Reviewer: Kristen from Singapore.
Cruise Line: Viking River Cruises.
Ship: Viking Prestige.
Destination: “Danube Waltz” in Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Germany and Czech Republic.
# of Nights: 7.
Departure Date & Ports: Sept 2016, from Budapest (Hungary) to Passau (Germany).
OVERALL RATING: 4 out of 5 stars.
Have you been on a small ship cruise before? Yes, but not a river cruise.
Review: Though the Prestige was a Bit Tired, Overall a Wonderful Experience.
Doing a river cruise is a wonderful way to see cities that are close together but spread over various countries (Hungary, Austria, Slovakia, Germany and Czech Republic). You can relax and enjoy the scenery (even with a glass of wine as you are not driving!) and never have to unpack/repack. Both of these are huge perks. And you even get lots of history and facts whilst sailing. The Viking group did a great job of nailing the correct amount of time in each port and also providing a lot of good excursions. The staff is well trained and very friendly. I would make sure that you research your boat/line carefully as while many are good, they each have unique features that will appeal to different people. For example, the Prestige was one of Viking’s older boats and was a bit tired. It also did not have a gym, but none of their boats do as that is not in their philosophy. Other lines have small gyms and other items that might appeal to each person, such as on board bicycles for use on shore. But, with Viking being such an experienced line, they tended to attend to all the details very well. Overall it was a wonderful experience and I highly recommend it!!
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