2 Viking River Viking Prestige Cruise Reviews for River Cruises to Europe - River Cruise from Prague

If we had to do again, we would add on 2 days to our stay in Prague and we would NOT have chosen the Lobkowicz Palace extension mainly because of all the steps involved which caused me to injure my hip. I actually had to opt for the ... Read More
If we had to do again, we would add on 2 days to our stay in Prague and we would NOT have chosen the Lobkowicz Palace extension mainly because of all the steps involved which caused me to injure my hip. I actually had to opt for the LEISURE tours the rest of the trip as a result - not that that was a BAD thing, but there were some walks I just couldn't handle for fear of really hurting myself. Viking did NOT properly prepare us for the reality of this extension and the intensity of the morning and afternoon outings combined and in retrospect, we could have spent time on our own exploring Prague. We were herded from place to place from 9am till after 5 pm, which was too much. We ARE 70 years old, and I AM overweight which were also factors for the reader to consider. The Prague Hilton was magnificent. The tour of Nuremberg could have been so much more than driving by places on the bus, but getting to the boat more than made up for this. I also felt the heaviness of visiting the stadium ruins there, but that was MY burden. My husband was overwhelmed by the magnitude of the parade grounds and museum. The boat is magnificent and the crew was very welcoming and charming. Our guide, Diana Van Tuuk was formidable and delightful. She made sure that all went well and took care of all glitches immediately and efficiently. The meals were more than pleasant and we loved the choices. We would have liked more wine choices and a better drink plan. I don't drink alcholic beverages, but we would have had to pay for BOTH of us for my husband to enjoy what he would have liked. It seemed a bit exorbitant to us. We happily survived and my husband didn't suffer unduly. All of the other tours were really enjoyable with educated and involved tour guides who didn't just give a packaged spiel, but were truly invested in their towns and the history. Heidelberg was beautiful and I survived the FUNICULA once I realized it wasn't as scary as I had envisioned. We LOVED the winery tour in Rudesheim which was very comfortable and relaxing. The view of the river valley was breathtaking and the VERTICAL vineyards were awesome to see. But, there is SO MUCH to see in each town and learn. The castle tour in Cochem was magical!! Since my husband and I are eternal students, we were like children on Christmas morning every day. We had not gone on this trip with high expectations, although we were very hopeful of a great time. We figure we always create our own good times and enjoy our surroundings, but this Viking experience was beyond our expectations and we highly recommend them to all our friends. Our favorite stop along the river tour was in Trier which we would love to visit again and tour more fully to better appreciate the Roman ruins. Sadly, because of the government shut down, the cemetery in Luxembourg was closed, but we at least drove onto the grounds to pay our respects and then had a great time in Luxembourg city where we actually saw the Grand Duke and Dutchess leave the palace for a special parade. Nothing like seeing "royals" for American tourists!!LOL! Finally, our extended stay in Paris was incomparable. We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary on this trip which we topped with dinner at the Jules Verne Restaurant in the Eiffel Tower. MAGNIFICENT!! Everyone went out of their way to make us comfortable - both the Viking staff at the hotel and the concierge who assisted in our extra 2 days in Paris. We enjoyed the experience SO much, that we are taking the trip from Amsterdam to Budapest in a few weeks with an extended stay in Amsterdam. We will be REvisiting a few of the towns along the Rhine, but are looking forward to expanding our view of those towns and doing a bit more on our own. We HIGHLY recommend the Viking Experience especially if you are looking for an INTIMATE environment. With only about 180 other people on board, it is easy to find companionship and people to share in the delights being offered..   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We were passengers on the City of Lights cruise on September 13, 2013 on board the Viking Prestige. This was our second cruise with Viking. May 2012 we took the Viking trip to China and had such a wonderful experience we decided to book ... Read More
We were passengers on the City of Lights cruise on September 13, 2013 on board the Viking Prestige. This was our second cruise with Viking. May 2012 we took the Viking trip to China and had such a wonderful experience we decided to book another trip immediately. However, there were two issues that detracted from what otherwise was a great experience. One, after several days into the cruise portion of the trip my wife and I as well as many other passengers were complaining about swollen ankles. Prior to arriving on the ship we were in Paris for 4 days and did not experience this problem. This had never happened to us before so we started to look into potential causes. This was painful and as we later found, unnecessary. What we identified was that the bottled water provided was very high in sodium content. During one part of the cruise we visited the Viking sister ship, Alta. We noted that the bottled water served on that ship was low in sodium content. We brought this to the attention of the Prestige’s captain. Two, our excursion in Prague was disappointing and frustrating. We chose the optional Lobkowicz Castle excursion. We did not know that this excursion would include a morning “walking” tour of the old city. Our tour of the Lobkowicz Castle and luncheon was scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The walking tour dragged on for 4 hours. Much too long than was necessary and for the repetitiveness of the sights we were seeing. Walking through the park with the guide describing graffiti was disappointing and frustrating! Following this “death march” as many called it, we had to walk up hill to the castle. The walk to the castle may have been unavoidable but the 4 hour walking tour certainly was. As much as we enjoyed the Lobkowicz Optional tour it will forever be tainted by the poor planning of the city tour. We were excited to cruise the Moselle and Rhine rivers and visit the towns along the rivers. The Prestige ship was in excellent condition, our stateroom was comfortable. The crew was attentive and did their job well. We have taken many cruises but never has a Captain greeted us in person on the gangway after excursions and our Captain went above and beyond.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Viking Prestige Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.2
Family 1.0 3.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.5
Enrichment 5.0 4.3
Service 3.0 4.7
Value For Money 5.0 4.3
Rates 4.0 3.7

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