Viking Alruna Cruise Review by Keywester1
- Sail Date: September 2018
- Destination: Europe River
- Cabin Type: Deluxe Stateroom
Not having Viking transfer us to the ship caused some difficulties. It was a little challenging to find our ship once we were at the pier. Alrhough we knew the pier (one of three possible in Amsterdam) our ship was docked at, it was still not terribly easy to find our ship. It was hidden, snugged up against another Viking ship which made it invisible from the road. We finally found it, and once we did, our vacation began!
Viking has customer service DOWN! From the moment we came aboard, we were pampered and made to feel like we were the most important couple on the ship. Every staff member aboard provided cheery, seemingly effortless service.
The ship was spotless, and well designed with plenty of options for inside or outside seating. We frequently enjoyed the outdoor seating in the Aquavit Terrace during meals as we were blessed with spectacular weather during our cruise.
The food was incredible. Fresh, lots of variety, and beautifully presented. The menus reflected the area we were cruising through and the wine and beer which were included at no extra charge during lunch and dinner were not “”house” varieties, but were also chosen to reflect the region we were in.
The included shore excursions were well organized and the tour guides were impressive... very knowledgeable and interesting. I think we lucked out and always got the best ones ... we compared notes one day with other people on the ship and ours was the only one to offer samples to smell of the different fragrances available in the city of Cologne.
Speaking of fellow travelers, we were surprised at how easy it was to make friends on board the ship. We are definitely not the outgoing types and yet we met three other couples on the cruise who we not only ate with most meals but also hung out with during our free time off the ship.
When we booked this cruise, we worried that we might be amongst the very elderly but that was not so at all. Most people were in their 50’s to 70’s and shore excursions were organized so that anyone needing a more “leisurely “ tour had the option of joining a group geared for them. I think our 30-something daughter and son in law would have enjoyed this cruise as well. I think the only thing the younger crowd might want would be more club-like entertainment in the evenings.
We went on this cruise with a “one and done” mind set but after experiencing what Viking offers, we are definitely going to be planning another one in the next year or two!
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Viking has compact space figured out. We had plenty of room to store our things. We never felt cramped. We were able to stash our smaller suitcases under the bed and the closet held our larger bag yet still allowed plenty of room for our clothes and accessories. The bathroom and shower did not feel cramped and we loved the heated floor and mirror that did not steam up. My husband at 6’2” appreciated the generous height of the shower head with removable sprayer.
The bed was super comfy and the linens were soft and silky while the towels large and nicely absorbent. Our cabin “fairy”, as Viking calls their housekeepers, kept our stateroom immaculate, and darn, she was always so cheery and sweet to talk with!