Posted March 6th, 2013, 10:03 AM
This will be our second cruise with Viking (did Cities of Light last year) on the Viking Sky. We were very pleased with Viking and our experience. Cabins on the Sky were all pretty much the same--large windows, but no balconies. Although this was one of the oldest ships in Viking's fleet, we never felt like we were on an old ship. It was very well maintained. We'll have a French balcony on the next cruise. On most of the boats, the rooms on the top two levels are pretty much the same. On the bottom level the window sized usually drops pretty dramatically, and the window is just above the waterline.
How mobile is your mother? Most cruises have walking tours in the towns where the boat stops, but there is always a "leisurely" option for folks with limited mobility. Even if she can't do the tours, you can stay on the boat and hang out in the lounge. On our cruise, the boat often cruised on down the river while we toured a town, and we were bussed down the river to meet the boat. So even if she doesn't do a tour, she can enjoy the cruise.
Ships only have three levels, and most have elevators and/or lift chairs on the stairs. As you've probably read here, most folks who try river cruises love them.