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Editors' Note: Vikign Helvetia is no longer being used by the company. Viking River Cruises' 198-passenger Viking Helvetia debuted in 2006. The ship plies the water of the Rhine River between Amsterdam and ...
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Firegaff
Member Since 2005
1 review
5 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
We booked this cruise along with 5 other couples. We arrived in Amsterdam 4 days early then went on the cruise. We felt totally taken care of the whole time. The food was great, something for everyone. The bar was good not too expensive, ... Read more
cmorrell
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2014
This was our first cruise. I did not want to join one of the large ocean going cruise ships with hoards of travelers and this cruise was ideal for someone wanting a much smaller environment. From our original contact with Viking to our ... Read more
Iowa Flatlander
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Just returned from a wonderful Rhine River trip on the Viking Helvetia. The food was terrific, and service was superb. Bottomless wine glasses at lunch and dinner were a treat and the "Silver Package" at the bar made imbibing in the ... Read more
saw1
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed August 2014
Viking representatives met us at the airport and offered help with baggage, answering questions, and provided overall information. The Hotel Movenpick staff, for the most part were courteous. The receptionist at the desk when we arrived ... Read more
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LSMoran
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed July 2014
Wonderful cruise.. Everything was top notch. The tours were great with local guides who really knew the best information - and Viking knows how to get you to the spots you want to see ahead of the crowds. On board crew and staff were ... Read more
lisasharyn
Member Since 2003
1 review
47 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Warning! This is lengthy, but in-depth. My husband and I vacationed with another couple (all in our 50s). Our flight arrived in Basel, Switzerland after a very difficult day trying to coordinate flights on British Airways. Out original ... Read more
dinc
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I was very disappointed in the cruise. I had been looking forward to it based on reviews read but they did not tell the whole story it seems. The ship is old and does not always function properly. The air conditioning in our room (311) was ... Read more
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awhirley
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
I had heard people rave about how wonderful these river cruises were with Viking. Unfortunately, for the amount of money we paid, I was rather disappointed. I will start with the positive: The people who worked aboard the ship were ... Read more
JDay1
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Along the Rhine River, there are so many castles at one point you can barely turn fast enough to capture them all; but you reflect on just what a gorgeous ride one is having with ALL the amenities those castles don't have. The food is ... Read more
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Baileyswedishfish
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I (early 50s) and two adult sons (early 20s) traveled in May on Viking's Helvetia from Basel to Amsterdam. It a second Viking cruise for my husband and I, a first for the kids. We were in lower level cabins and were quite ... Read more
Lytham
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We booked the cruise to coincide with our Golden Wedding Anniversary. Viking cruises are not cheap. This cruise on the Rhine worked out at over £500, per day, for the two of us. We expected, I think quite rightly, a degree of luxury ... Read more
Frieslander
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We wanted to take my elderly mother on a river cruise as this was something she really wanted to do, so we booked with Viking for a jaunt down the Rhine. At the time of booking we specifically requested assistance at airports and received ... Read more
KGMaes
Member Since 2014
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My husband and I were really looking forward to our first cruise with Viking--so much so that we were fearful that it wouldn't live up to our expectations. Well, believe it or not, it far exceeded them! They simply cannot do enough for ... Read more
dubiousbviking
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2013
The cruise was well planned and well executed with well appointed and impeccably clean cabins; or "staterooms" as they are termed. With a few notable exceptions, the staff were friendly and efficient although slightly overly familiar ... Read more
bob from bama
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We boarded the Helvetia in Basel and were met at the airport by the Viking reps. You did not have to touch your bags as they took them from you and you next saw them at your door. Check in was a breeze. The ship was about 6 years old and ... Read more
jbaber1
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We are experienced travelers. Who are not really keen about cruising. This trip from Basal to Amsterdam became one of the best experiences we've ever had. While I've read horror stories (few and far between) they are exceptions. We were ... Read more
PeterReigate
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed September 2013
This was our first River Cruise having only previously undertaken Coastal Voyages in Norway. Ocean cruising with all the razzmataz does not appeal to us. We were not disappointed and everything exceeded our expectation. It was indeed 'all ... Read more
Iron_Duke
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Let's start with the Good:  Booking was easy. Went through Viking direct but even though we booked a year ahead there were only a few cabins left on deck three (top deck). Documentation arrived three weeks prior to departure and ... Read more
engoil
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2013
For corroboration of this trip review, please refer to the 5/13 review by the person who referred to the Viking Tor. We arrived in Basel, Switzerland and were met by Viking staff who advised that we would need to board a bus to Germany ... Read more
burger king
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed May 2013
We were on board the Tor sailing from Amsterdam to Budapest and then Prague on 26 May, 2013. Incredibly, the Viking Company sailed us right into the historic European flooding on the Rhine, Main, and Danube. As we left Amsterdam, it was ... Read more
chiefpmb@earthlink.net
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Reservation #1268169 The crew and the “ports” are great! First the crew…wonderful and attentive says it. On the Helvetia, we especially appreciated the attention and friendliness, and enjoyed Peter our maître de, ... Read more
beachgal
Member Since 2003
2 reviews
528 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our flight arrived in Amsterdam about 7am so we got our luggage, got a cab and arrived at the dock around 7:30. It was hard to tell which was our ship because many ships were all lined up next to each other at the dock. He got out to ... Read more
beanpittsburgh
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
58 forum posts
0 helpful votes
As you can see from my title, this was our first river cruise. We had tried 1 Caribbean cruise before and we weren't too crazy about our experience with that. We selected Viking because of the Rhine itinerary (been to some of the places ... Read more
nanniekitty47
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We sailed from Amsterdam at the end of March on the Helvetia - our first river cruise although we have been on various ocean cruises. Our cabin was very comfortable with a window just above the water level, which was fine for us. Our ... Read more
RiverRat41
Member Since 2013
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2012
An Unfortunate Journey As a retired advertising executive from the creative side and an agency principal, I have long been impressed with Viking's marketing. The branding is clean and well-targeted. In retirement, my wife and I have done ... Read more

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