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367 Viking First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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misamajoco
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
This was our first cruise and we chose to take a Viking River Cruise down the Rhine River. We chose a pre-cruise extension and made all of the arrangements on our own, spending two nights in Amsterdam before boarding the Viking ship Hlin. ... Read more
cyclingaddict
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
This was for our honeymoon and we both love Christmas Hence the Christmas Market Tour on Viking. The ship was fine, the staff and excursions were above average. What was not good were the meals. Dinner was close to atrocious. They served a ... Read more
thefagan7
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
We cruised the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam this past December on the Viking Kara. The weather was cold and rainy as expected but we enjoyed the Christmas markets and the various tours. The tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable. We ... Read more
sbstringer007
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
The boat, food and crew were excellent. The overall experience was very positive but thought some things needed to be said. First off, as in other reviews, leaving from Le Pecq and not Paris was a huge disappointment. The area in Le ... Read more
bajasny
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Right from the moment it started, this cruise was first class all the way. The way the staff, beginning at the airport greeter, all the way through the cruise met and exceeded every expectation we could have had. Every member ... Read more

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Wayde
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
This was my first river cruise and my wife and I couldn't have picked a better introductory cruise. This was also my wife's first trip to Europe. The itinerary for the Danube Waltz trip contained the right amount of excursions to ... Read more
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wajtv
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise of any kind. The staff was exemplary and the service outstanding. The variety and quality of the food was truly unexpected. This was not buffet food, but fine restaurant preparations and presentations. The ... Read more
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SherriK101
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
We had the crew of the Alsvin but we were on the Viking Modi. We were notified of the change in ships because of low water levels but ended up being able to sail on Viking Modi for our entire trip on Thanksgiving week. We really had an ... Read more
wadsbkworm
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We wanted our 30 wedding anniversary to be special and Viking did not disappoint! From the time we arrived at the airport in Nuremberg until we were dropped off at the airport in Budapest, we were treated like royalty. Yes, we got the ... Read more
romraF
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
First of all, we ended up on the Jarl instead of the Alta, due to low river water. My husband and I had never been on a cruise before, so we did not know what to expect. We were pleased with the accommodations and were comfortable. We ... Read more

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Bigfishtx
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
I am from TX and have never taken a cruise before. In fact I always said if I couldn't walk home I wasn't going. Let me also say my job requires travel and I have worked in 42 of the 50 states in the USA. With that being said I decided to ... Read more
dmzurawski
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
My boyfriend and I learned more about Viking River Cruises from PBS (while watching Masterpiece, of course!) and were immediately interested in the the fact that we could go to Europe and unpack once and still see multiple cities. Being ... Read more
Arib918
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Everything on the cruise was higher than what was expected. All the wines served were well above average. The only negative comment I have to say is I tried to contact Viking to find out if they could help me acquire some of the wines in ... Read more
Benly
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
Although our river cruise did not start off on a positive note because of low water levels and we had to change boats twice, I found Viking to be very efficient in ensuring that everything went smoothly. Stay on both Viking boats ... Read more
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cruisingcaker
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
36 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
My Mother and I have just completed a river cruise on the Viking Skirnir and Lofn from Amsterdam to Budapest. At 85 years of age, this was the pinnacle of her 'bucket list' and an epic journey from Australia to Europe. I have been on many ... Read more

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Ollie305
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
My husband and I took our first cruise ever and were very impressed with everything that Viking offered. The rooms were small, but we didn't spend much time there. The planning, execution, food, guides and especially our program director ... Read more
REAEmilyJones
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Shall I start with the positive or the negative of my experience? Three Boats, never saw the one I was supposed to be on. Three weeks before departure I started tracking the Viking Mimir the boat I was supposed to be on, and noticed ... Read more
njpeirce
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We had a marvelous time. The ship, our cabin, the staff, the meals and alcohol...all of these exceeded our expectations. The town stops and the tours were all excellent. The service was extraordinary; we have never experienced such good ... Read more
SSAATTBB
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Boarded Viking Buri in Chalon sur Saône 11/8/15 for the Portraits of Southern France for 8 day cruise and optional 3 day extension in Nice. We were first time cruisers. Met at airport in Lyon by staff and transferred to Chalon. ... Read more
MerrilH
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Our trip started in Lyon and ended in Nice. (We did the extension.) The Staff and Crew of the Buri paid attention to virtually every detail with warmth and friendliness. The accommodations were lovely. The bed was very comfortable and ... Read more

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lwdennis
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
The most enjoyable aspect of the trip were the shore excursions. They were all done with very knowledgeable persons who provided a great deal of interesting information about the areas, people and aspects of the particular locale. Travel ... Read more
Jakse1943
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We spent much of our "cruise" riding around in buses. If I had wanted to take a bus tour it would have been less expensive. We spent a day and a half traveling by bus consequently we had much less time to,spend at our ... Read more
mstines@pacbell.net
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Although we've traveled extensively this was our first river cruise. And this is the only to go! We added a pre-cruise stay in Amsterdam. What a fun city! The canal boat trip, Rijksmuseum and tour of the red light district were excellent. ... Read more
marmot21
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We took the 12 day City of Lights Viking Cruise with an extended stay in Paris. In Paris, we stayed at the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel Hotel and in Prague we stayed at the Hilton Prague. Both hotels were excellent. Viking staff met us at the ... Read more
Gail Wilde
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
Just returned from my first and last "River Cruise". We spent more hours on busses than ships. The low water levels in the Danube has been an issue for months. Viking management has been aware of it yet continues to lie to ... Read more

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