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Steve75

Viking River Cruise Russia

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Flew to St Petersburg ( BA) . Russian immigration officers polite & happy. Luggage taken by Viking staff to our cabin. The cabin was spacious , excellent bathroom . Bottles of water in cabin, replaced when empty (free). Food excellent although I think the waiters could do with some training on service. Tours excellent, most were free. Holiday ended in Moscow, I wanted to see what Russia was really like & I was pleasantly surprised. We visited a school & the children acted as guides ( spoke perfect English )! We visited a typical Russian home where we were made very welcome. Moscow great city. No sign of any socialism. Weather was great as well. I would recommend this cruise to anyone. Viking were great.

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WE have been on a Viking River cruise and enjoyed it. I am interested in the one to Russia. Do Viking take care of the visa or did you have to do it yourself?

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I've never been on a Viking River cruise but would love to do one of their cruises one day. Was this your first river cruise Steve and would you sail with Viking again?

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I didn't realise my review should be longer, having just joined this group. The visa for Russia was very comprehensive .If you are prepared to give Viking £80 they will email you a complete visa application forms. This consists of many questions. You complete this on line & submit . They then check all your answers . Anything incorrect you can then resubmit. Viking then give you a date to attend a Russian embassy agency in London or Manchester, this is to have your fingerprints taken. A few weeks later your passport arrives by post with a visa inside. You can of course do it yourself but Viking give you advice for all questions, this can be very useful.

I have completed lots of ocean cruises but only three river cruises. The Russia trip was my first with Viking, I found the ship excellent, the staff very helpful. I would recommend this cruise line to anyone & I assume their ocean ships to be of the same standard.

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I didn't realise my review should be longer, having just joined this group. The visa for Russia was very comprehensive .If you are prepared to give Viking £80 they will email you a complete visa application forms. This consists of many questions. You complete this on line & submit . They then check all your answers . Anything incorrect you can then resubmit. Viking then give you a date to attend a Russian embassy agency in London or Manchester, this is to have your fingerprints taken. A few weeks later your passport arrives by post with a visa inside. You can of course do it yourself but Viking give you advice for all questions, this can be very useful.

I have completed lots of ocean cruises but only three river cruises. The Russia trip was my first with Viking, I found the ship excellent, the staff very helpful. I would recommend this cruise line to anyone & I assume their ocean ships to be of the same standard.

 

 

Hi Steve

A review of any length is better than no review at all...

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Thanks for the review Steve, I started a post yesterday on river cruising. Which other river lines have you sailed with and how do they compare? Just wondered how you chose those lines and what narrowed it down for you? In this case I'm presuming it was the itinerary?

 

Glad you had a good time, it sounds excellent.

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Hi sammysun, Two other river cruises were with Titan & Saga, both were obviously with chartered boats. Chartered or not the standard was very good & I would not hesitate to recommend them. The attraction to these companies they drive you to the airport. The first was on the river Elbe , started in Prague & finished in Wittenburg, then 3 days in Berlin. The second was on the Danube, started in Budapest, finished in Vienna,great holidays both.

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