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We just Cruised the Melodies of the Danube cruise on the AmaSonata in April for our Honeymoon. This was my first cruise and first time in Europe. From the moment we met our AmaWaterways rep at the airport, our trip was fantastic. Once ... Read More
We just Cruised the Melodies of the Danube cruise on the AmaSonata in April for our Honeymoon. This was my first cruise and first time in Europe. From the moment we met our AmaWaterways rep at the airport, our trip was fantastic. Once we got to the ship the crew acted as if we were old friends. From the personal escort to our room and our luggage arriving only a few minutes later. Our Cruise Director, Matyas, was knowledgeable and funny and always available to offer any assistance. The rooms were small as expected on a ship this size, but after comparing some other lines, the mid grade rooms on AMA are larger than almost everything but a suite on other lines. Everything fell into place all week everything was well organized. With the small number of guests, there were no "cattle calls" getting on and off the ship as I have heard with the large ocean cruises. We enjoyed the balcony a few times but mostly sat on the sundeck if we were cruising so we saw the sites on both shores. The meals were fantastic. So many options at breakfast from the buffet or menu. Lunch was a salad bar and apps and then soup, entrée and desert from the menu. Dinner was always a 5 course meal catering to local sites. Goulash and Hungarian wines in Budapest, Weiner schnitzel and Austrian wines in Vienna and sausages and local beers in Germany. The excursions were varied so you had your choice of a hike, bus tour or bike ride at almost every stop. The guides were knowledgeable and usually very personable and funny. We took in the Mozart and Strauss concert in Vienna and the Folklore dinner in Prague. Both well worth the extra money. Everything else was included. The staff, especially Mariuz, Ivo, Alex, Arun, Janos and Matyas were all phenomenal. This cruise exceeded every expectation and we are already looking to plan our next cruise with AMA. Either the Douro or the Danube again from Budapest East towards Bucharest. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was our first river cruise. It was a fantastic experience once we arrived at the ship (see AMA airline problems below). The ship is beautiful and well maintained. The crew was very friendly and provided great service. The dining ... Read More
This was our first river cruise. It was a fantastic experience once we arrived at the ship (see AMA airline problems below). The ship is beautiful and well maintained. The crew was very friendly and provided great service. The dining was usually very good except for first and least day when food/snacks were provided in the lounge--just okay. The local wine and beer selections with meals were very good. We cannot say enough good things about the cruise director Matyas from Hungary. The itinerary beginning in Budapest was excellent and well organized. The folks who lead the shore excursions were very knowledgeable, spoke excellent English and were the best we have ever used. Accolades to AMS for a great experience. FYI--the 5 rating for Value pertains only to the cruise itself (excluding air arrangements). HOWEVER--The included air arrangement was the WORST we have ever experienced and we do NOT recommend using AMA Air Dept. We made our reservations 8 months before sailing based on a recommendation from our travel agent. The price included airfare, but we did not receive details until Dec. 29. Immediately we recognized that a one hour and 5 min. layover at Charles de Gaulle was not enough time. We promptly called AMA but were told the transfer met minimum requirements. Any changes must be made through our travel agent and would involve $350pp plus additional charges for air ticket. Our agent tried three times to get a change to the itinerary but the costs were usually $650pp. Bottom line: Not enough time at CGA to change terminals and go through additional security. We actually had to jog to the gate---tough on a 73 yr old couple. We only got on board because the plane was delayed 10 minutes for baggage. Second air problem: Initial seat assignments were next to toilets on 3 planes, 2 long haul over the ocean. Although we tried to change seats 90+ days ahead we ended up paying another $540 for acceptable economy seats. Third air problem: We flew on three planes each direction when I could have arranged the trip with two. The additional cost for making my own arrangements was only $450pp more than what AMA charged on our package. AMA air would allow us to cancel the air but we would not receive a credit. CONCLUSSION--For the above reasons, we cannot recommend allowing AMA to make air arrangements. It is a shame that a wonderful sailing experienced can be tarnished by an unacceptable and unprofessional air department. Unless changes are made within the organization, that is the only reason we probably will not sail with AMA again. FYI--We have sent a similar report to the President of AMA. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We chose this cruise because my husband and I along with 6 other friends never visited Eastern Europe. We were very happy with each port, except that we wished we could stay longer at some of the large cities, such as Budapest and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because my husband and I along with 6 other friends never visited Eastern Europe. We were very happy with each port, except that we wished we could stay longer at some of the large cities, such as Budapest and Vienna. I fell in love with the architecture of the buildings, the friendliness of the people and the elegant treatment by the staff on the boat. I enjoyed meeting the staff and having discussions with them about the cruise and the cities we were stopping at. The wait staff was very friendly, anticipated our needs after the first day, and were always ready to get us whatever we needed even, for some, a second dessert. They were very knowledgeable of the menu and did not hesitate to describe, in detail, the choices on the menu, even when asked more than once by our table. A very nice touch, was the bottle of water given to us when we exited the boat at port and when returning, a cold towel to cool our face, or a native drink from the area, and I can't forget the sampling of foods native to the area we just visited. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was our third river cruise with Viking. The hotel in Budapest was wonderful and in a wonderful location. Getting to the ship was easy. We had a brief wait until our cabins were ready but we were with friends so we didn't mind the ... Read More
This was our third river cruise with Viking. The hotel in Budapest was wonderful and in a wonderful location. Getting to the ship was easy. We had a brief wait until our cabins were ready but we were with friends so we didn't mind the wait. The cabin was as expected, small but comfortable. We greatly enjoyed all of the meals on the ship. As usual, the service was outstanding. We enjoyed the entertainment provided, especially when locals came aboard to sing and dance. We greatly enjoyed the home visit in Croatia. It was an amazing experience to hear their stories about the war. Each port/excursion was enjoyable and educational. We did the extension at the end of the cruise in Bucharest/Transylvania. That was quite an experience and we were so glad that we decided to do that. The Bran Castle was interesting. The Viking concierge was wonderful. We are already looking forward to our next Viking cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Great value, interesting itinerary, helpful staff, nice room. We will definitely go on Viking again. Their older ships are better than the new long boats because the rooms are a little bigger. The food is excellent and liked open dining. ... Read More
Great value, interesting itinerary, helpful staff, nice room. We will definitely go on Viking again. Their older ships are better than the new long boats because the rooms are a little bigger. The food is excellent and liked open dining. The escorted tours are very good. We booked several optional tours that were also good. I booked through AAA and they were helpful. The only drawback was the Viking Air. It was messed up from the start. If I had not stayed on top of it, the trip would have been totally messed up. I was on hold numerous times while trying to get a flight that didn't stop in 3 places. Once they had us leaving at the same time from a different airport going to two different places. While Viking Air is a definite bargain it is a major pain and if you don't watch it carefully you will be very disappointed!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
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A travel agent friend recommended Uniworld, and also cruised with us. My wife and I just finished a cruise on Sunday the 17th and we had great hospitality and service the entire week from the Captain down it was wonderful. Of all the ... Read More
A travel agent friend recommended Uniworld, and also cruised with us. My wife and I just finished a cruise on Sunday the 17th and we had great hospitality and service the entire week from the Captain down it was wonderful. Of all the people we met one stood out head over heals above the rest. She was a server in the dining room. Her name is Valeria Qose Zrubcova. She is an asset to Uniworld, her attentiveness to detail and the wishes and likes of her customers is beyond any exception. If I owned a business Uniworld would loose a great employee. As for the rest of the staff they were far above what you get on other lines. Their knowledge of the food for the day was spot on. The food was wonderful and fresh bought daily, and well prepared. Roberto was in charge of the dining room and did an outstanding job, and was always aware of what his staff was doing. The entertainment was excellent. The daily piano player and singer were great, and the entertainers who came aboard were also far above what I expected. The shore excursions were made informational by the high level of expertise and professionalism, of the guides in each city we visited. I am not one who comes back from a cruise without some criticism of how I was displeased by some aspect of the trip, but this time I have nothing but high praise for the entire time I was with uniworld, from the airport transfer upon arrival to the time they arranged my transfer back to the airport was handled in a professional manner. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
The cruise was all inclusive and had good reviews. The lack of forced tipping, nickel and diming on things like excursions, and sodas and cocktails was refreshing. I have never seen a more gracious and concerned crew. Everyone was most ... Read More
The cruise was all inclusive and had good reviews. The lack of forced tipping, nickel and diming on things like excursions, and sodas and cocktails was refreshing. I have never seen a more gracious and concerned crew. Everyone was most helpful and congenial. Also every meal was expertly done and the presentation was beautiful. I had heard some not too flattering things about the other major river cruise line and am definitely staying with Uniworld. Two travel agents on the same trip confirmed that Uniworld is the way to go. Our room attendant was exceptional and always called us by name. The wine flowed freely and the bartender remembered our preferred beverage. The inclusive tours were handled by experts that were very well spoken in English and we had plenty of free time but not too much for those of us who do not shop. The entertainment was nice, as we are not into large shows. We are mature adults and did not travel with children, but the ship did offer three levels of activities. They were very organized for embarkation and disembarkation. We did not add days before the cruise nor after, but the additions were available. Our only problem was the fact that we wanted to stay a couple of days in One city and our agents did not know how to make it happen. The cabin was small but they had a wonderful lounge available at all times during the day. The trip was at the beginning of the season so the top side was too chilly but well kept. W will travel and recommend Uniworld. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This cruise along the Danube was filled with lovely experiences with many ports and guided tours. The efficiency of getting to our ship from the airport and to the airport at the end of the trip could not have run any smoother. The cabins ... Read More
This cruise along the Danube was filled with lovely experiences with many ports and guided tours. The efficiency of getting to our ship from the airport and to the airport at the end of the trip could not have run any smoother. The cabins were well appointed and comfy. I especially enjoyed the time spent in Budapest, Vienna and Durnstein. I loved having both a guided tour and time to explore on you own in each port. The programs on the ship were outstanding as well as the food and service. This was our second river cruise with Viking. We also took the Paris to Normandy cruise along the Seine. We love cruising with Viking. I can't wait until we take our first ocean cruise in 2018! We are taking the Mediterrean Odyssey trip. I love the itinerary for that trip and am looking forward to seeing how Viking handles the mechanics of larger numbers of people on bigger ships. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Amazing trip. We booked everything through Viking. No problems. Service was great, food was great, the crew was so personable. The shore excursions were so well organized. The guides were fantastic and so knowledgable. We took ... Read More
Amazing trip. We booked everything through Viking. No problems. Service was great, food was great, the crew was so personable. The shore excursions were so well organized. The guides were fantastic and so knowledgable. We took advantage of the light dining up in the cafe for lunch and a few dinners. The Chef was so accommodating and we felt like it was our private dining room. The dinning room staff was also amazing and remembered all of our drink likes. One of the waiters even brought us our drinks no matter where we were sitting in the dining room. We picked this type of cruise because of the low numbers and the personable service. What is really nice is you could pick the level of activity you want in a shore excursion. We like to hike and get some exercise during our trip. We had no problem reaching our daily steps goal. This was was our second river cruise with Viking and it will not be the last. We plan to take another cruise with Viking in 2018. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My cousins live in Hungary and we traveled there a week in advance to visit with them prior to traveling to Eastern Europe which we never visited before. The Viking representatives arranged the air travel so this could happen. The hotel ... Read More
My cousins live in Hungary and we traveled there a week in advance to visit with them prior to traveling to Eastern Europe which we never visited before. The Viking representatives arranged the air travel so this could happen. The hotel in Budapest was way above expectations! On board, the crew was awesome sharing information about what to expect and making sure we truly enjoyed our time on shore. The local guides were very informative. The food and entertainment was excellent as usual (this was our 4th river cruise with Viking). We truly enjoyed our waitress who knew in advance what we would like to drink before we ever sat down from breakfast to dinner. We have never been disappointed traveling with Viking. Even upon departure we were escorted the the airport where Viking representatives walked us through the aspects of foreign country routines. In fact we have been so impressed with Viking river cruising, their staff, and quality of our experiences that we have already booked our first Viking Ocean cruise for 2017. I can only imagine the splendor of such an ocean going vessel if it has an inkling of what we have experienced with the river cruises. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Beautiful ship and amazing crew. The tours were informative and interesting. The food was superb. I have nothing but good things to say about Viking. In addition, the other passengers were friendly and interesting. The entertainment ... Read More
Beautiful ship and amazing crew. The tours were informative and interesting. The food was superb. I have nothing but good things to say about Viking. In addition, the other passengers were friendly and interesting. The entertainment provided was geared to the region we were cruising so it was not only entertaining but educational. The only suggestion I would make would be to provide tours that were a bit easier for older or disabled travelers. While a tour was billed as. "easy", I'm not sure by what yardstick this was measured. Several travelers had difficulty walking long distances and especially over cobblestones and up inclines. Perhaps a total riding tour could be provided for the travelers who are not physically able to complete one of these tours. I think this would attract more folks to the river cruises. So many people would like to take the cruises if the tours were less trying for them. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We had never done a river cruise before, so my dad and I did some research on the best river cruise companies. Everyone has heard of Viking, but as we dug into the reviews we saw that AmaWaterways had excellent ratings. We knew we wanted ... Read More
We had never done a river cruise before, so my dad and I did some research on the best river cruise companies. Everyone has heard of Viking, but as we dug into the reviews we saw that AmaWaterways had excellent ratings. We knew we wanted to do a Danube tour and the AmaSonata ship sailed at the appropriate time. We flew into Budapest a few days early and spent some time in the city, and we also booked the Munich post-cruise land tour. If I had to sum up my experience in one word, it would be WOW. My expectations were exceeded in every way on this river cruise. I am writing this review from home, but would do anything to rewind the past couple weeks and re-do my trip. Here are some of the details: The Ship: The ship overall was very elegant - nicely decorated, comfortable lounge areas, and a great sun deck with plenty of chairs. The lounge had a coffee/tea machine and a full bar with staff members always available to get you what you need. They also had snacks out in-between meal times and served light lunches there as well. The restaurant was a few decks down, but had plenty of windows to see outside during meal times. Cabin: We were lucky enough to get upgraded to a room with a full sitting balcony (complete we two chairs). The room was small, but comfortable enough for my sister and me. The bathroom is also pretty tight, but considering the space the shower was a good size. The cabin came with a computer (Mac) that had movies (which we didn't watch) and internet access. Dining: * Breakfast - There was a wide variety of food at the buffet, complete with an omelet station that I ate at almost every morning. I'm also obsessed with the muesli in Europe, which was available in abundance each morning. Guests could also order things like eggs benedict and waffles off the menu. Juices, coffee, etc. were all available. * Lunch - Lunch always consisted of a buffet of salads, sandwiches, and a special dish (curry one day, vietnamese soup another, etc.) However, you could also order soups and main courses from a menu which were also delicious. * Dinner - Ama-zing. We had a 4-course dinner every evening, which I'm going to miss now that I'm back home. The soups were to die for; my favorite being the Parmesan soup. A few of the nights we had local-inspired food, such as wienerschnitzel or sausages in Bavaria. Note: Beer and wine are unlimited and included with lunch and dinner. However, if you want a glass of wine to sit on the deck in-between meals, you will be charged. Service: Since my sister and I were some of the youngest on the ship (river cruises have a tendency to attract a 50+ crowd...or so I'm told), we really connected with the staff. From day one, they made us feel like we were at home. Everyone from the bartenders to our housekeeping crew were so cheerful and hard-working, it gave me a new perspective on working at a job, because they work all the time, but still manage to have a sense of humor and connect with their guests. Special shout-out to Cornel, Millos, Alex, Marius, Yanos, and Evo. Ports and Shore Excursions Most of the port stops and excursions were really great. We had the occasional dud when it came to tour guides (only 1 or 2), but everything else was great. The guided tours were informative, and they always gave us enough time to explore a place on our own. We didn't do a lot of the extra (as in additional money) excursions, so I can't speak to those, but the included tours were good. Each day there were usually 2-3 options for tours and they had a gentle walking group, which was nice for my parents who sometimes wanted to take it easy. Traveling w/Children We traveled with four adults - my parents in their 60s and my sis/me who are 33 and 40. This cruise would NOT be good for children, in my opinion. As I mentioned above, most of the guests were 50+ and the tours/excursions are much more focused on history and things like wine-tasting. Although, Disney has partnered with AmaWaterways and I'm sure they'll create a much more kid-friendly option. I would hands down, 100%, go on a river cruise with AmaWaterways again, especially on the AmaSonata. I would go again next week if I could get the time off from work.:) Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
The cabin was extremely comfortable, well appointed and designed for space utilization. The ship was beautifully decorated and designed. The dining areas, deck, bar and other common areas were welcoming, comfortable and deigned to ... Read More
The cabin was extremely comfortable, well appointed and designed for space utilization. The ship was beautifully decorated and designed. The dining areas, deck, bar and other common areas were welcoming, comfortable and deigned to encourage meeting new friends. The food was amazing, great choices for each meal and way beyond our expectations--the chef and the entire staff worked hard to ensure an enjoyable, relaxing dining experience. The staff were all very professional and anticipated your every need--from the wonderful cabin attendant to the captain. The included shore excursions were led by local guides who did an excellent job of giving you an overview of the city, local history and culture. Time was sufficient for exploring each port on your own as well. The entertainment on board was educational as well as fun. Overall our trip could not have been better--we met some wonderful new friends and considered the staff as new friends as well. All our future cruising will be with Viking. Thank you for a wonderful memory. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
The total brochure price was a great value for all that it included. We were celebrating two significant birthdays and a wedding anniversary and when we told our cousins about our plans, they decided to join us. Viking staff conveniently ... Read More
The total brochure price was a great value for all that it included. We were celebrating two significant birthdays and a wedding anniversary and when we told our cousins about our plans, they decided to join us. Viking staff conveniently linked the reservations together. The four of us had a great time. Transportation arrangements worked without a hitch. Viking reps met us upon arrival. Our luggage was brought to our beautiful room. Meals were great. Staff was wonderful. Included tours and guides were excellent, especially with the provided listening devices and always available water. Morning tours in each new arrival city gave us enough information to plan our self directed afternoon activities after a great onboard lunch. Meals always included dishes and wines representative of the city or country we were visiting. All were equally delicious and beautifully presented. The four of us often sampled what one another had ordered. Each day was an adventure with just the right amount of planning and direction, culminating with a visit to a nice restaurant. The four of us have already booked another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We never have been to that part of the world and wanted experience a much smaller ship so a Viking river cruise with excursions included sounded good to us. (I loved the Viking advertisements that I saw at the movie theaters.) We ... Read More
We never have been to that part of the world and wanted experience a much smaller ship so a Viking river cruise with excursions included sounded good to us. (I loved the Viking advertisements that I saw at the movie theaters.) We travelled with our close friends, another married couple, which enhanced our comfort with the tours and the new experiences we were having. We enjoyed the Viking Gefjon ship far more than the 2000+ large ship cruise we took two years prior to Istanbul and the Greek Isles. My husband doesn't care for large crowds and prefers a much smaller ship. The Viking Gefjon cabin, the dining, the service, the tours, the cultural information and the views were outstanding. From day one on the ship we thoroughly enjoyed everything about our trip. Viking service made our trip effortless. We liked Viking so much that we will be leaving on another Viking river cruise in March 2017 to the Elbe (cruise 5 days) and 11 days on land will include Berlin, Prague, Krakow & Warsaw. At the ripe age of 71 and 75, we are feeling spoiled and pampered by the luxury Viking provides even though on all our prior travels through the years, we were more the tent and backpack type of travelers! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Great trip as expected. This was our 3rd trip with Viking so we knew to expect the best. The two hotels we stayed at were first class, however we had an unfortunate incident with the bellboy at Bucharest. However we didn't let that ... Read More
Great trip as expected. This was our 3rd trip with Viking so we knew to expect the best. The two hotels we stayed at were first class, however we had an unfortunate incident with the bellboy at Bucharest. However we didn't let that color our affinity for the trip. Budapest was a great place to embark. We enjoyed our stay and the tours at all the ports but were most enamoured with Budapest. The fact that the hotel was on the grounds of the Fisherman's Bastion. didn't hurt. The dining was most excellent .Service ,as always,was impeccable. The ship was well kept and cabin service was excellent. The shore excursions ,as usual , were well thought out and professionally handled.Very informative and very knowledgable about their subject. If you are a photographer expect to take a lot of photos. we had a wonderful trip.I would reccommend this trip to anyone Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Never was in Eastern Europe, wanted to see the progression of the countries from after WWII and communism takeover and finally their independence. Traveled with a friend. My biggest fear was motion sickness, can't even sit on a ... Read More
Never was in Eastern Europe, wanted to see the progression of the countries from after WWII and communism takeover and finally their independence. Traveled with a friend. My biggest fear was motion sickness, can't even sit on a rocking chair without those results. BUT, the river cruise was absolutely wonderful. We started in Budapest and finished in Bucharest. In Budapest in the hotel was somewhat a little confusion could have been a little more informative of what to see on our own before we would had our excursions. The ship was excellent loved the size of passengers, the cabin A-ok always clean, dinning absolutely tops and service was outstanding!! The entertainment was fine and when the local people came on board to show the local music and dances was very good! Enjoyed every performance. The excursions in the city and countryside very, very informative. We liked our trip very well and that includes the Air reservations. We truly enjoyed our trip, we booked our next trip for New Year's to the Mediterranean. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
The ship was lovely. At one port we had to walk through two other ships that were not Viking ships, we noticed that our ship was much nicer than either of the others. The cabin was spacious enough, and was better laid out than any other ... Read More
The ship was lovely. At one port we had to walk through two other ships that were not Viking ships, we noticed that our ship was much nicer than either of the others. The cabin was spacious enough, and was better laid out than any other cruise ship we have been on. The dining was excellent, the portions were just right; we were not "overfed" which was a plus. The entertainment was delightful with much of it being local performers. The entire staff and crew were friendly, helpful, and courteous. The included shore excursions were excellent. We spent two days in Budapest before we embarked, so we should have skipped the Budapest tour. The embarkation and debarkation process were made easy and seamless. We have already scheduled another Viking Cruise for September 2017. Everything was very good - friendliness and helpfulness of the staff, quality of the excursions, cleanliness of the ship, and quality of the food. It could not have been better. We especially enjoyed being given water in our room and as we exited for an excursion. Perfect vacation. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We wanted to visit the countries along the Danube and the river cruise gave us the best way to see multiple cities. We were met at the airport and driven to the ship. Embarkation went quickly and smoothly. The Viking Freya had just ... Read More
We wanted to visit the countries along the Danube and the river cruise gave us the best way to see multiple cities. We were met at the airport and driven to the ship. Embarkation went quickly and smoothly. The Viking Freya had just been refurbished and everything looked wonderful. Our cabin (with French balcony) was comfortable for the 2 of us. The food served aboard was plentiful and well-prepared. The chef used local foods and specialties in designing the menus. Outside of set meal times, there were pastries near the coffee station in the mid-morning and cookies in the mid-afternoon. Onboard we had informative brief talks each evening preparing us for the next day's stop. Additionally locals came aboard to perform regional dances and songs. Each port had an included tour with optional tours that could be purchased to replace or supplement the included tour. The tours were well-run. Each cabin has audio receivers and earphones in a charging unit so you use the same set for the entire trip. There were large umbrellas available to borrow for when it rained. All the staff were extremely polite, helpful and cheerful. Service was excellent. I am looking forward to taking another river cruise with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Based on TV ads chose this cruise because of price and the places it visited on the Danube. The experience was beyond our expectations. The only negative was the 4+ hour layover in Heathrow on the way to Budapest. The ship was spacious ... Read More
Based on TV ads chose this cruise because of price and the places it visited on the Danube. The experience was beyond our expectations. The only negative was the 4+ hour layover in Heathrow on the way to Budapest. The ship was spacious and clean. The Program Director was excellent as were the rest of the staff and crew. They could not have been more delightful. Food service was delicious with local cuisine throughout the trip. Our cabin was not large but was adequate for our needs. We spent most of our time seeing the sights with excellent local guides. The was "local" entertainment in the lounge each evening after dinner and we enjoyed it thoroughly. We firmly believe that we got our money's worth and then some. We were so pleased that the morning after we arrived home we booked next year's cruise on the Rhine from Amsterdam to Switzerland. We traveled in April and will do so again next year to avoid the crowds. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Viking Freya was a beautiful ship with pleasant and spotlessly clean amenities. The cabin fulfilled our needs for beds, storage space, closet space, bath space and was cheerful with a large plant on the make-up counter. Added plus, was ... Read More
Viking Freya was a beautiful ship with pleasant and spotlessly clean amenities. The cabin fulfilled our needs for beds, storage space, closet space, bath space and was cheerful with a large plant on the make-up counter. Added plus, was the safe and perfect TV viewing. Our Room Steward, Todor, was exceptional with finely tuned, detailed attention to organizing our personal effects and immaculate attention to the cleanliness and orderliness of our room. Loved breakfast. Lunch with the dining room option or the Acquavit Terrace was delightful and scrumptious. Since my sister and I have food requirements, we cannot eat red meat because my sister has two stents in her main heart aorta. I don't eat red meat because of calorie and cholesterol content. I did have several dinners with delicious fish menus and lots of ice cream which made me happy. The evening entertainment of "A Slovakian Evening", was delightful. I particularly liked the opera singing of "Sound of Europe: Salzburg" and the accompanying dancing. We enjoyed "Liars Club" where we watched "Zeljko Bilanovic, Matre d'" perform a hilarious pantomine of the horse riding technique for the "Titup" skit. All services provided by the wait staff in dining rooms, concierge staff in Reception and cleaning staff was exceptional. We enjoyed all of the shore excursions that we took and were very pleased with the local guides provided by Viking Freya in Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Durnstein, Melk, and Passau. We toured Linz on our own without a guide. My sister and I would definitely consider another Viking cruise in Europe. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Sailed from Budapest to Passau, then continued with Viking's four-day trip extension to Prague. We chose this route because it was requested by friends who accompanied us; my wife and I had actually sailed the Budapest-to-Nuremburg ... Read More
Sailed from Budapest to Passau, then continued with Viking's four-day trip extension to Prague. We chose this route because it was requested by friends who accompanied us; my wife and I had actually sailed the Budapest-to-Nuremburg "Christmas markets" route in December 2012. It was nice all the same to revisit the cities and towns along the route and do different things from our previous visit. And it was warmer ;-) As usual, everything about the ship and its crew were excellent, as we experienced during the three previous trips on Viking River Cruises. The crew members we met were friendly, polite, courteous and helpful. The food was a perfect balance of healthful and naughty treats, and the entrees were not large--which we actually appreciated so we could return home and not break the bathroom scale ;-) Our room, on the 100 level, was perfectly comfortable and sufficiently roomy. Everything in the room worked fine. The "included" tours were helpful as usual, although the guide for Passau spent too much time talking about the churches, and the "choo-choo traIn" in Linz--when it rained in the morning--fogged up and prevented us from seeing anything. You can't help the weather, but maybe that train isn't such a good idea when the weather is cold and rainy. I was unable to go on the guided tour in Prague because I wasn't feeling well, but my wife went and said it was excellent. And OMG, we loved the city of Prague and our stay in the wonderful Palace Hotel. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
The food was amazing. The shore excursions were phenomenal. Some staff were at times a bit rude but overall very pleasant and helpful. We enjoyed having the boat only half full because there was so much room and flexibility in the dining ... Read More
The food was amazing. The shore excursions were phenomenal. Some staff were at times a bit rude but overall very pleasant and helpful. We enjoyed having the boat only half full because there was so much room and flexibility in the dining room. There was always room on the bus it was never over crowded with people. The front desk staff were at times not overly friendly or helpful but I think that was only a couple people, others were very friendly. The dining staff were great and always delicious food and great service. The shore excursions that were included were very insightful and very well. Designed. Pretty awesome that they were included they didn't seem cheaper on. The entertainment was good in the evening. Wish dinner could be a bit later when at port for a late night. Overal we loved every minute of it. It was beautiful sights and people we met. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We loved our Viking cruise. We have cruised with a number of cruise lines on both ocean liners and small ships but this was our best experience so far. We loved the casual attitude and the friendliness of the staff and fellow passengers. ... Read More
We loved our Viking cruise. We have cruised with a number of cruise lines on both ocean liners and small ships but this was our best experience so far. We loved the casual attitude and the friendliness of the staff and fellow passengers. We sailed from Budapest to Passau on the Danube. We took the optional pre-cruise extension in Budapest. We were met at the Budapest airport and the two of us were given a taxi ride to our hotel with a driver who pointed out the sights along the way. The hotel had perfect location in the Castle District. Our room had a "picture-postcard" view of the Fisherman's Bastion, the Danube and the city. It was a very convenient location for sightseeing on our own. The Viking concierge in the hotel lobby was helpful. The hotel restaurant was good. We were impressed by the fact that foods were labeled with any common allergens they contained. This was a big help since my daughter has food allergies. On sailing day we were transported from the hotel to our longboat. Embarkation and disembarkation was easy since there were fewer than 200 passengers. We enjoyed our fellow passengers. They all seemed to be experienced travelers who were on the cruise to absorb as much of the local culture as possible. It was interesting to talk with them about other excursions that they took if there different from ours and about other cruises they had taken. Entertainment was limited to music in the lounge in the evenings but every day before dinner there was an interesting presentation on where we were going the next day. Service was excellent. The staff quickly learned our preferences. We were especially impressed with the maitre d' and chef who met daily with my daughter to determine what foods would be safe for her to eat. If there was nothing suitable on the menu something was prepared especially for her. The food was good but not gourmet. Because of the small number of passengers the menu selections were limited but if anyone did not what was offered he could always order some items like steak that were always available. The inclusion of unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks with meals was cost-saving. Almost all of the shore excursions were also included in the price of the cruise which also saved us a lot of money. Because there were so few of us getting on and off the boat it was fast and easy. The tour guides were very knowledgeable. The ship docked in the downtown area of the cities and towns so it was easy to go sightseeing or shopping on our own when we had free time. I would highly recommend this cruise for people who want to learn about the places they are visiting. It is not for anyone who cruises for amenities on board such as the casinos, the pool, spa services, gourmet food, or Broadway-type entertainment since there are none. I think the cruise would not be suitable for small children but mature teenagers would probably enjoy it. We look forward to taking another Viking river cruise soon! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was our first cruise of any kind and it was a wonderful experience! The riverboat was a nice way to travel and did not make me feel as though I was on water. The cities chosen for the tour were beautiful places, some that I had never ... Read More
This was our first cruise of any kind and it was a wonderful experience! The riverboat was a nice way to travel and did not make me feel as though I was on water. The cities chosen for the tour were beautiful places, some that I had never heard of before, that I am so glad to have seen. The staff on our Viking cruise was superb and exceeded our expectations. They were all so very helpful and polite. The food was excellent. The room was clean, efficient and met all of our needs and had a very comfortable bed. The tours that were set up had local guides which spoke English and were so informative and interesting. I also appreciated the comfortable motor coaches used to and from the riverboat and also on our tours. Viking was first-class in every way and clearly they go out of their way to make sure each guests has a wonderful experience. I look forward to cruising with them again! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016

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