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371 Viking First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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Molly7300
Member Since 2016
1 review
We wanted to do a safe mother daughter trip in Russia. We started In Moscow and ended in St. Petersburg. We loved the trip. The included tours and lectures were great. The local guides were wonderful. Our ship guides, Alexei, Vadim, and ... Read more
JANBENIGNO
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed June 2016
This was our first river cruise, and I cannot say enough about this cruise, it was WONDERFUL!!! The staff and crew on the ship were wonderful, Chris the cruise director, Allen the concierge, everyone was just so wonderful and ... Read more
Woogiesgma
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed April 2016
Our first river cruise and it exceeded our expectations. Viking took care of all aspects of the travel involved with the trip. Ship, cabin and crew were impeccable in service and amenities. Extremely comfortable cabin and overall ... Read more
misamajoco
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 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
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

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thefagan7
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
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
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
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
Wayde
Member Since 2016
1 review
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
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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DanielJLieb
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Christmas market cruise. Absolutely magical! Dining experience was delightful and far beyond what I could have hoped for... from early morning coffee / breakfast to midnight snacks... servers polite, friendly, exceptionally ... Read more
SherriK101
Member Since 2016
1 review
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
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
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
Bigfishtx
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
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

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dmzurawski
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
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
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
2 helpful votes
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
48 forum posts
2 helpful votes
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
Ollie305
Member Since 2016
1 review
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

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REAEmilyJones
Member Since 2015
1 review
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
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
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
1 helpful vote
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
lwdennis
Member Since 2016
1 review
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

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