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river cruises

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There brilliant, really good and yes if you are gonna give it a try go with viking river cruises.  I'd heard a lot about river cruising before we gave it a go and went with viking because we found out that other river companies tend to dock alongside eachother and you have to queue to walk across each ship to get to shore cause they all join up.  with Viking they had their own docking terminal at every port we went into so no messing about just straight off and on with the day.  Plus the service was really good and by next year I hear they will release another 11 longboats so sounds like their doing pretty well and are reliable.

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We went on our first River cruise with Viking in June 2013. We are in our 60s and had been on 2 ocean cruises previously. The River cruise was to the Douro Valley in Portugal and unfortunately did not come up to our expectations. We had 2 nights at an excellent hotel in Lisbon prior to the cruise and the tours which were included were very good. The cabin was very compact the bathroom was well fitted out but the shower base filled with water very quickly and you were very soon standing in a couple of inches of water. Despite several complaints they never did rectify this problem. The meals were poor they did not come up to our expectations and the dining staff were not "slick" and had not received adequate training. Fish fingers were served at one of the lunches in the lounge area and there were no children on board!! The trips were good by the Coach Company Dourazul who we later found was the Company running the boat for Viking. We had not been told this when we booked the holiday.

On the last night when we moored in Porto we realised at 2am that we were outside a nightclub with very very loud music until 5am!!

For the money we paid we were very disappointed.

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We went on our first River cruise with Viking in June 2013. We are in our 60s and had been on 2 ocean cruises previously. The River cruise was to the Douro Valley in Portugal and unfortunately did not come up to our expectations. We had 2 nights at an excellent hotel in Lisbon prior to the cruise and the tours which were included were very good. The cabin was very compact the bathroom was well fitted out but the shower base filled with water very quickly and you were very soon standing in a couple of inches of water. Despite several complaints they never did rectify this problem. The meals were poor they did not come up to our expectations and the dining staff were not "slick" and had not received adequate training. Fish fingers were served at one of the lunches in the lounge area and there were no children on board!! The trips were good by the Coach Company Dourazul who we later found was the Company running the boat for Viking. We had not been told this when we booked the holiday.

On the last night when we moored in Porto we realised at 2am that we were outside a nightclub with very very loud music until 5am!!

For the money we paid we were very disappointed.

 

Sorry to hear that Evaline. Which ship were you on?

 

I am booked on a Viking Douro cruise later this year and will be doing a full review myself. We too have the pre-cruise package in Lisbon.

 

Any tips?

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Hi  I think it not a sensible option to compare river cruising with ocean cruising they are aimed at a different type of holiday.   River is more about the destinations (excursions are included) but have limited day/night time activities whereas ocean combines both.  The food served on most river cruises use fresh ingredients rather than those stored onboard on embarkation day which is routine on ocean voyages.  However, the choice of items on the menu is a lot less on river cruises.  I enjoy both experiences.   River cruising is more expensive but for those wishing 24/7 stimulation will be disappointed  

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