5 Budapest to Europe - All Viking River Viking Prestige Cruise Reviews

Having done many ocean cruises this was our first river cruise,so had no idea what to expect. The ship was great, crew brilliant, food fantastic quality and great fellow guests, it was perfect. The included trips were informative with ... Read More
Having done many ocean cruises this was our first river cruise,so had no idea what to expect. The ship was great, crew brilliant, food fantastic quality and great fellow guests, it was perfect. The included trips were informative with knowledgeable guides. The customer service was the best I have experienced from the lovely Joana in housekeeping, Tommy in the bar and Carla and Cruz in the restaurant . Nothing was too much trouble and we felt thoroughly spoiled and extremely well looked after. The management team were excellent and continually asked guests if all was well . Briefings on the up and coming ports were really helpful and good fun. The daily menu featured regional as well as a varied menu. Quality of food was 5 star and we were particularly impressed with the way special diets were catered for. We would highly recommend this trip and Viking and will be booking our next trip soon! Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
had a wonderful time on this cruise. Don't like ocean cruises but when my 2 sisters suggested we take a river cruise I was all in. Loved the idea that there wasn't so many other people on board. Everyone that I encountered was ... Read More
had a wonderful time on this cruise. Don't like ocean cruises but when my 2 sisters suggested we take a river cruise I was all in. Loved the idea that there wasn't so many other people on board. Everyone that I encountered was wonderful and friendly. The ship was very nice and extremely clean. Had a very nice room and the gentlemen that took care of our room was very friendly and helpful Dining was excellent. You went out of your way with the food, We sat at the same table every night with the same waiter and same guest. Our waiter was excellent as we're all of them that I encountered. The excursions that we took we're over the top. Loved this cruise and I'm planning another with your company. Working on traveling with more people. Had such a great time that when I came home I have friends that are also interested Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Having taken two previous river cruises with a different line, we were under the impression that Viking were the top line to sail with so booked a week on the Budapest to Passau Danube Waltz. We travelled with friends and opted for two ... Read More
Having taken two previous river cruises with a different line, we were under the impression that Viking were the top line to sail with so booked a week on the Budapest to Passau Danube Waltz. We travelled with friends and opted for two nights in Budapest at the Hilton on the Buda side. The hotel and location were perfect and we enjoyed our time in Budapest very much. However, when it came time to board our ship the Prestige, the holiday went downhill from there. For some reason the Prestige was nothing like the other Viking ships we saw on the river, or the one in our brochure or in the TV adverts. It appeared to be understaffed with attention from the crew being a bit hit and miss. We would often arrive back to the boat with no greeting or interest from anyone and were often left trying to attract attention from waiters to find us a table or get us drinks. We were expecting a balcony which we could sit on instead of the sliding windows and there was no lift leaving the many mobility impaired guests hobbling up and down the staircases! Also, the TVs in both our cabins only worked sporadically whilst on our other boats we could happily watch a large selection of current movies with no problems. The menu was static with only the change of a local speciality every evening and I cannot remember one exceptional dish. On our previous cruise there were different homemade soups and pates every night and much more choice. Also the trips were uninspired. Only one included and optional ones which came at a hefty price. For mobility impaired travellers the easy walking trips consisted of a coach into town where they were left to hobble around for a while whilst the guide pointed out coffee shops and where the underground system was if they wanted to get back to the boat! Very poor. Also, a majority of the passengers were American so don't bother with this one if you like a little glamour in the evening. Caps and shorts seemed to be the dress code day and night and the little entertainment was generally Sound of Music based. On the positive side Budapest and the Mozart concert in Vienna were highlights and the cabins were kept clean and fresh by hard working housekeeping. To top it all, guests are expected to pay tips for all the staff on top of the final bill before being dropped off at the airport to work out where we had to go and how to check in on the automated system! Overall we would not use Viking again and suggest other companies over this experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We have a core group of friends that travel together. A friend was looking for somewhere for us to go and came across this trip. An e-mail was sent out to everyone asking who was interested. There was an overwhelming yes response. We had a ... Read More
We have a core group of friends that travel together. A friend was looking for somewhere for us to go and came across this trip. An e-mail was sent out to everyone asking who was interested. There was an overwhelming yes response. We had a group of 20 that went on the cruise. The first day was spent touring Budapest. I don't know what I expected to see but the two parts of the metropolis were differently beautiful. Budapest now ranks as the most memorable place we have ever visited. The architecture was awe inspiring. The check in, upon arrival, went smoothly. Our stateroom was well equipped and clean. The veranda provided a wonderful view of the landscape as we sailed. The Viking Prestige is a beautiful vessel. Sleek and very quiet when underway. The top deck, library, lounge and dining halls are easily accessible. It proved to be a great way to travel. The days are spent admiring the countryside, or taking one of the included tours. There were no hassles or worrying about travel in a foreign place. We were escorted by an English speaking guide and transported by a very comfortable bus. The guides gave a wonderful architectural and historical perspective of what we were seeing. The meals were the best part. We were given a choice of a regional specialty from each region we traveled through. The captain and crew along with the service staff, made the trip a true joy. We can'y wait to go somewhere else with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Viking river cruise - Danube Waltz was excellent in every respect. We have travelled on other lines and Viking is well above the rest in terms of service, food, staterooms and even booking experience. The included shore excursions are ... Read More
Viking river cruise - Danube Waltz was excellent in every respect. We have travelled on other lines and Viking is well above the rest in terms of service, food, staterooms and even booking experience. The included shore excursions are great, well organized and very nicely done We were on the Viking prestige last April - nice ship that visited Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Linz, Melk and Passau/. We used Viking air and they provided us with excellent flights as well. Airport transfers were included and made getting on and off the ship so easy. Viking provided good onboard entertainment multiple evenings and the staff was always friendly and eager to help. Food was very good - they catered well to vegetarians too We were so pleased we have booked future trips on Viking and definitely consider them multiple notches above other cruise lines. Great value and experience for the money as well Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Viking Prestige Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.2
Family 1.0 3.2
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.5
Enrichment 5.0 4.3
Service 3.0 4.7
Value For Money 5.0 4.3
Rates 4.0 3.7

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