I have had the pleasure of sailing on two Viking River Cruises. I did one on The Danube that departed from Budapest, Hungary and ended in Passau Germany. The other left from Amsterdam in Holland and the final stop was Basil, Switzerland. These river cruises are an amazing way to see the world and here are five things I loved about my experiences with Viking.
1. River Cruises are much more intimate than Ocean Cruises
The ships are much smaller than ocean liners so that means there are fewer passengers. After a few days, it begins to feel as if you are cruising with friends. Mealtimes are open-seating so it is a great opportunity to get to know the other guests.
2. An Excursion Is Included At Each Port
There are guided tours of each port led by a knowledgeable, English speaking guide. Each cabin comes with two listening devices so you can hear what is being said as this is a terrific way to learn about the history of each location. I enjoyed participating in these and once I had a lay of the land I would break off and explore on my own.
3. Cruises Are Such An Easy Way To Travel
Something that is similar to the ocean cruises is that you only need to pack and unpack once. Your stateroom serves as your home base as you visit multiple destinations so you don’t have to worry about your luggage. The river cruises are beautiful settings so as you move from port to port, it is a relaxing, stress-free experience.
4. Meals Are Included, Along With Beer and Wine At Meal Time
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all included in your Viking River Cruise. Several of the dinners are themed based on the port being visited. Beer and wine flow at no charge during the meals. They are very attentive to dietary restrictions and mindful throughout the cruise to be certain they are meeting everyone’s needs.
5. Exploring Each Port Is A Breeze
Unlike ocean cruises, a river ship pulls right up to the port being visited. It is a very easy process to get on and off the ship so in a matter of a few steps you are immersed in the destination. Whether you want to explore on your own or purchase one of the numerous excursions, it is a great way to experience each port.