Tag: Viking River Cruises

Viking’s Danube Waltz (4)

Viking’s Danube Waltz (4)

con­tin­ued from part 3…

June 4: Durn­stein and Melk, Austria

Viking encour­ages you to buy local wine and beer and stash it in your state­room cool­er. In prac­tice this is super­flu­ous because there is so much of it aboard, espe­cial­ly with the pre­mi­um drinks pack­age; you only have to lift a fin­ger or a wine list, and it’s there on a 24/7 basis.

How­ev­er, if you’re seri­ous about wine or cock­tails, the pre­mi­um (“Sil­ver Spir­its” pack­age is worth the mon­ey at $300 per cab­in. (It also includes espres­so and oth­er spe­cial­ty cof­fees, juices and min­er­al water.) Accept­able house wine and beer are poured freely, but not the pre­mi­um stuff, and mixed drinks cost extra.…

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Viking’s Danube Waltz (3)

Viking’s Danube Waltz (3)

con­tin­ued from part 2….

June 3: Vien­na, Austria

Viking’s cui­sine is gen­er­al­ly first-rate, high­ly var­ied, and the break­fasts lack noth­ing we could think of except the odd blintz. For exam­ple, there were three dif­fer­ent styles of yogurt, eggs any way you want them includ­ing cus­tom-made omelets, smoked salmon, fish, cheese, cold cuts, cham­pagne by the glass, a dozen or more vari­eties of bread and rolls, pas­try galore, all the usu­al things you find under hot plates, and every­thing of uni­form high qual­i­ty. For items you order from the table, like Eggs Bene­dict or pan­cakes, serv­ings are small, but this is a plus for two rea­sons: it gives you more room to try dif­fer­ent things, and if you want more of any­thing, a wait­er will hap­pi­ly bring you a sec­ond serving.…

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Viking’s Danube Waltz (2)

Viking’s Danube Waltz (2)

con­tin­ued from Part 1….  

June 2: Bratisla­va, Slo­va­kia 

If the Viking Leg­end is any exam­ple, you don’t need to wor­ry about table ser­vice. The wait staff, most­ly Fil­ipino, could not have been more atten­tive, but at the same time nev­er struck us as fawn­ing or gra­tu­itous. Our favorite waiter’s name tag read “Neri.” It turned out that he’d opt­ed for that because his real name wouldn’t fit: Alde­fon­so Ner­ia. He and his col­leagues were gems, always look­ing out for us, and soon began to save a nice place for four by throw­ing nap­kins over chair backs at a well-sit­u­at­ed table.…

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