Elbe River Cruises aboard Viking Cruise Line
The transfer from our starting point in Berlin to the ship was one of the many highlights of the trip.
A stop at the Glienicke Bridge, the true bridge featured in the recent movie “Bridge of Spies” was thrilling. We were touching history between East and West Germany.
I found the tour guides were generally very good. How would I differentiate them from those I have experienced in other destinations? The Viking guides gave basic information; others may give more detailed information.
I’m certain that a Tauck guide would have shared which squadron made the first run, that Great Britain was also involved in the bombing not just the USA, which is a common misbelief, and that there were 4 raids between the 13th and 15th of February 1945. Would everyone have wanted to know these added details …maybe not…but I would have liked more information than less.
My cabin was extremely small. I experienced a 122-sq. foot space for two passengers. There was no room for a chair…just a stool, and it could not fit between the beds. The room was comfortable with one person sitting on the bed, but otherwise it was very tight. Anyone with an ounce of claustrophobia would not be comfortable in these cabins.
With that said, this stateroom category was not the lead-in category Viking uses to advertise. That stateroom category has no large window like mine had. I would only recommend the larger staterooms on Viking.
The crew was very, very friendly and accommodating. They could have easily been employed by any of the other river cruise lines I have experienced. They were exceptional at listening and conveying a sincerity in their desire to resolve any conflicts or serve you in any way. The best compliment I can give them is that they all seemed very happy in their work.
With that said, the cruise director was the one exception. She was a young Czech woman and a bit short and impatient, and lacked the finesse to handle an American crowd.
Viking offered very adequate menus…perhaps not as many choices as on other river cruise lines, but what was offered was very good. Wines were not served from a carafe as I had heard. The waiters proudly displayed the wine bottles they were serving and proudly explained the type of wine and how it complimented the menu for that evening.
German night was very festive!