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  1. We just got off the Rhine a week ago, and things re: water levels were just fine.
  2. @rpo0522, thank you for replying--you obviously aren't the one-hit, complain than disappear type of new poster, but appear to be a thoughtful person who was very distressed at what was witnessed. If the person suffered a stroke, for example ,than CPR would not have helped--I would hope someone assessed whether or not the victim had a pulse. Tough situation anyway you look at it. Not to sound trite, but I get what you're saying.
  3. Let's see if OP posts any replies. I am always skeptical when someone makes their first post a complaint, then never posts again. This occurred in the spring, 6 months ago. @mhb1757 is 100% correct---this could have happened anywhere and OP needs to let this go and not blame Viking. Unfortunately, deaths on vacation are very tragic but not limited to Viking. What happened is between Viking and this person's family.
  4. Dollar stores sell disposable wash cloths--I mean, they are flimsy, but what does one expect? We've used them on land tours, and will bring a 4-pack along just in case for land hotels--they take up almost no space at all.
  5. Flatscreen TV's often have USB ports that can be used.
  6. We are cruising the week after next, so rain next week is music to our ears!!! Not too much, though--I want next week's cruisers to enjoy themselves--maybe like Camelot, where it rains while you're asleep and sunny when you're awake!
  7. and............hair dryers are provided by just about every decent hotel and cruise ship.
  8. Wife bought a dual voltage curling iron at Target, ~$10. She has used on 2 European trips so far and it has functioned without any problems. Expect it to behave similarly on our upcoming river cruise.
  9. True, but there are few (if any) nonstops to the US out of Basel--much more available out of Zurich.
  10. Viking adds the suggested gratuity to your bill. When you settle up near the end of your cruise, you can keep it, increase it, reduce it, or cancel it entirely (should you choose to tip folks individually).
  11. @Sun Loverm if you're not sure if river cruising will be your cup of tea, then the Rhine is an excellent choice. Shorter cruise, has good mixture of ports and scenic cruising. If you LOVE the experience, then there are longer cruises available for the future. RE: the "stickies": at the top of the river cruising forum there are a bunch of threads with a padlock next to them--these are the introductory threads or stickies, as they are locked in at the top of the page.
  12. Ships have to navigate through locks. So while one is on an excursion, the ship may be in line, waiting to get through a lock. This is often what happens when passengers are dropped off in one town, and picked up in another. More efficient than having ship full of passengers waiting for an hour or two, going nowhere.
  13. @Peregrina651 (greetings to a fellow Bostonian, BTW!), I agree that Viking's adaptation of their river cruise model to the ocean is intriguing. I was drawn to river cruising because of the aforementioned things on ocean liners that I would find annoying. But Viking has me interested in ocean cruising! The itinerary that circles the British Isles is on my radar. I had heard about Viking's smaller longships being built for the Seine, but the increase in price for that privilege would lead me to price-shop other lines more closely to be sure the surcharge doesn't make other lines a better value.
  14. The longships are identical, which makes the ship swaps in the case of low water manageable--one gets the exact same cabin as before, the lounge, dining room, etc are all in the same locations, same minimalist Scandinavian décor, etc. On the Douro and in Russia, China, and SE Asia, the ships are very different. On the Rhine, Danube, Moselle, Seine, they are identical (except for the new "smaller" longships Peregrina mentions above.
  15. @Sun Lover my advice is to read these boards and soak in as much as you can. I got interested in river cruises 3yrs ago, but life kept me from booking until last year. I sail in 3 weeks, and I feel that these threads gave me a PhD education in river cruising! You will learn quickly that ocean and river cruises have just about NOTHING in common: ~170 passengers (not thousands), one dining venue, everyone dines at once, casual dress for dinner, no casino, probably no pool or exercise room, nobody trying to sell you something every 10 minutes, no annoying photographers, no climbing walls, very low key evening entertainment, etc. We were drawn to river cruising because I think ocean cruising would annoy the hell out of me. We booked with Viking, but read the other boards as well--there are several other cruise lines that are very good. Viking had what we wanted for the Rhine, for example, but I would NEVER book Viking for the Seine--they aren't allowed to dock in Paris proper--passengers have to be bussed in to the city center (~1 hr due to traffic). Without these boards I would NEVER know this.
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