14 Budapest to Europe - River Cruise Viking River Viking Idun Cruise Reviews

Had never been to Eastern Europe. So much information on the after effects of WW11 And the break up of Checoslovakia. My only disappointment was that there were not enough hand sanitizers on the boat and someone came on with a ... Read More
Had never been to Eastern Europe. So much information on the after effects of WW11 And the break up of Checoslovakia. My only disappointment was that there were not enough hand sanitizers on the boat and someone came on with a cold and by the third day, many people were coughing and sneezing. I caught a cold and was miserable for three days and missed a whole day of touring in Belgrade. We were all using our own hand sanitizers, but there should have been more stationed at the top of every staircase because of people using the handrails. Otherwise, the tours, food and ship were wonderful. The French balcony cabin was way too small for two people. 135 sq ft. Could not both be in there at the same time, unless you were sleeping. I would recommend this cruise, but get a larger cabin, which of course, is going to cost more money. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My wife and I had been on many cruises, but never on a River Cruise and had never been to Europe. We're limited to vacation times during the year due to her teaching schedule and Xmas week has been customarily our time to to go to ... Read More
My wife and I had been on many cruises, but never on a River Cruise and had never been to Europe. We're limited to vacation times during the year due to her teaching schedule and Xmas week has been customarily our time to to go to Florida, the western part of the U.S., and to the Caribbean and Mexico.. So to go to Europe during the winter, was not what I was expecting when my wife booked our cruise a year and a half in advance. The price looked great 2 for 1, as well as the airfare, which during Xmas and New Years usually seems to skyrocket. After returning last weekend, I must say that what you see and read in Viking's Brochures is exactly what we received and more. On a rating of 1-10, we would rate it a 15 !!! The ship, the staff and crew, the menu's, the tour guides and excursions were phenominal. We traveled to Hungary, Austria and Germany, with stops in Budapest, Vienna, Melk, Passau, Regensburg and Nuremberg. The cathedrals, the towns, the shops and atmosphere during the trip was exceptional. We lucked out weather wise, since the 1st 6 days were the warmest on record with only the last 2 days with colder temps with snow. On Xmas morning we were fortunate that the ship's Captain was able to dock ahead of schedule in Passau, and passengers who wished were invited to attend an early morning Mass in St. Stephan's Cathedral which has been ranked as having the largest cathedral pipe organ in the world. The Music, the Choir as well as the service in German and Latin with the exquisite beauty of ceiling and walls with art fresco's was incomparable. We toured the Abbey at Melk which had unbelievable grandeur overlooking the Danube River high up on a hill, as well as the Schonbruun Palace in Vienna, and the Hall of Justice in Nuremberg Germany and the Courtroom where the Nuremberg Trials of World War II her held. Budpaest was also beautiful, docked near the Chain Bridge. The ship's staff and program director warranted a 5 star rating. I have a dairy food allergy, and the Executive Chef and Maitre'D made it a point to make sure my requirements were accommodated. The food and dining room service was exceptional and our stateroom although not large, was well maintained and met our needs. We took tons of photopgraphs and short videos which we have as a remembrance, and would be glad to share them with anyone. All in all traveling on the Viking Idun was an exceptional experience and we look forward to more sailings on their ships.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2014
Just back from the "Romantic Danube" Viking river cruise on the Viking Idun in Early September 2014. We left from Budapest and cruised up to Nuremburg, and added the extension in Prague. Viking gets my highest rating. Here's ... Read More
Just back from the "Romantic Danube" Viking river cruise on the Viking Idun in Early September 2014. We left from Budapest and cruised up to Nuremburg, and added the extension in Prague. Viking gets my highest rating. Here's a few thoughts. The Program Director Barry and the chef Ronald are both out of central casting. Ronald was frequently invited over to our table so we could complement him and beg him for recipes. The menus were flexible, and locally themed. The soups were wonderful. As for Barry, the best test of a PD is how do they handle unexpected problems. One day of our tour, the ship was late getting to a port of call (Regensburg) because of river traffic (there are many locks so the ship actually travels at a low average speed). So at 2 in the morning, Barry called a bus company to pick us up at an earlier port at 8 am, bus us to the city (cars are faster than the ship) so we can have time to do our tour of the city while the ship caught up with us. In Nuremburg, the ship arrived early, so Barry had busses ready for us to take us on an extra morning visit, where we beat the crowds and had some quality time in the city. We just felt like we were in good hands the whole time. The service was extremely friendly and high quality the entire way, on the ship, and off as well, including our many transfers around the cities and to and from the airport. The tour guides were very knowledgeable, and the portable listening devices came in handy. The cabins are small, but the public rooms, especially the bar/lounge, was never crowded (except for Barry's evening 15 minute roundup of the next day's agenda). The roof top was nice, but rarely open due to low bridges. No gym or spa. Food was more than enough, including an open seating buffett breakfast (show up anytime between 7 and 9:30) with an omlettte station. Lunch and dinner had timed seatings for the more formal restaurant, while there was an informal buffett option upstairs by the front deck. The house wine and beer offered at lunch and dinner was actually pretty good. They didn't drop the quality to force you into the premium liquor package, which is very expensive. Nice touch Viking. The coffee machines had snacks next to them all day long, which is wonderful for your diet. Dress code was casual. Only about 20% of the men wore a blazer during the most formal evening of the "captains dinner", though the women noticeably dressed a bit nicer every evening than during the day. Daytime dress was very casual. This trip was certainly a taste of Europe with frequent, short stops in the ports of call. Vienna deserves more than 8 hours. Do the optional classical concert excursion. For visitors from the US, add on Prague, and do the reverse of what we did. Do Prague first for a few days (ladies, do not wear heels in Prague, cobblestones everywhere), get un-jet lagged, and then bus to Nuremburg (via Viking) and go to Vienna and Budapest last. Don't worry about the view from the Nuremburg port (shipping containers), the views will get very charming in no time. The docks themselves are very undramatic (just basically a gangplank), and frequently we were docked side-by-side with other ships, which makes for an interesting morning view from your room. Unlike my Alaskan cruise, there was no risk of motion sickness on this trip. The ship was very stable and we had to look out the window to see if we were moving. We bought our flights through Viking, which put us on non-direct flights, despite other airlines offering direct flights. Still, we liked the guarantees from Viking of making our connections, especially when Lufthansa's pilots went on strike on our departure day. Just a great trip and would recommend it to anybody. We went with another couple, which was a good idea and lots of fun. Even though we were by far the youngest passengers on the ship (I'm 53), we had a blast and felt like we were in good care from Viking. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We started with a two-day pre-cruise package in Nuremberg. It really set the stage for the whole trip because Nuremberg was central in the history of the Holy Roman Empire. Our tour guide on for the pre-cruise package was a history major ... Read More
We started with a two-day pre-cruise package in Nuremberg. It really set the stage for the whole trip because Nuremberg was central in the history of the Holy Roman Empire. Our tour guide on for the pre-cruise package was a history major specializing in Medieval Nuremberg and she really put the everything in context. The crew of the Idun did everything they could to make our trip special. They were always friendly and warm. The ship was awesome and the tours were great. We thought most of our tour guides were top notch. Having the personal radios for the whole week to listen and synchronize with the tour guides was awesome. We did all the optional tours except the horse related. They were worth it to us. We thought the food was great. We are not big drinkers so having the wine at lunch and dinner was plenty for us. I did drink a lot of coffee from the break area. The people we met were awesome. We had so much fun with two other couples we all agreed to do a viking cruise together in 2015. We are booked for the Rhine Getaway cruise with one of the couples because the other couple had some medical problems. Can't wait! This was our first cruise ever. We ended up going for a river cruise because the intimacy, age group, and river scenery appealed to us. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
I am an early 60's woman who traveled with two sisters on Romantic Danube cruise. This was our first time on a river cruise though we have all cruised on ocean cruises. One sister traveled on her own to Prague, Czech Republic prior to ... Read More
I am an early 60's woman who traveled with two sisters on Romantic Danube cruise. This was our first time on a river cruise though we have all cruised on ocean cruises. One sister traveled on her own to Prague, Czech Republic prior to our cruise. We all met up in Budapest on Friday night. We spent Saturday exploring Budapest which is a lovely city. We stayed at Le Meridien hotel. We did not purchase a transfer to the ship from Viking, but the Viking reps in the lobby arranged for our luggage to be transferred to the ship from the hotel which allowed us to spend Sunday morning exploring Budapest before boarding. With the luggage taken care of we purchased tickets from the Viking reps on the Big Bus (a HOHO type bus). We traveled half way around before we got to the ship. We hopped off, registered on the ship, had a quick lunch, then two of us hopped back on a bus and finished the tour prior to the evening briefing and dinner. The Idun is a fairly new one of the longships. The crew was very friendly and efficient. Barry Sommers the program director was efficient, funny, interesting and a nice guy. Concierge Annette was also very sweet and helpful in arranging taxi to airport and recommending a hat shop in Passau. The tour of Budapest focused on Heroes Square and the Castle district and we had a very good local guide. The Vienna tour just didn't seem to do the city justice and our guide was so-so. Our first optional tour of Schonbrunn Palace was well worth the extra fee as we saw many rooms and had a great guide, though it would have been nice to have 30 more minutes to explore the grounds. We did not do the optional concert that night. The next morning's cruise through the Wachau Valley was beautiful. Melk Abbey tour showed how they have created displays that demonstrate the values of the Benedictine monks at the Abbey. Passau had a fast paced tour with some inclines that challenged the slower members and an amazing pipe organ concert; it has a nice shopping area. Regensburg was very interesting with a lot of medieval buildings. The optional tour to Weltenburg Abbey included a beer tasting, boat ride through the Danube Narrows and tour of the Abbey; the guide for the Abbey was outstanding. The included Nuremburg tour touched on the Nazi era, but focused more on historical Nuremburg; too much time left for shopping in the central square. River cruises keep you very busy! Tour in the morning, lunch on the ship, optional tours in the afternoon, evening briefing for the next day, cocktail hour, dinner and evening lecture or games. Of course, you don't have to do all that,   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
This was our first river cruise, and we had heard good things about Viking so our expectations were high. Viking exceeded our expectations across the board. The Idun was immaculate, and we always wondered how our room (a Veranda) could be ... Read More
This was our first river cruise, and we had heard good things about Viking so our expectations were high. Viking exceeded our expectations across the board. The Idun was immaculate, and we always wondered how our room (a Veranda) could be cleaned, or the bed turned down, when we left the room for a few minutes. The crew was remarkable, from the room cleaners to the deck hands to the wait staff, bartenders, everyone seemed sincerely joyous and tried to insure that we we pleased. As vegetarians, we were concerned about the food, but we need not have been. The meals were wonderful, the house wines surprisingly good (we were glad we did not take the upgraded package), and the deserts (which we largely avoided so we didn't have to face them on the scale at home on our return) were reputed to be excellent. Each morning at breakfast (usually just after our cappuccino's arrived - we asked form them on Day 1 and our amazing wait staff insured we never need ask again) the Maitre'd (Ivelin, who should someday be a hotel chief for Viking, he is that good) would arrive at our table, review the daily offerings including the vegetarian options and ask if we wanted the chef to make something else. We never did feel the need since the standard offerings were excellent. The cruise director, Barry, was prototypical save the fact that he genuinely cared about people and his ship, and was a joy to be around. I could go on but suffice it to say that having been back less than a month from our "once in a lifetime cruise," we have booked another Viking cruise (make that "first in a lifetime"). And our post cruise stay in Prague was equally well handled by Viking from the transfers to the staff always available at the hotel. And the shore excursions featured local guides who were truly passionate about their locations, well versed in history and lore, and more than fluent in English. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
We were on board the Idun for 7 days. We travelled from Budapest to Nuremburg with an extra 3 day extension in Prague. Everything was so well organized. Right from the moment we stepped off the plane to our departure from Prague. There was ... Read More
We were on board the Idun for 7 days. We travelled from Budapest to Nuremburg with an extra 3 day extension in Prague. Everything was so well organized. Right from the moment we stepped off the plane to our departure from Prague. There was always a representative to help you, answer questions and point you in the right direction. The ship itself was well set up. Our room was on the 3rd floor and we had a little living room and balcony. When we first walked in we were a little worried about where we would put everything, but soon found that there was plenty of space. The beds were very comfortable and everything was clean. Our meals were excellent and plentiful. We had the choice to eat in the dining room or on deck. On deck were some different options and allowed you to eat in the fresh air. The ship was very quiet so if you wanted to sleep early or take a nap that was not a worry. The excursions were run quite efficiently. You knew exactly when and where you were going and they always left right on time. Many tours were included in your package. Optional tours were available if you desired and these cost extra. Local tour guides would meet us as soon as we disembarked and they were just excellent. You didn't have to go on these tours, but I'm not sure why you wouldn't. There was always free time to explore afterwards. Plenty of information was provided on the ship by way of short, informal meeting before dinner or a newsletter that was left on your bed every night. The entertainment on board was alright, although I wouldn't say fantastic. There was a piano player that played quite regularly and he was 'okay', but not fantastic. A little more charisma would've been nice. However, the night life was quiet as so much activity occurred during the day that people tended to go to bed pretty early. The staff were wonderful and very helpful. The ages on the ship varied and you had a few 40 year olds as well as people in their 50s, 60s and older. The walks are not too long,and not too strenuous. Viking is very aware of people that have mobility issues and even offer more leisurely walks if needed in several ports. They tell you that you will need really comfortable walking shoes since you do so much walking. I didn't find that necessary as it wasn't overly strenuous. However, if you do the Prague extension (or any extension) then you do a lot of walking and good comfortable shoes will be a must. Overall I was very happy with Viking Cruise Lines and would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
My husband and I did the Danube "Christmas Markets" cruise starting December 21 in Budapest ending in Nuremberg Dec. 28. This is our second cruise with Viking. (Our first was last October with their China Yangteze cruise of about ... Read More
My husband and I did the Danube "Christmas Markets" cruise starting December 21 in Budapest ending in Nuremberg Dec. 28. This is our second cruise with Viking. (Our first was last October with their China Yangteze cruise of about 15 days. Loved it!) The Viking Idun is only a year old and has capacity of 190 guests. There were 180 on this trip, which is a good turnout given it is over Christmas. The room was very satisfactory. We had a Stateroom on Level 3. The food was great and the menu changed daily. The excursions at the port cities were well done by local guides. We had been to some of the cities on the itinerary before, but found Regensburg and Nuremberg to be especially great. Cobblestone streets galore. The pace was very relaxing. Most of the guests were active older people in their late 40's to a few in 80's! The meals are open seating and due to the number, just one seating! Never a problem getting a table with interesting people. I talked to many guests of all ages and they agreed this was a terrific trip and will recommend it to others. This is a small boat so if you want a swim pool, spa, exercise machines, etc. find another cruise line. Our checked luggage never showed up until we returned home, but our concierge, Daniel, was trying his darned to find them and get them to us as we moved upstream to Nuremberg. The ship did laundry for us free as all we had was what we wore on the plane and a change of shirt and underwear in our carry on. Please note that the Christmas markets open at Advent and close early on the 24th. They don't take down the city lights until later however, so you can see the wonderful decorations even if the stores are closed. We will be looking at another trip with Viking in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
Great ports of call, however, not enough planned excursions or time in ports. The ship has to go thru 25 locks, so there is a lot of time sailing and just looking at the sights from the deck. The food was good, not great and the wine was ... Read More
Great ports of call, however, not enough planned excursions or time in ports. The ship has to go thru 25 locks, so there is a lot of time sailing and just looking at the sights from the deck. The food was good, not great and the wine was poor, with no choice only white or red. There were only two nights of entertainment, first and last (the best) and so there was a lot of down time in the ship before and after dinner. A few lectures helped. The room was ok, not very sound proof, flat pillows, and the air conditioning and plumbing were not working for a few hours at different times. The planned excursions were ok but too short, the concert in Vienna was the highlight of the optional excursions. Staff and service was good. All in all, you have to stay in hotels and eat at different restaurants to experience the real Europe! Could have spent a few nights in Budapest. Stayed at a Sofitel Hotel near the Chain Bridge the night before boarding and that was the best, as we were rested for the trip and got to see more of Budapest. Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
Was assured in writing by Viking prior to the cruise that the Idun did not have water problems. I know that at least 2 rooms on the main deck had major flooding (one had soaked carpets on arrival) and many rooms with showers that backed ... Read More
Was assured in writing by Viking prior to the cruise that the Idun did not have water problems. I know that at least 2 rooms on the main deck had major flooding (one had soaked carpets on arrival) and many rooms with showers that backed up. 2 balconies were unusable due to standing water. Also was told by 2 different parties that the carpet outside the lounge was soaked at night (they went to the coffee bar in their stockings). I saw many signs of prior wet carpets, including major damage to the bar area. Be aware that the included excursions are mostly bus city tours where you drive by the "sights.". I asked Viking customer service about the Budapest tour prior to going because we were spending extra days there and wanted to visit (tour inside) some particular places on their included tour in that city. I was informed that we would explore and have plenty of time in those places, when in fact we just stayed on the bus and drove by. We were not able to visit these sights at all because they were sold out by the time we realized we would not be going there. Viking's priority in the included excursions is to get you back to the ship in time for lunch (this was explained to me). It is not the fault of the local guides who are on the bus with you, as all groups go to the same itinerary. Since Viking is paying for the buses, the guides and the audio boxes, I don't understand why they cannot have some worthwhile content in their included tours. The 2 optional excursions were great. I would not have booked with Viking if I had realized that we would not be visiting inside most of the sights that they list in their itinerary. Worst yet was that the ship had a broken propeller from the prior cruise and had to go into dry dock, which meant that we were bussed to Passau and Regensburg during the day. This was actually received by the passengers with little complaint. What was terrible was that the excursion staff, including the Cruise Director, left us all on the side of the dock without any of them being in the area to give us news when the ship did not arrive on schedule in Regensburg to pick us up. We wondered, "are we in the right place? Where is the excursion staff? How long are we going to be here, with little seating?". There were passengers who needed to have a place to sit; we all tried to sit on the grass or steps, or planter boxes. One person sat in dog poop on the grass, another stepped in it! It would have been so much more thoughtful and caring for them to let us wait at the sausage place, with picnic bench seating, than to have abandoned us. At dinner the Cruise Director gave us a chastising and snarky talk in which she said the Captain had nautical issues. I never heard any complaining about the Captain; the passengers had issues with the way this situation was handled by the CD. This is but one instance where the crew showed a very uncaring and unfriendly attitude. The food was very good, the service by the dining staff and room steward was good. The ports on the Grand European Tour were good. The ship obviously has some problems. The dining room has had some sound absorbing material added to the ceiling recently, but it is still loud and they need to do more. I cannot recommend Viking as a company because of their terrible customer service. They gave me inaccurate answers to my specific questions. If I had the correct information, I would have been prepared to lead our group of 4 on our own tours. They already had our money, paid in April before the bad Cruise Critic reviews, and we could not have backed out of the trip. We are people who love to cruise and see the world. We felt like we were just being bussed everywhere and given superficial tours and hardly any cultural or culinary experiences of the areas.Viking is more expensive than the ocean cruises we have taken, but because of the included tours, we thought it would be a reasonable value. Sad to say, this is not so. Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
Accommodation: Cabin was well equipped but there was little space to move around. Restaurant: was very cramped for space and poor acoustics made conversation almost impossible.There was barely sufficient space for 188 passengers.There ... Read More
Accommodation: Cabin was well equipped but there was little space to move around. Restaurant: was very cramped for space and poor acoustics made conversation almost impossible.There was barely sufficient space for 188 passengers.There was a mad rush to to the restaurant after breifings for next day, to get seat at a table with someone you knew, with a server who was good, big scramble for about six tables, people missed breifings to hold seats most nights. Food: Dinner Portions were small,(no mean), seconds were offered sometimes, but often the quality of the first portion was poor, lacked taste and/or was badly cooked and therefore declined. Lunch was often a buffet, adequate but when served on forward deck a scramble for both food ,cutlery, seating & tables especialy when Sun deck closes (5 Days Did you not Know!!)restarant was civilised at lunch times , no the food was no better. Breakfast seating was easier to find, food quality harder. one young chef tried valiantly to service the queue for fresh cooked breakfast, poor lad. There was a VERY noticable recycling of left over food. Service: With few exceptions restaurant service was rushed , offhand and gave you the feeling the staff wanted you out of the way, there was no conversation with waiting staff. One one occasion whilst eating my starter ,with glass of beer, side plate of bread, I was HANDED my main dish, He had nowhere to place it down ,neither did I !!!! Housemaid Quiet But Very Efficient!room was Spotlessly clean This overall was very very poor value for money. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
Overall Opinion: Considering all the points below, we will stay away from Viking and use other means to see Europe. For the prices they charge for their cruises, you can travel in first class on Canard's or other luxury cruise ... Read More
Overall Opinion: Considering all the points below, we will stay away from Viking and use other means to see Europe. For the prices they charge for their cruises, you can travel in first class on Canard's or other luxury cruise lines for the same or lower costs. Value ($) The cost of our 15 day river cruise was just under $17k. This is equal or more per day to the top tier luxury cruise lines. You can use other options to see major Cities and still enjoy the river cruise experience. Security: Basically there are no security procedures on the Viking boats. Anyone can board and walk thru the boats. In our stateroom, our door was opened during the night by unknown person(s). When we woke up the next morning the stateroom door was open. When we brought this to the attention of the Front Desk the staff advised us that it was our fault. After asking for the Captain, we were greeted by the Hotel Manager, Gerald Hauswirth. Gerald accompanied us to our stateroom to check the door lock system. After several attempts that confirmed the defect, he apologized for the behavior of his staff. He was able to reset the door lock. The key to remember there are no means of locking your stateroom door if someone has a key card or the lock system fails. Accommodations: We selected the AA Veranda Suite ( 324 ). The room was very nice for a river boat. However in the hallway the Viking boat has electrical panels in-between the Suites on the starboard side. During the day and night, we would hear a loud buzzer sound in the stateroom. Three or four times each night we work up to the buzzing noise. The response from the Viking staff was "that is one of the issues on the long boats! Dinning: On the Viking, there are no seat assignments. Thus the quality of the service was a function of the waiter. It went from excellent to very poor. The concept of enjoying your meal and talking to your fellow guests . The waiters are focused on serving you the food as fast as possible. The require you give them the full order ( appetizers, entre, desert). There are no substitutions. Thus, you are pressured to finish the meal and leave. Lounge: Unfortunately, the lounge is the only place to sit down and talk to fellow guest. The upper deck is closed for most of the trip. This is caused by the 80 locks you go thru. Drink Package offer: Viking has a "Drink Package" that you can buy before your trip or on board. We did this only to to realize the service staff avoids asking you for drinks. My recommendation is not to buy it Overall Service There are 2 to 3 waiters that are assigned to the Lounge. Most of the time, they are behind the Bar talking to each other. So to get drinks you have to go to the bar and order. Bottom line their service level is "Poor" Excursions: At each port ( one per day), they have free excursions. Most involve "walking tours" with contract tour guides. If you like seeing every Castle, Church and Statue, then this is a great feature. We decided to go to the City Center and do it ourselves. Read Less
Sail Date July 2012
If you are considering a river cruise with Viking, you should be aware of certain things the cruise line does not tell you. 1. There is no compensation if the ship breaks down: We were unfortunate to take a 7-day Danube River cruise on ... Read More
If you are considering a river cruise with Viking, you should be aware of certain things the cruise line does not tell you. 1. There is no compensation if the ship breaks down: We were unfortunate to take a 7-day Danube River cruise on the Viking Odin from Budapest to Nuremberg. We sailed on June 16, 2012 Two days later the ship's propulsion system broke down slowing the ship so much that it could not make its advertized schedule for the duration of the cruise. Rather than docking in the remaining advertized ports (Passau, Regensburg and Nuremberg) the ship stopped short of each port and put everyone on buses for the day while the ship continued up river to make up time. The result was a bus tour instead of a cruise, although we did sleep on the ship each night. To make matters worse, the ship's water pump also failed one morning, so we all boarded the buses without the benefit of showers, bathing, etc. Also, the ships in-room entertainment system (TV and music) failed for several days. Finally, the only passenger elevator on the ship was out of service during the entire cruise. Since we did not get what we paid for, we politely asked Viking for a refund of some of our cruise fare. Viking flatly refused saying it was not their policy to provide refunds (even partial) for botched cruises. This policy is not mentioned in their brochure or passage contract. 2. Closed Passenger Areas: One of the features of the Viking Odin is the "Sun Deck," which is the top deck of the ship advertized as "360-degree view and shaded sitting area." Indeed there is one, and it makes up well over half of the common area of the ship, a nice feature. However, what Viking fails to tell you is that it will be closed for much of your cruise. This is no accident, on the Danube for instance, the Sun Deck is closed for about half the trip in order to allow the ship to clear low bridges. This "fact" is not mentioned by Viking in any of their literature. 3. Dining Restrictions: Viking Odin generally serves three meals a day, but only during very narrow hours. If you don't sit down within 10-15 minutes of the opening bell, you will miss the meal, and there is no buffet or room service whatsoever - not even a PB&J sandwich. Miss a meal, and you don't eat, period. Viking does not tell you this, instead they advertize that you can eat "when and where you like." Not true. If you are used to traditional cruise ship dining, you will be sorely disappointed. 4. Sub-Par Food: Yes, this is subjective but we were not alone in our opinion that the food was marginal, at best. The selections are very limited and poorly prepared. Airline meals are far better. Bottom line, if you have any prior cruise experience, Viking will be a disappointment. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Our first river cruise was long awaited, and we were not disappointed from the reception as we boarded the beautiful Idun in Budapest to the tearful good by in Amsterdam, Viking was family, and cared for us as such.our cabin was lovely, a ... Read More
Our first river cruise was long awaited, and we were not disappointed from the reception as we boarded the beautiful Idun in Budapest to the tearful good by in Amsterdam, Viking was family, and cared for us as such.our cabin was lovely, a state of the art design with ample storage for everything, a large shower..a great surprise, and loved our veranda . Dining was lovely, ample servings, service very good, waiters tried so hard to make all happy. The tours were well thought out, and for the most part, guides were well versed in English and the history of the ports we were in. It was so good of Viking to have leisure tours at most ports for those who did not walk well on more lengthy tours. The weather was good, for the most part, a few rain showers, but otherwise did not dampen our enjoyment. The upper deck was great when open, but sometimes low bridges kept them closed, so we enjoyed our veranda instead with a favorite beverage, We loved the aqua terrace for a light lunch or just touring down the river, a great design? The public spaces were inviting to conversation with fellow cruisers or just curl up with a good book and watch the towns go by. We will definitely book with Viking again to enjoy this class of service and experience in Europe. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
Viking Idun Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 4.4
Entertainment 3.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.2
Family 1.0 3.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.3
Enrichment 4.0 4.1
Service 4.0 4.6
Value For Money 3.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 3.6

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