8 Basel to Europe - All Viking River Viking Hlin Cruise Reviews

I had heard only good things about Viking. I wanted a travel experience where I was “taken care of” and this was true! We met terrific people and enjoyed all the excursions. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and the cruise ... Read More
I had heard only good things about Viking. I wanted a travel experience where I was “taken care of” and this was true! We met terrific people and enjoyed all the excursions. The staff was very friendly and helpful, and the cruise director was amazing! There was a tremendous variety of food and most of it was great. A few of the meat dishes were a disappointment,perhaps over cooked, especially the veiner schnitzel. People were friendly but it would have helped to have name tags. There was too much difference in ability levels for the tours; we are physically fit and some people could barely walk. The talks on board and the tour guides were very informative. I learned a lot! It would have helped to have more information for our free time. Next time I would take more of the extra excursions. All in all I would ( and have been) highly recommend a Viking River cruise! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
The crew were fantastic, very helpful and friendly. Our cabin was first class all the way. Food and service where first class and always on time. Ports of call were great and the FREE tour hosted by the best guides in Europe. Bus ... Read More
The crew were fantastic, very helpful and friendly. Our cabin was first class all the way. Food and service where first class and always on time. Ports of call were great and the FREE tour hosted by the best guides in Europe. Bus transportation when needed was wonderful with new, well maintained equipment. Driver very safe and courteous. The ship is well layer out with splendid common areas to enjoy with follow guests. Plenty of time to your self to enjoy shopping, a quick coffee or time to see more of the towns and cities we visited. The captain went out of his way to explain the river, the ship and answer questions from quest. He was a real gentleman with time for everyone. Great sense of humor and great dinner time stories. The tour director went out of her way to entertain and inform guests. What more can Isay that “GREATEST CRUISE EVER” Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Viking as a cruise company once again provided a terrific cruise ship and staff. This was our second Viking river cruise and everything about this company and its employees is top shelf. But I didn’t like the itinerary on this cruise ... Read More
Viking as a cruise company once again provided a terrific cruise ship and staff. This was our second Viking river cruise and everything about this company and its employees is top shelf. But I didn’t like the itinerary on this cruise as well as our initial cruise, which was southern France. This cruise up the Rhine was just not as interesting and the cities were not as picturesque. You can’t go wrong picking Viking as your river cruise company. But make sure you’ll enjoy the stops on your cruise before you book it. The southern France cruise ended up docked in a new city every morning with easy access right off the boat directly into the new city. The Rhine cruise in contrast often involved cruising during the day and docking in places where a bus trip was necessary to get to the city center. Again the cities visited were just not as interesting and there was too much down time cruising during the day. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The entire journey was even better than expected. From the airport to the ship and back, was amazing. The crew of the Hlin became family very quickly and continually made sure that you had the best adventure possible. The ship was ... Read More
The entire journey was even better than expected. From the airport to the ship and back, was amazing. The crew of the Hlin became family very quickly and continually made sure that you had the best adventure possible. The ship was extremely clean and well managed. It was such a surprise to return from a wonderful shore excursion and have the crew waiting onboard with snacks and drinks as you reboarded the ship. The shore excursions where interesting, well planned and very informative. The crew leading the excursions were very knowledgeable and so willing to answer your every question. The variety of optional shore adventures were such a delight and added so much more to the all around experience. The food on board was such a delight and always a delicious variety was offered. They thought of everything. We have actually already booked another cruise for next summer. All around wonderful experience. I can't wait until 2018 and our next adventure with Viking River Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
My mom wanted to take a trip she is 87 and we thought a river cruise would be awesome and it was that and more. We got to see little towns. All the transportation for excursions was awesome, the ship was just beautiful, we had a suite on ... Read More
My mom wanted to take a trip she is 87 and we thought a river cruise would be awesome and it was that and more. We got to see little towns. All the transportation for excursions was awesome, the ship was just beautiful, we had a suite on the third deck was great to sit outside and watch the little towns go by the riverside. The wait staff was so friendly and made us laugh. The food was great, everything was just a fantastic trip!!! Want to do another river cruise with Viking!!! We would go and visit the little towns and they provided either walking or taking a little train. It was great, we had enough time to sample some of the towns food. Was just an overall GREAT trip. We flew into Zurich and stayed a couple of days in Lucern Switzerland, that was beautiful, the Viking representative was great, showed us around the town and how to find the boats and buses. Just a GREAT trip!! LOVED IT!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Wanted to see some of those castles, the Black Forest, and to celebrate our 55th anniversary. Had not been to some of the cities before. Basel was very nice. Good walking tour by Viking guide. Hotel was well situated. Strasbourg was a ... Read More
Wanted to see some of those castles, the Black Forest, and to celebrate our 55th anniversary. Had not been to some of the cities before. Basel was very nice. Good walking tour by Viking guide. Hotel was well situated. Strasbourg was a delight, seeing all the storks in their nests with the hungry babies demanding food. Interesting cathedral and canals. The Black Forest stop was wonderful. The glass shop was fascinating. Bought a lot of pieces and had them sent home. Had Black Forest cake and watched the cuckoo clocks do their thing. Heidelberg, its castle and Old Town were interesting. Rudesheim had charming architectural features. Cologne had a soccer tournament going on and people had on the colors of their favorite teams and sang team songs as they were going to the stadium. We had a lock engraved with our names and wedding date and attached it to the bridge going over to a viewing tower. Marksburg Castle in Koblenz was a tough hike up the hills and over uneven ground in the castle. Did have wonderful cards to buy and we got to sit in the sun waiting for our group to go into the castle. Although we've been to Amsterdam before we had never been to Kinderdijk and enjoyed all the windmills. Food wasn't anything to write home about. Although I did enjoy the German night. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
For a trip of a lifetime it was far beyond anything we could have expected. The boat...amazing. No sway, very luxurious. The roooms were bigger than we thought they would be. And we had a room next to our friends so sitting out on our ... Read More
For a trip of a lifetime it was far beyond anything we could have expected. The boat...amazing. No sway, very luxurious. The roooms were bigger than we thought they would be. And we had a room next to our friends so sitting out on our veranda at nite was great. The food, WOW. I've eaten at alot of high end restaurants and the food on the ship was the best I've ever had, every night surprisingly it got better, even though I thought the food was the best I've ever tasted that nite. Thanks Chef Bobby. The staff was incredible. We mostly had Adrian and Krista look after us and they spoiled us rotten, we didn't want to leave the ship. the excursions were out of this world, I had black forest cake in the black forest WOOO! Just the history you experience makes you feel like your in a great dream that you don't want to end. We started out with four people in our group and by the end we had 17 people with us for dinner each nite. Great bunch of people. Gigi the lounge pianist was incredible. We interacted with him every nite and he took requests and even learned a song for someone in our group. We love you Gigi. He had as must fun as we did. We talked to just about everyone on the ship asking them where they were from and about their lives. Incredible bunch of people. I think they liked us too because one nite the Chef and the Captain came out and partied and danced with us in the lounge to the amazement of the servers haha. It was like one big happy bunch of friends, our gang and the crew. We booked our flight through Viking so we had everything taken care of from the time we landed until the time we left. We didn't have to worry about anything they had it all under control. What a load off that is. We got the silver package which lets you choose spirits, wine and beer off a high end list of alcohols. They give you wine or beer with lunch and dinner but you get a separate upscale menu for drinks if you have the silver package. That made our trip as well, because it let you try some of the finer alcohol with the food you were eating, and Krista was very knowledgeable about pairings and would recommend us to try this or that with certain foods. It ups the quality of your meals 10 fold and you have the added bonus of not having to sing for anything. Once we said we had the silver package Krista said she would take care of what ever we needed. And she did. Ivan the bartender was also amazing. We wanted to have mamosas on our balcony while cruising the Rhine at night and Ivan put a bottle of champagne, a bottle of orange juice and 4 glasses for us and our friends and walked it to our room for us. The excursions were so organized and timed our perfectly with one exception at one castle. there wasn't enough time to shop afterwards so it was really rushed. Everyone made them aware of that and all the future trips should have more time. All the other excursions were relaxed and their lollipop system for hearing the guide worked really well. The bus drivers were amazing drivers, and very professional. Top notch from start to end. Even though it's an expensive trip both my wife and I felt like we got our moneys worth and more. My wife said I have to end before I write a book lol. the best ship (Hlin) the best food the best crew the best excursions = the best trip ever Thank you Viking Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Viking Hlin Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.5
Service 4.0 4.8
Value For Money 3.0 4.4
Rates 4.0 N/A

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