Viking Alruna Cruise Review by murraync
- Sail Date: July 2018
- Destination: Europe River
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom
Love the cities on this itinerary.
Stayed an extra day pre-cruise in Basel (to allow for potential airplane, luggage type issues).
Ship was beautiful. Crew was excellent. Food was scrumptious.
We were in cabin 105- cabin was spotless. Did twin beds (traveling with son). Plenty of storage between 3 drawers and closet area. Plenty of hangars. Mini fridge. Stool at desk space area. 110 plugs by bedside and along counter - so no need to unpack the adapter.
Hairdryer was fine. Freya shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion. Bathrooms are tight, but plenty of shelving for storage.
Breakfast is mostly buffet style(which I am not a fan of) omelette station was crowded. They do offer a cook to order limited menu at breakfast - but service is harried on certain days when everyone is leaving at the same time.
Lunch service was buffet and/or menu service. Much better since not so rushed.
Dinner service menu only. Beer wine sodas are free with meals.
There is an Aquavit Terrace area that has a small number of tables and is more casual for all meals. Think continental breakfast, light lunch buffet, or light(limited dinner service). Great service at all venues - you won't be unhappy with service (or food )either place.
Cookies and muffins available alll day at coffee/tea/water stations.
Crew was very helpful - son was sick a portion of trip and they found crackers and special items as requested. Made recommendations on where to seek doctors, and where to find local markets to purchase crackers and gingerale.
Had an issue with the air conditioning one night- part was broken- crew was very willing to address issue and double check our room unit - at all hours. Proiblem addressed and fixed.
Crew all over ship works hard and is friendly and helpful. Makes for a pleasant trip.
It was super hot our week - I would recommend discussions with crew if you are worried about distances to walk for tours and what options may be available. Sometimes a taxi or bicycle cab type transfer would be better for those with walking issues (especially in the heat). Some walking (and great distances) is just part of the trip/itinerary/city - so having an in depth discussion to manage expectations would be very beneficial for some. That way everyone can enjoy the port.
Viking does a nice job with little things like treats when returning to the ship after a tour. Excursions are good -- some times the guides are not the best - Viking wants to know when you aren't happy- they want to address those areas- so speak up and see how great they are about making things wonderful for your trip.
Highly recommend the Rhine river - we have done the summer and winter on the Rhine- think I will stick with the cooler/colder months on this trip.
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Shelves in bathroom are plenty.
mini fridge and hair dryer provided.
Plenty of 110 plugs.
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