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  1. What a decade it has been for river cruising. From low river level to flooding to tragic accidents to five star reviews. We took three cruises in the latter half of the decade and said each time it was trip of a life time. Amazing scenery, stunning churches, awesome castles; great local food and cultural experiences; truly wonderful fellow travelers. It was all pretty darn good and we will book another despite the risks of things not going quite right all the time; we try to ' with the flow' and chalk up 'glitches' as having an adventure. Safe travels everyone and a very Happy New Year to CC'ers everywhere.
  2. We have cruised three times with Viking. First time we didn't really know the drill but speaking with fellow travellers we learned a lot. Second cruise I left a note the first day with a 10 Euro note with it. Came back to all we asked for andmore, lots more body wash, shampoos, extra towels etc, more wooden hangers and a full container of distilled water. Third trip we didn't even have to ask as we received most of those items on the first night. Perhaps we were the luckiest cruisers to have such a room steward but it sure worked for us. Hope you look forward, with great anticipation, to your cruise and enjoy. Don't be shy about asking others cruisers for tips and hints. We met up with a couple who were on their 5th river cruise so they knew all there was to know!! :)
  3. We cruised this year in late May/early June from Budapest to Amsterdam; we started off our trip in Prague. First time to Prague and we found it to be stunningly beautiful, the beer cold and so inexpensive and the food really good. Shout out to the pig knuckle chefs! Magical Budapest, elegant Vienna, beautiful Cologne and fun loving Amsterdam. Vineyards, castles and churches oh my. We didn't have any issues with the river levels this year thank goodness (!) and except for the crush of 1,000s of fellow tourists, we though it all went well. How about you?
  4. Totally agree. Loved Amsterdam and had a great and interesting five days there. Our cruise towards Budapest, at least for us, was full of the history, castles, lovely small towns, wonderful scenery, food and wine that we like. Thankfully we had no river water issues. Fell in love with both Budapest and Prague and tacked on four days in each. We came home very tired but very happy with our choices. Paris however is a whole other animal. My favourite city but gosh it takes a lot of time to see the sites, visit the galleries, enjoy the food etc etc etc. I've been three times and still have not really scratched the surface. So much to see dear travellers, so much to see. 🙂
  5. Lois, hope you have an epic adventure. Enjoy! Please review this cruise when you are back home, laundry done, suitcases put away in the spare room and jeg lag over!!! I woud love to read about it. Safe travels.
  6. Well, if you do, I for one will be awaiting your wonderful reviews and awesome photos!!
  7. We have enjoyed our river cruises very much; cruised the Rhine and the Danube both ways and also South of France. We though of the Russia offerings but that just didn't work out for us. We need a bit of inspiration I think. Where are you going next?
  8. Really really interesting comments and observations and they have created some good and lively discussions in our household indeed. Thank you all! We know we need to more clearly define, for ourselves, our 'must see' destinations. We have river cruised before but deciding to cruise South of France, the Rhine and the Danube were almost no brainers in comparison to deciding between Russia and Romania, Bulgaria etc. Fortunately, as one CCer stated, we have choices and how lucky we are that we do. So, back to do a little more research but I am anxious to make that decision and start to look forward to the trip. Still not sure which line to cruise with but my DH is a dab hand with a spread sheet so I will leave that bit of fun to him. Again, many thanks for the great input, it's why I keep coming back to CC and all the travel experience offered. Safe travel all.
  9. Thanks for the candid comments as they have given us pause as we consider this vacation. We are also considering the Budapest to Bucharest trip; been to Budapest a couple of times and loved it but never ventured further east so far.
  10. We are looking at a Russia River Cruise for June 2020. Not too many of the main river cruise players are offering it and the reviews are not that numerous. We love the idea of three days in Moscow and three in St. Peterburg but not too sure about the six day cruise along the Volga. While both Moscow and St. Petersburg check all the boxes, some reviews are a bit harsh saying the river cruise portion is boring and there are only a few hours in each little town, others rave about them and others are a so-so review. Perhaps a river cruise isn't the right way to visit those two amazing cities?? We have enjoyed three river cruises and while we enjoyed the ship, fellow travellers, food etc, it really is about seeing new places and things so itinerary driven . We are still in the research stage but as always really appreciate the views of CC memebers. Safe travels everyone!
  11. P-651: Good points and well stated. As I said this would have been/may be our fourth cruise with Viking in four years yet I still balk at handing over my hard earned vacation money so darn far in advance. I guess the ball is my court. 'Nuff said. Safe travels all.
  12. I have been in conversations with Viking regarding booking the Waterways of the Tsars for June 2020, it would be our fourth cruise with Viking. Full payment is expected by the end of August. I asked for and was turned down when I asked for a much better final payment date. I understand Avalon, Uniworld, AMA and Emerald have more reasonable policies from 90 to 120 before start of cruise. It is disappointing for sure and I am wondering why the North American market is not pushing back at this stance. Perhaps it has and makes no difference to Viking. I'm looking at the other cruise lines naturally. Am I really off base here or is Viking's policy out of line with the rest of the industry. I can't think of anything I would pay full price for and not receive the goods or services for a year. Your thoughts or has this topic been done and dusted? Safe travels everyone.
  13. Hi, I am very prone to motion sickness whether it is train, car, boat or aircraft. We have taken two river cruises and I haven't had to deal with it at all. My only caution is that while dining I face the bow since the passing scenery can make me a little queasy if we are moving we quickly (if I am facing starboard or port). Otherwise, clear sailing! Enjoy your cruise.
  14. Our experience on Viking was to simply ask the room stewart and he provided a large container immediately. No charge.
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