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Viking Christmas Market Cruise On The Danube


Evelyn Hannon

I'm a globe-trotting Grandmother who married young and was an empty nester in my forties. Since then I've had the good fortune to travel a lot and I've set foot on all seven continents. On the other hand, my daughter chose to marry later and have children in her thirties. Combine her care of a growing family with the professional responsibility of a flourishing online site and you get the picture. Mom can travel at the drop of a hat and daughter, with little downtime, cannot. However, this year Viking River Cruises presented us with an opportunity we just couldn't refuse - a Mother-Daughter 7-Night Getaway aboard their newly christened longship, 'The Delling.' Our itinerary included tiny picturesque towns combined with bigger bustling cities along the Danube - one week of fine dining, touring, shopping, relaxing, and entertainment in the company of very nice people. And, yes, we loved it. Period.

Our floating longship home...

Viking River Cruise longship

River cruising longboats are very different from ocean going vessels. Cruise ships are huge in comparison and often carry a thousand plus passengers. Sailing on an ocean liner can sometimes mean choppy seas and motion sickness for those who are prone to it. However, longships plying rivers are absolutely tiny by comparison. They generally carry less than 200 passengers and sailing on them is an experience that is smooth as silk. Yet, cutting down on vessel size certainly doesn't mean eliminating gracious service and loss of amenities. In fact, my first impression was that they took the cruise ship model and simply shrank it for use on a river.

Viking River Cruise, longship cabins

Our cabin, with large picture glass doors, was roomy enough to store all our belongings out of sight. However, we were so relaxed that that seldom happened. Instead we created little 'tech' spaces where we could do our thing (with lots of power plugs so we could charge our ebooks, phones, cameras, batteries, etc).

Viking River Cruise, amenities

The beds were extra comfy, the bathroom had the best shower I've ever had on a cruise and the amenities chosen for guests were the gold star brand, L'Occitane. My daughter was very impressed and I remember her saying, 'if I knew that these were going to be on board I wouldn't have packed my own.'

Viking River Cruise, balcony

And then there was the added bonus that enlarged the size of our living space. Each room had a balcony comfortable enough for a small table and two chairs where guests could sit, a glass of wine in hand, and watch the world go by.

Viking River Cruise, our view

With each new view, with each passing minute this mom-daughter duo could feel the stresses of our daily working lives gradually slipping away.


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