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Originally Posted by braumeister View Post
OP here again with the update.

Just got home from the "Cities of Light: Paris to Prague" cruise with Viking.

This was our first river cruise so we weren't sure what to expect. I would rate it "Met expectations -- barely" and even though it was enjoyable, I don't think we'll do another.

Due to high water, we didn't get on the Moselle at all, only the Rhine and Main rivers. I calculated that we spent over 24 hours on buses during the week of cruising, which was a real pain...
Just today we completed our 8 day bike/barge cruise down the Moselle. Fabulous! Weather was cool but never rained while on the bikes. About 40 km a day. By VBT. We did notice the Viking piers were all empty. Now in Koblenz getting a couple of days on land before heading for Paris. 18 bikers including 6 Canucks. A guy and his son from AL had their own bikes. They averaged twice as much biking as the average. Oldest biker was 78. Water level 12 feet above normal.

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Old 07-12-2016, 05:02 PM   #62
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OK, I have to eat a little crow today.
I had grumbled here recently about our first European river cruise. Due to high water on the Moselle, Viking had to alter our itinerary substantially and it led to an enormous amount of bus travel. I said I was "one and done" with river cruises.

Today I got an email from Viking and they not only apologized for the problem, but gave me a voucher worth 20% of the cost of our trip, good on any future cruise.

Looked at the schedule and called them up.
The agent not only handled the voucher, but offered a bunch of other discounts.

I signed up for the 8 day Rhine Getaway cruise (Amsterdam to Basel) in 2017 with a 2 day extension to Lucerne that will cost about half of this year's 14 day cruise.

Since we definitely liked the ship and pretty much everything except the significant bus time and reduced free time on this year's cruise, we're pretty stoked about doing this next year.

After finishing with Viking in Lucerne, we'll head to Zurich for a couple of days, then Munich for a bit, then home. Since we already have a Galapagos trip booked for May, I'm seriously looking forward to next year's travel schedule.

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