What a day! After what seemed like a very long flight we were thrilled to finally arrive in Nuremberg, get off the plane, and meet our Viking River Cruises greeter (sign in hand) outside the baggage claim.
It’s been a whirlwind day, but I wanted to let our readers check out a few things that really stood out about Viking and about the ship we will be sailing on for the next week on this #VikingSocial cruise.
Royal Treatment. We have felt like royalty ever since we first stepped on board the Viking Delling Longship. A short bus ride to the ship, and within minutes we were surrounded by Christmas décor, the smell of ginger bread houses, and the sound of a live pianist dancing his fingers around a Yuletide tune. After being told our rooms were ready we also had the chance to enjoy the marvelous buffet right away, which consisted of custom pasta dishes, fresh salads, and yummy desserts.
More personalized interaction. Since this Viking Longship only holds a couple hundred people it gives us cruisers an opportunity to get the know the staff better and viceversa. When getting back on the ship there was no need to scan our cruise card because the delightful Viking staff recognized us and welcomed us back. Kinda feels like coming home already.
Superb food and service. I like a simple menu with amazing food. I was not disappointed. The braised beef could be cut with a spoon and was delicious, as was the special creamy German desert. Our table of 8 had at least 4 servers come by to make sure everything was perfect, and of course, it was.
Spacious and elegant rooms. Sure this ship is brand new, but it has a classical and elegant feel to it that is very welcoming. Our stateroom feels very spacious with plenty of closet space and even counter space. Oh, did I mention the huge TV on our wall next to the even bigger mirror next to it? Can’t wait to sit out on the balcony and enjoy the changing view.
Plenty of outlets in the room. I was a little worried that I would have only one 110 outlet in the room, so I bought a converter, a converter I now know I will never have to use on this trip. So far I have counted at least (5) 110 outlets in the room, including the one in the bathroom and one on either side of the bed, perfect for charging that cell phone while I sleep.
Heated bathroom floor. With plenty of hot, hot water in the shower I also never have to worry about my feet getting cold because of a cold tile floor. This in-floor heater, the glass shower door, and the sleek layout make for one convenient and stylish restroom.
Tonight we decided to check out some of the much-talked-about Christmas markets in Nuremberg and it was fantastic. The crowded cobblestone streets were abuzz with Christmas songs and the air was filled with the smells of pretzels, sausages, and pastries. Hard to describe if you haven’t been here. Here is an image I took from above the markets which were teaming with holiday shoppers below.
And now it’s time for me to try out these comfy beds. After this long day I have to worry more about waking up for breakfast and an 8:00 excursion than anything else. Tomorrow we are in Nuremberg for another day, before heading off to Regensburg, Germany. Tours of castles on cobblestone streets and monasteries await us. Stay posted on Twitter and Instagram.