We just returned from a miserable trip with Viking on the Elbe. No warning of low water until we reached Berlin for start of tour. Turned out to be one long series of bus rides while sleeping on the boat. Viking could have/should have cancelled the trip or at least re-scheduled later. Upon return, I called their office and their attitute was "TOUGH" and offered a 50%(from list price) coupon. BIG DEAL!!
I'm very sorry to hear about your experience. I called Viking just last week asking about the Elbe trips and they told me that the boats were getting through. Either they lied to me or the boats started getting through after your trip.
We returned from our cruise the 28th after setting on the river side for 6 days in Dresden. We were also told we were a days rain away from cruising. I think it would be critical that rain fell in the Prague area for the boat to cruise and I couldn't guess how many days would be necessary. GGh, did you pay extra for the view of the weeds too? No concessions whatsoever. Not even a glass of wine. The cruise line verbally offered 1/2 half off a future cruise which, frankly is of no value to us.
We were on the August 20 non-sailing of the Schumann as well. However, Dresden had so much going for it, that we made the best of a bad situation. We were disappointed not to be sailing, but overall we had great food, a nice clean place to sleep and we actually saw more in the 6 days there then we would have had we sailed. So if you want to have a lousy time you will. If you go with a good attitude you can still have fun. There were opportunities to go to the opera, several concerts, a city wide festival, lots of museums, stores etc. Don't understand why people can't enjoy themselves despite a bad situation. I found the staff to be helpful and kind.
I'm wondering if you think that low water affects only certain cruiselines! If the water level is too low for a ship to sail, no ships sail. Mother Nature does not play favorites!
Perhaps instead of choosing another cruiseline, you should choose another itinerary. I haven't heard of any water level problems on the Rhone or the Seine (river cruises in France), or on the Volga (river cruises in Russia). These are fabulous choices!
Dear Dawn, we are also planning a trip on the viking Berl;in to Prague in
September and are a little apprehensive with all the negative comments. We
havew not made our reservations. Are you planning to go Septmber 05? Maybe
we will skip the cruise stay in Berlin and get a driver to take us to Kracow, Warsaw and back to Berlin. Please reply. Nancy R.
My husband and I took the Elbe River cruise in Sept. 2005 and had an absolutely WONDERFUL time...we sure lucked out with the weather...sunny days almost every day. Food was wonderful, room was spacious, and we met a lot of nice people. Would definitely consider cruising with this company again. And, by the way, we spent an extra week in Prague...the city was wonderful...so much to see and do we didn't even get to do it all.