First, let me start by saying that we had an awesome trip and we can't say enough good about Viking. Their staff is what made our trip so much fun. We would definitely book with them again. I may have a few negative comments to make but it should in no way discourage you from booking a cruise through them. They were minor in our opinion compared to the overall experience. Some of the issues I'm not even going to deal with here as people will blow it all out of proportion and Viking is aware and working on them. I think all new ships have a few bugs to work out and they will.
I'll start this post with the cabin. Yes, they are small but it was certainly big enough for us. The only time it felt too small was when we were both trying to unpack at the same time. We never felt crowded or cramped. The bed is super comfortable. I heard people complaining that the pillows were too soft but that's the way I like them and we slept very well.
The closet has enough hanging space but only 10 wooden hangars. We brought 10 wire hangars and it was perfect. There are plenty of shelves in the closet as well as a safe that worked well and was roomy. There were also 4 drawers and a counter that ran from the wall to the closet. Not real wide but it worked. There was a bedside "table" on each side of the bed but instead of putting a small drawer in them they put a shelf that pulled out. Never used it. Lighting in the cabin was perfect.
The bathroom was nice and the bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and lotion were lovely. There was also a shower cap and q-tips and make up remover pads in little packages. The problem we feel needs to be addressed is the lack of a clothesline. Be sure to bring one. We strung together our lanyards and tied them up in the shower. We had brought along clothespins.
The bathroom floor is heated which we thought was a nice touch and there's a control to turn it off if you wish. We found that we could wash items in the sink (difficult because it was small) and then lay them on the floor in the shower to dry. The heated floor worked well for that.
The shower has a button that you can push that makes the shower wall change from frosted to clear. Not sure whose bright idea that was because at the typical age of people on board, who really wants to show off your body in the shower??? They would have been better off putting in a clothesline! I th ink the object was that you could look outside while you were showering but I would be afraid that someone would be looking back in especially if you went into locks.
There were plenty of outlets (both kinds) and a hair dryer. The hair dryer doesn't work in the bathroom but there are plenty of mirrors in the cabin so that wasn't an issue. They do suggest that you bring a converter if you have something with a heating element. I did bring one for my curling iron.
I would really stress getting at least a French Balcony. We would have been unhappy with a window. I talked to someone my size and she said she had to stand on her tiptoes to look out. We loved our French Balcony. I would suggest getting a room on the port (left) side on this itinerary as most ships past by on that side and there's almost always something to look at. We alternated sides of the river to dock so sometimes we looked at the river and sometimes at the shore. A couple of times we opened the curtains to find another ship so close that we could reach out and touch it. They have to tie up that way occasionally because of dock space but I think it only happened 3 times. We would not have used the balcony enough to pay the difference. The first week it was too hot and we were in port much of time anyways. We did open our French door and it was just as nice as being able to step 3 more steps to the outside.
When I do my next post I'll address the check-in, check out process.