Viking Gullveig: Exploring Melk and Dürnstein

ABOARD VIKING GULLVEIG – Yet another spectacular day was kicked off by a full breakfast before we set off to visit beautiful Melk Abbey – said to be the most famous abbey in Austria. As usual, our first class buses and excellent guides were waiting for us to whisk us off on our adventure. Viking has “quiet voxes” for each guest, which we recharge in our cabins every night. These small audio devices with earphones allow passengers …

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Viking Gullveig: Visiting Mozart’s Home Town – Salzburg

ABOARD VIKING GULLVEIG – The good times just keep on rolling onboard our lovely ship, now on our third day on the Danube. After yet another delicious breakfast, backed by stellar service we board comfortable buses for a nearly two hour drive to Salzburg, where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in January 1756. The original child prodigy, Mozart was composing his own songs by ear by the age of five and at six ye was already touring …

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Viking Gullveig: Passing Through Passau, Germany

ABOARD VIKING GULLVEIG – A full buffet breakfast, complemented by an a la carte menu in the Main Dining Room fortified us for the activities of our morning in Passau. A large selection of cheeses, cold meats, yogurts, fruit and freshly made bread spread across the buffet table made for difficult choices. An omelet station and a full roster of a la carte options make it truly difficult to decide what to select, yet somehow we managed …

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Arrival and First Impressions of Viking Gullveig

ABOARD THE VIKING GULLVEIG – After a very long flight from Atlanta, we arrived in Munich, where we were met by a very welcoming staff in red jackets from Viking Cruise Lines. First impressions are important and I have to say, from that very first meeting at Munich Airport, we were very pleased by the efficiency and service we received. There were about 30 of arriving on the same flight and after we had collected our bags, …

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Viking Gullveig Cruise: Preparing to Embark on a “Danube Waltz”

It’s funny how a song can transport you back in time. As a young child, I was very taken by the “Blue Danube Waltz,” by Austrian composer Johann Strauss II – probably because my father loved classical music and had it blasting throughout our home every Sunday and it was embedded in my soul. To this day, when I hear it, I wax nostalgic about my long-gone parents. So, when I had the chance to sail Viking …

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Michelle da Silva Richmond Bio

Michelle da Silva Richmond’s cruise experience began when she sailed from New York City to Rio de Janiero as a child when her family moved to Brazil. Since then she has been on scores of ships and firmly believes that this is the best way to see the world. Michelle is an award-winning travel editor and member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), NY Travel Writers Association and …

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