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Ours was one of many river cruises affected by low water levels on more than one river, but we'd live in Germany during a drought year back in the 70s so weren't concerned. Leaving Amsterdam a day later than originally scheduled gave us another day on our own (Heavy rain would have made tulips + windmills most unpleasant.) and we had one well-organized and well-predicted ship-swap. The logistics of the ship swap were impressive: moving two boat-loads of guests by luxury coaches, moving luggage by truck, cleaning, rescheduling meals & shore excursions. Local guides (required by law) extremely knowledgeable -- don't be afraid to book your day full. Because we had a 2nd primary Viking staffer, tours eventually split into two groups to accommodate those less mobile (bus access to central town areas limited by ordinances & cobblestones = cobblestones) -- to everyone's benefit. Notes in no particular order: 1. Vienna moorage within walking distance of the Prater park & the giant ferris wheel -- the Wiener Riesenrad -- from The Third Man movie. 2. Cologne: Schokoladen museum 3. Passau: St. Stephan's organ concert but wish we would have had time to purchase a CD from the gift shop -- get into the church as early as possible for best seating 4. Wachau valley winery tour -- source of many Viking's wines 5. Historical Bavarian village -- added mid-trip 6. Bratislava by night -- extra evening attraction Crew very willing to answer technical questions -- we're boaters ourselves -- staff diplomatically dealt w/passenger not interesting in enjoying the cruise other than ruining everyone else's day. Things not explained: 1. If you're not in a dining room by "door closure," you don't get dinner. 2. Purser's office doesn't like to change paper money into coins for tips; they suggest using ATMs which don't give coinage. Serious problem: wasps (yellow jackets) everywhere on shore & on the boat, esp any place where food/drink (They love beer!) served. We suggested wasp traps after I'd gotten stung on a shore excursion; didn't dare a second sting since the boat doesn't carry an Epi-pen (My doctor said I shouldn't need one if stings infrequent.) Post-cruise comments directly to Viking, including compliments, met with cliches. We'd booked directly through Viking, not a 3rd party, and eventually learned that other depts (air travel!) would make up answers rather than admit lack of knowledge. Viking's low-water advance-alert email offered a 50% credit vs future cruise, so we'll be on an ocean cruise this fall while considering additional Viking cruises -- including maybe this one from the other direction.

Grand European Tour (2018)

Viking Skadi Cruise Review by pret a voyager

Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2018
  • Destination: Europe
  • Cabin Type: Veranda Suite
Ours was one of many river cruises affected by low water levels on more than one river, but we'd live in Germany during a drought year back in the 70s so weren't concerned. Leaving Amsterdam a day later than originally scheduled gave us another day on our own (Heavy rain would have made tulips + windmills most unpleasant.) and we had one well-organized and well-predicted ship-swap. The logistics of the ship swap were impressive: moving two boat-loads of guests by luxury coaches, moving luggage by truck, cleaning, rescheduling meals & shore excursions.

Local guides (required by law) extremely knowledgeable -- don't be afraid to book your day full. Because we had a 2nd primary Viking staffer, tours eventually split into two groups to accommodate those less mobile (bus access to central town areas limited by ordinances & cobblestones = cobblestones) -- to everyone's benefit.

Notes in no particular order:

1. Vienna moorage within walking distance of the Prater park & the giant ferris wheel -- the Wiener Riesenrad -- from The Third Man movie.

2. Cologne: Schokoladen museum

3. Passau: St. Stephan's organ concert but wish we would have had time to purchase a CD from the gift shop -- get into the church as early as possible for best seating

4. Wachau valley winery tour -- source of many Viking's wines

5. Historical Bavarian village -- added mid-trip

6. Bratislava by night -- extra evening attraction

Crew very willing to answer technical questions -- we're boaters ourselves -- staff diplomatically dealt w/passenger not interesting in enjoying the cruise other than ruining everyone else's day.

Things not explained:

1. If you're not in a dining room by "door closure," you don't get dinner.

2. Purser's office doesn't like to change paper money into coins for tips; they suggest using ATMs which don't give coinage.

Serious problem: wasps (yellow jackets) everywhere on shore & on the boat, esp any place where food/drink (They love beer!) served. We suggested wasp traps after I'd gotten stung on a shore excursion; didn't dare a second sting since the boat doesn't carry an Epi-pen (My doctor said I shouldn't need one if stings infrequent.)

Post-cruise comments directly to Viking, including compliments, met with cliches. We'd booked directly through Viking, not a 3rd party, and eventually learned that other depts (air travel!) would make up answers rather than admit lack of knowledge.

Viking's low-water advance-alert email offered a 50% credit vs future cruise, so we'll be on an ocean cruise this fall while considering additional Viking cruises -- including maybe this one from the other direction.
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Cabin Review

Veranda Suite
Cabin AA 320
Rarely in the stateroom except to sleep but nice not to feel like we were sleeping in the living room. Lots of elbow & "staging" area when planning for next day's shore excursion or coming back after a busy day and getting ready for dinner.

Small drawer./shelving area in closet 90 degrees fm web page diagram, eating into hanger space.

Could use at least one more USB and one more power (either U.S. or European) outlet.
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