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Jo Dominguez

Age: 53

Occupation:Office

Number of Cruises: 10+

Cruise Line: Viking River

Ship: Viking Legend

Sailing Date: 2010-06-27

Itinerary: Grand European tour

The best cruise I have ever taken. This cruise is destination driven, there are no pools, or casinos, very little in the way of entertainment. The excursions are included in the cost of the trip, which is pricey. This is not a family cruise, there are no children usually, and no activities for children. Most of the guests are retirees, and all are experienced cruisers. Most are Americans, with Canadians and Australians filling out the rest. The internet access is very sketchy, and none is available in the staterooms, although there are connections for it. You need to go to the midships area to access the ships' WiFi, and it is SLOW. But, you are on vacation, so after a day or two, you forget to be stressed out about it and start to relax. Satelitte service is interrupted every time you go through a lock (67 of them on this trip) or under a bridge (too many to count).

Awesome food. Well prepared, well presented, never the same dish twice, all the buffets for breakfast and lunch were great, the Austrian Chef was available every morning at the omlet station, and walked through the dining room each night at dinner. Very personable. I am the person who ALWAYS gets the one hair in my food, but i didnt see one the whole trip, he keeps his kitchen spotless and his assistants wear gloves and caps at all times in the kitchen. Fresh food picked up almost daily from small ports of call. Desserts were fabulous, and the afternoon "tea" time became a favorite with us.

Our cabin was of course small, no smaller than a large cruise ship. The bathroom was efficient, and the water pressure ROCKED!. The bed was too firm for me, i had a tough time with that. The windows slide open, which is nice is the weather is not too hot, you can catch a nice breeze.

There really werent many. A daily talk about the next days excursions, occasionally a demonstration of some kind. Very low key. The musical entertainemnt was too "senior" for us, we are in our 50's and would have liked at least 1 or 2 dance nights up on the top deck. We really avoided the lounge because we did not relish the music.

If you have trouble walking, DO NOT TAKE THIS CRUISE. Almost all of the excursions were bus/walk tours, and some of the excursions were downright dangerous for older folks. The castle at Marksburg was very tricky due to uneven cobblestones and long, steep stairs. Using the videobox receivers is great tho, you dont have to stay on top of the guide to hear the presentation. Bring good walking shoes. ANd, cool, loose clothing. We were there in June/July, and it is typically hi 70's, but of course we got a heat wave, and had a lot of high 90's weather. Bring one of those handheld battery operated fans if you cant stand hot, close atmospheres in the castles and cathedrals. they do not have air conditioning, and obviously are not big fans of "fans".
The excursions themselves were very well thought out, and the guides were great, some better than others of course. The itineraries were good, we did not care for Vienna because it was very crowded.

Wonderful time, we will definately sail with Viking again. The crew were fabulous, the cabins clean, the food great, the excursions interesting. Checking in and disembarkations was a breeze. They dont try to nickel and dime you to death with photos and such, but do offer local products from the region you are exploring at that time, very reasonable prices, i found them actually less expensive than some of the souvenier shops.

Be prepared to FALL IN LOVE with Durnstein.

Bon Voyage!!!!!!!!!

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