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Personal Information

Author:
Dagmar G.

Did you do a river cruise before:
No

Number of previous cruises:
0

Summary:
The experience was very positive but, since I had done my homework and had numerous apps, discussion boards, and printed materials for research before going, I knew exactly what to expect. The wonderful staff employed by Viking did the rest. My trip was split: we were on the Idi from Budapest to Nurenberg, and on the Kvasir the rest of the way to Amsterdam. Of the two ships, the Idi was better.


General Questions

Why did you select this particular cruise itinerary?
For the variety of countries and length of the cruise

Why did you select this particular cruise line?
because of their advertisements, other reviews on cruise critic, and price

Did you book with or without airfare?
0

How would you rate the service provided by the cruise line from the day you booked until the cruise started?
5

How would you describe the service provided by the cruise line from the day you booked until the cruise started?
Viking has problems in the communication department. I wrote to them twice online, using the contact us space and both times I never received a reply. Speaking to them by phone is better.

How would you rate the service provided by the cruise line from your disembarkation until you where back home?
9

How would you describe the service provided by the cruise line from your disembarkation until you where back home?
I did a post cruise on my own in Amsterdam, but they personally accompanied me to the pier and my taxi was waiting. They loaded my luggage and we said our goodbyes.

How would you rate the quality of your cruise director / program manager(s) during the cruise?
10

How would you describe the quality of your cruise director / program manager(s) during the cruise?
Valentin was with us on both ships, having been parachuted to deal with the disgruntled passenger crisis. He was more than amazing.

Did you experience any problems during the cruise?
Lock Issues

How did your cruise line handle the crisis management?
10

How did your cruise line handle the crisis management?
There was a ship that got stuck under a bridge preventing us going forward before we reached Regensburg, and they just bussed us there and back. The next day they bussed us to Nurenberg where we were going to switch ships from the Idi to the Kvasir, and we were taken to the Kvasirafter our tour. Our baggage was in our rooms as we were told it would be. They said it would be seamless and it was.

How often was your ship double docked to another?
5


Viking Kvasir Ship Rating

Ship Tech: Please rate the ships cabins, elevator and all other technical installations.
9

Ship Tech: Please describe the ships cabins, elevator and all other technical installations.
This goes for both the Kvasir and the Idi. The French balcony cabins are a bit tight for two people but they are efficient.

Ship Equipment: Please rate the other rooms and and their equipment on board.
8

Ship Equipment: Please describe the other rooms and their equipment on board.
The lounge does not fit all the people for concerts or briefings comfortably

Ship Service: Please rate the on board service.
-

Ship Service: Please describe the on board service.
This is tricky because the Idi rates a 10 for the service of waiters and room attendants, but the Kvasir rates a 7 for waiters and a 5 for the room attendant

Ship Food: Please rate the food, restaurant, restaurant service and cuisine while on board.
9

Ship Food: Please describe the food, restaurant, restaurant service and cuisine while on board.<
on the whole, the food was excellent and inventive. There were a few misses here and there, but the food was better than expected and I aloud the attempt to bring in local cuisine while at the same time trying to please everyone on board.


General thoughts
This would be the field for any general comments on the itinerary, the countries or the season of the year your cruise took place.
Late September, early October is an excellent time to travel in Germany because it is the time of Octoberfest. The weather is generally good, but there tends to be fog early in the morning that dissipates by lunchtime, meaning that sometimes you don't get to see very much out your window. The locals in Amsterdam tell you that it rains 100 days per year, and it showered one of the days we were there, while the next days it just rained all day long. We did a per-cruise in Prague and I was surprised at how many tourists there were. In old town, it was impossible to take pictures because of all the tourists, same thing for the Charles Bridge. Just wall to wall tourists.

Day 1: City Budapest

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Photo Opportunities   Art   Food   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
-

Tour Type
-

Please describe the city and your activity:
-


Day 2: City Budapest

How would you rate the city?
-

Tags for this City:
Photo Opportunities   Food   Art   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
-

Tour Type
Combined Drive & Walk

Please describe the city and your activity:
Drive around


Day 3: City Bratislava

How would you rate the city?
-

Tags for this City:
-

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
8

Tour Type
-

Please describe the city and your activity:
Drive around Pest, which I would have liked to have an opportunity to get off the bus a few times to take pictures, and a walk around St. Matthias church and Fisherman's Bastion


Day 4: City Vienna

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Baroque   Art   Food   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
5

Tour Type
Combined Drive & Walk

Please describe the city and your activity:
I had been to vienna before and this was just the most basic kind of tour and our tour guide was trying to sell us books which was annoying.


Day 5: City Melk

How would you rate the city?
8

Tags for this City:
Baroque   Art   Religion   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
7

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
We drove to the abbey and had the tour. There were too many staged exhibits and then not enough time to properly walk around the gardens which are beautiful. Also, just like most laces there was a lot of restorations being done which create problems for photography


Day 5: City Wachau Valley

How would you rate the city?
9

Tags for this City:
Photo Opportunities   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
-

Tour Type
-

Please describe the city and your activity:
It was foggy. It the fog seems to lift at the right times for picture taking. The information from our tour director was great


Day 6: City Passau

How would you rate the city?
9

Tags for this City:
Art   Photo Opportunities   Medieval History   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
-

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
Great walk, lots of history. Would have been nice to have been driven up to the fortress. I walked up and back.


Day 7: City Regensburg

How would you rate the city?
9

Tags for this City:
Jewish History   Photo Opportunities   Art   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
9

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
Beautiful stone bridge


Day 8: City Nuremberg

How would you rate the city?
8

Tags for this City:
Jewish History   Medieval History   Food   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
Combined Drive & Walk

Please describe the city and your activity:
We had a historian give us the tour and he combined the WWII tour with the regular one. Fascinating...


Day 9: City Bamberg

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Art   Photo Opportunities   Medieval History   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
8

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
Beautiful little gem of a city with bridges and shops


Day 10: City W├╝rzburg

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Photo Opportunities   Medieval History   Art   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
9

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
Wonderful town. No need to take extra excursion


Day 10: City Rothenburg

How would you rate the city?
-

Tags for this City:
-

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
-

Tour Type
-

Please describe the city and your activity:
-


Day 11: City Wertheim

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Meet the Locals   Photo Opportunities   Medieval History   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
Little gem and our tour guide Ursula was the best on this trip.


Day 12: City Rhine Gorge

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Photo Opportunities   Agriculture   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
10

Tour Type
-

Please describe the city and your activity:
Our tour director did a great job


Day 12: City Marksburg

How would you rate the city?
-

Tags for this City:
-

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
-

Tour Type
-

Please describe the city and your activity:
-


Day 12: City Koblenz

How would you rate the city?
7

Tags for this City:
Photo Opportunities   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
-

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
Viking tried a new thing on our group. For those people who did not want to go to Marksburg Castle, we were given tickets to take the cable car across the Rhine to the Fortress and walk around exploring the fortress. It was fantastic.


Day 13: City Cologne

How would you rate the city?
4

Tags for this City:
Ancient History   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
8

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
There is nothing to see except the Cathedral. Everything else was decimated during WWII and either reconstructed to look old, or post war architecture, not of the important kind. On a Sunday you can't go into the Cathedral unless you return in the afternoon. I did not bother going back. This should be a half day stop only.


Day 14: City Kinderdijk

How would you rate the city?
6

Tags for this City:
Photo Opportunities   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
7

Tour Type
Walking Tour

Please describe the city and your activity:
It was actually Kinderdijk. Nice place for a quick stop but we had a two plus hour tour of something that should have taken a 1/2 hour. As with most tours, some pele are fascinated with the history of the engineering and machinery and others not. I was one of the ones who just wanted to take nice pictures and not hear about the type of materials used over the eye are to build them.


Day 15: City Amsterdam

How would you rate the city?
10

Tags for this City:
Food   Art   Photo Opportunities   

In case you had a tour, how would you rate the quality of your tour guide?
-

Tour Type
-

Please describe the city and your activity:
We did the city on our own and it was at a better hotel with more amenities, food, spa and tickets to museums for the same price as the standard Viking hotel.