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Floyd Nevling

Age: 74


Number of Cruises: 11

Cruise Line: Viking River

Ship: Viking Sun

Sailing Date: 2009-08-15

Itinerary: Brussels to Basel

The cruise on the Viking Sun was about the best trip I have ever taken. However, there are a few tips I would like to alert travelers to.

The plane sceduling was bad. We left Pittsburgh at 6:30 am Saturday and flew to Cincinnati. After several hours we flew to JFK, passing Pittsburgh in the process. We layed over until departure at 7:00 pm and arrived in Brussels at approximately 7:00 am on Sunday. Pickup at the airport was fine. When we got to the ship, we were not permitted in our room until 3:00 pm. Being tired we fell asleep on deck and got a mild sun burn.

Do not change money on the ship. They charge a 10 % commission. The best place to change money is in Belgium and the Netherlands at Western Union because there is no commission. A bank in Germany wanted 10 Euros ($15) to change anything.

The optional battlefield tour was not worth the price. They took us to an out of date museum with little English and to an Allied cemetery. There were no Americans buried at that location.

Other than that the cruise was great. One enjoyable Sunday morning was cruising on deck on the Rhine, with castles and ruins on shore, and having a pig roast with unlimited German beer. The saurkraut was especially good. The German music contributed to the atmosphere.

Brugge was exceptional. The tour was well organized and the ancent town was outstanding. The towns in Holland turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Amsterdam is unique and was a pleasant visit. Although, I did get a headache from all the grass smoke in a narrow street packed with young people. The tours all included toilet stops which were much appreciated by all the seniors. We had regularly scheduled tours (no extra charge) everyday, giving us exposure to the small, charming towns.

The ship's rooms were immaculate and better laid out than on ocean ships. The bathroom had a particularly large medicine cabinet which helped with personal items. It was equipped with a hair dryer and all toiletries. Our room was on the middle deck and we had large windows that opened, providing a good view of the river traffic and, at times, the shore.

Dinners tended to be a little long but were adequate to very good. The continuous coffee and tea bar was a great benefit. It was well used and, with two stations, there was no waiting. Breakfast was buffet or order from the menu. Lunch had two buffets, light and regular. There was an ample amount of food. Dinner always had multiple choices and, if you didn't want what the entree was, you could order steak or chicken.

Almost every evening there was some form of lecture or entertainment in the lounge. Being a litte tired from the day's touring, we did not always attend. One dinner time we had several French musicians/singers play.

We just wanted to provide some random thoughts for potential cruisers. The boat held about 200 passengers and striking up relationships was easy and relaxed. I highly recommend this two week cruise.

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