Viking Legend Cruise Review by LPD11
- Sail Date: May 2018
- Destination: Europe
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom with French Balcony
Viking's booking staff's suggestions as to shore and city excursions were on point in each instance. Prior to departure I had researched Viking Legend and was somewhat disappointed it was one of the older vessels in the Viking fleet. On boarding we found it staffed by an incredibly solicitous staff and comfortable in both the staterooms and common areas. In Vienna I had the opportunity to board Viking Baldar, and in comparison would take the understated traditional elegance of Legend over one of the newer Longships. Legend's traditional wood interior makes it welcoming and charming. The Cruise Director, David Morgan, was brilliant, keeping us informed and entertained throughout . The dinning staff could not have been better. Their oft repeated mantra being they were there solely to make your vacation memorable, and they did!. The cabin (third deck), as to be expected was small but well laid out, functional in all respects and always clean. It seemed as soon as you left your cabin then the hospitality staff would enter to clean or tidy
The sail from Passua to Vienna was incredibly picturesque, and Legend's night entry to Budapest was breathtaking. High points? The entire trip was a high point, but we particularly enjoyed our extended stays in Prague and Budapest; the excursion to Cesky Krumlov; time on our own in Pasua and Kremes and the first sight of Budapest at night. I would unreservedly recommend this cruise to anyone,and to those who value traditional ships, I'd likewise recommend Legend.
Viking has grown and improved since our first river sail with them. This cruise was enjoyable from beginning to end. The excursions were well thought out and not rushed; The tour guides were (with one exception ins Vienna) personable and informative; and on this trip there was ample time in most ports-of-call to allow some exploration on your own. Viking now has free flowing wine, soft drinks and beer offered at dinner and lunch, and much appreciated improvement over our previous Rhine experience.
After our first experience with Viking I was skeptical; but no longer. I'll be happy and look forward to cruising Viking again.
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