This trip was over a year in planning. It started out as a vacation with one other couple and turned into a group. Escorting groups are not my thing. I plan vacations for clients and send them on their way. After this trip, that might change….
During this trip I discovered my “Why”. It’s always a good feeling to hear how much a client enjoyed their vacation when they have returned. On this trip I experienced first hand the excitement, wonder and awes of creating a memorable journey. I can’t tell you how many times along the way someone from the group told me “thank you” for putting together such a great trip. It finally dawned on me after 30 years in the travel business that this is why I do what I do.
On another note… this was my 3rd Viking River cruise. It was my first time on their new ship. This “baby” ship is similar to the Longships but smaller due to the size of the Duoro river. The ship and cabins were nice. The food was very good. The excursions were also very good.
Having been on a few other rivers in Europe my only comment would be that there is a little more time on buses than I would have liked. This is due to the geography of the Duoro valley. Although you dock in little towns, there’s not much there so we bused to visit quaint villages and wineries. That being said, I think the Duoro is the prettiest river that I have traveled on.
The crew of the Viking Osfrid was EXCELLENT! Starting from the Captain on down. The entire crew worked as a team. You never felt the hierarchy of management and staff. I believe it was because of the leadership of the Captain. The day we boarded he was helping his staff load passenger baggage!
I created a short video of our trip. If you’d like to view click on the picture below. That’s our group as we were waiting to board the flight to Lisbon.
A special thank you to fellow traveler and friend, Alan Cordeiro who provided the soundtrack to the video. This a song that he sang for us (and the rest of the boat) during the cruise.