12 Berlin Family Cruise Reviews

We have been on many Viking cruises both River and Ocean. We have always been pleased with the customer service. The entire crew on this Elbe River cruise were wonderful. Our Tour Director, Jamie Wilson, was the best we have ever had on ... Read More
We have been on many Viking cruises both River and Ocean. We have always been pleased with the customer service. The entire crew on this Elbe River cruise were wonderful. Our Tour Director, Jamie Wilson, was the best we have ever had on the cruises. Each stop along the way he was very informative. The entire crew on the ship was very friendly and always trying to please us. After our dinner each night in the lounge he had many things for us to do. He played group games and one night he sang with the piano player. When we reached Prague we were introduced to our Tour Guide, Andrea, for our extension into Poland. She was also wonderful. At each stop along the way she gave us a history of the cities and a list of restaurants for our dinner on our own. She gave us her cell phone number in case we got lost in the cities. In Krakow we took the optional tour into the salt mines. I would highly recommend this tour. Our only negative was the Folklore Dinner in Prague. The dinner was just average and the entertainment only involved us in one song. We had been to a different Folklore Dinner another time in Prague with another River Cruise and it was excellent. we feel that viking should look for another venue for this Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was the second time we have sailed on the Regal Princess. The first was on the Med Cruise on the first few months the Regal went into service. We found the food in the dining rooms not as great at the first cruise, but the staff ... Read More
This was the second time we have sailed on the Regal Princess. The first was on the Med Cruise on the first few months the Regal went into service. We found the food in the dining rooms not as great at the first cruise, but the staff still helpful and great. The buffet was..well the buffet..as expected. The ports were the attraction for this cruise and they were great. We only used one Princess Tour, Berlin, and it was again the weakest of the tours. We found the same thing on the Med Cruise, the Princess tours were expensive and weak. Private walking tours in Olso, Tallinn and Helsinki were great. TJ tours in St Petersburg ...exceptional!! I can praise them enough! I had read about the delays in getting off the boat in St Petersburg but getting ready to leave at 6am and getting in the first group of nonPrncess Tour passengers to leave made it fairly simple. The room steward Randy helped us out with lots of extras in the room. The notes abut no taxis at the port on disembarkation were exaggerated, we saw lots of taxis at the port beginning around 6am. Shows were not as good as other cruises, but the Beatles cover band was great again. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Arrived in Berlin and spent 2 nights at the Intercontinental. Lovely hotel, although the bathroom was interesting, there was a huge window above the bathtub so you couldn't leave the light on for a nightlight and there was no ... Read More
Arrived in Berlin and spent 2 nights at the Intercontinental. Lovely hotel, although the bathroom was interesting, there was a huge window above the bathtub so you couldn't leave the light on for a nightlight and there was no nightlight for a very dark room. Also the temp seemed to be set for freezing, thermostat would not work for us. The breakfast buffet was wonderful and plentiful. I was disappointed in our Taste of Berlin tour, we were supposed to go to a very old bakery and never saw it. We did thoroughly enjoy Berlin and would go back to see more. Traveling by coach to Potsdam to Sanssouci Palace was delightful. Afterwards we had a lovely lunch hour to stroll the town. Then on to Worlitz Castle for a gondola ride and tour of the grounds. Our boat was located in Wittenberg, the birthplace of Martin Luther. What a wonderful town. Unfortunately, our ship could not travel up river due to low water so we were coached to our next destinations: Torgau, Mieissen and Dresden. Torgau is a lovely old town with great history and WWII memorials. We discovered some lovely back roads with the nicest "secret" gardens. Then off to Meissen for a great tour of the porcelain factory. Now I understand why it's so acclaimed and priceless. Upon arriving back at our ship we were told that we would be transferring to another ship for the duration of the trip. We were coached to Dresden, what a spectacular city she is. I would gladly spend more time there. We took a side trip to Moritzberg Castle, a "hunting lodge" built on a man made lake. What a lovely place to visit. We also toured a winery and ended with a tour of the Zwinger Palace and the Green Vault. I totally fell in LOVE with Dresden. Our tour guide was very informative and helpful. After return to the ship we were told that enough rain had fallen upstream to allow us to travel by boat through the rest of our trip. Going through Saxon Germany was truly breathtaking. I never knew about this side of Germany. The rock formations are fascinating. Beautiful countryside. We then debarked in Decin for Prague. What can I say about Prague, its truly magnificent and must be seen once in your life. I was disappointed in our tour guide though. She did not take into consideration for those in our group who were not very fast walkers, especially on cobbled streets. It was also quite a long trek from our drop off point to the center of the old city square, which was about a mile up and down steps and a very crowded Charles Bridge. The bridge has some 30 statues and she wouldn't stop and explain any of them or allow us to stop. I once asked her to hold up her placard for those trying catch up to find us and she stated "I'm not the Statue of Liberty." Many of the passengers had canes and were quite worn out reaching the square. We never did get to see the St. Vitus, it was so crowded when we were there. Prague Castle is beautiful. Overall it was lovely wonderful trip. I had been on another Viking cruise the year before and we thoroughly enjoy the service and exceptional food we receive. I would definitely do another and another and another. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I chose this cruise because it stops in Oslo. Few cruise ships include this beautiful city into their baltic itinerary. If you want a complete baltic/scandinavian experience you cannot afford to skip Oslo. Regal Princess ship is very large ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it stops in Oslo. Few cruise ships include this beautiful city into their baltic itinerary. If you want a complete baltic/scandinavian experience you cannot afford to skip Oslo. Regal Princess ship is very large but easy for passengers to move around it. Accommodations were comfortable and rooms were very clean. Food was ok. Portions were small but you could always get more dishes off the menu. Only 2 specialty restaurants but we managed to make last minute dinning reservations without a hassle. Staff was attentive and courteous but service for breakfast could be improved. It was a real hassle to get a buffet table or sitting area during morning hours on port days. The regular dining restaurants that served breakfast, were slow and food took near 30-45 minutes to arrive in most days. Unlike other large ships, Princess cruises has average evening presentations. Nothing like other large Cruise ships with Vegas-style shows, acrobatics, ice skating, comedy shows, or magicians. Every night it was the same repetitive folkloric dancers and singers, and though good at what they do, the presentations were mainly boring. Now, the baltic cruise is port intensive and the "real" entertainment (one can say) is outside the ship. So no big deal for us. Other negatives: The ship docked around 7:30am in Stockholm and left at 2PM. So we had less than 3 hours to tour the city and were rushed to get back to the ship. I think Princess Cruises needs to address this poor port stop and allow for a longer stay there. Also, the internet access is still considered a "luxury item". Slow and expensive. It is time for Princess to better its internet services and offer unlimited packages like other ships do. Other positives: Though expensive the Spa was really good. Service was spectacular and the staff were extremely helpful and kind. I recommend this cruise for adults but would not go with teenagers again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We flew into Berlin, but because we chose to make our own flight reservations, we had to find out own way to the ship. Embarkation went smooth, very organized and a SUPER staff! The Ship was just the perfect size, able to meet people ... Read More
We flew into Berlin, but because we chose to make our own flight reservations, we had to find out own way to the ship. Embarkation went smooth, very organized and a SUPER staff! The Ship was just the perfect size, able to meet people and get to know them, felt very comfortable, was extremely clean and ran like an oiled wheel. Dining was excellent. One of my family members has a shaking thing, and the staff made sure that we were able to have the same table for every meal, in the corner, so that she felt comfortable and could sit with her back to everyone else. Entertainment was well thought out. The excursions were wonderful, and we only took a bus a couple of times. We extended our stay in Prague and the traditional dinner with entertainment was a highlight...we would take this cruise again in a heartbeat!! The staff went out of their way to split the excursion groups into two, mobile and less so. It made us want to go on another cruise with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I've always wanted to go to Europe. This year was our 25th anniversary, so I bit the bullet and scheduled our cruise. It was the best vacation and the best cruise that we have ever been on. We enjoyed our Caribbean cruise when we took ... Read More
I've always wanted to go to Europe. This year was our 25th anniversary, so I bit the bullet and scheduled our cruise. It was the best vacation and the best cruise that we have ever been on. We enjoyed our Caribbean cruise when we took it, but this Viking River Cruise was on another level altogether. It is a much more intimate cruising experience. Our 21 year old daughter went with us and while she is possibly the youngest patron they have ever seen on one of their ships, she loved every minute of the cruise. If you are interested in the colorful history of Europe and China and Russia, then a Viking River cruise in the first class way to see any of those regions. Our ship the Viking Schumann was an older ship, but that did not matter. Everything was topnotch. The food was beyond excellent. There were two options for lunch every day. You could go to the dining room for a more formal lunch or eat in the lounge for a lighter fare. The talk on the Velvet Revolution was fascinating. The trip to the Terezin concentration camp was sobering, but it should not be missed for fear that history will repeat itself. The private concert in the Lobkowitz palace was fantastic as was the private lunch that we attended. We extended our stay for 2 days in Prague and the Kutna Hora is a side excursion that is fabulous. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise because of the history and the ports of call. We got to visit many UNESCO World Heritage sites. The crew of the Viking Atla was excellent. The food was outstanding. The included shore excursions were great. It was nice ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the history and the ports of call. We got to visit many UNESCO World Heritage sites. The crew of the Viking Atla was excellent. The food was outstanding. The included shore excursions were great. It was nice to leisurely cruise along the Danube. We loved the scenery in Germany, Austria and Hungary. We were in Budapest for a national holiday and sat on the top deck watching the fireworks. This was an added bonus. The entire staff made us feel welcome. This was our first river cruise and we didn't know what to expect. Although there aren't as many activities there is still plenty to do. The entertainment consisted of a piano player. He was outstanding. With fewer passengers than on an ocean cruise you meet a lot more of them. We met 2 sisters from California at dinner and quite a few people on our land portio of the tour and we hope to stay in contact with them. A river cruise is a much more intimate experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I now know that I'm not a fan of big box cruises. The Regal is huge and jam packed. Not my thing. However, if you fancy big crowds, lots of flash aka Vegas, then it's the cruise for you. The staterooms are well appointed, yet ... Read More
I now know that I'm not a fan of big box cruises. The Regal is huge and jam packed. Not my thing. However, if you fancy big crowds, lots of flash aka Vegas, then it's the cruise for you. The staterooms are well appointed, yet small. I did appreciate the laundry mats on each floor. The food was mediocre as well as the service. Our stateroom stewards were exceptional while the dining staff seemed overworked and overwhelmed. The ports were fabulous, however the tours were over priced. We enjoyed touring on our own much more then the cruise ship tours. All in all, it was a wonderful vacation but if I were to do it again I would book a more intimate experience on a smaller ship and cruise company. The entertainment was not very good. We've experienced much better on entertainment on other cruise lines. The fitness area was very nice, but extremely crowded. I did not like that spin classes and Pilates were extra charges! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We chose the Elbe River Cruise because we wanted to visit Berlin and the cities along the Elbe River and Prague, CZ. The hotel in Berlin was excellent. We actually came in two days early to see more of Berlin. The bus ride to Madenberg ... Read More
We chose the Elbe River Cruise because we wanted to visit Berlin and the cities along the Elbe River and Prague, CZ. The hotel in Berlin was excellent. We actually came in two days early to see more of Berlin. The bus ride to Madenberg was very comfortable and the stop in Potsdam short. We would have enjoyed more time there. The Beyla was a beautiful ship and the staff were exceptional. Matt was an excellent Cruise Director. We liked the tours off the ship and the guides are so knowledgeable. Our room was like a four star hotel room. Only complaint I have there is the pillows. We did ask for firmer ones and they were in our room immediately. The dining room was so bright it made dining such a pleasure. The staff who waited on us in the dining room were very courteous and friendly. The food was excellent and the wine flowed! The staff in the lounge truly were so friendly and made wonderful drinks. The lounge was so bright and sunny it beckoned you to spend time there. The upper outside deck was nice to relax and enjoy the sites as we flowed by. The putting green was a big hit. The staff behind the scenes were always courteous and spoke to you when you saw them. We only ate off the ship once and that was in Dresdan at a cafe on the square. It was actually just a snack and a chance to people watch. The hotel in Prague was excellent and really close to Old Town. We love Prague and this was our second visit to this beautiful city. We actually stayed two more days in the city center. Wonderful way to end the cruise. The entertainment was good but we have had better. We would have liked to have more interactive things in the evening from the cruise director. We did have a music trivia game one night that everyone enjoyed. I don't know if there were fitness exercises or not. Embarkation and disembarkation goes so smoothly. No problem there. One of the things we like is how easy it is to get on and off the ship. Like leaving your home. No hassle. We love when you come back from a tour they greet you with a treat of some kind, warm lemon damp towels, little smoothy drinks etc. so welcoming. This was our third Viking Cruise as we love them. This is a wonderful way to see the world and meet new friends. This ship had about 98 guest. We love the intimate feeling of the longships and can't wait to plan our next vacation with Viking. Thank You to the Captain and his wonderful staff for a wonderful trip up the Elbe River. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Bucket list cruise with brothers & son. Overall, very good. Staff was excellent, ship was below expectations. Ship did not meet standards established by Viking on Russia and China cruises. Understand Viking is building new ships ... Read More
Bucket list cruise with brothers & son. Overall, very good. Staff was excellent, ship was below expectations. Ship did not meet standards established by Viking on Russia and China cruises. Understand Viking is building new ships for Elbe River Cruises and Fontane will be sold. If true, it's overdue. Recommend you book extra night(s) in Berlin and Prague to explore these cities. You can do this through Viking or on your own. We didn't book extra time in Berlin and regret it. The Berlin experience was only a bus ride from the airport to the hotel and a bus ride to the boat the next day. Recommend you see the Reichstag, Hitler's bunker, the Berlin wall and Checkpoint Charlie. In Prague, it was a little better with a city tour included, We extended for four days on our own and explored Prague in more detail, spent a day in Kutna Hora (highly recommended), and visited the home village of our grandfather. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was our second Viking cruise and it was wonderful in some very unexpected ways. Five days before our cruise started we got an email from Viking that the itinerary had changed due to extremely low water levels in the Elbe river. ... Read More
This was our second Viking cruise and it was wonderful in some very unexpected ways. Five days before our cruise started we got an email from Viking that the itinerary had changed due to extremely low water levels in the Elbe river. Since the Beyla was built specifically for this river, the water must have been VERY low (it was). We later found out that about 20 people canceled when told of the change in itinerary and I'm very glad they did because it gave the wonderful crew more time for those of us that made the cruise. Both Viking and the crew did a great job of handling the situation and making the cruise a memorable one, especially the Program Director, Radim. They made sure that we saw all of the sites we were scheduled for and then added in some new ones at their cost. Viking did not create the low water problem but they did an outstanding job of handling the situation. The Chef (Bobby) and his staff made every meal memorable and the wait staff (Roy, Darwin and Will) was efficient, friendly and fun. Vivi did a great job of taking care of our stateroom and Georgi and Milena did a super job of taking care of everyone in the lounge. While we only "cruised" one day from Wittenberg to Dresden, the crew did such a great job that we could not have had a better time if we'd cruise every day. The river was so low that the Beyla was actually sitting on the bottom at its berth in Dresden. We did the 3-day extension in Krakow and thoroughly enjoyed that beautiful city and its sites. The only down side was getting to Krakow on a bus, which took 9 hours! Much of the delay was due to accidents on the highway causing traffic jams, but it was a tough ride. Krakow was worth it. The excursions included a walking tour (including the Castle and the largest market square in Europe), the Salt Mine, Schindler's Factory, the Old Jewish Quarter, and Auschwitz-Birkenau. All were well worth the time, and it still left enough free time to enjoy the city. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
This was our second Viking River cruise. Did a pre-trip extension in Berlin which was fab. Right in the heart of the city @ the Hilton, w/i walking distance of great food and prominent sights. Saw the Queen of England, spent a day in ... Read More
This was our second Viking River cruise. Did a pre-trip extension in Berlin which was fab. Right in the heart of the city @ the Hilton, w/i walking distance of great food and prominent sights. Saw the Queen of England, spent a day in the main train station just train watching & exploring, and enjoying sight, sounds & tastes of Berlin. On to Potsdam, our ship & headed to Wittenberg. My wife had a slight mishap and tripped going up the stairs from the dining room, and badly bruised her left leg and knee. For the rest of the trip, Sandy was the toast of the whole staff, with one staffer offering to give Sandy a shower. After a few days she was using a wheel chair to get around, but I continued to see the sight at every port. As we headed south on the Elbe, the water level kept dropping so that by the time we got to Meisen, we had to stop and do our remaining tours totally by bus, which was ok. We understand from local service providers that this happens frequently on the Elbe in summer. Plus we were in a major heat wave with temps getting to 95F (however, we were given a nice cash incentive when we book our next trip). Got to Prague where we also extended. My highlight was staying with Family in Litvinov & seeing where my families were from in Masti & Ujezd nod Zbecknem. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015

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