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This is our first River Cruise. After flying from London, we sailed from Basel to Amsterdam in October/November 2016. The weather has been brilliant. Sunshine and no rain until the last day; it was certainly far better than expected. Kara is delightfully designed in blond wood and soft blues and greys for the fabrics and curtains. The public areas are quite spacious although Kara wasn't full up with only 140 passengers aboard so there was plenty of room for all. The organisation from pick up from the airport to our flight home could hardly be faulted. All the included tours were excellent. led by knowledgeable, interesting guides. There was a mix of night time and daylight cruising and the trip through the Rhine Gorge was certainly scenic and attractive with a good commentary by Boris our Programme Director all the way. The stateroom, a deluxe balcony, was small but more than adequate and the bathroom has a heated floor and lovely thick towels, pleasant, if not luxury, toiletries. The shower is efficient with simple to use controls. The toiletries are replenished frequently. The electric sockets are plentiful. There is water in the fridge, glasses and an ice bucket. An ice machine is down the hallway. There was just one disappointment, but it is quite an important factor. The Food. Breakfast and the lunch buffet were very good, but the evening dinner was not. Some starters, but not all were quite nice, but the main courses were really not up to scratch. I have read in these reviews that the food was above excellent. Were we unlucky? Is it really a matter of personal taste. I am not sure it is. Many others we spoke to were as critical as we were. The meals were unimaginative, and sometimes plain stodgy (specially a cannelloni that was inedible). The steak was always good, but I cannot eat that every night. To sum up, a river cruise is not the relaxing sailing along, watching the world go by, that you might expect. We were disappointed that we did not negotiate any locks during the day time. There is quite a lot of noise when the ship is manoeuvring. For the city tours you need considerable stamina and good footwear! On the whole we enjoyed our cruise, but would be very reluctant to return to Viking because of our experience with the evening dinner. By the way, we are going on our first Viking Ocean cruise in January so I will be reporting on that food too!!

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Viking Kara Cruise Review by Jay23

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This is our first River Cruise. After flying from London, we sailed from Basel to Amsterdam in October/November 2016.

The weather has been brilliant. Sunshine and no rain until the last day; it was certainly far better than expected.

Kara is delightfully designed in blond wood and soft blues and greys for the fabrics and curtains.

The public areas are quite spacious although Kara wasn't full up with only 140 passengers aboard so there was plenty of room for all.

The organisation from pick up from the airport to our flight home could hardly be faulted. All the included tours were excellent. led by knowledgeable, interesting guides.

There was a mix of night time and daylight cruising and the trip through the Rhine Gorge was certainly scenic and attractive with a good commentary by Boris our Programme Director all the way.

The stateroom, a deluxe balcony, was small but more than adequate and the bathroom has a heated floor and lovely thick towels, pleasant, if not luxury, toiletries. The shower is efficient with simple to use controls. The toiletries are replenished frequently. The electric sockets are plentiful. There is water in the fridge, glasses and an ice bucket. An ice machine is down the hallway.

There was just one disappointment, but it is quite an important factor. The Food. Breakfast and the lunch buffet were very good, but the evening dinner was not. Some starters, but not all were quite nice, but the main courses were really not up to scratch. I have read in these reviews that the food was above excellent. Were we unlucky? Is it really a matter of personal taste. I am not sure it is. Many others we spoke to were as critical as we were. The meals were unimaginative, and sometimes plain stodgy (specially a cannelloni that was inedible). The steak was always good, but I cannot eat that every night.

To sum up, a river cruise is not the relaxing sailing along, watching the world go by, that you might expect. We were disappointed that we did not negotiate any locks during the day time. There is quite a lot of noise when the ship is manoeuvring. For the city tours you need considerable stamina and good footwear!

On the whole we enjoyed our cruise, but would be very reluctant to return to Viking because of our experience with the evening dinner.

By the way, we are going on our first Viking Ocean cruise in January so I will be reporting on that food too!!
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