2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
As this was our first river cruise we had nothing to compare it to but it exceeded our expectations. The staff were fantastic, all attentive, friendly and welcoming. Every stop along the Danube, Main and Rhine was wonderful. Well ... Read More
As this was our first river cruise we had nothing to compare it to but it exceeded our expectations. The staff were fantastic, all attentive, friendly and welcoming. Every stop along the Danube, Main and Rhine was wonderful. Well thought out and guided tours informative. Meals were excellent, not large portions but that meant one could have dessert at every meal, and if you wanted more....just ask! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
Viking was first class all the way. Good flight over. Great pre-cruise and post cruise stays in Budapest and Amsterdam. Ingvi and crew were just superb. Loved excursions and just the nights sitting on our balcony enjoying the scenery ... Read More
Viking was first class all the way. Good flight over. Great pre-cruise and post cruise stays in Budapest and Amsterdam. Ingvi and crew were just superb. Loved excursions and just the nights sitting on our balcony enjoying the scenery on the river. Highly recommend to all if you haven't river cruised do and do it with Viking you won't be disappointed. Most enjoyed the daily excursions well laid out with great guides. On board entertainment was fun and culturally awakening. Loved on board lectures and pre-port briefings, very informative and entertaining. Ship was beautiful and very new, just at one year old. Service was beyond compare from front to back. Yeah Viking. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
I had wanted to visit Europe for decades, and, being recently retired, I felt this was the time to go. I wanted a no-hassle experience. A river cruise with the "hotel" traveling with me, instead of having to pack and unpack at ... Read More
I had wanted to visit Europe for decades, and, being recently retired, I felt this was the time to go. I wanted a no-hassle experience. A river cruise with the "hotel" traveling with me, instead of having to pack and unpack at every stop, was extremely appealing. The moment my wife and I arrived at our cruise ship, we knew something was different. The relaxed, yet organized atmosphere, the cordial staff members, the modern setting, and the sun deck all portended a remarkable experience. We were taken care of like royalty. The food was delicious and abundant; our veranda stateroom, though compact, was comfortable and well-appointed; the staff consistently went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and were enjoying ourselves. Even though several of the cities we visited were in Germany, we found that each city had its own personality, and, though we only got a slight taste of the city, that taste was always well-organized and informative, with well-prepared tourist guides. Everything that happened before our cruise and afterwards felt like "reality." But, as I mentioned to my wife as our plane landed in our home city, the cruise felt like "a dream." There is nothing that we've experienced that can compare to it. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2015
It must be a male thing to get excited about lock mechanism, water levels and descending X number of feet. I did not appreciate the bump in the wee hours that the lock procedure entailed. Above all it is the crew that made the ... Read More
It must be a male thing to get excited about lock mechanism, water levels and descending X number of feet. I did not appreciate the bump in the wee hours that the lock procedure entailed. Above all it is the crew that made the cruise.Their service was first class. The Captain however, was conspicuous by his absence. He did not show up at events...Canada Day for one. The food was adequate and made more enjoyable by chef Denes interaction with all passengers. We even took a subway ride with him to a food market in Vienna. Another highlight was the "Home Visit" to a family owned and operated winery in Bratislava. They spoke no English, but the student tour guide did a wonderful job of interpreting. The first impression of the outward look of the Ingvi was that it looked like a container ship. Inside it was more pleasant. Crowded in the main room if everyone showed up for lectures ... standing room only. Low key entertainment...Quiz time, some live classical music. With very full day time excursions, retreating early to the cabin was a good option. The question has been asked..Ocean Cruise versus River Cruise. The answer is like comparing apples with oranges. Both have their merits. We will continue to sail both and enjoy what each has to offer. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2015
This is our 2nd cruise with Viking. Our 1st cruise was in Russia in July 2014, which we loved immensely. No wonder, we booked our 2nd trip with Viking. We loved the itinerary, the land excursions, the food, the hospitality. Howver, there ... Read More
This is our 2nd cruise with Viking. Our 1st cruise was in Russia in July 2014, which we loved immensely. No wonder, we booked our 2nd trip with Viking. We loved the itinerary, the land excursions, the food, the hospitality. Howver, there were certain pitfalls: in our 2nd day in Buda, we were horrified to return to our meeting point to see the bus was leaving. Our local guide did not do a head count. We list our way, trying to take a short cut and was 5 mins late! This has never ever happened to us! We had to take a taxi back yo the boat! We were never told that the bus cannot wait! The ship was Ingvi. We sailed along the Danube, Main and Rhine into Amsterdam. In Vienna, in the tour of Schonnbrunn Palace, the Guide told a time to meet in front of the ticket gate. Thank god I was listening in the quiet box. He started the tour 5 mins early. We had to run to meet him. That was done again, without doing a headcount to make sure everyone was present. In Passau, we were informed of the low water level in Danube and had to change ship in Regensburg and boarded Alsvin. I hate to say: but the food and service was much better! In Ingvi: there was a limited choice of dinner for my wife. she is not fond of Steak, veal, pork or salmon! Unfortunately, the fish she took smelled a little. She was unable to eat her main meal. Same thing happened in Russia River cruise, the waiter was very nice and got something which she was able to eat. We were shocked to hear from the waiter that " He cannot do anything. Have some dessert". We thought that was most inconsiderate and unprofessional! That was the waiter in Ingvi. In contrast, the waiters and waitresses in Alsvin were nicer, friendlier and more courteous! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
We went on our own to Budapest for a week before the cruise, although we booked our flights through Viking. I think we paid $100 each as a deviation fee and we had to get to our hotel on our own, but that was no problem. We stayed at the ... Read More
We went on our own to Budapest for a week before the cruise, although we booked our flights through Viking. I think we paid $100 each as a deviation fee and we had to get to our hotel on our own, but that was no problem. We stayed at the Marriott as that's one of the hotels they use and the views were fantastic. We booked a concierge level room and were very happy with the use of the lounge. We loved Budapest and can't wait to go back on our own. The waters were low when we were there and we had to change ships in Passau, Germany, but we think that Viking handled it as well as they could have. We started out on a different ship in Budapest. We were very pleased with the itinerary. Our guides were all knowledgeable. The food was very good and we appreciated the wine and beer included with lunch and dinner. The wines frequently reflected the area we were traveling through. We were in Cabin 227 with a veranda. The room was small, but it was comfortable. The ship itself was lovely, very modern and bright. Both ships were longships and identical. Except for the painting on our wall, I wouldn't have known we had changed ships. The weather was very hot, close to 100 degrees many days, which made some of the excursions difficult. Since we had been to some of the ports before, we stayed on the ship some days and actually enjoyed the relaxation. Depending on which country we were in, entertainment from the local area was provided, and it was uniformly good. The cruise was a great choice for an anniversary celebration. We wouldn't hesitate to take another Viking River Cruise. We are scheduled for one of their new Viking Ocean Cruises to the Baltic in May, starting with a pre-cruise excursion to Iceland and ending with a post-cruise excursion in Oslo. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
We started our cruise with 3 days in Prague, organized by Viking. They had a desk manned 12-13hrs a day at the wonderful hotel they booked us into. They were very helpful getting our British Airways lost luggage back to us. We had a ... Read More
We started our cruise with 3 days in Prague, organized by Viking. They had a desk manned 12-13hrs a day at the wonderful hotel they booked us into. They were very helpful getting our British Airways lost luggage back to us. We had a newer, clean bus to take us from Prague to Budapest, where the river cruise started. The Viking cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam was fantastic. The ships were almost brand new, the crew and the meals were wonderful. Through no fault of Viking we had to swap ships halfway along the route, as the water level was too low in a stretch of the Rhine/Main canal for the ship to navigate. A sister ship was coming the opposite way from Amsterdam, so they took a bus ride from their ship and we took a 3hr bus ride to their ship. Luggage was all handled and the new ship was exactly like the one we had just left. The local guides at each port were fantastic and very knowledgeable of their area. Meals on and off the ship were excellent and tours were arranged to accommodate almost all levels of fitness. Embarkation and Disembarkation were as painless as these two activities can be. Only two words of caution. If you are used to large ocean type cruises you will need to get your head around the idea that this will be a totally great but very different experience. The river ships are smaller and do have the amenities and staff of larger ocean ships. Also we do not think the cost of upgrading to a full balcony on the small ship is worth it. Many times we docked we were 2-3 ships deep and the only thing you saw outside your balcony was another balcony. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Booked this cruise 1 1/2 yrs before taking it. We did a pre-cruise 3 days in Prague thru Viking and it was wonderful. Fantastic Viking staff right in the hotel where we stayed - Hilton Prague. The hotel was within walking distance of ... Read More
Booked this cruise 1 1/2 yrs before taking it. We did a pre-cruise 3 days in Prague thru Viking and it was wonderful. Fantastic Viking staff right in the hotel where we stayed - Hilton Prague. The hotel was within walking distance of the old town (a must see) and was great. The transfer to Budapest from Prague was well organized and was on new Viking bus. We sailed first on the Viking Alsvin and then the Viking Ingvi, identical sister ships. The staff and service on both ships was great and the food was 5 star all the way. The excursions at every port we stopped at were very well organized and the local guides conducting the shore tours were very informative and very professional and range from a university student to a retired German military officer. The cabins were small, but then again are river cruise ships. They were well appointed and the cabin staff did a wonderful job. Not much to say about Embarkation or Disembarkation except they were as painless as this process of getting on and off the ship can be. A words of caution. If you are used to Ocean Cruising you will have to get your head around the fact that this is a totally different experience. The ships just do not have the size to have all the amenities found on ocean ships. There is a smaller staff, no pools or hot tubs and no large theatre productions. However the ability to see all the wonderful sights along the way is great value for the money. Also because this is a river and not the ocean the ships are far more susceptible to changing river levels. We need to swap ship half thru our cruise because there was a section of the Rhine/Main canal that did not have enough water to allow any ships to pass. Viking also did a wonderful job of this transfer between ships almost painless. Viking made some compensation thru an open bar and made some optional cost shore excursions free. However be aware that changing water levels, either too high or too low may affect the transportation mode you will actually use for your trip. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
Was an excellent cruise!!! First time to take a river cruise, we enjoyed the cruise and will for sure do another!! the food was excellent, the crew was very professional and polite, and attended to our needs!! The attendant responsible ... Read More
Was an excellent cruise!!! First time to take a river cruise, we enjoyed the cruise and will for sure do another!! the food was excellent, the crew was very professional and polite, and attended to our needs!! The attendant responsible for our room cleanliness was excellent, she was truly a very dedicated young lady!! Excursions and city tours were very informative and professional excellent tour guides who knew what they were talking about, it doesn't get any better!!! The travel agent who booked the cruise for us was excellent and the company showed us we did matter and was there for us when needed. Read Less
26 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
We enjoyed the cruise immensely. There was one major thing that we should have payed more attention to. First we had a great time in Budapest , our embarkation point; however, we spent maybe a couple of hours in Amsterdam, our ... Read More
We enjoyed the cruise immensely. There was one major thing that we should have payed more attention to. First we had a great time in Budapest , our embarkation point; however, we spent maybe a couple of hours in Amsterdam, our destination port (at the airport). To do over we would have stayed a day or two in Amsterdam (and not part of the extended tour). The cruise itself was great. Good food and excellent service by both the cabin attendants and the wait staff. Some of the land tours were a stretch--seemed like the tour guide was wasting time; but overall they rated very good. Take advantage of some of the optional tours-- The Hungarian Horseman, Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, the Mozart Concert, Rothenburg ob der Tauber (a must see) and the BMW factory are all worth the extra money. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
The. Cruise was wonderful. The staff, food, programs were all excellent. Highly recommend the line. Thank you for helping me receive a refund for an excursion that I could not attend. Overall the cleanliness of the ship was remarkable. ... Read More
The. Cruise was wonderful. The staff, food, programs were all excellent. Highly recommend the line. Thank you for helping me receive a refund for an excursion that I could not attend. Overall the cleanliness of the ship was remarkable. The staff was always welcoming and at our service with a smile. Very pleased with the cabin although small it was very comfortable. Really enjoyed the heated floor in the bathroom. Such a nice treat! Also had a very excellent program director. He presented interesting lectures about our places to explore. On shore city walking tours were well led by our tour guides. They were interesting and knowledgeable. I enjoyed the pre and post stays in Prague and Amsterdam. All transfers to our hotels went smoothly by the Viking staff. They assisted us in the tours of these cities and provided us with information about museums and interesting sights. They were always ready to help us explore these cities. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
The included excursions in each port were well organized, utilized comfortable modern coaches, were great overviews of the port city and were conducted by knowledgeable and friendly local guides. It would have been nice to know ahead of ... Read More
The included excursions in each port were well organized, utilized comfortable modern coaches, were great overviews of the port city and were conducted by knowledgeable and friendly local guides. It would have been nice to know ahead of time that the Cologne beer tour would require skipping the farewell dinner on board, which was a rather special one. The cruise directory was friendly, informative, attentive and a good public speaker. The cabin and wait staff were friendly, attentive and did their jobs with excellence. The ship was modern, clean and well appointed. The food was very good as were the wines. Foods local to the region being travelled were offered. The desserts/pastries were especially good. The coffee machines were a great extra. As minor criticisms, there could have been more variety in the off the menu breakfast options and some of the beef selections had rather tough cuts of beef. Also, the Wellington had a small portion of puff pastry on top instead of being encased in puff pastry. Lobster would be a nice addition, though at variance with being a local cuisine. The on ship entertainment could have had more variety...perhaps a small ensemble group instead of a lone pianist, perhaps a comedy night or some variety act on some nights. There was trivia one day...that was enjoyable..perhaps a few more game-like activities that involve a subset of interested passengers would do well. There was an utter lack of exercise equipment... if there could be just one room set aside with some treadmills or other such equipment, that would be appreciated. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
The cruise exceeded our expectations. From the moment we were met at the airport until we were returned to our departure airport 15 days later, things went smoothly. Shore excursions were well planned and varied. At several ports we ... Read More
The cruise exceeded our expectations. From the moment we were met at the airport until we were returned to our departure airport 15 days later, things went smoothly. Shore excursions were well planned and varied. At several ports we were actually able to walk to and from the ship and town. Additional enrichment activities were provided on board. Our cabin and all areas of the ship were inviting and well cared for. The food was wonderful. So many choices... We drank wine and ate dessert with lunch and dinner. How decadent! The dining room wait staff, chef and sous chefs were exceptional. All staff were efficient, friendly and more than willing to provide excellent service. Our concierge offered to, and did, pick up a special Vienna made gift for me. I had neglected to schedule enough time to get it myself. Our trip aboard the Viking Ingvi was definitely our most pampered and relaxing travel experience to date. We look forward to traveling with Viking again in the future. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We chose this cruise upon the recommendation of several friends that have previously cruise Viking. I will list the pros and cons for our 15 day journey below: Pros: 1. We were very pleased with the personal service provided by our ... Read More
We chose this cruise upon the recommendation of several friends that have previously cruise Viking. I will list the pros and cons for our 15 day journey below: Pros: 1. We were very pleased with the personal service provided by our Cruise Director, Rob and our Concierge, Tamara. 2. Most of the remaining Ingvi staff were friendly, hard working and appeared to really enjoy their day to day work. 3. Our Chef was amazing and the food exceptional! 4. Our sailing in April was a very good choice as the water level of the Danube, Main and Rhine were high so a ship swap was not necessary. 5. As the Viking Ships are small we established some close friendships as a result of our cruise. 6. Our daily stops were excellent and our included tours very interesting. 7. Our Cruise Director and Concierge accompanied us on the shore excursions even in inclement weather. 8. The included wine with Lunch and Dinner was enjoyed by all. 9. Our German theme night was truly fun! Staff dressed in German attire and exceptional German food delicious. 10. We did a 3 day pre-cruise extension in Prague that was truly amazing! Cons: 1. We did have our top balcony closed down for five days due to low bridges as a result of the high water level. 2. Our bedding was not changed for the entire 15 day journey. Not sure whether this was just our cabin or routine for the cruise line. 3. We went through 68 locks on this transit. At first the entry and exit of locks was interesting but near the end of our journey they were a great deal less so! 4. Our evening entertainment on most nights was a piano player. Unfortunately his accompanying vocals were those of a poor Karaoke singer so we did not spend time in the lounge after Dinner. All in all, we will definitely consider Viking for future travels. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We've been on one other river cruise (France) and loved it so much we were a little hesitant that this 14 day cruise might not be as nice. We shouldn't have worried. The ship was wonderful, the itinerary was wonderful and the ... Read More
We've been on one other river cruise (France) and loved it so much we were a little hesitant that this 14 day cruise might not be as nice. We shouldn't have worried. The ship was wonderful, the itinerary was wonderful and the entire Viking staff was amazing. Bottom line, we LOVED both the cruise line (Viking) and the itinerary (Grand European). We arrived at Budapest airport in the afternoon of boarding day and were greeted (along with a lot of other people) by representatives of various river cruise lines. After check-in, we boarded a bus and set off for the dock. It was a little "iffy" at first as the crew on the dock didn't seem to realize that there was a bus full of people arriving from the airport (and neither did the front desk staff as it took several minutes for someone to appear). After that, everything was absolutely seamless. We were shown to our cabin and then told a light lunch was being served. Of course it was the first day and everyone was exploring the ship and meeting each other, but the atmosphere was still calm and relaxed. The next day we awoke, ate breakfast and prepared for our included excursion. This was our only opportunity to explore Budapest but it gave us an overview and we were able to explore a little more, close to the boat, on our own in the afternoon. That evening, after dinner, the captain pulled away from the dock and gave us a brief cruise past the lights of Budapest. Beautiful! During the remainder of our cruise we enjoyed good weather which helped but what we really enjoyed was the itinerary itself -- absolutely wonderful. I never dreamed that a major river (the Danube) would be narrow enough to enjoy the passing countryside, almost at arm's length. The cities we visited were amazing and the included tours, for the most part were very enjoyable and gave you a good overview of the cities. The food and drinks on board were quite good and, while the serving sizes may be smaller than some are used to on cruise ships, I found it refreshing not to have to leave food on my plate because there was too much. Plus, if you wanted more, you received it! The buffets at breakfast and lunch were great and I loved the fact that you had two choices for dining. We loved, loved our bar staff and enjoyed many evenings just sitting and chatting with them. We found everyone on the Ingvi Viking staff to be warm and welcoming and we really appreciated the fact that the crew did not try to call everyone by name. Instead, they chatted and bantered with the guests, answered questions, pointed out sights and just acted more like friends. In fact, the entire atmosphere of the ship was one of relaxed friendship. You could tell that from the Captain on down, everyone looked out for each other and, if someone needed help, another crew member was right there. I have never been on a cruise, river or sea, where there was such an obvious feeling of camaraderie. If I could cruise again with the same ship, the same crew, the same itinerary and the same weather, I'd be standing on the dock, suitcase in hand right now. As it is, I now count Viking as one of my favorite, if not my favorite, cruise lines. (Of course, I've decided that I love river cruising!!) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2016
My husband had always wanted to do a Danube River cruise [ Grand European Tour ] from Budapest to Amsterdam. We had in previous years seen many of the land areas and decided to see the wetter side. This was our third cruise with Viking. ... Read More
My husband had always wanted to do a Danube River cruise [ Grand European Tour ] from Budapest to Amsterdam. We had in previous years seen many of the land areas and decided to see the wetter side. This was our third cruise with Viking. This ship and the one we had cruised on in the Netherlands, was a little smaller than our cruise on the Yangtze river in China. Over all, the space was a little less but fine. The entire crew and service was excellent. They participated in the activities with the passengers and there was always someone close at hand when we were out on a tour conducted by a local guide. In preparation for the tour, Viking sent us a ' learn to say a few phrases ' video in each of the languages/countries we visited. Although many of the locals we met spoke English [ as a 2nd or 3rd language ], it helped in 'bonding' when we at least tried to say Hello or Thank you. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2016
This was a great trip. We were able to see many places and knowing that we would be returning a location for a wonderful meal and drink. The crew and the people on board were great. The included tours gave you the necessary details of ... Read More
This was a great trip. We were able to see many places and knowing that we would be returning a location for a wonderful meal and drink. The crew and the people on board were great. The included tours gave you the necessary details of the various regions. The touring on deck and the detail explanation of the castles and history was great. People have to realize when River Boat cruising it is a slower pace and not the bingo, casino of the ocean cruises. My wife and I had a great time and meet many great new people. We invited people that we meet in previous cruises from Australia and meet new friends from Texas. It was a vacation that is one you can enjoy and don't feel like you ran a marathon for port to port. The crew was outstanding and can take of special requests and the head waiter took care of my wife requests. The wine was excellent and never ran out of ... Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Have you ever wanted to pinch yourself to see if you were having a dream? That is exactly how I felt when I arrived in Budapest, Hungary. While I had been to Europe on three previous occasions, this trip was vastly different. After forty ... Read More
Have you ever wanted to pinch yourself to see if you were having a dream? That is exactly how I felt when I arrived in Budapest, Hungary. While I had been to Europe on three previous occasions, this trip was vastly different. After forty ocean cruises, my Dad and I were embarking on our first Viking River Cruise adventure, aboard the beautiful Viking Ingvi longship. Although it wasn’t a dream, the storybook landscapes did resemble a fairy tale! From Hungary to Austria and Germany to the Netherlands, we listened to magnificent philharmonic orchestras, explored the inside of castles and windmills, and tasted delightful delicacies. If you want to feel like royalty, take the Grand European Tour with Viking River Cruises. They treat passengers like Kings and Queens! Before the sun went down on our first evening aboard the Ingvi, we enjoyed our first Viking River Cruise dinner experience. It was simply incredible. I chose the Hungarian Farmer’s Plate for my first course, the Hungarian Goulash for my second course, and Hungarian layer cake for my dessert. The perfect meal to eat while in Hungary (or in any other part of the globe – it was amazing). Following our marvelous meal, the Captain took the entire longship for a sightseeing cruise to see the lights of the city. Budapest is so beautiful at night, with all of the buildings lit up! What an incredible sight to see! On the second evening, the Captain held a welcome aboard party that evening as a prelude to dinner. My menu selections included the potato crusted mascarpone cheese with a truffle sabayon sauce for my first course, Chateaubriand with buttered vegetables, potatoes, and a béarnaise sauce for my entrée, and a strawberry sponge cake for dessert. It was the perfect way to end another perfect day. The ship became a family in virtually no time at all. The majority of crew members knew our names by the second day of the cruise. The Viking Ingvi Crew provided excellent service. From Csaba, the Bar Chef, to Krisztina, the Hotel Manager, and of course, Rob, the Program Director, Tamara, the Concierge, Vivijen, the Receptionist, Daniel, the Musician, Judit, Bar Waitress, and Bojana, the Maître D', all of the crew on board worked hard to ensure that our river cruise was nothing short of exceptional. Many others contributed to an phenomenal cruise as well. Their meticulous service is very much appreciated. Many of the crew members became friends over the course of our two-week sailing. As a little girl, I dreamed of going to Austria, home of The Sound of Music. Now, as a young woman, my wish was fulfilled. We spent three days in this beautiful country, beginning with a scenic sail through scenery that made me want to sing out, “The hills are alive…” Well, you get the picture. The first part of the day found us dining on delicious meals, watching an apple strudel demonstration, and viewing remarkable scenery. Following a wonderful meal and a delightful “day at river,” we sprung for the Mozart and Strauss Concert that evening. Sitting on the front row of Schubert Hall, I was captivated by the excellent musicianship and talent that exuded from the platform as the Vienna Residence Orchestra performed. To welcome us back on the ship, the chef prepared Goulash soup and fresh baked bread as a late night snack, which was the perfect way to conclude a delightful evening. Break out your lederhosen and dirndls! The first stop in Bavaria is Passau, Germany, home of the world’s largest cathedral pipe organ, boasting more than 17,000 pipes! Thanks to Viking, we were able to attend a concert to hear this monstrous musical instrument being played. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, sharing a detailed history of the “Three Rivers City,” named for the three rivers that converge in Passau: the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers. While Viking provides an excellent complimentary excursion in most ports, we chose to take the World War II tour in Nuremberg, Germany. As a Language Arts teacher, I am required to teach the Holocaust. Teaching this difficult subject becomes a little easier when I can share personal experiences with my students, such as touring Congress Hall and Courtroom 600, where the Nuremberg Trials were held. While this tour was quite the somber experience, our lovely tour guide has now become a dear friend. Fondly known as the glass blowing capital of the world, Wertheim is home to a multi-generational family of glass blowers, one of whom came on the ship to give a demonstration. It was always exciting to have local artisans and performers join us on the ship for quality entertainment. What a treat to be notified by the Viking Concierge that the Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra was holding a free concert that afternoon! It was one of the most enjoyable concerts we experienced on our Grand European Tour. One of the most exciting dinners on board was the Viking Taste of Germany Dinner menu, including roast leg of port, bratwurst, tiroler knödel, sauerkraut, knödel, Viennese schnitzel, roast chicken, grilled käsekrainer, potato salad, and much more! Throughout this Grand European Tour, there were moments when goose bumps covered my arms, tears filled my eyes, and my heart was overwhelmed with joy. While my diary entries were scattered, at best, I am certain I will never forget the places we explored, the remarkable experiences we shared, and the many strangers we now call friends. My first Viking River Cruise etched indelible memories in my mind and effectively tugged on my heartstrings as well. As we received our customs form on the flight home, the reality of returning to the “real world,” began to sink in. Yet I encouraged myself with this thought: all good things must come to an end, so new ones can begin. So now the only question that remains is: when will I set sail with Viking once again? I invite you to view my full photo log of our trip at http://www.jennifersjourneys.net/photolog.html. I am happy to answer any questions you have concerning Viking River Cruises or the destinations we visited. I would love to hear your recommendations for future travel plans as well! You may e-mail me at jennifer@jennifersjourneys.net. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Excellent chance to see Europe from the Danube, Rhine Rivers and associated canals aboard a very stable, quiet and comfortable new ship. Excellent crew, staff, food, accommodations and passengers. Included shore excursions were very well ... Read More
Excellent chance to see Europe from the Danube, Rhine Rivers and associated canals aboard a very stable, quiet and comfortable new ship. Excellent crew, staff, food, accommodations and passengers. Included shore excursions were very well organized and informative. Extended shore excursion in Amsterdam was excellent as was the Movenpick Hotel and staff. Viking reps were present from the time we departed customs in Budapest until we arrived at the Amsterdam airport. I have been unsuccessful in reaching the Ingvi with the email supplied by one of the guides at concierge.ingvi@vikingcruises.com We definitely would take another cruise with Viking and have recommended it to friends. I've requested a copy of the onboard magazine Explore by Viking Cruises but was informed they are not available. Viking supplied excellent travel documentation prior to our Canadian departure and everything went according to the itineraries. The meals were well presented in both restaurants and the service was excellent. The onboard tour guides, bar and cooking staff were excellent as well. Even the weather was excellent! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2016
This cruise was my dream trip which was made possible as a retirement gift from my employer. From day one it did not disappoint. The cabin was nicely appointed and very comfortable. All of the excursions both included and optional met ... Read More
This cruise was my dream trip which was made possible as a retirement gift from my employer. From day one it did not disappoint. The cabin was nicely appointed and very comfortable. All of the excursions both included and optional met my expectations. The local guides were very informative and lots of fun; they made learning about the area enjoyable. The food aboard ship was outstanding. After a tour of the kitchen area, I don't know how such fine meals were produced in such a small space. Each night in the lounge we enjoyed games, entertainment and one night there was a glass blowing demonstration. I cannot say enough about the crew. They were all so accommodating, friendly and fun and I cannot say enough about our cabin steward, Novak---such a pleasant young man who kept our cabin in order in such a short amount of time. Viking made everything so easy, informative and enjoyable that I have booked a second cruise for fall of this year. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Kudos to the staff and crew of the Viking ship Ingvi! We embarked on the Ingvi on July 16, 2016 and from the moment we boarded the vessel to the moment we left, we have nothing but rave reviews for their excellent service, professional ... Read More
Kudos to the staff and crew of the Viking ship Ingvi! We embarked on the Ingvi on July 16, 2016 and from the moment we boarded the vessel to the moment we left, we have nothing but rave reviews for their excellent service, professional demeanor and personal interactions. The embarkation process, including transfer to the boat from the airport, boarding and accommodation while we waited for our cabin to be prepared (we arrived very early, so passengers from the previous cruise were still disembarking), was extremely smooth. During that process, we got acquainted with the reception desk staff, Nikolina, Viktoria and Alexsandre, as well as the Hotel Manager, Krisztina, folks who we would see and talk to daily throughout the cruise. Within a few days they knew us by name AND cabin number and always cheerfully assisted us with whatever issues we were having at the time. The issues that arose were generally procedural items: - Collecting shore cards pre-excursions - Swapping out audio devices for the excursions when we forgot to recharge overnight - Questions about onboard scheduling As it was raining when we got on the ship (the only one thing that the Ingvi staff seemed to be unable to control), we were only willing to tour the interior parts of the ship, initially. From the get-go, the ship seemed to be extremely clean and tidy, well managed and classy. Our opinion of this aspect of the ship never wavered, as the ship was perfectly maintained throughout the voyage. We met our cabin attendant, Benjamin, almost immediately upon being given access to our cabin. He was very personable, always with a smile and pleasant word. He did a wonderful job maintaining the cleanliness of the room and providing us with pleasant surprises like bedtime chocolates and towel origami (he left us with several animals assembled entirely from bath towels, including an elephant and bulldog). One feeling you will never experience if you take a Viking cruise is one of hunger. The dining experience aboard the Ingvi was exceptional. From the selection, quality and flavor of food, to the service, we were never left wanting. Mostly because, if you found yourself wanting anything, there was always a member of the staff, from our maître d'hôtel, Nina, to our many servers, including Marlon, Alexandru, Joanna, Richard, and even the executive chef, Denes, to address your desire immediately. As we sailed from country to country, the cuisine included regional specialities, in addition to many alternate selections. The regional specialities included foods like: Hungarian goulash and Dobas torté, German bratwurst and sauerkraut and Black Forest cake. All of the food was delicious and there wasn't a sugary treat that we didn't pass up! Not until the third day of the trip did we venture out onto the upper deck (it rained throughout our the first two days, so there was no reason to explore), where we were to spend hours at a time watching the scenery sail by. Like the interior of the ship, the exterior was extremely well maintained, with all passenger-accessible areas remaining organized and tidy throughout the cruise. The ship was in fantastic condition. The program director for our ship was Rob Wheatley from South Africa. He was fantastic. Extremely approachable, always amusing, he ran a very good program. From excursions to onboard entertainment, Rob coordinated all aspects of the experience. He was careful to explain the level of activity (or difficulty) of some of the excursions and was always prepared to offer alternate choices in town if the terrain was steep or included many steps that might prove difficult for some of the passengers. When describing the many optional excursions, he provided objective information about each, never pushing any of the excursions on us. Rob made sure that every passenger was able to participate in the activities of their choosing. The evening and nightly entertainment was provided by a gifted musician from Hungary, Danny. During cocktail hours before and after dinner, he would fill the lounge with beautiful piano music. He played a wide variety of styles, ranging from classical and easy listening music while people were quietly enjoying cocktails, to upbeat jazz and rock songs that people could sing along with and dance to late into the night. We love to dance, and he seemed to revel in playing dance music for us, ranging from slow waltzes and foxtrots to upbeat swings and cha-chas. Danny came prepared, but was open to any song suggestions made. How wonderful to have such an amazing pianist with us the entire cruise! In addition to Danny, our program director arranged for some unique local entertainment, including a Klesmer group, glass-blowing demonstration, and a classical duo, piano and violin, who knocked our socks off with their amazing performances! The Grand European Tour was truly spectacular with the ports of call and excursions that were offered, both included and optional. The included walking tours were led by guides that were extremely knowledgeable and eager to share information about the people, the history, and the culture of the cities. They would add personal anecdotes to help the information come alive to us. Viking did a fabulous job of not just showing us beautiful cities, but helped us learn and understand more about the cities we were viewing. Optional excursions were varied and included musical concerts, food, wine or beer tastings, castle visits, museums, and even other nearby cities not on the standard itinerary like Salzburg or Munich. Our favorite was the Top of the Town tour in Cologne, where we were taken to the top of the cathedral, inside and outside, and were provided with an incredible history of the cathedral as well as breathtaking views of the city from on high. By the time we disembarked from the ship two weeks later, we felt as if we were family of most of the staff. They truly went above and beyond in their service to guests, to us. They genuinely seemed happy to help us with any needs that we had. The staff usually anticipated any needs and had provided us with most things before we even had to ask. They far exceeded any expectations we had coming onto the ship. The services they provided and the attention they gave us were personalized and individualized. Upon leaving the ship, we found ourselves saddened to leave our new family members, the staff, and even shed a few tears knowing how much we would miss them. Now that our cruise is over, and we reflect on our amazing vacation, we are most grateful for having selected Viking as our cruise line. The top of the line service, memorable staff, amazing excursions, and fantastic ship all contributed in making memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you, Viking! We look forward to our next adventure with you! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This was our first River Cruise and we could not have been more pleased. The crew of the Ingvi went out of their way to may this cruise a memorable experience. Because the number of passengers is small, we got to know many of the other ... Read More
This was our first River Cruise and we could not have been more pleased. The crew of the Ingvi went out of their way to may this cruise a memorable experience. Because the number of passengers is small, we got to know many of the other passengers and everyone raved about the customer service, food, individual assistance, and daily shore excursions. The entire cruise is very organized. Someone said it is like a Swiss watch times 100. Disembarkation was effortless and all questions were answered before I even had the chance to ask them. I highly recommend this ship and its crew. The daily tours were very historical, with beautiful scenery and knowledgeable tour guides. There was usually plenty of time to tour on our own after the guides part. Special arrangements were made for guests with difficultly keeping up. The food was near gourmet quality and the servers were great. They quickly learned each travelers likes and dislikes and often made recommendations based on that. Every evening the crew held a meeting that explained what to expect the next day and what their recommendations were for that evening meal. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
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
Viking Ingvi Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 1.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 N/A

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