44 Amsterdam Viking River Viking Vili Cruise Reviews

Booked this cruise because the promotion advertising looked like it was what we wanted and the sailing date suited. Reserved a two room veranda suite on deck 3, these cabins are directly under the walking/ running track on the top deck ... Read More
Booked this cruise because the promotion advertising looked like it was what we wanted and the sailing date suited. Reserved a two room veranda suite on deck 3, these cabins are directly under the walking/ running track on the top deck which results in overhead noise even though it is supposed to be a walking track that is restricted 8pm to 8am. The other disappointment was that the large window ( 2m x 2m) double glazed window was shattered this we were told happened on the previous cruise and they had been in touch with maintenance to make repairs further down the river, an apology and a bottle wine was given but the window was never repaired. The cabin steward was excellent as was the concierge who booked special city tours for us. The food was a big disappointment, at times it was over cooked, bland and vegetables were only served if you ordered the steak which was in my opinion the best selection on the menu. The waiters in the dining room were not skilled in their service, I would suggest they go and wait tables on a Princess Cruise to see how it down correctly. Dinners were not reminded to use the hand on entering the dinning room. The smorgasbord served in " Aquavit " lounge had a better selection at lunchtime than the dinning room, I would liked to have seen "sneeze covers" on the food, that might explain why a large number of passengers appeared and sound like they had a cold. Would I cruise with Viking again? Definitely not. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Viking ran an incredible deal $2499 for 14-day Grand European River Cruise. I dreamed of this trip for YEARS but didn't have anyone to be my roommate. This Memorial Weekend special 2016 was so cheap that I called Viking and spoke ... Read More
Viking ran an incredible deal $2499 for 14-day Grand European River Cruise. I dreamed of this trip for YEARS but didn't have anyone to be my roommate. This Memorial Weekend special 2016 was so cheap that I called Viking and spoke to agent and told her I wanted to pay an additional $2499 for the ghost person for single occupancy and was willing to pay $5000 to have solo cabin. She snapped "NO! This promotion is for double occupancy only! For you to have a cabin yourself you have to pay $9000!" I am a travel beginner, I didn't know any better but to believe her. So, I ran an ad in Travel MeetUps for a NON-snoring roommate. Too much detail to type here, but I got railroaded by another Viking agent to room with a lady I never heard of, who saw my MeetUp post, and called Viking to call me with her on the line. She lied to me about snoring and after we paid, she admitted she had sleep apnea but didn't qualify for the C-PAP machine. She SNORED LIKE A HARLEY! On top of that, she was soooo critical, condescending, and judgmental of little details of my rooming with her too numerous to list, like where I hung my towel. She insisted on turning AC to 68 which gave me a bad cold and asthma for the rest of my trip and 2 weeks after (I extended it), even tho I told her many times, she snuck it up, and told me room service did it. But Room service said they NEVER touch passenger's AC settings. She screamed at me just because I asked her how her tour was, because I "interrupted her movie and she was writing an email at the same time", when I was just trying to be nice and acknowledging her when I came in. IT GOT SO I WAS AFRAID TO GO TO MY CABIN!!! On the 10th day, Harley snored so loud that I told the concierge that I was thinking about bailing ship and forfeiting the rest of the cruise even tho the best excursions I already paid for, were yet to come, but I didn't know how to get from where the ship was, to Budapest where I had extended stay reservations. Everyone said the ship was full, but Hotel Manager offered me my own cabin for an additional 100 Euros a night (400 Euros). I wish I had done that sooner, as 100 euros/night extra was still cheaper than $5000 I was willing to pay, but Viking agent didn't let me. My anger against Viking telling me I had to pay $9000 to have my own cabin MADE ME CHEATED, increased exponentially, when later, ALL travel agents told me you never pay more than double. One even posed as consumer and while I was holding, she called a Viking agent, said she wanted to go on same cruise solo, and agent entered "1 person", and computer came back with same price as the double occupancy price, and it was NOT $9000. I felt even MORE CHEATED and DUPED when on the ship, I met a 92 year old man who had a cabin a few doors down the hall from mine (same price level) to himself for which he said he paid $5000. "How did you do that?", I asked, "Viking told me I had to pay $9000". He said "I don't know, my travel agent handled it for me". So here was what Travel agents told me, that you never pay more than double, was true. When I got home, I filed a complaint with Viking about being told I had to pay $9000. Viking backed what the first Viking booking agent told me, and refused to acknowledge fault or look into the 92 year old man. Viking offered me only $500 “Good Will” credit for a future booking within 12 months. I did not accept it because I felt Viking was tossing me “crumbs”, and then I would be obligated to using Viking, AGAIN. People later told me I should have hung up and called again to get another agent, but I was very inexperienced at traveling, and that first agent was SOOO ADAMANT and forceful in her voice "NO, FOR YOU TO HAVE A CABIN TO YOURSELF, YOU HAVE TO PAY $9000!", I did not question further. Though Viking did not pick my roommate for me, I ended up with “cruel and condescending Harley” ONLY because that first booking agent was so adamant that I had to pay $9000 for solo. Agent would not allow me to pay 2 x $2499 for solo cabin even tho I tried to convince her Viking would be saving money, cos they do not have to pay for ghost’s food, and excursions, but they still got the full fare. My overall trip “1 star – Awful” is due to the horrible roommate I was forced to travel with, because of what she told me about having to pay $9000 instead of $5000 to have a solo room. I feel "cheated" . As for the cruise itself, I am a Foodie and the food was pretty good. They served some of my favorite dishes, such as osso bucco and did a great job with that. The steaks were pretty good, but all at my tables agreed, the cook overcooked the fish. We had chilean sea bass and swordfish, two of my faves, but they were overcooked. Overcooked fish is the reason for 4 stars vs 5 stars. I ate TWO different main dishes, most times. Most of the tour guides for the included tours were 4+, except one had strong B.O., that I felt I had to hold my breath all the time, following him, even outdoors. The highlight of the entire cruise, was something that was at whim, and not a planned event. The Concierge had done this before, so she was offering to do it for our cruise. She organized a bike rental outfit to provide decent bikes for about $22, and we biked 31 kilometers from one town to another, along the River, to meet the ship. We rode through very small towns and many grape orchards, and even cemetaries. Took us about 4 hours. I felt that the Program Director was somewhat overly effusive (kinda fake). He was only age 26. But I give 5 stars to the Concierge and the Hotel Manager, because they found a way to give me my own cabin the last 4 nights, even tho I had to pay 400 euros for the 4 remaining nights. I felt the two most beautiful things I saw on my Viking Grand European Tour was oddly, the ship itself (1 year old) AND one of the buses we took to Regansburg. The grace of the longship floating through the water like a swan, and the design of the roof and windows on that white bus (the modern "lines") with the Viking ship on the side of the bus, were soooo beautiful to me. My ratings above 1 star are when I did not have to be with Harley. I have very bad feelings when I think about Viking saying I have to pay $4000 ABOVE the cost of paying for 2 people. My memories of my trip feel sad, rather than good memories. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Loved it! The website and the information package that was sent to us was very useful in helping us plan our trip. We spent 5 days in Amsterdam before the trip and fell in love with the city. Embarkation went smoothly once we figured ... Read More
Loved it! The website and the information package that was sent to us was very useful in helping us plan our trip. We spent 5 days in Amsterdam before the trip and fell in love with the city. Embarkation went smoothly once we figured out exactly where to find the ship. The ship was beautiful and our stateroom was fantastic and had all the amenities we could possibly want. Food and drink were excellent and plentiful and was a great way to meet people. On board entertainment was great and included a number of games, a glass blowing demonstration, an opera concert, and several very interesting lectures. The shore excursions were extremely well organized and were very informative and lots of fun (I would highly recommend the beer tasting extra excursion in Koln). The electronic "Quiet Vox" devices that were used during the excursions enabled the guides to communicate through the earphones without the guide having to shout to be heard by all. The entire crew was outstanding and often went above and beyond to help in any way they could. I would definitely cruise with Viking again! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Twelve of us took the cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. We all agreed that it was the best cruise we have ever been. Our state room was excellent, the food was superb and the service was outstanding. our maid and waiters could not ... Read More
Twelve of us took the cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. We all agreed that it was the best cruise we have ever been. Our state room was excellent, the food was superb and the service was outstanding. our maid and waiters could not have been better. The tours and the tour guides were great. Great selections of the visited cities, especially Vienna. The night cruise of Budapest was an extra added bonus. The entertainment was fun and the evening games, dancing was lots of fun. The crew from the Captain down was accessible and we felt comfortable to talk to them, ask them questions. We are looking forward to our next cruise. We are looking at another river cruise. Somehow, we all agreed, it was great to be on a small ship. We got to know other people and the crew. Everyone we have talk to, we highly recommended this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I looked at a number of river cruise lines and decided Viking was the best for what I needed. I'd taken a Viking Rhine Getaway two years ago and loved it so much, I was eager to experience another river cruise. I wanted one that was ... Read More
I looked at a number of river cruise lines and decided Viking was the best for what I needed. I'd taken a Viking Rhine Getaway two years ago and loved it so much, I was eager to experience another river cruise. I wanted one that was longer so chose the 15 day Grand European on the Viking Vili. I also did the pre-cruise extension in Amsterdam. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. The ship was clean and the room, although small, was comfortable with plenty of storage. Ship staff were always quick to help. The guides in each port either lived in that city permanently or, in some cases, temporarily (students), but they were all topnotch. And the tours in each port were included in the price. In some cities, optional tours were offered at an additional cost. I did only a few optional tours, but they were well worth the cost. We saw Cologne, Vienna, and Budapest, and a number of small cities that were every bit as interesting as the large ones. I was in a cabin on the lowest deck (the lowest cost) and by myself since my traveling companion became ill at the last minute. I would think two people would be tripping over each other at times, though, because the cabin was quite small. When we weren't in port, I spent a lot of my leisure time either on the top deck, in the lounge, or on the Aquavit Terrace. The ship also had a small library with comfortable chairs and two internet stations you could use at no charge. The wifi was free. I enjoyed sitting on the sun deck and viewing the vineyards, castles, and other interesting sites while sipping a refreshing beverage. When the sun deck had to be closed because of low bridges, the Aquavit Terrace was available. We could also dine on the Aquavit Terrace and did for a few lunches, but we always ate dinner in the restaurant since one of the great things about river cruising is the interesting people you meet and become friendly with. River cruise ships don't have entertainment like ocean cruisers, but there were several evenings we were entertained with small musical groups and there were trivia games. During the day there were some interesting lectures and one day the best and most entertaining glass blower I've ever seen. There were also several tea times and at least one cooking demonstration. A quick mention of the pre-cruise experience in Amsterdam which was also great. We stayed in a centrally-located hotel within easy walking distance of almost everything I wanted to see (I did take public transportation, very easy to use, to the Rijksmuseum). A tour of Amsterdam was included with the pre-cruise cost. I could go on and on. I enjoyed everything about the trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Love the small ship and many of the staff knew our name after the first few days. After the first day, when we went to pick up our shore pass cards, from the front desk, (we can't remember her name) would always greet us with, ... Read More
Love the small ship and many of the staff knew our name after the first few days. After the first day, when we went to pick up our shore pass cards, from the front desk, (we can't remember her name) would always greet us with, "Hello Mr & Mrs Wxxxxx from stateroom 209". That is a great way to start each day. We were not just a number with someone asking for our number. This was on our 40th Anniversary and Viking treated well with several people signing to us at Dinner, and flowers and towel swans in our stateroom. The Head Chef came and visited with us that night and later in the cruise also. We have cruised on 9 cruises and 4 different cruise lines before this cruise and find Viking the BEST. Viking treated us so good. Bottle of water each time we go ashore, welcome back snack or such. We also loved the one free tour each day where as we did not have to pay for every tour. We did purchase a few of the optional tours, and were glad they did not conflict with the free tour for time. The Tour Guides were all great. We are planning to be some of the first to cruise on the Mississippi River in the USA, with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I chose this cruise due to a broad experience of several countries. I found the crew very good, attentive and engaging. The room was kept very clean. The chef out did him self with good variety, fresh fruits. The meals were too good and my ... Read More
I chose this cruise due to a broad experience of several countries. I found the crew very good, attentive and engaging. The room was kept very clean. The chef out did him self with good variety, fresh fruits. The meals were too good and my scale at home showed that I enjoyed the culinary experience too much. I enjoyed the excursions very much, knowledgeable local guides. I like that we had ear buds so you could hear the guides and not have to push in to hear. The optional excursions were affordable and allowed us to get a local experience. I did the Mozart concert, the Hungarian horse show and tried to waltz. Enjoyed this cruise so much I talked my mom into going with me next year. Going from Bucharest to Budapest. We are taking the extra trip to Prague. This past cruise I did the extra time in Amsterdam and Budapest. Really pleased with how we were looked after. Picked up at the airport, given a city tour, and someone to help with what to do, where to go and even arranging the tickets for us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I'm hooked on Viking Cruises for their outstanding customer service and seamless excursions. The food is always top quality and the ships are well laid out. Our room was efficient with a veranda and was very comfortable for the two ... Read More
I'm hooked on Viking Cruises for their outstanding customer service and seamless excursions. The food is always top quality and the ships are well laid out. Our room was efficient with a veranda and was very comfortable for the two weeks onboard. The excursions are always well planned with professional and expert guides in each city. We always do the pre and post extensions because Viking is so good with the hotels they select and with those excursions as well. Our concierge put together a bicycle ride in Austria which was one of the best experiences I have had. It was difficult to leave the staff and friends that you get to know during the time on board. Viking also brought in entertainment from each area we visited like a glass blower from Germany, opera singers from Vienna, and there were always nightly informational gatherings. I can't say enough positives about my experiences with Viking. I'm already planning my 4th sailing with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
All our needs were taken care of. The tours were well done and informative. The guides were interesting and funny. Our tour director, Oliver, kept things running smoothly and always kept us informed as to what was happening. Our concierge, ... Read More
All our needs were taken care of. The tours were well done and informative. The guides were interesting and funny. Our tour director, Oliver, kept things running smoothly and always kept us informed as to what was happening. Our concierge, Coco, was always availed to help out. The food was delicious with lots of choices. We enjoyed meeting the whole staff to include visiting the kitchen. The wait staff was excellent, always smiling and ready to serve. The staterooms were always kept clean. I would definitely recommend a Viking cruise and at some point would consider doing another. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was an absolutely excellent river cruise. Embarkation was excellent since we were met at the airport and driven to the hotel. The hotel stay was also excellent in a four star establishment. The ship, dining hall, lounge, hallways, ... Read More
This was an absolutely excellent river cruise. Embarkation was excellent since we were met at the airport and driven to the hotel. The hotel stay was also excellent in a four star establishment. The ship, dining hall, lounge, hallways, and cabins were always very clean. Everything in the cabins was well supplied. The staff were always friendly and very helpful. The food was excellently prepared and the staff were excellent in taking the menu requests and delivering the menu items requested. They were constantly waiting on us in refilling wine, water, tea, and other beverages. The program director and other chief staff were very knowledgeable and all daily activities were well planned. Day tours of the cities were well planned and the tour guides were very knowledgeable and very accommodating. While the ship cruised at night to the next destination, the travel was so smooth it was sometimes difficult to know we were actually moving. This river cruise was very enjoyable, the scenery was breathtaking, and the knowledge gained of the country sides traveled was inspiring. Disembarkation was also excellent since we were driven from the ship to the airport. We would recommend this cruise to anyone wanting to know more about life in the countries along the Rhine and Danube. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Wanted to take our first Viking cruise and our travel companions were going to be visiting family in Europe. This was an itinerary that we all liked and were able to coordinate the dates of travel with each other. Embarkation was as ... Read More
Wanted to take our first Viking cruise and our travel companions were going to be visiting family in Europe. This was an itinerary that we all liked and were able to coordinate the dates of travel with each other. Embarkation was as easy as get out of the taxi and walk on the ship. We were greeted by cruise director and our luggage was taken. We went to our cabin after a bite to eat. Then the fabulous adventure began. We had a French Balcony room which allowed us to open the sliding door without the balcony for seating. We opted to save money on the cabin and not get a regular balcony. You really are not in your cabin very much. Having been on several ocean cruises I did not miss the hustle and bustle of thousands of travelers. The numerous buffets, big shows and casinos were replaced by relaxing evenings in the lounge listening to music or a cultural presentation of the areas we visited. One suggestion more movies on your movie channels. On a 15 day cruise, sometimes you may want to just retreat to your cabin for a couple of hours. The shore excursions were extremely informative. All of our guides seemed so knowledgable and were passionate with their explanations. Sailing along the river was like traveling through a history book...castles and hamlets just popping up as we rode by. The dining was ok. Not as elaborate and not as many choices as larger ships but meals were generally tasty. Dinner dress was nice casual. Some were a little dressier on the nights described as dressy or not. We thought we would have had more food choices relevant to the countries we visited. Although there was a coffee/tea and cookies station in the afternoon I would suggest more variety in the snack area. Most of the travelers were seniors and there were no children. I would not recommend the cruise for families with smaller children. There are no "kid friendly' activities, no pool. no arcade, no movie theater! Would we do it again? We have already booked our next Viking Cruise for 2017!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
The Grand European River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest was wonderful. We booked everything through Viking so we were met by a Viking representative at every transfer point and they stayed with us until the transfer was complete. The ... Read More
The Grand European River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest was wonderful. We booked everything through Viking so we were met by a Viking representative at every transfer point and they stayed with us until the transfer was complete. The itinerary and departure information booklet was very helpful. The write-ups on what we would see and do at each port and excursion helped us to plan our free time and choose extra excursions. We followed the tip of packing some of our clothes in each other bags. The booklet had all our travel information in one place. The ship was beautiful . All the crew members gave us excellent service . The food was presented nicely and every thing was delicious. The menu had many choices for each meal. Each night, a special course was offered featuring food from the region we were visiting . They gave us a special dessert to share to celebrate our 50th anniversary. Our program director kept our shore excursions well coordinated with local tour guides, provided small group entertainment on the ship, gave interesting informational talks on what we were seeing and arranged demonstrations of glass blowing and baking. Evening activities included music, interacting with crew in small groups and watching tv in your cabin. Safety is Vikings main concern. We transferred to another ship due to low water. The transfer was very easy. We were able to follow our itinerary of shore excursions by motor coach and meals were provided in local restaurants. In Budapest, Viking changed the train transfer to Prague to a motor coach due to a political situation. At the hotel in Prague, a van was provided to transport us down town for our convenience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Lets start by saying that Viking River Cruises are not cheap. The 14 day Rhine and Danube cruise rounds out at about $1000/day per couple. For that price, you get a well organized cruise. Small but efficient accomodation. Limited space on ... Read More
Lets start by saying that Viking River Cruises are not cheap. The 14 day Rhine and Danube cruise rounds out at about $1000/day per couple. For that price, you get a well organized cruise. Small but efficient accomodation. Limited space on the ship and bridge inaccessible for aboit half the cruise. Shore excursions involve a lot of walking. The Danube is low on water, so you have to change ship at the middle of the trip. Main complaint is the food. Breakfast and lunch are OK but dinner is not up to par, at least not for the price. If you are not into food, then you are OK, but if you are a gourmet, forget this cruise line. Wine and beer are abundant, but run of the mill stuff. Ordinary table wine. Again, NOT WORTH THE PRICE! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Local friends told us about it. Viking’s reputation was a big part of this, as were the TV ads that made it seem attractive. It was all that we expected and more. We had a great time. The guides were well-prepared, the food and ... Read More
Local friends told us about it. Viking’s reputation was a big part of this, as were the TV ads that made it seem attractive. It was all that we expected and more. We had a great time. The guides were well-prepared, the food and entertainment was terrific, and the new friends we met were very interesting and great companions. The staff did a wonderful job of organizing and directing us, and we felt comfortable and safe throughout the journey. The best thing about the Grand European Tour was the quality of the accommodations, the condition of the ship, and the way we were treated. The weather was variable, but we had a wonderful time every day, and we would love to do it again. The only unexpected event was the requirement that we change ships midway through the tour, but even that was accommodated without anxiety and the crew made it absolutely easy for us to do that. The new ship we moved to was identical except we lost some of our favorite wait staff when that happened. The cities where we docked were all accommodating, and the streets and places we went were safe and fascinating. It was a GREAT vacation trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Arrival day in Amsterdam included a walking tour and much rain, but great taste of the city. The ship was beautiful and well appointed. The crew were always friendly and accommodating. Room was very small, but quite adequate with a ... Read More
Arrival day in Amsterdam included a walking tour and much rain, but great taste of the city. The ship was beautiful and well appointed. The crew were always friendly and accommodating. Room was very small, but quite adequate with a wonderful "patio like" window that opened and allowed for enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells along the way. More food than one could possibly eat. Having local guides at all shore excursions was great and allowed for interesting conversations. Due to low water conditions, we had to "trade" ships half way, but other than having to pack our bags, the trade was almost seamless. Viking representatives were at the airport when we arrived, at the hotel during our 2-day extension in Budapest, and at the airport when we left. Our program director, Lubo, was fantastic! Viking took great care of everything! The hotel in Budapest was well located and very comfortable. It was a wonderful trip, especially for a first time to Europe. It would have been nice to have had more "free" time in some of the cities, but I understand the time constraints with such an itinerary. I would say that perhaps this isn't a trip for younger people as, at least on my trip, the clientele's average age appeared to be around 70, and a bit more sedentary than I had anticipated. Entertainment on the ship seemed to be geared towards an older audience as well. Still, a wonderful opportunity to see and visit many cities of Europe. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
The cruise was great and the first three days in Amsterdam and the last three in Prague Were the highlights of the trip. The Hotels were great and all of this was arranged by Viking and it was done well. We were on a new boat and ... Read More
The cruise was great and the first three days in Amsterdam and the last three in Prague Were the highlights of the trip. The Hotels were great and all of this was arranged by Viking and it was done well. We were on a new boat and everything was in perfect shape. The food was excellent and the waiters were outstanding. We had Lubo as the Excursion director on our boat and he is an asset to the company, very knowledgeable and a wonderful person. The only drawback of the trip for us was we found the 14 day too long. The entertainment was going out each day on the tours which after the first week we found it a bit of overload, one week would have been perfect. Would we do it again, absolutely but only one week. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We always wanted to do a European river cruise. After reviewing 5 different companies we choose Viking mainly due to price. We did the Amsterdam to Budapest cruise. Remember your paying almost $600 per couple per night for these ... Read More
We always wanted to do a European river cruise. After reviewing 5 different companies we choose Viking mainly due to price. We did the Amsterdam to Budapest cruise. Remember your paying almost $600 per couple per night for these cruises. The rooms were very nice - no complaints. The food was good but the portion sizes were random. One night your fish order would be a substantial 3" x 6" fillet and the next night it would be 2" x 4". Service on the Vili was excellent. However, because of low water due to drought we switched ships in the Danube canal and did the second half of our trip on the Viking Mimir. The service on this ship was not nearly as good as the Vili. It was noticeably a less attentive - it took longer to get waited on and served, water and wine were not refilled unless you made a request. I was also disappointed in the excursions. While they were nice they were not nearly as exclusive as the marketing people lead you to believe. To me they were on par with what you would get on a bus land tour. We had friends do the same cruise on another line and their excursions seemed to be much more intimate and exclusive. One thing they don't put in the marketing brochures is that for 5 days of this trip, they close the top deck due to bridge height so you are restricted to the inside of the ship or the bow. This is a real bummer and came as a big surprise. For the money paid I would look at alternatives cruise lines or alternative itineraries. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Beginning this European adventure with a pre-trip to Amsterdam was a great idea. The Viking staff provided an informative walking tour on the first full day in the city. The guide made suggestions of places that we might like to visit, ... Read More
Beginning this European adventure with a pre-trip to Amsterdam was a great idea. The Viking staff provided an informative walking tour on the first full day in the city. The guide made suggestions of places that we might like to visit, sites that we might like to see, and food that we might enjoy experiencing. Our hotel, The Renaissance, was within close walking distance to many of the suggestions. The Viking staff representatives were also available at the hotel to assist with directions to take a bus to the museum district or to board a train to a nearby town. This was a relaxing 2 1/2 days that allowed us to acclimate to the time change before we boarded the Viking Vili to sail on the Rhine, the Main, and the Danube Rivers on our way to Budapest, Hungary. Have you ever traveled with a staff that always had a smile? Many of the guests on the ship commented about the ship's staff. They either love their jobs, or they put on a very good act! They were always smiling and very willing to talk to the guests and offer any help that was needed. Learning about each port from a qualified English-speaking guide was important and it was well done. Each guide provided unique information about the city we were visiting. Sailing on the rivers was a beautiful experience both day and night. Being able to open the sliding door and take in the sounds, the smells, and the views was so memorable. I enjoyed the movie options late in the evenings that were available in my comfortable cabin. The open seating in the dining room was very nice although after you met some nice people you found yourself often returning to the same grouping of guests. Viking just seemed to think of everything for their guests! Despite some changes that we had to make, they worked hard and happily to provide a wonderful experience for their guests. Yes, it was impressive enough that I have booked another cruise for next summer. Thanks, Viking:) Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Viking Vili Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.2
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.5
Service 5.0 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 4.2

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