We are booked on Viking Europe Sept 25 (Best of Europe). We start in Amsterdam and finish in Vienna.
Has anyone out there done this cruise? Any recommendations? We were thinking of taking the train from Airport to Central Station at 2.90Euros each instead of $35US each asked from Viking? We were in Amsterdam last year with our cruise on REN from Stockholm to Dover. We saw 2 riverboats just before the new cruise terminal they were building. I guess that the cruise terminal is now fully opened, so to Riverboats go to the terminal or elsewhere?
We are staying an extra 3 nights in Vienna, any suggestions for hotels and what to see?
Thanks for any help
A couple of years ago, after completeing a river cruise from Budapest to Passau, Germany, we went back to Vienna and spent a few days.
We stayed in the Hotel Tigra, Tier Grabe 14-20. We loved it. It's a charming (Motzart slept there kind-of-thing) 58 room hotel within walking distance to everything in the center of the city and all transportation links. It's under the Best Western management chain, but you would not know it till you looked at the fine print. The service was great and the rooms were fine with all the normal ameneties. Breakfast was included with the decent rates.
I just happened to stumble across this website, attempting to find out something about the cruise that my wife had just booked for us. It appears that we are on the same cruise. This will be our first "river-cruise, although we have been on several large cruise
If you have any info on the cruise, we'd like to hear about it. My wife works for an airline co. and we've been to Amsterdam several times. We'd be happy to share what little we know.
Glad to meet you. My husband, Bill, and I are taking our first river cruise, as well, although we have also taken several ocean cruises. I also work for an airline so we have that in common already. Basically everything we have learned has come from this web site, so I would recommend reading the postings. We also read everything on the Viking site, even though there wasn't nearly as much as on most other cruise line sites. The itinerary we got was quite sketchy, but after calling Viking we learned we would not be leaving Amsterdam on Aug 9th so it doesn't matter when we arrive. It seems there is a tour of the Floriade on the 10th which is a big plus for us since it only takes place every 10 yrs.
We haven't decided how we're getting from the airport to the boat, but we're leaning toward taking the train to the station then a cab to the boat. The taxi prices everyone has written about seem a little steep to us. I guess it depends on how tired we are upon arrival. We haven't been to Europe in almost 20yrs, so the time difference, flight time and extra years may influence our decision.
FYI.. There is a new site to check for additional info on Viking...
wwwVikingforRENegades and others.com I hope I did that correct.. Anyway we are still looking for fellow cruisers on Viking Provence/Burgundy 10/26.. We have done the hotel addon so we will be in Nice on 10/22... Anyone out there?? Elaine