49 Budapest Viking River Viking Ingvi Cruise Reviews

We heard about this cruise from our travel agent when we asked about Danube cruises. The trip far exceeded our expectations in every way. The crew was friendly, helpful, skilled and talented. The food was served beautifully. The choices ... Read More
We heard about this cruise from our travel agent when we asked about Danube cruises. The trip far exceeded our expectations in every way. The crew was friendly, helpful, skilled and talented. The food was served beautifully. The choices were always plentiful and I appreciated the size of portions- enough but not too much. Coffee of all kinds, tea and pastries are always available. The excursions were led by locals who knew their business. I do a lot of reading and research before traveling and the tours were great. Be aware that the staterooms are small but they contain lots of storage- plenty for two people. Also be careful to ask about the activity level of the tour- they usually offer two levels with the leisurely one having fewer steps and hills. Our cruise had a lady with a walker ( in her 80s) who did everything at the leisurely level. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Our first river cruise; wife and I, and 2 grown girls wanted to see some of Europe and thought a river cruise was a good way to do it. Booked 1 of 2 suites for ourselves and I standard balcony room for kids. I booked with Viking because ... Read More
Our first river cruise; wife and I, and 2 grown girls wanted to see some of Europe and thought a river cruise was a good way to do it. Booked 1 of 2 suites for ourselves and I standard balcony room for kids. I booked with Viking because told "the best" and seemed to have good overall reviews. Expensive. Booked the airfare with Viking travel; excellent value and flexibility (started with a few days in London). Arrived in Budapest; Viking reps met us, and took us to ship. Included with the suite was a private car; gave us a van, which was ok since we had girls with us and they then came with us instead of bus. When checking into room, was told the "hotel manager" would take us to room (part of the "suite" deal). Manager was from previous cruise and begrudgingly took us and showed us room, all the time talking about how he was supposed to be on vacation now. Not a good start. Began with some excursions in Budapest; including a food tasting. That night my wife and I became ill, we assumed from the food, and stayed in the next morning. I attempted a walking tour in Bratislava that afternoon, became ill and passed out/hitting my head. Ended up in ER, but was OK. The guide was able to contact ship and advise my wife; they put her in a taxi to Hospital. We were basically on our own from that point; understand there are no doctors on board unless they are cruising with you! Fortunately there were very nice people on board who helped us out. Made it back to ship, not much from staff other than please fill out an accident report. Ship itself was clean and pretty nice. It seemed there may have been nicer ships on the river, but Viking seemed to be on the better side. Our suite was roomy and nice, but its in the very rear of ship and is noisy when moving. Cleaning staff excellent and very nice! Food was usually good; did return a few plates, with food overdone. Everyone eats meals at same time, so I can understand would be hard to serve that much at the same time. You don'd have much privacy at meals, tables seat at least 6. There is an optional spot upstairs however very limited seating as they only have 1 server there, so first come first serve, and was a popular option. Would be nice if they allowed mover service there. Waiters very nice, however some have limited English- not a big deal however some cruisers had difficulty communicating. Excursions were OK; we noticed later that many people did self-tour which I would have preferred, as I don't need all the details the guides sometimes over explain; sometimes I feel to fill the time. They want you to book early; however they always had space and were trying to get more people on them, so don't feel pressured to advance book. Towns very picturesque! Enjoyed walking around. Upon departure, they again supposed to take us in private car to Munich airport. They tried to put us and they people in other suite on 1 large bus by ourselves, because "the bus has to go to the airport anyway, so just go on the bus." The other suite complained enough to get a private car; we at this point didn't care so went on the bus (by ourselves); our kids had already left on another bus. That was unacceptable; we paid a lot for the suite that included the car. Overall, the managing staff on the ship mediocre at best. The working staff very nice and helpful. I would not do a Viking cruise again; the value not there. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Don't mean to sound negative, but didn't have the fantastic experience so many others report. Airport pickup at Budapest went well, as did the pre-cruise experience, despite poor weather. Guide for Jewish Budapest one of the ... Read More
Don't mean to sound negative, but didn't have the fantastic experience so many others report. Airport pickup at Budapest went well, as did the pre-cruise experience, despite poor weather. Guide for Jewish Budapest one of the best on entire trip. However ... Had no lunch on embarkation day as it was supposed to be provided on board. We were a bit late arriving at the dock, so nothing available until dinner that night. Many passengers in larger groups, so a bit awkward at mealtimes; not to say we didn't encounter many nice, interesting folks, just that they tended to gravitate in their groups. Staff were unfailingly nice, excursions very well presented, although one guide I found very political. Director did a terrific job advising of photo opportunities from ship, as well the lock process. Food was adequate, if not outstanding. Breakfast the best omelettes I've run across, lunch a hybrid salad bar + pasta station, along with ordering from a menu. Dinner was truly a mixed bag. Soup wasn't just broth-based, but downright oily. Fish was very good, but meat selections not so much. Dessert varied from terrific to ho-hum. Want to give the staff full credit for being zealous about catering to dietary needs - at breakfast they made a point of consulting with passengers to plan the day ahead for them. We were warned ship wifi wasn't the fastest. Unfortunately, my phone signal did not work well in the cabin, though off the ship it was fine. Laundry a bit expensive, but prompt service with good results. Held several hours on boat for last transfer to Munich Airport, cutting departure closer than I'd have liked. Not sorry we went, but just didn't get the "Wow!" factor. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We had been on Viking once before in China and loved the experience. The stops were great, the food was good, and the crew was extremely helpful. The cabin we had was clean and the cabin steward was attentive to our needs. The cruise ... Read More
We had been on Viking once before in China and loved the experience. The stops were great, the food was good, and the crew was extremely helpful. The cabin we had was clean and the cabin steward was attentive to our needs. The cruise director was a Hoot and gave us both informed about coming attractions but also sang like a bird. For us, food service is acceptable. We traveled with a picky eater which made dinners on board a problem some times. Breakfast was the best meal of the day because of the custom make eggs each morning. We traveled to Budapest for seven-days. We have excellent weather and even on our one bad rainy day, we were entertained by our tour guide with stories and enjoyed a great lunch. Arriving in Budapest at night was the highlight of the trip. The cruise director alerted the camera buffs to be ready for the run and return to our dock. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Having been on two previous Viking cruises (one river, one ocean), we knew the high standards we could expect from Viking. We traveled with another couple and had adjacent rooms near the front of the boat. Our rooms were comfortable and ... Read More
Having been on two previous Viking cruises (one river, one ocean), we knew the high standards we could expect from Viking. We traveled with another couple and had adjacent rooms near the front of the boat. Our rooms were comfortable and our balcony provided a lovely vantage point from which to watch the scenic villages on warm cruising days. Our room was kept clean and tidied up during the day. Loved the cappuccino machine (and visited it often), and meals were always delicious. Tours were always well organized and informative. I liked the freedom to roam our port villages whenever we were docked, especially when others in our group preferred to stay on the river boat. Port talks were informative In planning the next day's activities. Entertainment was varied and indicative of the areas we were visiting. Traveling with Viking is always a pleasure. Even when a problem occurs, Viking is prompt in making amends. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
It was recommended by several friends that had already taken it. It was important for us that it was a small cruise oriented to more mature people, navigated on a river, offered excursions in every Port, and everything was practically ... Read More
It was recommended by several friends that had already taken it. It was important for us that it was a small cruise oriented to more mature people, navigated on a river, offered excursions in every Port, and everything was practically included. It was easy making reservations and getting more detailed information from the very professional travel agent from Viking. The ship was elegantly set, with many inviting seating arrangements, an upper Deck geared to socialize. Our suit Veranda AA was so comfortable with all the necessary amenities, and a lovely balcony. Dinning was compared to a five stars restaurant, at breakfast, lunch and dinner, the food was incredibly exquisite. The attention of the staff was also beyond expectations, not only they learned all our names, but they had a genuine smile on their faces at all times, and were so attentive and gracious. The entertainment after dinner was lovely and so much fun. We went with one of our daughters and son in law, in spite of being the youngest ones on the trip they also had a terrific time. The cities in the different countries visited, and the excursions on very comfortable buses, were a phenomenal cultured experience, completed by the expertise of the tour guides. Viking made the whole trip from beginning to end smoothly, enjoyable, and unforgettable. We are looking forward the next one. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
I always wanted to try a river cruise, and this cruise worked into my busy scheduled.Viking handled all the pre, post, cruise and air. All I had to do was show up. We booked a veranda suite and couldnt be happier. I was traveling with ... Read More
I always wanted to try a river cruise, and this cruise worked into my busy scheduled.Viking handled all the pre, post, cruise and air. All I had to do was show up. We booked a veranda suite and couldnt be happier. I was traveling with my widowed aunt, so having a living room, a balcony, and separate bedroom made this trip much more pleasurable. Booking a suite comes with nice perks, fresh fruit delivered, some beer and wine with meals, laundry service. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. The dining option were fantastic, and we got to sit where and with whom we wanted, The service was amazing in all factions of the cruise. The free excursions at each port were great with great guides, except for the bath option in Budapest, that guide was not well planned and wasted our time visiting the baths. I have now booked to try a Viking Ocean cruise next year. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
It's impossible to describe the many excellent things on this cruise, the cabin, the crew, the entertainment each night was very good, the food was too good, and the tours were unbelievable too. We opted for the pre-cruise extra days ... Read More
It's impossible to describe the many excellent things on this cruise, the cabin, the crew, the entertainment each night was very good, the food was too good, and the tours were unbelievable too. We opted for the pre-cruise extra days in Budapest. Our hotel was marvelous and right in the middle of everything we wanted to see. All were a short walk away. The restaurants in the hotel and in the vicinity were all excellent too. Food on board was always well prepared and served by the staff in a very efficient manner. The choices were always great and I can't say enough about the choice of beverages at every meal. Entertainment was good too. Each evening program was well thought out and pertinent to our voyage on the river. Very entertaining at each stop. Our first cruise on a Viking river boat will not be our last one. We have already signed up for another cruise in fall 2018 and optional post cruise visit to a nearby city. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I wanted to see a snapshot of Europe in order to pick a country to go back to and spend more time. This cruise covered so many places that gave me an over view of Europe that it more than fulfilled my needs. The cabin was perfect with ... Read More
I wanted to see a snapshot of Europe in order to pick a country to go back to and spend more time. This cruise covered so many places that gave me an over view of Europe that it more than fulfilled my needs. The cabin was perfect with the slider so I could view the life on the river - water fowl, homes and towns. The dining was certainly adequate and knowing that the most gourmet foods are not always possible on a boat. The crew were very personable and remembered me during the trip which was so kind! The towns where the cruise stopped exceeded my expectations of European towns and the tours in the towns covered many aspects - culture, history, etc., which pleased me. It was a joy to have laundry service on the trip. I think Viking does an excellent job on their cruises and I hope to take another one soon. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
It was our first Viking cruise. We wanted to try out Viking so we picked this cruise because of length and places we had never been. We had a wonderful time. Everything was what our friends told us it would be. Service was super even ... Read More
It was our first Viking cruise. We wanted to try out Viking so we picked this cruise because of length and places we had never been. We had a wonderful time. Everything was what our friends told us it would be. Service was super even when we were delayed for a day. The cabin was nice and clean. Bed was comfortable, TV worked well and closet space was adequate. Meals were very tasty and the fellow passengers were lots of fun. it was nice to have a choice in where to eat. Afternoon cookies were a nice plus after tour for a day. The ability to eat in town was a plus too. The tours were very informative and with the whisper machine we were able to hear the tour guide. it was nice to be able to look around and still hear what was being said about the history of what we were seeing. We are now trying an ocean cruise next year. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Cruising the Danube River was something on my wife's bucket list. What an incredible journey it turned out to be. Starting in Budapest, we explored the city on our own before setting sail as well as taking the cruise provided tour. ... Read More
Cruising the Danube River was something on my wife's bucket list. What an incredible journey it turned out to be. Starting in Budapest, we explored the city on our own before setting sail as well as taking the cruise provided tour. The included tours were very good and provided many highlights of all the ports we docked in. We took advantage of all that were offered and added several on our own. The highlight was a bike tour through the Wachau Valley wine country. Spectacular views at a leisurely pace. There were about 180 passenger aboard with a crew of 49 to attend to our needs. Very good service all around. Bartender was very knowledgeable. Food was very good. They offered local fair from all the ports we passed through which added to the romance of the cruise. Nightly entertainment was provided by locals which added flavor to the journey. We met some very nice people on board. Service was wonderful. After our final stop in Passau, we spent an additional 3 days in Prague. Great city. I'd recommend this cruise as a way to get a taste of Europe along one of her famous rivers. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Staff, food, accomodations, service-Awesome beyond words!!!!! The experience exceeded my expectations in every way! The staff couldn't do enough for you, always 2 steps ahead. Service with a smile on all employees on the ship. The ... Read More
Staff, food, accomodations, service-Awesome beyond words!!!!! The experience exceeded my expectations in every way! The staff couldn't do enough for you, always 2 steps ahead. Service with a smile on all employees on the ship. The food was not only a 5 star restaurant quality, but delivered in the most beautiful presentation. The room was beautiful and spacious, I never felt confined. My husband who gets motion sick-ness had no issues. You never felt like you were moving, smooth sailing the entire time! The on shore excursions were perfect. The guides were very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful in every way. The entertainment and information sessions on the ship were an added hi-light. The crew were not only helpful, but actually had many other talents. They were singers, comedians and crowd pleasers in every way. They made sure everyone was having a great time, and we were! Don't wait, take it now!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We wanted to try a river cruise through Central Europe , and Viking has a great reputation. Though the embarkation was not easy - we arrived in Budapest two days early on our own - we walked to the assigned dock not knowing our ship had ... Read More
We wanted to try a river cruise through Central Europe , and Viking has a great reputation. Though the embarkation was not easy - we arrived in Budapest two days early on our own - we walked to the assigned dock not knowing our ship had been relocated for the World Cup FICA competition being held there starting that week. The ship is beautiful. It is comfortable, well appointed, easy to get around, and our cabin was very well designed and surprisingly spacious. The food is very good, though not of the same variety as an ocean cruise. The included excursions were all top notch; the guides, transport, itineraries, and durations were all great. Entertainment, while limited, was very good, and always engaging with the guests. The land portion of our cruise, to Salzburg and Munich, was very well organized and as enjoyable as the rest of the cruise, with 5-star hotels in both cities. We were given plenty of time to ourselves to see the sights outside of organized tours, as well. We hope to join Viking again in the future! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We had never been on a river cruise before, and we had never been to Germany, Austria, or the Czech Republic. This cruise was the answer! All the Viking shore excursions were excellent, but the most important thing became the 6 friends we ... Read More
We had never been on a river cruise before, and we had never been to Germany, Austria, or the Czech Republic. This cruise was the answer! All the Viking shore excursions were excellent, but the most important thing became the 6 friends we came to know on the cruise. They made every meal a delight and every tour so much more fun. Our greatest disappointment was that we only had one day in Vienna. One needs at least two days in such an amazing European capital. Viking should work on this and make sure to include at least two full days in Vienna - perhaps, three! The funniest entertainer was one of the ship’s employees. He was German and he was a great comedian. I know - it sounds like a contradiction in terms. The “singer” was so-so, but the pianist was outstanding. The after dinner entertainment could have been improved a bit, but, honestly, we were so tired, bed sounded good! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Word of mouth says Viking are by far the best. After one week covering 5 countries in seven days without unpacking and repacking I can highly recommend this cruise. Service exceptional and quality food, stateroom classy and kept ... Read More
Word of mouth says Viking are by far the best. After one week covering 5 countries in seven days without unpacking and repacking I can highly recommend this cruise. Service exceptional and quality food, stateroom classy and kept exceptionally clean. Tours broad and varied and comprehensive. Management friendly and super organised. Sail was smooth and on time perfectly. Dining experience from a comprehensive breakfast buffet with optional waiter service, a two venue choice for lunch, and immaculately presented and tasty dinner dining experience, every request and allergy catered for, nothing was too much trouble for Cruz the maitre D and his unified and positively cheery crew. All tours had local guides with an immense knowledge of the Cities, customs, history and colourful stories that made every destination enchanting. The housekeeping crew on board are exceptional, every detail in our stateroom was attended to, and the speed and efficiency that these crew work at is an immense achievement all co ordinated by the super competent Marina. Overall, an excellent ship, crew, itenerary, and service. 5 stars. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I get a email once a week on cruises from Vacations To Go and found this cruise which included 2 cities on my bucket list Budapest and Prague. We did the pre in Budapest and the post in Prague. I can't say enough about the entire ... Read More
I get a email once a week on cruises from Vacations To Go and found this cruise which included 2 cities on my bucket list Budapest and Prague. We did the pre in Budapest and the post in Prague. I can't say enough about the entire experience. The hotels the service was great, the Viking staff at each hotel very attentive to our every need or request. The Ingvi was fantastic. Clean, organized & well run. our cabin was just enough room for two people and the food was excellent and plentiful. The entertainment was always very good, but one evening was extra special when our cruise director David was the entertainment. What a marvelous surprise, he had a superb voice and a great sense of humor. The activities on ship were nice. The service and attention to detail went beyond my expectations. The excursions were again above expectations both from the ship and the hotels. Getting to see things we otherwise would not have on our own. Again using Viking for air travel, the pre, the cruise, the post and getting home was effortless. I have & do highly recommend Viking. I did another river cruise and that company could not hold a candle to Viking!!!!! I would & will go Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We arrived in Budapest 2 days early. Fanni and Andrea were wonderful. Great concierge service. Gave us great ideas and directions. Agnes took us on the Taste of Budapest tour. She was a wonderful guide. Carmen in Melk was also a ... Read More
We arrived in Budapest 2 days early. Fanni and Andrea were wonderful. Great concierge service. Gave us great ideas and directions. Agnes took us on the Taste of Budapest tour. She was a wonderful guide. Carmen in Melk was also a terrific guide, wonderful sense of humor. On our post extension tour to Salzburg and Munich, Fred was so knowledgeable and was an outstanding guide. It was also interesting to take a brief bus tour of Marcos' home town (Oberammergau). Friends ask us what was our favorite part of the cruise. Difficult to say...too many choices. All shore excursions were very organized. Cabins are a little small. Next time we would upgrade to a suite with veranda and French balcony. Wonderful service. Dining room staff were top notch. We celebrated our 50th anniversary on the cruise in Vienna. The Dining room staff made it memorable. The pre-cruise hotel (the Corinthia in Budapest) was an elegant hotel. The post-cruise hotel (Goldener Hirsch in Salzburg) was wonderfully refurbished with huge rooms. The Munich hotel (Hilton Munich Park) was a typical business man's hotel, but walking distance to a bier garden, and restaurants. We would definitely take another river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
First time with Viking and will not be the last, we are booked for the Holy Land in 2018! If that tells no one how we see Viking let me explain. The trip on the Ingvi was a great experience. The crew seamed to be able to read minds ... Read More
First time with Viking and will not be the last, we are booked for the Holy Land in 2018! If that tells no one how we see Viking let me explain. The trip on the Ingvi was a great experience. The crew seamed to be able to read minds anticipating our request before the were asked. They were not overbearing but always available for any needed help with anything truly superior service. The Dining choices were great with local fare and old staples served in a very pleasant unhurried atmosphere. I for one have not been catered to any finer anywhere I have ever traveled. The excursions were as explained in the literature with no surprises. We could have spent more time in some places but we would not have been able to see all the places we saw if we had. The add on trip to Prague was almost as nice as the Ingvi with great accommodations at the Hilton and great food choices also. I learned a lot about places I had never seen and people I had never visited with before this was truly great experience. On the way out a Viking staff member insured we were at our flight on time even helping with Tax exemption at the airport. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
I was very interested in the European history and the areas that this cruise was covering. I do have one suggestion to add and that is not to have so much leisure time when visiting a site. For Czechi Kremlov, we had about 2 hours for ... Read More
I was very interested in the European history and the areas that this cruise was covering. I do have one suggestion to add and that is not to have so much leisure time when visiting a site. For Czechi Kremlov, we had about 2 hours for lunch and leisure time. Whereas that could have been shortened by an hour to give us time to visit inside the castle. This tour was around the castles and not being able to visit inside the castle was disappointing. I think a better planning on the time would be much better received by your customers. We really enjoyed the intimate setting and staff's attention to all details. Our tour coordinators were great and we can not say enough for their dedication and knowledge to serving your guests. Also, food was really good. Enjoyed the lavish breakfast buffet every morning. We would definitely be taking more Viking River cruises in the future. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We had heard that Viking was the best and they proved it. The itinerary had places that we had never been yet also allowed us to revisit some of our past favorites. The size of the ship allowed us to get to know many of our ... Read More
We had heard that Viking was the best and they proved it. The itinerary had places that we had never been yet also allowed us to revisit some of our past favorites. The size of the ship allowed us to get to know many of our shipmates and gain lasting friendships. With less than 200 passengers rather than thousands, we also knew most of our crew and felt comfortable asking questions. The food was superb. There were many local specialties as well as other international fares available. The waiters always had very solid recommendations. The excursions were excellent. We were very impressed with the former Eastern cities like Budapest, Bratislava, and Cesky Krumlov. Our favorite days were in Cesky Krumlov and Salzburg. Some passengers were a little surprised that meals were not included after disembarking in Passau and being bussed to Salzburg and Munich. So be prepared if you are not on the ship some days. We have already booked our next cruise with Viking from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We were attracted to the small ship experience after hearing horror stories about the cattle- car voyages others told us about. The small ship Viking river cruises had great reviews and their attention to detail made the cruise a great ... Read More
We were attracted to the small ship experience after hearing horror stories about the cattle- car voyages others told us about. The small ship Viking river cruises had great reviews and their attention to detail made the cruise a great value. The room, the food and the staff all surpassed our expectations. The excursions were a delight and the optional ones (even though they were pricey) really added a lot to the total experience. We arrived two days early in Budapest after a trying flight from Portland, Oregon to Budapest on Delta Airlines. Through no fault of Viking, we arrived eight hours late and in spite of notifying Viking no one met us the airport. We took a cab and Viking apologized and reimbursed us. Budapest is an exciting and vibrant city; the Budapest Intercontinental was an amazing surprise. We wish we had booked several more days there. Most of the shore excisions were fun and informative but we would recommend that you diplomatically insist on what you want from the guide if you feel short changed. We plan to go again when we can arrange it, perhaps to the Mediterranean or British Isles. Viking is a great company! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We decided to take a Viking cruise based on all the accolades Viking received from our friends Our Grand European Cruise exceeded all of our expectations. Beginning at the Amsterdam Airport when the Viking representative took charge of ... Read More
We decided to take a Viking cruise based on all the accolades Viking received from our friends Our Grand European Cruise exceeded all of our expectations. Beginning at the Amsterdam Airport when the Viking representative took charge of our luggage. The Stateroom was spacious Dining was such a delightful experience whether breakfast, lunch or dinner. The food selection at breakfast and lunch was plentiful but our dinners were outstanding and the presentation was terrific The selection of cities we visited were wonderful and the tour guides very knowledgeable and courteous. So enjoyed the nightly entertainment on the ship whether it was our piano player or entertainment from the city we were anchored in for the evening The Service Viking provided was absolutely outstanding from the crew assisting us in our tours remembering our name choice of cocktail, wine etc. We could continue forever. We can not wait until we take another trip. . Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We are 3 couples who usually cruise ocean ships but decided to travel across Europe by Viking Riverboat. As our excitement grew during the planning phase, we were joined by two other couples of friends. We were booking fairly late in the ... Read More
We are 3 couples who usually cruise ocean ships but decided to travel across Europe by Viking Riverboat. As our excitement grew during the planning phase, we were joined by two other couples of friends. We were booking fairly late in the season so were lucky to get 5 cabins close together on the lower level. None of us had ever cruised with Viking before. We all thoroughly enjoyed the adventure and have become fans of Viking. All five couples are senior and do not share the same interests or physical abilities. We found the Viking cruise allowed us to be a group but still have independent activities. We requested and got the one table large enough to all of us for dinners so we ate together, sharing tales of our adventures that day. Actually we found another guest who was 93 traveling alone and managed to get him at our table as well. Our independence began with embarkation: three couples did the Viking pre-cruise tour in Budapest, another came one night early and booked their stay themselves and the fifth couple came straight to the ship from the airport. We all very much enjoyed Budapest. We all experienced a very easy embarkation procedure. Most of us usually travel in cabins with balconies so we were not sure how we would like rooms on the lower level with high windows. We all found this to not be an issue. During travel on the river we found going to the lounge or up on the outside decks offered an opportunity to see both sides of the river and gave the added benefit of enjoying visiting other passengers, A feature which we really enjoyed were the included tours. Viking usually includes one at each stop. All five couples used this basic tour to get an overview of the city or village and then we each did our own things for the rest of the time. One couple did extensive hiking tours; 3 couples often signed up for the optional tours in the city while the fifth couple stayed on board reading or touring near the docked riverboat. We enjoyed the itinerary across Europe, getting a good feel for the land as it changes across the countries. I remember our excitement at encountering the first lock but soon we were veterans of passing though locks and began assessing them on depth raised or lowered, as well as the length and size of the lock itself. By the end of the cruise we were talking about where we could go for our next Viking cruise. This one on the Viking Ingvi just got us started! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Although not the cheapest. The attention to detail was first class. Every port an included excursion was arranged with local guide. Food on board was very good. Cabin small but adequate and comfortable. Evening entertainment was limited. ... Read More
Although not the cheapest. The attention to detail was first class. Every port an included excursion was arranged with local guide. Food on board was very good. Cabin small but adequate and comfortable. Evening entertainment was limited. Have already booked for a sea cruise with Viking. The staff were really friendly and soon got to know your preferences. Travelled from Budapest to Amsterdam. Although some on boat were disappointed that there was no chance to explore before disembarking but to be fair to Viking this was explained in brochure and they did offer additional stay option in a hotel Free wiFi was patchy at time but we were travelling on river between signal. Large to had on board cameras and also offered a range of films Wine and beer served at lunch and dinner was plentiful. Coffee station available 24 hrs a day Would recommend to others. One point to note that out of 187 travellers there were only 6 British the majority were Americans. Had cabin on top floor which had walking track above it which some travellers used to run on which was a bit noisy. Staff requested that people didn't use it before 9am. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We splurged on this Viking cruise for our 40th wedding anniversary = this was our first river cruise, having done many ocean trips in the last five years. Viking did everything possible to make our cruise wonderful (including a special ... Read More
We splurged on this Viking cruise for our 40th wedding anniversary = this was our first river cruise, having done many ocean trips in the last five years. Viking did everything possible to make our cruise wonderful (including a special anniversary cake on the 1st nite in the dining room) - The service, the stateroom, the food, the city tours. From the pickup in Budapestt to the drop off in Amsterdam the staff was engaging, personable and responsive to any request that we had. The ship was clean and very easy to navigate, being smaller and much more intimate than an ocean liner. Our stateroom (an upgraded suite!) was fantastic, roomy and a great view of all the passing scenery. The bathroom (roomy) and amenities were particularly nice. The dining and food service was very good. A nice variety (local dishes and American favorites) with a staff that responded to special requests and provided great service. The entertainment is not comparable to an ocean cruise, but we enjoyed the offerings very much. Particulary special was a glass blowing demonstration by a local artist. I would strongly recommend Viking and the Grand European tour as a very special two weeks. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Viking Ingvi Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 4.7
Entertainment 3.0 4.2
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.7
Family 1.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.7
Enrichment 4.0 4.6
Service 4.0 4.9
Value For Money 3.0 4.6
Rates 4.0 N/A

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