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Editor's note: Viking Bestla is still owned by the company but is not currently sailing in 2016. What first strikes you as you step onboard Viking Bestla, one of Viking's numerous Longship-class sisters? ...
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24 Viking Bestla Cruise Reviews

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orlsdesl4
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed October 2015
I have been on other Viking river cruises and enjoyed this one even though it was a river / bus trip due to the low water level of the river. This was my first experience with a Viking Longship. Besides the Eistla, I was also on the ... Read more
Michaelp williams
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
Our trip was from Amsterdam to Budapest covering 15 ports in 15 days. This is our second cruise with Viking and this week just purchased another 15 day small ship ocean cruise with Viking. The Amsterdam ship was a totally 1st class ... Read more
Pandandy
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
For the price of the cruise, we expected to be "wowed", but only had one such experience, sailing into Budapest at night. We also expected to be treated as adults about the likelihood of low river water interrupting our ... Read more
staceyhoward
Member Since 2016
1 review
My husband and I sent our baby off to college and wanted an adventure of a lifetime. We had been getting the booklets from Vilking for years and always said ”someday”, well someday was now. We booked the Explorer Suite and ... Read more
mladyd59
Member Since 2015
1 review
This was our first cruise and we loved it! We were looking for something quiet and relaxing and this fit the bill. Everything was well planned and organized. Food was delicious, and the crew was attentive. The only disappointment was that ... Read more

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Steve Lewis
Member Since 2015
1 review
Service, food, hospitality, staff, overall quality of the ship were all great. Cabins were well laid out and very quiet. Ease of getting around on the ship was very appreciated. Ports-of-call generally good, with easy access, but more ... Read more
ginnylou61
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed May 2015
From the very moment we booked the cruise we received top notch care from Viking. We were kept informed all the way through. Viking met us at the airport in Amsterdam and they walked us through the boarding process in Prague, Czech ... Read more
Ercole
Member Since 2016
1 review
The Bestla was cheerful, organized, and tasteful. Our cabin was comfortable and had everything we needed and we never saw the house staff, we had one TV problem and had a repair engineer in within 10minites and fix our problem quicker than ... Read more
ron47
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
Can't say enough about the crew. Very attentive and enthusiastic. This was our third Viking cruise. The itinerary for Tulips and Windmills was not as interesting as the previous two cruises (Romantic Danube and Portraits of Southern ... Read more
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SaxonQueen
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed April 2015
We saw the Viking ad on PBS station and wanted to see the Tulips in bloom. Everything was handled very smoothly from the airport to the ship and on the way home. We were on the Bestla. Our cabin was beautiful with its views from ... Read more

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bestie
Member Since 2015
1 review
The kitchen really catered (pun intended) to our group of 8. Four of us had special need diets and the maitre d' and the chef really outdid themselves at every meal. So attentive! Lunch and dinner were always checked with us in advance ... Read more
oiling
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed March 2015
say 3 good thing first, 1st cruise for the season- cabin was ready at 10a.m., ship is beautifully, cabin arrangement was nice. now the disappointing part: because is the first cruise of the season, felt like the entire staff don't have ... Read more
pcvogel
Member Since 2015
1 review
This was my first Viking cruise. I had heard from friends and relatives that the tours and service were excellent. I was not disappointed. We had several days of weather problems which caused us to stay in port or dock in locations not ... Read more
Chuck/jo
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed October 2014
We recently came back from a Viking River Cruise starting in Budapest ending in Amsterdam. We boarded the Viking Ship called the Estila after looking for the Bestla which we did not know untill we got to the Ship. We found the staff on the ... Read more
Ellen in State College PA
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
2 forum posts
Overall we had a very good trip. However two things were irritating, the boat switch halfway through the trip and the beverage package. This was the most expensive vacation I have ever taken and I expected perfection.In those two areas ... Read more

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GrandpaBilly
Member Since 2013
1 review
14 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2014
Recently back from a great cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest (followed by Prague extension). Exceeded my expectations. Had the youngest (German) captain in Viking (Bestla) fleet and it seemed he set a nice tone as everyone aboard enjoyed ... Read more
261044
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
2 forum posts
I was on a 15 day cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. This was my first river cruise, although I have been on more than 30 ocean cruises. I had decided to try this type of cruising, even though it was more expensive. I spoke to several ... Read more
Ollie55
Member Since 2014
1 review
I found that the Viking staff were exceptional given the needs of the guests. They dealt with issues in a very professional and caring manner since there were several medical issues during the excursion. The tours that were set up were ... Read more
greybear59
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed July 2014
The service, the meals, the staff, and the ship itself were all first class. We especially enjoyed all the destinations where the guides on shore were knowledgeable and friendly. The cruise director was really organized and gave us a good ... Read more
ddcoleman
Member Since 2014
1 review
My wife and I have been on several small ship cruises, and this was one of the nicest. The ship was very modern and comfortable, the crew was very friendly and attentive, and the tours were wonderful. The food and wine were excellent and ... Read more

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tennesseedreamer
Member Since 2014
1 review
It was indeed "Grand". The ship is beautiful, the staff very helpful and with a smile, and our captain outstanding! The waters in the Danube/Rhine Rivers were quite low but thanks to the skill of our captain and his team, we were ... Read more
Clorito
Member Since 2014
1 review
We took the Grand European Tour with great expectations. We could not have been more disappointed. The quality of the service in the restaurant and cabin was not up to standard. The food was mediocre and it took them forever to get the ... Read more
AZDonRose
Member Since 2014
1 review
30 forum posts
We were aboard the Bestla for her maiden voyage on the Rhine Getaway from Amsterdam to Basel.  The short version is absolutely first class all the way. The longer version: We flew into Amsterdam two days prior and were housed at the ... Read more
efcooke
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed April 2014
We were experienced European travelers, but never been river cruising. Expect the unexpected. Our first introduction to Viking was at the Palace Hotel in Lucerne. The property and the staff set the tone for the entire trip; first rate in ... Read more

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