57 Budapest to Europe - River Cruise Viking River Viking Legend Cruise Reviews

Enjoyed every aspect of our Rhine cruise last year and was keen to experience The Danube. I wouldn’t have chosen another company as all aspects of our previous cruising experience were excellent. We wee not disappointed this year! ... Read More
Enjoyed every aspect of our Rhine cruise last year and was keen to experience The Danube. I wouldn’t have chosen another company as all aspects of our previous cruising experience were excellent. We wee not disappointed this year! The customer care Viking offers is second to none. Everything ran smoothly from the time we booked until the time our cruise ended. All the crew are pleasant and efficient and appear to enjoy their work which is a great reflection on the company. The food was delicious with a good range of choices and all beautifully presented and served. The accommodation is great you are so well looked after in an unfussy seemingly effortless way. The excursions took us to places of interest and well informed guides were able to provide you with facts and information you needed. There was a range of entertainment on offer . My only criticism would be that some of the singers needed a microphone. Well done Viking Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The food and cleaning departments were super but the cruise directors were just horrible. 10 people were left behind in Vienna when a tour guide decided to leave 15 minutes early, guide and cruise directors didnt care at all. ... Read More
The food and cleaning departments were super but the cruise directors were just horrible. 10 people were left behind in Vienna when a tour guide decided to leave 15 minutes early, guide and cruise directors didnt care at all. Entertainment on the ship was hideous music was a man playing a key board of songs from the 1960s and playing them badly. There were never enough seats in the lounge for people, and the free WiFi only worked in one small spot on the ship so everyone had to stand on top of each other to use it. Our room room smelled of dirty socks and while the cleaning tried hard to clean every surface, the manager of room services told us it was fine. Lastly we paid for a French balcony room only to see another French balcony room abutting ours one foot away every day. They stack there to four Viking boats next to each to save docking fees so all we saw was the boats next to us and at night they travelled to next destination so it was dark. Just the worst! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We loved the historical sites experienced in the wonderful free and optional tours of the itinerary selected by the designers of the cruise. Our selection of the excursions available provided excellent activities for us commensurate with ... Read More
We loved the historical sites experienced in the wonderful free and optional tours of the itinerary selected by the designers of the cruise. Our selection of the excursions available provided excellent activities for us commensurate with our age (elderly) and physical capabilities. The size of the optional groups (and even of the entire group aboard ship) was small and not uncomfortably overwhelming as we encountered aboard ocean cruise ships. The crew and workers aboard the Legend were all dedicated to providing their guests with optimum experiences. We noted that very quickly the staff on board began to remember our names--and we theirs. The open seating at the meals allowed us to circulate among the other passengers aboard so that we became familiar with many others. It was a congenial group overall. The food aboard was wonderful offering at each meal a buffet of several new options and a menu of fare that could be prepared to order. So far, the best cruise taken of our three thus far! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We have had two ocean cruises on the small motor sailer Winds tar. Outstanding. We expected similar experience from the heavily advertised Viking Danube cruise. This was another low water summer, but we were lucky. We did not have to ... Read More
We have had two ocean cruises on the small motor sailer Winds tar. Outstanding. We expected similar experience from the heavily advertised Viking Danube cruise. This was another low water summer, but we were lucky. We did not have to change ships. We were unlucky in that we were docked three ships abreast turning our stateroom into a dark cave most of the time. I gather this is often the case. Our balcony was not a balcony. It was a sliding window. We had one day of no a/c. We had fumes overpowering us when our neighboring ships exhaust lined up with our intake. Passengers were ill and no one could stay in their staterooms. Another half day, no water. Throughout this, no information disseminated to the passengers who finally had a harsh confrontation with the ships steward. Tours were adequate, with a couple exceptions...biking in Wachau Valley was fabulous and could have been twice as long. Dining was in a dreary room, never outside. Food was good but menu choices repetitive. Passengers were surprisingly underdressed in the evening, many in their shorts and tees from the daytime. Don’t bother taking much in the elegant casual realm. The demographic was quite frail on the whole and the day trips labeled active were only moderate. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Viking Danube Waltz River Cruise August 2018. First two days in hotel due to low water levels. Fourth day in Vienna and ship broke down.p, generator failed. Spent three days trying to fix it but couldn’t. . Bussed to Germany and two ... Read More
Viking Danube Waltz River Cruise August 2018. First two days in hotel due to low water levels. Fourth day in Vienna and ship broke down.p, generator failed. Spent three days trying to fix it but couldn’t. . Bussed to Germany and two more days in hotel. Viking and TripMate insurance will not acknowledge ship broke down. It is as if the ship never existed. Received 25% refund and future voucher. Further compensation denied by both stating that LOW WATER LEVELS resulted in itinerary changes. A COMPLETE LIE. The only low water levels were in Budapest at start of trip. We splurged and paid $12,000 for a suite since it was our 50th anniversary and would be our last big trip due to health issues and our only view on the ship was the stateroom of the boat parked next to us. In all my calls and correspondence not once was the ship Legend mentioned and that it had broken down. I got the silent treatment when I brought it up. We missed two destinations, Krems and Linz and never cruised an inch. We could not use the 25% off voucher for a future cruise and that was all Iwe was trying to get compensation for. I have never dealt with anyone as dishonest as Viking. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Don’t book book Viking river cruises. We bought the 7-day Danube Waltz from Aug 5 – 12, 2018, and spent one night cruising. Viking gave us a bus tour with hotel stays. Their boat broke down – couldn’t flush the toilets a lot of ... Read More
Don’t book book Viking river cruises. We bought the 7-day Danube Waltz from Aug 5 – 12, 2018, and spent one night cruising. Viking gave us a bus tour with hotel stays. Their boat broke down – couldn’t flush the toilets a lot of the time – and their compensation is 25 percent of our paid cruise fare, not including the airfare we had to pay to get there. We had low water at the start in Budpest and no boat, but even tough the water had been down for a month, they didn’t reschedule the cruise. For the low water, they gave us a 25 percent future cruise voucher that expires in one year. But the rest of the nonexistent cruise was Viking not taking care of its boat. I feel as though Viking is the car salesman who sells you a Mercedes, but delivers you a Yugo, and then says he will give you a discount on your next Mercedes. By withholding an appropriate refund, Viking is asking us to cover the cost of its repairs and to pick up the tab for a cruise they failed to deliver. I wrote the chairman, Torstein Hagen, but Viking said the 25 percent refund is the best they will do. Sounds like a bait-and-switch scam. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We booked this cruise for it's Itinerary. Especially enjoyed the cities visited and the scenic countryside. The Viking staff was professional, accommodating, efficient, but not intrusive. The cruise director, as well as, all the ... Read More
We booked this cruise for it's Itinerary. Especially enjoyed the cities visited and the scenic countryside. The Viking staff was professional, accommodating, efficient, but not intrusive. The cruise director, as well as, all the staff, kept us informed of all procedures and processes. We liked the basic all in one pricing structure. The boat was very clean and easy to navigate. An older boat, the cabin was still well appointed, comfortable and very pleasant. Transfers from airport, to and from excursions were excellent and extremely well organized. The guides for the shore excursions were knowledgeable and friendly. The tour coaches were modern and clean, comfortable with good views. Food choices were varied and plentiful. We really liked the menu items suggested by the region visited. By the nature of the cruise the entertainment was limited, but good quality, fun and relaxing. We would definitely recommend Viking river cruises and plan to book in the future. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Nearly everything was great. The cabin was a little too small, the bathroom shower had the tendency of wetting all the floor of the bathroom. The crew did a superior job of keeping it clean and only worked when we were away. The ... Read More
Nearly everything was great. The cabin was a little too small, the bathroom shower had the tendency of wetting all the floor of the bathroom. The crew did a superior job of keeping it clean and only worked when we were away. The ship was ably crewed and the personnel was friendly and competent. Dining was excellent, the wine selection was acceptable. Board entertainment was above average for such a small ship. Excursions were above average with practically no idle time. Embarkation and disembarkation was easy and pleasant. Complimentary bottled water and umbrellas were always available. Unlimited free coffee, tea and snacks were an added bonus. It was impossible to get access to an aspirin while on navigation. No children traveled with us. The cruise was not for children, most of the passengers were seniors including my wife and I. We definitely will cruise with one of your ships next year, probably we will try a sea cruise. Practically everything was included, avoiding the customary nickel and diming of most cruises. David, the entertainment officer deserves a special applause. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose this cruise because we had never been to the cities and countries included in the tour. The entire experience was delightful, especially the food, staff, and excursions. We met some amazing people and learned so much from the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had never been to the cities and countries included in the tour. The entire experience was delightful, especially the food, staff, and excursions. We met some amazing people and learned so much from the excursions led by educated and informed guides. The dining experience was both visually and gastronomically pleasing, and we grew fond of the cheerful and attentive staff. We always felt well cared for and found answers to our questions at the front desk. The cabins were kept immaculate and well stocked with towels and bath products. We enjoyed the lectures and informative meetings in the lounge, especially the Mozart lecture before the concert in Vienna. The lecture on the history of the Danube along with a slide show was fascinating. We left the ship with rich memories and new knowledge. I think of the cruise every day and am eager to cruise again! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We chose the Danube Waltz Cruise because it sailed through a part of Europe we had never seen. Also, because of the casual dress code and and lesser number of passengers on a river boat.We enjoyed the superb accommodation and excellent ... Read More
We chose the Danube Waltz Cruise because it sailed through a part of Europe we had never seen. Also, because of the casual dress code and and lesser number of passengers on a river boat.We enjoyed the superb accommodation and excellent service provided by Viking. Our stateroom on the main deck was comfortable and the house keeping was meticulous. We had the daily schedule placed on our bed every evening. It gave us the history of the places we will visit and details of optional activities. This was very helpful . Viking did a good job of arranging trained English speaking guides. We enjoyed the daily included tours. We kept the afternoon to ourselves for a short nap and the a walk to explore the place in our own . We had choices for our meals and the service was first rate. We also got to dine with a limited number of people and made a few cruise buddies! Viking staff were helpful and courteous at all times. We would recommend the Viking Danube Waltz Cruise to first timers and others who prefer a river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This was one river cruise that I could go on by myself since I had nobody to travel with this time. The vessel was the oldest but very clean and well maintained. The bathroom was a little small but worked out OK for my needs. Other ... Read More
This was one river cruise that I could go on by myself since I had nobody to travel with this time. The vessel was the oldest but very clean and well maintained. The bathroom was a little small but worked out OK for my needs. Other than sleep and shower I was not in my cabin much. The cleaning staff did a very nice job and were very pleasant to talk with. the dining was excellent and the staff was outstanding. They were very friendly and fun and help in any was possible. Entertainment on board was great and the cruise director was very good and helpful. She had a great personality and really seemed to enjoy her job. Her talks on the places we were going were fun and also informative. I would like to give a special thanks to the (2) young woman who were working the lounge and the piano player also. They were extremely nice people, very good service from all and just a pleasure to be around. They really made my evenings while we were sailing most enjoyable. I look forward to me next Viking Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Second riverboat cruise, since enjoyed first one so much. Like personal touch of riverboats. Comfortable rooms and well-serviced. Get to know other travelers with open seating at all meals; have made many new friends on our cruises. ... Read More
Second riverboat cruise, since enjoyed first one so much. Like personal touch of riverboats. Comfortable rooms and well-serviced. Get to know other travelers with open seating at all meals; have made many new friends on our cruises. Attentive staff who quickly learned our names and beverage preferences. Shore excursions included, and most guides are very good. Each meal had a featured menu for the area visiting. Daily newsletters very informational. Also, additional activities were added, e.g. another shore excursion, entertainment, on-board lecture. Everything on the boat was great. Customer Service at headquarters was not as good the second time around. Did not have just one rep to work with. Reps were not as knowledgeable about cruise and itinerary as the first cruise we took. Also, the map and itinerary in book we received prior to sailing was incorrect. Improvements needed in Customer Service, We are looking forward to taking another cruise next year, but will be more contentious of Customer Service and not take some things for granted and get more info in writing rather than orally. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We were “warned” that this ship was on its last legs for Viking. I hope this is not the case. We sailed her last week from Budapest to Passau. The ship was completely renovated. New carpet, furnishings and decor. Nothing showed any ... Read More
We were “warned” that this ship was on its last legs for Viking. I hope this is not the case. We sailed her last week from Budapest to Passau. The ship was completely renovated. New carpet, furnishings and decor. Nothing showed any signs of wear. It was great. The staff seemed proud of their “new” ship. The winter weather was gone and we had a great time. The ship is still without an elevator. A few things still needed completion, the networked items, saves and televisions only partially worked. The staff accommodated my mobility problem very well. Viking has very special excursions, we enjoyed the night of music and dance in Vienna. When we cruise, my wife and I enjoy sea days to rest. There is no rest days here- the itenerary has too much to see and do. It was wonderful. This was our first river cruise, we will be back One day. We recommend the 2 night extension in Budapest it was very instructive, the Corinthia hotel was very nice and a good location. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was an excellent way to explore the Danube region. Great historic sites and scenery, but after a while there is a sameness to the cathedrals and castles and it is almost too much to absorb at one time. Cobblestones are ... Read More
This was an excellent way to explore the Danube region. Great historic sites and scenery, but after a while there is a sameness to the cathedrals and castles and it is almost too much to absorb at one time. Cobblestones are "quaint" but they play havoc with lower back and legs. Our floating home was very comfortable and the crew were friendly and helpful. Food was well presented and provided an authentic taste of the region. Viking is a leader in the industry and they have mastered the logistics of managing their guests so that everything runs as smoothly as a Swiss clock. Shore excursions are well planned and comprehensive. Not too much time spent in gift shops either! We did not travel until mid October. In retrospect, we should have gone earlier as the weather was bleak for most of the trip -- the kind of bone-chilling damp that leaves you wanting something warm as soon as you return to base. Traveling earlier in the year (September) would have improved odds of more favorable conditions. Also, this weather did not make it easy to get good photographs along the way. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Loved everything about it. Great cabin, excellent services. Clean, food outstanding. Love how they serve regional dishes at different destinations. This time, we didn't do the formal dinners/dining rooms. We did the buffet so ... Read More
Loved everything about it. Great cabin, excellent services. Clean, food outstanding. Love how they serve regional dishes at different destinations. This time, we didn't do the formal dinners/dining rooms. We did the buffet so we could get a taste of everything! LOVE the smaller, more intimate ships. Don't want those "floating cities." Once you go with Viking cruises, River or Ocean, you'll be spoiled and won't want any other line. Also, at least one excursion in each port paid, too! Luxurious linens and towels! Heated bathroom floors! I've been on over 20 cruises. All different lines and itinerary. Nothing else compares! We got our air/transfers through Viking and it couldn't be anymore seamless transitions. And, the busses were so new they were removing plastic covers from the seats! The busses have toilets. What more could you ask for? Again, you cannot possibly go wrong with Viking. Can you tell, VIKING CRUISES are the BEST. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
What a wonderful experience on the Danube River. If you love to visit interesting cities and towns and explore (at your own pace or with a group), then this is the cruise for you. The scenery on the Danube river on sailing days is ... Read More
What a wonderful experience on the Danube River. If you love to visit interesting cities and towns and explore (at your own pace or with a group), then this is the cruise for you. The scenery on the Danube river on sailing days is spectacular...took my breath away, even other passengers were so friendly...met great people at dinners. The ship was tidy and clean, service and staff is first class...they are so helpful and take time to help you out, excursions are wonderful and interesting (only thing is maybe add a bike tour), cabin was spacious considering, bed was so comfortable...great views from the room, food/meals were delicious! I like the way they would adapt their menu to the port of call! I would definitely recommend a River cruise for 45 and up...very relaxing and easy going. Not much night life, but a nice drink and some dancing after dinner was fun! My husband and I definitely plan to do this again!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We just returned from Viking's Romantic Danube Cruise from Budapest to Nuremburg and had a wonderful time! We chose this tour because I really wanted to see these cities and our extension to Prague. And we chose Viking because of the ... Read More
We just returned from Viking's Romantic Danube Cruise from Budapest to Nuremburg and had a wonderful time! We chose this tour because I really wanted to see these cities and our extension to Prague. And we chose Viking because of the cost, it's reputation and the number of years they have sailed and ships that they have. From the very start we were treated like Royalty. Being picked up at the airport without any worries and wisked off to our ship. Food and drinks awaited us. Our rooms were ready even though it was still morning. Yes, the rooms are small, it's a ship, remember? But it was fine! In fact we were not in the room that much. My biggest concern in booking this trip was that I was sure I wanted a room with either a balcony or the picture windows. Well they were all sold out. So we took a room on the lower level with smaller windows. We were VERY happy that we didnot spend all that extra money on the other rooms. We were seldom in our rooms. AND when we were cruising we wanted to be on the upper deck where we could see BOTH sides of the shore. Plus we were with friends. We could not have gathered in our room, way too crowded for that. The crew was exceptional, especially our Program Director, Suzanna and our Conciere, Edit. Edit arranged bikes for us at one port and gave us countless other ideas of things to do in port and how to get from one place to another. Suzanna was on top of everything and both always had a smile on their face. I'm not sure when they ever slept because they were everywhere. Food was plentiful and delicious. The staff was right there to serve and were very happy accommodate any special requests. Our room was spotless! Our maid was in there cleaning and turning down beds, etc, countless times a day. Superb! There is not a lot of entertainment on the ship but I knew that ahead and didn't expect it. After dinner we were usually very tired from a busy day and getting ready for the next. We are very active 60 year olds and loved the busy days. If you have trouble walking around or just like relaxing, you may want to consider another tour. The potrts were marvelous. Budapest was so pretty. Be sure to go to the thermal baths! They were divine! We did not do the extention in Budapest and that would have been a good idea, especially because we were there on a Sunday and there was a marathon going on. Several places were closed for the day so we missed seeing them. We went on an excursion to Salzburg and I would not recommend it. Too far to go by bus, too crowded, not enough free time. I would stay in Passau. LOVED Regensburg! Such a sweet old town, untouched by the war. So glad we did the extention to Prague. Just magnificent! And Viking did a great job of getting us a great hotel right in the middle of the city. Plus we got a great city tour through Viking. Vikingt handled a few problems very professionally. No one can predict the river water levels and yes we did have to go by bus to our last 2 ports. Disappointing but I would not blame Viking. Also, that same week we were there Viking was dealing with the boat crash. The staff again handled themselves very professionally. Overall, we loved our trip! And highly recommend Viking! I will do another river cruise some day, I hope, and I will stay with Viking. Thanks, Njord staff and crew! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
We wanted to see that part of the world where the Danube flows. We loved our room, food, the tours and especially the warm and friendly crew. We can't say enough to compliment these fantastic people or Viking. They thought of ... Read More
We wanted to see that part of the world where the Danube flows. We loved our room, food, the tours and especially the warm and friendly crew. We can't say enough to compliment these fantastic people or Viking. They thought of everything for our pleasure, comfort and entertainment. The tours were informative, bringing you to a time in history that you only read about. All of the tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and added humor, and personal information that history books don't reveal. It made you feel you could understand how some of the people felt during that point in time. We took in the Straus, Mozart concert in Vienna and loved it!!! There were so many things that we loved about the whole experience. I hope to take another Viking cruise one day to experience another part of the world, or perhaps, go back to the Danube once more. It may not be blue as the song says, but the romance and beauty of that river is so special and is something one cannot forget! The entertainment in the lounge at night was so much fun! I loved sailing at night, being in the lounge, dancing to the wonderful songs that, Peter, our entertainer, played on the piano, all the while soaking in the beauty of the lights that glistened on the Danube as we floated past the beautiful cities. So magical!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
My travel agent recommended it, and he has never steered me wrong, it was a father daughter vacation and we loved every minute of it. The crew, cabin stewards, everything was amazing. I think our favorite spot was Durnstein and Melk. We ... Read More
My travel agent recommended it, and he has never steered me wrong, it was a father daughter vacation and we loved every minute of it. The crew, cabin stewards, everything was amazing. I think our favorite spot was Durnstein and Melk. We will definitely travel with Viking again, missed out on the extra days to Salzburg and Munich, but will catch it on another vacation. The food and the theme dinners were very good as well as the entertainment. We especially liked that the excursions we're included as well as some extra excursions. We were given plenty of information on the region we we're exploring. The airport transfers went smooth and there was a Viking representative there to assist in any way. We boarded in Budapest and disembarked in Passau, there were no bad moments or experiences. When making Port you are dropped off at the city center and easy to explore on your own. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We sailed on the Viking Legend from Budapest to Passau, and what an amazing trip! The crew were all friendly and went out of their way to make us feel at home; the guided tours were fun and yet I learned more than perhaps years of history ... Read More
We sailed on the Viking Legend from Budapest to Passau, and what an amazing trip! The crew were all friendly and went out of their way to make us feel at home; the guided tours were fun and yet I learned more than perhaps years of history lessons taught me about the areas. If you've taken larger Caribbean cruises, set aside your expectations. This was a smaller ship, with less "amenities", yet more comfortable. While I didn't have a whirlpool, I also never spent time angling to get a seat somewhere. The more intimate atmosphere lends to a more relaxed scene when you're on board, so in that sense, it's more relaxed, more low-key. However, the "excursions" definitely are more involved (and many are included!), giving more activity, and letting you see more of the real area, which I appreciated. In short, my Fitbit logged more activity than a typical vacation, and yet I was more relaxed and renewed at the end of the cruise than most of my vacations! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
The ship was lovely. At one port we had to walk through two other ships that were not Viking ships, we noticed that our ship was much nicer than either of the others. The cabin was spacious enough, and was better laid out than any other ... Read More
The ship was lovely. At one port we had to walk through two other ships that were not Viking ships, we noticed that our ship was much nicer than either of the others. The cabin was spacious enough, and was better laid out than any other cruise ship we have been on. The dining was excellent, the portions were just right; we were not "overfed" which was a plus. The entertainment was delightful with much of it being local performers. The entire staff and crew were friendly, helpful, and courteous. The included shore excursions were excellent. We spent two days in Budapest before we embarked, so we should have skipped the Budapest tour. The embarkation and debarkation process were made easy and seamless. We have already scheduled another Viking Cruise for September 2017. Everything was very good - friendliness and helpfulness of the staff, quality of the excursions, cleanliness of the ship, and quality of the food. It could not have been better. We especially enjoyed being given water in our room and as we exited for an excursion. Perfect vacation. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Based on TV ads chose this cruise because of price and the places it visited on the Danube. The experience was beyond our expectations. The only negative was the 4+ hour layover in Heathrow on the way to Budapest. The ship was spacious ... Read More
Based on TV ads chose this cruise because of price and the places it visited on the Danube. The experience was beyond our expectations. The only negative was the 4+ hour layover in Heathrow on the way to Budapest. The ship was spacious and clean. The Program Director was excellent as were the rest of the staff and crew. They could not have been more delightful. Food service was delicious with local cuisine throughout the trip. Our cabin was not large but was adequate for our needs. We spent most of our time seeing the sights with excellent local guides. The was "local" entertainment in the lounge each evening after dinner and we enjoyed it thoroughly. We firmly believe that we got our money's worth and then some. We were so pleased that the morning after we arrived home we booked next year's cruise on the Rhine from Amsterdam to Switzerland. We traveled in April and will do so again next year to avoid the crowds. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We loved our Viking cruise. We have cruised with a number of cruise lines on both ocean liners and small ships but this was our best experience so far. We loved the casual attitude and the friendliness of the staff and fellow passengers. ... Read More
We loved our Viking cruise. We have cruised with a number of cruise lines on both ocean liners and small ships but this was our best experience so far. We loved the casual attitude and the friendliness of the staff and fellow passengers. We sailed from Budapest to Passau on the Danube. We took the optional pre-cruise extension in Budapest. We were met at the Budapest airport and the two of us were given a taxi ride to our hotel with a driver who pointed out the sights along the way. The hotel had perfect location in the Castle District. Our room had a "picture-postcard" view of the Fisherman's Bastion, the Danube and the city. It was a very convenient location for sightseeing on our own. The Viking concierge in the hotel lobby was helpful. The hotel restaurant was good. We were impressed by the fact that foods were labeled with any common allergens they contained. This was a big help since my daughter has food allergies. On sailing day we were transported from the hotel to our longboat. Embarkation and disembarkation was easy since there were fewer than 200 passengers. We enjoyed our fellow passengers. They all seemed to be experienced travelers who were on the cruise to absorb as much of the local culture as possible. It was interesting to talk with them about other excursions that they took if there different from ours and about other cruises they had taken. Entertainment was limited to music in the lounge in the evenings but every day before dinner there was an interesting presentation on where we were going the next day. Service was excellent. The staff quickly learned our preferences. We were especially impressed with the maitre d' and chef who met daily with my daughter to determine what foods would be safe for her to eat. If there was nothing suitable on the menu something was prepared especially for her. The food was good but not gourmet. Because of the small number of passengers the menu selections were limited but if anyone did not what was offered he could always order some items like steak that were always available. The inclusion of unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks with meals was cost-saving. Almost all of the shore excursions were also included in the price of the cruise which also saved us a lot of money. Because there were so few of us getting on and off the boat it was fast and easy. The tour guides were very knowledgeable. The ship docked in the downtown area of the cities and towns so it was easy to go sightseeing or shopping on our own when we had free time. I would highly recommend this cruise for people who want to learn about the places they are visiting. It is not for anyone who cruises for amenities on board such as the casinos, the pool, spa services, gourmet food, or Broadway-type entertainment since there are none. I think the cruise would not be suitable for small children but mature teenagers would probably enjoy it. We look forward to taking another Viking river cruise soon! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
I always swore to never take a cruise, however several friends persuaded me otherwise. My biggest challenge when I returned was to find a "favorite" part of the trip. Every part of the vacation was magnificent. The ... Read More
I always swore to never take a cruise, however several friends persuaded me otherwise. My biggest challenge when I returned was to find a "favorite" part of the trip. Every part of the vacation was magnificent. The accommodations were superb, starting with the the people that ran the operation. Customer service for Viking obviously was the main priority. The food prep, from presentation to taste, I am still talking about. All of the meals had relevance to the country and city we were visiting, which I found amazing. Cabin's were very clean, information prior to tours extremely informative and the tour guides were so knowledgeable. I appreciated the size of the tours were broken down into easy group sizes. Entertainment was great in the evening. The expectation for the trip prior to leaving was "high", but Viking Legend even surpassed all my expectations. I was concerned about safety prior to leaving, but really had no issues during the entire cruise. I will definitely take another, but not certain where I will be going. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Viking Legend Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabin 5.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 4.5
Entertainment 3.0 4.0
Public Rooms 5.0 4.5
Fitness & Recreation 3.0 N/A
Family 1.0 3.4
Shore Excursions 5.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 3.0 N/A
Service 4.0 4.7
Value for Money 4.0 N/A

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