It’s time to go river cruising again as we travel to Bucharest, Romania in early July to join Viking River Cruises’ Passage to Eastern Europe cruisetour itinerary. Travelling from Bucharest to Budapest, Hungary, our home on this 10-night itinerary will be Viking Embla, one of Viking River Cruises’ first Longships that entered service back in 2012.
Viking’s near-identical Longships have become a sort of home-away-from-home for me. The more I sail aboard them, the more I come to appreciate these beautiful Longships for the relaxing, floating boutique hotels that they are. I know what to expect, from the onboard service levels to the cuisine and accommodations, and even after four straight years of sailing with Viking, the line continually finds little ways to tweak its product. Most guests will never see these minor enhancements; it could be a matter of relocating a light switch in a stateroom to make it more accessible, or offering a popular tour for free where once there was a small surcharge for it.
I notice those things, and I’ve made it a sort of mission of mine to keep up with Viking’s subtleties. But it’s that level of comfort and expected quality that helps river cruisers like me – and you – branch out into more exotic, of
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