2 Amsterdam to Baltic Sea Viking River Viking Legend Cruise Reviews

My wife and I (until I lost her to cancer six years ago) made it to Europe some 8 times over the years. The first trip was pretty much on foot, then by rail, then with friends in their car. We stayed in tiny, cheap hotels and ritzy places ... Read More
My wife and I (until I lost her to cancer six years ago) made it to Europe some 8 times over the years. The first trip was pretty much on foot, then by rail, then with friends in their car. We stayed in tiny, cheap hotels and ritzy places (one time when I won the trip in a contest.) Each time we seemed to step up in class. I really regret that I was not able to share with her my trip (with wonderful, loving friends) on the Viking Legend from Amsterdam to Budapest last August. I have never known an outfit to be so organized, yet so comfortable. The staff was beyond belief...they were not happy unless they were doing something for us. The food was superb, selected to reflect the area in which we were cruising at the time and prepared in such a way that you felt it was the absolute best, but not to "gourmet" that you failed to recognize the food. Once again, the staff in the restaurant was friendly, but super efficient. When it was announced that a group of buses would leave the ship at 1 pm, they left at exactly that time. Staff members were always within sight in case we needed directions or help (I suspect they had a portable defibrillator in that little red backpack.) I was having some trouble walking and was using a cane. Special groups they called "leisurely" (a nice word for SLOW) were assembled at each tour spot. The included excursions were excellent and the couple of optional ones were well worth the small extra charge. I never felt left behind or made to feel I was causing a problem with my handicap and I really appreciated that concern on their part. The only complaint I had was that there was no elevator on this boat. The tremendous variety of speakers, musicians, glass blowers, cooks, etc. that they offered on the ship most afternoons and/or evening were also excellent. I could not believe how spacious my cabin was and the sliding glass doors allowed me to photograph many sights and sites without having to shoot through the glass. As a professional photographer, I really appreciated that, too. I could go on for many pages, but will sum it up this way: I got much more than I expected for my money in every way and will never forget the experience! Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
We landed in Amsterdam but without luggage for 5 days. Cruise line (viking) took good care of us and assisted us in getting luggage 5 days later. Program Director provided great assistance/services like free long distance phone calls to ... Read More
We landed in Amsterdam but without luggage for 5 days. Cruise line (viking) took good care of us and assisted us in getting luggage 5 days later. Program Director provided great assistance/services like free long distance phone calls to airlines, laundry and other needed help. Well Done Joe! Food on board was excellent as was dining room services. Trip visits were excellent but too short in each port, but time was limited and we knew this before travelling. Rooms were good, clean and enough space for short trip (14 days). Crew members/dining room/reception persons spoke English and had great attitudes, service oriented. On board entertainment was OK and bar services speedy and lots of options. Wine at dinner was guaranteed at 2 glasses per person but turned out to be free and unlimited for all evening dinners. Crew seemed to want to do a lot of " extra" free services in order to please clients. Well done! Not much to complain about except that due to large size of ship, many docking were not "down-town" and so busing had to be used to local towns. Tours were mostly included and local guides proved to be knowledgeable, with all good speaking English. Internet access was "spotty" and web site access needs more clarity. Many could not get on the web using their procedure. Too complicated. Overall, a great experience but not perfect. However, we felt that they were really trying to do a great/better job. Boat vibrations at night caused some sleep problems. Side thrusters I believe caused the vibrations. Next to no wave problems at all. Bathroom floor could have been cleaner (looked a bit dirty or stained)? Shower slide rod, had to be adjusted twice as it kept slipping down. Read Less
Sail Date September 2010
Viking Legend Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 5.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 4.5
Entertainment 3.0 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness & Recreation 3.0 N/A
Family 1.0 3.4
Shore Excursions 5.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 3.0 N/A
Service 4.0 4.7
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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