Sail Date: October 2014
The cruise, like all Viking cruises I've taken, was perfect, with helpful staff, informative and fun tours, and great food. However, I was disappointed in the size of the boat. I thought a smaller boat would be OK, but I felt like I ... Read More
The cruise, like all Viking cruises I've taken, was perfect, with helpful staff, informative and fun tours, and great food. However, I was disappointed in the size of the boat. I thought a smaller boat would be OK, but I felt like I saw the same faces everyplace I went. It was impossible to find a quiet space for reading or reflecting -- unless I stayed in the room, which was too small to be really comfortable. Extroverts would not mind having people around all the time, I'm sure, but for anyone who values quiet time, the ship was inadequate. It would have been much better if there was an accessible outdoor deck that did not require climbing rather steep stairs. I know you will be replacing this boat with a larger one, but I almost feel like this particular boat was not a good value. I have been so pleased with other Viking cruises I've taken that I'm fairly sure I will give Viking another chance to live up to the expectations the cruise line itself has created in its customers. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
My wife and I, both Americans, loved the Elegant Elbe cruise on Viking Cruises. Our fellow travelers were about 60% British and 40% American with 4 Irish thrown in with the British. From our arrival in Berlin to our departure from Krakow, ... Read More
My wife and I, both Americans, loved the Elegant Elbe cruise on Viking Cruises. Our fellow travelers were about 60% British and 40% American with 4 Irish thrown in with the British. From our arrival in Berlin to our departure from Krakow, we were totally under the wing of Viking Cruises. They took care of all needs throughout the trip. The people we sailed with were fun and interesting to talk to. We chose to eat all our meals in the dining room with different couples each time. Toward the end of the cruise however, we found we had favorites and ate during the last couple of days with them. The daily bus tours all came off without a hitch. Each time the three buses were waiting for us. Each had a local tour guide who gave us local history and pointed out local points of interest. One bonus on this cruise: the entire cruise took place behind the iron curtain. East Germany, The Czech Republic (Czechoslovakia) and we took an extension to Krakow, Poland. Our tour guides all grew out there. We were fascinated by their stories of living under communism, then suddenly becoming free. They all had a unique twist on this theme. We extended to Krakow, Poland. One problem: we were led to believe it was a 5 hour drive. It turned out to be 9 hours in a comfortable van, but nine hours on the road is grueling. There were six of us who took this extension. Visiting Auschwitz was a highlight, but very glum. We never before had seen so many tourists with somber faces. All in all we thought it was a terrific trip. Viking took care of us each step of the way. Our fellow travelers were fun and complete with interesting stories. Our guides had even more stories that kept the trip interesting. We totally recommend it to anyone looking for history and adventure. Also our ship, the Schumann is being retired after this year. Although it was comfortable, we have to believe the new ship will be even better. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
This was a very enjoyable holiday. The places we visited were all very interesting & the guides were, as usual with Viking, superb. The only downside was the low water level in the Elbe between Wittenberg & Meissen. This is not ... Read More
This was a very enjoyable holiday. The places we visited were all very interesting & the guides were, as usual with Viking, superb. The only downside was the low water level in the Elbe between Wittenberg & Meissen. This is not Viking's fault & they made up for it by bussing us to all the places advertised for the cruise plus an extra visit , to Leipzig. This obviously meant a lot of time on a bus instead of cruising so not as relaxing as we'd hoped particularly since we had to change ships, but, given the circumstances, Viking did an excellent job. This obviously is not the first time the water level was low but Viking had a well planned & executed Plan B. Apart from this, the rest of the cruise was wonderful. The food was particularly good. I am a Coeliac so cannot eat anything with wheat/gluten in it. No problem- the menu was adapted and all the staff knew I had to have gluten free food. All the staff were very friendly & exceptionally helpful. This was our third cruise & we've just booked another (on the Rhone). That says it all. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
I give the overall cruise an excellent rating. The river cruise ship was spotless and roomy. The food was above average and the staff was exceptional. The daily excursions were wonderful and the on board cultural enrichment programs were a ... Read More
I give the overall cruise an excellent rating. The river cruise ship was spotless and roomy. The food was above average and the staff was exceptional. The daily excursions were wonderful and the on board cultural enrichment programs were a lot of fun, educational, and well received. I especially liked the fact that the price I paid covered just about everything. I went on a land cruise last year with another company and it seemed as though every excursion, etc. was extra. My companion and I purchased the pre-package and had two additional nights in Berlin and it was well worth the added fee. All of the sites and cities that we visited were great but Berlin, Dresden, and Prague were outstanding. We had such a wonderful experience that within days of arriving home we booked our Viking River Cruise for 2015 Paris to Normandy. We're eagerly awaiting next May. I have raved about our river cruise to all of my family and friends. I truly believe that it is a great value. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2013
I was a newly minted 61-year old and my daugheter was nigh onto 40, and from the Viking River Cruise advertisements, we were expecting the passengers to be in the same age range. Imagine our surpise when they were more like in their ... Read More
I was a newly minted 61-year old and my daugheter was nigh onto 40, and from the Viking River Cruise advertisements, we were expecting the passengers to be in the same age range. Imagine our surpise when they were more like in their 70's or higher! My daughter said she felt like she'd just step into the casting call for the movie "Cacoon"! Since we're were on the ship way too much do to cruising WAY too slow up the Elbe River and thus were spending tons of time with the other passengers, it did have a negative impact for us and our expectations. And since it was always communcal dining, you were always stuck listening about someone's recent ailments, what they did in high school (who cares?!), etc. And there's no room service, so it was either skip the meal or eat as fast as you could to escape. The food, crew, excursions, rooms, etc. were all top notch - not a compliant there at all. The hotels were really nice and all of the airpost transferes were done really well. Another thing we noticed is that on VRC's itinerary ads, they talk about you visitng various ports, but they never say how long you'll actually be at the port, and due to us being on the "slowboat to China", we were very dissapoiinted in how little time we had in the various cityies along the way. I'd rather have a speedier boat and stay longer in the variuos ports than vice versa! The room was nice, albeit small; but it's a small ship so that it can cruise the Elebe river. But there was a good deal of storage for as small it was. The housekeeping staff were absolutely amazing, couldn't have been friendlier or more helpful. Read Less

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