2 Viking River Viking Magni Cruise Reviews for First-Time Cruisers Cruises to Europe - River Cruise from Budapest

This was our trip of a lifetime, and we anticipated the best...we were not disappointed. If we did cruises on a regular basis, perhaps we would have a more informed ability to review (to be critical!!), but the whole experience lived up to ... Read More
This was our trip of a lifetime, and we anticipated the best...we were not disappointed. If we did cruises on a regular basis, perhaps we would have a more informed ability to review (to be critical!!), but the whole experience lived up to our expectations. The cabin was compact but completely functional, and as we did not spend a lot of time there apart from sleeping, there were no issues. The service overall was great, and that was the case in all areas of the ship. We were well catered for with food at all times - by the time we finished, we were glad to be able to experience different types of food, but we didn't tire of the ship food while we were cruising. Our fellow guests were interesting, and we became friends with a number of them. Our cruise adviser had suggested that there would be more of a mix of people than there actually was - the guests were about 70% USA in origin; but they were very good company. The shore excursions gave us a lot of pleasure, but the guides varied - some were totally exceptional (funny, informed, and with excellent language skills), some were very ordinary (basically the opposite of the exceptional), and the rest were between those two extremes. Fitness and recreation were almost non-existent, but we can't really blame the cruise company for that - high water levels meant that the top deck (which is the primary area for fitness and recreation) had to be closed off for most of the cruise for safety reasons (i.e. there was very little clearance under the bridges). The only criticism is that a significant proportion of the passengers (perhaps 1 in 4) came down with severe gastro, and the crew did not provide any helpful communication about this. Apart from providing a hand sanitiser for each cabin, there was no other action taken; at least, not that I was aware of. Overall, this was a great trip, and I would recommend it to others. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
We had a wonderful time! Our favorite vacation ever. The cruise folks were great! From our meal servers to our room maid to the managers to everyone, we were treated extremely well. The food on board was always varied and of high quality. ... Read More
We had a wonderful time! Our favorite vacation ever. The cruise folks were great! From our meal servers to our room maid to the managers to everyone, we were treated extremely well. The food on board was always varied and of high quality. The meals were some of the best relaxing time, a chance to chat with fellow travelers and exchange experiences. The visits to the cities on the way were always educational and well planned. The guides did a super job. As we review our pictures, we re-experience the whole trip and can't wait until we can schedule another cruise. I could go on for a long time about all the folks, visits, and memories we enjoyed, but I will end this review by simply saying "Thank you for providing a high point in our travel experiences." Jeff and Karen Hausdorf Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
Viking Magni Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.2
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.7
Enrichment 4.0 4.5
Service 4.0 4.9
Value For Money 3.0 4.4
Rates 4.0 N/A

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