking Cruise to China and we were very pleased with the total experience so I decided to book a second cruise this year with my wife, son and his wife. We decided to take the Paris & Heart of Normandy cruise with a Pre-Cruise stay in Paris and a Post-Cruise extension to Oxford & Highclere Castle. Again we couldn't have been more pleased. Viking does a great job with their cruises but in my opinion they do even better with their excursions. We loved the city walk through Le Marais in Paris, visiting Claude Monet's home, Gardens and Lily Ponds in Giverny. The special ceremony they arranged at the American Military Cemetery in Normandy was moving and the high speed train transfer from Paris to London was a nice experience. We really enjoyed our stay in a great hotel in Oxford along with all the side excursions and tours from there. Viking also did a great job with our transfers to and from the airports, hotels and cruise ship. We have five adult children so needless to say we are already planning another two or three trips with Viking. It looks like Russia may be on the list. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
After cruising the Rhine last year we decided to try a river cruise in America. Our choice was the American Eagle from New Orleans to Memphis. Because of my schedule, we had to schedule it in July which was probably not the best from the ... Read More
After cruising the Rhine last year we decided to try a river cruise in America. Our choice was the American Eagle from New Orleans to Memphis. Because of my schedule, we had to schedule it in July which was probably not the best from the heat and humidity situation, but the ship is air conditioned as were tour busses and all so it never really was a big factor. From the moment we showed up at the dock and met Cruise Director Megan, we were greeted constantly with smile and casual talk. (It's no wonder passengers and crew feel like family by the end.) The service was exceptional and the young folks that made up the crew, worked constantly to make the trip a pleasure. Jason sort of oversaw everything and he was readily available if there were any questions or problems. I inquired about refrigeration because of some medications that required it and thinking a cool pack would be enough, I hadn't said anything when making a reservation. Jason assured me they could take care of it and next thing I know is, there was a knock on the door and a hotel refrigerator was delivered. The entertainment was terrific. From the Victory Belles, through Tom Hook, through Dan Knowles ... we thoroughly enjoyed our evenings. That goes for the lecturers too. It was a Civil War Tour and Mike Deeb filled us in on a lot of the history. Mike Jennings was the Riverlorian on board and talked about the Mississippi itself and it's importance to the American economy. The food was excellent at all three meals and I commend the chefs. I didn't hear any complaints from anyone about the food (or anything else for that matter). It's a small kitchen and they ask you to elect ahead for the meals and it was well done. By the way, we did room service breakfast several times and they were there on the dot. The cabin was excellent. We enjoyed the balcony and also the beds. Plenty of storage space and the bathroom was above what you would normally get on a big cruise ship. We thoroughly enjoyed the American Eagle Cruise and are considering another river cruise on ACL in the future. Meanwhile, we are showing pictures to everyone! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Six of us celebrated a 50th anniversary by taking the Viking River cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest leaving Amsterdam on July 11, 2015 Wonderful cruise, on the Bagri. Program Director Alex was the most informative, hard working ... Read More
Six of us celebrated a 50th anniversary by taking the Viking River cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest leaving Amsterdam on July 11, 2015 Wonderful cruise, on the Bagri. Program Director Alex was the most informative, hard working individual I know. Daily excursions were well planed, informative, and interesting with great English speaking guides. Meals were wonderful with great variety. Staterooms are well planned with nothing left to want. Daily excursions are a great reason to go on the Viking Grand European cruise. When the Danube was closed to traffic for approximately 150 miles, Viking accommodated all passengers with a coach trip around the closure and a swap to a sister ship (the Skadi) in Passau. We never missed any city stop. In fact in Nuremberg we had lunch in a German restaurant which was a great experience. Viking made our swap very easy and accommodated us in other ways. Walking tours were designed with all walking abilities accommodated from fast walkers to those with more challenging walking speeds. Razil and Niko (in the dining room) on the Bragi were exceptional individuals who we were sad to leave after the one week. All staff were wonderful on both ships. Arriving in Budapest at night was incredible, bridges and building all lit up. What a way to end a fantastic holiday. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Rather than review the destinations that Viking River Cruise took my wife and I (and extended family) on the Danube River cruise from Passau to Budapest venture July 12-19 2015, I am going to review Viking itself with the destinations ... Read More
Rather than review the destinations that Viking River Cruise took my wife and I (and extended family) on the Danube River cruise from Passau to Budapest venture July 12-19 2015, I am going to review Viking itself with the destinations becoming necessary ingredients of the story. This is not a bullet-point review. It is longer than my usual, but it is the kind of review for which I was searching during the consideration process. My motivation is simple. The hidden jewel of Durnstein where Richard the Lionhearted was detained or the surprise fascination with Melk or the young, brilliant, and personable PhD tour guide we encountered at Bratislava where Jews were ‘punished more humanely’ by the Soviets after the Holocaust (and not to mention the more notable high points of Vienna, Salzburg, or Budapest) are testaments but merely components to Viking’s excellent experience. Viking is not a typical experience. Cruise reviews often talk about sites which are important but don’t generally venture into interactions with people along the way. While most reviews were reasoned and rational, some were petty bordering on perfunctory, superficial, or trivial. If you are trying to decide whether to spend a few thousand dollars then one is helped by context rather than clever, trite, bravado, obvious, or superficial. In the six months or so from our reservation of this cruise to boarding the Viking Prestige, my wife’s abundant historical knowledge and that of our extended family and my political focus acquired prior to the reservation left us both unprepared for the emotional impact of walking the paths of Romans before us; standing where the Soviets rolled their tanks to suppress Eastern Europeans; engaging wait staff on the Viking Prestige from war torn and embattled areas like Serbia and Croatia among others; or encountering through an interpreter for the captain of the vessel who was a child in the first battle of the cold war at which Hungary was introduced to Soviet oppression in 1956 sending a signal that endured until an eastern European Polish Pope and a U.S. President conspired to change history so recently – revisionist history of the role of Gorbachev discounted to its proper, inconsequential, and non-discretionary-in-reality determination. As citizens of the U.S.A., we have lived privileged, insulated lives; relatively few as a percentage of our population have paid the ultimate price for what we enjoy and take for granted as a nation guarded by two oceans and a docile northern neighbor; and, Viking, if you are prepared, becomes more than a vacation; it is an opportunity to grow as a person. It is an opportunity to sense a vastly different history in so many ways that extends for centuries of continuum. So, should a couple or an extended family take a Viking cruise? I cannot answer that question for you. I can answer questions with candor which hopefully will help you decide your own answer to that question. My family did not make a mistake in spending the dollars for this venture into history. There are basics; there is competence; and then, there are intangibles. Let’s explore all three with the following points based upon the reality of the crew that guided us down the Danube from July 12 to July 19 from Passau to Budapest. THE BASICS & COMPETENCE: • Viking Cruises are not organized to help you earn doctorates in European history based upon a day’s visit to Vienna, Salzburg, Budapest or stops in between or whatever cruise trip one might select. You will profit from a Viking cruise directly in proportion to what you are prepared by your advanced study or your commitment to study after it is over. Viking gives you access to history and the places you have read about in textbooks, literature, and just being a citizen of the world. In a perfect world full of money and endless vacations, one would take a Viking cruise one way and return on your own when that was finished. Between the two options, a guided tour made the most sense given money and time. Because I get to hang around with my wife and her really brilliant extended family, I may have gotten more out of it than some with slightly less effort. Make the effort in advance and you will get huge dividends while you are there. • We did the Passau to Budapest cruise. The organization and implementation from the moment we stepped on board to the moment we left a week later was basically flawless. We had a Hungarian captain who seemed like he was out of central casting; a German hotel and on-ship operations manager who gave new meaning to efficiency with a really pleasant demeanor and extraordinary attention to details; an American program director who was funny, witty, a classical trained violinist who was prompted to show off his skills, and who was omnipresent on river and land. We had wait staff of mostly young Eastern European men out of war-torn arenas some of who had visited the United States and all of whom would engage in conversation when they were not working so hard. We had a Hungarian pianist and singer whose delightful accent made his Tom Jones and country music renditions wonderful and memorable. It is our working assumption that quality control in the Viking corporation is pretty rigorous, but we believe that it would be hard to find a better on-board management group than Captain Geza, Hotel Manager Roy, and Program Director Anthony, Chef Andras, and Maitre d’ Vladimir. (They primarily used their first names so we won’t use their last ones here). No matter what cruise you might be considering, if management is equivalent to the Viking Prestige, you will be in good hands. • FOOD: I am a Texan who likes burgers, chicken wings, and Tex-Mex, and even frozen dinners of pre-packaged Salisbury steak on occasion. In the 8 days I was aboard the Viking Prestige, I never encountered a meal from breakfast to dinner that was less than perfect and many were outside my culinary experience. After a week on Viking, I may be qualified to be a judge on one of those Food Network competitions. Some of the food would find comfort in Texas and some would need the Hubble telescope to even see ‘my interpretation’ of Texas. It was wonderful and different, and yes, my wife is a darned good cook. No complaints. THE INTANGIBLES and PERSONAL HIGHLIGHTS: • I am a journalist and public policy guy by training. When we were first told that our Hungarian captain was not allowed to learn English, it crystalized that he almost certainly was a child when the Soviets rolled the tanks into Hungary in 1956. One of my earlier high school history papers was about that invasion. Through interpretation by Operations Manager Roy, I was able to ask a couple of questions. That is what I call a wonderful experience that gave meaning to my “A” paper of decades ago by personalizing it in reality. • At Bratislava, our tour guide was a 31-year old young man who was had earned his doctorate in economics at his local university. He had traveled extensively in the United States and he could bring the history of his current academic life and the Soviet experience of his homeland to life. When I observed his brilliant commentary and natural eloquence, I thought of my own children and brilliant nephews and could not help but wonder where this kid is going to be in 10 years: at the top of the world is where I hope. That is an intangible opportunity. If he wants it, Viking should find a place for this young man in their organization. • Durnstein was one of those brief stops along the way but it became sort of a hidden jewel of three hours or so. Having lost a lot of weight over the past year, it was a pure joy to kind of ‘power’ walk up the very steep path to the castle ruins where Richard the Lionhearted awaited his ransom. Along the way up and back down, I got the full history lesson of that intriguing period from my wife. • We would have never thought in advance that of the glamorous destinations of the cruise, that village of Melk would prove so intriguing. A small village at the top of which sat a 900-year old Abbey that added so much to the overall experience. Most importantly, Melk was a souvenir stop for grandchildren along the way. • I have learned over the years that the ‘bar’ and the bartender are great for conversation. One still very young man from an Eastern European, war-torn country of the not too distant past had spent time working a cruise line out of Galveston, Texas adjacent to Houston and said one of his favorite places was Baybrook Mall off the Gulf Freeway near NASA. I can understand that, and if he ever gets back to Texas as invited, the ‘cabin’ and drinks will be on us. • “The Shoes” of Budapest along the Danube River is one of those so very simple in concept but profound in meaning memorials much like our country’s Vietnam Wall. Empty pairs of shoes stretched along the river representing the fate of Hungarian Jews symbolizing where their men, women, and children were lined up; shot dead; and dumped into the Danube. There were many of these personalized situations that make the Viking Cruise an opportunity to be worth much more than the one spends in dollars and add so much to the opportunity to visit the more glitzy, glamorous, and publicized destinations like Salzburg, Vienna, Passau, and Budapest – all extraordinary. The staff and people along the way will engage you, and when you do that you have made your trip even more valuable. The cruise offered so much: • The extraordinarily beautiful city of Vienna: how could there be so many grand buildings in such a relatively small area? From the river port, Vienna actually looked like a small version of just another city with its high-rise structures. Venture into the city, and it was a truly remarkable transformation from that docking view. Who could pass up an opera and concert in Vienna? We couldn’t. • Salzburg, in addition to its majesty, vibrant tourist economy, and extraordinary history (Mozart was born there) will now and forever be known to me as the city that needs more public restrooms and to stop hiding the ones it does have. Once again, it was a bartender to whom I turned as a man in distress. Detecting a Texas accent, he asked about the San Antonio River Walk which he had visited. We discussed; shook hands; and I got to use a restroom without paying 50-cents (euros actually). Always make friends with bartenders wherever you travel, and always have those 50-cent equivalent coins – especially if you are a woman whom the world seems united in discriminating against when it comes to ‘water closets.’ • Viking’s on-board educational forums and special entertainment provided by musicians from the stops along the way added so much to the overall experience. TV channels were limited in the rooms but who in the world cares beyond having access to breaking news such as impending asteroid strikes? • The Viking Prestige view coming into Budapest was extraordinary – a beautiful skyline of grandiose buildings, lights, and bridges. In some sense Hungary was one of the first battles of the Cold War; it was brutally possessed. With all that history, here we are just metaphorical ‘seconds’ away from that history in a city where the signs of freedom and competition and commerce are omnipresent. Hop-On-and-Hop-Off buses carrying tourists through a remarkable city drive within yards by the ‘shoes memorial’ which so dramatically symbolizes a different universe, a different world not so long ago Is the Viking Cruise worth it? It is in every way. Viking’s professionals will do their part almost with perfection from the time they say hello to when you say good-bye. But it is up to you to do your part as well. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
I have never been on any cruise, ocean or river and had no real desire to do either. I visited my son in the military in Germany and while touring Rhineland-Falz, I asked someone what the funny looking long boats with windows were doing ... Read More
I have never been on any cruise, ocean or river and had no real desire to do either. I visited my son in the military in Germany and while touring Rhineland-Falz, I asked someone what the funny looking long boats with windows were doing moving up and down the river. After learning that they were river cruise ships, the first thing I found out was "Viking Cruises" were the best. We scheduled a cruise down the Rhine river for July-2015 for our 25th wedding anniversary and had one of the best vacations of our lifetime. Everything was perfect. Every need and want was met and every detail was thoughtfully planned. As I have a permanent disability, all accommodations needed were provided. We met great people, visited beautiful towns and cities travelling through Europe via the Rhine River. We have definitely decided to take another cruise and will not wait 25 more years either. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Our Rhine River Cruise was the perfect getaway! The ship staff treated us like royalty, the food was delicious, and there were informative tours everyday. The views of the castles and vineyards along the Rhine were lovely! My husband ... Read More
Our Rhine River Cruise was the perfect getaway! The ship staff treated us like royalty, the food was delicious, and there were informative tours everyday. The views of the castles and vineyards along the Rhine were lovely! My husband and I hope to take another Viking cruise in the future. Our room was very comfortable and suited us perfectly. It was well designed and tended daily by staff who took great pains to ensure our comfort. We were greeted at the airport by Viking staff and transported in nice buses or vehicles as needed. It made our experience so relaxing! We enjoyed all our tours, and went on them in the mornings and in the afternoons, since we were eager to see the sights. I took thousands of pictures in Bern, France, Germany, and loved going in a windmill in Holland. I would love to go again! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Slightly nervous because the ship is French and the vast majority of passengers are French. The Douro river is wonderful. The ship spent 3 night in Porto which was too long and passengers wanted to cruise...the joke was it was a ... Read More
Slightly nervous because the ship is French and the vast majority of passengers are French. The Douro river is wonderful. The ship spent 3 night in Porto which was too long and passengers wanted to cruise...the joke was it was a cruise that did not cruise,cruise. We were put on an English speaking table of 8 people which saved the day. Croisieurope are trying to break into the English speaking clients around the world and they tried hard to keep us informed. The ship is brand new and very light and airy with bright colors. Cabin on the top deck was also bright with it's floor to ceiling windows. The beds faced outwards which was a nice touch( laying in bed with moving scenery). The cabins are small. One sitting at all meals on an assigned table. Food was adequate and not French cuisine as described and how you might expect. Some poor meals and generally lunch was better with 4 courses and 3 courses at diner...strange. "all inclusive"drinks apart from some wines, Champagne and fresh Orange juice...weird. Entertainment below average. Excursions ( extra price) were good and well organised. What was wrong:- tiny sink in bathroom, which was next to the toilet roll holder...result wet toilet paper. (Designed by an idiot). No tissues in room. Telephone did not work( reported but ignored). No orange juice at breakfast ( unless you paid). Occasional "egg station" at breakfast..why not every day? 2 bad dinners where the food was almost inedible, perhaps the chef was having a day off? All in all we had a good time and would recommend but ignore their own 5* rating it is no better than 4*. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We have just returned from Emerald Dawn's maiden voyage from Amsterdam to Budapest. My wife considers the trip to have been our best holiday in 30 years of which 20 have been cruising. It was definitely in the top three.We have ... Read More
We have just returned from Emerald Dawn's maiden voyage from Amsterdam to Budapest. My wife considers the trip to have been our best holiday in 30 years of which 20 have been cruising. It was definitely in the top three.We have cruised the Rhine on a couple of Christmas markets but nothing like this. It was fantastic. The cabin was great, not that you spent much time in the cabin as every day with had a guided shore excursion, usually starting with a coach ride, then a local guide took us around the town centre using a radio device that meant we could all her them. Then an hour or so of free time before being escorted back to the coach for the return trip to the boat. It should not be possible to select one member of crew for a special mention. From the Captain down to the seamen, including bar staff, waiters and our cabin steward, they were all brilliant. Not one English person among them but they all spoke bitter English than we did. I suppose one person should get a special mention. The Cruise director, Simona, was brilliant. Young and so efficient. When the queues at some lots held up her carefully prepared program and meant a mornings delay, she rearrange the whole shore excursion, coaches, guides, entrances etc on her mobile phone without any panic. Like a swan, her legs were probably paddling like mad, but on the surface she was so calm and collected. Evening entertainment was a little sparse but that which was arranged was excellent. A little more please. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
As we worked more than 30 years for international organizations, we have been frequent travelers all our life, but this travel was really a highlight. This travel started at Ho Chi Minh city and ended at Siem Rep in Cambodia. The ... Read More
As we worked more than 30 years for international organizations, we have been frequent travelers all our life, but this travel was really a highlight. This travel started at Ho Chi Minh city and ended at Siem Rep in Cambodia. The entire cruise included daily shore excursions with small boat tours, great buses to reach other places, horses and cows carts,etc., and always excellent guides explaining absolutely everything you wanted to know. Entertainment was fantastic too: local traditional music and dances shows in the evening, marionettes spectacle, local musicians, etc. Disembarkation in every place (including spontaneous spots discovered on the way) was really amazing: in minutes, an absolute secure bridge to the coast was built, including side protections, hand rails, and a row of staff helping gently to safely walk down. The boat is so nice, well equipped, comfortable. The food exceptionally good (we are expert cooks ourselves...and we learned a lot!!). The staff in the boat, ALL, were really exceptionally good, friendly, efficient… and any good thing additionally you can think about!! SUMMARY: All in all, just perfect!!! There is absolutely nothing that we could criticize negatively. The contrary, just congratulations to Pandaw for a fantastic cruise!!! Every day was a new enjoyable journey, and we were sad to leave the boat at the end of our travel... Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Enjoyed Paris/Normandy very, very much. Every moment of the cruise was superb. Each day was perfect. Every one of the "crew" - personable, knowledgeable, patient, extremely helpful. Tour buses, guides - the best. Every day ... Read More
Enjoyed Paris/Normandy very, very much. Every moment of the cruise was superb. Each day was perfect. Every one of the "crew" - personable, knowledgeable, patient, extremely helpful. Tour buses, guides - the best. Every day was exciting, educational, enjoyable. The waiters at each meal were very friendly, pleasant - anxious to serve with a smile. Went out of their way to serve anything we wanted, including something that might not have been on the menu. There isn't one thing more that Viking could do to have made my trip "better". An "over the top" experience. I hope to be able to taking another cruise next spring. No one can beat VIKING. THANK YOU FOR SUCH A WONDERFUL EXPERIANCE! We were met at the airport as soon as we arrived by a Viking rep. and taken to the ship. Thrilled that the Neptune was right by the Eifel Tower. Wonderful start to an absolutely delightful cruise!. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Trip of a lifetime for 2 ladies in late 60s. We had researched well and decided on a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Modern boats with excellent food , wifi, brilliant tv system great cabins with balconies. The first week was ... Read More
Trip of a lifetime for 2 ladies in late 60s. We had researched well and decided on a river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. Modern boats with excellent food , wifi, brilliant tv system great cabins with balconies. The first week was superb and exceeded our expectations.the low water level on the Danube then made it impossible for our boat to continue. We were offered a flight home or transfer to an equivalent boat. We chose the latter. Well the staff and food transferred with us - excellent- but the Boat was by no means equal- virtually no wifi ( imperative as my companions husband was in Peru on business), no English TV, poor cabins with sofa beds and stained carpet, poor plumbing. We complained on board as did many other guests and were assured we would be contacted upon our return home- total silence! Several letters were exchanged and we were offered 5% off our next cruise by very arrogant customer service personnel - totally unexceptable- this cruise was £3.800 each! Family bereavement unabled us to continue our dialogue and take the matter further but future travellers beware. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
My husband and I are veteran ocean cruisers, but this was our first time on a river. There were many differences, most of them wonderful--in fact, we enjoyed our Amadolce experience so much, we were reluctant to turn in our keys! The ... Read More
My husband and I are veteran ocean cruisers, but this was our first time on a river. There were many differences, most of them wonderful--in fact, we enjoyed our Amadolce experience so much, we were reluctant to turn in our keys! The reception upon arrival was overwhelmingly friendly with a personal escort to our room. No time consuming stops to check in and pull out our credit cards for the drink packages and heavy sell spa services. Our luggage arrived in minutes instead of hours, and we were immediately free to explore the boat, which to our amusement, took about 15 minutes. After all of the 140 or so passengers came aboard, there was an entertaining safety talk and general orientation from the captain and cruise manager and soon we were sailing down the Danube with the beautiful lights of Budapest reflected in our wake. We enjoyed our first dinner aboard that evening as well as all of the food offerings on the cruise but I do have one and only criticism that prevented me from giving the experience a full five stars. I have a blood sugar issue and I did mention it in advance during the online check in well before the sail date. I requested sugar free desserts, all available in variety and abundance on ocean ship lines. I was disappointed in that regard on this cruise, mostly contenting myself with one flavor of SF ice cream and a few small mousse treats. Adding some SF cookies to the afternoon tea or some SF puddings or pastries would be an easy thing to do, and not terribly expensive, especially since people in my situation also limit or refrain from wine and other alcohol. The ports visited on this cruise were a good mix of large cities and smaller towns. After living in Europe for two years, my husband and I have developed an appreciation for the latter with their slower pace and quirky monuments. The excursions were all wonderful and handled well with an amazing ease of selection. We especially liked choosing between the active, regular and slow paced groups. The limited option tours were perfect and worth the cost, especially the Mozart/Strauss concert and Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, and the day trip to Salzburg. The guides all knew their stuff and were enthusiastic about their particular city. They did a great job of describing the history and culture in each area and their stories entertained us and inspired our imaginations. Unlike our ocean cruise experiences where 2000 or more people wandered the ship in anonymity, the much smaller group on the Amadolce gave us the chance to see the same friendly faces each day and and get to know them a little. The same was true for the ship's crew, all of whom had a kind word or smile to offer. The very much loved Cruise Manager became ill halfway through the trip and was temporarily replaced by another very enthusiastic, professional woman who, with the support of the crew, did a seamless job of serving the passengers. My husband and I tended to wander back to our cabin after dinner on most evenings, so we didn't participate in a lot of the lounge entertainment. It was plentiful though with a skilled musician on board and acts from local areas invited in. We enjoyed an all too brief performance by Lindsay Hamilton, a former London West End actress and singer who amazed us with her talent. As a physical structure, the boat was exquisitely cared for and maintained. This became even more evident to us as we were among the few remaining passengers on board while awaiting our transfer to the airport at the end of the trip. We saw every surface of the cabins cleaned, including the air duct screens, the upholstery on every piece of public area furniture was brushed and vacuumed and the windows were all shined and polished. Fresh flower arrangements arrived and were decoratively placed and new potted herbs were unpacked and taken to the kitchen. A tempting tray of sandwiches for the new passengers appeared on the long buffet table, and it was all we could do to resist the urge to rush to the front desk and beg to have our cabin back and continue on down the river. This cruise is worth a repeat. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We just returned from our 1st Uniworld River Cruise. IT WAS AMAZING! We saw so many wonderful things, met so many interesting people and the service was unbelievable. The staff was so well trained and pleasant. The ship was ... Read More
We just returned from our 1st Uniworld River Cruise. IT WAS AMAZING! We saw so many wonderful things, met so many interesting people and the service was unbelievable. The staff was so well trained and pleasant. The ship was beautiful and spotless. The food was delicious and diverse. We participated in most of the shore excursions. The guides were knowledgeable and entertaining (with only one exception..she was knowledgeable but boring). The attention to detail was exceptional. Uniworld's years of experience shows. Our cruise manager, Rik, was obviously well trained and thoroughly enjoyed what he was doing. We did not participate in much of the entertainment offered on board. We made so many new friends that we made our own entertainment. We have taken sea cruises on large ships in the past but never again....The intimacy of a river cruise is definitely the way to go. More personalized service and more opportunities to get to know your ship mates. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Vantage Cruise from Constantina to Bonn: On the plus side of things, it was all it was billed to be and everything was as promised. Th shore excursions were generally quite good and the tour director did her best ot accommodate ... Read More
Vantage Cruise from Constantina to Bonn: On the plus side of things, it was all it was billed to be and everything was as promised. Th shore excursions were generally quite good and the tour director did her best ot accommodate everyone's needs and wants. We appreciated that wine and beer were included with dinner (provided you could flag down the over-worked wait staff) and the quality was better than we expected. We appreciated the transfer to and from services and found the extra help crucial to navigating the Amsterdam airport. The staff were always courteous and helpful. Rooms, hallways, and public areas, were always tidy. On the minus side of things, it came as a surprise how much the "recommended" tipping would be at the end of the trip. It added up to a pretty hefty sum. When we cruised on Aegean Odyssey, those costs were all included. Of course, they earned the gratuity but we would have preferred it be included (not tucked on at the end). It was no small amount! The rooms were small (and we had French balcony room with a small table with 2 chairs, so it was not like one of the smaller rooms down below) and the bathrooms posed a real challenge. Neither of us are large people but the shower stall was the size of a coffin; turn around and you "adjust" the water temperature inadvertently! Meals ... at first we thought how great it was to get all our meals provided and then boredom set in. It was totally predictable and all we could think about was getting off the boat and doing exploring on our own to find some different food. There is only one dining facility on board and seating is at tables for 4 (limited number), 6 (most are in this range), or larger tables which seem to have someone who rushes in and declares that this table is "theirs!" On our cruise, we had one such lady who organized her own "parties" for the entire tour. Yeah, just like in grade school, right? The "popular" table was by invitation only. Ho hum. So glad I was not invited. We found that Vantage appeals to an older set of travelers, many with mobility issues, and this did impact our tour arrangements in a negative way. Many things had to be adjusted to fit the needs of everyone. Fortunately, the weather was very nice most of the time we cruised so we would spend a lot of time outside on the upper deck, admiring the stars and visiting with co-travelers after dinner. Sometimes a dance group would come in and put on a dance show and sometimes the staff did their best to entertain us with shows of their own. In the final analysis: Comparing this to the small cruise ship Aegean Odyssey, we hated to see that trip end and, with this trip on Vantage's River Navigator, we were so ready for a land trip in Amsterdam. This was a trip we wanted to cross off of our "bucket list" and there really are no regrets. We have great memories and appreciated seeing all the things we did see. The River Navigator is not a new ship (it will be retired from Vantage's boats this year) but we never felt it was shabby. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
As mentioned in other reviews, the on board staff couldn't have been more pleasant and efficient. The ship itself appeared to be in decent condition, and was never too loud when running. If your idea of a great vacation is ... Read More
As mentioned in other reviews, the on board staff couldn't have been more pleasant and efficient. The ship itself appeared to be in decent condition, and was never too loud when running. If your idea of a great vacation is spending 5 days of with very little physical activity, this might be the cruise for you. I am not a cruise fan, so maybe all cruises are like this. Told my wife I would NEVER go on a cruise, but this is what she wanted to do for her 50th birthday. Check and mate. For the people whose dream vacation consists of spending all but a few minutes a day sitting and eating, sitting and drinking or sitting and reading or sitting and playing board games or sitting and listening to a lecture (Basic Mandarin phrases, playing Mah Jongg or fun facts about the Yangtze River,) or laying in bed watching one of 5 television channels, this is the dream vacation for you. The other few minutes a day are spent going up or down the stairs to one of the aforementioned events. We were able to get off the boat on 3 of the 5 days: once to walk through the edge of a small city towards a temple while dodging a 4 block long gauntlet of aggressive local merchants who see American tourists as walking dollar bills, once to walk a few hundred feet to another tour boat where you sit for another hour and a half going through scenery, and the last time to finally do a little walking (after still more sitting on a bus ride) on the way up to the 3 Gorges Dam. The web page for this crew mentions a 'gym.' I called Viking to verify that the boat had a 'gym' before we left for the cruise. Only a few of us actually used those facilities, so for most people taking this cruise, the quality and condition of those facilities won't matter. The 'gym' had an erg that hadn't been lubricated since Nixon was president, a treadmill, an elliptical machine on which the display screen was non-functional and had a squeak so loud that it could be heard throughout the boat, and a small set of dumbbells, most of which were not marked with a weight. Nevertheless, the 'gym' provided virtually the only activity that didn't involve more sitting. The fore and aft outside decks provided sufficient chairs for yet more sitting and scenery consumption, but when you travel over 1,000 miles on any road or river, there are many extended periods of monotonous doldrums. This trip is certainly no exception. I would recommend taking the cruise during July or August, when you can enjoy the scenery when daytime temps are mostly in the upper 90's (mid-30's C,) the humidity is stratospheric and the air quality truly indescribable. At night, the temps MAY drop down under 80 (about 26C,) but then the humidity will be near 100%. You can't be that for a comfortable night's sleep!! I witnessed several American cities in the 60's before anti-pollution laws were enacted, but I have never seen air quality like we experienced in most of China. I thought the atrocious air quality might last for a day or so due to some unusual atmospheric condition, but the air quality only deteriorated the farther inland we went. Several of us developed sore throats and random coughing fits. A week after getting back home, I was still coughing up remnants of Chinese air from my lungs. Truly something one needs to experience first hand. The food on board was plentiful, but there are no snack bars & no in-between-meal offerings other than alcohol. The cooking staff was from China, and they did an admiral job preparing Western food. Unfortunately, they have mastered the art of making the food 'look' pretty long before they mastered taste. As there were cruisers from several parts of the U.S. and the world, it would be extremely difficult to please everyone with the small kitchen available on the river cruise its ship. My wife and nephew are Chinese, and they tell me that the crew did a respectable job with some Chinese breakfast items. For the most part, the food was acceptable, but that's about as far as one could stretch the description. You''ll get your steak they way they cook it, so don't bother with asking for RARE or MEDIUM WELL or WELL DONE. On the whole, the cruise staff made up for some of the cruise's shortcomings, so thank God for that. If you won't go completely stir crazy spending 95% of your day sitting on what amounts to a 'prison' ship, you'll love this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Based on a wonderful Rhine cruise on Viking last year, we booked the Portraits of Southern France river cruise for this year. What a mistake. We arrived in France at the tail end of the European heat wave. The temperature was in the upper ... Read More
Based on a wonderful Rhine cruise on Viking last year, we booked the Portraits of Southern France river cruise for this year. What a mistake. We arrived in France at the tail end of the European heat wave. The temperature was in the upper 90s. The air conditioning on the ship was not functioning properly and the cabins/restaurant areas were very warm to the point of being uncomfortable. We were never addressed by the Captain to explain the problem. Various crew members gave different reasons. It was obvious that there had been some instruction not to comment to guests. I felt so sorry for the restaurant servers who had to work so hard in the heat. The problem was finally fixed on Day 5 of the trip. Thank goodness the weather broke and became cooler. On the evening before the problem was fixed, however, our cabin was 81 degrees. We could not open our doors because there was an invasion of spiders. The ship had to call for pest extermination. The we could not use the veranda since it had been sprayed with pesticide. The other not so great part was dinner in the restaurant. Again, some offerings were hit and miss. The serving portions were also very small. There was nothing available for snacks for that 9PM hunger attack. We were fortunate that we had a suite that was supplied with fruit. The ports of call were mostly great. Lyon was fantastic. The small French villages and cities were beautiful. We especially enjoyed our excursion to Beaune. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We met the American Empress in Clarkston WA, so we flew into Spokane WA and stayed at the luxurious Davenport Hotel in Spokane. American Queen Steamboat Co pays for your stay at the Davenport, including a great breakfast buffet the next ... Read More
We met the American Empress in Clarkston WA, so we flew into Spokane WA and stayed at the luxurious Davenport Hotel in Spokane. American Queen Steamboat Co pays for your stay at the Davenport, including a great breakfast buffet the next morning. Cruise check in is at the hotel, and the following day you are placed on a two hour bus ride to Clarkston WA to meet the boat. No toilets on the bus, so make sure you use the bathroom at the Davenport. There is no WiFi on the bus, despite a sign that says there is. It would be nice if the driver had explained some of the sights we were seeing along the way. There is no charge for the bus ride to Clarkston, WA, but the company makes up for it by charging you $25/person for a ten minute ride to the Portland airport, when you disembark. Your luggage is waiting for you in your cabin, and embarkation was quick and easy. Do not take the Davenport van from the airport for $25. You can take a taxi for less than $18. I used Advanced Taxi, and the service was great. The fare from the Spokane airport to the Davenport was $17.86 and I let the driver keep the change from a $20 bill, which he appreciated. He loaded and unloaded our luggage for us. I requested early seating for dinner, when I made my cruise reservations. Seating is open, and there are two venues for dining, the Astoria dining room and the River Grill. River Grill requires reservations for the evening meal. The Astoria serves three meals a day, with waiter service. The River Grill is buffet style for breakfast and lunch but waiter service only for the evening meal. Food is always plentiful at the River Grill, and you can go there for light snacks between meals. I just wish the River Grill had provided sandwiches, particularly ingredients for sandwiches, but there was plenty of other choices. The morning omelettes are lacking and would better be described as scrambled eggs mixed with vegetables. No problem though, there were many other food choices for breakfast. There are no provisions for children or teenagers on the Empress. Do not bring young people or children with you. There is nothing for them to do, and they will be completely bored. This is a cruise intended for adults only. Moreover, the vast majority of cruisers are senior citizens. Nightly shows are 45 minutes long, put on by the husband-wife cruise directors, Greg and Lindy. The shows are pretty good and entertaining. More entertainment is available in the Paddle Wheel lounge, put on by Frank, who is very talented. Beware of the "seat savers" for the evening show. I wish the company would not allow people to do this, because there is precious little seating anyway in the show lounge. If you happen to be on a cruise that is full, with 240 passengers, seating in the show lounge will not be adequate. We had 160 on our cruise, and some facilities, such as the show lounge, were nearing capacity. I found the much touted riverlorian to be a complete bore. I listened to her for about five minutes and never returned again to one of her boring "lectures." This is a shame, because if the right person had this job, more passengers would be interested. Overall, the crew is very friendly and very customer oriented. I had only three minor problems with crew members. The grill man in the River Grill messed up my order one morning, not a big deal. One of the female food service staff members was somewhat rude and impatient with passengers. I mentioned this to her boss, and I noticed the server made a feeble attempt to clean up her act. Please note, the rest of the food service staff was outstanding and always went the extra mile to please us. One of the deck crew was clueless, when I asked him what time we were required to be back on board. He was also clueless, when I asked him what the boat's telephone number was, in case I needed it. This same crew member also lacked courtesy and tact, when he informed passengers they were not permitted in certain areas of the boat. Again, a brief private conversation with his boss seemed to rectify this particular crew member's attitude. Internet service is poor to never being available. The WiFi signal is strongest in the Paddle Wheel lounge. There are four desktops available in the Paddle Wheel lounge, but again, the internet connection is very slow to not being in service at all. They really need to upgrade their internet capability. Cell phone service was available at all times, except for one brief part of the cruise outside Richland WA. Also, the much touted American Queen app for you smartphone or iPhone does not work. I questioned this and was told the bus drivers were not trained on how to use the app. So, my question is, why do they even advertise the app being available for the Hop On Hop Off tours? Speaking of shore excursions, the Hop On Hop Off tours are mediocre, at best. The service works pretty good, and buses come by every 15 to 30 minutes or every hour in the afternoon. It is obvious that the company would rather you spend money on the expensive optional shore excursions. In all fairness, we enjoyed speaking with all the local people we met on the Hop On Hop Off tours. However, the places you visit are nothing to brag about. We took the optional Vista House Old National Highway tour for $49/person, and it was probably worth the money, even though we could not stop at all the falls, due to overcrowding with tourists. Disembarkation made for a very long day. Bags had to be out in the passageway by 11 PM the night before, and all passengers had to be off the boat by 7:45 AM the next morning. The $25/person bus ride to the airport took ten minutes. You are charged $16.50 per day per passenger for gratuities, and the charges will appear on your final bill. You are free to raise or lower this amount. Also, the purser will provide you with tip envelopes, if you want to give an individual crew member an additional tip. I did not see any need to give a special tip to any particular crew member. We had cabin 204, and it was very small but very adequate. Housekeeping did an outstanding job of cleaning and keeping the cabin stocked. The shower is so tiny that you can hardly turn around in it. It is impossible for two people to occupy the bathroom at the same time. The bed was very comfortable, and there were adequate drawers to store and hang our stuff. There is a tiny room safe for valuables. A small flat screen TV worked perfectly, and I loved the bow camera view on TV. A small refir keeps your bottled water cold, and housekeeping will supply you with all the free bottled water you want. There is a real nice coffee maker in the room too. The cabin was very clean. The HVAC worked perfectly. When in port, do take the pilot house and engine room tours. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves and felt as though we got our money's worth. A final note worth repeating, do not take children or teenagers on this cruise. There is absolutely nothing of interest for them, and to be honest, I was quite glad there were no kids, because they would have been totally bored, particularly because their electronic toys will not work. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was our first Viking cruise. We were pleased with the ease of transfers to the hotel for our 3 days in Paris pre-cruise, to the ship and then from the ship to our Eurostar train trip to England and finally from our Oxford hotel to ... Read More
This was our first Viking cruise. We were pleased with the ease of transfers to the hotel for our 3 days in Paris pre-cruise, to the ship and then from the ship to our Eurostar train trip to England and finally from our Oxford hotel to Heathrow. All went smoothly and was worry free for us. The Hotel Rochester 3 day stay pre-cruise was very convenient being just a block off the Champs Elysees in the 8th Ar. and close to the metro. The staff spoke English and were very friendly and efficient. The beds were good and the breakfast was excellent. Our morning Marais walk with Christine was very informative and enjoyable. The transfer to the ship on Sunday was worry free but seemed to use up almost the whole of one of our Paris days. Between the check in , meetings and lunch there was little time left before we had to be back on board for dinner and sailing. (However, I will not complain after reading the review of the April 2015 - ship out of commission, etc.) Our Montmartre walking tour was lovely and gave us time to enjoy this quaint area. Our cabin was spacious, the bed comfortable, and quiet. We never heard engine noises and only felt minimal movement going through locks. The food was like eating at a 5 star restaurant every day. The staff was unfailingly courteous, friendly, and English speaking. Loved our magic lemonade following shore excursions. The Monet/Giverny tour was a highlight! A 20 minute bus ride to paradise - the gardens were wonderful and quite extensive while the house was just as it was when Monet lived there. The tiny village was scenic and we had time to go to the gift shop, some tiny boutiques in the village, and a peek at an art museum down the road. The Vernon walking tour was interesting and we had free time to walk across the bridge to see the mill and Tourelles Castle on the other side of the Siene. The Rouen tour was like Vernon x 10 in area and history. Our guide provided so much information - even the rain could not dampen our spirits. There was plenty of free time at the end of this tour which was nice to stop at a wine bar and do a little shopping. We enjoyed the all day bus tour to the Normandy beaches and D-day sights which were a highlight for my husband. They are pretty far from Rouen so it is a 1-1/2 hr bus ride but the countryside is pretty. We had a driveby at Juno beach and a stop at Arromanches for the small D-day museum there and lunch in a nice restaurant before heading to the American Cemetery. They performed a small memorial service for our group at the cemetery - very moving. The last stop was Omaha Beach and D-day monuments there. It's a little surreal that it is a resort area now. It was a long, full day but well orchestrated by the Viking personnel. Les Andelys was charming. Very tiny and quaint with about 6 shops and galleries, a medieval church and the highlight - Richard the Lionheart's Chateau Gaillard which is a short hike uphill to a prominence overlooking the river. We chose to go on the optional Versailles tour and are glad we did. The palace and grounds were exceptional and over the top in opulence. We only had an hour following the palace tour to see the gardens. I believe that you could spend a few days there and not see it all. It was beautiful! Back in Paris, we had another trouble free transfer to our Eurostar train to England where we were met by our Viking guides and given a short bus tour of London. We missed seeing some things like Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey due to a marathon being run through the streets of London that morning - such is life! But we did see the Tower of London and Tower Bridge and caught a glimpse of Big Ben and Parliament and Harrod's. We arrived at The Old Bank Hotel in Oxford for our post-cruise days. It was charming with comfortable beds, a nice breakfast and wonderful central location. We had an interesting and history filled morning walk around Oxford viewing the colleges and architecture. We then were treated to a surprise lunch at a cute pub out in the country before visiting Highclere Castle. Also a surprise was a visit to an English couple for an English tea in their home prior to Highclere. That turned out to be the highlight of the entire trip for us! The Dormers of Bowdown House welcomed our group into their beautiful, antique filled, country manor house for tea and history! The Dormers regaled us with amazing stories of their family through the ages and of the current property's importance in WWII. ( No spoilers here.) This is a new cultural experience Viking was trying out and we certainly enjoyed it. I hope that it continues. (We also met Karine Hagen, VP of Viking, and her dog Finse. She was overseeing the visit) Highclere Castle is Downton Abbey and those of us who are fans loved it! We had a private, after hours, champagne reception in "the hall" followed by a tour of the house and Egyptian museum in the basement. Everything is as you see it in the series down to the silver in the dining room. A truly lovely,long and wonderful day! We had free time in Oxford the next morning followed by a bus trip to Blenheim Palace and the Costwolds in the afternoon. Blenheim is fabulous opulence English style! Really wonderful to see the second largest palace in Britian and grounds cared for so well. Another trouble free transfer to Heathrow and off we flew back to reality. We loved our Viking trip and were impressed by how smoothly everything ran. On board, dress is business casual. At the Captain's dinner, my husband was one of only a handful who wore a sport coat. Most ladies wore dresses for that dinner but nice slacks/skirt and a slightly dressy top or casual dress was fine for all others. Both the hotels and the ship have umbrellas and you should bring a light weight rain jacket. Good walking shoes are essential! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
I had my doubts about river cruising. The Viking cruise was first class all the way. The ship was modern, clean and spacious. Although our standard room was small, we spent very little time in it so it didn't make a difference. Opt ... Read More
I had my doubts about river cruising. The Viking cruise was first class all the way. The ship was modern, clean and spacious. Although our standard room was small, we spent very little time in it so it didn't make a difference. Opt for a less expensive room. The food was great. The chef was always available and each night gave his recommendations. There was always a choice of appetizers, entrees and dessert. Wine, beer and soft drinks are no extra cost at meals. The excursions were well planned and very organized. It was like clock-work. We would definitely do another Viking cruise. One thing- most of the passengers were retirement age like us. We enjoyed that. The people were mature and respectful and quite interesting. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
My wife and I took the Columbia/Snake River route from Portland to Clarkston. Staff very courteous and seemed anxious to please. Cabin person was new & couldn't seem to get the hang of fresh towels each day, but seemed to get it ... Read More
My wife and I took the Columbia/Snake River route from Portland to Clarkston. Staff very courteous and seemed anxious to please. Cabin person was new & couldn't seem to get the hang of fresh towels each day, but seemed to get it after I explained the problem to the Cruise Director.Physical accommodations were average, but not up to ocean cruises we have taken. On the other hand, the intimate size of the passenger list was very nice after being two of several thousand in sea cruises. Pricier than sea cruises, but probably related to small scale and all U.S.A. based. Only serious disappointment was that I comparison shopped cancellation insurance (after the fact- long story). Their offering was seriously overpriced. My own fault for not checking before rather than after. (My wife has had a stroke which makes long range planning dicey.) Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
my wife and I wanted to celebrate this special anniversary in a grand fashion. Viking River a Cruises Grand European Tour looked to be just the answer. The choice was absolutely correct. Starting with a 2 day extension in Amsterdam and ... Read More
my wife and I wanted to celebrate this special anniversary in a grand fashion. Viking River a Cruises Grand European Tour looked to be just the answer. The choice was absolutely correct. Starting with a 2 day extension in Amsterdam and ending with a 3 day extension in Prague, we could have not been more pleased. INGVI is a beautiful vessel and the staff could not be better. As this was our first river cruise we were pleased with the closeness achieved with other passengers and the crew. Christine Couper was fantastic as Program Director. She maintained the programs regardless of the problems which materialized. Every crew member demonstrated such positive attitudes. There was nothing which they would not do to be sure the passenger was happy. Meals prepared under the direction of Denes Sookey were amazing. Michael Logtenberg the hotel manager was involved in everything necessary to keep things running smoothly, even to the point that one day I saw him loading supply's on board. You might see that I was impressed with the crew. As a manager for many years I know how important motivated personnel are. It is clear that Viking recognizes and accomplishes that result. I was also impressed with the high quality of the shore tour programs. Tour guides were professionals knowledgable of the venue and it's history. They related this to the passengers in a manner which was educational, personal, and with personality. Thanks to all for making this a trip to remember. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
The Glory is a wonderful small ship - 50 passengers - and this 10 day itinerary from Providence, RI to Portland, ME has so many beautiful ports. The food was the best we have had in 6 other American Cruise Lines trips and featured ... Read More
The Glory is a wonderful small ship - 50 passengers - and this 10 day itinerary from Providence, RI to Portland, ME has so many beautiful ports. The food was the best we have had in 6 other American Cruise Lines trips and featured shellfish at every meal. The young servers and deck hands can be inexperienced but are cheerful and eager to please. Just be patient - you are on vacation after all! Wine with lunch and dinner is a treat. Evening cocktail hour was marred by rude guests raiding the bar before staff arrived to start the event, but you can't control the guests. Normally American Cruise Lines guests are mature, respectful experienced world travelers, and of course there were many of those on this trip as well. The historian/speaker was so knowledgeable and easy always with us. The local entertainment in the evenings was mostly perfect. We stayed at the Residence Inn Providence Airport one night before the cruise and the shuttle service was appreciated. American offered a shuttle to the Portland, ME airport at the end of the cruise. Short excursions were mostly bus trips but also included a schooner sailing, and a lobster bake at a beautiful museum grounds in Rockland, ME. Cabins are small but most of your time is spent up on deck enjoying the scenery. Most days are completely spent in ports so lots of sightseeing is possible. This is a great itinerary and we were blessed with perfect summer weather. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
our first river cruise and it will not be the last. We could not be happier with the cruise provided by Viking. From the purchase through getting home everything was accomplished in a professional and helpful manner. We used. Viking to ... Read More
our first river cruise and it will not be the last. We could not be happier with the cruise provided by Viking. From the purchase through getting home everything was accomplished in a professional and helpful manner. We used. Viking to provide air service,as well as pre and post cruise city tours. The personnel of Viking were fantastic. The size of the ship allowed the staff to become close to the passengers. This was nice. When we departed fir home it was like leaving a close friend or family member. Tours were very well done. The program director worked overtime to be sure the passengers were entertained. Food was outstanding. This was our 50th anniversary celebration and we could not have been more pleased with our choice of tours. I highly recommend this for travelers of all ages. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was our first river cruise experience and we were impressed. From the initial greeting at the airport in Amsterdam to the assistance at departure from Budapest, Viking crew and team members were extremely courteous and hospitable. ... Read More
This was our first river cruise experience and we were impressed. From the initial greeting at the airport in Amsterdam to the assistance at departure from Budapest, Viking crew and team members were extremely courteous and hospitable. They were like family and knew how to anticipate what we might need or want. Our veranda state room was well equipped with what we needed, but we found ourselves enjoying the views from the public areas of the ship in the midst of new found friends. The day excursions were guided by knowledgeable and interesting guides. The additional excursions were well worth the added costs. The food was delicious, but our favorite was the pork knuckles we ordered at the cafe in Cologne. We have fond memories if this trip and look forward to more in the future. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We chose Ama Waterways for our 25th Anniversary cruise and we were not disappointed. From the moment we stepped onto the pier in Amsterdam until we said goodbye in Basel, everything was done for our comfort and enjoyment. The ship is ... Read More
We chose Ama Waterways for our 25th Anniversary cruise and we were not disappointed. From the moment we stepped onto the pier in Amsterdam until we said goodbye in Basel, everything was done for our comfort and enjoyment. The ship is tastefully appointed and sparkling clean, despite it's *relative* age in the industry (built in 2008). Our stateroom was stylish and comfortable, with plenty of space for our belongings and nice features such as a French balcony and flat-screen TV with internet access. Meals were freshly prepared (we saw fresh produce come aboard at every port of call) and portions were just right. The shore excursions were informative and featured different ability groupings so that all passengers could enjoy the sights as their mobility level allowed. Where Ama Waterways truly stands out, however, is in the professionalism and attentiveness of the crew. Everyone from the Captain and Cruise Director, to the wait staff and housekeepers, worked to make the cruise a wonderful, memorable experience for all passengers. I would not hesitate to recommend Ama Waterways to anyone who wants a truly first-class cruise vacation. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015

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