17 Amsterdam Viking River Viking Gullveig Cruise Reviews

We Have been to Europe several times on our own and wanted to experience a "guided tour". This was the best vacation ever, we expected first class and got exactly that in every way. The ship, our room, service on board, food, ... Read More
We Have been to Europe several times on our own and wanted to experience a "guided tour". This was the best vacation ever, we expected first class and got exactly that in every way. The ship, our room, service on board, food, attention to detail, ships personnel and the guided "on shore" tours were beyond our expectations! On this particular cruise we choose to arrive a day earlier and stay one additional day so we did not experience airport transfers but can't imagine they would be any less efficient. The shore excursions were everything we wanted and more than expected. The guides provided were knowledgeable, very personable and conducted entertaining tours, we were not disappointed in any of the 12 provided or the 5 additional optional tours we scheduled. We were so impressed with Viking we are doing another Viking River Cruise this year and will probably book more in the future. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Viking does it right. It's not just the ship but the entire crew. All are bright, intelligent and empowered to make your experience right. I particularly like the Viking "culture" from the way they communicate to how ... Read More
Viking does it right. It's not just the ship but the entire crew. All are bright, intelligent and empowered to make your experience right. I particularly like the Viking "culture" from the way they communicate to how things are organized, they really have their act together. I really like the "all inclusive" pricing. If we didn't care for a particular tour, it was easy to be on our own and either meet the bus for a return trip or find our own way back to the ship. The food was excellent and varied. The portion size was just right. There was always a lighter lunch option in addition to the dining room. We liked the non-reserved single dining time - but after a few days, everyone had "staked out their table" and we found ourselves eating with the same people at the same table for dinner. We found our fellow cruisers to be well traveled with a mix of those who have cruised before and also first timers. We liked the experience so much we purchased vouchers onboard for a future cruise. Upon departure, we were asked for comments- our only request is that while Viking has "slow walker" groups for their excursions, we wish there would have been a group for more ambulatory or "fast walkers" so we could cover more ground and not have to wait for the slower people. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We chose this based on a recommendation from a friend. We also wanted to see these countries, but work out of one base. We cannot praise this experience with Viking enough! All the employees we encountered were ... Read More
We chose this based on a recommendation from a friend. We also wanted to see these countries, but work out of one base. We cannot praise this experience with Viking enough! All the employees we encountered were "over-the-top" in their area; from housekeeping, restaurant employees, tour & transportation guides....all the way to captain, these people worked to make your trip perfect! One example of their commitment to their patrons was I became ill (flu) and they secured a doctor for me that could come on board ship to treat me!!! The meals were excellent with a great variety from which to choose. Our room was great with a great bed & linens, along with a small but very adequate bath facility. To sum up our feelings.....I've said, Viking needs to open a second business. They could write the book on Customer Service and train many American companies on how to implement TRUE customer service!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We had never been on a River Cruise and friends recommended Viking. We really didn't know what to expect on this excursion but liked being able to see many of the sites in Europe without having to pack and unpack everyday. Let ... Read More
We had never been on a River Cruise and friends recommended Viking. We really didn't know what to expect on this excursion but liked being able to see many of the sites in Europe without having to pack and unpack everyday. Let me say at the start that our ship was top notch and the service was fantastic. My health requires that I eat gluten free and the maitre d met me at the breakfast table each morning with the days menu. He went over with me what was gluten free and what they could make special gluten free for me. I was very happy that I got special gluten free breads and other items that normally I can't get at restaurants. The servers soon remembered me and had gluten free items ready for me when I sat down. The food was very good and I love the fact that wine is included with your lunch and dinner. Your glass was always kept full. All I can say is the food was great! River cruising is nice because there are far fewer passengers than on ocean going ships. This makes getting on and off a breeze as well as finding the great off shore excursions planned We had a room with a balcony and I must say it was smaller than I anticipated, smaller than on ocean going ships. The room was nicely appointed and every inch was made use of. I liked the fact that there were plenty of ways to plug in our many electrical devices. I will say that the free internet was a big disappointment. It was free but so slow it wasn't worth using. I did get email to send by trying between 3 and 5am. Besides the internet my only other disappointment was the entertainment or lack there of. About all there was is someone playing a piano with music I didn't care for and once a glass blower. Nothing even remotely like you find on larger ships. One last point is that I love there not being a shopping mall on board or casino where they are always trying to find a way to make more money. Much more relaxed and you don't have to dress up. I highly recommend this. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
It was an excellent experience. I would do it again and again.Every thing from the food to the shore excursions to the entertainment and activities was excellent. I have been on an Ocean cruise and it just seemed so overwhelming with all ... Read More
It was an excellent experience. I would do it again and again.Every thing from the food to the shore excursions to the entertainment and activities was excellent. I have been on an Ocean cruise and it just seemed so overwhelming with all the people. The amount of people on this cruise didn't make you feel like you were fighting crowds all the time. I like the idea they you had several excursion that you could do that were included with the price along with excursions that you could purchase. Our cabin was small but adequate, I would have liked a bigger window, we didn't spend a lot of time there, so it was good. All of the crew were always more than happy to help with all of our needs. My sister and i had a great time and have talked about doing another cruise again. We haven't been able to decide which other one that we wanted to do. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We chose this trip and these dates to celebrate our 35th Wedding Anniversary. My husband's father was born on the island of Texel and came to the USA in wooden shoes so we wanted to travel there to experience the culture of The ... Read More
We chose this trip and these dates to celebrate our 35th Wedding Anniversary. My husband's father was born on the island of Texel and came to the USA in wooden shoes so we wanted to travel there to experience the culture of The Netherlands. We were greeted in our cabin with an anniversary dessert on the table and a card expressing best wishes. Everyone on the cruise made it a special trip for us with another desert at our table on the exact day of our anniversary. Having someone waiting at the baggage claim after arriving in an unknown country after a stressful trip was most welcome. The cabin seemed smaller than pictured in brochures but we spent so little time there that it wasn't a concern. Since the ship is smaller than regular cruise ships everything was very convenient; just a short walk to get to the dining room, to the gateway when leaving for excursions, or just wandering on the rooftop deck. Unpacking once and visiting two countries was such a treat. One day arriving back after a long day of sightseeing, we were greeted with a luscious chocolate at the door! We appreciated the flexibility of attending the evening activities or just relaxing in our room. When the weather was particularly rainy during one of the excursions, we had the flexibility of leaving the group to wander on our own out of the rain. Walking on cobblestones can be tricky so sturdy shoes are a must. Our only negative was the flight arrangements on arrival. Pittsburgh to Detroit to Paris to Amsterdam with less than an hour in Paris was quite stressful but that was the only thing I would change. We had a wonderful trip and we are looking forward to our next time to travel with Viking! We added two days at the end of the trip to see The Hague. This was also a great extension of our time in Holland. The Viking host at our hotel helped us figure out how to travel by train to Texel which meant so much to my husband. We were in The Netherlands on the Day Of Remembrance, a very special time as well as King's Day. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We wanted to see tulips in the Netherlands in bloom. In spite of our early arrival we were taken directly to our ship. Because we had flown during the night, we were too tired to attempt to do anything on our own in the city. ... Read More
We wanted to see tulips in the Netherlands in bloom. In spite of our early arrival we were taken directly to our ship. Because we had flown during the night, we were too tired to attempt to do anything on our own in the city. Refreshments were available and comfortable places to wait were provided. Our cabin was available before the posted time, for which we were very grateful. The ship was beautiful, our accommodations were wonderful and the food was beyond what I had expected. Never have done a river cruise before, it would have been helpful to know that there were buses available to take us in to town after we checked in before we even arrived. We might have planned our time in Amsterdam better to see some things on our own, like the Anne Frank House, or one of the museums.. Entertainment on the ship was mostly entertaining. Honestly, after the city tours and the occasional extra excursion, staying up for the entertainment was sometimes difficult. I have shared my experience with friends, neighbors, and coworkers and recommended a Viking River Cruise if they were looking for first class travel. The service was excellent and the staff friendly and willing to help however they could. I would take a Viking River Cruise 3 times a year if I could afford it. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Fantastic service, food, and accommodations. Very organized both on board and on shore. Included tours were enjoyable and informative. The Hoorn homestead visit was great. We did some optionals: Haarlem, Agriport, Open Air Museum, ... Read More
Fantastic service, food, and accommodations. Very organized both on board and on shore. Included tours were enjoyable and informative. The Hoorn homestead visit was great. We did some optionals: Haarlem, Agriport, Open Air Museum, Brussels. All were worthwhile. My only complaint with the optionals is that it wasn't entirely clear when we were signing up ahead of time that some conflicted with the included tours (you couldn't do both). Luckily, we realized this ahead of time and canceled some of the optionals (and received a refund). We chose to go to Bruge (rather than Ghent), which was beautiful. Warning: Amsterdam museums are ridiculously busy, especially on Saturday, which is when we were there at the beginning and end of the cruise. We waited 2 hours on the day of arrival to get into the Anne Frank House. We bought tickets ahead for the Rijkmuseum (via the ship concierge) for the tail end of the cruise (return to Amsterdam). I thought we'd have time to go to the Van Gogh Museum after, but without tickets, we would have had to wait 2 hours in line, and we didn't have that much time. You can buy tickets ahead for most places (although the Anne Frank tickets sell out quickly), but you may be taking a risk there, too. Our itinerary was changed late in the game: our Keukenhof tour was moved from the last day of the cruise to the first, to avoid an event that was was happening there. No problem for us, but some people had Anne Frank tickets and had to then decide whether to skip Anne Frank or skip Keukenhof. We extended the tour to the Hague, spending one day there and taking a tram the next day from our hotel to Delft. It was nice to have these two quiet days to ourselves, and we packed a lot in. No need to do the optional Delft tour during the cruise if you are doing this extension, as it is easy to get to Delft from the Hague. This was my first river cruise. It was nice to be able to unpack and return to "home" at the ship each night. I found that there was less time to wander around and explore on one's own than you are able to do with a hotel tour (have to return to the ship rather than stay downtown in cities), but the incredible meals and the super friendly staff made up for it. I'd definitely consider another cruise, given the right destination. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was my third cruise with Viking, having sailed with them to China and Germany, and I really wanted to see The Netherlands and Belgium. I had such a wonderful time on previous cruises, I knew I'd have a grand time on this one. ... Read More
This was my third cruise with Viking, having sailed with them to China and Germany, and I really wanted to see The Netherlands and Belgium. I had such a wonderful time on previous cruises, I knew I'd have a grand time on this one. Amsterdam was wonderful, as were all the cities we visited. I was traveling alone, but never felt alone as all the other cruisers were welcoming and friendly. The ship was the Viking Gullveig - it's just beautiful, with every possible amenity one could ask for. The crew was friendly and helpful, and I felt very cared for. My stateroom was large, with a queen size bed, lots of closet space, a huge TV, and was kept spotless by the room steward. The included shore excursions were well planned and very interesting. I can recommend Viking without reservation - it's dependable, affordable and the best river cruise in my opinion. I would go again in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was my second cruise with Viking and my experience was as positive this time as the first. We did the Tulips and Windmills trip that included several stops in the Netherlands as well as two stops in Belgium. In spring, this is a ... Read More
This was my second cruise with Viking and my experience was as positive this time as the first. We did the Tulips and Windmills trip that included several stops in the Netherlands as well as two stops in Belgium. In spring, this is a wonderful itinerary, particularly as one of the highlights was the spectacular Kuekenhof Gardens in Amsterdam (truly a highlight). The ship is very comfortable. The cabins, while not spacious are well designed with ample storage space. The food was excellent and we especially enjoyed the buffet lunches in the Acquivit Terrace. The staff was excellent and went out of their way to accommodate some special requests for our group to have two private dinners. The local guides who accompanied the excursions were also, for the most part, knowledgeable and often quite entertaining. The only small complaint concerns the size of the groups on the excursions - often 30+ people. While the audio listening system is an advantage, the large groups often seemed a bit unwieldy, particularly for those of us who wanted the opportunity to do some serious photography. That said, we had a great time and will likely do another cruise with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We have heard a lot of positive reviews relative to Viking River Cruises so we decided to go on the Tulips and Windmills. Up to and including the cruise, they exceeded our expectations. The cabins and staff were excellent and staff was ... Read More
We have heard a lot of positive reviews relative to Viking River Cruises so we decided to go on the Tulips and Windmills. Up to and including the cruise, they exceeded our expectations. The cabins and staff were excellent and staff was always attentive to the needs of all passengers. The size of the number of 85 staterooms and 190 passengers were attractive to us, compared to an ocean cruise that have the number of passengers similar to a small city or town. The size of the ship allows it to navigate into more ports that provide the opportunity to have very interesting guided tours. Also, these cruises are all inclusive with no hidden costs. The only additional costs are drinks one might have in the lounge beyond meals. If someone orders a drink in the lounge, the cost is very market competitive, thus, no upcharge because you are onboard. We enjoyed the cruise so much that the day we got back to the states we signed up for the Grand European Tour for Octoberm 2017 and talked several people to go along with us. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This is my 5th Viking river cruise. Tours in Amsterdam and Bruge were terrific with tours to smaller cities like Hoorn a real bonus. The highlight was the tour of the tulip garden show. The 1-year- old ship was very nice, with the ... Read More
This is my 5th Viking river cruise. Tours in Amsterdam and Bruge were terrific with tours to smaller cities like Hoorn a real bonus. The highlight was the tour of the tulip garden show. The 1-year- old ship was very nice, with the modern rooms, the availability of an elevator, and the addition of a new more casual dining area. Really enjoyed the trip. Viking River Cruises did a great job as always. The food, cabins, and dining were perfect as always. Can't wait to go on another cruise. (Almost half the guests had been on previous Viking cruises.). Viking makes every effort to make the trip as comfortable and easy and as special and unique as possible. The staff helps guests with special requirements. They are always terrific in adapting to unforeseen changes that occur when traveling on the River providing guests with great alternatives. Go with the flow!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We have enjoyed previous river cruise with Viking and we convinced our good friends to join our trip! We had the "usual" great quality on-board crew and staff. Food was great, off shore tours were wonderful and kept us in shape! ... Read More
We have enjoyed previous river cruise with Viking and we convinced our good friends to join our trip! We had the "usual" great quality on-board crew and staff. Food was great, off shore tours were wonderful and kept us in shape! I would recommend the 8 day cruise for the first time Viking passengers since the 15 in a bit more demanding for off shore tours, albeit they are included at no cost! The room Stewart was great, bar keepers great, and the waiters made every meal fun and enjoyable. We are definitely Viking cruise people and have already purchased vouchers for next cruise. We are considering the Viking ocean ship now. We are searching for a trip that will travel to areas new to us. We want to travel obviously when the weather is friendly for ocean travel. Overall, Europe is one of the most beautiful areas to travel. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
A few things you should consider before taking the cruise. 1. Internet is poor. Viking will tell you the internet connection is great (I called twice beforehand), and you can place video calls and watch video. This is not the case. Their ... Read More
A few things you should consider before taking the cruise. 1. Internet is poor. Viking will tell you the internet connection is great (I called twice beforehand), and you can place video calls and watch video. This is not the case. Their connection is poor. Unfortunately, I was unable to conduct some business via internet as planned. Normally not a big deal but I wish they would have told me the truth. 2. Food is just Ok. No room service, and no "real" food except meal times. This was a issue for us as some of the excursions included dinner and the dinner was low quality. 3. Rooms are very small. I'm blessed to get a suite on most of my cruises and I had a main level suite with a balcony. It was right next to the lobby and very convenient. The pictures make the suites look bigger than reality. Be forewarned. 4. Security is non-existant. Like it or not we live in a dangerous world. Viking doesn't seem to be too concerned. Unlike most cruises I have been on, there is zero security. Nobody checking to see who gets in board. No key card checkin or out. The good news is you can bring booze on board. 5. Speaking of booze, the Silver Package is a bargain. Very reasonable for those that drink often. 6. Ports were pretty interesting. I went and it wasn't terrible but there are other options that are better and safer. I would not consider Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We really didn’t know what to expect from this cruise from Basel to Amsterdam. We have sailed on the Nile in the past, but never on a European river, so although we had some idea of what was involved, we were in the dark a little with ... Read More
We really didn’t know what to expect from this cruise from Basel to Amsterdam. We have sailed on the Nile in the past, but never on a European river, so although we had some idea of what was involved, we were in the dark a little with what to expect. However, Viking did look after us very well indeed right from start to finish. One thing that does however remain the same as the Nile boats, is that you can be moored up tight against another river boat, which is standard practice. Viking have their own mooring/docking points at each port of call. The ‘Viking Daily’ which gives your itinerary for the next day’s activities is delivered during the previous evening. The Viking Gullveig is very new and the cabins are just wonderful, although really tight on space. Our cabin was No. 334 with a ‘French’ balcony. However, having said that, there is lots of storage space for luggage, clothes, etc. I’ve done a small separate cabin review that should be attached to this review here in Cruise Critic. One thing the boat doesn’t have though is a swimming pool. I don’t know why I thought it did, but perhaps I was thinking more of the Nile boats, as they do have pools on board. Life on board the Gullveig is very relaxing and there’s no ‘dressing up’ unless you really want to of course! The food on board is just excellent – we couldn’t fault a thing. The trips ashore are also very good but, like all package tours and trips, there’s never enough time in each place, however Viking seem to do their very best to give you some free time to do as you wish, which was appreciated. Everything ran like clockwork aboard the boat and we were unaware of any problems that there might have been. Entertainment is limited and perhaps not to everyone’s taste, but on some nights there is an opportunity to leave the boat to go ashore, which we took advantage of. We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful right across the board – they are all obviously trained very well and they look after their passengers admirably. There was free wi-fi aboard with fairly good reception apart from up on the sun deck where I couldn’t get a signal. I’m not going to go into great detail here as I have done a travel blog with loads of photos, which pretty much covers the boat and what we done and saw on the cruise, so will give the link to that plus my Flickr album of photos that I took at the time of the Viking Gullveig. I am hoping that this will give people an insight into the cruise and the boat as there wasn’t much information out there when we were trying to do research prior to our holiday. Although you can book an extension to the cruise holiday to stay in either Basel or Amsterdam with Viking, we chose to do our own booking for Amsterdam at the end of the cruise. Of course that meant that we were responsible for our own transport to the hotel from the boat and then from the hotel to the airport, but that wasn’t a problem at all and everything ran smoothly. Viking are still happy to arrange your flights to suit what you have booked for yourself. If you arrange your extension with Viking though, then all of your transfers are included in the price of your holiday. All in all, we had a wonderful holiday and would recommend Viking very highly. Travel blog: http://vikinggullveigcruise.blogspot.co.uk/2014_07_01_archive.html Flickr album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/marlscat/sets/72157645474973747/ **I had to put the port of embarkation as Amsterdam as Basel isn't mentioned in the list given. This cruise sails from Basel to Amsterdam (which is how we travelled) and also in the reverse from Amsterdam to Basel**   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
Wonderful. Nothing could be improved. Not the ship, not the food, not the crew, not the shore excursion guides and not the agendas. Viking has to be one of the best managed corporations I have ever come across. The ship was the one of the ... Read More
Wonderful. Nothing could be improved. Not the ship, not the food, not the crew, not the shore excursion guides and not the agendas. Viking has to be one of the best managed corporations I have ever come across. The ship was the one of the new "Longships" . It was obvious it was the Cadillac on the river. Stick with these "Longships" if you go with Viking". Highlights were too many to mention. One great one was a woman violinist and a guitar player on board for the evening entertainment. Her lullaby she sings for her two year old son floored everyone. No Las Vegas type stage shows on these type of cruses. The 180 people on board were 80% retirees and 20% nearing retirement. Not a single one would you not want to have at your football game tailgate party. Since table seating was for eight you meet many people. Viking had their own docks. Some almost in peoples back yard. It was so nice to just walk off the gangplank and pat some locals dog or take a stroll into a nice town. Viking handles every detail down to picking your airline seat and getting you to the security point at the departure airport. We have already signed for our next Viking cruse. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
A group of us have just returned home from our Rhine River cruise on the Viking Gullveig. Overall, the cruise was very nice; we visited some beautiful locations. Having cruised the Danube last year with Viking, I was expecting another ... Read More
A group of us have just returned home from our Rhine River cruise on the Viking Gullveig. Overall, the cruise was very nice; we visited some beautiful locations. Having cruised the Danube last year with Viking, I was expecting another magical cruise, that is, until I was faced with the "fatal design flaw" in the new longships that Viking introduced. Last year we stayed in a very nice room with a French Balcony and it was great; that was pre-longship. There was room enough on the Viking Legend for a table and two chairs in front of the French balcony so we could enjoy our cabin. That cabin measured 170 square feet. Viking decided that the new longships would have verandas (balconies) on some of their rooms. To make those verandas, they shifted the main aisle between the cabins and took away 35 square feet from the French balcony cabins; that's a loss of more than 20% of the available space in the cabin, making the French balcony cabins so tight that two normal sized people have a difficult time maneuvering in the cabin. There is less than one foot of space between the side of the bed and the French sliding doors. To look out the French balcony, you must either sit on the bed or lean over the railing outside your door. This extreme reduction in space did not result in a reduction in price for the French balcony cabins. I call this a fatal design flaw because it cannot be easily changed without tearing the entire interior of the ship apart. What was Viking thinking? French balcony cabins are now 135 square feet and the cheaper lower deck cabins are 170 square feet; some one screwed up and it will not be easily fixed. Enough on the fatal design flaw. The crew was absolutely wonderful The excursions were well planned and the tour guides were excellent; everything I expected on a Viking cruise. The food was good, though the menu sometimes didn't meet my tastes, but the fallback of a New York strip steak is always nice. The ship was always kept very clean and the common areas were very nice. As for the ports, I wish we had more time in Amsterdam. We arrived mid-morning and had a welcome lunch on bard (much appreciated). We took a canal cruise that was very interesting. Couldn't get into Anne Frank's House; lines were very long. If you want to visit Anne Frank's, go on-line a month in advance and book the combined Canal Cruise with Anne Frank's House. Tickets sell out very fast. The second day we visited a windmill site in the morning; it was very interesting. That visit lasted about two hours and then we cruised for what seemed like an eternity to Cologne, arriving the following morning. The cathedral in Cologne was enormous, but lacked character that we have seen in other European cathedrals. If you visit the Chocolate Factory, skip the tour and go directly to the on-site store. The self-guided tour is not worth 9 Euros; spend those Euros on candy in the store. Heidelberg, Strausbourg and other stops were equally enjoyable. We ended our cruise in Basel, Switzerland, and took a two day excursion to Lucerne, which was beautiful. The optional excursion to Mt. Titlus was amazing. All in all, a very nice cruise. I preferred the Danube with its larger cites, especially Budapest, but the Rhine cruise was very nice. Sadly, with Viking adding so many longships with "shoe box" sized French balcony cabins, we may have to explore other cruise lines for our future river cruises in Europe. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Viking Gullveig Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 4.4
Entertainment 3.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness & Recreation 1.0 N/A
Family 1.0 3.4
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 4.0 4.5
Value for Money 3.0 N/A

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