We were anxiously awaiting our first Viking River Cruise. We had heard good things about Viking and their marketing campaign is impressive. Unfortunately for us, the cruise was not impressive, at least not in a good way.
On Viking Cruises, the person charged with ensuring passenger comfort, enjoyment and safety is called the Hotel Manager. Perhaps we caught our hotel manager during a bad week, but he certainly did not purvey a gracious or pleasant attitude. In fact, he gave the impression that his shoes were several sizes too small. Unfortunately, his demeanor trickled down to the staff, many of whom seemed to be counting their days as crew members on the Viking Aegir.
We found the food to be mediocre, certainly not the caliber of food or variety we have experienced on other cruise lines.
The cabins were nice, the typical room with balcony we've experienced on other lines. The amenities were pretty much non-existent. There was a lounge area, with a bar, More
which accommodated most on-board activities. If you attended any of these activities, you needed to arrive early, otherwise, you found yourself standing during the festivities. The area simply could not accommodate all of the passengers onboard. There was also a shuffleboard on the upper deck and a few small putting greens.
Our cabin was in the rear of the boat, so engine noise and vibration were always an issue while underway.
We stopped at a few really nice areas along the Danube, but we also stopped at a couple of questionable locations where the locals made it clear they did not like 'Westerners". They seemed to not really care if you came to their town. In one town in Bulgaria, a few of the locals showed their enthusiasm by flashing the "one finger good luck sign" to our passing bus.
Overall, on a scale of 1 to 10, my wife and I gave this cruise a 5, by far our least enjoyable one. Unfortunately, it was also one of the most expensive cruises we've taken.
Would we do another Viking Cruise? Absolutely not! Less