Viking Beyla Cruise Review by tenormary
- Sail Date: April 2016
- Destination: Europe River
- Cabin Type: Standard Outside Stateroom
The Elbe is a shallow and narrow river so our cruise ship was smaller and more intimate. I think the crew worked even harder to ensure that everyone enjoyed the experience as the rubbed elbows with each other more than on a larger ship.
As always, the cabin and the dining experiences were wonderful. How the dining/kitchen crew can produce so many and so varied dishes is astonishing as the kitchen is relatively small.
We like the shore excursions and the fact that they are led by local guides who perhaps have more experience with their communities than do a tour director who covers all ports.
The evening programs were good, although those are probably the experiences that least add to our enjoyment of a Viking cruise. We like the opportunity to visit local museums and cultural sites on our own and even being able to eat a meal at a restaurant off the ship. The central location of most Viking docking sites allows us to explore on our own easily.
Visiting the former East Germany was an important reason we took this trip. The guides were quite frank, in our opinion, as to life both in divided Germany and now in unified Germany.
We appreciate the fact that although we usually take a cabin in the F range, we receive the same service and care as those in an A range cabin. Our cabin was right next to the dining room and we were never disturbed by sounds from that area.
I always feel pampered on a Viking cruise.
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