Cruise Ratings
Sail Date: August 2014
We began our trip with Viking in Bucharest Hungary. We checked into the beautiful Radisson Blu for a overnight stay. Be sure to bring your bathing suit as their pool is beautiful and they have a wonderful hot tub. Had to have our ... Read More
We began our trip with Viking in Bucharest Hungary. We checked into the beautiful Radisson Blu for a overnight stay. Be sure to bring your bathing suit as their pool is beautiful and they have a wonderful hot tub. Had to have our suitcases out in front of our rooms by 6:30 am. Came back after breakfast and they were still there. Not sure why we had to be up so early packed up with suitcases out by 6:30. Had a nice tour of the city some were drive- bys and some walking tours. The local restaurant lunch with local entertainment was not to our liking. The food was pretty good but you felt like you were a herd of cattle. Rushed in and served so quickly in a very noisy room jammed packed. Just an unpleasant experience. We arrived on the Rinda in the late afternoon. Our room was a AA Suite which has a separate living room and bedroom. Very nice with the French balcony in living room and a veranda in the bedroom.The room was very comfortable and the bathroom had a large shower. The food was very good as was the wait staff that took very good care of us. The tours had too many people on them. Way too crowded... We also wished we had a bit more time after the tours to freshen up for the evening. Most times only about 45 minutes until evening briefings. The all inclusive didn't really represent an honest representation as you were given a sheet at end of cruise with suggested tipping amounts. Couldn't have any sodas or cold drinks between meals unless you paid for them. The amount per item for cleaning or pressing clothes was over the top too high. Three different morning we had to be up extremely early to either have our bags outside our room on day of embarkation at 6:30 am. Another day we had to be downstairs at 6:30 am for customs check our passports. Last morning have bags outside cabin by 6:30 am prompt. We noticed when we left the boat around 9 am that morning the bags were still outside cabins. These may seem like little things to you, but could make a huge difference in our desire to travel with you again. Once again the service on the ship was excellent. The term Viking uses in describing all inclusive is misleading in my opinion. They give you a sheet with suggestions on tipping at the end of your voyage. If you want a soda or drink other than coffee or tea during the day you must pay for them. Meals do cover your drinks. Don't even consider sending out any laundry unless you are prepared to break the bank. Our dining experiences were excellent. Fantastic wait staff and lots of fun throughout your meals. The destinations we visited were very interesting, but the tour groups were quite large. I guess my opinion of the riverboat cruise with Viking is somewhat mixed. This is our third riverboat cruise but our first with Viking. We had two incidents that were somewhat of a bother. Had to be up and out of our cabins at 6:30 am for a customs check of passports, and had to have our bags out for pick up at 6:30 am last morning of cruise. One other matter was the amount of time they gave us to freshen up after our day cruise. It was 45 minutes before the evening briefing began. Hardly enough time to really change and freshen up. Felt very rushed on more than one occasion. Some of you may not be bothered by any of my issues, but felt like it might be of interest to others. Just my thoughts.   Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
We started out in a bit of un certainty and ended up in total enjoyment and a great learning experience. The Trip was very easy and not pressured, with many off path adventures to some very neat places( Transylvania} to see & visit ... Read More
We started out in a bit of un certainty and ended up in total enjoyment and a great learning experience. The Trip was very easy and not pressured, with many off path adventures to some very neat places( Transylvania} to see & visit Count Dracu's haunts. So very interesting. On to a lot of small area's and got to visit with the local people and had a chance to mix and learn customs. The entire staff was so very friendly and helpful. We had one of the best Cruse Directors ever. He was one of the best I have ever meet. A total joy to be with and very smart about all the varied places we went to. With Him, everything flowed just like the River, smooth and easy going. We returned home after this great trip and had made some new friendship's and so many great memories. We look forward to the next time. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
From the minute we met the Viking staff at our hotel in Bucharest, to the checkout from our hotel in Budapest, every minute was first class. The staff: Friendly, courteous, helpful and always made you feel they put you first. Hotels: ... Read More
From the minute we met the Viking staff at our hotel in Bucharest, to the checkout from our hotel in Budapest, every minute was first class. The staff: Friendly, courteous, helpful and always made you feel they put you first. Hotels: First class hotels on both ends. Viking Rinda: Wow! what a beautiful ship. Everything was clean, sparkling, and the service was terrific. The meals were wonderful. We loved cruising down the Danube river. The tours were enjoyable and informative. Some of the tour guides spoke better english than others, but they all did a very good job. We really liked how everything was all inclusive, with few exceptions. Definitely would go on another Viking cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2014
I recently returned from the Viking River Cruise, “Passage to Eastern Europe.” The cruise was generally good, with very good service, better food than we expected, and excellent tour guides. The destinations were often not particularly ... Read More
I recently returned from the Viking River Cruise, “Passage to Eastern Europe.” The cruise was generally good, with very good service, better food than we expected, and excellent tour guides. The destinations were often not particularly great, but we knew that before booking. Unfortunately the few problems we encountered were upsetting enough that, in the future, I am likely to try the competition and very unlikely to return to Viking. First and foremost is their poorly thought out policy of not allowing shipboard credit to be used towards gratuities, as every other cruise line we’ve been on allows. That meant we would have to take an optional excursion, which were few, far between, and of no interest to us. We could also use it towards drinks, but we are not big drinkers and the wine and beer served at lunch and dinner were more than sufficient. Our final option was to buy limited, overpriced, and mostly unneeded items from the small gift shop. Their “suggested” gratuities are higher than other cruise lines we’ve been on, and I have never before been asked to tip the Program Director. I firmly believe that at his level, I should not be asked to pay part of his salary. The cabin is, to say the least, small. Dinner (and, to a lesser extent, lunch) was only one seating, and the noise level could make it difficult to have a conversation. Although both the suggested gratuities and the limited use of shipboard credit are mentioned, they are clearly not meant to be very obvious and visible. Although minor, this significantly customer unfriendly attitude is why I would prefer, in the future, not to deal with a company such as Viking.   Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
Well, first we arrived in Bucharest at 0130 instead of 1730 night before due to 5 hour delay from Orlando and missed connection in Frankfurt. 0630 wake up. We got our stateroom, French balcony, so just a grate across sliding doors. ... Read More
Well, first we arrived in Bucharest at 0130 instead of 1730 night before due to 5 hour delay from Orlando and missed connection in Frankfurt. 0630 wake up. We got our stateroom, French balcony, so just a grate across sliding doors. Interesting to see the Balkans, hard to get their otherwise. Made many stops at small towns and saw how people lived, saw food demos and other displays. This part of cruise was excellent. What was not good was the food. Very small portions, ie. Surf and Turf was one small steak and one shrimp. Disembarked in Budapest to take another river cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2014
Bucharest to Budapest was our second cruise. Eastern Europe and the Danube River featured lovely small towns with down to earth experiences on a farm as well as large cities with the museums and cathedrals. The Rinda is a lovely ship and ... Read More
Bucharest to Budapest was our second cruise. Eastern Europe and the Danube River featured lovely small towns with down to earth experiences on a farm as well as large cities with the museums and cathedrals. The Rinda is a lovely ship and all the personnel just tops. Food was fabulous. We enjoyed all the passengers: a very varied group. And the guides were extremely knowledgeable and able to answer all manner of questions. In March we will travel from Nuremburg to Budapest. Plan on travelling the entire Danube. For us it is the only way to travel. Read Less
Viking Rinda Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.5
Family 1.0 3.5
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.3
Service 4.0 4.9
Value For Money 3.0 4.4
Rates 4.0 N/A

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