Viking River Cruise

River Cruise–Amsterdam to Basel

It has been a while since I updated my blog on Accessible Travel. I spent a year getting my novella Lake Biwa Wishes published. The story is fiction inspired by a ski trip I took while spending two years in Japan. judy-book

My book is available in paperback as well as in e-book from, Barnes&, and iBooks. It’s a short read—good for an airplane ride.



After spending two days touring Amsterdam, We arrived at the Viking docks by noon. Luckily our stateroom was available, even though check-in time was 3:00. The Mani is a new ship (2014), so we were quite satisfied with our quarters. We had a Veranda Suite with one bedroom, a bathroom, a sitting room, and a private balcony with two chairs and a table. There was plenty of storage space due to efficient engineering and design.


The Mani had a full restaurant and an informal cafe for quick or small meals. After a three course dinner in the Restaurant we got acquainted with some of the other passengers, most of who were from the USA. We discovered that coffee (with an automatic espresso machine), tea, and pastries were available 24 hours in the lobby.


Entertainment in the club-room featured entertainers relative to the country we were in port. pianist




On the first morning we participated in a safety drill. Since the Rhine River is not very deep, if the boat sunk, the two top levels would be above water.


I got a workout with my walker since our suite was ~50 yards from the elevator, library and lounge/bar, .IMG_7972

You can follow me on the rest of my trip through Netherlands, Germany, France, and Switzerland in future blogs.

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