Sail Date: September 2018
We had wanted to do a small river cruise for such a long time. Our friends were thinking the same thing, so we sealed the deal when free air and shipboard credit was offered to sail the Rhine. We all had ocean cruised, but the Viking ... Read More
We had wanted to do a small river cruise for such a long time. Our friends were thinking the same thing, so we sealed the deal when free air and shipboard credit was offered to sail the Rhine. We all had ocean cruised, but the Viking river cruise is rated at the top of our experiences. Our rooms were perfect, housekeeping friendly and efficient. I can’t rave wildly enough about the regional cuisine and dining! The staff was amazing and could make anything happen. Our activity director, Emily, could not have been any more knowledgeable and friendly, a wealth of information. We added days in Amsterdam and were so sorry that we didn’t add them for Switzerland too, Every excursion we took, both the included and optional, we wonderfully coordinated, the guides had excellent English, and added so much to our days. There is no doubt that we will take another Viking trip! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
This was my second Viking cruise. The crew of the Ingvi didn't disappoint. The crew did a great job of anticipating our needs, providing a good variety of food options, shore excursions, and personal attention when we needed a few ... Read More
This was my second Viking cruise. The crew of the Ingvi didn't disappoint. The crew did a great job of anticipating our needs, providing a good variety of food options, shore excursions, and personal attention when we needed a few non-standard items. The ship always docked in the center of town making it easy to walk off the ship into the historic district of the cities/towns we visited. The chef was also very attentive and helped me avoid problems with two nut allergies. I was surprised how many items on the ship contained nuts or nut oils. In all cases, I was offered very tasty alternatives. The Vikings guides for the shore excursions were all excellent starting with our guides in Amsterdam and Kinderdyk. All had wonderful stories, and provided us with background on the country, culture, and things to do after our guided tours. Our guides in Cologne, and Heidelberg provided us with wonderful lunch alternatives to the standard tourist locations favored by most cruise guests. The places we visited didn't speak English, but our high school French and a German phrase book was able to see us through wonderful meals. When visiting a smaller town, don't be afraid to step off the standard tourist trail. Many churches are open in the afternoon, and often contain unexpected surprises. We walked into one church where the organist was practicing, and were treated to a free impromptu Bach concert with only a dozen or so people in attendance. We were lucky enough to get the $300 round trip air fare from Boston. We worked with Viking and our AAA rep to select our flights. We paid Viking an extra $100 to alter our return to allow us to take a self-guided hiking tour through the Zermatt area. Viking scheduled our return flight through Zurich a week after we completed our cruise. We used Swiss Rail to travel from Basel to Zermatt, and from Zermatt to Zurich. Bring a camera, and plenty of memory cards. The Rhine is a very scenic area. If you plan to take pictures inside the cathedrals adjust your ISO to the highest point where you can still get clear pictures, use an image stabilization lens, and have fun (tripods are not allowed). I was using a Nikon 7500, and shot at ISO 3200 using a Nikon 18-140 mm lens post processing RAW files in On1 Photo RAW 2018. The pictures are amazing. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
I’d been wanting to go on a Viking river cruise for years, but I was always concerned that I would be the youngest on the ship, by a decade. At 47, that simply was not the case. There were people of all ages (younger and older), that ... Read More
I’d been wanting to go on a Viking river cruise for years, but I was always concerned that I would be the youngest on the ship, by a decade. At 47, that simply was not the case. There were people of all ages (younger and older), that are all well traveled and love the adventure of Viking. The staff is absolutely amazing. Four Seasons and Ritz Carlton would drool for these people! Every single person, from the cabin steward to the captain were warm, welcoming, and open to help in any way. We loved the food!! Every day was different with varieties to meet any palette. And the chef is just wonderful! If you hang out in the lounge after dinner, you’ll definitely see him. He’s loves to mingle with the guests, so don’t be shy! The highlight of the trip for me was my engagement. My boyfriend planned the whole thing with the senior officers and they pulled off a complete surprise! The captain was even involved! This happened in front of the entire ship and on the last night of the cruise....it felt like we were surrounded by family and friends. Viking creates an environment that is welcoming and fun! Don’t wait to go! It’s a trip you will remember for years to come. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
The itinerary was interesting and beautiful. The ship was cozy, clean, comfortable and nice. The staff was service oriented. They quickly learned to anticipate our wants and needs. This vacation exceeded our expectations and will be ... Read More
The itinerary was interesting and beautiful. The ship was cozy, clean, comfortable and nice. The staff was service oriented. They quickly learned to anticipate our wants and needs. This vacation exceeded our expectations and will be sailing with them again. We are already planning our next Viking Cruise. An extra bonus was we’ve made some new and hopefully long time friends on this cruise. The food was delicious. The banana pancakes was my morning delight. The variety of the menu each day was another benefit. Offering both regional as well as steak and chicken, everyone could fine something to please their tastebuds. Fortunately the excursions provided some exercise or we would have gained weight. However we enjoyed all the extra activities so we didn’t gain but a couple pounds. Ha We were pampered and didn’t have to concern ourselves with planning anything. It’s truly a vacation. The transport to and from the airport was so stress free. The representative from Viking was easily to locate and welcomed us with smiles and friendliness which was appreciated after our long flight. Can’t wait to book another cruise next year. We might sail the Danube next time. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Fantastic trip! As totally novice cruisers we were apprehensive about our first trip overseas. Booking directly with efficient/knowledgeable Viking staff went smoothly. A little confusion on short time span to add trip insurance (ask a ... Read More
Fantastic trip! As totally novice cruisers we were apprehensive about our first trip overseas. Booking directly with efficient/knowledgeable Viking staff went smoothly. A little confusion on short time span to add trip insurance (ask a lot of questions). Took the discount 3.3%. Made a big mistake in filling out personal data by NOT including passport numbers by the time we made full payment. (We had gotten our passports later). This apparently led to a delay in getting our plane reservations well after the stated 60 days before departure!! We had made multiple calls to Viking to try to rectify lack of reservations and on three occasions were told to "wait a few days, and you will get the info". We Didn't! Tip: Fortunately my wife had been accessing a VIKING travelers Facebook page - This was a GREAT source of info! One of the super Viking travelers gave us a Viking contact that immediately got our plane reservations!!! The running commentary on the site was extremely helpful - You should use it! Because of the delay we were booked on Delta flights from Phil to Atlanta (2.5Hrs), then flew back north past Phil to Amsterdam?? We wisely used our airline/upscale credit cards to enter Delta's courtesy clubs and enjoyed a few anniversary drinks and food. Tip: Contrary to popular belief traveling the day before the fourth of July (Thurs) the courtesy clubs were devoid of business travelers because of the mid-week holiday! Last glitch was sitting in Amsterdam airport an hour waiting for Viking shuttle. After that we had a Fabulous Time. The ship was beautiful (even compared to several competitor ships docked nearby), The staff was five star rivaling many US top hotels. The food was very good, plenty of specials and standard fair that was table served or buffet serviced. The lounge service was superb - TIP: If you like higher end beer, wine, cocktails, soda - GET the all inclusive SILVER SPIRITS package. It provides access to better wine at meals, champagne at breakfast and top shelf drinks at any open lounge hours. Check the individual drink menu prices on-line (canned soda - $5 Euro!!). Tip: Get to know the names of the staff - Your extra effort will pay big dividends. They love to become part of your experience. The inclusive tours were all worthwhile (Black Forest got the lowest score - long bus ride for short tourist trap stop). The local tour guides provided were all excellent! WE liked Cologne the best, Cathedral amazing! Shopping & food wonderful. We managed to have our 40th Wedding Anniversary meal at a restaurant we stumbled across that had the same name as the one we got engaged at 41 years ago in NYC - "Mama Leone's" ! To complete the romantic nostalgia, we bought a lock and hung it on the "LOCK" bridge across the Rhine and tossed the key. Many of our fellow passengers bragged about the optional pub tour!! Don't miss Captain's Bridge tour. Loved our on-board Tour Director - Renee ("Sooooooo,....!!!!), Rebecca - Hotel manager, Super Mario - Master of the lounge, the extraordinary dining staff - Will, Mickey, Chris and too many others to mention!!!! If you have the time, take the optional add-on tour to Zermatt-Geneva. Includes a not to be missed train ride into the Alps, a Swiss town, have a meal across from the Matterhorn after a quirky cog wheel train ride scaling mountain sides ending above the clouds and lodging in a most unusually furnished hotel. The tour finished off with a Lake Geneva cruise, winery visit, UN tour and exploration of old town in Geneva! Our tour guide (Tina) on the optional tour was like an encyclopedia and maximized our appreciation of Switzerland. Tip: The passengers on board were very friendly. Try to sit at different table at each meal! A lot of interesting encounters and coincidences - a couple with the same wedding date also 40 years ago, a traveler with same full name as our son's girlfriend, and someone from the old neighborhood. Many married couples, grandparent and mature grandchild, school teachers and retirees, pairs and groups, mostly first-timers and averaging about 50 years old. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Many friends had recommended Viking Cruises to me so I decided to try one. I have nothing but high praise for everything. As soon as I landed at the Amsterdam airport, a very friendly representative met me. She really set the tone for ... Read More
Many friends had recommended Viking Cruises to me so I decided to try one. I have nothing but high praise for everything. As soon as I landed at the Amsterdam airport, a very friendly representative met me. She really set the tone for the whole trip. Upon reaching the ship, I was so impressed that my cabin was ready for me. I was also thrilled to know a lovely buffet lunch was awaiting me as well.The next surprise was to learn that a guide would be arriving soon to begin a walking tour of Amsterdam. What a great way to begin a vacation! The ship was beautiful. My cabin was so comfortable and the food was superb. Everyone on board was wonderful to me. I enjoyed the tours and all the destinations.I thought everything was so well paced.Offering bottled water before each tour was a very nice touch. I had only been home a very short time before I booked another Viking Cruise. I have since recommended them to several of my friends. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Doing a river cruise had been on our bucket list for sometime and what better way to celebrate my 80th birthday! On reflection we should have booked the cruise earlier because we did not get to choose a cabin and all the post cruise ... Read More
Doing a river cruise had been on our bucket list for sometime and what better way to celebrate my 80th birthday! On reflection we should have booked the cruise earlier because we did not get to choose a cabin and all the post cruise stays were booked. We did pay for Air Plus which was an advantage, KLM were extremely helpful. Embarkation went well so much smoother than a ocean cruise The crew on the Ingvi were very courteous and helpful but our special thanks must go to Emilie, the cruise director. She was energetic, polite and helpful all day, every day. This lady loves her job and it shows! The excursions were good and it was nice that they were included in the price of the cruise.We chose to do some additional excursions and they were excellent. Evening entertainment was most enjoyable. Food was good although I must say my husband thought the steaks were not very tender. The staff in the dining room do a great job. We have already booked another cruise on the Danube for next year. It happens to be on the Ingvi! We are definitely hooked on river cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
This would be a very long review if I tried to tell you everything I loved about this, our first river cruise. Everything was perfect and easy. Being met at the airport and escorted to the buses waiting to take us to the ship was ... Read More
This would be a very long review if I tried to tell you everything I loved about this, our first river cruise. Everything was perfect and easy. Being met at the airport and escorted to the buses waiting to take us to the ship was wonderful. Not having to deal with our suitcases until they were safely in our cabins was a treat. Everyone on the Viking team was friendly and knowledgable. Our program director, Emilie Boey, was really special. She not only made everything fun, but also took care of a couple of problems we had with a smile on her face and a hug. Our dinner table attendants also added to the enjoyment of the cruise (Gilbert, Adrian, and Rein). The food was amazing, much better than any ocean cruise we've ever taken. I loved the smaller ship and smaller number of people on board. The excursions were all interesting and the buses taking us to various towns were clean and the drivers were friendly and great drivers. My favorite excursion was to Strasbourg, France. What a beautiful, lovely city with its pretty little bridges covered in flower boxes. I could've stayed there for a week. But we really enjoyed all the excursions we chose -- they were all fun and the towns or villages were all beautiful in different ways. German Night was fun on the ship, and we enjoyed the piano music in the lounge every night. Loved having the use of the tables in the lounge to play dominoes each evening, too. Emilie made the trivia and other game nights fun, too. If we take another cruise we will choose a cabin above the lower deck so we have a full window. Other than that tiny thing, I wouldn't change anything. This cruise was absolutely perfect in every way. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
Friends had recommended I go. Transfer at the airport was so easy. Didn't spend much time in the room, but it was what we needed and the beds were quite comfortable. I loved that each evening we had the following day's ... Read More
Friends had recommended I go. Transfer at the airport was so easy. Didn't spend much time in the room, but it was what we needed and the beds were quite comfortable. I loved that each evening we had the following day's itinerary waiting for us. The staff could not have been more helpful and almost became family. The food was delicious. I have food restrictions which were addressed. One morning, we walked to our table, planned to put my purse down and go get my omelet. When I turned around, here is the waiter with my plate - chef had seen me walk in and remembered after 3 mornings how I like my omelet. How impressive is that? The outings were well-planned, interesting and so informative. We booked additional ones besides the included ones. Any time I had a question, someone was there to assist. The onboard entertainment was wonderful and varied. It was a nice way to relax at the end of the day. \We have already planned my next trip :), can't wait to go down the Danube. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
We chose this cruise to connect to and experience our cultural background. The ship was very clean and in great repair. Our cabin, although small was comfortable and spotless. Dining was always a pleasure. How can it be otherwise given the ... Read More
We chose this cruise to connect to and experience our cultural background. The ship was very clean and in great repair. Our cabin, although small was comfortable and spotless. Dining was always a pleasure. How can it be otherwise given the great service, extensive menu, and wonderful accompanying beverages. Even though this is a small boat, we were always well entertained. The scenery was great, excursions were wonderful and there was always adequate time to explore the ports on our own. The staff was extrordinary and very helpful and acommidating. We were always greeted with a smile and an eagerness to please. The excursions were well planned, well led, and extremely interesting. I was impressed that Viking has it's own fleet of busses which were top brands, spotless, and driven very professionally. We would definitely use Viking in the future. We hope to take our next cruise on the Danube. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Having already done the Danube and Rhone, decided to do the Rhein and maybe more later. We had previously visited Koeln, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Rudesheim, and Amsterdam on land visits, so not having to pack and unpack at each visit was ... Read More
Having already done the Danube and Rhone, decided to do the Rhein and maybe more later. We had previously visited Koeln, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Rudesheim, and Amsterdam on land visits, so not having to pack and unpack at each visit was an advantage. We traveled with sister and brother-in-law, so being able to share this visit with them was great. We also met really nice folks on board. Fellow Hawaiians, and Brits and other Americans. I still keep in touch with our new friends from Sheffield. Dining was excellent. Almost bottomless wine glasses was a plus. Service for meals was superb, wonderful and friendly staff. Being able to chat with them was enjoyable and u=interesting to note their various background. German oompah entertainment was really fun, as ist brought back memories of past visits. I especially enjoyed Strasbourg and Koeln, history, architecture, and the sun. the tour guides at each port of call were excellent, with good knowledge of each place we visited, also excellent English. Our cabin was a bit smallish but comfortable. The layout of the ship proved comfortable, with the bar and dining areas close-by. Use of wheel chair provided by the Ingvi for my sister enable her to see things instead of staying onboard. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Everything was excellent--food, excursions, hospitality, fellow cruisers, and most of all our cruise director Emilee. This was our first trip to Europe and the Viking cruise was an excellent way to experience the history and the people of ... Read More
Everything was excellent--food, excursions, hospitality, fellow cruisers, and most of all our cruise director Emilee. This was our first trip to Europe and the Viking cruise was an excellent way to experience the history and the people of central Europe...a great learning and enjoyable vacation. Two great experiences--the ringing of the cathedral bells in Strasbourg on Easter morning and the tour of the battlefields at Colmar where Audie Murphy won his Medal of Honor. The weather at this time of the year started off cold and rainy, but the guides on the excursions made up for it. It cleared up and the last five days were beautiful with warm and sunny days. The entertainment in the evenings ranged from very good local musicians to fun filled activities led by Emilee. Did I mention she was a hoot! One thing we really liked was the ability to sit with many different travelers at mealtimes aboard the ship. We got to know them and even found we had some mutual friends. All in all, this was more than what we thought or imagined this trip was going to be. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2016
I chose this cruise (the only cruise that I had been on) because I wanted to visit with a cousin in Amsterdam before embarking on my trip. The countries that were highlighted were ones that I had wanted to visit. And, a river cruise ... Read More
I chose this cruise (the only cruise that I had been on) because I wanted to visit with a cousin in Amsterdam before embarking on my trip. The countries that were highlighted were ones that I had wanted to visit. And, a river cruise seemed much more manageable to me....I traveled alone. There wasn't anything that I would have changed about the cruise. It was all that I had hoped it would be. Mother Nature caused the only things that I would change. It turned cold and rainy the second week, which made for some cold and wet tours. However, the area in which we traveled needed rain badly and the captain had to get creative at the locks and some docking locations. The food choices were excellent and the food itself was always sooooo good. My only problem was my own will power. As it was, I returned home 10 pounds heavier than when I left. I enjoyed every bite and didn't regret the weight gain. It was a wonderful experience for me. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Visiting places that I had not already visited in Europe...and from being met at The airport in Amsterdam to being accompanied to check in at The airport in Budapest...everything exceeded my expectations! The room was excellent, roomier ... Read More
Visiting places that I had not already visited in Europe...and from being met at The airport in Amsterdam to being accompanied to check in at The airport in Budapest...everything exceeded my expectations! The room was excellent, roomier than I expected...The food was extrêmely good( local specialities were a plus...)The included tours were guided by local guides who had a level of knowledge and pride that engaged my attention. I can't say Enough about The crew...every single one was willing and able to make our trip extra special. The entertainement and informative sessions that was brought on Board were of The highest quality. Every single day was "better" than The day before. We were pleasantly surprised more than once! Highlights for me... Mozart & Strauss concert in Vienna, organ concert, the locks, Austrian supper with yodellers, Rob explaining The castles during a beautiful afternoon, The Sail to see The Lights of Budapest... And...The weather was a plus...sunny and warm ( sometimes hot) Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
My husband an I accompanied a group of 26 on the Viking Ingvi River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest in late August 2016, for 14 days. Most people arrived early and enjoyed the sights of Amsterdam and some continued on for the post-stay ... Read More
My husband an I accompanied a group of 26 on the Viking Ingvi River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest in late August 2016, for 14 days. Most people arrived early and enjoyed the sights of Amsterdam and some continued on for the post-stay in Prague. By the end of the trip many in our group called it the "trip of a lifetime." How true! There were so many wonderful cities and things to see and do and many experienced all of the daily excursions as well as a lot of the optional excursions. The ship was clean and modern, in a Scandinavian way, with muted, restful colors. It is laid out so everyone can find a peaceful space or be visiting with a lot of people in the lounge, dining room or Aquavit outdoor deck. The stateroom staff was very pleasant, always careful not to disturb you while in your room, and only cleaned when you were out of your room. You would leave your room, come back after breakfast, and Voilá, your room was as clean and fresh as when you stepped on the ship. The rooms were well appointed and very nicely arranged with plenty of drawer and closet storage space. Our group was scattered in staterooms all over the ship. Those that stayed on the lower level were somewhat apprehensive about the size of the room and being close to water level. Their fears were unwarranted. They told us later they were hardly ever in their room so it didn't matter and the larger window was just fine for lighting. Those that had Balcony or French Balcony staterooms were pleased with their rooms as well. However they did not approve too much of another ship tying up beside us and blocking their view......but that's not uncommon and is always a possibility with river cruises. Dining was delightful. The chef and his staff did an excellent job as well as the dining room staff. There were always plenty of choices on the menu and the meals were tasty and cooked properly. Having a light lunch, salads, soups, small sandwiches on the Aquavit Deck was a nice departure from the main dining room. One or two evenings in the dining room we received something incorrect, or perhaps cold, but it was very quickly taken care of by the staff. Dinners are a chance to meet and greet many other people on the ship and that's one of the nice things about river cruising.........you meet so many people because the total on this ship was 190 people. During 2 weeks time you meet and enjoy most of them. Arriving back on the ship after an excursion there was always someone to greet us with some sort of juice or drink and perhaps cookies or some sweet regional specialty. It's nice to be greeted in that manner and it makes you feel welcome to come back on the ship......or maybe they just missed us! Evening entertainment on the ship was usually musicians from a local city. These evenings were a pleasant experience. Other times an excursion was offered at night to take us to a restaurant or beer hall. These evening offered great food and just plain fun. Several lectures were offered at night and were done by experienced and interesting people. One of the most exciting highlights of our cruise was a local German glassblower. We were all fascinated with his ability to work with the glass.....a very different experience than you would see with a regular glassblower or might see in Murano, Italy. He was an expert at what he did and we were offered the opportunity to buy many of his works, including fused glass jewelry and Christmas gifts. He was busy for almost 2 hours taking care of customers and taking orders for shipping. We did discover he is a protege of Chihuly which explains why he was so very knowledgeable and creative. He said he visits Chihuly at least twice a year. The service on this ship was outstanding. We can't say enough about them. Everyone was so pleasant and helpful. The Hotel Manager, Krisztina, was particularly helpful. She was always present and available to discuss questions, and handle issues or problems. While on the cruise two couples from our group had a minor issue with their rooms. Either the problem was quickly fixed or they were moved to another room (which, of course, is not always available) but the problem was solved. We have to say the bartenders were special as well. The main bartender, Szaba (sp?) and the rest of the bar staff were exceptional with remembering our drinks and timely service. So many of the staff, bartenders, dining room staff, front desk staff were always ready with answers and gave us top notch service. We've been on Viking ships before but we have to say this was probably the best service we have had from on any of the ships. We met and spoke with the Captain of our ship several times albeit thru a translator. He was interested in our thoughts and asked many questions. How many times can you meet the Captain of the ship and converse with him/her? Our group has already asked us to plan another cruise for them. Would they go on Viking again? The answer is a definite "Yes." As far as ourselves, Would we go on Viking again? The answer is a definite "Yes" and we hope to sail again next year with Viking. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We spent a couple of days in Amsterdam prior to embarking, which helped with jet lag and acclimating to being on vacation. Getting to and on the ship was a snap. The attention to detail and thoughtfulness of all of the staff was ... Read More
We spent a couple of days in Amsterdam prior to embarking, which helped with jet lag and acclimating to being on vacation. Getting to and on the ship was a snap. The attention to detail and thoughtfulness of all of the staff was remarkable. Everyone was very helpful and friendly and seemed to be enjoying themselves as well. The restaurant was top notch. Really appreciated the daily briefings and the onboard presentations. The glassblower was a lot of fun and had some interesting stories. Just a wonderful and relaxed way to visit so many beautiful towns that I otherwise would probably have not experienced. The coordination with off shore excursions was seamless and the local guides made the experiences intimate and fun. I appreciated the time for wandering around unscripted also. Our trip extension to Prague was wonderful and the Viking hospitality continued on dry land. Overall a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2016
We have been ocean cruising for years and wanted to visit inland countries and cities. This cruise offered us the opportunity to visit both large cities and small villages. We also took advantage of a post cruise 3 day visit to Prague. ... Read More
We have been ocean cruising for years and wanted to visit inland countries and cities. This cruise offered us the opportunity to visit both large cities and small villages. We also took advantage of a post cruise 3 day visit to Prague. Transfers were handled expeditiously on arrival and during the post trip excursion. Only issue that arose was result of Delta computer snafu. Viking rep at our Hotel insisted we go to airport when we knew from experience that there would be no earlier departure than the one we booked. We were left at the hotel and took advantage of another day in Prague. When we went to the airport our fellow travelers were there disgruntled after having spent the day in an airport. The ship was immaculate, the service impeccable and the food delicious. River cruising is a much more intimate experience than Ocean cruising and we made some good friends. We missed evening entertainment although there was a piano player and dancing. On a few evenings entertainment was brought on the ship. As a result of high water levels locks were backed up so we missed the excursion to Salzburg that we most looked forward to. Our tour guides on most excursions were well informed, energetic and sometimes entertaining. Our cabin was smaller than expected and we are not large people. Staff on the ship were friendliest we have experienced on any cruise. Overall, it was a great experience and a memorable trip. We are looking at cruising with Viking again on one of their China itineraries. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
I have always wanted to go on a Viking Cruise - the ships always seem very luxurious. There was an itinerary which attracted me - Amsterdam to Budapest - which I could just afford. My travel agent got me a good deal so I was hooked. ... Read More
I have always wanted to go on a Viking Cruise - the ships always seem very luxurious. There was an itinerary which attracted me - Amsterdam to Budapest - which I could just afford. My travel agent got me a good deal so I was hooked. The cruise was all I expected and more. My cabin was small but all I ever use such accommodation for is a bed, a shower and somewhere to hang my clothes. It fitted all these and was cleaned every day. Indeed the whole staff were always helpful and cheerful. The food was top of the range. There was not a bad meal from breakfast through lunch to dinner. There was no set table so you could move among the guests as you wish. The choice of meal was usually three starters (At lunch this was a serve yourself choice) although you could have what was on the menu. There followed three main courses including a vegetarian choice each day and the desert was usually a calorie uncontrolled delight. At lunch and dinner you were offered wine / beer / soft drinks of your choice none of which were stinted. If all this was too much there was a separate dining area which served much simpler food. The entertainment was fairly simple - an excellent pianist plus the occasional local singers and/or dancers during an evening. There was an included trip at each port of call plus, if you wanted additional trips at a cost. Some of them I felt were a little highly priced. One or two of the trips could do with a review as they either duplicated an earlier trip or were not quite how they were described in the brochure. I understand some of them were new expeditions which may account for their slight failings. We were occasionally held up at locks and for five days we could not go on the upper sun deck because of the height of the river and the lowness of the bridges. My one regret. I had looked forward to being sat on the upper deck at the Chain Bridge in Budapest at night but, out of the control of Viking, it was the weekend of the Red Bull Acrobatic Plane Race and, because of "Health and Safety" we had to park quite some distance from the centre of the city and I didn't chance to do this. Overall it was a great experience and I would recommend it to every one. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2016
This was our first river cruise and it was absolutely amazing. Another couple we met on an ocean cruise and two other couples invited us along. River cruises are certainly more expensive than ocean ones but it was worth every cent. We ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and it was absolutely amazing. Another couple we met on an ocean cruise and two other couples invited us along. River cruises are certainly more expensive than ocean ones but it was worth every cent. We went from Amsterdam down to Budapest and loved every day. The ship is beautifully appointed in that sleek European style and spotless. We loved the intimacy as there were only 180 guests as opposed to the 800-1800 we usually cruise with. The staff were all outstanding. They went above and beyond to ensure we all had a great experience. They were like friends by the end of our tour. At every stop there were excursions which were included with our ticket and were top notch. Viking hires excellent and very knowledgeable guides. The great thing is we were divided into small groups rather than being herded onto big buses which is often the case on ocean cruise excursions. Oh, and let's not forget about the excellent meals! We had a talented and very gregarious Greek chef who created unforgettable dining experiences at every meal. The quality of the food was superior to that on the ocean liners. The entertainment, however, was not the same as what you get on the ocean cruises however due to the smaller venue but what they did provide was great. Besides since you are in a different port every day there are no days at sea to recouperate so we wouldn't have wanted events every night. When we came home friends asked what was our favourite stop and we had to say they all were! All in all we had a fabulous time and definitely plan on doing it again. There is a lot to be said to being on a river and looking out at all the little towns as you float to your next destination. Great job Viking! You deserve your stellar reputation. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
It was a life long dream of my life partner to take this Grand European River cruise. After her retirement from 28 years of teaching, I decided to make her dream come true. Everything about this cruise was magical. From the longboat Viking ... Read More
It was a life long dream of my life partner to take this Grand European River cruise. After her retirement from 28 years of teaching, I decided to make her dream come true. Everything about this cruise was magical. From the longboat Viking Ingvi and it's smaller size ( about 200 guests) to the many small towns that we visited, it was a marvelous trip. The food and service were top notch. We really got to know all the crew and most of the friendly passengers. The daily excursions were well planned and completely safe. They prepared for all types of abilities. On board there were many extras such as a master glass blower showing his skills, then local German singers giving a spirited show. Then a guided tour topside as we cruised the beautiful German countryside. So many extras. We danced every night....and Wednesday was schnapps night. The best was the friendly, courteous and outstanding staff of the Ingvi. They made it a very special 2 weeks. I highly recommend starting in Amsterdam and ending in Budapest...the excitement just builds from day 1 to day 15. Worth paying extra for a veranda to sit outside with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. One suggestion: plan one or more extra nights before and after the cruise. It helps ease the airplane/airport pain. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2016
The cruise staff were professional, fantastic and friendly. The food was fantastic and the choice of food was amazing. Very well done! The cabin was superb and always clean. We went in to the departure city two days early and ... Read More
The cruise staff were professional, fantastic and friendly. The food was fantastic and the choice of food was amazing. Very well done! The cabin was superb and always clean. We went in to the departure city two days early and stayed at the last city another two days. Viking took care of everything even though we were not boarding the ship for 2 days and didn't leave for an additional 2 days. They helped us arrange tours and excursions from the hotel we were staying in. The embarkation and disembarkation was so smooth and Viking really made us feel taken care of. The shore excursions were excellent, especially from local people who really knew the area and the history, well done! The staff were always available to guide and direct with no hiccups at all. The staffs ability to adapt to changes out of their control was amazing. The evening debriefs and entertainment was very good. We would do it again in a minute. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2016
I've always wanted to see Eastern Europe. I love the size of the ship and the crew were all so nice!! Treated us like friends and went out of their way to make everything extra special. The food was excellent. I loved the choices ... Read More
I've always wanted to see Eastern Europe. I love the size of the ship and the crew were all so nice!! Treated us like friends and went out of their way to make everything extra special. The food was excellent. I loved the choices but we did enough walking that I only gained 3 pounds. The excursions into town were everything I hoped they would be. The local guides were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their town or area. I love that Viking has everything so well planned and thought out and takes care of everything so that all I had to do was enjoy it. I tried to do almost everything that was offered. Nice that things are informal so you don't have to bring a lot of clothes. Though all the women joke about doing laundry in the tiny sink. I had a wonderful time and I would go again. So much easier that staying in hotels and having to more everyday. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
This was an over-the-top trip. Every need was taken care of. Everyday was organized. Every staff member was friendly. Actually missed the staff when we left. Details for embarkation and disembarkation were completely taken care of. ... Read More
This was an over-the-top trip. Every need was taken care of. Everyday was organized. Every staff member was friendly. Actually missed the staff when we left. Details for embarkation and disembarkation were completely taken care of. The ship was the Ingvi. Stayed in the lower level which still met our needs. We used the room for sleeping only. There are many others places on board to relax and enjoy. Dining was fabulous. We actually enjoyed the Aquavit Terrace. The shore excursions were a true immersion in history and culture. Always felt safe. Every local guide were excellent. Loved the "quiet boxes". Favorite places were Budapest, Nuremberg, Vienna, Cologne. We have already recommended Viking Cruises to friends. Many are interested in our experiences and one couple has already booked a cruise. Two more couples may book soon. Would definitely go on another river cruise and would only use VIKING RIVER CRUISES. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2015
This was our third river cruise with additional city stays. We always sign up for thr air package as well. The last was the Grand European from Amsterdam to Budapest with stays in Prague and Amsterdam. Everything was great even the ... Read More
This was our third river cruise with additional city stays. We always sign up for thr air package as well. The last was the Grand European from Amsterdam to Budapest with stays in Prague and Amsterdam. Everything was great even the unfortunate need to change ships due to low river levels. Viking made this as painless as possible by placing all baggage back in the same room on a new ship. They even bussed us back to the port we missed so we saw the same places. The extra excursions and on board activities were very entertaining and relaxing. This cruise was less educational than Waterways of the Tzars or Imperial Jewels of China. We had a great time with the crew and cruise director whose trivia games and musical presentations passed the evening hours after dinner. The food is always ample and delicious. We also enjoy the silver spirits package so that we can sample wines and liquor varieties that we have never tried before. We travel as a couple and are both seniors. The dining arrangements allow you to mix with other couples and develop cruise friendships and dining companions. The on shore activities are interesting, cultural and diverse. They even include many shopping opportunities. The walking tours are generally paced to accommodate those with mobility challenges. We thoroughly enjoyed the pre and post cruise visits to Amsterdam and Prague. The hotel in Amsterdam was fantastic with a sensational room view of the Harbour. After brief overview tours you are left on your own to tour and travel by public transportation. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
The entire trip was just excellent. The cabins were nice, they were small, but that's to be expected on a boat. Everyone treated you as if you were royalty. The food was great. The tours were outstanding. I had a minor issue with the ... Read More
The entire trip was just excellent. The cabins were nice, they were small, but that's to be expected on a boat. Everyone treated you as if you were royalty. The food was great. The tours were outstanding. I had a minor issue with the PA not working in my room which caused me to miss one excursion, but I got past that okay. My laundry was done fast and very professionally presented to me. The crew and the waiters were very nice. The waiters were fun, always joking, yet very professional. We had an issue where the river water was too low due to a summer drought. We had to pack up, and were bused 3 hours to an identical boat. Same cabin, same good service, same everything. We were friendly with the crew of the Engvi and were unsure of what might await us. I can't remember the name of the second boat, but the whole thing was done almost seamlessly. The boat's entertainment officer [Barry] was very talented, and always had everyone laughing. I told him I wanted to visit Scotland, and since he is Scottish, I thought he would be a good guy to talk to. He spent quite a while telling me what to see and where to go. He is one great guy. I would highly recommend Viking to anyone. Thank you for making my vacation memorable. Read Less
Viking Ingvi Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 4.7
Entertainment 3.0 4.2
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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