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Have any of you cruised on Viking Gullveig?
If so, please tell me about her.
Any information would be appreciated.
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Originally posted by OCruisers
Have any of you cruised on Viking Gullveig? If so, please tell me about her.
Any information would be appreciated. LuLu
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Greetings!
Our 2014 June/July vacation consists of three segments: Basel to Amsterdam on the Viking Gullveig (just launched!) a short visit to Belgium via rail (Ghent and Brugges via Antwerp on Thalys (have tickets and hotel reservations for 4 nights) and return to Amsterdam (laundry!) visit to renovated Rijksmuseum and nearby friends, and 12-night Norwegian fjord cruise on Celebrity Constellation (RT Amsterdam).

Compare my preparation of river cruise to ocean cruise experience (using both Cruise Critic and Trip Advisor): For our 8 Norway ports, have detailed plans for 6 ports, including 3 purchased from websites, 1 offered privately and filled by contacts, 2 organized by myself including coach leases -- the other two ports are large cities where we now understand where, when we dock and options and competition from other ships. Amazing amount of information!

We anticipate that our river cruise will be top-notch, but have some concern regarding the process and whether our interests will match our peers or even Viking's expectations. Have tried to better understand and maybe influence, but the great success and expansion of Viking sailings and CC disinterest in even providing an easier structure for use, indicates perhaps with less competition and high demand, there is no interest of applying any effort! For example, so far have emailed one other person who will be on Gullveig in May (we are on 13 June from Basel). Have not been able to read any experiences about afternoon free time at ports and am concerned that Black Forest "tour" has not been well-received when Colmar tour could easily be a replacement (watched Rick Steve's new program on Alsace that highlights Colmar). My thought is that peers will tend to be our age group and with college/professional backgrounds, yet options include bar-hopping? At any rate, this is a high-volume and relatively brief experience. If we like it, may repeat -- if it is problematic, will will continue to develop vacations that couple cruises with other land experiences instead (our second interest would be a southern France, maybe coupled with a Mediterranean cruise from Barcelona: research Marseilles/Barcelona travel?).

If you are considering the Gullveig in 2015 or will travel on it after 9 July (when we return) send me a note when we return home and I can answer questions ([email protected]). If you are on 13 June Basel/Amsterdam, hooray!
DJ
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New York
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In Retirement: keep in mind that Celebrity Constellation has 2,034 passengers vs. Viking Gullveig @ 190.

River cruising is very different from ocean cruising in many ways, and one big one is that Type-A personalities like you and me have to learn to relax and just let the cruise unfold. There will be an included tour at every port which will give you a good introduction, then free time to explore the town (and I mean town, not city).

The Black Forest excursions get poor reviews no matter what the cruise line -- although someone on a Christmas markets cruise said they enjoyed the bus trip through the snow-covered forest, summertime cruisers won't get that snow-scene perspective and the cuckoo clock shops and Costco-quality Black Forest cake don't have many admirers.

On our AMA cruise we opted for the Colmar/Riquewihr tour rather than the Black Forest. Colmar is a good size town with beautiful old half-timbered buildings. It touts the fact that the sculptor Bartholdi was born there and has a museum with a model of his Statue de la Liberté. Hopefully the Viking option also includes Riquewihr, which is a one-street village that is very cute -- that street is lined with shops offering free wine tasting plus a couple that had fresh macaroons [real coconut macaroons, not those namby-pamby Parisian macarons].

If you find you like river cruising and are looking for Provence + Barcelona combo, AMA's Provence cruises have an optional extension to Barcelona that would fit the bill. [It's hard to get from Provence to Barcelona on your own because there is no direct train service.]

PS - that Celebrity Norwegian fjords cruise is a great itinerary! I have it on my list for 2016 if they are still offering it.
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Originally posted by Host Jazzbeau
In Retirement: keep in mind that Celebrity Constellation has 2,034 passengers vs. Viking Gullveig @ 190. River cruising is very different from ocean cruising in many ways, and one big one is that Type-A personalities like you and me have to learn to relax and just let the cruise unfold. There will be an included tour at every port which will give you a good introduction, then free time to explore the town (and I mean town, not city).

The Black Forest excursions get poor reviews no matter what the cruise line -- although someone on a Christmas markets cruise said they enjoyed the bus trip through the snow-covered forest, summertime cruisers won't get that snow-scene perspective and the cuckoo clock shops and Costco-quality Black Forest cake don't have many admirers. On our AMA cruise we opted for the Colmar/Riquewihr tour rather than the Black Forest. Colmar is a good size town with beautiful old half-timbered buildings. It touts the fact that the sculptor Bartholdi was born there and has a museum with a model of his Statue de la Liberté. Hopefully the Viking option also includes Riquewihr, which is a one-street village that is very cute -- that street is lined with shops offering free wine tasting plus a couple that had fresh macaroons [real coconut macaroons, not those namby-pamby Parisian macarons].

If you find you like river cruising and are looking for Provence + Barcelona combo, AMA's Provence cruises have an optional extension to Barcelona that would fit the bill. [It's hard to get from Provence to Barcelona on your own because there is no direct train service.] PS - that Celebrity Norwegian fjords cruise is a great itinerary! I have it on my list for 2016 if they are still offering it.
Hello There! At least a surprise, perhaps even an honor to hear from supervisory staff?

Let me respond in back order:
(1) If you do plan the RT Amsterdam 12-night Norwegian Fjords (8 ports including Bergen and Oslo). Feel free to email me ([email protected]). So far in preparation Cruise Critic has made a significant contribution to the planning process. (Over my years I have learned that preparation, not Type-A avoidance of disruptive anxiety, enhances the pleasure of a port visit and it has become quite clear to me that being open to new experiences and allowing for serendipity works for a multiple-day land visit of a city, not a 6 to 12-hour port visit! Because of the capacity of Cruise Critic I was able to read through the 2013 Roll Call for this annual cruise, was able to post and obtain observations from previous visitors to several ports and then begin to locate many "similarly minded" fellow passengers and research in depth all 8 ports and in the process find direct-purchase options, attract one private offer to "members" (now filled), identify "issues" to be aware of, and actually lease two coaches that have been filled! (And I promised myself after 2012's arrangement of a private bus shuttle between South Queensferry and Edinburgh not to do that again -- this time, I've really overdone it (I blame it on the lack of private drivers with vans in Norway who maintain websites.)

My other two elements of next summer's vacation have had somewhat different results: I have familiarity with Amsterdam and rented an apartment on Prinsengracht in 2012 and am last afraid of trains, so we say goodbye to the Viking Gullveig and board the Thalys at 11:18 to Antwerp for visits to Ghent and Brugge and return to Amsterdam in time to do laundry, visit the Rijksmuseum and eat with one of my son's closest friends (family now lives near the museum). I have benefited from Trip Advisor (but had a horrible run-in with an "expert" who misread my posting and had a rage reaction -- it seems that once an "expert" responds, everyone else is quiet -- I think the Cruise Critic community is more accepting and supportive) and especially from a tourist information professional located in Brugge.

My comments about river cruises absolutely account for the 1/10th size and are a comment about the lack of any river cruise-specific structure that could easily be provided by Cruise Critic. Last fall I introduced a couple of threads that solicited comments which were fairly well-populated. If it wasn't for the Research Tool, you could find nothing! I'm interested in understanding why neither Cruise Critic nor the river cruise industry are not motivated. The popularity of river cruises in the last couple of years (seemingly oblivious to the effects of climate change) have resulted in substantial expansion. Apparently when you are doing so well, what priority does improvement and social networking play? I guess until there is some competition, no one is interested?

Obviously, the traditional Roll Call structure (unless Viking etc. buy into the value of their passengers talking to previous passengers and making plans with fellow passengers and they make Cruise Critic visible?) does not work! Isn't it pathetic when almost no Roll Call postings receive even one response? As a start, information about river cruises need to be grouped geographically, then by company, then by boat. At least people could then plan for open time with others who will visit the same ports for the same time periods? In addition, "River Cruise Ports" could be similarly organized at least geographically with a header to include port visit length and time of year (month) with an emphasis (a Cruise Critic strength) of what you did, and what are the options (the good, the bad, the ugly). I believe in this century that people will use this site if they know about it. Sure, I find out that you don't dress up for dinner (hurray!) but have no idea who onboard has a specific historical or cultural interest? I've had the opportunity to express my displeasure regarding a cuckoo-clock tour, when a morning's visit to Colmar and its museums should be offered. Another example is of an after-dinner pub crawl in Cologne when the afternoon is open and many museums etc. are available! (Reading about the liquor habits of a Christmas market customer who buys the anything/all the time option (beyond lunch and dinner) and reports on hangovers isn't too educational and I hope not that representative? Maybe river cruises with a fall wine theme or beer theme would make some sense? We were drawn to the dates of next vacation out of necessity and then naturally selected northern Europe and will wait tile 2015 for a Mediterranean experience.

It would be my pleasure to share with you my/our findings from Norway 2014 and would enjoy making any meaningful contribution to a river cruise restructure for Cruise Critic.
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#5
Cherry Hill NJ
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Originally posted by OCruisers
Have any of you cruised on Viking Gullveig?
If so, please tell me about her.
Any information would be appreciated.
LuLu
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In response to the OP.....
I will be on the Viking Gullveig April 25. I will either try to report while on board or when we return in early May.
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#6
South Carolina
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Originally posted by CEV426
In response to the OP.....
I will be on the Viking Gullveig April 25. I will either try to report while on board or when we return in early May.
Thanks, Cindy! I'll be looking forward to your report.
Have a great trip!
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Joined Feb 2007
Originally posted by CEV426
In response to the OP.....
I will be on the Viking Gullveig April 25. I will either try to report while on board or when we return in early May.
Looking forward to hearing all about your trip on the Gullveig!
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Cherry Hill NJ
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Joined Jun 2001
I'm onboaed Gullveig now....beautiful new ship( we're on 5th sailing) with sleek Scandinavian design. I am uploading my ship pics to shutterfly and will try to post a link when complete.


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Langley B.C. Canada
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Originally posted by CEV426
I'm onboaed Gullveig now....beautiful new ship( we're on 5th sailing) with sleek Scandinavian design. I am uploading my ship pics to shutterfly and will try to post a link when complete.


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Hi Cindy. I am looking forward to your pictures and trip report. We are planning on doing this itinerary next year, probably Amsterdam to Basel direction and possibly on the Gullveig. Will watch for your shutterfly photos...I am a shutterfly fan!
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Originally posted by CEV426
I'm onboaed Gullveig now....beautiful new ship( we're on 5th sailing) with sleek Scandinavian design. I am uploading my ship pics to shutterfly and will try to post a link when complete.
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This will be wonderful. Maybe even location of the first dock? We will be onboard 13 June (Basel).

You are the best,
DJ
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Originally posted by travlbug
Looking forward to hearing all about your trip on the Gullveig!
Apparently now, at least temporarily, here on a conflict-free taunt-free location, you might want to say when you are leaving for Europe. Will return 9 July, but probably won't be in any condition to do email for a couple more days. (Am considering doing a diary for this trip, first time ever.)
DJ
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Originally posted by banditoo
Hi Cindy. I am looking forward to your pictures and trip report. We are planning on doing this itinerary next year, probably Amsterdam to Basel direction and possibly on the Gullveig. Will watch for your shutterfly photos...I am a shutterfly fan!
We made our 13 June reservation (more accurately, full payment) last August. I remember returning home the end of July from a family RT Seattle week and starting to plan for early the following June. After getting a grip of air options, I started to look at chaining a week on Viking with something either before or after. Found Switzerland both complicated and incredibly expensive (I like to spread the $$ over more days, not treatment better than "at home," so we ended up with a new ship (one requirement) that ended at Amsterdam (familiarity, with transportation and vacation options for extension). My warning to you, as the economy is yet better than a year ago (unless you want to run to Russia or Ukraine) is that my planning was seriously limited by the absence of available cabins in August 2013 for June 2014! I would suggest that May is not too early to do careful reasearch/planning. I found several cruises with a good timing and new ship with only the royal suites (and if you can afford them, why even consider this option?) or the cabins with the round port holes at water level (would not find an eye-to-eye with water fowl or a test of sound-traveling-through-water appealing). We actually ended up on this cruise where there was one veranda cabin open (near the back). Be aware of where your east/west lies, where the summer sun will be in the afternoon. Can't tell you if a balcony is "worth it" might know on 12 July -- but then you will have trouble locating one for 2015!

To be forewarned is a good thing,
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Langley B.C. Canada
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Originally posted by In Retirement
We made our 13 June reservation (more accurately, full payment) last August. I remember returning home the end of July from a family RT Seattle week and starting to plan for early the following June. After getting a grip of air options, I started to look at chaining a week on Viking with something either before or after. Found Switzerland both complicated and incredibly expensive (I like to spread the $$ over more days, not treatment better than "at home," so we ended up with a new ship (one requirement) that ended at Amsterdam (familiarity, with transportation and vacation options for extension). My warning to you, as the economy is yet better than a year ago (unless you want to run to Russia or Ukraine) is that my planning was seriously limited by the absence of available cabins in August 2013 for June 2014! I would suggest that May is not too early to do careful research/planning. I found several cruises with a good timing and new ship with only the royal suites (and if you can afford them, why even consider this option?) or the cabins with the round port holes at water level (would not find an eye-to-eye with water fowl or a test of sound-traveling-through-water appealing). We actually ended up on this cruise where there was one veranda cabin open (near the back). Be aware of where your east/west lies, where the summer sun will be in the afternoon. Can't tell you if a balcony is "worth it" might know on 12 July -- but then you will have trouble locating one for 2015!

To be forewarned is a good thing,
DJ
Thanks DJ. I have already done a ton of research (13 pages of typed notes) but it never ends. As we are not planning on doing the river cruise until September 2015 I am just now getting to the point where we will decide on actual date and boat. I am not interested in balcony; French balcony at best and actually might not mind the cabins with window at water level. We spend very little time in our cabin so the balcony won't be a whole lot of use while we sleep. We can get direct flights to Amsterdam for start of trip and then plan to head to Greece (one of our favourites) post cruise while over on that side of the Atlantic.
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I just returned last night, 4/27/14, from a cruise on the Gullveig. As soon as I get my river-legs back under me, I will posted details about my travels. We embarked Friday, 4/18/14 in Basel and cruised to Amsterdam. We disembarked on Friday, 4/25/14. We did the two-day pre-cruise stay in Luzern, Switzerland and the two-day, post-cruise stay in Amsterdam.

It was a wonderful trip!

More details to come!
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Originally posted by alliecat61
I just returned last night, 4/27/14, from a cruise on the Gullveig. As soon as I get my river-legs back under me, I will posted details about my travels. We embarked Friday, 4/18/14 in Basel and cruised to Amsterdam. We disembarked on Friday, 4/25/14. We did the two-day pre-cruise stay in Luzern, Switzerland and the two-day, post-cruise stay in Amsterdam.
It was a wonderful trip!
More details to come!
Really looking forward to any and all observations! (Currently working on our visit to Bergen and Oslo (July 4 and 6). Considering that we leave at 10am from Stiphol the day after we leave that cruise, am considering an expensive night at the airport (walk out to United desk) and find a pleasant RT airport train destination (within an hour or so) for and afternoon walk and lunch/dinner.
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Cherry Hill NJ
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http://share.shutterfly.com/share/re...8AaMnLlyzcM2Ih

Here is a link to my Gullveig pix during week of apr 25. Connection is slow, so it was painful to try to add captions to each. There are abt 48 pics. I do not have any pics of dinner dining room, but know that the tables are set with lovely linens. A taste of Germany night was an awesome surprise. More on that later....


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Originally posted by CEV426
http://share.shutterfly.com/share/re...8AaMnLlyzcM2Ih

Here is a link to my Gullveig pix during week of apr 25. Connection is slow, so it was painful to try to add captions to each. There are abt 48 pics. I do not have any pics of dinner dining room, but know that the tables are set with lovely linens. A taste of Germany night was an awesome surprise. More on that later....


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Hi Cindy, Your shutterfly link only seems to lead to the one photo of the window of the stateroom. I even logged into my shutterfly account but it still only shows the 1 photo in the album. Did you just share the one picture or the whole album? Not sure if others are able to see more than the 1 photo?
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2013 HAL Veendam - Canada & New England
2012 NCL Star - Western Caribbean
2012 Celebrity Silhouette - Adriatic & Mediterranean
2012 Carnival Fantasy - Charleston, Key West & Bahamas
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Originally posted by CEV426
http://share.shutterfly.com/share/re...8AaMnLlyzcM2Ih

Here is a link to my Gullveig pix during week of apr 25. Connection is slow, so it was painful to try to add captions to each. There are abt 48 pics. I do not have any pics of dinner dining room, but know that the tables are set with lovely linens. A taste of Germany night was an awesome surprise. More on that later....
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I'm not that technical expert, but when I clicked on shutterfly, I found an album with only one picture of what looks like the cabins water-level windows? More to come?

Did you fly into Basel or take the train? Did you stay at least overnight or were you taken directly to the ship? (We always expect jet lag, and have never been disappointed!) Having a piece of paper with hotel reservation (Hotel D, Blumenrein 19) I think might get us on a bus from the airport to the train station where we would transfer to a tram (or if we aren't feeling well, just a taxi that takes a credit card)? This contemporary hotel is within a couple blocks of market square (across from university hospital) and very close to a variety of restaurants (and the Rhine). How did you know where to go to find the Gullveig? Does Viking (long silence, no communication) provide you with a phone number to call that morning for location? Do Taxis take a credit card? We will arrive 1:30pm at Basel airport and less than 24 hours later should be onboard. Plan to visit ATM at Frankfort airport for euros (first time not a prepurchase) and wonder if I am going to have trouble not having Swiss francs?

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Cherry Hill NJ
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Possibly try clicking on "slide show" in the upper right. If not, I will work on it when I get home. Today is our travel day home.
The wifi leaves a lot to be desired. Wifi does not work on sun deck!
I can't answer those questions regarding transportation as we arrived in AMS, took train from airport then walked to B&B. Then walked from B&B to ship. We pack only a carryon each! Yes, it can be done! I have several things I never wore. It's warmer here than we planned for. The ships port is next to the train station, but it stills involves a little walk. If mobility is an issue or you have big luggage this may be a problem.

Regarding Swiss franks....I'm told that they also accept euros.



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Ok, here is a NEW link to my ship pics and a few ports...

http://share.shutterfly.com/share/re...8AaMnLlyzcM2Iw

If this doesn't work, I try when I get home.

Also some good to know tips regarding ship:
We were just fine with our lower level cabin. Plenty of light and room. As a matter of fact, I heard others question why they spent so much on balconies when they were never in their room.
There are 5 outlets for appliances or charging. They all accept either 110 or 220 watts. Very convenient.
In addition to bottles water in room, they provide plenty of bottled water at gangway for excursions.
Extra large umbrellas also offered.
There is a fridge in the room as well as a hair dryer, but it's only 1600 watts! My hair needs 1875!
There is a safe in the closet.
All 4 episodes of Downton Abbey are avail on the movies/tv channels.
There are 2 laptops available for use, but wifi is just as slow on them!

There is a taste of Germany event on day 5 of southbound cruise. It's a buffet night, but there are 3 buffets to wander around: the dining room, the Aquavit lounge, and the kitchen. They are all different!

There is a 24/coffee station with pastries or cookies.

Viking does embarkation and disembarkation simultaneously! You can get on as early as 830 while previous pax are still on board. You just won't be able to get to your room.

No fuss embarkation. Just walk on and check in like a hotel.
There is an elevator, but very few used it.

And those steps in Amsterdam are no joke. We even had trouble with only a carry on. Believe it or not, going down is worse than going up. We handed bags down to person a lower landing and did this over for each floor. This worked well.

Well, if I think of more, I will post in a day or two.



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NCL Dawn, Florida & Bahamas 9/04
Golden Princess, Canada/New England Oct 2005
NCL Dawn, Canada/New England 9/30/06
NCL Gem, Mediterranean, 10/21/2007
Viking Gullveig, Rhine Getaway, 4/25/20014
Viking Rinda, Paris and Normandy, April 2015