4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
I chose this cruise because I had always wanted to see the Rhine River. Our travel agent recommended Viking and made most of the arrangements for us. We were on the Viking Ve and left Basel on Friday, April 15 and sailed to Amsterdam. Our ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I had always wanted to see the Rhine River. Our travel agent recommended Viking and made most of the arrangements for us. We were on the Viking Ve and left Basel on Friday, April 15 and sailed to Amsterdam. Our embarkation was very smooth. Viking picked us up at the airport in a nice tour bus and took us directly to the boat, handled all our luggage and made everything very easy. We had flown from Atlanta all night and were exhausted when we got to Basel. We were met on the boat by staff with warm, moist towels and taken to the dining room where we were offered coffee and breakfast. All the staff was very friendly and welcoming. Our room was already ready so we were taken there and staff showed us everything in the room, lights, etc. The cabin was clean and very nice.Sitting room was well equipped, the bathroom was a decent size and the veranda was wonderful. The veranda wasn't very big but did hold 2 chairs and a side table. We enjoyed sitting out there during our cruise. The ship wasn't too big which was nice. It was very clean, comfortable and everything was easy to find, and if you couldn't find something, the staff was always there to help. We ate every meal in the dining room. We met two excellent servers our first meal on the ship, Glen and Zoli, and we stayed with them the entire trip. They were very conscientious, great servers and both had great personalities which kept us entertained for all our meals. The food was always good and presentation excellent. If we didn't like something, our servers would happily bring something else for us to try. We enjoyed the omelet making station in the morning. Our least favorite meal was German night. We tried the different foods and the schnapps but not our favorite. My friend and I went to a couple of the game activities at night and enjoyed them. It was a good way to meet new people as there were not a lot of people there. Service on the boat was excellent. We had no complaints about anything of this nature. All we had to do was ask and it was done, from our servers to the young man who cleaned our cabin. We went on all the included excursions and enjoyed them. We did not take any of the optional excursions and as I stated above ate all our meals on the ship. My favorite excursion was the Black Forest trip and also the windmills. It was fun to see the countryside. It was just my friend and I traveling together, no children. Never saw any children on this trip but can't imagine children enjoying this cruise. Mostly older travelers. The disembarkation in Amsterdam went very smoothly. We signed up for the optional 2 days at Hotel Okura in Amsterdam and enjoyed the hotel and city. It would love to go on another Viking Cruise, maybe the Danube next time. Also would love to the Mediterranean cruise to Venice. Read Less
Viking Ve Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.1
Public Rooms 4.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.4
Family 1.0 3.4
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.5
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 4.0 4.5

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