61 Amsterdam Viking River Viking Baldur Cruise Reviews

Celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary, we selected our 2nd Viking River Cruise for the Grand European Cruise. Started off on the wrong foot as we had selected a pre-excursion visit to Prague but missed flight to JFK due to weather. ... Read More
Celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary, we selected our 2nd Viking River Cruise for the Grand European Cruise. Started off on the wrong foot as we had selected a pre-excursion visit to Prague but missed flight to JFK due to weather. Arrived a day late, but Viking rep was right on sight to meet us and provide transportation to Prague Hotel. Local rep provided us with "make-up" tours and we had a great time in the Czech Republic. Then bussed to Budapest to pick up River Cruise ship. Great welcome on board and meet many new friends. Water levels in all rivers were very low and we ended up having to land portage 2 times to shift to 3 different long ships. A major logistic problem for Viking and the cruise director to transfer 185 people and their baggage to new Viking ships on the other side of low water. Several other river cruise lines were having to cancel their schedules and ship passengers home as they didn't have additional ships available. Viking has a substantial fleet and they were able to provide passage all the way to final destination even with problems presented by low water levels and we didn't miss any of our optional shore excursions. Cabin service was outstanding and the dining staff on all 3 Long Ships was first class. Excursions were one of the reasons we choose Viking and they were the best. We had a very memorable anniversary, one we will never forget, made even more so by the adversity that this River Cruise faced and overcame. As a footnote to this experience, after returning home, Viking notified us that in order to compensate us for the inconvenience experienced during this Cruise, they were going to apply a 50% credit of the price of this cruise to our next booking! Will we be traveling with them again? Absolutely, it is just a question of which Cruise to book!! . Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Our Program Director, David, was absolutely marvelous. He made the trip so personal and so special. Everyone loved him, especially his British accent. I would love to cruise with him again. All staff members - waiters, bartenders, ... Read More
Our Program Director, David, was absolutely marvelous. He made the trip so personal and so special. Everyone loved him, especially his British accent. I would love to cruise with him again. All staff members - waiters, bartenders, hotel manager, housekeeping, etc. were 5-star. They provided personal, friendly, timely service. Each night the food was absolutely delicious and we loved all the varieties of wine available. Reviewing the posted dinner menu was something to look forward to every morning. Chef Marius was funny and entertaining. And all the soups were superb. We actually asked to meet the soup Chef because his selections were so tasty. We included soup with dinner each night. The excursions were entertaining and well organized. The tour guides were wonderful and provided a wealth of information. We especially loved the Nuremberg, Lippizzaner and wine excursions. This was the cruise of a lifetime and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Everything about the Tulips and Windmills Cruise was great, beginning with the Pulitzer Amsterdam Hotel, the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank Museum and several other museums we visited before the cruise. The ship and our cabin and private ... Read More
Everything about the Tulips and Windmills Cruise was great, beginning with the Pulitzer Amsterdam Hotel, the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank Museum and several other museums we visited before the cruise. The ship and our cabin and private deck were spacious and lovely. The service provided by the crew and tour guides was excellent. All meals on the ship and at ports of call were delicious. The entertainment on the ship was great. I can't say enough about all the ports and shore excursions. They were so unique and interesting, we saw so many wonderful things. The Delft Porcelain Ware tour was really interesting watching some of the workers paint on the porcelain and see how all the process was completed. They really made lovely pieces and you could purchase some in the gift shop which I did! The Hoorn walking tour was interesting seeing all the old buildings. I could not walk all the way to the home-hosted visit but my daughter went and enjoyed the visit. I enjoyed sitting on a bench in front of the old church and watched the people go by. It was a lovely morning and I was able to take my time getting back to the ship. The tulips farm was really interesting, seeing how the tulips were harvested, taken to the processing barn and seeing the big automated machine that took the tulips through several operations and ending up fastened in small bunches ready to be shipped and sold. The old windmills were really beautiful. We went to Flanders Fields and one of the ladies from our ship was able to find the grave site of her uncle. This was a very beautiful and moving place to visit. We also visited a Castle, toured it and had a delicious lunch there. The Keukenhof Gardens were beautiful and there were beautiful tulip fields close to the Gardens. We also went to Paris after the cruise and saw Paris by night, did some touring on our own, and went to the Paris Cabaret and saw a wonderful show and has a delicious dinner. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was my first Viking Cruise and it exceeded my expectations. This was the Windmills and Tulips tour that included stops in The Netherlands and Belgium. The tours were fun and informative. The ship was wonderful. I loved the intimate ... Read More
This was my first Viking Cruise and it exceeded my expectations. This was the Windmills and Tulips tour that included stops in The Netherlands and Belgium. The tours were fun and informative. The ship was wonderful. I loved the intimate feeling of less than 200 passengers...met just about everyone before the trip was finished. Are far too much wonderful food. The staff were helpful, attentive and downright fun!! The opportunities to see the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh museum, Rembrandt House, Flanders Field were once in a lifetime. I also enjoyed the chance to tour a working windmill (although I had to overcome the urge to find a lance and have a Don Quixote moment). And there there were the Tulip gardens. Beautiful! One of my favorite parts of the trip was in Hoorn when we were able to visit a persons home, have coffee and homemade Dutch apple pie and enjoy a great conversation about life in The Netherlands. Then of course The was that awesome moment of enjoying Belgium chocolates and Belgium ales...in BELGIUM!!! Can’t wait for my next trip!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
My wife has always wanted to see the Keukenhof Gardens so we selected this cruise. We had never been on a cruise before so we didn't know what to expect but we had a wonderful time. I would do it again -- and, in fact we are planning ... Read More
My wife has always wanted to see the Keukenhof Gardens so we selected this cruise. We had never been on a cruise before so we didn't know what to expect but we had a wonderful time. I would do it again -- and, in fact we are planning a Russia cruise on Viking next year. The Baldur is great. We had a mid size cabin with a little balcony, I recommend that since it gives you a bit more room to move around. However, you don't spend that much time in your cabin since there is always something going on. Cabin service was excellent, our steward was wonderful and always made sure that we had what we needed when we needed it. This was true of everyone on board -- very accommodating. The food is awesome and certainly lived up to expectations. I liked the lighter lunch buffets that were available in the lounge area. We took most of out lunches there. The shore excursions were fun and informative, guides were truly top notch. We had several excellent guides but the guy who took us to the Hague and The Mauritshuis was spectacular. All the guides were good but the depth of art knowledge this guy had was amazing. A lot of these guides take their work seriously -- they do it for a living and Viking nailed down some really good ones which made all the difference. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Viking River Cruises provided a wonderful itinerary for Tulips and Windmills in April 2018. The trip lived up to all of our expectations and then some. Every day was a wonderful adventure. All the ship amenities were wonderful. Our cabin ... Read More
Viking River Cruises provided a wonderful itinerary for Tulips and Windmills in April 2018. The trip lived up to all of our expectations and then some. Every day was a wonderful adventure. All the ship amenities were wonderful. Our cabin was spacious enough and very comfortable. The meals were outstanding, and the chef went out of his way to accommodate dietary needs of shipboard guests. The ship staff were all lovely people, and they went out of their way to accommodate us. The staff made us feel like they really cared about our well being and took care to provide us with assistance when it was needed. Our trip occurred during the first week of April, and we saw lots of tulips despite cool and rainy weather. We traveled in comfort everywhere on the ship and off on land excursions. The Netherlands and Belgium are two very beautiful countries, and we toured the nicest places in both. The local residents were very gracious, and the sites we visited were wonderful. One of the residents graciously opened his seaside home and invited us in for tea and apple pie. During the visit he shared information with us about his life in that region. We especially enjoyed the scenic Canal rides in Amsterdam, the Airborne Cemetery and Museum in Arnhem, the Church of Our Lady in Bruges, and the famous Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse. Lunch in Haarlem was a lot of fun. This trip was part of a celebration of our 50th Wedding Anniversary. Thanks to Viking River Cruises and their wonderful staff, we had a trip of a lifetime. We are now looking forward to our next trip with Viking River Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The Netherlands is my favorite destination when I travel. When I saw the "Tulips and Windmills" cruise, I knew I had to sign up. Amsterdam is so beautiful in many ways. The Dutch are delightful and very friendly. Amsterdam ... Read More
The Netherlands is my favorite destination when I travel. When I saw the "Tulips and Windmills" cruise, I knew I had to sign up. Amsterdam is so beautiful in many ways. The Dutch are delightful and very friendly. Amsterdam has soooo much to see. I've been to Amsterdam at least 7 or more times and I can still find things to do and see. This trip not only spends 3 days in Amsterdam but also some lovely towns I had not been to. So I found myself wanting to go so much, I went by myself. This was the first time I ventured out on my own with Viking. Having sailed with Viking on four previous trips, I knew I could do this! I made my reservation and began planning for the trip. My only fear was "who would I eat dinner with??" Funny how things turn out. The minute I boarded the ship, I met a single woman traveling with a friend. We started talking, hit it off, and Voila! I had some people to eat dinner with and ended up spending time on many of the excursions. Along the way I met a couple from Charleston, South Carolina and all of us became instant friends. In fact, the couple (Suzanne and Andy) and I have already planned and reserved 2 more Viking trips. Needless to say, the trip was fabulous. The food was delightful. I always get the Silver Spirit Package and the drinks are delicious. I ate breakfast in the Aquavit Lounge every morning since it is quiet there and offers a great selection of bread, rolls, meats, yogurt, musli etc. I never felt alone on the trip, not once! Will I do it again with Viking ? You betcha! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The Grand European Tour was our only choice for first and foremost of all the wonderful testimonials we had heard about Viking. Secondly, this was a cruise through an area of Europe we had only dreamed about. We did explore Amsterdam ... Read More
The Grand European Tour was our only choice for first and foremost of all the wonderful testimonials we had heard about Viking. Secondly, this was a cruise through an area of Europe we had only dreamed about. We did explore Amsterdam before we left with Viking assistance. All shore personnel were excellent in every way; no details left out. Everything ran like clock work! The Baldur and the entire crew was beyond measure. Our check in, our cabin every day was perfect, every meal totally delicious and the wines and the bartenders were excellently and the entertainment was fabulous. Every port was exceptional and beyond our wildest dreams. We made so many new friends and several of us have now booked for the 2019 Paris and Heart of Normandy River Cruise. Not thinking about the Autumn time of the year when we booked, we were so thrilled with all the fall foliage along the rivers of Europe. From our disembarkation in Budapest, we traveled on to Prague which is by far the most beautiful city in the world. The Viking crew at our hotel was excellent as was the hotel and their staff. Thank you Viking! Well done! Joey & Barbara. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest explored many different cities and countries over 15 days. In every port excellent tours were included and many others available. Special mention to the Activities Director Rob who was fantastic! ... Read More
This cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest explored many different cities and countries over 15 days. In every port excellent tours were included and many others available. Special mention to the Activities Director Rob who was fantastic! Beautiful ship, excellent food with perfect service. This was our 2nd Viking River Cruise and the experiences in both were excellent. The pickup at Amsterdam went smoothly and several of us had a very early morning flight(6:30 AM) from Budapest at the end. They had a breakfast for us at a very early hour and when we arrived at the Airport they had staff to direct us and even check us in for our flights. The meals offered excellent variety and quality whether for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. The complimentary wine and beer at Lunch and Dinner were also very good and did not feel shortchanged at all. I heartily endorse Viking for River Cruises and I am anxious to try one of their Ocean Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
After a lot of ocean cruises, we were ready for something different and more interesting. Viking lived up to all the good reviews we had read. From reservations and pre-cruise support to air and hotel arrangements, embarkation, cruising ... Read More
After a lot of ocean cruises, we were ready for something different and more interesting. Viking lived up to all the good reviews we had read. From reservations and pre-cruise support to air and hotel arrangements, embarkation, cruising and shore excursions everyone was highly organized and very friendly. Our Main Deck cabin was small but pleasant, with small windows at water level, about 5 feet above the floor. Most of the cruising was at night, and in port we often moored alongside other ships, so the value of higher level cabins seems limited, except maybe avoiding noise of passages through locks- which happened 67 times on this route. We liked the food, the shore excursions were mosty very interesting, and we got a lot of walking, sometimes 2 to 5 miles a day depending on time in port. The cruise director and staff were very good, and we liked the fresh Scandanavian decor. Hotels, transfers, and air tickets were all perfectly handled. On this cruise 90 percent of passengers were retired Americans in 60s and 70s, mostly well traveled and intelligent. There were no children and no facilites for them. The ships are well organized but there is no gym or fitness space and rhe “sun deck” cannot be used at all except on the Danube due to low bridges. Free wifi was a plus but as they note often very slow. Anyone with disabilities should not do this, unlike ocean cruising the ship has narrow corridors and tight rooms and requires use of stairs and steeply sloping gangplanks, and German cobblestone- paved towns require a lot of walking and stairs; buses have steep steps and narrow aises and are not acceptable. Even large cities have little or no accommodations for the disabled. The headsets provided for shore excursions were very helpful. In short, this is very enjoyable for older adults who can get around, but I think most chidren or teens would be bored. We were sorry to leave after te cruise and we are certainly looking forward to another Viking cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was a bucket list item for my husband and me. It did not disappoint whatsoever! Everything about this trip from the accommodations to the food to the sightseeing was excellent. The staff were attentive and always accommodating. It ... Read More
This was a bucket list item for my husband and me. It did not disappoint whatsoever! Everything about this trip from the accommodations to the food to the sightseeing was excellent. The staff were attentive and always accommodating. It was so nice to unpack once and stay in the same room for 2 weeks. The ship was attractive and comfortable, and we liked the small intimate size (around 200 passengers) versus a large ship with 2000 passengers. Onboard entertainment was fun and guest entertainment in various ports was interesting. There was an included excursion in every port and the staff were awesome as far as organizing transportation to and from the tour site, giving us water and umbrellas and greeting us upon our return with a refreshment as we boarded. We stayed extra time in Amsterdam before the cruise as well as time in Budapest after. We arranged our own pre and post accommodations which worked out well and was very worthwhile. I really cannot think of anything negative to say about this trip. We will definitely go on another Viking River Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We wanted to celebrate our 40th anniversary with a different cruise. Had been on several Ocean Cruises and heard only wonderful things about River Cruises. We planned the trip with friends who were also celebrating their Anniversaries. ... Read More
We wanted to celebrate our 40th anniversary with a different cruise. Had been on several Ocean Cruises and heard only wonderful things about River Cruises. We planned the trip with friends who were also celebrating their Anniversaries. Trish was a delight to book with, was able to answer all of our questions prior to booking. State rooms are small, but very functional. Food was excellent and so was entertainment on board. We took included tours and they were all great. Really appreciated the tour talks, as they were very informative about the city we were docking next, not about where the shopping was, which was most appreciated. Staff were wonderful, from the Customer Service, to the Room Stewards and the Restaurant Staff. The inclusions of wine, beer and soft beverages at lunch and dinner; water when we would leave on a tour and umbrellas if it was raining, certainly helped to minimize additional costs on board. Loved the small ship experience can't wait to take another. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was our first river cruise, and we've already booked another one for 2018. The ship was immaculately clean; the service was impeccable; the crew was brilliant at reading their guests--very friendly when engaged, yet providing ... Read More
This was our first river cruise, and we've already booked another one for 2018. The ship was immaculately clean; the service was impeccable; the crew was brilliant at reading their guests--very friendly when engaged, yet providing unobtrusive and personalized service when we were involved in conversation/activities with other guests. It was wonderful to unpack once and have the "hotel" travel with us, enabling us to visit many cities without the hassle of hauling our bags, arranging transportation, settling in to new accommodations or getting our bearings each day. Having shore excursions planned in advance of the trip put us at our leisure, especially because it was all arranged for us and all we needed to do was disembark at the appointed time! The Activities Director gave a "port talk" every evening before dinner, and there was also a "daily news" left in our cabins each evening--both outlining the onboard activities and tours for the next day. Each of these allowed us to take our cruise one day at a time without having to keep track of multi-day schedules. There were just under 200 guests on our ship, which was just the right number to get to know fellow travelers. The dining room was mostly furnished with oval tables for 6--just the right size for everyone to be engaged in the conversation, and if someone was a bit shy around strangers, they would easily be included in this intimate setting. The food was excellent, as was expected, but the variety provided at every meal, including the option of a lighter meal served on deck, was an added treat. Getting to know other guests during shared meals made it easy to continue conversations on the tours. With up to four choices of excursions each day, it was likely you would already know some of the people in your tour group. We went on all of the included tours with few exceptions, and they were each excellent. Each guest had a small, remote listening device and earbuds which enabled us to hear the tour guide no matter where we were within the group. It was possible to wander a good distance from the group (photo shots) and still hear the guide. Our only disappointment on the whole trip were two of our all day, optional excursions, and, unfortunately, these were the most expensive of the trip! The day trip to Salzburg was a very long bus ride for a hurried walking tour through the historic district and what was a nice lunch with actors performing songs from The Sound of Music. That's it. Very expensive. Another optional day tour included Waltzing Vienna (not a pleasant experience) and a difficult tour of the Shonbrunn Palace because it was SO crowded--I was envious of other tourists who were maneuvering through the crowds at their own pace following personal audio tours. The Modern Aristocracy day tour was worth the price. I very much enjoyed the Art/Bunker Tour in Nuremberg while my husband said the same of his Nuremberg Trial Tour. Most of the tour guides were engaging and delightfully entertaining. There was an opportunity to rate each guide, and I'm sorry I didn't do this on a daily basis to ensure the truly excellent guides would continue to be engaged by Viking. By the end of the cruise, I remembered the guide, but without the guide's name or matching it with the city, my review was worthless. The onboard activities were well planned. During the cruise of the castle district, the activities director provided intermittent commentary on the top deck which added interest to this relaxing afternoon of cruising with cocktails. The glassblower was both informative and entertaining. There was music and dancing and other fun in the lounge every evening after dinner. On demand movies in the cabin provided entertainment for quiet, down time. I think these cruises are most enjoyable for a couple/two people. We met two groups of 2 couples who were traveling together. They didn't interact much with the other guests, and when we joined one of these groups for dinner, it was obvious they'd known each other for so long that they had no new conversation. I couldn't help wondering if they would have had more fun if they'd been traveling alone. We also met sisters from North Carolina and sisters from Australia who clearly were having a great time, and I know I would enjoy one of these cruises with my sister, as well. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I chose this cruise because it was advertised as the Grand Tour of Europe. It went to places I had never visited, but had only read about. It included many places I had read about regarding the history of World War II. The on-shore ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was advertised as the Grand Tour of Europe. It went to places I had never visited, but had only read about. It included many places I had read about regarding the history of World War II. The on-shore tours were absolutely fantastic. All were conducted by local people very familiar with the area and its history. The buses were large and very comfortable. There was a wide variiety of on-shore trips to choose from, some to ancient historic sites, some to World War II battle sites, others to modern cities. The Program Director was very attentive to the passengers and their needs. Everything was extremely well organized. The food was great, with dining areas well suited to meeting and talking with other passengers. The enrichment talks and demonstrations were all outstanding, renging from demonstrations by an expert glass blower to a detailed lecture on the hostory of Vienna given by a local university professor. It met and exceeded all expectations. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We wanted to experience Europe and with starting in Amsterdam then finishing in Budapest, Viking River Cruises seem the best way to enjoy the trip at our age. The itinerary with all the included tours gave us exactly what we wanted. I ... Read More
We wanted to experience Europe and with starting in Amsterdam then finishing in Budapest, Viking River Cruises seem the best way to enjoy the trip at our age. The itinerary with all the included tours gave us exactly what we wanted. I enjoyed the castles, the small towns, the history from whatever you want to believe to the present, the tour guides selected by Viking were knowledgeable, entertaining, and gave a good presentation of their local city/town. We did not eat off the Baldur as the meals were superior, plus well prepared, dining staff pleasant with your every request fulfilled with competence and humor. Viking River Cruise has to be complimented on their staff hiring, the personnel was pleasant, efficient, thus resulting in a memorable wonderful experience. The weather co-operated as we enjoyed beautifully days with only one day of light showers. Going under those low bridges, the up then down of the locks, all interesting for first-time river cruisers, then the seemingly endless vineyards, all made the cruise exceptional. Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Our daughter had taken a shorter Viking cruise six month earlier and came back with rave reviews, so we decided to try one ourselves. We were not disappointed. We had both traveled extensively in Europe, but the luxury of only having to ... Read More
Our daughter had taken a shorter Viking cruise six month earlier and came back with rave reviews, so we decided to try one ourselves. We were not disappointed. We had both traveled extensively in Europe, but the luxury of only having to unpack once was one of the many benefits of traveling with Viking. Our only "complaint" was with the people at the hotel who were handling the before-cruise offering. We just happened to be staying at the same hotel and inquired about the possibility of "hitching a ride" to the ship with the others. No deal. It seems that the only "transfers" with Viking would be if they picked us up at the airport ... not from an in town hotel, even if it was the same hotel from which they would be transporting the other guests. On board, the meals were great and the drink offerings were good. However, for as much time as we spent on the Rhine and the Main rivers with all their wonderful Reisling vineyards, we were expecting more local wines to be offered with our meals; instead, most of the included wine offerings came from Austria's Wachau Valley. The lectures, on board entertainment and glass blowing demonstration were most enjoyable and the scenery will be enjoyed agin with all the wonderful photos we were able to take. Recommendations for debarkation include finding out at what times the Viking sponsored departures or add-on tours are planning to leave the ship and planning your departure around them. We made the mistake of planning our departure at the same time and our luggage was the LAST to make it off the boat even though we had a driver waiting just for us. Overall, the experience was great ... but the little issues were just irritating and avoidable had we known better. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this trip because I'd always wanted to see the tulips in bloom in Holland. Viking was specifically chosen because of their Explorer Suites. At the back of the ship with full length windows in back and on side, a separate ... Read More
We chose this trip because I'd always wanted to see the tulips in bloom in Holland. Viking was specifically chosen because of their Explorer Suites. At the back of the ship with full length windows in back and on side, a separate bedroom area, outside deck and lovely amenities, they're the perfect place to relax and watch scenery. Some unexpected perks with the suite were a beautiful flower arrangement, silver drink package, laundry service, immediate room availability at time of embarkation and butler service. All staff were exceptionally accommodating and friendly, food was delicious and most excursions and lectures top notch. We enjoyed the itinerary and have already booked for a Danube Cruise next year. I've done a lot of ocean cruising, but had only been on a river trip on the Nile. I like 5 star accommodations and Viking didn't disappoint. I booked first class air, requested non-stop and arrangements were flawless. Perfect! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
My wife and I chose this cruise in order to see the tulips in the Netherlands and to see Bruge, Belgium. We were pleasantly surprised that the cruise included many additional high spots, and we learned much more than we had anticipated. ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise in order to see the tulips in the Netherlands and to see Bruge, Belgium. We were pleasantly surprised that the cruise included many additional high spots, and we learned much more than we had anticipated. The tulip gardens were overwhelming, but we also greatly enjoyed the home visit in Hoorn and the explanation of the massive system constructed to protect the Netherlands from future flooding. We expect great food and service on Viking cruises, and this crew did not disappoint. The dining room staff were all friendly and efficient. I had worried about the crew being trained enough for this early-in-the-season cruise, but I could tell from the first day that there was nothing to worry about. I complimented the dining room manager, as this staff was as good as any of the other Viking ships we've been on. All of the departments on this ship performed very well, and we have already signed up for Viking cruise #8. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our second Viking river cruise and it was a great trip. The ship was spotless, and the crew amazingly friendly and helpful. Viking truly does a great job of selecting, and training all cell members. Outrage stateroom was kept ... Read More
This was our second Viking river cruise and it was a great trip. The ship was spotless, and the crew amazingly friendly and helpful. Viking truly does a great job of selecting, and training all cell members. Outrage stateroom was kept impeccable, and was very comfortable. Had a Veranda A! Plenty of room, lots of closet/drawer/shelf space for our clothes. And we don't pack lightly. Plenty of outlets, and counter space in the stateroom. The heated bath floors extend into the shower, and the Freyja bath products were very nice. A light scent that is good for men and women. I love that Viking provides a mini fridge in the room. I like my soda in the morning and could take one back to the room each night. The lounge was always comfortable, and meals were delicious. The trips was great. The towns of Hoorn and Brugges were my personal favorites. In Arnhem we did the optional tour to the outdoor museum, which was great. Not many people went on this tour, but to me it was a must do. Kinderdijk was really neat, the windmills were so neat!! Keukenhof was much more interesting than I thought, and the flowers were amazing. I would highly re ommend this ship and itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The incentives to book the cruise at this time was really the clincher for us - the price, while high, was attractive and the included airfare seemed enticing. We had never been on a river cruise before and this seemed like a good way to ... Read More
The incentives to book the cruise at this time was really the clincher for us - the price, while high, was attractive and the included airfare seemed enticing. We had never been on a river cruise before and this seemed like a good way to visit numerous stops with great ease, comfort and worry-free. Plus, being a regular viewer of programs on public television where Viking does a lot of advertising - we were curious and interested. Reservations and Booking Process - very easy and problem free. Pre-trip extension - we opted for a two-day extension in Amsterdam. Here is where you will encounter a problem if you book airfare through Viking. You would need to book and extensions through them as well since they are arranging your arrival - this also means that you will not likely get the best-priced property and will spend a good deal more than if you did yourself. My advice - do not fall for the "included airfare" promotion. Arrange your own airfare and your own pre- or post-cruise extension at a property of your choosing. Traveling in the Netherlands is soooo easy whether by taxi, public transportation or renting your own car - don't think you can't do it - you can! If we could do it all over again, we'd arrange our own flights and our own pre- and post-trip extensions. Arrival & Transfer - Another reason why NOT to use Viking to make your flight arrangements. We arrived and waited for an hour for another arrival - this jeopardized our pre-trip reservation to the Anne Frank House - Viking didn't seem to care. Their people at the airport were unconcerned and only doing their job. Not a good first impression of Viking. Cabin - we had a room with a shallow balcony - probably not a smart choice for this time of year. The weather was chilly enough that we rarely utilized the balcony. If weather had been better, the balcony will be a wonderful choice - a place where you can have some privacy and extra space. The cabin was excellent and in very good condition. There was one very bothersome problem - the television. Viking has a great concept in offering viewing selection, but our TV (and the ship's system) constantly was freezing up - it would literally take you days to watch one program (if you had that much patience) because it would stop in the middle for no reason and take you back to the main menu. this annoyed me greatly. Food - surprisingly the food wasn't noticeably better than your average run-of-the-mill ocean cruise (i.e., Princess, NCL) except there was much less of it. You're fed breakfast, lunch and dinner but nothing to be had in between and no room service. Shore Excursions - another attractive aspect of Viking for newbies like us were the included shore excursions. Well, don't be fooled. If you have any sense of exploration or physical abilities you can walk and see more than you will on the included shore excursions. The optional excursions (and not free) were above average. We did the Arnhem WW2 excursion, the cheese-tasting, tulip farm and windmill optional excursions. All except the WW2 excursion were worthwhile. The Arnhem WW2 excursion was so brief and with roads under repair the guide and bus driver spent way too much time trying to find their way on the detours. We had rented a car and visited Eindhoven and Nijmegen on our own before the cruise started - I should've done Arnhem on our own as well - the little time spent at the Airborne Museum was a disappointment. Recommend you do this one on your own! Conclusion - we just aren't cut out to be river cruisers. We won't be taking another one. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
Our first river cruise on the Viking Baldur as we like Europe and the idea of seeing many beautiful places/countries appealed to us. We also like that it's less crowded on the riverboats and you only unpack once. The ship was ... Read More
Our first river cruise on the Viking Baldur as we like Europe and the idea of seeing many beautiful places/countries appealed to us. We also like that it's less crowded on the riverboats and you only unpack once. The ship was wonderful and even though the cabin is small there is very good use of the space. The food was incredible (lots of variety) and our servers; crew and cleaning staff were top notch; very friendly and helpful. Room was always spotless on our return. Lots of onboard entertainment and the shore excursions were fun; informative and a great way to get a feel for the places. We had an extension in Amsterdam but even then we could have used more time. Very unique city. The Ann Frank house was a must see for us. Incidently the church beside this house is where Rembrandt is buried. We could have used another day in Budapest as well. I did find it tiresome visiting a church in every port but that's Europe. Our only negative comments deal with the extension we took to Prague. We were bused there (9 hours) and really felt that we should have been given the option to fly or take a train to Prague. It would have saved us a day and the trip was long/boring and the two stops we made were at extremely busy eateries where we barely had time to do anything. Very enjoyable trip overall that we took to celebrate our 40th anniversary and not sorry we went but likely won't go again. We found it rather expensive and we like to schedule our own specific activities. If you do decide to go would highly recommend Viking. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I wrote about my trip on the Viking Magni for part of my river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. For the second half of the trip we were transferred to the Viking Baldur, our originally scheduled ship. The transfer was apparently due to ... Read More
I wrote about my trip on the Viking Magni for part of my river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. For the second half of the trip we were transferred to the Viking Baldur, our originally scheduled ship. The transfer was apparently due to low water levels after a dry summer. My experience on the Baldur was different. The hotel manager on the Magni was definitely more hands on and more personable and as a result the ship had a more welcoming feel. On the Magni, there were some special touches and the staff was more personable and more attentive (except the chef and maids who were wonderful on both ships). On the Magni, we were often greeted with a treat as we returned from excursions and an appertif as we entered the dining room. Also, on the Magni, when returning to the ship and before meals we were offered a spray of hand disinfectant by the manager as we entered the dining room. The Magni manager made more of an effort to get to know his guests by name and he was often in evidence around the ship. The ship had a welcoming feel. The pianist on the Baldur had a better repertoire of music, much more relevant to the audience he played for. Many people danced! We enjoyed the post dinner activities in the lounge; trivia, etc. The glass worker who visited the Baldur (visits all ships?) was excellent and entertaining. I bought several items. However he had a very, very severe body odor problem and the smell filled the lounge. I am sensitive to odors and I could barely stay in the lounge. On each ship, our maid was terrific. She was personable and friendly. The room was straightened and/or cleaned 2 to 3 or even 4 times a day! Basically every time we left the cabin, it had been straightened when we returned. If we took a nap, the bed had been remade when we returned. If we then came back and showered before dinner, the room had been straightened again when we returned later. We left an individual, very big tip for the maid! The lounge staff was not as attentive on the Baldur as it was on the Magni. They often did not approach us in the lounge to ask for an order or a re-order. They were not as friendly as on the Magni. We felt a personal connection with those on the Magni! The Baldur staff was overall more business-like. The dining staff was also not as attentive. One staff member was even defensive and seemed upset when asked for service. He was very loud and silly when making announcements. To be fair, he meant to be funny and many guests enjoyed him. wThe trip manager for both our ships, Kaitlyn, was good but often sounded as though she were talking to a classroom of high school or younger students. As on the Magni, the chef was very personable. Both chefs were exceptionally accommodating to my friend who accompanied us and cannot have gluten or yeast, even going off the boat daily to get special products and making special treats for her! Both chefs visited the dining room nightly to check in with guests. The ships were virtually identical and we were assigned the same cabin on each. In our Baldur cabin, the AC had to be repaired, the closet door slid closed continuously while we tried to use it. It had to be propped open. The light in the closet stayed on when it was closed. The toilet seat's "slow close" was broken. Not a big deal really, unless you're used to the one on the previous ship and end up waking up your spouse in the middle of the night when the lid slams shut! As on the Magni, most of the food was average. Many thought it was great but I think people tended to be charitable so as not to offend the chefs and staff. On both ships, the shore excursions were mostly good to great and the guides were mostly good to very good. One guide, however, refused to slow her pace when requested to do so twice and at least one couple had to leave the tour she led. Another very young guide did not seem well-informed. The meal of sausage and sauerkraut and mashed potatoes was terrible (both ships) on an optional all-day excursion in Amsterdam; sausage was truly tasteless and dry with an odd texture. Sauerkraut was mushy and sweet, not sour at all. Mashed potatoes tasted like they came out of a box. Beer was good. The Mozart-Strauss concert excursion in Vienna was wonderful (both ships have this excursion). On both ships the shore excursion meals were not really appetizing to me with the exception of the "Sound of Music" dinner and concert. Good food, great entertainment. We enjoyed all of the ports, especially Amsterdam and Kinderdijke, Miltenberg, Rothenburg, Bamberg, Krems, Regensburg, Passau and Vienna. Budapest was the port I had looked forward to the most but the shore excursion was lacking. Hungary is still very like a Soviet Block country. I would've liked to have learned more. We did some touring on our own on the post trip extension there. The Terror Museum was amazingly impactful and eye-opening. The Fisherman's Bastion was cool but the restaurant staff there was rude, slow and inattentive. We were cold and continuously asked to have the door closed, but the staff kept leaving it open on purpose. The church by the hotel was very beautiful and we were able to climb to the second level and tour the towers. I enjoyed the shopping. The Hilton Hotel room for the extension was big and comfortable. The view was fabulous. The staff was often aloof except for the concierge and the lounge staff, although the lounge service was slow. The hotel dining room staff cordial. The Speiz restaurant across the street was very good. The museums and churches I especially enjo yed, in addition to the Terror Museum in Budapest, were the Van Gogh Museum and The Rijks in Amsterdam, The Belvedere(Klimt) and the Kunsthistorisches in Vienna, the Dom Cathedral in Regensburg and in Passau, the Natural History Museum in Vienna. Overall, I'd say the Magni manager was more hands on and as a result the ship and staff were better. The ship announcements were way too loud in the cabin. There were many more enjoyable towns, sights, museums than I can list here! Overall, I'd highly recommend this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
For my 65th we wanted a grand trip, so we chose the 14 day cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest with an extension to Prague. The Viking Cruise was quite good but ultimately somewhat disappointing. The main issue was due to a problem ... Read More
For my 65th we wanted a grand trip, so we chose the 14 day cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest with an extension to Prague. The Viking Cruise was quite good but ultimately somewhat disappointing. The main issue was due to a problem with the locks. We ended up spending more time on buses, driving to places in South Germany and then sailing past those places the second time than was planned. Particularly disappointing, we lost one of our two scheduled days in Vienna -- which was the whole reason I had selected this particular itinerary. That said, Viking did a great job of responding to something that was not in their control. We literally swapped ships. And the cruise director Caitlin was amazing and completely professional in how she handled everything. She made lemonade out of lemons and salvaged what could have been a really disastrous situation. True grace under pressure there. In hindsight, we should have done the one week cruise from Regensburg to Budapest and added on time in Vienna and Budapest as well as Prague. The Prague extension was wonderful and they did a great job on that part of the trip (other than the lunch at the truck stop in Brno, which left a lot to be desired.). One day is just not adequate for a great city like Vienna, Budapest or Prague. And one day was all we had in Vienna and Budapest due to the lock problems. Having cruised a good bit on small ships (mainly Star Clippers, who do a great job and really suit me better), I found the Viking ships comfortable and relaxing. The crew were excellent and attentive. The days were a little bit over structured for us, however. We would have liked more time to explore. And there was a lot of schlepping us back to the boat for meals by bus. Again, some of this was due to the lock problems. My only other real beef was the people booking the air did a terrible job in that they booked us to arrive at 8:30 a.m in the morning in Amsterdam, but we could not get into our hotel room until 3:00 p.m. I went ballistic as I had discussed this issue specifically with the booking agent and they assured me that early check-in would not be a problem. Viking flubbed the dub on that one big time, and I never felt like the company really responded on that, other than a token voucher offer. So it is a good trip. But if I had it do again, one week plus extensions in the major cities is better than fourteen days straight. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We decided to take this trip after our original trip on the Viking Star had to be postponed. A great decision looking back at it. Expected an excellent trip and Viking did not disappoint. The trip started in Amsterdam and embarkation was ... Read More
We decided to take this trip after our original trip on the Viking Star had to be postponed. A great decision looking back at it. Expected an excellent trip and Viking did not disappoint. The trip started in Amsterdam and embarkation was smooth as silk. Friendly staff from the very beginning and during the entire trip. Our cabin was very comfortable and offered us a great look at everything if we wanted on our trip. The dining on board was exceptional with a different offering for dinner at every region we visited. Marik Snelly, our Program director, is a jewel, offering great insights during our journey. Vannessa, our Concierge, was very helpful to our needs throughout the trip. Excursions at each stop were fabulous. Exceeded our expectations in every way. A great way to visit Europe without a doubt. Kudos to Viking!! I would recommend this Company for anyone who wants to river cruise in Europe. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
we loved the fact that everything was done for us....loved the meals on the ship, the tours were great and meeting only a few people not like on the ocean cruise was fantastic. lots of down time if you wanted it but lots of exciting things ... Read More
we loved the fact that everything was done for us....loved the meals on the ship, the tours were great and meeting only a few people not like on the ocean cruise was fantastic. lots of down time if you wanted it but lots of exciting things to see and do if you wanted to and created for everyone ......we had ages 7 years to 83 years i believe and all in-between and that was awesome! our Cabin was small but very accommodating, the scenery was lovely and we had very few complaints. Our only one down side was the four airports we went thru going over and also coming back (from Edmonton, to Montreal, to Paris and then Amsterdam and coming home again from Budapest, Paris, Amsterdam and Edmonton .........and our suitcases were held up in Montreal due to weather but was delivered two days later so we did miss part of our Sightseeing Tour of Amsterdam that day due to filling out forms and trying to track down our suitcases and as i only had one pair of shoes i had a very hard time as my feet are not the best these days so slowed us up the first day or so. Everyone was very good about finding out where our case had got to though! We would love to do another river cruise but probably won't as it was pricey for us but glad we did it! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Viking Baldur Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 4.8
Entertainment 3.0 4.3
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.7
Family 1.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.7
Enrichment 4.0 4.6
Service 4.0 4.9
Value For Money 3.0 4.6
Rates 4.0 N/A

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