56 Budapest Viking River Viking Magni Cruise Reviews

A river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam was on our bucket list for many years. We started with a pre-cruise extension to Prague, which was a great walking city. The river cruise ship was comfortable and filled with friendly travelers. ... Read More
A river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam was on our bucket list for many years. We started with a pre-cruise extension to Prague, which was a great walking city. The river cruise ship was comfortable and filled with friendly travelers. The cabin was small but well-designed and there was no need to stay in the cabin except when sleeping. Being able to sit outside and watch as small towns passed by was a wonderful experience. The included tours gave us a taste of each town where we stopped.And there were plenty of additional tours available if desired. The staff, both hotel and ship side, were friendly and informative. Even the captain was approachable! The smaller number of passengers, which was what we wanted, does mean that what you may have experienced on a large cruise ship will differ greatly from what is available on-board a river cruise ship. There were several cultural-type entertainments available.But no Broadway shows, rock climbing or ice skating. Instead we met other passengers and spent time getting to know each other. The variety of food was acceptable and portion size was more than adequate. Getting on and off the ship was easy and we usually docked within walking distance of the city centers. We already have booked another Viking river cruise for this year.and a Viking ocean cruise for 2021. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was my first Viking River Cruise. Impressive is an understatement. From the moment my spouse and I landed, Viking arranged absolutely everything. A true vacation began with professional onboard Viking staff and epic destinations. ... Read More
This was my first Viking River Cruise. Impressive is an understatement. From the moment my spouse and I landed, Viking arranged absolutely everything. A true vacation began with professional onboard Viking staff and epic destinations. The only real setback is the lack of a fitness center or group exercise activities. There is a walking track on the top deck, but if you are a runner like my spouse, then running amidst walkers on a tight lane can be quite tedious, if not dangerous for the runner or those walking, that may side step unexpectedly. I highly recommend taking the optional excursion to Munich. There is something surreal about the city that encapsulates the mind, intrigues the senses and burns an unforgettable surge of just being in a moment that your not sure you want to ever leave. If a River Cruise is on your list of musts, choose Viking, you certainly will not be disappointed. This may have been my first Viking adventure, but certainly not my last. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was a dream come true for us. We put off choosing a date, place and length until last minute and ended up with limited availability. We ended up picking this and we can’t wait to go again! The ship was fantastic! The staff were ... Read More
This was a dream come true for us. We put off choosing a date, place and length until last minute and ended up with limited availability. We ended up picking this and we can’t wait to go again! The ship was fantastic! The staff were amazingly attentive. The food was better than anything I have had in a land based restaurant. The tours and excursions were beautiful. Tour guides were not only knowledgeable but typically from that location and able to tell us so much more than I expected! I might consider taking my teenager on our next one! We got to know so many people on board from the staff, to the crew, to other passengers from so many different places!!! There were so many things to do some days it was hard to choose which is one of the reasons we are considering doing this one again before trying a new one!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Chose Viking based on friend’s recommendation. Not disappointed at all. I’m guessing they’re expensive compared to other river cruise lines, but if there is any way you can afford it, spend the extra money. One thing about river ... Read More
Chose Viking based on friend’s recommendation. Not disappointed at all. I’m guessing they’re expensive compared to other river cruise lines, but if there is any way you can afford it, spend the extra money. One thing about river cruises we didn’t realize were the several possible disruptions due to weather, river depths and lock delays (you go through 50 some locks). None of which are Viking’s fault of course. I can’t imagine any company handling these annoyances any better. They keep you informed, answer your questions before you ask them and absorb all costs and lost revenue gracefully. The ship itself and cabin were in great condition. No frayed edges or deferred maintenance. The dining was outstanding and every meal was looked forward to. We purchased the drink package because we were traveling with another couple and knew we would be having a few cocktails each day outside of mealtimes (local beers and wines are complimentary at lunch and dinner). It was well worth it for us and our friends, but obviously an individual decision. We only took included tours and were happy. Anthony, the entertainment director was great. And, Stephen, our bartender was the best and made our trip better. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
March 31, 2019 on Viking Magni River Cruise Budapest to Passau. First suggestion, do your homework. We booked a French “Balcony” (sliding door) on 3rd Fl. Very small. Just enough room for a double bed. No chairs so reading or TV ... Read More
March 31, 2019 on Viking Magni River Cruise Budapest to Passau. First suggestion, do your homework. We booked a French “Balcony” (sliding door) on 3rd Fl. Very small. Just enough room for a double bed. No chairs so reading or TV is lying on bed. Small bathroom. Very efficient but claustrophobic. Room has fridge but only useful for bringing in shore beverages or food. Hint. Don’t upgrade the liquor package. Buy duty free or in town and save $$ as you can bring this on board and no corkage. Fridge is useless otherwise as no room service and cannot bring any bottles from bar into room (even with their best upgraded liquor package!). WiFi is free as it should be because it was terrible. With modern service I’m sure this could be improved if they wanted to but would increase expenses. Service was impeccable from everyone. As were the excursions, even those included. That is the expectation and the standard for this caliber of cruise. The entrees we had were all good but not exceptional. Superb buffet is always in addition to table menu service. Best meal was grilled sea bass served on last day. Meals are mostly served in main dining room with tables of 6-8+. Great opportunity to build friendships and share conversations with fellow travelers. Still good value and a we hope to go again but equipped with new knowledge to fine tune our experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Always wanted to do a river cruise in Europe and this one provided the most highlights and included shore excursions. Going that far, we wanted to spend more time so we chose a 2 week cruise. The reason for the poor review is the way ... Read More
Always wanted to do a river cruise in Europe and this one provided the most highlights and included shore excursions. Going that far, we wanted to spend more time so we chose a 2 week cruise. The reason for the poor review is the way Viking handled the low water situation. We had inquired about this problem before we left for our cruise and was told that there was no issue. They lied! We heard from the crew that the situation had been ongoing for 3 months! The main reason we take cruises is to avoid having to repack as we move from location to location. On this "cruise" we had to pack and unpack 3 times during the cruise and spent 19 hours on busses being shuttled form one ship n to another. We missed one location altogether and stayed on 3 different ships and a hotel! Had we known this, we would have waited to take the cruise at another time! This was an expensive trip and we feel it did not deliver the experience we expected. Most other people on board felt the same way. We all received an email less than a week before the cruise informing us of one possible issue in one section of the river. It turned out to be 4 sections! This was obviously too late to cancel. Viking has offered us 25% of our cruise fare off of another Viking cruise as compensation. I don't feel I can trust Viking to be honest and doubt that I will ever use this cruise line again! Very disappointed. That said, the included shore excursions were wonderful with local guides who spoke English very well as did the crew. Meals on board were fantastic with a good selection. My only complaint about the entertainment and activities on board were that they occurred at 9 pm when I was ready for bed! Embarkation and disembarkation was a delight after the cattle calls of ocean cruises. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose the cruise for the same reasons as Judhess. Because of the low water, our trip was a big disappointment. After the first night spent on the Viking Idun in Budapest, we made our first transition to another Viking Ship (this time ... Read More
We chose the cruise for the same reasons as Judhess. Because of the low water, our trip was a big disappointment. After the first night spent on the Viking Idun in Budapest, we made our first transition to another Viking Ship (this time the Magni). And, still, after a few days we made a change to another ship and then the last night to a hotel in Amsterdam. We spent many hours being transported by busses to go on excursions we had signed up for and some that the staff selected for us. A big disappointment was arriving in Cologne for a tour of the Cathedral only to find that our arrival was timed during a time when the cathedral was closed to tours. We had a tour that was dismal, ate lunch at a restaurant and then on the 20 minutes after lunch on our way to the bus, we slipped into the Cathedral for about 8 minutes. Terrible planning. We also missed the windmills. Originally we were offered at voucher for our next trip of 25% of what we paid for our GrandEuropean trip. Upon arriving home, that voucher was canceled and we did receive a voucher for our next Viking Cruise with the value of half the expense of our cruise. Likely they read the surveys, which if like ours were quite negative. It is too bad that Viking was not honest up front, had refunded our money and we could have chosen a cruise of our choice with out all of the monkey business. We know of other cruise lines that have done that when they could not provide the services they originally offered. Tour guides for excursions were mostly outstanding except for... Cologne and Nuremberg. Food was marginal to very good. Service was good.Kaitlyn, our activity director was wonderful, but ended up having to spend a lot of time trying to figure out what we were going to do next. Friends of ours took a similar cruise on AMA waterways in June and raved about the food, the service the tours and VIKING, TAKE NOTICE... the outstanding evening entertainment... they had folk lore dancers, music that was not mostly opera. They did not play three nights worth of trivia games. On the night they were in Budapest, the ship even cruised the docking area so they could see the illuminations of lights. The German night was the most fun in the dining room. Of course, we will use our 50% voucher from our past trip, and all I can say is, Viking should have refunded the 50% of our money AND, we only hope, the next trip is as good as we have heard Viking cruises can be! Getting on each ship was handled well, but the first night we learned we were moving to the magni the next day! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We wanted a long cruise where we could truly relax. The 15 day cruise was really great. We celebrated our 40th anniversary on board. We had beautiful weather and the shore excursions were very enjoyable. Our dining experience was very ... Read More
We wanted a long cruise where we could truly relax. The 15 day cruise was really great. We celebrated our 40th anniversary on board. We had beautiful weather and the shore excursions were very enjoyable. Our dining experience was very nice. We were well taken care of. The stop in Nuremberg was very moving. The guides were very knowledgeable and accommodating. Our director Marie was lots of fun. She kept us all entertained. The onboard staff operated like a well tuned clock. They anticipated our every need. The front desk helped us arrange a nice bike ride along the river that was very enjoyable. I would recommend this cruise to anyone wanting a relaxed cruise along 3 different rivers. The only thing I would recommend would be the serving of local wines. While we like Argentine Malbec at home in the USA and while traveling in Argentina, we did expect European wines would be served to us at dinner. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Beware the excellent marketing pitch given by Viking Cruise line. To see their commercials you imagine days of luxurious vistas and exclusive sightseeing. What we got on our 14-day cruise on the Danube and Rhine were hotels, ship changes ... Read More
Beware the excellent marketing pitch given by Viking Cruise line. To see their commercials you imagine days of luxurious vistas and exclusive sightseeing. What we got on our 14-day cruise on the Danube and Rhine were hotels, ship changes and a dozen bus rides. When we were on board, we were often tied to boats three abreast or moored in industrial shipyards. The view from our patio was the patio of the ship tied up to us. Viking spokesmen blamed this on the drought and shallow river beds which they did not disclose to us until five days before our vacation. In reality this had been going on for several months. For our inconvenience, we were offered a 25% credit on a future cruise which will never happen in my lifetime. This is billed as a high-end vacation but was actually shuttling with mobs of people to crowded tourist areas in Hungary, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. Buyer beware! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Service on Magni was very good. Had to switch ships halfway due to water levvels. Staff not nearly as attentive or nice. Third day they were still asking us what our cabin number was when we ordered a drink. On Magni, they knew day one. ... Read More
Service on Magni was very good. Had to switch ships halfway due to water levvels. Staff not nearly as attentive or nice. Third day they were still asking us what our cabin number was when we ordered a drink. On Magni, they knew day one. Food was ok, not a big selection.Got very tired of busing everywhere, especially last day. Spent 8 hours on a bus. I paid for a river cruise! Saw some beautiful places. No place to workout, half the time, the walking deck was closed. Minimal entertainment. Not much to do on board.Some of the optional excursions were good. Loved the 3 day pre cruise in Prague. Worth the upgrade to be right in town. Gift shop is a joke unless you want to buy overpriced Viking items. While they gave us a 25% credit towards a future cruise, unfortunately that will probably go to waste as to why would I subject myself to that experience again? Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Recommended by travel agent. The ship allowed an obviously sick man to board and infect numerous passengers and the crew. He should because of that person, I was infected with the flu and missed 80% of the cruise and tours, being ... Read More
Recommended by travel agent. The ship allowed an obviously sick man to board and infect numerous passengers and the crew. He should because of that person, I was infected with the flu and missed 80% of the cruise and tours, being confined to may stateroom because of illness caused by the sick individual. It was very unfair. One of the tours had to be cancelled because of a river closure. Viking refunded $40 of the $49 and kept $9. The air reservations were made by incompetent people who don't how to allow for time to get off on plane, go through security and customs and make the connecting flight. We missed the connecting flight and had to wait for a much later flight. We arrived in Budapest after midnight. Viking did not meet us at the airport. They said it was too late (their fault) and could not inconvenience an employee. Only passengers should be inconvenienced. That was the attitude throughout the trip. We had to take a taxi from the airport to the ship and Viking refused to refund the tip we had to pay the taxi driver. This was the worst cruise ship experience I have ever had. I will never travel with Viking and again. What was good? The food and consideration of the chef for my inability to eat anything solid for days. The chef made me fresh ginger tea, than broth until I could eat solid food. I have high praise for the chef. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was our first time cruising with Viking. It exceeded all expectations. The crew was phenomenal attention to detail is amazing we couldn’t of picked a better vacation. Two months after this cruise we booked another Viking cruise. ... Read More
This was our first time cruising with Viking. It exceeded all expectations. The crew was phenomenal attention to detail is amazing we couldn’t of picked a better vacation. Two months after this cruise we booked another Viking cruise. The excursions offered are widely diverse. They give details of what will be done whether easy moderate or extreme hiking based on your day and how you feel it made it a pleasure to know what was in store for you. We found all of the crude to be extremely personable. And we loved the casual attire throughout the whole cruise very relaxing . Meal choices are are so numerous every pallet will be pleased specially liked the food choices within region . I’ve traveled all over Europe and I found this to be the most relaxing vacation I’ve taken . I highly recommend Viking! We are now spoiled and only see Viking in our future. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
It really was the best trip we ever had. Accommodations, service, activities / tours and food were way above our expectations. Our pre and post cruise extensions in Prague and Amsterdam were great as well. Cabin was always clean ... Read More
It really was the best trip we ever had. Accommodations, service, activities / tours and food were way above our expectations. Our pre and post cruise extensions in Prague and Amsterdam were great as well. Cabin was always clean Restaurant was great, food selection and service were outstanding Ship is kept in great condition at all times All our questions and concerns were addressed in the timely manner All the stops were interesting and exciting, the tour guides were great We are definitely coming back for another Viking cruise. We would like to thank everyone at Viking for making our vacation an unforgettable travel adventure! Our total trip was 20 days with extensions and it flew by very fast (I am so glad that we took a lot of pictures). We have created a lot of unforgettable memories and we are looking forward to many more cruises with Viking Lines in the future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Vacationing on a river cruise is somewhat like an ocean cruise, but in some ways very different. Viking cruise is top notch. Very refined, luxurious experience. The Danube has so much history and activities to offer! Extra stay in ... Read More
Vacationing on a river cruise is somewhat like an ocean cruise, but in some ways very different. Viking cruise is top notch. Very refined, luxurious experience. The Danube has so much history and activities to offer! Extra stay in Budapest was amazing - the prettiest city I’ve seen at night (and that includes NYC, LA, DC, Chicago, Seattle, among others)The included excursions were great, and the extra excursions available were very well done also. Our cruise director (Wes) was fantastic and did a great job of advising us on things to do. He wasn’t afraid to tell us the excursions or things to do that he didn’t like as much, and made the entire experience so much fun. Food was incredible, with a wide selection of American and local foods. Staff onboard was exceptional. Awesome people we met on the cruise, and since there were less than 200 passengers, we got to know them better - and still in touch with several of them! It is a bit pricey, but well worth the investment for a vacation. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I selected this cruise because all the ports were places I had never visited before. I was AMAZED at how smoothly everything ran. Form the moment we arrived at the boat it was like being greeted by family. They were ready for us, no long ... Read More
I selected this cruise because all the ports were places I had never visited before. I was AMAZED at how smoothly everything ran. Form the moment we arrived at the boat it was like being greeted by family. They were ready for us, no long lines to check in. Our concierge learned our names and greeted us by name daily. Every tour guide was exceptional! They were knowledgeable, funny, as well as courteous and considerate. And the staff on the ship - well I really can't say enough about how wonderful they were! The meals were so delicious and I really appreciated the self-serve coffee/tea/water station with snacks. Loved that we could choose between fresh fruit or homemade cookies! I also appreciated that the food changed and offered regional selections as we traveled across countries. Viking thought of everything and I felt so cared for! I loved it so much I already booked another Viking cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Before I go any further, you must keep in mind that I am a smalltown senior citizen from New York state in the USA. This old gal had never been on a weeklong trip that required a passport. However, the beauty of my local surroundings and ... Read More
Before I go any further, you must keep in mind that I am a smalltown senior citizen from New York state in the USA. This old gal had never been on a weeklong trip that required a passport. However, the beauty of my local surroundings and the Fingerlakes region of New York state places the bar pretty high. That being said and all things considered, this boat cruise vacation was a WOW. Embark in Budapest, Hungary; What a way to start my vacation. Immaculate accomodations, cozy cabin, and gracious crew members to make all guests welcome. We started right off with a delicious dinner shared with other vacationers. Everyone was friendly and seemed quite happy. Our first night cruise was spectacular. Everyone went to the upper deck to take photos of the magnificently lit historic buildings, bridges, and statues. The daily (optional) tours kept us as busy as we wanted. We skipped one tour because relaxing on board sounded good. Recharged by afternoon, we decided to tour the locale by bus and on foot. You guessed it, more photos. One of the extra tours we chose was a special Mozart Concert in Vienna. Thank you Viking Cruises for this special event. Another item I must share is regarding the Viking Magni staff. Everyone, and I mean every one of the staff members who we had occasion to meet was kind, good humored, respectful, and helpful in every way. I was delighted with the beautifully appointed restaurant and dining rooms. Nicely set table service, well groomed wait staff wearing perfect uniforms, with personalities and social skills that brought a smile to my face every day. Oh, let us not forget the Chefs. There was a bountiful supply of great food prepared just the way you want it (cooked and served with a smile). We loved the on shore excursions/tours. Words really cannot do them justice. The churches were breathtaking, the shops were quaint and very appealing, the countryside vast and beautiful. All were a must see. I really want to do it again (and again). Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Although we have taken many cruises, this was our first river cruise and our first Viking cruise. We were very impressed. It was so nice being on a smaller boat with just a few hundred people. We felt like we got acquainted with most of ... Read More
Although we have taken many cruises, this was our first river cruise and our first Viking cruise. We were very impressed. It was so nice being on a smaller boat with just a few hundred people. We felt like we got acquainted with most of them. The service was outstanding! Everyone on board was delightful with deal with- any question was answered with a smile. I especially like the excursions. Each day we had an overview of the city and most days had a chance to explore on our own. An added bonus was the excursion to Cresky Krumlov. It was very interesting. My two favorite events were the night cruise in Budapest and the afternoon cruise down the river. The lights on all the buildings and bridges were magical. The afternoon cruise was relaxing and entertaining. For such a small ship, the entertainment was fantastic. Every night there was something fun happening in the main lounge. The last night on board was our 45th wedding anniversary and the staff did not disappoint. We arranged to have dinner at Manfredi's on the Aquavit Terrace and everything was perfect - the setting, the food and the service. It was a wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Excellent ship, itinerary, service and overall the very best vacation we have taken in over 40 years. This is absolutely the way to go to relax, enjoy new countries, experience new countries and cultures, enjoy excellent food and service ... Read More
Excellent ship, itinerary, service and overall the very best vacation we have taken in over 40 years. This is absolutely the way to go to relax, enjoy new countries, experience new countries and cultures, enjoy excellent food and service while cruising down the historic Danube. Nothing gets better than a Viking River Cruise! If you have never taken a cruise, this is the one you should take. The big ships are really nice, but the service, personal attention, guest relations and overall atmosphere of the River Cruise is terrific. We have already scheduled our next cruise for next year on the Viking Sigrum. The cost of this cruise is very reasonable and the air fare from Texas was ok. Not much you can do about the high cost of flying but the trip on the Viking Magna was well worth the price and travel requirements. Great Job Viking, see you again in April 2019! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We chose this cruise for my husband's 70th birthday. The service was superior. Our every need was taken care of and even anticipated! The housekeeping staff was always there for us and kept us supplied with plenty of towels, and ... Read More
We chose this cruise for my husband's 70th birthday. The service was superior. Our every need was taken care of and even anticipated! The housekeeping staff was always there for us and kept us supplied with plenty of towels, and bath products. By the end of the cruise we were on a first name basis with the staff and they all knew our likes and dislikes. Out program director, Wes, was the ultimate host. He mingled with every passenger and kept us laughing and smiling. What a gem! He was so well versed on all the cities and their surroundings and could even give us pointers on where to eat and shop. The food was amazing and well varied. There were many "local" selections as well as the standard options such as chicken and steak. The wait staff was willing to bring you almost anything you wanted, even if it wasn't on the menu! All in all, the cruise deserves a superior rating and we would definitely consider another Viking cruise for our next excursion. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We love the comfort of cruise traveling and the beautiful towns along the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers. The food was wonderful the employees were courteous and fun and the scenery along the rivers is beautiful. We enjoyed all the included ... Read More
We love the comfort of cruise traveling and the beautiful towns along the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers. The food was wonderful the employees were courteous and fun and the scenery along the rivers is beautiful. We enjoyed all the included excursions as well as the extra excursions. Our favorites were the Palace, Castle and Winery tour and the Top of Cologne. We also enjoyed Rothenberg, the Vienna Concert and the trip through Bavaria to Saltzberg. The only one that was disappointing was the Lipizzaner Stallion tour. You walk through the barn and see the horses in their stalls, walk through the gardens and eat Sacartort at a pretty restaurant. Interesting, but would have been better if at least one horse had been shown. We also would not recommend to new wine dinner. The food was ok, but the wine was not good. However, the violin player was excellent! We arrived in Budapest two days early and spent time exploring the city on our own and did a nighttime dinner cruise. Do not miss the Opera House, St. Stephen’s, Castle Hill and a tour of Parliament. We did not extend our trip in Amsterdam as we had visited there on a prior trip. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
I chose this cruise for its length I really wanted to experience a long cruise my first time out. I must say from the moment I stepped on the ship I was in awe. Everybody I met were so pleasant to be around. The crew was so helpful ... Read More
I chose this cruise for its length I really wanted to experience a long cruise my first time out. I must say from the moment I stepped on the ship I was in awe. Everybody I met were so pleasant to be around. The crew was so helpful with everything I asked about always a smile on their faces no matter how many times I may ask a question and no matter how dumb. The food was great now I'm not much of a fancy eater and there were alot of things I didn't try but I never went hungry they made sure I had something I would like.The desserts were to die for. Our cabin was always clean and fresh towels even when I didn't ask. And the public bathrooms were clean every hour which tells me they care a great deal. Theres nothing worse then a dirty bathroom. Our tours were well informed and though a little hard at times I just kept on moving.lol I was very said on that last day saying goodbye to my new friends was rough. Theres so much to say but what I will say if you never done a river cruise this is the one to do' Thank You Ray White Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This was our first river cruise, and Viking made it a memorable journey. We will definitely consider future cruises on Viking. We learned so much about culture and history of the cities and countries through which we traveled. The ... Read More
This was our first river cruise, and Viking made it a memorable journey. We will definitely consider future cruises on Viking. We learned so much about culture and history of the cities and countries through which we traveled. The accommodations on our ship were excellent, and we thought the French balcony was perfect as a way to have a great view without paying extra for a veranda. The food in the dining room was always delicious and beautifully presented. All of the staff members were consistently helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. We selected a number of the optional shore excursions, which kept us very busy during the cruise. At times we might have liked a more leisurely schedule, but in retrospect, we can't think of any of the optional trips we would have omitted. The local guides were well prepared and provided extensive information about each of the ports and other excursions. Overall, the trip was well worth the cost, and we will recommend Viking river cruises to our friends. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We did "The Grand European" tour, 14 days on the ship followed by 2 days in Amsterdam. We actually were on 2 different ships because due to low water level on the Danube, we had to change ships. - We started on Magni and ... Read More
We did "The Grand European" tour, 14 days on the ship followed by 2 days in Amsterdam. We actually were on 2 different ships because due to low water level on the Danube, we had to change ships. - We started on Magni and transferred to Baldur. In Passau, Germany, we packed up and got off and took a bus around the low water level while the guests on Baldur did the same and we traded ships. The crew stayed with each ship except for the program director. She came with us. Which was great. We had Tessa and she was fantastic! Viking made this transition as smooth as possible. We signed up for many excursions online beforehand and one thing I would have found helpful would have been for the website to talk about travel time for these excursions. For instance, some of them you are on a bus for an hour or longer to get to the excursion. That said, we still enjoyed them and had a great time. At each excursion you have a different tour guide and I was surprised by the wide variety of experience of these tour guides. Some were very good, others were difficult to understand or had unpleasant attitudes. The food was a challenge for us, but may be not for most people. We prefer to eat light and healthy and found that, that was difficult. The Aquavit Terrace is a very pleasant place to eat and breakfast is great there, lunch was o.k., but dinner only had a few selections. We aren't drinkers and found that there was a lot of focus on wine and drinking. - We expected that, but still didn't like it. The staff on both ships was excellent and attentive. Overall, we had a great time. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We choose this 14-day cruise because it touched on all the highlights we wanted to see on our first trip through Europe. Additionally, we did a pre and post cruise extended stay. The pre-cruise stay was in Prague. The post-cruise stay ... Read More
We choose this 14-day cruise because it touched on all the highlights we wanted to see on our first trip through Europe. Additionally, we did a pre and post cruise extended stay. The pre-cruise stay was in Prague. The post-cruise stay was in Amsterdam. Both are beautiful cities and the hotels that Viking put us in were first class. I get seasick on the ocean, but not rivers or lakes. Thus, a river cruise was a great option. We took advantage of most of the optional excursions and can't really choose a favorite. They were all fantastic in their own ways. Food aboard the ship was both excellent and plentiful. We also had a few meals in various cities both as optional excursions and on our own. This gave us the opportunity to taste the local cuisine. Perhaps the most important thing about any hotel stay (make no mistake, a Viking ship is a floating hotel) is the attentiveness of the staff. Viking's staff and crew are par excellence! As an example, we had to change ships because the river was too low at one point making passage under bridges in that area impossible. So, we disembarked our original ship, took a bus ride to another ship, then boarded it all within a couple hours. The passengers of the other ship did the same; in essence, we traded ships. What really stands out is how smoothly this transition went and the warm welcome we received at our new ship by the new crew/staff. For continuity, our Cruise Director, Gary, stayed with us and continued to ensure we all had a top-notch cruise. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we're planning to take a Viking river cruise in China in two years. I highly recommend Viking! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
The start and the end of the vacation is the horror story, the middle of the vacation was very good. I'll start with the bad part. After departing our first airport a little late due to plane issues, we missed our international ... Read More
The start and the end of the vacation is the horror story, the middle of the vacation was very good. I'll start with the bad part. After departing our first airport a little late due to plane issues, we missed our international connecting flight. After multiple rebookings due to weather and spending 2 nights at Atlanta and one night at JFK we finally arrived late in the day on day 3 of our cruise with no luggage. Luggage didn't arrive until day 7 of the cruise. Due to the late arrival we missed all of Budapest and all the activities of Vienna. Now here's where the horror story really got ugly. When we returned Delta apologized for the flight delays and said they would refund our ticket price but since Viking bought the ticket they would get the refund and we should contact the purchasing agent. When Viking was contacted they refused any refund and said that the cruise included free air so we were not entitled to any compensation. Therefore I will not cruise with Viking again ever. Once we were on the cruise, the scenery and stops were beautiful. River cruising is so different from ocean cruising due to the constant scenery while underway. We encountered low water at the continental divide so we were bussed passed the low water area and transferred to another ship that was cruising from Amsterdam. The ships were identical and the transfer was not a big hassle. I did want to see the river around Regensburg and the continental divide but river conditions dictate that decision. Due to the low clearance of the overhead obstructions at the locks, the upper deck was closed for a few days starting around Nuremberg. I believe this would happen even if the river levels had been different. The castles, cathedrals and palaces are all very interesting in their own ways. The cathedrals are amazingly beautiful. The Danube-Main-Rhine rivers are a great venue for a cruise. I just regret the way I was treated after the difficulty of getting to Budapest. One other thought, don't think that because you have trip insurance your losses will be covered. This is where the fine print comes into play and the insurance company is the policy interpreter. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Viking Magni Ratings
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Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.2
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness & Recreation 1.0 N/A
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 4.0 4.9
Value for Money 3.0 N/A

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