Subscribe today
Get Cruise Critic in your inbox

Viking Legend Review

Home > Cruise Ship Reviews > Viking River > Viking Legend Review
75% of cruisers loved it
  • Free shore excursions at each port
  • Large number of cabins with French balconies
  • Regionally influenced cuisine

Show the Lowest Price
Departure Month
Please select at least one vendor.
Avoya Travel
Onboard.com
American Discount Cruises
Expedia
Priceline.com
Direct Line Cruises
Cruise.com

Viking Legend Overview

(4.0) 4.0 out of 5+ star rating
River ships are the original slow boats, flat-bottomed vessels that slowly ply inland waterways, designed to fit under bridges and through series of locks. While they bring passengers past beautiful scenes of river life, including fishing shacks, vineyards and castles, and cruise right into fascinating Old World cities such as Budapest and Vienna (you and walk off the ship right into the city center in some cases), they are comfortable but hardly the kind of ships that draw big buzz. Except that this pretty, contemporary ship, part of the world's largest river ship fleet, and introduced in spring 2009, does have some quiet firsts.

For those who seek luxury, the Viking Legend boasts the two largest suites on any European river ship, though at 310 square feet each they are hardly penthouses. All cabins on the ship have windows for views, but cabins on two decks on Legend are equipped with French balconies – you can open floor-to-ceiling glass doors to let in breezes (there is a railing through no step-out area). Most beds on the ship are comfortably hotel-like and in-cabin entertainment comes via flatscreen Sony TVs. The ship also has Wi-Fi (free if you bring your own laptop). And at 443 feet, the Legend is one of the longest ships in the Viking fleet.

But the biggest achievement is actually behind the scenes, where a state-of-the-art propulsion system delivers a quieter, vibration-free, more environmentally friendly ride. Legend passengers probably won't notice what's going on below the waterline, but the hybrid, diesel/electric engines save an estimated 20 percent on fuel. This river ship is greener than its competitors.

Viking Legend serves up a particularly comfortable, friendly environment (a limited number of public rooms on only four passenger decks assures you pretty much get to know everyone), a crew that certainly tries hard to please and, as with all river ships, the advantage of visiting a different locale each day while only having to unpack once. Plus on the calm river-ways, there is no need to worry about seasickness – except for the change in scenery you'll hardly know you are moving. This ship was purpose-built for cruising riverways in Europe including the Danube, Main and Rhine, where there are some very low bridges. So the Legend also features a collapsible Wheelhouse and collapsible canvas awnings on the sundeck – when needed, up on top, the Legend can get as flat as a pancake.

Viking Legend Fellow Passengers
Those on Viking Legend are mostly 60 and up (some into their late 80s and 90s), though on our cruise we also had one 30-something honeymoon couple attracted by the two-week itinerary, and several couples in their 50s. They are generally well-traveler and interested in world history. They are a fairly active group, though these cruises are hardly soft adventure (an ability to walk on cobblestones and uphill is helpful). Most like to chat, and the convivial small ship environment enhances this aspect – I was adopted by several couples and never dined or drank alone although I was traveling solo.

Nearly all passengers are American (though you may find a few British, Canadians and Australians too). A lot of guests have roots in the region and are here to see where a parent or grandparent was born. In some cases they may be returning to places where they served in the armed forces (one fellow on our cruise said last time he was in Passau, Germany, he was carrying a machine gun).

Viking Legend Dress Code
The dress code during the day is casual and comfortable – you'll want sneakers or comfortable walking shoes for the tours. At night, some get gussied up slightly for dinner – country club casual – while others don't bother to change at all. An exception is the Captain's Dinner, once each cruise, dressy but not formal – women may want to wear a dress or other dinner party attire, men a collared shirt with blazer (though no tie or jacket is required).

Viking Legend Gratuity
At the end of the cruise, you are asked to pay gratuities in one lump sum, in cash (U.S. dollars or euros) so the tips can be pooled – meaning the program director divvies up everyone's share. The suggested gratuity is $10 to $12 per guest, per day. Additional tips during the trip are at your discretion – they suggest $1 to $2 U.S. per person, per day, for local guides, and $.50 to $1 for each bus driver (again, paying in U.S. dollars is fine).

Editor's note: the official onboard currency is the euro. You can pay your final bill in euros, U.S. dollars or by credit card. The ship does not accept traveler's checks. And while you can exchange a few dollars onboard, guests are encouraged to use shore-side ATMS or exchange bureaus.

Print the entire ship review


Viking Legend Member Reviews 46 Reviews
   Fabulous Danube cruise
October 2014

Viking River Cruises has gotten river cruising down to an art. We flew from Seattle to London to Budapest. Viking arranged our air transportation and transfers. When we arrived in Budapest, a smiling Viking agent greeted us. We waited for other ...continue


   Epitome of Service
October 2014

There simply was no detail missed by the Viking folks: The web site answered all of our questions; the pre-cruise mailed package included a historical booklet as well as luggage tags and cruise schedule; the perfect air connections; the warm ...continue


   Very good - -
August 2014

We did the Danube cruise with the Prague extension. A few thoughts:

1. Unlike other reviewers, we found the food to be good - - not gourmet restaurant but we never had a bad meal and the staff did all they could to accomodate you. A few ...continue


1 - 3 of 46 Reviews


Overview   Cabins   Dining   Activities   Family   Itineraries   Deck Plans   More Reviews  
 

Show the Lowest Price
Departure Month
Please select at least one vendor.
Avoya Travel
Onboard.com
American Discount Cruises
Expedia
Priceline.com
Cruise.com
Direct Line Cruises
Sponsored Listings:
Viking Legend Ratings
Member Rating
Dining
4.0
4.4
Public Rooms
5.0
4.7
Cabins
5.0
4.3
Entertainment
3.0
3.9
Spa & Fitness
3.0
3.0
Family & Children
1.0
3.0
Shore Excursions
5.0
4.6
Enrichment
3.0
NA
Service
4.0
4.7
Value-for-Money
4.0
4.1
Rates
4.0
4.0

Sailing From

Cruises To
Europe - All

Explore This Ship
About UsAdvertisingEditorial DisclaimerPress
PrivacySite MapStoreSubscribe
X

Thank You For Signing Up!

Please Note: To ensure delivery of your free e-letters, please add news@cruisecritic.com to your address book.

We're committed to protecting your privacy and will not rent or sell your e-mail address. By proceeding, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.