1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2018
Overwhelmed by the many choices of ships, destinations, just had to pick one. We were told a good place to start, having never been river cruising before was the Rhine or Danube. We decided on Rhine due to my love of castles, but ... Read More
Overwhelmed by the many choices of ships, destinations, just had to pick one. We were told a good place to start, having never been river cruising before was the Rhine or Danube. We decided on Rhine due to my love of castles, but can't wait to go back and do the Danube. I had such high expectations, I thought I would surely be let down, which couldn't have been further from the case. Staff was fantastic, service impeccable, everyone remembers your name after the first day which I thought was just remarkable. They even remember how you like your eggs or what kind of cocktail/wine you prefer. Food was delicious and loved the fact that we never felt stuffed or over served The Silver Spirits package was most definitely the way to go if you enjoy wine with your meals. The boat never appeared crowded. They choreographed getting on and off for excursions, going to dinner, etc. perfectly. We opted to pay extra for the add on excursions in several ports and were so glad we did, they were well worth the extra $$$. The pre-cruise Lucerne bonus was wonderfully done. The hotel was beautiful and day trips awesome. Cannot wait to go back again and would highly recommend Viking. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
This was our first river cruise and we selected Viking due to its high quality and excellent reputation. We were not disappointed. It was excellent. Fantastic accommodations and service. The decor was simple elegance. I loved the ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and we selected Viking due to its high quality and excellent reputation. We were not disappointed. It was excellent. Fantastic accommodations and service. The decor was simple elegance. I loved the neutral colors with pop of blue and lovely artwork. The staff called you by name and learned your dining tastes. We also enjoyed the smaller size ship and number of folks. It made for a more personal experience. The Activity Director was fantastic! Extremely knowledgeable, helpful and thoughtful to all guests. He gave several commentaries on the sights, castles and history. Very, very interesting. The food was excellent quality with a wonderful selection. We had six in our party and enjoyed sitting at the same table with the same waiters for the entire trip. We also enjoyed the complementary wine with our meals. As a result, we are interested in taking a Viking Ocean cruise in the near future. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2018
My wife will not cruise. Our friends have been on one Viking Cruise before, When we saw the free air fare the four of us booked it. We missed our first day because of flight delay. We boarded the boat along river in the darkness at 1245 in ... Read More
My wife will not cruise. Our friends have been on one Viking Cruise before, When we saw the free air fare the four of us booked it. We missed our first day because of flight delay. We boarded the boat along river in the darkness at 1245 in morning. My wife crying, we would have no luggage for three days. We had drinks and sandwiches till 145 at the bar. I think it was then that my wife realized this was going to be a great vacation. My wife loved being called Miss Gail. We just had the most amazing crew. The boat was beautiful. The Rhine was great we had sun and 80 degree weather. We usually ate away from the main dining room on the bow of the boat and it was more intimate.We had a great chef and a good menu.We did only the free tours, because we were staying three days in Amsterdam .Everyone said the extra tours were good. We will probably do southern France on the Rhone River with Viking in a couple of years. If Europe was all rivers I would do Viking on every trip. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
The crew was awesome and provided exceptional professional service. The tour director scheduled and supervised exceptional day trips that provided an introductory experience to Germany, France, Norway, and Switzerland on a very abbreviated ... Read More
The crew was awesome and provided exceptional professional service. The tour director scheduled and supervised exceptional day trips that provided an introductory experience to Germany, France, Norway, and Switzerland on a very abbreviated schedule (10-days). The cruising experience afforded us the opportunity experience a comprehensive cultural sampling of all the visited countries and helped us to understand and appreciate what areas we would like to return to on a future date to experience the culture in more detail. The cruising experience was very "family like" allowing us to make many new friends from all areas of the United States. Destination focused cuisine was expertly prepare and provided a sampling of the area we were currently visiting. American classics were also available if we were "homesick" for a more customary fare. Evening entertainment was exceptional, by cruise completion we were in need of a follow-on vacation to relax. For us this cruise was not relaxing as we wanted to experience everything the cruise had to offer. That said many of the more senior passengers opted for a more leisurely schedule which was perfectly coordinated and executed by the Viking staff. Extensions and flexibility in scheduling to both the "front-end" and "back-end" of the cruise offered "cruisers" to experience either Amsterdam or Basel (we went to Lake Lucerne for 10-days at the onset) in more detail. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
All the cities along the Rhine, except for Kinderdijk and Amsterdam were cities we had not visited. We were especially interested in seeing the castles and revisiting KinderdijK. When we were last there, it was drizzling and that put a ... Read More
All the cities along the Rhine, except for Kinderdijk and Amsterdam were cities we had not visited. We were especially interested in seeing the castles and revisiting KinderdijK. When we were last there, it was drizzling and that put a damper on the visit. However, the big selling point was that there was a pre-cruise extension to Lake Como. Lake Como did not disappoint. The excursions were well planned and we were always given the opportunity to extend our time or return with the program director. We were impressed by the boat ride to Bellagio. All the excursions were interesting and, in three places, there were "gentler" walking tours for individuals who were a little physically slower and/or needed additional assistance. The transfers were handle well. Even though our original flight from DeGaulle to Milan was cancelled, the Viking representative was waiting for us in Milan, when our rebooked flight landed three hours later. Check in and check out were handled efficiently. In addition, I inquired about my $100 shipboard credit. The front desk said there was no record of it. I told then desk person who to contact. He did. The next day the $100 was in my account. The food was very good and the dining room service was outstanding. We found almost all staff to be friendly and accommodating. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We started by doing a pre trip in Lucerne. This gave us time to adjust and get adjusted with the time. First day just wondered around Lucerne Very easy to do. 2nd day we did the pearls of switzerland. This is a 12 hour day trip taking you ... Read More
We started by doing a pre trip in Lucerne. This gave us time to adjust and get adjusted with the time. First day just wondered around Lucerne Very easy to do. 2nd day we did the pearls of switzerland. This is a 12 hour day trip taking you out on the lake to the top of Mt Rigi and to a Monastery then to a farm for cheese making followed by a dinner.This was a perfect way of seeing Switzerland. A wonderful trip in a mid size sedan to Basel. Each stop included a tour We did only 1 extra tour and I would say you do not need to do them. I found the walking tours were perfect then you have free time to do things yourself. The staff was wonderful. Each day you have a gathering were they discuss what the next day brings. Follow there recommendations on where to go in each city. They must have checked each place out carefully as we were never disappointed. Language was never a problem Somebody always spoke english. Did not see any of the port of calls. We left Lucerne and headed straight for the boat and docked in Amsterdam and headed to the airport. We plan on doing another Viking Tour next year. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
Recommended by a friend, and we loved every moment of this adventure. This was our retirement gift to each other. Everything was more than we imagined. Outstanding service. Our luggage was lost by the airlines and the Viking Cruise ... Read More
Recommended by a friend, and we loved every moment of this adventure. This was our retirement gift to each other. Everything was more than we imagined. Outstanding service. Our luggage was lost by the airlines and the Viking Cruise representatives assured us they would locate and have it brought to the ship. And they did! Also our flight was delayed and we had to be rerouted, the Viking Cruise team assisted us and took care of everything. Amazing. Cabin had plenty of room, comfortable beds, hot and lots of pressure in the showers, great music or movies to view on the TV. The internet was sketchy, but they shared that it would be. We met some fascinating people and now have new friends coast to coast. The shore excursions were organized,educational, and we loved each and every one of them. Viewing castles while cruising down the Rhine and sipping wine....priceless! The dining and beverage experience was outstanding. Highly recommend paying the extra for the Silver Beverage Package, well worth every penny. We did the extra three nights in Como and explored Lake Como. Yes, do this! The ferry ride to Bellagio, Funicular ride to the top of the mountain, loved it all. And we too stayed three nights after the cruise ended and explored Amsterdam. Highly recommended. I'm still dreaming about this adventure and cannot wait to plan the next one! Thank you Viking Cruise team for the exceptional service. A+ Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
A friend is a travel agent and she recommended the Viking. Because we are all over 60 with friends traveling together this cruise fits our needs. The ambiance is very important and the excursions as well. The Vikings provided all what we ... Read More
A friend is a travel agent and she recommended the Viking. Because we are all over 60 with friends traveling together this cruise fits our needs. The ambiance is very important and the excursions as well. The Vikings provided all what we were looking for. Except for the cabin that we feel a bit too small especially the bathroom/toilet. We enjoyed the excursions and the point of interests. Our guide was very courteous and knowledgeable. The cruise director always made sure we are in the group when we go out on tour and when we go back to the ship. The food is fabulous, the entertainment is very nice. We love it when we were sailing and we can seethe castles and the beautiful houses on the hills. The Captain has a sense of humor and we took pictures with him on the last night of the cruise. Overall our 7 days cruise with the loft is super fantastic. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
This was our first cruise and I was really surprised. I anticipated that it would be very nice but there simply wasn't anything that could be improved. The staff, meals, excursions were all excellent. It's a carefree way to get ... Read More
This was our first cruise and I was really surprised. I anticipated that it would be very nice but there simply wasn't anything that could be improved. The staff, meals, excursions were all excellent. It's a carefree way to get to see lots of places and be pampered all along the way. Everything was so professionally done. We really enjoyed it. The ship was very clean and well kept. The cabins are small but just what you would expect, plus having the balcony was wonderful. Being on a ship travelling through locks was a new experience for us; really interesting! The river cruise is a vacation where you can have something to do almost all the time, or you can opt out of a few things and take it easy and enjoy the ship. We went on all the excursions and were glad we did. If/when we visit Germany again, we know the places we'd like to explore further. I took so many photos of castles! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
This was our first River Cruise. We were not disappointed. We picked Viking because of the reviews that we had read. We were extremely satisfied with the ship, and the crew could not have been nicer. All the meals were great and the ... Read More
This was our first River Cruise. We were not disappointed. We picked Viking because of the reviews that we had read. We were extremely satisfied with the ship, and the crew could not have been nicer. All the meals were great and the wine offerings were excellent. The wait staff was very attentive with our favorites being Benz and Ivo. A big thrill was being able to enter the Wheelhouse and watch while Captain maneuvered the ship. Unfortunately, the Captain would not let me steer. [I wonder why?]. Arrival and departure was very smooth because of good planning by Viking. As soon as we were identified at the airport, Viking personnel guided us to their waiting buses and they took care of our luggage which reappeared later in our room. The pre-arranged tours were mostly good, with excellent tour guides using radio transmitting devises to each participants personal headset. This worked great. We were a little disappointed with the tour to the Black Forest which we thought was a little commercialized and the Cologne walking tour which only allowed 15 minutes to visit the interior of the Cologne Cathedral. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
Viking does a quality river cruise. The room accommodations, daily communications, service and food were excellent. At no time did we ever not know the when, where and what's of our cruise. Our shore excursion guides were very ... Read More
Viking does a quality river cruise. The room accommodations, daily communications, service and food were excellent. At no time did we ever not know the when, where and what's of our cruise. Our shore excursion guides were very professional offering wonderful background info and courteous service. My wife and I are in our late 60's, but we were able to endure the walking tours without much walking discomfort. I think one of the most favorable things other than the beautiful scenic surroundings we took in was the personal service offered by the staff. By the second day many of the staff knew us by name and really gave us a warm welcome. Our evening dinners with the guests on the ship were delightful, and still communicate with one couple. We are now considering a Viking Ocean cruise from Barcelona to Rome in 2020 since they offer a smaller cruise liner than the mega ships. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
We wanted to do something special and neither my husband or I had ever been on a cruise. When this opportunity came up, we decided to jump on it! We are not getting any younger and it was time to be pampered! And pampered we were from ... Read More
We wanted to do something special and neither my husband or I had ever been on a cruise. When this opportunity came up, we decided to jump on it! We are not getting any younger and it was time to be pampered! And pampered we were from the minute we boarded the Lofn. Our cabin was perfect and we really enjoyed the veranda. Meals were fabulous. We enjoyed meeting people from all over. We thorouly enjoyed the included excursions. It allowed us plenty of time to also explore on our own. Our activities director, Emily, was fantastic and made each day enjoyable. The staff on board was so attentive to our needs. The highlight of this cruise was the scenic trip down the middle Rhine where we could enjoy all the castles and vineyards from the top deck of our ship. We would encourage anyone who is thinking about a Viking cruise to just do it. You will not regret your decision! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We had been thinking of a river cruise for a couple of years and after 3 groups of friends raved about Viking we pulled the trigger on a downstream Rhine Getaway from Basel to Amsterdam. We booked the 2 extra days in Switzerland as I am ... Read More
We had been thinking of a river cruise for a couple of years and after 3 groups of friends raved about Viking we pulled the trigger on a downstream Rhine Getaway from Basel to Amsterdam. We booked the 2 extra days in Switzerland as I am convinced you need the extra time to get your body (and mind) over the time change. Those who flew in directly to the boat all had that hollow eyed and totally fried look. The trip over was fine and we were met by Viking at the baggage claim at the Euro Airport in Basel and taken right to the hotel. We stayed in the Swissotel hotel in Messeplatz right next to the convention center and took advantage of the free transit card (for all trams and buses) to go ALL over Basel. They also had a "Basel Card" promotion for the month of Jun that offered free to half price admissions to museums, etc. There are 25 museums in Basel as well as lots of good food and tour type things to do. We really liked the Roman ruins at Augusta Ruarica in Augst a short bus ride out of town. We'd like to go back to Basel and spent a week just there. The local Viking rep, Georg, was awesome for showing us how to get around and tips on where to go. We had only been on one other cruise years ago, Carnival from Norfolk to Bermuda, and the small boat (185 passengers, 43 crew) was SO much nicer than that floating megahotel ! Open seating for meals let us make friends quickly and we were on a first name basis with the bartenders, wait staff, and stewards by the second day. We got the premium beverage package as a promotion and used it extensively for upgraded drinks. They didn't seem to mind if we ordered multiple bottles of the premium wines on our package for the entire dinner table. The Lofn is 2 years old and very modern and clean. We really liked the Aquavit Terrace which is an indoor/outdoor café at the bow and had breakfast there everyday watching the scenery go by. It was also nice to have that option for meals if you didn't want the full blown dinners every night. The only architecture issue is the "quarterdeck" reception area is kind of small when a large crowd of people is gathering to check out or return on a shore excursion. The boat is just the "bus" to get you from point to point as the excursions and tours are the point of the journey; but is it a very nice "bus". And as to buses, all the excursion buses are new comfortable motor coaches. We took advantage of a mix of the included and optional excursions and almost all were exceptional (more on those that weren't later). First stop was Breisach in Alsace. We spent the morning on a self directed walking tour of the old town. Of course every town has a medieval cathedral and lots of history and this was fun. We went on the WWII history tour to the Colmar Pocket. Being retired military and still a DOD contractor I found this fascinating. The little museum in Turckheim is one of the best I have ever seen (and I support many). The chance to see the US memorial at Sligosheim and stand at the very spot where Audie Murphy won the Congressional Medal of Honor was very cool. Second stop was Strasbourg and we opted for the optional Taste of Alsace tour. This is a walking tour of the old city but you also stop at the farmer's market, boutique cheese shop, bakery, and a boutique wine shop where you have a lunch with all the stuff you bought. This was our favorite excursion. Valery our guide was really fun and entertaining. We finished with a visit to a restaurant to make our own FlammeKueche (a kind of thin crust pizza with roll our own toppings) and a visit to the cathedral and shopping area. We got maybe an hour of free time to wander as it was an all day tour. The only tour issue occurred in Strabourg as they were hosting Helmut Kohl's funeral and memorial service. Many roads were closed and the optional Alsatian wine tasting had to be canceled as the buses couldn't get to the winery. We also had to leave the dock early as they were closing part of the Rhine as part of the funeral. LOTS of security on the streets but it didn't effect our tour . We docked the next morning in Mannheim to catch a bus for a day tour to Heidelberg. This was a bus tour and about a 1.5 hr visit to the Heidelberg Castle followed by an hour or so of free time in the town. Not long enough at all to explore this city but our guide, Andreas, grew up in town and went to school there so we got lots of history with the touristy castle tour (highlight was the world's largest wine barrel - okay I guess, but I wanted to see more....). We did find a neat Christmas shop in town and got some ornaments (collecting ornaments is our thing for souvenirs). We met the boat at Gernsheim for the trip on to Rudesheim. Rudesheim was kind of a bust for us. The boat arrived at 5:00 PM on a Sunday and we had signed up for the "Dine in Rudeshiem" dinner at 6:30. Everything but the food sellers closed early on Sunday. A cheeky tram ride (think Busch Gardens tram) to a local restaurant for a dinner of the same German food that was served on the boat the next night. How much fun you had depended on where you sat in the restaurant. Our group ended up at an outlying table and they forgot to serve half our table. So the food was cold, the meat tough, and we missed most of the fun in the center of the outdoor restaurant. We would rather have had more time to explore on our own and found food on our own. The German dinner on the boat was better. But, conversely some said that dinner was their favorite excursion - to each his own. The cruise down the Middle Rhine from Rudesheim to Koblenz was AWESOME. 16 castles and the weather was perfect (see pictures). This day is the reason you do the Rhine cruise. We did the bus/walking tour to the 700 year old Marksburg castle, the only one not conquered over the years since it is WAY up high. The special German dinner onboard was the second best all trip (to the farewell last night dinner). Left Koblenz in the middle of the night to spend Jul 4th in Cologne. This was a busy day with a city walking tour in the AM with the biggest cathedral in Germany the highlight, a trip to the Bruhl palaces UNESCO site in the PM, and a Cologne beer culture dinner and pub crawl at night. I didn't think I was going to like the trip to the summer palace and falconry hunting lodge of Clemens Augustus, Prince Elector and Archbishop of Cologne. He was part of the Wittenburg family of Bavaria and was elected to the offices (an archbishop and he wasn't a priest - money talks!) But it was an unbelievable look at wealth. The German gov't used to use the place for state receptions when the capital was at Bonn. Cologne is the home of Kolsch beer and on the night tour you start with a dinner and beer and then go to a number of brauhaus (think microbrewery in the US) to sample the different flavors of Kolsch. Marci is not a beer drinker and even she enjoyed this night (of course we were with good friends we met along the way). Our guide, Marcos, was the same for both Cologne tours so that made it special. We got back to the boat just in time for the 11:45 PM departure for the Netherlands. This part of the trip was a long (13 hr) cruise to a stop to see 18th century windmills at Kinderdijk outside Rotterdam. We made a quick stop at Gorinchem to disembark the folks who were going on the optional Dutch cheese making tour. They joined us later at Kinderdijk after a LONG detour for a closed roadway. They got a really long unplanned bus ride. This part of the Netherlands is very industrial and the Rhine here is one boat yard after another with rusted out hulks and nothing else much to see. It reminded me of a trip down the Elizabeth river in Norfolk, VA. It was interesting though to talk to the capt on "open wheel house" time. This part of the Rhine is full of work boats and barges and looked like rush hour on I-64. The windmill tour was very informative and we learned a lot. There are people living in these windmills and they are functional even today. The boat arrived in Amsterdam in the middle of the night after we all enjoyed a fantastic farewell dinner and last evening with our new found friends. The disembarkation went off without a hitch. The crew had it all figured out as to how to separate bags and people depending on your flight times or if you were spending extra time in Amsterdam. We had a final breakfast in the restaurant, departed the boat at 8:30 and arrived at Schipol in plenty of time for a 1:00 PM flight. Interestingly, as we were disembarking there were people already arriving for the return trip cruise. Because we were usually on a shore tour we didn't see much of the onboard "enrichment experience". We did catch the end of a glassblowing demo one night and bought some neat Christmas pieces. They did have some local musicians on board for Germany night and Boris, who is the house piano player. Think a Billy Joel "piano man" kind of guy who was friendly if not up to the caliber of Billy Joel. One nice touch was the breakdown of the tours. Usually there were 5 groups, A,B,C.D, and "F troop". I think they did it alphabetically so we usually ended up in D group with the same friends. F troop was for those with a little less mobility and who needed a little more time, and those folks really seemed to appreciate it. A word on the trip home. We had paid $100 each and took a day to travel to the Customs and Border Patrol office at Dulles airport for a 5 minute "interview" to get Global Entry status for "expedited" entry back into the USA. In typical CBP and TSA fashion it was anything but. After showing our passports and answering security questions no less than 6 times at Schipol, Global Entry did get us around the l-o-n-g passport line in Atlanta, only to be first in line with all those people who caught up to us to wait 45 minutes in the int'l baggage carousel to shlep our bags 50 yds to the domestic carousel (NO customs in sight, why did WE have to do this and not Delta) and then stand in line again for the full TSA security screening all over again ! No pre-check line. So what good is Global Entry? All in all, about a 9.5 out of 10. Now, we want to do the Danube cruise to visit all the Christmas markets. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
We had always taken ocean cruises and a friend told us about the Rhine River cruise. We enjoyed it so much more because the ship was smaller, it had less people and was more relaxed. We enjoyed each of the shore excursions because each ... Read More
We had always taken ocean cruises and a friend told us about the Rhine River cruise. We enjoyed it so much more because the ship was smaller, it had less people and was more relaxed. We enjoyed each of the shore excursions because each one helped us see the important things in each city. Also the staff helped to make everything enjoyable. They were all very helpful in many ways, especially the waiters in the dining room. We decided to stay in Lucerne for a couple days before our cruise which was truly a wonderful experience. What a beautiful town! The excursions there were great. We also stayed in Amsterdam after the cruise. It is a beautiful city and we enjoyed visiting the Van Gogh and Rijks museums. We had been warned about the pickpockets which caused us to be wary of our surroundings and all the bike riders made it difficult to walk around. We are looking forward to our next Viking cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
We had previously cruised the Danube with Viking and wanted to have another river cruise vacation. We were not disappointed! We booked a two day extension in Lucerne, Switzerland and set sail later in the week from Basel. Lucerne was ... Read More
We had previously cruised the Danube with Viking and wanted to have another river cruise vacation. We were not disappointed! We booked a two day extension in Lucerne, Switzerland and set sail later in the week from Basel. Lucerne was beautiful and our Viking host was welcoming and gave us a great walking tour of Old Town. We met happy, friendly fellow travelers on the ship and enjoyed the attentive service of the ship's staff. The cabin was comfortable and the food was excellent with more than one dining option for breakfast and lunch. Even though this was a "small" ship, there were many places to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee, the view, a conversation, or a book. The excursions in each port were well-planned and guided by knowledgeable local citizens. It was definitely a memorable experience! We've already booked a Viking Ocean Cruise to see the Panama Canal and expect that the Viking ocean cruise will be just as wonderful as the Viking river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
We decided to take the Rhine River Cruise since we had been stationed at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, in the mid-seventies when our two daughters were young and thought it would be good for the whole family to visit again many of the places ... Read More
We decided to take the Rhine River Cruise since we had been stationed at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, in the mid-seventies when our two daughters were young and thought it would be good for the whole family to visit again many of the places we had seen 40 years ago. Since we had never taken a river cruise but had heard from several friends that it was the way to go, we decided to take the plunge. We started with two extra days in Lake Lucerne and ended with two extra days in Amsterdam. While the days on the front and end of the cruise were nice, it was the time aboard the Lofn that made the trip. From the time we boarded in Basel until we disembarked in Amsterdam, we were treated with remarkable professionalism, thoughtfulness, courtesy and genuine hospitality. From the Captain to the chambermaid, my family was made to feel like the staff was really pleased to have us on board. No matter where we sat for our meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner), the serving staff could not have done more to make our meals enjoyable. There was not a dish or local treat that we did not enjoy. The chef and his staff created delicious meals that not only pleased the palate but beckon my family members to return for seconds. I was surprised that I only gained seven pounds on this trip. The shore excursions to local special places to visit at each stop were well organized, timely in their departure and return to ship, and led by knowledgeable guides who enlightened us on history and local culture. The room accommodations, while not very large, was well designed, well lighted, and provided adequate space for showering, dressing, with a very comfortable bed. This was a cruise that our family will be chatting about for years to come. There was one hiccup on this trip. My daughter, Tabitha, and son-in-law, Sean, traveled back to Massachusetts on a separate flight while my wife and daughter, Michele, flew back to Virginia. Unfortunately, when Tabitha and Sean arrived at the airport in Amsterdam at 4am on the day of departure, they were told that while Tabitha had a ticket, Sean was nowhere in the system. As you can imagine, this was a very stressful couple of hours. Fortunately, Sean was able to buy a ticket which enable him to fly home with Tabitha. Between our AAA representative, Deborah Lily (a true professional), and my phone call to Aura Calderon, Viking Customer Services representative, we were able to receive full repayment for the ticket home and each member of our family received a voucher for $400 for future travel with Viking. A very satisfactory ending to a wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
EveryThing was fabulous. The ship was beautifully decorated, provided a lovely environment for our meals and entertainment. Our cabin was perfect although a french balcony not a suite, there was more than adequate room for the both of ... Read More
EveryThing was fabulous. The ship was beautifully decorated, provided a lovely environment for our meals and entertainment. Our cabin was perfect although a french balcony not a suite, there was more than adequate room for the both of us. Dresser and closet were roomy and provided us the ability to put our suitcases under the bed. Dining was excellent, not a meal I didn't enjoy, many choices as every meal, don't miss the mango jam, or the eggs benedict, lunches were very good. And dinner every night offered a lovely variety of dishes. There was of course a huge variety and choice of desserts every night. Service by everyone was fabulous and efficient. We would leave for breakfast before our shore excursion and be back in 30 minutes or less and our cabin was clean, neat and if you leave a pair of socks on the floor you may find them folded neatly and lying on top of your shoes. The ports and shore excursions provided information and education about the towns we were in, with history of the country. Also embarkation and disembarkation were the easiest and most efficient of any I have experienced, nicely coordinated. The only negative, the smoking area by the walking path, resulted in us not being able to use the sun deck because of the smoking always going on there. This should be a non smoking trip. We are going on the Danube cruise next year, I only hope there is not smoking on the sun deck on that ship. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2016
Hard to describe the attentiveness if the crew. The Lofn was simply wonderful. It was our second Christmas Market cruise, 2015 on the Danube, 2016 on the Rhine. The Shiip was spotless, Rene, the chef and 'big Rene', the cruise ... Read More
Hard to describe the attentiveness if the crew. The Lofn was simply wonderful. It was our second Christmas Market cruise, 2015 on the Danube, 2016 on the Rhine. The Shiip was spotless, Rene, the chef and 'big Rene', the cruise director were both knowledgeable and made the ten days fly by. Food was much better than in 2015....cabin was kept spotless by Robert. Svetlana, the concierge, was very helpful with her suggestions. I have some mobility issues and she found a solution to every problem I had. Rene the cruise director also had a wonderful sense of humor and went out of his way to make the cruise enjoyable for all....especially the entertainment that came on board, much better than in 2015....ditto the demos by the kitchen staff, much better. I simply loved the Lofn and her crew and did not want the cruise to end. Only one suggestion..Viking, would have loved to buy a Charm/ Viking pendent that was sterling silver...maybe they could be ordered?? Will definitely be cruising with Viking again...river, ocean, doesn't matter....excellent experience! Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2016
Wow! When I researched river cruises, I thought Viking must be planting positive reviews, but now I know, they're the real deal. We are economy travelers on our first river cruise. We enjoyed 6 ocean cruises, until RC's low ... Read More
Wow! When I researched river cruises, I thought Viking must be planting positive reviews, but now I know, they're the real deal. We are economy travelers on our first river cruise. We enjoyed 6 ocean cruises, until RC's low standards turned us off to giant Hotel 6 ships. (Smaller is always better). River cruises are always on sale 2-4-1 and we bit - and it tasted Delicious! Super clean, Outstanding service (budget $15 pp/day because the staff earns & deserves their tips), Fine dining, Nice guests, Well Planned itineraries, Great value - All Superlatives earned by Viking. Relax & Learn. The shore excursions were Super; the guides Excellent*. Forget the salty seas and go down to the rivers. We will be back and Viking will be our choice. Now the "but"s: the drinks are way overpriced in the bar (but the pianist was superb), stick with the included wine & beer at meals and avoid pricey cocktails & wine upgrades (or buy their drink package if you're a heavy drinker). While the included land excursions were Great, our paid optional tours were busts. On shore 'German Dinner' was bad food, poor service & forced fun (maybe the on board dining spoiled us - we were told the 'Rude'esheim dinner was just authentic ly bad). I could only score 2 beers from the absent waitresses. Forget the 'train' (it's a tractor pulling carriages) and walk to the same restaurant for better food & service (that happened). Also, the Moselle Wine Tour was Painfully Bad (*maybe a better guide would have saved it). We loved the 2 small tastes of great Reisling wine (yup, that was it - with a bowl of old pretzels) but I could have given a better tour. I heard second-hand that Mercedes factory tour was also a waste of time. Yet the included tours were all very good. Tips: cheap staterooms are great, no need for a big window on one side, use the ship. Shop the deals (we saved with VTG). Don't skip the wheelhouse tour. Try to eat less than I did (try). Thanks, Gavin, Joy, Jane & Elvir - Love you all! Woody Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
My wife and I chose this cruise because it offered the chance to visit several countries we wanted to, view a multitude of castles, and do so with the benefit of experienced guides and organizers rather than trying to wing it on our own. ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise because it offered the chance to visit several countries we wanted to, view a multitude of castles, and do so with the benefit of experienced guides and organizers rather than trying to wing it on our own. Absolutely the only thing that did not go perfectly smoothly was the initial flight to Europe, which was delayed due to weather and caused us to miss our connecting flight. Fortunately they were able to get us on the next flight and less than two hours were lost. From the moment we claimed our bags at the airport in Switzerland, our only real worry was whether or not our souvenirs would all fit in our bags for the return trip. -Ship: The ship itself was beautiful, spacious, well-maintained, and comfortable. The other Viking ships we passed on the river appeared to be up to the same high standard, while some of the other cruise lines did not. By the end of the trip I will admit to having felt a bit of prideful disdain for the ships of other cruise lines. -Cabin: Our cabin was perfect for the occasion. Comfortable enough to move around in, plenty of space for our belongings and luggage. The heated floors in the bathroom were especially appreciated. A larger cabin or suite would be nice if we intended to spend a large amount of time in our cabin, but space comes at a premium on a ship and we decided that would be a waste given the large number of excursions we had planned. It all worked out, as we essentially only used our cabin for sleeping and showers. -Dining: The food was consistently excellent, with a daily variety of local dishes and wine, and a selection of alternative dishes that remain available throughout the entire cruise. At no point was I anything less than impressed by excellent meals provided on the ship. -Entertainment and Activities: Although my wife and I did not attend many of the on-ship activities due to having a full schedule of shore excursions, we found the ones we did attend to be informative and entertaining. -Service: Everyone went out of their way to make us feel welcome and like family. When I wanted to purchase a jacket and my size was not on the ship, our concierge got in contact with every other Viking boat on the river and within a day or two the jacket was hanging from our cabin door when we returned from an excursion. No request was not accommodated in some way. -Ports and Shore excursions: The tour guides were universally excellent, with a strong grasp of English and an intimate knowledge of the local area's history and present situation. Many of the excursions included food and drink, and while not all of these were of the same quality as the food on the ship, none were disappointing. I could take this same cruise again and probably still come home wanting to go back for another. My wife and I were so pleased and impressed with Viking that our only question is which of their cruises to plan for next. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2016
Because is river navigation, it give the opportunity to view the beauty of the country side of the different countries that we pass trough,also is small group of passenger which made more friendly and private journal . the embarkation and ... Read More
Because is river navigation, it give the opportunity to view the beauty of the country side of the different countries that we pass trough,also is small group of passenger which made more friendly and private journal . the embarkation and desembarkantion are very well organized. The included tours are very well designed to give a good experience and knowledge to the the passenger about the history of each place, the guides have excellent knowledge and are capable to keep out of political issues when situation arise from passenger curiosity . The optional tour looks very interesting but are at the expensive side . In regard the crews , they are very attentive with every one ,they show concern for your well been specially if you have any issues with food such as allergies or if you are vegetation or just does not like some food Definitely we will take others trip with Viking. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2016
We were really looking forward to this, our second Viking cruise (Basel to North Sea / Rhine Getaway). It didn't meet our hopes in almost any way. Get up early, walking tour of a town or city for 2-3 hours, back to the ship for ... Read More
We were really looking forward to this, our second Viking cruise (Basel to North Sea / Rhine Getaway). It didn't meet our hopes in almost any way. Get up early, walking tour of a town or city for 2-3 hours, back to the ship for lunch, then sit around all afternoon or pay for an extra excursion. Not exactly 'all included' , not even close. If you took all of the extra cost afternoon tours, you would spend about $800 per person more than the initial cost. Disappointing food, also. Hard to see how 'spring rolls' or 'sauteed chinese egg noodles' fit into a menu in Germany. But, there was very little 'german' themed food. Another disappointment overall, and a major Viking failure. Viking could have, and should have, done a much better job with this presumably popular cruise. No need to rush around in the morning if there is no included activity in the afternoon. Since this is a cruise, why was most all of the 'cruising' at night when guests were asleep. Only 2 days of daytime cruising. Overall, we felt rushed throughout for no good reason. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2016
We chose this cruise because we heard nothing but good about it!! And, man were they right! Everything about the journey was spectacular!! We had the very best food and drink. Everyone was so accommodating! There are a few servers ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we heard nothing but good about it!! And, man were they right! Everything about the journey was spectacular!! We had the very best food and drink. Everyone was so accommodating! There are a few servers we'll NEVER forget!! We had the kindest, most caring crew. right down to the housekeepers! And, we had the most enjoyable adventures we could experience! There is so much to see and do along the way. If you weren't interested in a planned excursion, the staff would arrange for whatever activity did interest you!! And, the different cultures along the way just enhanced the experience! The sights and views were unbelievable! Better yet, the details about the country side were shared by knowledgable staff! The ship was clean and easy to get around. Best of all, we made lifetime friends with other guests! And, we're doing it again next fall!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2016
My husband and I sailed with 4 other family members. We explored various options for several months before selecting Viking - which ultimately became a unanimous decision. Throughout the planning process, our questions were always ... Read More
My husband and I sailed with 4 other family members. We explored various options for several months before selecting Viking - which ultimately became a unanimous decision. Throughout the planning process, our questions were always addressed and answered professionally and with much enthusiasm. Once our trip began, we immediately knew that the welcoming and caring staff on the Lofn was committed to anticipating our every need, and they did so with genuine warmth and infectious smiles. Our rooms were beautifully appointed and spotlessly clean. The entertainment in the lounge was most enjoyable, and the Cruise Director's daily messages about upcoming events, activities, and destinations were always informative and helpful. The meals were outstanding- with every attention to detail, quality, appearance, options, and amazing taste! The tours offered and available at each destination were well-planned and beautifully executed. In summary, from beginning to conclusion, our Viking experience was absolutely first-class, and we would encourage anyone considering a river cruise to go Viking! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2016
This was my second river cruise on Viking. In 2015 I did the Paris to Normandy trip on the Rinda. The Lofn was equally well appointed and the and the staff as wonderfully attentive. The itinerary of Basel to the North Sea provided many ... Read More
This was my second river cruise on Viking. In 2015 I did the Paris to Normandy trip on the Rinda. The Lofn was equally well appointed and the and the staff as wonderfully attentive. The itinerary of Basel to the North Sea provided many interesting stops and local guides both well informed and personable. The onboard lectures were very well done by local talent. The food was excellent with a good variety of choices. The staff met with one member of our party with gluten and lactose issues and prepared personal meals to accommodate her needs. The one area I think needs improving is the system of rafting with other river boats at docking. The boats are mere inches apart and if you have a veranda it is unusable. This happened to us for the better part of two days. Everyone in our party of seven thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. We will be planning another for next summer. Read Less
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