1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2016
Some friends asked if we would join them on this cruise and we had been wanting to try one. The cruise was a lot more relaxed than being on a large ship. It was nice being just steps away from the lounge and dining areas rather than ... Read More
Some friends asked if we would join them on this cruise and we had been wanting to try one. The cruise was a lot more relaxed than being on a large ship. It was nice being just steps away from the lounge and dining areas rather than traversing a lengthy ship. The service and staff was exceptional. The food was good, the free wine and beer with dinner was great, and the entertainment was adequate (usually a singer/pianist in the lounge). The cabin and bath were spacious enough. The cruise director (?) was hilarious and very informative regarding the history of the ports we were to visit. The only disappointment was missing an entire port due to a weather-related issue (not being able to get under a bridge, thus losing a day's itinerary. Although I did learn to make towel animals that day!) It would have been nice to receive some kind of recompense. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2016
This was my wife and my first river cruise, as it was for my in-laws and their two friends who traveled along with us. It will definitely not be our last cruise with Viking! My wife and I are both in our early to mid 50's and have ... Read More
This was my wife and my first river cruise, as it was for my in-laws and their two friends who traveled along with us. It will definitely not be our last cruise with Viking! My wife and I are both in our early to mid 50's and have reasonably extensive travel experience. Our traveling companions were in their mid to late 70's. There is simply not a bad thing to say about the entire trip. It started with the agent at Viking who was friendly and very attentive at helping with all of our booking. We had lots of questions since this was our first cruise. It could not have been any more of a smooth and easy process. We opted for a two-day pre-cruise extension in Budapest. We met our connection easily at the airport who took us to the hotel. The hotel itself (Corinthia) was spectacular as was the service by all of the staff. There was a desk manned by Viking in the lobby during our stay to answer any questions. Boarding the boat was hassle free. The room was clean and more than adequate for our needs. For the next 8 days we enjoyed non-stop continuous superb service by every single member of the crew. The food was excellent and we can’t say enough good things about our service staff. They felt like family by the end of the cruise. The cruise director was humorous, friendly, and always helpful. All of the side excursion were incredibly well planned, enjoyable, and with highly professional and interesting guides. As we had read in advance, navigating this part of the Danube river is highly dependent on the recent rain activity. Water levels either too high or too low can cause problems. This was the case for one small portion of our trip which required a slight deviation from our itinerary. That said, as we had also read before our trip, Viking and the crew did a spectacular job of making accommodations. Our party, and I sense almost universally the remainder of the passengers, were more than satisfied with the arrangements. We are already planning our next Viking cruise and would leave tomorrow if we could. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2016
Viking has a great reputation. The cruise was great from start to finish. The design of the ship was very appealing. Our cabin was spacious and truly designed well. There was a place for everything...and everything was in its place. ... Read More
Viking has a great reputation. The cruise was great from start to finish. The design of the ship was very appealing. Our cabin was spacious and truly designed well. There was a place for everything...and everything was in its place. The dining was outstanding. The waitstaff new our names and favorite drinks. We enjoyed the variety of the food each day. The meals were beautifully presented and and tasty. The service was excellent. The staff made us feel special. We enjoyed the ports and the included shore excursions. If was truly a relaxing vacation from start to finish. Our room was cleaned spotlessly each day. The German night was a true highlight of the trip. We enjoyed getting to try the multiple types of German food and wines that were offered. The last night's dinner was an amazing meal from start to finish. I am a true foodie...the cruise met all my expectations. We enjoyed having the outdoor buffet option for lunch as well. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2016
Our friends asked if we wanted to go with them on this particular river cruise and, as we had never tried a river cruise and wanted to, it afforded the perfect excuse to go. It was more relaxing than the large cruise ships, the food was ... Read More
Our friends asked if we wanted to go with them on this particular river cruise and, as we had never tried a river cruise and wanted to, it afforded the perfect excuse to go. It was more relaxing than the large cruise ships, the food was very good, and the staff was superb. The only downfall on our cruise was missing a whole port due to river depth issues. Our friends missed a tour they were looking forward to experiencing. (They were reimbursed, of course, but the rest of us missed our included city tour of the town we were not able to see and have not yet had any reimbursement.). As with most tours, there does not seem to be enough time to see what there is to see (ie, a WWII tour where we were told we only had enough time to see one floor of the six floors of the exhibit.) Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2016
Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze (though be sure to buy airfare or transfers directly through Viking because they make it absolutely painless). The ship was so comfortable, and the staff were top-notch and professional. It ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze (though be sure to buy airfare or transfers directly through Viking because they make it absolutely painless). The ship was so comfortable, and the staff were top-notch and professional. It was so relaxing. The food was PHENOMENAL. The ports of call were wonderful, and it was very nice to not have to pay for each and every excursion (as compared to ocean cruises which my hubby and I frequently go on). The only downside is that my hubby and I are very active but the boat doesn't have a gym. It only has a walking track so I would walk 2-5 miles per day, but it's hardly the normal exercise I get at the gym. The cabin was very comfortable; it was very nice to be able to leave the balcony door open at night and get a cool river breeze. Lastly, the other passengers were delightful. We had a wonderful time and would definitely go again. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2016
We explored the city before we left, had an awesome view at night. Great service from everyone. Excellent food, great tours and guides. The room was perfect ... Clean, comfortable, and great views. The staff was amazing... From the Captain ... Read More
We explored the city before we left, had an awesome view at night. Great service from everyone. Excellent food, great tours and guides. The room was perfect ... Clean, comfortable, and great views. The staff was amazing... From the Captain to the chef and all in between. The cities visited were amazing with views and history. The lounge was a great place to meet others. Having a choice on food between formal dining and relaxed area was perfect. The tours were a great time. Local experts , the individual radio broadcast made it so easy. The entire trip was relaxing and entertaining. Without question this was the best time I have had on any trip. Well worth the price The cruise director was such a hit. He remembered my name the entire trip, funny and informative ... He was a true delight. I wasn't prepared for the cool temps but they had jackets for sale ... Read Less
Sail Date: June 2016
The Viking Odin offered the exact cruise itinerary that I wanted. The cruise was a good value. I like the classic lines of the ship. The crew were attentive and truly wanted to please the guests. All our fellow cruises were delightful. ... Read More
The Viking Odin offered the exact cruise itinerary that I wanted. The cruise was a good value. I like the classic lines of the ship. The crew were attentive and truly wanted to please the guests. All our fellow cruises were delightful. We arrived a day early into Budapest and stayed at the Boscolo. It was a great hotel. Boarding the river cruise ship was flawless. We felt truly welcomed aboard. Our cabin was designed exceptionally well. There was a place for everything. We enjoyed watching reruns of Downton Abbey onboard.The two dining venues were fabulous. We enjoyed the multi course dinner at night with the wines. For lunch, we tended to like the lighter buffet up on the second deck and enjoyed the sun. We loved the ports of calls and the shore excursions offered. I would go again on a Viking River Cruise. It was so relaxing and enjoyable to see the beauty of the river go by. I can't say enough positive things about my trip! Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2014
The following is my review of my recent “Romantic Danube/Christmas Markets” river cruise on the Viking Odin. A little background; I am 53, DH is 57 and while we have 20+ cruises under our belt, this was only our second river cruise ... Read More
The following is my review of my recent “Romantic Danube/Christmas Markets” river cruise on the Viking Odin. A little background; I am 53, DH is 57 and while we have 20+ cruises under our belt, this was only our second river cruise (The first was on the American Queen-Mississippi River), and our first European river cruise, and our second time to Europe. I like to think of myself as a “Glass Half Full” kind of person, but I must admit I was beginning to worry that this trip would not come anywhere near my expectations after reading several reviews that were full of doom & gloom with all that could go wrong; River levels too high or too low making a river cruise into a bus trip, strikes by the lock workers on the rivers, strikes by the Lufthansa pilots, broken locks, bad weather, etc. It just seemed that with a river cruise more could, and often did, go wrong. I am happy to report that my fears were unfounded. I won’t bore you with our flight details, sufficient to say that 7-hours from Philadelphia to Frankfurt, a 5-hour layover in Frankfurt, and another 1.5 hour flight to Budapest made for a rather long day plus. After arriving at the Budapest airport we gather out luggage, were waived through passport control, and we met by at least eight representatives of Viking to ensure we got on the right bus for our transfer to our boat. Apparently there were four Viking cruises starting in Budapest that day; two were doing Romantic Danube, and two others were doing the Danube Waltz itinerary. A very cheerful man gathered his weary flock of travelers, and got us settled on the bus, where they passed out bottles of water, and away we went. Embarkation-Fastest ever! Once we go to Budapest, and to where the boats dock along the Danube we were met by a chaotic scene of multiple tours buses of all kinds that were discharging or picking up passengers. However, it was all quickly sorted out, and soon we were on our way to boarding. We were met by a smiling Viking employee who handed us a warm, moist wash cloth that we could use to wipe our face and hands of the stain of travel, got in line to receive our key card (Took 3 minutes tops), then we were handed off to another employee that escorted us to our cabin. Within another 5-minutes our luggage had been delivered. Cabin-We had booked a window (Known as an aquarium class) cabin, and found it quite comfortable. The layout was efficient, and plenty of storage for hanging clothes such as coats, shelves for folded items, and 4 drawers for underwear and socks. The bathroom was tiny, but I loved the heated floor, and the fact we had a glass shower door, rather than a curtain. There were shelves here too for all of our toiletries. Every day our cabin was serviced twice a day by our marvelous room steward. The only drawback was I found the two pillows per person to be too thin for my liking, but we asked for, and quickly got an additional pillow each. There was a flat screen TV, and a selection of movies, and all the episodes of Downton Abbey available on demand. There was also a limited selection of TV stations available (Mostly news), and music too. Dining-There is one main dining room that is used for all meals. Normally breakfast was served between 7am-9am, but the hours were slightly adjusted depending on what time we were docking for the day’s tour. I think once it opened as early as 6:30, and on the morning we arrived in Nuremberg they served breakfast as late as 10am. Lunch was normally served between 12-2pm, and dinner most nights was at 7pm, but one evening they didn’t start serving until 7:30 (Night of the Captain’s Dinner). I thought the food was excellent. There were usually 2/3 starters to choose from as well as a soup and three entrees to choose from as well. For dessert there was a featured dessert, as well as several ice cream flavors to choose from. All seating was open so you may sit where and with whom you choose. Most of the tables seated 4 or 6. There were a few 8 tops. I didn’t notice any tables for two. There was a more casual alternative for those that wished on the Upper Deck called the Aquavit Terrace. A Continental Breakfast was served in the mornings, available about half an hour earlier then when the dining room would open, and at night you could get a lighter meal. Items served included; Cheeseburger, Chef Salad, Caesar Salad with Steak or Chicken, Chicken Quesadilla, and a Jacket Potato (Think loaded baked potato with bacon wrapped around it). We ate there two nights; the first night on board when we were so tired we only wanted a quick bite and be off to bed, and the last night when nothing on the menu appealed to me. Entertainment-They had something scheduled every night, starting around 9pm. We missed most of the entertainment as we normally turn into pumpkins around 9, but one night was a Christmas Sing-a-Long, another night was Hungarian Folk dancers. Ports: We had 6 ports on this itinerary; Budapest, Hungary, Vienna, Austria, Melk Abbey, Austria, Passau, Germany, Regensburg, Germany, and Nuremberg, Germany. Budapest-We arrived in Budapest around 4:00 in the afternoon on Saturday. After dropping off our luggage in our cabin we decided to go the Christmas Market on our own. The Program Director gave us easy to follow directions (Within walking distance) and we quickly found the market. However, being a Saturday afternoon/evening it was very crowded. By crowded I mean could not move forwards or backwards at one point. That proved to be too much for me, and we made our way to the Danube River, where we admired the Buda side of the river illuminated beautifully. We found a street vendor selling hot spiced wine who accepted euros, drank our wine and admired the view. We tried to find a boat ride that would have taken us up and down the Danube so we could see the Pest side of the river as well, but the only one we could locate was a dinner cruise for 40 euro each that took 2-hours. I wish Viking had taken the opportunity to give their guests a little scenic cruising that first night. The next morning we were up early for the bus portion of our included tour that drove past various points of interest including a cathedral, the opera house, several parks, the zoo, spas, and Hero’s Square. While our guide was very good, and was very knowledgeable about Hungarian history, it seemed that everything she pointed out was on the left side of the bus. Naturally, we were sitting on the right. Things improved when we go to the Buda side of the river, the Castle District, where we had the walking portion of the tour. After our guide was done we had about an hour of free time to explore the area, which included some shopping, and great views of the Pest side of the Danube. Then it was off by bus to meet the boat. Vienna-Vienna was our longest day. We arrived around 7am, and our bus tour left at 8 or 8:30. We started with a bus drive on the Ringstrauss and saw many impressive buildings, and then it was time for the walking tour. We had signed up for the leisure paced tour after being assured we would see everything everyone else did, and we would have plenty of free time. Our tour guide was excellent, and she did point out a number of interesting sites. We did go past the Famous Spanish Riding School, but it being Monday, the horses were having their day of rest so we saw no more than a horse or two poking its head out a stable door. What was disappointing to me was we ended up with only 35-minutes of free time, while other groups had at least an hour. I had wanted to go to Café Central, and managed to get to it in our free time allotted, but there was no time to actually have a cup of coffee. All too soon it was back on the bus to go to back to the boat for lunch. After lunch they had two shuttles for those that wished to go to the Christmas Market. One left at 2:00, the other at 2:30. There was also an optional tour to Schonbrunn Palace that had a cost of approximately 40 euro. We opted for the 2:00 shuttle to the Christmas Market. When we arrived at the Christmas Market we were told there were two return shuttles; one at 3:45, the other at 4:45. I had thought we would stay until the 4:45 shuttle, but we ended up returning on the 3:45 shuttle as we found the Christmas Market in Vienna disappointing. While large, most of the stalls were filled with mass produced items. I don’t think I was the only one disappointed as it appeared everyone was trying to get back on the 3:45 shuttle. There were two sittings that night for dinner; one at 6pm for those that had chosen to go to the optional Mozart/Strauss concert that evening (Cost was 63 euro pp) and another at 7:30. As we were going to the concert, as was about half the boat we ate at 6:00. The concert was excellent and appeared to be enjoyed by all. When we got back around 10:15 they were serving a light supper in the lounge of Hungarian Goulash Soup (Excellent). Scenic Cruising through the Wachau Valley & Melk Abbey-Day four found us sailing through the Wachau Valley, which I found to be as beautiful as advertised. Have your camera ready, especially around 8 in the morning as that’s when we passed Krems on the right, which is postcard pretty. It was one charming storybook town, church and castle after another. In the afternoon we docked at Melk Abbey. For those that were feeling fit, you could walk up, for the rest of us there were buses. One group left at 1:00, and the other group left at 1:30. Melk Abbey was very impressive, and once again we had an excellent guide. The Basilica of the abbey is jaw-dropping beautiful, and even my husband, who normally doesn’t get that excited about churches, was impressed. Passau, Germany-Passau is a charming, very walkable town, with narrow, twisting cobblestone streets. Unfortunately for the town they do have an issue with flooding. We had yet another great guide. There were a couple of options for the end of the walking tour. You could choose to end at a bakery for a demonstration in gingerbread baking, or end at St. Stephen’s Cathedral for an organ concert (The organ at St. Stephen’s is the largest in Europe). Because I love torturing my husband we went to the organ concert. There was no additional charge for the concert, which lasted about half an hour. The inside of St. Stephen’s is very impressive. After the concert we went to the Christmas Market which was just outside the Cathedral. This was a nice market, which a nice selection of booths, and great food. My husband enjoyed a bratwurst kabob, while I loved my steak sandwich slathered with sour cream and topped with raw onion. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Yum! The boat was leaving right after lunch, but for those that wished, you could stay in town and take a bus at 5 that would bring you back to the boat up river. We opted to stay in town, exploring and shopping. We found a charming store, where my DH finally got his longed for cuckoo clock. Regensburg, Germany-Here we had another walking tour. However, I personally didn’t enjoy it as much as the one the day before in Passau. Part of the problem was the town was over flowing with tourist from river cruises. Not just Viking, but other lines as well, and unlike in Passau where the tour guides would take different routes to avoid congestion, it seemed like every guide wanted to go to the same place at the same time. We also didn’t have a very good guide. He walked very fast, and kept leaving members of our group far behind. I kept running up to him, to no avail. He seemed to think it was the group’s responsibility to keep up to his pace, rather than for him to adjust to the group’s pace. He also used some crude language that I found off-putting. We finally gave up on him, and with another couple bailed on the tour when we came upon the Christmas Market in town. After perusing the stalls, and drinking a glass of a hot, eggnog punch (I was getting tired of gluhwein) that was delicious we went into St. Peter’s Cathedral, an impressive Gothic Cathedral, before making our way back to the boat. That afternoon we took the optional tour to the Thurn & Taxis palace in Regansburg. The palace was very beautiful , and once again we were blessed with an knowledgeable tour guide. After the tour we then went to the Christmas Market on the palace grounds, and this was my very favorite market as there were a number of vendors with beautiful hand-crafted items. Nuremberg, Germany-Our final stop. We didn’t get to Nuremberg until a little after noon on Friday. There were two tours to choose from, one that focused on the WWII history, and one that didn’t. We picked the one that didn’t, but still got quite a bit of WWII history before we went to the “Old” part of the city (Nuremberg was nearly destroyed in WWII and what appears to be medieval buildings are actually rebuilt since the late 1940’s). There you could continue with a walking tour, or go straight to the Christmas Market. About half of the bus went on the walking tour, while the rest of us opted to go straight to the Market. This was another great market as I felt it had something for everyone. There were stalls with hand crafted items, and stall with less expensive mass produced items, and enough food choices for any palate. It’s very large and in the 2+ hours we were there I don’t think we saw everything. So, to sum it all up. I loved this trip. I thought the food, service, accommodations, and tours offered by Viking were top-notched, and would sail with them again in a heartbeat. I also loved the Christmas Markets, the towns we visited, and the people we met.   Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
My wife has been on an ocean cruise before and been after me to try cruising. I was never very interested in spending time at sea in a floating hotel; I'd much rather be exploring the ports. So when I came across some info on river ... Read More
My wife has been on an ocean cruise before and been after me to try cruising. I was never very interested in spending time at sea in a floating hotel; I'd much rather be exploring the ports. So when I came across some info on river cruises which indicated more of a focus on the destination rather than the trip, I decided to try it out. I wasn't disappointed. I had Viking arrange transportation between New York and Budapest (and return from Munich) and all was handled well. Travel info arrived well in advance and I was able to upgrade seating with no problem. Airport transfers were handled very efficiently by Viking. We arrived in Budapest Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, it was too late to visit the Central Market Hall (closes early on Saturday). In fact, this was one of my few disappointments with the cruise, since the market is not open on Sunday, so we weren't able to visit. Had I realized this when booking, I might have done the cruise in the reverse order. Embarking was straightforward and efficient, and we were quickly settled into a very good cabin. Space was quite adequate, with plenty of room to store all we needed and more. Bathroom was nice with a good shower (plenty of pressure and hot water). Heated floors are a nice touch, and my wife loved the provided toiletries (in fact, we bought some on board form the ship store and she is looking online for others). Safe and small refrigerator provided in the cabin were nice. A large bottle of water was provided as well, and replenished whenever used. The provided TV content is limited. 9 channels, of which 2 are bow and lounge cameras (both very useful), 3 were cable news channels. Of the remaining, two channels (a US sports and and a NatGeo channel) never had any programing the time we were on board. In addition, the ships active map feature never worked right (stuck in one location), and the itinerary weather function stopped working after the second or third day. The WiFi on board was spotty (had to stand near the door in the stateroom to receive, better in the lounge), but was very slow when it did work, even in port. Other than these minor technical issues, the ship was in excellent shape and very nice. In our early 50's, my wife and I were definitely near the lower end of the age bracket for this cruise. There were a few in their 30's and 40's, most in the late 50's -70's, with a few in the 80's. The crew reported that there appears to be more younger people, as the average had been in the 70's. As a result, the musical selections for the on board pianist/musician was pretty dated. He was talented and hard working, but dated. If Viking wants to draw more younger patrons, they ned to think about adjusting entertainment accordingly. As far as dress code goes, I followed the suggestion in the literature to "dress up" a little for the Captain's welcome dinner and wore a jacket. Few others did. The range of dress varied a lot, from jeans to jackets and tie. Having to do it again, I wouldn't likely bring anything more than a button down shirt. Again, I think with a younger crowd it will start to tend that way, which is quite fine with me. Weather was pretty good for early April. The first few days were short sleeve weather (upper 60's to low 70'sF), allowing time topside or in the aquavit lounge. A little cooler (50's) with rain off and on for 2 days. The crew was exceptional, never failing to meet anyone's request when asked, and always maintaining a very positive attitude. They seemed to be having a good time, so either they were or were very good actors!. Any minor request we (or others I saw) made was quickly and efficiently addressed. Food was good, better than I anticipated. Choice of 3 appetizers, entrees and desserts each diner. Generally found something I would like, but if not, the standard steak, chicken or ceaser salad was also available. Chef also provided an amuse bouche before appetizers, which was nice. Crew was very efficient at feeding all 190 people simultaneously for dinner. Dinner service took about 100-120 minutes total. Only issue was that all those people in the dining room, the noise level was high, making it difficult at times to converse. Not sure what could be done about that. Breakfast was open seating over about a 2 hour period, and could also be taken in the aquavit lounge (reduced menu), where it was nice to eat exposed to the elements. bar service was very good. We didn't pay for the extended beverage plan, as we knew we wouldn't drink that much to make it worth while. Beer,soft drinks and wine were provided at lunch and dinner. It was a minor annoyance to pay for soft drinks outside of meals (for example during cocktail time). Coffee, tea and hot chocolate were always available (usually with cookies or pastries) and was well appreciated. Adding soft drinks to this would make it perfect. Since it appeared they used bottled soft drinks instead of fountains, I think it makes that impractical. Tours in general were handled well. Announcements were made 15 minutes prior to departure, and I think all excursions left on time (within a couple of minutes), which I really appreciate. Buses were very new, comfortable, and well maintained. All of our drivers were excellent and very adept at manuevering in very tight quarters. We found out later that the buses are in general exclusively contracted to Viking, which ensures high quality. Headset units provided for the tours worked very well (of course many of us had to help some of the more technically challenged to get to the right channel and turn up the volume!). Umbrellas were provided on rainy days, and bottled water for the trip; a nice touch. Upon return to the ship, they often had a cold drink or a snack waiting as you crossed the brow, which was, again, much appreciated. My only comment on the excursions was that they were usually too short. With a departure of between 8-9 and returning to the ship for lunch, it limited the amount of time at the destinations. Also, I think that was in part to limit the time for those who couldn't keep up. Offering an optional extended tour for those more active that left early and didn't need to return to the ship for lunch could allow for much more time in town, with more walking rather than bus time. Again, with a younger crowd I suspect this could become popular. I won't go into the relative positives and negatives of all of the ports, but each had there own positives and were worth visiting. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2013
My neighbor and I had planned this trip for about two years and were not quite sure we would actually be able to go because of the severe flooding that occurred about a month before we were scheduled to leave. We began our 15-day Grand ... Read More
My neighbor and I had planned this trip for about two years and were not quite sure we would actually be able to go because of the severe flooding that occurred about a month before we were scheduled to leave. We began our 15-day Grand European Tour with a 2-night pre-cruise stay at the Hilton in Budapest. Viking had done all the travel arrangements from air travel to transfers, and they did a superb job! We were met at the airport in Budapest by a Viking representative who quickly secured a private taxi to take us to the Hilton Hotel in Budapest. Our driver was quite knowledgeable and gave us a wonderful history of the area as we drove to the hotel. The Hilton Hotel is in the ideal location of Budapest in the old city. Our room overlooked the river and the Fisherman's Bastion. A Viking desk was situated in the lobby of the hotel, and we were given excellent recommendations for sightseeing and dining by the two very accommodating Viking representatives. Budapest is an amazing city, quite beautiful and tourist friendly, and everyone we came in contact with spoke English. Just one caveat--we mailed post cards from the post office in Buda. The clerk took over $30 for postage and said she would apply the stamps. However, none of the post cards has arrived to date. As we left on the Odin from Budapest that first night, we were provided with an extraordinary view of the Castle district and bridge lit up in all its glory. Our cabin was located on the main level in the middle of the ship, and we had a balcony. I would recommend it as we spent many pleasant afternoons there enjoying the solitude. Since the bathrooms in the cabins do not provide the level of privacy that one has at home (glass doors), you can retire to the balcony while your companion uses the bathroom. The public lounging areas of the ship were quite comfortable whether you wanted sun or shade. Many people enjoyed the sun deck on top of the ship. Unfortunately, low bridges caused it to be closed about half of the time we were traveling. The tours or excursions were provided by guides native to the areas where we were traveling and were quite good for the most part. Our only complaint was our tour guide in Cologne who put everyone to sleep with his lack of expression. The Program Director on this trip was Lucia (she was filling in for the regular director who was on vacation). Many on the ship called her St. Lucia as she was extraordinary in her ability to make sure everyone was accounted for and doing well. If there was a problem, she was there in an instant to handle the issue. Viking could not pay her enough for all she did to make everyone comfortable! I think the food on board was quite good. Thomas, our chef, was there to greet us as we walked into dinner each evening. He provided all the passengers with a tour of his kitchen, a tour of one of the markets where he buys his food, and even did a cooking demonstration of waffle making with a sample for all at the end. While we did have lunch at a few restaurants in two of the cities we visited, Thomas' food was far superior!! By the way, he is quite a team player. We saw him taking luggage off the ship and sorting it (as did Lucia) as we prepared to depart for the airport. While we were in Nuremberg, we were informed of the Lock Workers Strike and the fact that we would not be able to travel that night as planned. This caused the group to be bused to Bamberg the following day. Since we had missed a full day of travel, our visit to Kinderdijk was cancelled and our visit to Cologne was cut short. I guess this is precious little to complain about since we had perfect weather the whole time and many who had trips scheduled in June ended up traveling mainly on buses due to the floods. My only complaint was not being able to much of Amsterdam. However, there was a large group heading back to the airport at 7 a.m., so our bus driver took a little extra time to give us a very short tour of the city as he drove to the airport. If you can afford it, I would recommend both the pre-and post packages for Amsterdam and Budapest! All in all, this was a spectacular trip, with incredible scenery. We also met some wonderful people on board and shared some laughs and fun with them at dinner each evening. I've read many complaints about Viking failing to respond in a satisfactory manner regarding cruise disruptions. However, the crews on the ships are deserving of much praise in the way they go above and beyond to provide a good experience. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2013
My friend and I planned and anticipated our trip on the Viking Odin for more than a year. We even booked an extra two days at the beginning in Budapest and stayed the Hilton in the Castle District. The Hotel was magnificent and the young ... Read More
My friend and I planned and anticipated our trip on the Viking Odin for more than a year. We even booked an extra two days at the beginning in Budapest and stayed the Hilton in the Castle District. The Hotel was magnificent and the young people working for Viking, who were situated in the lobby, were extremely helpful. They recommended a museum "Hospital in the Rocks" which was fascinating. In addition, I asked for goulash and violins, and we were sent to a marvelous restaurant within walking distance of the hotel. Breakfasts were included and were delicious. Our view was like the Viking commercial...there was the Hungarian Parliament right out our window. We boarded the Odin on July 3. Our room was excellent; more comfortable than I had imagined. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. Tours were planned for each port. Being a teacher I sometimes felt as if I was on a daily field trip. We passed in our cabin keys and were assigned a group. With our "quiet boxes" around our necks we followed our guides through the ports on city tours. Early in our trip there were problems with the power. Lights were on auxiliary power, and the toilets did not flush. Wish we were immediately told of this. The problem was fixed, but occurred again. Technicians were brought in to be sure all was repaired. Minor glitches did occur again but did not impact the comfort of the passengers for the most part, but sometimes the air conditioning did not work well in the dining room. Our program director Lucia and concierge Victoria were terrific. Lucia was everywhere making sure all of us were enjoying our excursions. Lucia not only took care of our daily travels, but she also took care of all the medical situations. I looked forward to her daily talks about the next day's events and her "Wonderful good morning" to start the day. The lock workers strike kept us in Regensburg for an extra day, and prevented us from cruising to Nuremburg. We were bused there but really didn't have the leisure time promised to tour the city. I would have loved to have been able to visit with some friends who live there, but I was unable to because we had to get to the bus to return to the ship. Luckily we were able to get through the locks and cruised the next day. Another glitch was that we were a day late at Wertheim and arrived on Sunday and most of the shops were not open. The lock strike also caused us to be a day late in Cologne. The unfortunate situation there was that the ship docked in abandoned industrial area. In order to get to the buses, we had to walk across uneven potholed area. One of the passengers fell and hurt himself. Thankfully he was able to continue the tour. Our group had to wait for the bus for 15 minutes under a noisy bridge. Some seedy characters were sitting on the wall nearby. One decided to relieve himself as we walked by. I wondered why our captain did not dock our ship in tandem with the other longship on the opposite side of the river. We went to the Chocolate Museum, and as we walked with our purchases back to the Cathedral area, we "longing" looked at the Viking Longship docked next to it. We could see our ship on the other side of the river. The captain did a wonderful job safely sailing us along the rivers, but the scheduling of buses and excursions was done by the Program Director Lucia and Victoria with the help of their staff. Housekeeping kept our rooms clean and comfortable. Chef Thomas and his staff fed us well. The waitstaff was excellent. I loved the afternoon cookies! Meeting new people and sitting on the Aquivit Terrace or on top were wonderful. I don't know the last time that I felt so relaxed. I especially enjoyed cruising the Rhine, standing on the top deck and looking around each bend for another castle. Although I didn't see a windmill, the trip was wonderful, and I look forward to another as soon as possible. Next summer, the south of France? Maybe.   Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2013
We have made scores of ocean cruises into the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, but the Viking tour from Budapest to Amsterdam, July 3, - July 17 2013, was the best of all. My son, his wife, my wife and I boarded Viking ODIN after a ... Read More
We have made scores of ocean cruises into the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, but the Viking tour from Budapest to Amsterdam, July 3, - July 17 2013, was the best of all. My son, his wife, my wife and I boarded Viking ODIN after a wonderful Viking-arranged two-day land package in Budapest. We found Viking ODIN far above our expectations. ODIN is a super clean ship, with fantastic food, and a top-of-the-line captain and crew. Our cruise went smooth until we encountered a diesel generator failure. Viking Basel base, and Captain Geza Peter Toth, brought aboard technicians who solved the problem. The passengers suffered only minuscule inconveniences. Based on the captains assurances, we were still on schedule. But, it was not to be. The lockkeepers strike kept ODIN tied up at Regensburg  actually not a bad place to stay an extra day. It was here where the combined efforts of Captain Tot and Viking Basel base showed their mettle. As a former member of the military, I know that logistic problems are always the most difficult ones to solve, and Viking ODIN solved them with extraordinary vigor. Out of thin air Captain Geza Peter Toth had arranged bus tours to Nuremberg. In the meantime, with the lockkeepers' strike solved, ODIN left Regensburg, bypassed Nuremberg, and had scheduled an improvised passenger pickup at an undisclosed location along the Danube-Main Canal. Two busses loaded with ODIN passengers drove on Germanys back roads, and dirt roads, to the location for the pickup. Assisted by the hotel crew that had accompanied the bus tour, passengers scrambled up a grassy dam and came to a bulkheaded section of the canal. ODIN was nowhere in sight, but the hotel crew assured the passengers that ODIN would arrive any moment. Passengers joked about having to go to the bathroom, and about hitchhiking a ride on some barge. Everyone was in high spirits. A short time on the dike, we noticed a white spot far down the canal; it was ODIN. Cheers arose as ODIN came alongside the bulkheaded site. The gangplank was lowered, and the hotel crew stood alongside serving refreshments and offering cold towels. What could have been a dreadful moment became an enjoyable adventure. The rest of the trip was without excitement, but the adventure on the dam, in a place without a name, became an admirable incident showing the great Viking ODIN organization and its logistic competence. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2013
Unprecedented flooding disrupted our Danube cruise on the Viking Odin and turned it into a bus tour. The flooding was an "Act of God" and affected all river traffic. Eventually, the German authorities closed the river to traffic ... Read More
Unprecedented flooding disrupted our Danube cruise on the Viking Odin and turned it into a bus tour. The flooding was an "Act of God" and affected all river traffic. Eventually, the German authorities closed the river to traffic and ended any speculation that we might sail (for even a part of the trip). The Viking response was outstanding. The first night, they put us up in a first-class hotel in Budapest. Dinner and breakfast were included. After a city tour and lunch, we were transported by bus to Krems, Austria, where we boarded the Viking Freya, which was tied up in an industrial area (not very scenic). Nevertheless, the accommodations and hospitality on the boat were excellent. We toured by bus each day, as our cruise director, Stein, put a tour program together on the fly. After 3 nights on the Freya and tours in Vienna and Melk (with optional activities provided at no cost - more to follow), we were transferred to the Viking Odin at Regensburg for 3 additional nights. The Odin was moored in an attractive location within walking distance of the city center. We saw most of the highlights we expected to find on this cruise (other than the scenic cruising), and Viking made up for this shortcoming by adding optional tours and activities for no additional charge, for example: Tour of Regensburg Castle, winery tour in Krems, concert in Vienna. In addition (while we probably didn't need it), Viking provided an open bar for two nights on the ship and (a surprise!) forgave all the bar bills when we checked out. Finally, we just received a credit from Viking for 75% of the cost of our cruise (to be applied to a future Viking cruise within one year). I don't know how they could have treated us any better - under the circumstances. Thanks Viking! BTW, aside from a few rain showers, the weather was excellent - sunny and mild. I feel bad for the group that preceded us a week earlier when constant rain produced the flooding. One last note: If you spend the money to take the "Romantic Danube" cruise, spend a little more to take the 3-day extension in Prague. It was wonderful - and the full-time Viking people at the hotel were very helpful with tour information, dining reservations, etc.   Read Less
Sail Date: June 2013
We had the misfortune of choosing to go on a European river cruise during the year of the 500 Year Flood! The waters of the Danube were extremely high so, unfortunately, we were unable to actually cruise up the river. We stayed on the ... Read More
We had the misfortune of choosing to go on a European river cruise during the year of the 500 Year Flood! The waters of the Danube were extremely high so, unfortunately, we were unable to actually cruise up the river. We stayed on the Viking Odin and the Viking Freya and were bussed to our shore excursions. We were one day behind on boarding a boat so Viking Cruises arranged accommodations for all guests to stay in Budapest at a beautiful hotel. We had a great dinner with entertainment and in the morning we started the day with an exquisite breakfast. We bus-toured around Budapest and then took a bus to the Viking Freya. The Freya is a beautiful boat with all amenities. The beds were comfortable, the entertainment was good, the food was great and so was the wine and beer. And the bathroom....you have to see it to believe it!!! When our stay on the Freya had ended we were bussed to the Viking Odin. The Odin is the same as the Freya; however, the bathroom wasn't quite as cool. We again enjoyed great food and wine and wonderful entertainment. The staff on both boats were congenial and helpful. Whenever we embarked after an excursion, we were greeted with a lovely shot of a delightful tasting drink. We were dealt lemons on this vacation due to the flood, but we chose to make lemonade. We had a great time, we met wonderful people, and I am in awe how Viking staff worked diligently to make our vacation a memorable one.   Read Less
Sail Date: December 2012
Well let me first say the crew on the boat was wonderful, no hesitation there, friendly, helpful and an absolute joy. Now on to viking. We got started on the wrong foot when the river was to high for the boat to get down river and pick ... Read More
Well let me first say the crew on the boat was wonderful, no hesitation there, friendly, helpful and an absolute joy. Now on to viking. We got started on the wrong foot when the river was to high for the boat to get down river and pick us up. Not much viking can do about that. But they could have done something about the bus trip, things we missed such as stops along the way, and hotels we got stuck in. We were told that we would all receive a refund of 25% of what we paid plus a credit for 50% off another cruise from what we paid. That seemed fair at the outset. What followed was hardly worth it. We went from hotel to hotel, which is a pain but again, not exactly Vikings fault. The places we stayed at were however Vikings choice. Spending new years eve at the airport, with food that would gag a goat was not my idea of a pleasant cruise. While we could hear the huge fireworks display at midnight we were not part of the celebration. Having gone thru the Hogmanay in Edinburgh decided not to head out but would have enjoyed being up on the upper deck watching, which of course did not happen. Not only that, the upper deck was never even opened for reasons never really explained. The basic 90 minutes we spent walking around in Vienna was a little short to see the city and guess I will have to go back another time. But the real kicker was in seeing how, after a disappointing trip viking lived up to its word. I did receive a check in the mail. It was for about 12% of what I paid, not the 25% as promised and never did get the voucher as promised. As far as I am concerned, if this is how a company stands behind their word, I will look elsewhere to spend my money next time. Fortunately, there are plenty of lines out there, that want my money, and don't lie and cheat people after they give their word. Again, my frustration is not with the crew, or the boat, it is with the company, based in southern California, which might say something right there. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2012
We were due to sail aboard the Viking Odin on a New Years Cruise between Budapest and Nuremburg, we actually only sailed from Passau to Nuremburg. The problems started a day before we were due to leave, when we received a phone call at ... Read More
We were due to sail aboard the Viking Odin on a New Years Cruise between Budapest and Nuremburg, we actually only sailed from Passau to Nuremburg. The problems started a day before we were due to leave, when we received a phone call at home stating that due to high water on the Danube we would have to spend the first night in hotel in Budapest. We actually spent 3 nights in hotels, 2 nights of which were spent in a Vienna Airport Hotel. We were coached from place to place living out of a suitcase. No choice of meals at lunch. Buffet evening meals at hotels. Only one drink allowed with meals. Then back on a coach next day to continue the tour. The fact remains that Viking knew that the potential for major disruption to our cruise but decided not to notify us of the potential for over half the cruise to be affected. Whilst they were informing us of 1 night problem they were booking hotels to cover the 3 nights, to say they were economical with the truth is an understatement. The fact also remains that the ship was moored in Regensburg for over a week during the xmas period before our arrival due to the high waters 350 miles away from Budapest. You can imagine the chaos and congestion and the hours travelling on a coach and this is not what I planned I wanted a relaxed cruise on the Danube and not a coach tour around Hungary, Austria and Germany.To say I am disappointed with Viking is an under statement. Now that we have returned home they do not care less in assisting to resolve the situation. To finally round things off when we did eventually get on the ship due to an administration error they did not remove our on board credit, so I also had that issue to sort out to which they replied that they would add it onto our next on board account when we travelled with them again. They have got to be kidding!!!! Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2012
Being frequent cruisers on ocean vessels(over 15) this was our first River Cruise. We arrived a few days early in Nuremberg because my wife is from Bayreuth and her sister picked us up so we could spend a few days in her hometown. Since ... Read More
Being frequent cruisers on ocean vessels(over 15) this was our first River Cruise. We arrived a few days early in Nuremberg because my wife is from Bayreuth and her sister picked us up so we could spend a few days in her hometown. Since this was my first trip to my wife's birthplace I received the personal tour of all the historical and beautiful sights! The opera house, the former military base which my wife's father served, the historical downtown and of course the "new mall". My wife's family owned a shoe store for many years and even though it is not in the family anymore, it is still a shoe store downtown! After spending time with her sister and friends we were back to Nuremberg to meet up with my parents for our embarkation aboard the Viking Odin. What a beautiful ship! Everyone was extremely friendly and the atmosphere was very relaxing and pleasant. Of course many passengers were tired and sleeping in public areas because they had just arrived from the overseas flight. There was a wonderful buffet while the rooms were finished being prepared. Once the rooms were ready, we were so happy to be able to get our things into our room and get settled! We had a balcony room and it was very nice. If you have traveled on a nice ocean liner it was similar and of course small but plenty of storage space and counter space for all of our stuff and my wife's makeup. Included in the cruise fee is WiFi internet which was wonderful. We hate being nickeled and dimed on most of the ocean liners. The speed was good and every night we uploaded our pictures so when we got home all our pictures were already online! Also to be able to check email, etc in the evenings was great. Every port has included excursions. In each room is a "whisperer" which is a radio receiver listening device so you can hear your tour guide without having to be on top and close to him/her. This is a wonderful extra so you can be up to 50 or so feet away. After each excursion you put it back on its charger in your room so you use the same one each time. Viking really has fantastic guides who know the history of each port! We have had many excursions all over the world and Viking really tries to get the best! All of ours were really good. Of course some better than others but all were good and not one we had was below "above average"! In Nuremberg we saw the old castle, Nazi rally grounds and much more. All the streets downtown are named after Israeli prime ministers which really seems appropriate due to the history of the city. Once we were back to the ship we were off to the next port. One of the coolest things being on a river vs the ocean is how smooth the ride is and how close you are to the sights on land. To see castles, vineyards and go right through cities is really wonderful! Also the number of river locks we went through was amazing. I thought we may go through 1 or 2 but we had to have gone through 25 or so during our entire cruise. It is an amazing experience to go through a lock(up or down) if you never have. The ship is literally inches on each side. Also in order for the Viking Odin to go under many bridges the Captains Bridge is able to retract. It goes so far down the Captain cannot even see the river through the windows! Another really special feature you can take advantage of is the tour of the bridge which I highly recommend, especially if you have never seen how a ship is commanded and operates. Highly advanced electronics including radar, depth indicators, etc are all part of a Captain's electronics! The next port we stopped at was Regensburg, Germany. This quant town is a great place to take pictures and shop! They have some of the best German Mustard in all of Germany so you have to pick some up! There is a shop on the right, before you walk across the bridge which has the best prices on Mustard! Also there is a wonderful restaurant right at the dock which serve delicious brats. A little known fact is each German city/town has its own type of bratwurst and its own type of mustard. Some will be large brats, others smaller. Some mustards will be sweeter than others but I can tell you ALL are delicious! My favorite was in Bayreuth, my wife's hometown! All the food on the Odin is fantastic! The service is top notch and deserts are to die for! Most tables are for 6, some for 4 but really none for 2. We generally like to dine alone however we were with my parents so we sat at a table for 6. We met a very nice couple from the U.S. who we tried to sit with for each meal. They were great dinner companions and we had very nice conversation. The next port was Passau, Germany. This is where the Danube, Inn and Ilz come together and the city is sometimes known as the city of 3 rivers. The picturesque city lies in Germany’s far southeast corner near the Austrian border. Settled since prehistory and a former hub of the salt trade, it became the Roman village of Batavis, then later the Holy Roman Empire’s largest diocese and a sword-making center. Saint Stephan’s Cathedral, home of the world’s second-largest cathedral organ, is one of Passau’s favorite attractions. Our tour included beautiful churches in the main square of the city including St. Stephen's Cathedral (Dom St. Stephan). Be sure to have a good camera because you will want to take many pictures inside this church. The ceilings are beautifully painted artwork! Of course the food in all the cities is really great! The next stop is Melk, Austria, a city of only 5,000! This city and tour will take you on a brief walk through the woods (a nice trail, don't worry) to "The Melk Abbey" which is the world's most famous monastic sites sits on a high on a cliff. Again, be sure to take a good camera! The library rises two floors and also has a Troger ceiling, along with around 80,000 volumes of priceless works. The highlight of the abbey, though, is certainly the Stiftskirche (Abbey Church). The church has an astonishing number of windows and is richly embellished with marble and frescoes by Johann Michael Rottmayr with help from Troger. The spiral staircase is a treasure which you will want to take many pictures of! There is a terrace which have fine views of the river and Napoleon probably used as a lookout when he used Melk as his headquarters for his campaign against Austria. On the way back to the ship there was a small food stand in the forest. My wife and I got a bratwurst there which again was fantastic! Once everyone saw us enjoying it they all wanted something as well and got in line to order. My wife and I have always loved the little food stands and are not afraid to try things and have all over the world! More about one of our favorite things at our last stop, read on! That night on the ship we had local entertainment. A bit tight in the lounge, all that was forgot when they performed. For a small ship we did not expect the type of entertainment like on large ocean liners however we were impressed with the quality of this(and other) entertainment provided. To have true locals performing was really special for us to see! The next port was Vienna (Wein), Austria. The downtown was incredibly beautiful with another St. Stephan’s Cathedral which had some of the most beautiful colored glass windows we have ever seen. The colors in the church change as the sun changes positions(or should I say earth changes positions) which change the entire look inside the church. Hopefully when you visit you will have some sunshine because it is one of the most unusual and beautiful color reflections we have ever witnessed! Also be sure to try some of the street potatoes which are really unique and delicious! There are many bakery's and if you have never had Austian (or German) pastries, you will have to try them. They are SO MUCH better than anything here in the U.S. They are no overly sweet, just right and the bread is something indescribable! We had a great tour of Vienna and that evening we did purchase an additional excursion of a "Night at the Oprah" This was another fantastic excursion, well worth the extra cost. We went to the Vienna school of Music where we were entertained by 2 (man and women) classical dancers, a 12 piece orchestra and a pair of Oprah performers who were really good. Even for someone like me who is not well schooled in classical music or opera, this was something I would have hated to miss! The last port of call was one of the nicest, most beautiful cities we have ever been to. We have seen beautiful places like St. Petersburg and the Pyramids which of course are amazing however Budapest is right up there at the top. In fact on all the Viking TV ads the Parliament Building and Chain Bridge are shown. In day and especially at night these sights and historical places are absolutely beautiful. Luckily we were there for one of the first days of which the Christmas market was open so we were able to see the local foods and small shops. Something well worth planning a trip during this time period! Our excursion was a city wide tour which took us to such historical places such as panoramic tour of the Pest side of the city. Journey along Andrássy Avenue and see the 19th- and 20th-century mansions, National Opera House, Parliament Building and Chain Bridge. Stop in Heroes’ Square to learn more about Hungarian history, then cross the Danube to Buda’s Castle District. Walk up the hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. All of these have such wonderful views. The tragic history of Budapest(actually one side of river is Buda, the other side is Pest) is heartbreaking. From the Nazis to the Soviet occupation, these people have suffered tremendously. One thing you MUST TRY is the pastry roll. You will see people walking around eating something that is hard to determine what it is. It is rolled up held with a pastry type bakers paper. It is called a KürtÅ‘skalács but don't worry about that, just try one. Most are baked over a flame and the best are the cinnamon although they do come in other flavors. You will want one of these each time you see them being made! Worth going back to Budapest just for this alone. All in all this trip was the best cruise we have ever been on. From Viking Cruise Line, our ship, our ports, the food, excursions, everything was great. The transportation back to the airport was on a first class bus and in closing all I can say is We Cant Wait for our Next Viking Cruise!   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2012
On this third cruise with Viking, the Four Sisters (ages 77-86) spent 8 days on the Danube River from Budapest to Nuremberg. This was perhaps a less strenuous cruise than those we have taken on the Rhine and Elbe Rivers. However, ... Read More
On this third cruise with Viking, the Four Sisters (ages 77-86) spent 8 days on the Danube River from Budapest to Nuremberg. This was perhaps a less strenuous cruise than those we have taken on the Rhine and Elbe Rivers. However, Budapest is an enchanting fairyland; Vienna, amazing and walkable; Nuremberg, chilling history, with interesting old cities in between. There are long stretches of river through the Wachau Valley with beautiful hills and interesting buildings during the cruise. The stops along the way are well planned and guided. The tour to the Danube Bend, and the ride downriver experience, is especially interesting; the visit to the Abbey less so. We did the optional castle tour but a short day in Vienna is not long enough. The cruise director and concierge were most accommodating in all requests; i.e., a cab to the organ recital because it was too far and too hilly to walk from the bus. The ship board itinerary is well planned; the food is amazing (be certain to sign up for the galley tour and be further amazed at the small space and the large output of 3 meals plus per day). Each day the cruise provided educational and special entertainments. We took advantage of all of these plus the on-shore included tours and two optional tours offered: the castle in Vienna and the World War 11 History Tour which every passenger should take. It was chilling, mentally and visually numbing providing a deeper understanding of the horrors of this war. We plan our own itineraries placing a river cruise in the middle. Budapest and Vienna are too interesting and lovely to spend only a brief time. Therefore, we spent several days beforehand in Budapest, and flew back to Vienna for a couple of days following the cruise. We also spent days in NYC and Istanbul prior to Budapest and in Prague following our return to Vienna. If one wishes to see more than what is available on a river cruise itinerary, I suggest that other cities become book ends. The cruise is an absolutely delightful way to relax and recharge. Where next????? Read Less
Sail Date: April 2012
Our Viking Danube Waltz cruise started April 7 in Budapest. This was only the second week of cruising on the brand new Viking Odin. Ports of call included Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Linz (where we got off for a day trip to ... Read More
Our Viking Danube Waltz cruise started April 7 in Budapest. This was only the second week of cruising on the brand new Viking Odin. Ports of call included Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Linz (where we got off for a day trip to Salzburg,) Durnstein, Melk, and Passau, plus we did the three-day Prague post-cruise excursion. We thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary! This was our first trip to Central/Eastern Europe. We found the each of our stops to be very interesting and educational. Included with the Viking cruise was a guided tour of most of the ports where we stopped (in Durnstein we were on our own.) Each of the tours was quite good, but we appreciated some of the tour guides more than others. One of the things we most enjoyed was the beauty of the churches we visited in most every stop. The abbey in Melk was phenomenal, but the cathedral in Passau was also beautiful. Prague was also extremely interesting, especially Prague Castle. We were in Prague at Easter, and the Easter market was fun. The ship experience was very good. After about the second day, we felt we knew most of the ship's staff from our daily interaction. Everyone worked hard to please the guests. Our activities director was great! We found the food to be quite good and looked forward to the meals. We met many of the passengers and enjoyed the time we spent with them on the ship and the tours/excursions. Since the ship was new, everything was in excellent condition. We were concerned about the possibility of cold weather with an April 7 departure, but the weather was quite good. We had only a little rain, and in general, the early April temperatures were quite nice; cool, but nice. The one downside to us was the fact that most of our cruising was done at night so that we would be at the next port the following morning. We cruised during the day only one day, when we visited Durnstein and Melk. We found it really enjoyable to cruise past the many small towns on that daytime cruise, and it turns out that the weather was probably the best day we had while on the ship, allowing us to watch the scenery from the top of the ship, while we had German foot and free beer! We will definitely do the European river cruises again. In fact, we've already booked our next one for 2013! Read Less
Viking Odin Ratings
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Cabins 3.5 4.5
Dining 3.5 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.0
Family 1.0 3.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.5
Enrichment 3.5 4.2
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 4.0 4.3
Rates 4.0 3.6

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