The Romantic Danube
This was our first river cruise and we had a great time. Everything ran smoothly but when you are dealing with Mother Nature that may not always be the case. We found out that ours was the first ship in quite awhile to actually be able to sail the entire Nuremberg to Budapest part of the Danube due to low water issues. We flew from DFW non-stop to Frankfurt on an overcrowded Lufthanza flight with a 2-4-2 seating configuration. We were in the 4 seat section for the 9+ hour flight and were way too cramped. Go for the upgraded seats; it's worth it. Once on the Viking Njord we found the room with sitting balcony adequate in size and the beds comfortable but the pillows very flat. The bathroom is teeny tiny (must step into room to dry off) but we didn't spend much time in the room. Staff and crew were very friendly, eager to please and program director Valentin was very entertaining. Meals were ok. Tours and shore excursions were great. Each person has an FM receiver with earpiece so you don't miss anything the local tour guides tell you about the sights. You might want to bring a small notebook to jot things down about the photos you take. The included tours were in the mornings and on some afternoons there were optional tours you could purchase if interested or just relax on the ship. Bottled water is plentiful and free. We are in our 60s with no mobility issues. This tour is not for anyone who can't walk around on cobblestone streets for an hour or two. People using wheelchairs and walkers will have trouble. Hair dryer in room but no clocks except in main lobby; don't want to miss your tour time. Viking also provides umbrellas. Dress is casual (shorts & comfy shoes) but most people dress business casual for dinner. We look forward to taking another Viking cruise soon.
Visited June 2014