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Editors' Note: Viking Helgi is not currently sailing in 2016. Like its fleetmates, Viking Ingvar and Viking Truvor, Viking Helgi offers "Waterways of the Czars" themed trips between St. Petersburg and ...
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32 Viking Helgi Cruise Reviews

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Ermarwen
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was my first cruise experience and it was a blast. Hats off to Viking Cruises for the very efficient handling of everything: from the flight bookings, to airport transfers, embarkation and disembarkation to and from the ship, the ... Read more
shawno59
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2014
This was my second Viking River Cruise, and it was just as well-run as the first. The staff was amazing - I can't say enough about them, from the cleaning people to the restaurant staff to the guides to the cruise director. Perfect. I do ... Read more
GeneTree
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Make sure your passport is good for at least six (6) months after dates of travel. This is required by Russia for Visa as well as Viking. Visa for Russia is a pain and needs to be taken care of well in advance. It is meticulous and EXACT. ... Read more
ldcruising
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just returned from the trip that started in Moscow on August 24. About a week before leaving I finally read the reviews of this trip posted on this site and found them to be very mixed. Along with the political situation, some of the ... Read more
Travelin' Gal
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
9 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our second Viking River Cruise and while we preferred the cabin aboard the Helgi to the new Viking longship Aegir from Budapest to Bucharest that we took in September 2013, the service was worse. It seemed the wait staff was ... Read more

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LipBalmAddict
Member Since 2013
1 review
113 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I wanted an immersive experience of Russia, and we decided that a river cruise would be the best way for us to experience it. We have sailed with Regent and Crystal previously (3 ocean cruises in total) and this was our ... Read more
Jdblevins
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2013
An incredible journey along the inland waterway from St Petersburg to Moscow in the lap of luxury. The ship was well appointed and the crew made us feel at home. The entire experience was beyond our expectations. Our cabin (311) had an ... Read more
NanciEA
Member Since 2000
1 review
150 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2013
My husband and I and three other couples recently sailed on the Viking Helgi from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Here is the good, the average, the bad and the ugly. The good: The food was consistently very good to excellent. The lectures by ... Read more
az_tchr
Member Since 2012
3 reviews
2,388 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The greeting at the ship was efficient and very quick. Luiggage moved immediately to our room and a short tour of the public areas (all 4) provided. We then hasd a nice buffett and unpacked. The dinner was good with some interesting ... Read more
gnomajor
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
The Viking Helgi has too many cabins and too little public space and the open air deck is adjacent to the exhaust fumes and engine noise so passenger amenity has been sacrificed to packing in as many paying customers as possible. That is ... Read more

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Barliatone
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We just returned from a wonderful trip on the Helgi! We recommend starting in Moscow, because the days of touring seem to be longer and later in Moscow and could be tiring at the end of the cruise. Also, if you have any leeway, see if you ... Read more
HoopJ
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed June 2013
The stand out feature was the quality of the guides. They made the experience a real education. Russia was a bit of a surprise for these two Aussies. Viking/Russia had been recommended by fellow passengers on the Pandaw on the Irrawaddy ... Read more
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cantante
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Viking River Cruises have won many travel awards but after our recent Viking Helgi experience Im wondering why. Unfortunately, the plus points (refurbished interior, pleasant crew, good food) were overshadowed by the negatives. Although ... Read more
SandyBeach45
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We have just returned from a trip to Russia on the Viking River Cruises Viking Helgi ship a holiday ruined by mechanical noise, which ensured I was entirely unable to sleep in the stateroom we had booked. There was a consistent, loud and ... Read more
lfn105
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2012
The ship, or should I say boat, itself is disappointing. The cabin is tiny and the beds really uncomfortable. Worst of all, the cabin has odd angles jutting out, which is a health and safty hazard as we fell over a few times. The boat ... Read more

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Bousker
Member Since 2011
1 review
3 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2012
I can't say enough about the guides on this Viking tour. They were friendly, very knowledgeable and fun to be with. We probably could have chosen a better time of year to have done this trip, as the weather was what we are used to here ... Read more
Beachnut53
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
112 forum posts
1 helpful vote
What a fabulous trip! Would highly recommend starting in Moscow. We had a AX room on the 4th floor which was small but efficient. It was quiet with very little foot traffic on the outside walkway. Our cabin steward magically made ... Read more
aaallison
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
It's unclear whether Viking management exercises too-strict control over operation of the dining room, the Hotel Manager is incompetent, or both. I rather suspect that it's a combination, i.e., that the staff hide behind the operating ... Read more
Quiltsalad
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
218 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2011
We booked a private tour of China through an Internet Agency. Spent a year setting the tour up emailing on a regular basis back and forth with the agent in Guilin, China. Got it exactly they way we wanted it starting with several days in ... Read more
Pestkiller
Member Since 2012
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My wife and I had never been to Russia. We had been to China, the Caribbean, South America, Alaska, and all over the U.S. but Russia was a new experience. We flew from Seattle to St. Petersburg. Our flights to and from Russia was via ... Read more

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al468
Member Since 2009
1 review
47 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We are experienced travellers and what happened to us on this trip has never happened before and the problems we experienced ruined what should have been an enjoyable expereince. Our difficulties started in the air routing selected by ... Read more
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chipper3
Member Since 2011
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2011
We went on the Viking Waterways of the Czars cruise aboard the Surkov. The cabin was roomy enough that we did not feel cramped. The bed was comfortable, and the air conditioning worked well. The food from beginning to end was very good ... Read more
CdMAgFox
Member Since 2005
13 reviews
1,234 forum post
0 helpful votes
***Welcome to Moscow! July 5th*** By noon today, July 5th, we had deplaned our Delta flight #46 from Atlanta -- a 10.5 hour flight, had passed through Russian passport control, retrieved our checked baggage, and were collected by Viking ... Read more
CdMAgFox
Member Since 2005
13 reviews
1,234 forum post
0 helpful votes
Waterways of the Czars Viking River Cruise July 5 - 17, 2011 ~~Welcome to Moscow! July 5th~~ By noon today, July 5th, we had deplaned our Delta flight 46 from Atlanta - a 10.5 hour flight, had passed through Russian ... Read more
Rikka
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
89 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2010
My husband and I have cruised on ocean going vessels before and have travelled extensively. We are both in our sixties and are pretty active. When we were on a hiking trip to Germany a few years ago, we ran into some folks who were just ... Read more
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