2014 Viking River Cruises Grand European Tour
We took advantage of a last minute "Deal" and booked a European Tour on the Viking Lif. We embarked at Amsterdam, Netherlands on October 4, 2014 and disembarked at Budapest, Hungary on 18 October, 2014. We actually flew into Amsterdam a couple of days earlier than required, and stayed a couple of days in Budapest after disembarking the boat. As a result you'll find many more pictures from Amsterdam and Budapest.
All in all it was quite enjoyable though very different from ocean cruising. I think we like them both!
It was a pleasant surprise to find that Viking include a "mini-tour" at each stop as part of the cruise. Additional paid tours were available. Due to the smaller size of the boat, food on a river cruise, ours at least, is served in one sitting in the dining room. You eat then or you don't eat. There are no cafés or buffets open 24/7 as on an ocean cruise. The snack bar is limited to coffee, juice, and occasionally cookies. Also the cruise is very concerned with water levels. If rivers are high or in flood stage, the boat can't pass under some of the bridges. If the river is too low the boat may not be able to make it over some of the sand bars. While we didn't experience it, we were told that in such cases passengers are swapped between boats on either side of the obstruction and their cruise continued!