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7 Viking River Wittenberg Cruise Reviews

I chose this cruise as my great grandparents came from Saxony and I wanted to view the lay of the land from the water by cruising down the Elbe. Unfortunately drought and the resulting low water levels did not allow for cruising and we ... Read More
I chose this cruise as my great grandparents came from Saxony and I wanted to view the lay of the land from the water by cruising down the Elbe. Unfortunately drought and the resulting low water levels did not allow for cruising and we were bused from site to site while overnighting on the riverboats. Naturally this was extremely disappointing to us, but when life gives you lemons then you make lemonade... On the plus side, the crew tried very hard to accommodate us, although much of our onboard ship time turned into bus time in order to reach the prearranged tour stops on our itinerary. Another plus was that over half of the passengers opted out of the trip two weeks out when they were told that they would not be sailing.... Hence my husband and I only shared the the boat with fifth-one fellow cruisers. Meal options were limited to breakfast and dinner as we were always off the ship at lunchtime. We opted for the lighter breakfast option in the lounge on second, although full breakfasts were served daily in the dinning room on first. Dinner was served nightly on the first deck with table seating for groups of four or six. Small groups tended to gather in the lounge area prior to dinner and again following dinner where alcohol was available for purchase and instrumental and vocal entertainment was provided. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
This was our tenth Viking trip and one of our best if not the best. We chose this trip because we had not been to central Germany, including Berlin, and it afforded us a post cruse extension to Poland. The shore excursions were ... Read More
This was our tenth Viking trip and one of our best if not the best. We chose this trip because we had not been to central Germany, including Berlin, and it afforded us a post cruse extension to Poland. The shore excursions were terrific. One of the guests opined that the trip was equal to a graduate history class and I agree. The on ship activities were great as well the dining and beverages. The meals were prepared for the regions in which we traveled. The wines were also tailored for the local areas. The ship’s officers and crew were excellent. We believe the Hotel Manager and Cruse Director were outstanding and could not have been better. The only issue is that future cruses cannot match this experience. We are now in the process of selecting our next Viking trip. Our booking number was: xxxxxxx. I ask Viking to contact us if they are interested in further commentary. Thank you Viking Thank you for the opportunity to provide this rating. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Compared to our previous Viking river cruise, this one was a disappointment -- primarily because the cruise portion was too short. Cruise director Jamie and the ship personnel were great, as were the cabin and the meals. We enjoyed our day ... Read More
Compared to our previous Viking river cruise, this one was a disappointment -- primarily because the cruise portion was too short. Cruise director Jamie and the ship personnel were great, as were the cabin and the meals. We enjoyed our day and a half in Berlin, both the included tour and particularly the "A Taste of Berlin" optional. Highlights on the cruise itself were Worlitz, Wittenberg (with its focus on Martin Luther, the Reformation and the art of Lucas Cranach), Dresden and its rebuilt palaces and churches, the Green Vault and the porcelain museum, the walk throughTorgau and the hike to the Bastei. Meissen was a good shopping opportunity. Prague was a disappointment -- too many fellow tourists and a hotel that was too far from the center of the city. The Polish extension had a great tour guide, a fascinating city in Krakow (and a great hotel location), and an underwhelming Warsaw. And two long bus rides. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
While the cruise itself was 5 nights, the package included 2 nights in Berlin and 2 nights in Prague, with tours of each. Called the "Elegant Elbe," the destinations were very interesting as they were part of the Soviet sectors ... Read More
While the cruise itself was 5 nights, the package included 2 nights in Berlin and 2 nights in Prague, with tours of each. Called the "Elegant Elbe," the destinations were very interesting as they were part of the Soviet sectors after WWII. The ship was very modern with streamlined decor and holds only 93 passengers. We selected a veranda cabin, and although we never actually used the veranda it gave the impression of more space. I was very satisfied with the meals. I tend to be a picky eater, but there was always something on the menu or buffet that appealed to me. Wine and beer are included at lunch and dinner, and service was attentive. Being a small ship entertainment was limited, but there was music in the lounge nightly. There is no fitness center or recreation on board. I loved being so close to the towns that we could casually walk off the ship. I participated in all the included shore excursions. Guides were very informed and shared history in great detail. I was somewhat frustrated by the often slow pace of the tours, as we were always with a full busload of people of varying mobility. We had Viking arrange our air so airport transfers were included and simplified our travel. Overall my experience was excellent and I reserved another Viking river cruise as soon as I got home! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
To see Berlin and River Elbe which we had never done before. The ship was very good with excellent food, attentive staff and top notch organisation for excursions. Cabins rather snug - but we got used to going things in turn! Staff and ... Read More
To see Berlin and River Elbe which we had never done before. The ship was very good with excellent food, attentive staff and top notch organisation for excursions. Cabins rather snug - but we got used to going things in turn! Staff and excursions were all top notch on the ship. The food was always good and the entertainment pleasing, although the Music Quiz night went on for far too long [2 hours - scheduled, I believe, for 1 hour] and became extremely noisy. Some of us gave up and moved outside! Sadly I must report that after leaving the ship for our included post cruise stay in Prague many of our fellow travellers felt, as we did, that the holiday then rather fell apart. Having had the cruise part and filled in our shipboard form of comments we were then somewhat ignored! The transfer from ship to hotel takes well over two and a half hours and we were then taken immediately on a coach into Prague for the rest of that day without even being able to unpack. The day, with several miles of walking, was very long. Many passengers were in their seventies. This needs rethinking. Such a shame as, apart from an optional Folk evening outside Prague, we felt we no longer existed. The chosen hotel in Prague, Corinthia, is a long way from the centre. A shuttle bus was provided by Viking which was good but an hotel closer in would have been a better choice. Viking are excellent at River Cruises but less good at the hotel part. Be warned! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was my first river cruise & I was a tag-a-long with friends that selected this cruise because we went during 500th anniversary of the Reformation. I loved everything about this cruise, but especially the smaller size ship, the ... Read More
This was my first river cruise & I was a tag-a-long with friends that selected this cruise because we went during 500th anniversary of the Reformation. I loved everything about this cruise, but especially the smaller size ship, the attention to every detail and comfort crew (whether it was dining, housekeeping or greeting from the captain). Every time we arrived at the ship, from initial embarkation to each time back from an excursion, the crew greeted us back and gave everyone a special treat like heavenly chocolate or a warm shot of a delicious drink to warm us up on a cold day. With cooler fall weather, when we weren’t dining or on an excursion, I spent lots of time in the lounge with other passengers, all who were interesting and fun to be with. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute and there were so many enjoyable and/or educational things to do. We had wonderful local tour guides, and our program director, was just amazing, but as were all the crew. I loved the couple days in Berlin and Prague, before and after the river cruise, but didn’t care so much for the Prague hotel that was not as close to the downtown as I thought we would be. But, this was at the end, and I was looking forward to getting home. I enjoyed this so much that I’m already signed up for two more cruises with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We were intrigued by the itinerary and opportunity to see a variety of places and things. (One previous cruise was the Castles and Cathedrals cruise from Basel.) The ship and crew from the Captain and Hotel Director down were totally ... Read More
We were intrigued by the itinerary and opportunity to see a variety of places and things. (One previous cruise was the Castles and Cathedrals cruise from Basel.) The ship and crew from the Captain and Hotel Director down were totally involved with the passengers. The Captain was often seen welcoming us back from our day's adventure and if you didn't talk with the HD or Tour Director once or twice a day, it was because you avoided them. The ship was immaculate and food outstanding - far better than the large Longships. We opted to spend an extra four nights in Berlin before the cruise and one extra in Warsaw at the end. We not only castles and cathedrals, but also a wide variety of other things including Auschwitz. We were concerned about low water, but it is a risk you take if you want to cruise the Elbe. One of the few down spots was the incredibly bad Sheraton in Berlin and poor Radisson Blu in Krakow. If you do the extension to Poland, consider hiring a private guide in Prague and Warsaw. Otherwise the tour is pretty much a drive by on the coach with a few stops. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
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