Treated so well on a well-maintained ship
Viking Bragi is one of the many longships in their fleet. Despite it being 6+ years old, it was meticulously maintained so it appeared almost brand new in all areas. Ours was one of the Explorer Suites at the rear of the ships, with no other rooms or activity areas aside, above, or below us, so we had a serene setting to enjoy the rivers. The added amenities of this suite were also welcomed: room service breakfast; laundry service; Nespresso machine; Silver Spirits drink packages. But, from the comments of others in all classes of staterooms, the experience of quality and care was universal. Central to this was the staff - from Program Director Carl ("all will be just fine"), to Chef Dennis, to Hotel Manager Rade, to Housekeeper AnnaMaria, to Concierge Anna Maria (yes, there were two!), to all the other people who helped make our voyage so wonderful, those seen and those unseen, this was a class act. Food was good (I would not say gourmet, but of high quality with many options) and portioned right to the several meals a day -- but know you can always ask for more! That highlights the greatest thing about this cruise -- to have one's needs met as long as one speaks up and asks (or in our case, leave a note in the suite, which would be fulfilled asap) in a luxury. Probably the best aspect of river cruising is to return to one's ship after an excursion and feel like one is coming "home." For 14 days it was our home, reveling in unpacking only once, knowing where things were, feeling comfortable in one's own space. Would I change anything? Sure. I would probably take fewer excursions and enjoy more time on the river as the boat often cruised to a pick-up point during land excursions, and I would probably strike out on our own more than use the excursions in all cities. But that is our nature: we are more interested in observing human interaction than in cathedrals and castles. But, as Carl would say, in the end "everything was just fine."