44 Amsterdam Viking River Viking Lif Cruise Reviews

We didn't choose this ship,- it chose us! from the moment we boarded in Amsterdam to the disembarkation, we were looked after royally, from the Captain down to the cabin Stewardess, we cannot fault, Our cabin on deck 2 was a ... Read More
We didn't choose this ship,- it chose us! from the moment we boarded in Amsterdam to the disembarkation, we were looked after royally, from the Captain down to the cabin Stewardess, we cannot fault, Our cabin on deck 2 was a "French Balcony" however even though it was a tad cosy ( read small) it still gave us an open sliding door to the world sliding past as we went up/down? the river to Budapest. Our Tour Director, Sanya, and her Co- Host staff managed each guests tour itinerary's without a miss-step and didn't loose any of our passengers once. We were looked after at each meal by very attentive staff ( Alajandro, Dawid and Pol) regally, and I cannot complain as to the overall attentiveness, they also strive to accommodate all tastes and dietary restrictions, - (although if you are Coliiac or dairy free, then it becomes a tad boring) BUT! you wont starve!, Our cabin Lass, Agata, was an absolute blessing as my wife went down with a head cold on week 2 of the trip and she looked after us with all requests for extra tissues, towels, bedding and privacy that was asked for, Gold Star for her!. For any prospective travellers with Viking on this trip, I can only say, sit back, enjoy, eat well and be pampered with the knowledge that you are looked after as a guest, not just another "head on a bed". I think to summarise why we would choose Viking again, I would say that when we were due to be taken to the airport in Prague ( after an extension to the river cruise) we were escorted from the hotel by a Viking staff member to the limo and met by another equally attentive staff member at the airport drop-off and were whisked straight through to the relevant check-in ( she took us straight to "Business" class) and we were booked in and on our way ( unfortunately this didn't get us B.C Seating) but we enjoyed the status of beating the queues, all in all, Well done Viking!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We picked this cruise from an advertisement. We didn't really check anything out before hand but it was for our 50th wedding anniversary so off we went. This was the most relaxing vacation we have ever been on. Viking looks after ... Read More
We picked this cruise from an advertisement. We didn't really check anything out before hand but it was for our 50th wedding anniversary so off we went. This was the most relaxing vacation we have ever been on. Viking looks after everything from the moment we deplaned in Amsterdam to check in in Budapest!! Always with you, but never in your way. We boarded Lif after a couple of fun days in Amsterdam. This is one of the newer Viking ships..a beauty. We had a lower level cabin, it worked for us, we just sleep there. Well appointed, smallish, but everything we needed. The dining was absolutely amazing...variety, chef performed miracles!! and the service the best you can get.. There was an included shore excursion everyday...sometimes walking off the ship and sometimes taking a shuttle on one of Viking's amazing tour buses. There were no children on board...really nothing for them to do... We WILL be back. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Grand European Disappointment Although we were suppose to be on the Aegir we were switched to the LIF and the part way through the cruise to the Embla We have just returned from our trip to Europe were booked the 15 day Grand ... Read More
Grand European Disappointment Although we were suppose to be on the Aegir we were switched to the LIF and the part way through the cruise to the Embla We have just returned from our trip to Europe were booked the 15 day Grand European River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest with Viking River Cruises. In a few words it turned out to be a huge disappointment. River levels were reportedly too low to navigate the full length of the cruise. River Cruising was replaced with Bus Trips. Nights on board ship were replaced with hotel. Cruise ports at the city centers were replaced with docking at Industrial Ports and Gravel Pits. This certainly was not the trip of a lifetime we envisioned. Viking had no control over the situation, so they said, but some of the things they said they didn’t have control over and some they did I question whether the statements made were true or not. As an example, we were told the reason our ship, the Aegir, was not at Amsterdam when we arrived was water levels were too low for the ship to get there. Interestingly enough, as we were being bused from Amsterdam to the industrial site in Koln to board the new ship we were assigned I saw the Aegir cruising toward Amsterdam. Struck me as a bit strange. Further the Aegir was able to get all the way back to Budapest for some of the passengers to board that were extending their trip. That being the case why wasn’t the Aegir able to be in Amsterdam and why did we have to change ships part way through the cruise? Was the one night of rain in the Alps sufficient to swell the entire European river system? At this point I have to inject that Stefan Mototolea, our cruise director, stayed with us throughout the entire trip and did everything in his power to arrange for the people on board to have the best experience possible given the difficulties being encountered. He kept us well informed about what was going to happen, good or bad and answered all the questions presented to him. Further he was relentless in his efforts to keep things running as smooth as possible throughout the trip. Hopefully; Viking cruise lines appreciate his efforts, I know we did. Further, Leah, the individual assigned by Viking to watch over us in Amsterdam when we had to check into the Hotel for the first night as our ship was not there, needs to be recognized for her efforts. We were told at check in that we did not have a room reserved for us and the hotel was totally booked. Somehow she and the hotel director found a way to get us a room. Perhaps traveling as part of a large tour group had something to do with that perhaps not but in any event she never stopped assuring me and my wife that we would have a room. We finally got our room. Let’s speak to the parts if the cruise we were able to take: This was our first river cruise and every port had an included tour associated with it but the stop at Cologne was eliminated because the ship couldn’t get there. Really? How did the Aegir get there coming down the Rhine on its way to Amsterdam? With that, we were offered the choice of taking a bus back to Cologne to visit that port and be bussed down river to meet the ship at another port or cruise the Rhine to see the castles along the river. We opted to stay on board and cruise to see the castles and scenery along the Rhine. We were glad we made that choice. The next day Viking arranged to add a sightseeing cruise with lunch on our way back to the ship from our Castle tour so those who missed the castles could see a couple of them. This had to be abbreviated about half way through so we could get back to the ship on time to leave the port. Those that missed the cruise up the Rhine really don’t know what a great portion of the trip they missed. Castles and terrific scenery everywhere. The included tours at the ports were quite good but having to be bussed from a gravel pit and back, docking at industrial sites instead of at the cruise ship docks at cities we were supposed to dock at and having to walk from outside cities edge to center city where we were supposed to have docked did not live up to the hype of docking center city and walking off the ship to visit Viking advertises in their wonderful looking river cruise propaganda. It’s not like the ports didn’t have those docking sites; other river cruise ships were docked there. What happened to the docking sites Viking claims to own at these cities? Do they exist; did they rent them out to other cruise lines? We were told it is up to the port manager to assign the berths. If you own the site why can’t you use it? Optional tours were also available and you always take your chances with them. We only took one of the optional tours to the Schonbrunn Palace. If you’re thinking about this tour forget it. It should be called the cattle chute tour. Your group tour will be constantly interrupted by individuals touring the palace on their own. They have preference and you will be hustled form site to site within the palace and jammed into a corner in each area while the tour guide explains what you are supposed to be seeing. A couple of optional tours you might want to consider are The Mozart & Strauss Concert in Vienna and The Hungarian Horsemen tour in Budapest. These were reported to be excellent by those that participated in them. The food on board was eatable but was nowhere near the quality we have had on ocean cruises. Eggs prepared by the chefs at the buffet line were great but when you ordered things off the menu for breakfast; example eggs benedict prepared in the kitchen, they were served partly done with uncooked portions of the whites and watery hollandaise sauce. Lunches were pretty good however dinners left a lot to be desired. Maybe comparing ocean cruise food to river cruise food is not fair as I have never taken a river cruise before but in any event, for the price of the cruise I expected a lot better. Overall my wife and I got to see a lot of interesting things, visit a lot of European cities, interact with people from diverse backgrounds and share experiences, however; we both admit given this experience we will not likely take another river cruise. Advice to travelers: Given you have to book so far in advance, wait for the drought to end in Europe before deciding to take a river cruise there and be sure you have the option to cancel for weather reasons built into your travel insurance if you can so you can back out last minute if you need to. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Friends highly recommend this exact cruise on Viking. Our disappointment started from the 1st day leaving the hotel, we were bussed from Amsterdam to the ship. We were supposed to board the ship in Amsterdam. We had many, ... Read More
Friends highly recommend this exact cruise on Viking. Our disappointment started from the 1st day leaving the hotel, we were bussed from Amsterdam to the ship. We were supposed to board the ship in Amsterdam. We had many, excursions we were bussed to instead of disembarking from the ship, 2 were over 3 hours. We spent as much time on busses & in hotels as we did on the ship. The environmental issues can’t be changed, but staff seemed as frustrated as guests. Once we swapped ships (repacked,unpack)all seemed fine. The crew was exceptional, until our director announced we’d be spending our last night at hotel(following 3 hr bus ride). The service deteriorated dramatically. It was SO obvious. This was day after a technical stop(resupply), we were told they were out of multiple supplies available throughout the cruise; good champagne & other elite supplies. The service was invisible. Empty glasses, long wait times, personnel visiting amongst themselves etc. I believe they thought their tips were compromised by the disruptions. No one ever expressed “we’re sorry”. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We wanted to try a river cruise, having enjoyed a Viking Ocean Cruise last year. We have previously done ocean cruising with Seabourn and Silversea and we are looking for the right cruise line for us. What a disappointing trip this ... Read More
We wanted to try a river cruise, having enjoyed a Viking Ocean Cruise last year. We have previously done ocean cruising with Seabourn and Silversea and we are looking for the right cruise line for us. What a disappointing trip this was. River levels were low, and on the first day we were bused to Slovenia to join a boat- the Embla- , rather than sailing out of Budapest. After a week we had a 3.5 hour bus trip to transfer to the Lif where we made it to Cologne before being advised we could not travel any further and that everyone would be bussed to a hotel at Schippol airport (Amsterdam) the next day. Therefore the cruise ended a day early. Viking are of course not responsible for the low water levels, but it was the management of the issue that left a lot to be desired -we always felt we were being kept in the dark and drip fed information. This extends to having heard NOTHING from Viking since our return - although we know other passengers who complained have been offered 25% discount off a future cruise. Of importance to us was the poor quality of the meals, particularly dinner. Fish was almost always very overcooked, as were the steaks and the overall menu and quality of the food was just so disappointing. Wine choices were ok, we took the silver package so had a better selection of drinks. As others have noted, only a few times did we dock where you could walk into town, and more than once we docked in industrial areas - once next to a giant smelly rubbish skip. Many of the towns where we stopped were small german towns and had little to see. Often you were stuck in the town for hours after the included tour with nothing to do but wait for the bus transfer back to the boat. Staff on the Embla were ok but were much better on the Lif. Our Verandah Suite was very comfortable, with a separate lounge area. Beware that you are often rafted next to other boats so have to keep your curtains closed at all times. We will not do a river cruise again - and after loving our Viking ocean cruise we are now very disillusioned with Viking - so won't be sailing with Viking again. Our search for the right cruise line continues. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
WE chose Viking for a cruise of the Danube/ Amsterdam to Budapest along with our 90 year old parents. The trip started with NO VIKING REP at the airport gate- we had to search and decided to go to the buses/ taxis where the rep ... Read More
WE chose Viking for a cruise of the Danube/ Amsterdam to Budapest along with our 90 year old parents. The trip started with NO VIKING REP at the airport gate- we had to search and decided to go to the buses/ taxis where the rep finally appeared. This happened several times during our trip where they simply 'dumped us off' without any tour guide assistance. Our parents would have been absolutely lost without us!!! Additionally, Viking is cheap, cheap cheap! A Vienna symphony concert, as displayed in the brochure, was simply 12 understudies in their 20's who played well, but absolutely not the Vienna symphony. The Ship/ Lif had filthy windows and a very unfriendly staff. We changed boats to the Embla mid tour and their staff was much better. There are countless items we can criticize but we won't bore you. We took a Tauck Rhine tour 2 years ago and they excelled!! Choose Tauck cruises / Not viking !! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We chose this particular cruise itinerary in order to see a part of Europe not previously visited. Viking Cruises impressed us in every aspect of our voyage: attentive and personalized service; delicious meals, beautifully presented, and ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise itinerary in order to see a part of Europe not previously visited. Viking Cruises impressed us in every aspect of our voyage: attentive and personalized service; delicious meals, beautifully presented, and impeccably served; fascinating tours with local guides; concerts, horse shows, wine tastings, every planned adventure meticulously coordinated - and an unplanned adventure the same. Our cabin was immaculate when we arrived, and maintained that way on a daily basis, as were all the ship's spaces. From the beautifully set dining room to the comfortable lounge and the casual forward deck, the walking circle and the upper deck, and the library and the stairs from level , all areas showed the constant maintenance of a conscientious crew. The library held volumes related to the cities and country on the ships itinerary; the latest books of fiction and non-fiction, a joy for this passenger. The spacious lounge, with its windows overlooking both water and land, became a favored spot for a cup of tea and a cookie, and to savor meeting other travelers from around the globe. Personally, a favorite experience of mine was the novelty of moving through the locks on the rivers; absolutely fascinating. Our first river cruise with Viking surpassed our expectations, and, yes, we are scheduled to do another river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Length and Composition was reason we booked this specific cruise. We discovered that fellow passengers make the difference between "excellent" and truly "outstanding." Of course, Viking does not have much control over ... Read More
Length and Composition was reason we booked this specific cruise. We discovered that fellow passengers make the difference between "excellent" and truly "outstanding." Of course, Viking does not have much control over this variable. So, as practical matter, our first portion, i.e., Amsterdam to Budapest, proved to be overall best experience. This first portion was therefore more satisfying considering the folks that we met and enjoyed during this portion of the cruise--several have become lifelong friends. That said, the remainder, i.e., Budapest to Bucharest, proved to be also very rewarding based on cultural and geographic sights as advertised, expert tours, and continuing excellent ship amenities. Not having to change cabins while transitioning from first portion to second was also much appreciated! We will travel again with Viking albeit not these same two itineraries. In fact, we recently booked Viking Alaskan cruise plus post-excursion for May 2019; looking forward to it with much anticipation! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We've been looking at the brochures that came to the house for years and my husband finally said, "let's do it". We made our own air arrangements because we wanted to go business class and the business class airfare ... Read More
We've been looking at the brochures that came to the house for years and my husband finally said, "let's do it". We made our own air arrangements because we wanted to go business class and the business class airfare through Viking was too high. We arrived in Amsterdam a couple of days early and explored on our own. We thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary and our accommodations. Having the balconies to sit on when sailing along the river and traveling through the 68 locks was wonderful. The highlight of the 15 day cruise was the quality of the guides. We received all the information we wanted and more. The extra programs (glassblowers, lectures and music) were terrific and added greatly to the entire experience. Though we were on the go everyday, it felt like an effortless trip. Everything was taken care of. The service onboard was efficient and friendly. Loved the daily soup selection. The food trended to the local cuisine. Our one regret was that we didn't stay in Budapest longer, but left the day of disembarking. The 128 day cruise in the Southern Hemisphere is on our bucket list, but that will have to wait for retirement. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
My husband and I had never been to Europe. We talked with friends, who had friends that had traveled with Viking before and highly recommended the company for our tour. We really enjoyed the personal attention that the crew gave us ... Read More
My husband and I had never been to Europe. We talked with friends, who had friends that had traveled with Viking before and highly recommended the company for our tour. We really enjoyed the personal attention that the crew gave us during our trip on the Viking Lif and our transition to the other ship, the Viking Aegir. We had to switch ships half way through the cruise because the water level was too shallow in the canal area between Nuremberg and Regensberg. It was really nice to see the crew standing outside our ship to see us off to the next ship. Also, it was great that they allowed our tour director, Dan go with us to the next ship. He was great!!! When we got to the next ship, after our tour of Nuremberg, it was wonderful to see our new crew with welcome signs and umbrellas to bring us on board the Viking Aegir. Great customer service on both ships!!!!! The whole trip was beautiful and the tour guides, for the most part were very good and informative. We did experience a couple that were trying to rush people along too much; however, we realized that they only had so much time to give us a tour. In Cologne, the guide should have taken us to another building to tour since we were unable to visit inside the cathederal because of a cardinal funeral. A stop at the doughnut shop there would have been great. She took us by the shop, but it would have been nice to sampled one of the jelly doughnuts. The doughnuts looked great!!!!! Although we enjoyed something about each one of the towns that we visited, a highlight was getting to tour the Marksburg Castle in Braubach, Germany..... great tour and our guide Mark was wonderful. We loved the windmills of Kinderdjike....wished we could have had more time there to shop and look around. I was expecting Vienna to be the most beautiful place to see; however, I believe Budapest was by far the most beautiful, especially at night. We really enjoyed the beautiful churches that we got to visit....such beautiful steeples!!!!! I could go on and on about the many beautiful places that we visited; however, I would have to write a book. To sum it up, it was a great trip and an experience that my husband and I will always cherish and remember. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
I love history. I felt this gave us a good overview for our first time in Europe. We started with three days in Amsterdam. I would recommend going from Amsterdam to Budapest rather than the opposite direction. This trip started a ... Read More
I love history. I felt this gave us a good overview for our first time in Europe. We started with three days in Amsterdam. I would recommend going from Amsterdam to Budapest rather than the opposite direction. This trip started a little slow with the windmills and industrial areas in the Netherlands and then builds and builds until the grand finale in the night cruise through Budapest. We stayed at the Doubletree by Hilton. It was ideally located near Amsterdam Central, the Red Light District, the harbour, and the departure dock for the river cruise. We walked to Anne Frank's House, the museums, the flower market, and every other major tourist attraction in Amsterdam. Departure day we walked from our hotel to the ship. We were able to leave our luggage onboard and head back into Amsterdam for another visit. We got back early and our cabin was soon ready for us. Overall the cabin was small but fine for the cruise as we didn't spend much time in it anyway. Why pay for a big suite when you aren't in it except to sleep and change. I would definitely recommend a French balcony suite though as it was wonderful sitting in the evening with the balcony open, listening to the water gurgle by the side of the ship. The cruise starts rather slow as the first day is at the windmills and then the second is cruising through an industrial area. Cologne was our first major stop. We were a little disappointed when we weren't able to embark in the city centre. A catholic cardinal had passed away and the downtown area was blocked off for the funeral. While we weren't able to go in the cathedral the pageant of the funeral was quite a site as hundreds of flag bearers wound their way to the church. The next few stops were beautiful but at most we had to embark at alternative areas and get bussed into the cities for various reasons. This was also a little annoying and we were beginning to wonder if the advertising for the trip was a little misleading. A big bonus though, was a stop in Bonn. As we were unable to spend the entire time in Cologne, we had an early stop in Bonn and were able to walk right into the market and historical area where a small festival was going on. It was beautiful. After a few days we finally got back on track and the rest of the trip we were delighted with each embarkation location. We walked off the boat and into the cities. Tours were varied and good value. We loved Marksburg Castle. On a couple of occasions we decided to strike out on our own. We had researched the areas ahead of time and were able to walk at our own rate. Dining was wonderful. We had plenty of excellent selections and the desserts were delicious. The first week my wife and I moved from table to table in order to meet new people. By the second week we had made some good friends and sat with them for most of the remaining meals. Entertainment is rather limited but that was okay as we usually were so exhausted at the end of each day that we retired early to our cabin to rest up for the next day. The glass blower demonstration was the highlight of the entertainment and the artisan was very funny and interesting. All the staff on the ship were excellent. They were very friendly and helpful. This was our first time in Europe and our first river cruise. We would highly recommend Viking River Cruises and hope to go on many more in the future. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This cruise was terrific. It was my second Viking, although my first was China which is a joint Chinese govt and Viking endeavor. We really lucked out on the weather. We were upgraded to a verandah suite which was really fantastic. All ... Read More
This cruise was terrific. It was my second Viking, although my first was China which is a joint Chinese govt and Viking endeavor. We really lucked out on the weather. We were upgraded to a verandah suite which was really fantastic. All service was very friendly although a bit challenging at times. The Aquavit Terrace could really be improved for use at dinner. After a full day we did not always want to go through a two-hour long dinner with others at our table. Aquavit offered one meal choice which was rotated every 6 days. The same appetizer and salad was served throughout the whole cruise. No dessert is offered there. We did not like the appetizer at all, the salad was just OK and 3 of the meal choices were not to our liking. Room service is not offered. A couple days we bought things during the day to bring back to have a snack in our room. Lunch at Aquavit was fantastic! Breakfast (continental only) was very sparse but at least you could get a coffee and fruit.The little alcove outside the lounge offered coffee and rolls in the morning and the same cookies (that were not great) every single day. A savory snack choice would be nice. We found several of the bar and restaurant staff to be quite rude and a few also lacked understanding of basic service. The excursions and the entertainment was good. The front desk and housekeeping staff was very good! The China cruise had a small work out space, the Lif had nothing. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this cruise to see new countries & sights. Unfortunately the weather was rainy & very chilly on most of the excursions which could have been shortened by half & still covered the same sights & information. Some ... Read More
We chose this cruise to see new countries & sights. Unfortunately the weather was rainy & very chilly on most of the excursions which could have been shortened by half & still covered the same sights & information. Some do the excursions were so physically demanding & we saw so many of the same types of sights that the information all ran together. We tho't the pitches could have been condensed & the time & effort to conquer some very difficult terrains would be remembered if shortened. Our cabin was lovely always with good service. The ship design is great, & the cuisine abundantly offers something for every taste. The restaurant & bar service couldn't have been better! Pedro, the fabulous musician, was the best part of the cruise! What a talented gentleman he is!! Embarkation was very smooth, but disembarkation was hectic & not so organized. Summary: If I had it to do again, I'd spend more time ont he boat. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We chose this cruise because we had a stellar experience on a previous Viking Cruise, and because it covered many areas we hadn't been. The ship was as expected as was the cabin. Dining was off from our previous experience. This ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had a stellar experience on a previous Viking Cruise, and because it covered many areas we hadn't been. The ship was as expected as was the cabin. Dining was off from our previous experience. This was something we really looked forward to. Good but not great. In some cases not even good. Entertainment was much better on this cruise, including entertaining lectures which we enjoyed the most. Our server Milan was the best, however most of the staff was excellent. Was sad to see the omelet chef let go in Budapest. We certainly liked him much better than his boss. All excursions were good as were the tour guides. Hated that we were transported to Prague via 8 hour bus ride including a food stop at a gas station. Really Viking, your guest are accustom to better than this. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Cruise was very good, staff wonderful and itineraries good. One complaint is that dinner should be more open seating and flexible. The brochures all say it is open seating but in reality it is not. There is no private seating for 2 ... Read More
Cruise was very good, staff wonderful and itineraries good. One complaint is that dinner should be more open seating and flexible. The brochures all say it is open seating but in reality it is not. There is no private seating for 2 or 4, only tables of 8 or more. If you are not seated by 7:10, your dinner is rushed. The other guests have already ordered and the waiters want your order right away. I have been on other small ship cruises (Silversea) where it is truly open seating at any time you want and smaller tables. Having earphones for itineraties was great. Enabled us to wander off a little and still hear our guide. All staff was very attentive and caring. Would definitely travel on a Viking ship again as compared to the other river ships we saw along the way. We loved the understated elegance of our ship Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We arrived in Amsterdam two days early as we wanted to send time with our previous exchange student and her parents who live in Amsterdam. We enjoyed touring around Amsterdam by bus, by foot and by canal boat. We were met at the airport ... Read More
We arrived in Amsterdam two days early as we wanted to send time with our previous exchange student and her parents who live in Amsterdam. We enjoyed touring around Amsterdam by bus, by foot and by canal boat. We were met at the airport by Viking staff who directed us to our coach and then to the Movenpick Hotel. On our embarkation day we were picked up promptly at our hotel and delivered to our ship via a Viking bus. Our ship was beautiful and so was our cabin. We were met with a bottle of sparkling wine waiting for us in our room. Our staff was fantastic. Our was cleaned everyday and checked at least twice a day to make sure we had all the supplies we need. Also the bed was turned down for us every evening. The servers in the dining rooms were very polite and we never wanted for attention. The most important thing was that my wine glass was always full. (LOL) I specifically enjoyed our tour director Casper. He was outstanding in both his knowledge of places we passed while cruising or stopped at, and his care for the passengers. We were always greeted in the most friendly manner. I also enjoyed getting to know our ship captain Alex, Tina our concierge and George our food and beverage manager. Awesome staff. The ports that we stopped at and the tours we took were superior. We met our second exchange student in Cologne and enjoyed lunch with her. She drove over from Frankfurt to meet us. Afterward we took a special Viking tour of the Cologne Cathedral upstairs with an impressive view of the city at 100 meters (340 feet) high. It allows you to see the architecture of the building up close. But all the ports were beautiful and we enjoyed walking or riding around to see each city. We had entertainment of some sort every evening. One night early in the cruise we had a dance mixer. It was a lot of fun and we got to know a great number of people in a short period of time. In Passau Germany we met our final exchange student family from Austria. We invited them to attend an organ concert at St. Stevens Cathedral. The organ here has 18,000 pipes and 233 registers. WOW!!! Afterward we drove out of the city about 5 miles and had lunch at their beautiful Bavarian house. We can't say enough good things about our river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. The Viking employees treated us very well, our local tour guides were knowledgeable and most interesting and our fellow guests were very friendly and fun to cruise with. Would we do it again.....well I can tell you we are already signed up for a sea cruise of the Baltic and Northern Europe for 2017. Good luck with your Viking travels! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
One of the items on my bucket list was cruising down the Rhine River in Germany. After researching cruise lines, dates and ports, we chose Viking for our first river cruise. We were not disappointed in our choice. The walking tours in ... Read More
One of the items on my bucket list was cruising down the Rhine River in Germany. After researching cruise lines, dates and ports, we chose Viking for our first river cruise. We were not disappointed in our choice. The walking tours in each city were fabulous. The local tour guides provided tremendous amounts of information on the history and culture of the city. The food was excellent, as were our wait staff and room steward. All the staff we cam in contact with were very pleasant. We did the pre-cruise in Amsterdam and the post-cruise in Prague. The hotels in both cities were very nice. We really enjoyed all the additional excursions we took, except the last one to the Lobkowicz Palace in Prague. I guess we were expecting something more on the order of the other palaces we saw earlier. All in all, the trip was fabulous. I always seem to gain weight on my ocean cruises, but this cruise with all the walking was no weight gain. I will definitely consider going on future Viking River Cruises and will look into Viking Ocean Cruises, as well. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We were in Amsterdam 2 days before the cruise and got to know the city. We were brought to the ship and everything went smoothly. Our cabin was very nicely appointed and everything fit nicely. The crew was excellent, always helpful and ... Read More
We were in Amsterdam 2 days before the cruise and got to know the city. We were brought to the ship and everything went smoothly. Our cabin was very nicely appointed and everything fit nicely. The crew was excellent, always helpful and friendly. The meals were very well prepared and presented. We enjoyed the shore excursions but the weather was not helpful, but we still had a great time. There were a few activities but we did not participant in most of them so I can't address this. The ones we participated in were great. We enjoyed the glass-blowing and the strudel making. We had a great piano player. The concierge was great and helped us with details when we got to Vienna. We spent our last three days in Prague and enjoyed the city. YES, we would do this again and looking through the brochures for a next adventure with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We went on this cruise with 2 other couples and planned it over a year in advance. So we had lot's of time to research. Viking did an amazing job from start to finish, from the airline arrangements, airport greeting & ... Read More
We went on this cruise with 2 other couples and planned it over a year in advance. So we had lot's of time to research. Viking did an amazing job from start to finish, from the airline arrangements, airport greeting & transfers, welcome greeting, onboard updates from our Cruise Director Casper, bus transfer arrangements along the river so we did not have to change ships due to the high water levels, hotel to airport transfer in Budapest, Viking representative at Budapest to help us get to the front of a very long check in line and made sure we got from the check in to the security line. We did a 1.5 hour Viking guided tour in Amsterdam then spent about another 4 hours do a canal tour and self walking tour in the same area. The ship is very smooth, you never feel any motion despite the amount of river traffic that gives off waves. We went during high water season so we were unable to use the top deck for about half the trip, as they had to lay everything (canopy's, rails, lounge chairs, etc.) down to get under all the bridges. The hallways are a bit narrow, so you need to yield at times. Dining was fantastic, everything you could ask for and more. Always something new, many regioal specialties paired with wines or beers from the region. Our dining staff Ruel, Bogdan, Ves and Kata just did an outstanding job of looking after our every need as well as providing some welcome entertainment. We chose to sit at the same table throughout the cruise and really got to know the staff. The shore excursions were well co-ordinated, the tour guides spoke fluent English and were just the right duration. Lot's of walking everyday. We did not take any of the extra excursions and were quite satisfied with what we got with the cruise. As it gave us ample time to do some exploring on our own. Every Viking representative we had contact with went above and beyond to make our trip enjoyable. From the booking, the greeters, Captain, Chefs, Concierge, Cruise Director, dining, housekeeping, bus drivers, the works! We would go again and Viking it would be! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We cruised from Budapest to Amsterdam some years ago with Uniworld. We wanted to someday do the entire North Sea to Black Sea river and canal cruise. We read about Viking and heard about Viking from other cruisers. We have cruised ... Read More
We cruised from Budapest to Amsterdam some years ago with Uniworld. We wanted to someday do the entire North Sea to Black Sea river and canal cruise. We read about Viking and heard about Viking from other cruisers. We have cruised with at least six other cruise lines. We found the customer service given by the crew of the Lif to be exceptional from our cabin steward to our servers in the dining room. We especially liked the one price all inclusive style of Viking so we were not constantly being "nickeled and dimed." We liked knowing our captain and our chef. We took a an informal walking tour of a market with our chef. In Croatia we visited a family in their home for pastry and coffee and a discussion of their everyday lives. Our hotel stay in Bucharest Romania was very special even if it was just one night. The man who met us at the airport in Amsterdam was a great company representative as were the young women at our hotel and at the airport who facilitated our return home. The onboard country lectures were exceptionally informative. We learned much about where we were visiting even though we had visited before. The low spot was the poor service by Alitalia air crew and those on the ground. It was such a contrast to that provided everywhere by Viking. There was nothing ordinary about our cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
The boat trip was exceptional and very accommodating. Guides were very knowledgeable and courteous. Boat crew and staff superb. Just an overall excellent boat cruise. The onboard food was truly gourmet. I really can't brag enough ... Read More
The boat trip was exceptional and very accommodating. Guides were very knowledgeable and courteous. Boat crew and staff superb. Just an overall excellent boat cruise. The onboard food was truly gourmet. I really can't brag enough about the boating part of the trip. I would do that trip again in a heart beat. The only negative is booking the air through Viking. They wait far too long to reserve seats and our whole group (17) were all spread around the back of the planes. No excuse when you have to book a year in advance. If we do Viking again, we will book our own flights. It's nice to have their airport concierge there when you arrive but not worth sitting in the back of a crowded plane for 7 hours to get that service from the baggage claim to the Viking bus. I truly believe that Viking has a real opportunity for improvement with the air arrangements. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This was my first time in Europe....I really enjoyed the cruise from the service, the food, the cabins were equipped with everything one would need. The staff on the ship were amazing.....as this was my first time on a river boat I can see ... Read More
This was my first time in Europe....I really enjoyed the cruise from the service, the food, the cabins were equipped with everything one would need. The staff on the ship were amazing.....as this was my first time on a river boat I can see why more people are taking these cruises....the best part there is only a small amount of people on the boat....no long line ups and more individual care. There was free internet and computers for our use. Also, everyday there was a tour.....the tour guides from the locale were very informative. I could not get over the beautiful buildings and churches....everywhere the buildings are restored and preserved....they are keeping there heritage. I really enjoyed the different beers and wines we were served daily. The food was so good...the chef and staff were exceptional.....everyday a new menu..... The best part of a river boat cruise is everything is included ...don't have to pay for extras. The staff were great from the cabin attendant to the front desk...the cruise director was amazing.....I'm sure he never slept...he was always on the go..... It was a wonderful experience....Viking Cruises are a superior cruise line. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Always heard great things about river cruising and after many ocean cruises we decided to experience it for ourselves. We chose Viking because it offered the Grand European itinerary and we enjoy Europe's cultural diversity and ... Read More
Always heard great things about river cruising and after many ocean cruises we decided to experience it for ourselves. We chose Viking because it offered the Grand European itinerary and we enjoy Europe's cultural diversity and scenery. The Viking Lif experience was absolutely much more than we could've imagined. The longship is beautiful and tastefully decorated and equipped. I loved the big French balcony views and the heated bathroom/ shower floors. The included tours were very well done by local guides and best of all were the audio vox which enabled everyone in the group to hear clearly without having to be w/in arms' length of each other. We could take our individual time to explore the things being spoken about and still find our guide who had continued. The food was very good and fresh including herbs grown and picked from the top deck garden. We were able to take in the beautiful scenery sitting comfortably on the open top deck and hear the points of interest over the loud speaker. Our cruise director, Leonard, was superb... personable and informative. As a matter of fact, all of the Lif crew/ staff was very friendly and helpful. The onboard entertainment which comprised of local artists was very very good. We highly recommend choosing Viking for river cruising. We loved it. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We had an excellent experience on the Viking Lif! The ship was comfortable and well appointed. We enjoyed the tours and the beautiful scenery. The crew was warm, hospitable, humorous, and informative. We hated to say goodbye to them! ... Read More
We had an excellent experience on the Viking Lif! The ship was comfortable and well appointed. We enjoyed the tours and the beautiful scenery. The crew was warm, hospitable, humorous, and informative. We hated to say goodbye to them! The food was very good. We discovered that we enjoyed the informal meals on the Aquavit Terrace and we even forged some friendships with those who most often gathered there. But it also allowed us a certain amount of privacy and couple time. We enjoyed the optional excursions, but the tour would have been just as wonderful without them. The local tour guides were very informative and enjoyable and spoke great English. The Cabin was well appointed. The bathroom is a bit small, but I assume that is to be expected on a cruise ship. And the view was phenomenal! The countryside is beautiful. Towns picturesque. And my engineer husband enjoyed the locks! I highly recommend this tour. And we look forward to another cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was our first river cruise experience after many, many ocean cruises, We loved the laid-back pace aboard our ship and enjoyed seeing so many wonderful sights and old cities along our journey to Budapest. We found the food to be ... Read More
This was our first river cruise experience after many, many ocean cruises, We loved the laid-back pace aboard our ship and enjoyed seeing so many wonderful sights and old cities along our journey to Budapest. We found the food to be very good and enjoyed the availability of both wine and beer for lunch and dinner meals. Since the maximum passenger capacity is only 188 people, we never felt crowded on the ship. Although the complimentary wifi aboard the ship was a bit slow at times, it was nice to have that capability so that we could stay in contact with family members and gather news updates from our country. We brought our own computer, but there were two computers available in one of the public areas that guests could use as well. We also enjoyed the daily excursions that were included in the price of this cruise. Each passenger received a "quiet box" that allowed us to clearly hear our tour guide as we were being escorted on the excursion. I highly recommend this experience to anyone who is considering taking this kind of a trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Viking Lif Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 4.4
Entertainment 3.0 4.2
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.2
Family 1.0 3.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.4
Enrichment 4.0 4.3
Service 4.0 4.7
Value For Money 3.0 4.1
Rates 4.0 N/A

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