5 Amsterdam Viking River Viking Delling Cruise Reviews

The primary reason we opted for a Viking River Cruise was the fact that they support Masterpiece on PBS and do so with the most beautiful ads. We certainly were not disappointed. From the beginning staff aboard were friendly, helpful and ... Read More
The primary reason we opted for a Viking River Cruise was the fact that they support Masterpiece on PBS and do so with the most beautiful ads. We certainly were not disappointed. From the beginning staff aboard were friendly, helpful and very professional. The tour director was outstanding - she knew her ports, their histories and the resources at her command at each stop. Furthermore the cruise line seemed to delegate authority to captain and crew to adjust everything when the unexpected happened. After a recent cruise in Australia where there were no end of problems that couldn't begin to be approached without the ok from head office lawyers in New York, the autonomy exercised by the staff of the Delling was a refreshing surprise. It made us feel like valued customers rather than annoying blockages to the exercise of company policy. The scenery en route was outstanding, and the ship very gracious and comfortable. The food was plentiful and very tasty and the chef tried to introduce local products from the areas we visited. As a passenger on this ship, everything felt first class. I must also compliment the selection of films available on stateroom TVs. Whoever picked that range of films had excellent taste and stayed away fro big action epics in favour of wonderful little films. Part of the pleasure of the cruise was meeting our fellow passengers, and great mix of folks from north and South America, Australia and New Zealand. Even the "bumps in the road" brought on by bad weather were made enjoyable by the attitudes and flexibility of crew. The tour guides assigned to our various groups were excellent - very informative. All in all it was a wonderful experience. We shall sail with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
The Viking river cruise through much of The Netherlands and northern Belgium was highly scenic, insightful and fun. In addition to visiting typical tourist destinations, we also had a sampling of some "off the beaten path" towns, ... Read More
The Viking river cruise through much of The Netherlands and northern Belgium was highly scenic, insightful and fun. In addition to visiting typical tourist destinations, we also had a sampling of some "off the beaten path" towns, and special experiences, such as a home visit with a Dutch family. I highly recommend either a pre-cruise or post-cruise add on to provide more leisure time in the Amsterdam area, or perhaps a visit to a nearby city, such as The Hague. In addition to the regular cruise itinerary, you are free to follow your particular interests. World War II veterans are interested in war-related sites. Art lovers and history buffs find much to fascinate them--the optional trip to the Kroller-Muller Museum with its wonderful collection of Van Gogh's was a special surprise. My wife and I had chosen this particular cruise in hopes of seeing Holland's famous tulips in full bloom. We were not disappointed. The day we spent at the Keukenhof Gardens was the highlight of the trip. The flowers were in full bloom and the sunlight was fantastic. We also enjoyed Het Loo Paleis, the Dutch Versailles, as well Antwerp and Bruges in Belgium. The shipboard experience itself was comfortable, convenient, and relaxing. The food was quite good and the ship's crew were very personable and helpful. We enjoyed meeting other passengers, most of whom were from the U.S. or Canada. All in all, a very nice experience. Highly recommended. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
We took the Viking Tulips and Windmills cruise this spring and enjoyed it tremendously. We had a veranda suite with a small living room, and enjoyed it very much, although we spent so much time in the very pleasant public gathering rooms ... Read More
We took the Viking Tulips and Windmills cruise this spring and enjoyed it tremendously. We had a veranda suite with a small living room, and enjoyed it very much, although we spent so much time in the very pleasant public gathering rooms that we really didn't have to have the suite. We might save money next time and just get a regular room. The Delling is a brand new ship and very well designed. The service of all the staff was really quite extraordinary--the best we've ever experienced. One particularly helpful person was a young man named Galen, but all went above and beyond. The food was very good--at times excellent--but always good. The main point of our going on this trip was to see the tulips at Keukehof , and on the day we visited there, we were blessed with a bright sunny day with the tulips at their best--truly a magnificent garden which we'll never forget. On a cruise, I think you may not see as much of a country as one would if you were traveling by yourself, but we greatly enjoyed sitting in the lounge with a drink in our hand and seeing the picture post card landscape roll by. We'd definitely recommend this Viking tour. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
We booked this cruise and air travel directly with Viking having previously cruised with Avalon and Uniworld. This was the new vessels fourth cruise since its construction. The ship exterior is all white and it looks rather under-stated. ... Read More
We booked this cruise and air travel directly with Viking having previously cruised with Avalon and Uniworld. This was the new vessels fourth cruise since its construction. The ship exterior is all white and it looks rather under-stated. On board, the public rooms are nicely appointed however the main lounge is somewhat small which led to late arrivers for the daily briefing to sit in folding chairs or stand up--rather odd for a new ship design not to have accommodated the passenger load. Just arrive early to get a comfortable seat. The bow terrace was a nice feature. We had booked a French balcony since we believed the weather would be too cool to enjoy a full balcony. The cabin had a queen bed that was very comfortable and adequate built in storage but there was no room for even a single chair--which would have been nice. The tiny bathroom had top quality plumbing fixtures and the john had tremendous force--definitely not low-flow. WIFI was slooow in our cabin. The ships staff was friendly and responsive. The captain was definitely not a "smoozer," possibly because of limited language skills, but he was a skillful manager of negotiating locks and shore moorings. We took several of the extra shore excursions and the local guides were knowledgeable; however, some were way too verbose. Although the activities director told the passengers that green or red rating cards would be provided after excursions so passengers could evaluate the guides, the cards never appeared. The headphones worked most of the time but if two tour groups got close together the signals got mixed up. The food quality was good and it was very artfully presented. Anyone who didn't get enough to eat really wasn't trying. Since breakfast and lunch were served mostly buffet style, passengers who didn't get enough for dinner could eat until they popped if they wanted ocean cruise size portions. There were no tables set for two people so for the AM feeding we sometimes just sat at an end of the longer tables so we could slowly, quietly wake up. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
This was Viking's Windmills and Tulips cruise. We took a 3-day pre-trip in Amsterdam to get over jet lag and take advantage of all that city has to offer. Our hotel (Amsterdam Blu) was well located near Dam Square and many other ... Read More
This was Viking's Windmills and Tulips cruise. We took a 3-day pre-trip in Amsterdam to get over jet lag and take advantage of all that city has to offer. Our hotel (Amsterdam Blu) was well located near Dam Square and many other places to visit. Since Amsterdam is a good walking city, it was very convenient to get around. We bought an "I heart Amsterdam" pass, which permitted use of public transportation as well as entry to many museums, including the recently reopened Rijksmuseum. We also especially enjoyed the eclectic and informative Amsterdam Museum. Other must-sees for us were the Anne Frank House and the Rembrandt House. Restaurants offer many food choices. We liked the Indonesian-style rijstaffel at Kantjil & de Tijger. On the Viking Delling, we took advantage of as many of the optional tours as possible: Delft, the Kroller-Muller Museum, the Het Loo Palais, Bruges, and visits to a tulip farm as well as a family that owns a power-generating windmill. We also thoroughly enjoyed all the included excursions. The local guides had excellent English and were delightful people; we learned much about Holland from them. We realize we were especially fortunate with the weather. Although we did encounter some light rain during some days, for the most part, the weather was good for the spring. Our dates included the visit to the famous Keukenhof Tulip Gardens toward the end of the cruise. The day was perfect, with lovely sunshine and the tulips at or near their peak. We highly recommend the cruise. You can do as much or as little as you wish. The public areas of the ship are commodious and comfortable. The rooms are well-appointed and convenient. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Viking Delling Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness & Recreation 1.0 N/A
Family 1.0 3.4
Shore Excursions 5.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 5.0 4.8
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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