INTRODUCTION Ahoy, down to the sea in ships again! Any chance we get to escape to parts unknown, and we can do it with Viking Cruise Lines, we jump (or swim) to get on board! While we had been to Norway several other times, we always greatly enjoyed the scenery and the culture so are not averse to another look. The other half of this voyage was to be spent on the Rhine River from Amsterdam to Basel. We had never taken a Rhine cruise before, so this sounded the perfect combination for us. The trip was advertised as Norwegian fjords and Rhine River castles. We booked it last year before the stock market began its decline, so it was already paid for. So naturally, we were off again.
1st Port of Call: Bergen, Norway We landed at Bergen airport and were met by the Viking staff who whisked us off to the Viking Jupiter. Since we had already explored this city before and we were tired from the long flights, we were happy to be taken aboard right away.
Since the Viking ocean-going fleet is comprised of ships with the same design and features, we did not have to spend any time familiarizing ourselves with where everything is located: our room, the restaurants, the bars, the spa, the theater, the explorers lounge, or the service desks. Hence, we went first to the World Café for our lunch and then to our own cabin where our luggage awaited unpacking.
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