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Old September 15th, 2002, 02:19 AM
Irene Heinstein
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Default Re: Re: Viking River Cruises

On August 3, 2002, I sailed on the Viking Pride from Budapest to Nuremburg, al least that was the plan. However we ran into weather problems. The Danube was rising and we had to dock at Deggendorf as we couldn't fit under the next bridge. The company met all their tour obligations nonetheless, busing us from the ship and back to all the stops afrter Linz. They could not have made much money on this trip but they were incredibly professional and gracious. The small size, about 100+ passengers made for a very friendly environment. Very nice crew. Most of us had signed on for the optional 3-night stay in Prague at the end of the cruise. As it turns out we arrived in Prague just in time for the floods, on a Sunday night. By Monday afternoon things had become ominous. Viking booked us all at the Atrium Hilton, which is a beautiful 5-star hotel. However we had to be evacuated on Tuesday afternooon. The Hilton and Viking were wonderful throughout all these calamities. I recommend this cruise and this company. The food was acceptable. There was a breakfast buffet but menu items were also available. Coffee and tea were always available in the front desk area, which was very nice. Meals were all open seating.
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