Viking Vili Cruise Review by carol68
- Sail Date: August 2018
- Destination: Europe River
- Cabin Type: Veranda Stateroom
We decided that our 50th Anniversary cruise ought to be a blow-out, so we booked a suite. Again, we chose well and were delighted with all the amenities that were included. The service was outstanding, from all departments. We enjoyed getting to know some of the crew, learning where they were from and who they are.
Meals were delicious. We were particularly pleased that the menus were divided into more traditional American fare AND local foods. I ordered only local foods so I could explore new tastes and was never once disappointed!
There were more entertainment opportunities and activities than we could participate in. For active folks, there was never a dull moment - and for those who prefer a more relaxed pace, it was easy just to opt out. We loved the live music provided by Tina and John, a very talented couple. Gary, our activities director, was a wealth of information, very funny and very efficient. He did his best to see that everyone was well cared for.
I have finally discovered that there can be such a thing as too many shore excursions. This was new for me... perhaps a function of age? Naaaaah, couldn't be true! I found the excursions to be well organized, enjoyable and very informative. Couldn't have asked for anything more.
Even the problem of the draught-induced low water levels were handled impeccably. We were able to trade with an identical ship. We started out on Mimir and traded to Vili, which had been unable to get to Amsterdam for the start of our cruise. The shift was easy and efficiently handled. Couldn't have been done any better. Would have preferred not to have to trade ships, but there was simply no other option, given the water levels! The down-side of this was that we had become fond of our crew and had to leave them halfway through the cruise. The other crew was excellent too.
We didn't enjoy have to raft with up to two other ships. We frequently had no view from our stateroom and didn't feel comfortable using our balcony.
My husband was disappointed that our ship only once tied up within walking distance of a town - Passau. He loved being able to leave the ship whenever he chose and not have to take a bus on a schedule. More of that would have been greatly appreciated.
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