Sail Date: December 2018
This was our first river cruise, so I have nothing to compare it to, but it was oh so very amazing! The customer service, all around, was great. The ship was the perfect size for our needs. Although we had a small room, it didn't ... Read More
This was our first river cruise, so I have nothing to compare it to, but it was oh so very amazing! The customer service, all around, was great. The ship was the perfect size for our needs. Although we had a small room, it didn't matter as we truly only slept there. The food was great and accommodated my wife's pickiness. It amazes me that after just a few days, the staff knew our names (and there were eight of us) and welcomed us all the time. I was not too keen on the entertainment, but that's okay - that's not why I was on this cruise...however, I'm just one reviewer and so many folks enjoyed the evening entertainment. The one thing I would change would be for me to book a longer cruise next time...and on Viking. Here's hoping I'll see you in 2021 - my fingers are crossed! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
We had never been to that part of Europe,but were well aware of it’s history.We also had heard so much about European Christmas markets we wanted to see for ourselves.Our cruise included airfair,an upgraded room,at a great price.Service ... Read More
We had never been to that part of Europe,but were well aware of it’s history.We also had heard so much about European Christmas markets we wanted to see for ourselves.Our cruise included airfair,an upgraded room,at a great price.Service was first class from the airport in Budapest,to the airport in Munich,and everything in between.The cities we visited had incredible history and archtecture,our guides on the inluded tours were knowledgeable.The cities we visited were incredible,and most were worthy of a much longer stay,The Christmas markets were unique,but in the cities we visited on a weekend,Budapest,and Bratislava were shoulder to shoulder crowded,and consisted mostly of food and drink,we found the others to be more pleasant,but also consisted of a great many beverage and food stalls We also really enjoed the optional Huerigen abend in Vienna,which had plentiful food wine and great entertainment The crew on board ship were top notch,as was the food wine ,and beer.We had taken a viking ocean cruise,and were not disapointed in the River cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2018
This tour was a bucket list item for the wife and I. The food was excellent and the crew and Director were outstanding. The on shore excursions were very informative and worth both time and money. The up close tour in Vienna, although a ... Read More
This tour was a bucket list item for the wife and I. The food was excellent and the crew and Director were outstanding. The on shore excursions were very informative and worth both time and money. The up close tour in Vienna, although a last minute option was excellant. We were the first cruise in five months that was able to remain on board throughout the journey due water levels. This made our trip much more relaxing. The cabin was just the right size for two. We were very pleased with our accommodations. We traveled as a couple, not part of a group, however we came away with fourteen new friends. The captain and crew were very professional. We came away with a new saying that we heard repeatedly from the staff, “your happiness is our pleasure”. Budapest was fantastic! We plan to return to Hungary just so we can spend more time in this beautiful city. The dinning enjoyed in Budapest was some of the best we had throughout the trip. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2018
My teen daughter and I sailed the Danube with my seventy-something parents during Thanksgiving, and we all had a blast! We took most of the wonderful tours and ate most our delicious dinners together, but my daughter and I also enjoyed ... Read More
My teen daughter and I sailed the Danube with my seventy-something parents during Thanksgiving, and we all had a blast! We took most of the wonderful tours and ate most our delicious dinners together, but my daughter and I also enjoyed the e-bike side tour from Krems to Durnstein, and rode the metro in Vienna to as many Christmas Markets our feet could get us to in one evening- five in all! Our favorite town was Cesky Krumlov, with it's fairytale Castle and charming houses, and the best hot chocolate at the Kolektiv. Our favorite Christmas Markets were at Pest in Hungary, with it's mulled wine, and the large, festive Rathaus with it's ice-skating, along with the beautiful Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna. We all loved every minute of our trip, but Nana especially loved the Creme Brûlée at dinner on the ship, while Papa enjoyed studying the doors of the homes on each of our tours- especially in Bratislava. My daughter loved taking pictures of the scenic river views in Passau, and exploring each of the towns we docked at, while I especially loved collecting the Gluten mugs and handmade ornaments at the various Christkindlmarkts, We all appreciated the bottles of water in our clean rooms, and the staff that greeted us with treats and warm towels after each day's tour. The food was fabulous, the desk was helpful, and our waiters and waitresses were gracious and had a positive attitude. We had such an amazing trip, that we all signed up together to take a Viking cruise up the Rhine in 2020! Thanks for the memories, Viking! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Everything was planned and executed beautifully! The staff made every aspect enjoyable. Even normal life mishaps were cared for with a professional touch without being “stuffy”. Loved it! The side trips were easy going yet we got ... Read More
Everything was planned and executed beautifully! The staff made every aspect enjoyable. Even normal life mishaps were cared for with a professional touch without being “stuffy”. Loved it! The side trips were easy going yet we got to see and do a great deal. Realky, there was more planned on board then we coukd possibly do! (Just coukdn’t stay up for the later entertainment after an already busy day. I am sure some just loved it because it fit what THEY wanted to do perfectky!). The food was over the top. Anything you wanted from the well planned menus or something of your own liking. They went out of their way to be pleasant and not “in your face” overdoing it. Even the drinks were top notch! Not your usual watered down variety, but tasty concoctions! We had one of the two room verandas and had beautiful flowers, fresh fruit lined up beautifully each day. I casually asked one of the staff members as we were going to breakfast one morning if we could take the beer out of the fridge and replace it with ginger ale. Right after breakfast , when we returned, it was already done! Shoes shined, laundry expertly cleaned pressed/folded or hung! Saved a lot of time so we coukd enjoy what we came for! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
Initially I chose this cruise because of the 2 for 1 deal. But after experiencing Viking, I would choose it even at full price. It was that good. Although, I hope I won't have to. My family and I are already planning the next ... Read More
Initially I chose this cruise because of the 2 for 1 deal. But after experiencing Viking, I would choose it even at full price. It was that good. Although, I hope I won't have to. My family and I are already planning the next cruise. Although the next time we will be taking a bigger family group with us. Everything from the fine dining on the ship, to the shore excursions, shopping, sights, sounds, history and the local cuisine as well was almost too much to take in for what seemed like too short of a time. We made new friends, played games on board, and truly wanted for nothing. The ships crew were all very professional and personal at the same time. We had an extra special treat too, it was the 1st voyage for our Captain with his OWN ship. He expertly got us through 26 locks and safely to each destination. If you haven't taken a Viking cruise yet and are reading this review, I hope it truly encourages you to take the plunge. You will NOT be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Never have I ever been on a vacation where everything went as expected and then some. From the days we booked in Budapest before our cruise to time we spent onboard, it was a first rate experience. The crew made us feel as though we were a ... Read More
Never have I ever been on a vacation where everything went as expected and then some. From the days we booked in Budapest before our cruise to time we spent onboard, it was a first rate experience. The crew made us feel as though we were a priority. At first the attention was a bit overwhelming to a mom who is not used to being pampered... but after many reassurances, from the crew that this was how it was going to be, I settled in to the “royal” treatment. The gourmet meals, the shore tours, the entertainment, the cabin care were exceptional. Our meals were more than just eating delicious foods. Every time we sat down we were not only fed but also entertained by our waiters. This experience was probably one of the best vacations we ever took - that impression has us anxious to book our next cruise. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
My sister and I researched cruises and we decided on the Danube cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg. Best decision we ever made - the ship was clean, food was great, staff was top notch. The land tours were great and all tour guides were ... Read More
My sister and I researched cruises and we decided on the Danube cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg. Best decision we ever made - the ship was clean, food was great, staff was top notch. The land tours were great and all tour guides were well informed and entertaining. I would highly recommend Viking cruises. Embarkation was smooth and quick; there were only 192 passengers on the ship so it was more intimate. Food was great and the other passengers were friendly and welcoming. We met many wonderful people and spent most of our meals with them. The deck at front of the ship was a great place to enjoy the weather and view the beautiful scenery. The entertainment in the evening was fun but was not over the top. The bartenders and wait staff were always friendly and attentive. I cannot say enough of how great this cruise was. We had a wonderful time. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We heard wonderful things about Viking River Cruises and set reservations a year in advance. This was our 22nd Anniversary and 'Romantic Danube' was definitely appropriate! Everything we heard about Viking was true and even ... Read More
We heard wonderful things about Viking River Cruises and set reservations a year in advance. This was our 22nd Anniversary and 'Romantic Danube' was definitely appropriate! Everything we heard about Viking was true and even BETTER!. We have been fortunate to travel extensively in our lives and our expectations were SURPASSED in every category. It started when we received our personalized printed itinerary, long before the trip began.. Every step of the way, our complete satisfaction was the goal of all Viking reps. We spent 2 extra days in Budapest prior to embarkation and loved it. We were met at the airport (all airline accommodations were handled by Viking and were superb) by Viking staff and then delivered to new Viking staff in our 5 star hotel across the street from the Danube. Even our mini-excursions in Budapest prior to sailing were handled by Viking and were excellent. The ship was beautiful and 1st class in every way. Be warned, this is not a cruise for those on a diet...the food was outstanding and endless. We had the opportunity to meet wonderful new friends at every dining opportunity and share our travel stories and our appreciation for the quality of the Viking Cruise Experience. There were lots of educational talks and meet and greets on board with captain and cruise director in addition to the complementary site seeing tours at EVERY port. Always clearly spoken tour guides that made each stop along the Danube come alive. I was in the customer service industry for 50 years before retiring and have to complement Viking for the genuine commitment to outstanding customer service at every conceiveable opportunity throughout the entire experience. We are definitely spoiled and look forward to our next Viking experience. Bob/Lise Welton Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Friends who had been with Viking on a river cruise invited us to join them. Although we have traveled by air and ground transportation extensively through the years, it was our very first cruise experience on any size vessel. This ... Read More
Friends who had been with Viking on a river cruise invited us to join them. Although we have traveled by air and ground transportation extensively through the years, it was our very first cruise experience on any size vessel. This experience has convinced us that a river cruise is the ONLY way to go! Every aspect of our Viking River Cruise experience was PERFECT....from the informative materials received beforehand, the initial procedures going onto the TOR..limited number of fellow passengers....every activity for the next eight days...the planning and execution were flawless! The variety of meal services, too, was a most welcome extra. Without exception, every single member of the ship's staff...from the Captain all the way down to the lowest ranking dining room waiter or member of the housekeeping staff...ALL were delightfully friendly and efficient. At the various towns where the ship stopped, local inhabitants and guides were provided who were attractive, entertaining and exceptionally well-prepared to provide fascinating information and stories about the town being visited. Several onboard presentations were also very entertaining. Two presentations, in particular, were EXCELLENT: (1) a lesson on how to prepare an apfel strudel...and (2) a talk given by a young woman on "What Germans are Like." In absolutely every respect, the Viking River Cruise was the experience of a lifetime...restful...educational...source of new friendships and memories. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Friends suggested starting in Budapest. Actually we stayed in an Airbnb for 4 days in Budapest prior to boarding. We fell in love with Budapest; enjoying every minute we were there! On to the cruise. BTY this was my first cruise and ... Read More
Friends suggested starting in Budapest. Actually we stayed in an Airbnb for 4 days in Budapest prior to boarding. We fell in love with Budapest; enjoying every minute we were there! On to the cruise. BTY this was my first cruise and I'm in my 60's. We found the accommodations, while small, expertly laid out and comfortable! Bear in mind, we are used to sailing a 43' sailboat. The room was clean upon arrival and cleaned daily. Good job to the housekeeping staff! In fact all the staff were absolutely fantastic; friendly and professional! The dinning was very good, providing sufficient choices to keep my wife and I happy. Having been told that I can be a little picky, I can say without reservation there was nothing I found to complain about! I would suggest if you take a river cruise, get a room with a balcony; we did and I think any room without, would seem claustrophobic. Anyway, sitting on the balcony with a cup of coffee or drink, watching the scenic view pass by was amazing! This is a great way to experience Europe in comfort! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
We have been on numerous ocean cruises with different lines. We thought the price would be comparable given that the air and excursions were included with wine and beer. We had some problems with the air as an airline cancelled one leg of ... Read More
We have been on numerous ocean cruises with different lines. We thought the price would be comparable given that the air and excursions were included with wine and beer. We had some problems with the air as an airline cancelled one leg of the trip so the flight plans were changed completely. We had a difficult time communicating with our agent at Online Vacation Center so for our next river cruise we are dealing directly with Viking and arrangements are vastly smoother. Pickup at the airport was easy as was the trip to the boat. Baggage was looked after from airport to cabin and once on the boat we were directed to where we were treated to lunch with a local beer and wine. You had the immediate feeling you were going go be well looked after. The room (balcony) was immaculate and better than the online videos showed. Lots of storage space, heated bathroom floors, and well laid out. There were only 190 passengers on board so getting to know fellow passengers was easy unlike crowded ocean cruises. Within a day we had latched on to two couples, one from Texas, the other from Wisconsin, we are from Canada. Meals were as good as or better than first rate restaurants we have been at in numerous countries. Wine and beer were local as were some of the menu selections. Staff was wonderful and went out of their way to help you with anything. Excursions were informative and optional ones were many to choose from. I recommend staying away from ones that are too long as lots of time is spent on the bus. Example: 9 hour tour, 4 hours on the bus. We had lots of time to explore with our new friends and were always given clear instructions as to how to get back. Headphones were great and you could hear everything without being close to the guide. The ride as very smooth and most times we hadn't realized we had left port. Can't wait till our next cruise, Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland. Another tip, go at least 2 days early to get acclimatized. We are also going to go to Paris and Amsterdam for a few days each. You're there, only going on a cruise for 8 days is too short a time for such a long flight. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
This was my first River Cruise and I felt that the process in making the arrangements with my agent went very smoothly. She made the whole experience very easy and answered all of my questions on a timely basis. The trip itself to and ... Read More
This was my first River Cruise and I felt that the process in making the arrangements with my agent went very smoothly. She made the whole experience very easy and answered all of my questions on a timely basis. The trip itself to and from Europe went very smoothly and our connections were spot on. We were met at the Budapest airport by a great team from Viking Tours and transported directly to the ship. The excursions that were included with the cruise were outstanding. The guides in each city were interesting and very knowledgeable. The meals were excellent and the staff couldn't have been more accommodating. I thought the cost was very reasonable considering the inclusion of the air fare. We added a stop in Paris on the way home for an additional $200 which I thought was very inexpensive. I would definitely take another Viking River Cruise in the future and I have recommended it to several of my friends. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We chose this cruise because it provided us with an opportunity to visit places we had heard of and always wanted to travel to. There are not enough superlatives to describe just how wonderful and amazing our cruise was. Accommodations ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it provided us with an opportunity to visit places we had heard of and always wanted to travel to. There are not enough superlatives to describe just how wonderful and amazing our cruise was. Accommodations were luxurious yet cozy. The staff was so welcoming, friendly, patient and helpful. On the last night of our cruise, our purser (Sorin) said that many of us would want to take members of the staff home with them. He was absolutely right!! Gabor and Doru took fabulous care of us! The food was delicious -- American favorites if we were feeling homesick for tried and true comfort food but also local cuisine and wine to enjoy and learn about. The excursions were well thought out and gave us a true feel for each place we visited. Additionally, the guides for the excursions were knowledgeable and professional. We have already booked our next Viking river cruise! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2017
Previously, I had been on one ocean cruise and did not prove to be a good sailor - green the whole week. With some trepidation, I tried the Romantic Danube cruise by Viking and it was a complete success! There is no dressing to impress on ... Read More
Previously, I had been on one ocean cruise and did not prove to be a good sailor - green the whole week. With some trepidation, I tried the Romantic Danube cruise by Viking and it was a complete success! There is no dressing to impress on this river cruise (as there was on the ocean cruise by a different company). Casual comfort is the way to go. Now I know how to pack for next time - jeans, shorts, simple slacks, maybe a simple skirt or dress. Very relaxed. The size of the ship (about 100 guests) made for a wonderful ambiance. The passengers were very friendly and social, taking opportunities to meet and dine with others. The staff were so warm and hospitable, looking after our every need. Once, when we missed dinner, they prepared food for us. Beverages and snacks were always available. All of the meals were light and nutritious.The excursions were so well organized, interesting and used such charming, professional guides. Wished we had gone to Budapest 3 days early so we could have explored it in more detail but loved what we saw. The Gottweig Abbey in Austria was very memorable. Sailing in the Wachau Valley on a gorgeous fall day was so beautiful.I will never forget the Nuremberg War Trials excursion. Take advantage of the daily panoramic excursions. The 3 day extension in Prague was wonderful.This was my first river cruise...but NOT my last! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
Of all the cruise lines, we chose Viking based on recommendation from friends and neighbours and they did not disappoint. They are a first class company and the people they employ display the same qualities. They were extremely well ... Read More
Of all the cruise lines, we chose Viking based on recommendation from friends and neighbours and they did not disappoint. They are a first class company and the people they employ display the same qualities. They were extremely well trained and knowledgeable about the history of the countries we travelled to and they all went out of their way to ensure we had the best possible experience. The ship was beautiful and the food was great. They were very well organized and embarkation and disembarkation was very smooth. The tours were great and very interesting and well organized. All the staff were very friendly and it was apparent our needs came first. The cabins were well organized and the rooms as well as the ship was spotless.The entertainment provided was very good and it was nice to get some of the local culture.Overall everything was above our expectations and we definitely travel with Viking again in the near future. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2017
This was my first river cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg and I loved it! The staff was wonderful. The Hotel Manager and Concierge( I am so sorry I did not write down their names) were pleasant and so professional and efficient. Our ... Read More
This was my first river cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg and I loved it! The staff was wonderful. The Hotel Manager and Concierge( I am so sorry I did not write down their names) were pleasant and so professional and efficient. Our Program Director Boris was amazing. My favorite was Joven the waiter who provided impeccable service with a smile three times a day for seven days. His recommendations for menu items was spot on! In retrospect, I should have gotten back on the ship and cruised back to Budapest enjoying excursions I missed on the way and the ambiance of the ship. The 3 day extension in Prague was not of the same quality at all. I certainly hope that Viking continues to provide such a high quality of service. I will never go on a typical ocean cruise from the states again. The other passengers were well travelled, friendly and interesting. PS...The laundry service was excellent. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
We chose this cruise, having been on Viking previously, to see places we had not been before. There seemed so much breadth in history and culture to see, and we were so very right. Simply riding the Danube on one of the wonderful Viking ... Read More
We chose this cruise, having been on Viking previously, to see places we had not been before. There seemed so much breadth in history and culture to see, and we were so very right. Simply riding the Danube on one of the wonderful Viking longships is worth it all by itself. But the opportunities to experience the areas through which we were passing has made lifetime memories, wonderful ones. Viking is absolutely wonderful at seamless movement from cruising to touring and back to cruising. We were able to see and do things with Viking that we would never have managed by ourselves, such as the 'just for Viking' concert of the largest pipe organ in the world at Passau. But were also free to 'do our own thing when we wanted, such as in Vienna, where we had been more than once. We did our own tour of favorite places, such as the Cafe Schwartzenberg, our favorite coffee house in Vienna. However, the joys of simply causing the river and watching new worlds go by tops my list. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2017
8 days was the first consideration with the second being the area covered and town visited. EVERYTHING about the cruise was outstanding from the guy rowing the garbage to the bins, the service, entertainment and overall friendly and ... Read More
8 days was the first consideration with the second being the area covered and town visited. EVERYTHING about the cruise was outstanding from the guy rowing the garbage to the bins, the service, entertainment and overall friendly and relaxing atmosphere. HOWEVER, the costly tour to Salzburg was a rip off. It took hours there and hours back. There was 1 restroom stop for multiple buses ... of several lines...and ONE bathroom! Additionally, we were dropped off on one side of town...which seemed to be normal...but returned to the same location...which was not normal. Thus travelling the same route twice! The lunch was nice but way too long and did not leave enough time to explore Salzburg or see the castle on the mountain. This was very disappointing. The food service was amazing and it was even more amazing when we toured the kitchen and realized what was produced in such a small space. We have recommended Viking to numerous friends and have some sailing now and others in 2018. We have warned them about optional tours and to check out just how much travel time to arrive and return is required. We took the post tour to Prague. Prague is beautiful and we will go back. However, the hotel Viking people were of little or no help. Our introduction to Prague was 20 minutes in the hot sun with a walk across the street, through a small shopping center and a point at the transportation stop. When we asked them questions we were told your ship should have covered that with you. We asked for a non-smoking room and were given a smoking room. When we complained we were told it WAS a non- smoking room...at which time...we handed them the ashtrays we found in the room. They put a can of air freshener in the room and did not offer to move us. We were very disappointed, but having faith in Viking, we are doing a pre-trip in November in Amsterdam before embarking on our Amsterdam to Basel cruise. The first cruise we were 4 in our party, there are now 6 in our party. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
This was the first cruise for my husband and my first on a river cruise. He was most pleasantly surprised on how much room there was on the boat and in the cabin. Additionally, he was worried that he could not keep up with the pace of ... Read More
This was the first cruise for my husband and my first on a river cruise. He was most pleasantly surprised on how much room there was on the boat and in the cabin. Additionally, he was worried that he could not keep up with the pace of activities or enjoy the volume of food offered in the dining spaces. Rather both were not issues. In fact, he added two optional programs at the desk and enjoyed all of them. The guides were informative, the pace was great and there was always time to visit on your own in the different cities. They were also helpful if someone forgot their headphones or needed directions to a particular store or site to visit. (Actually a time for Schnecken and Caffe, per Viennese custom.) We both enjoyed the food and programs on the boat as well, with the Program Director giving information about each stop and suggestions for places to visit when in the cities. I have cruised before, but this was one of the best as far as friendliness from the staff and the other passengers. Not being assigned to a particular table allowed for more integration with passengers, whether at meals or on the buses. Overall, we have spoken very highly of our cruise experience with Viking and look forward to traveling with you again. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
Previous cruise was the Rhine. The Viking experience on that cruise led us to book the Danube. Once again, Viking provided exceptional food and cultural and historical perspectives and experiences. On board service was, as usual, ... Read More
Previous cruise was the Rhine. The Viking experience on that cruise led us to book the Danube. Once again, Viking provided exceptional food and cultural and historical perspectives and experiences. On board service was, as usual, without peer. A short time with Viking and the passengers and crew become a family. The shore guides were extremely knowledgeable and accomodating. Their walking lectures gave thorough insight into the unique people, their historical culture and the evolution to today's modern social and political environment. Additional tours were of high value. Onboard lectures were extremely interesting and enhanced one's knowledge of each area, its cultures, and its history. The late fall cruise provided moderate temperatures, only one morning of light rain, and spectacular foliage. Viking provided a good mix of escorted tour time, on shore leisure time, optional shore tours, coupled with daylight cruise times during the most interesting portions of the river. We will be on Viking again in November 2017. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We chose this cruise because we did the viking Rhine cruise last July and loved it, we had a great time this cruise, wish we had more free time at each stop but we did have some, the optional tours were great except the one to a museum, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we did the viking Rhine cruise last July and loved it, we had a great time this cruise, wish we had more free time at each stop but we did have some, the optional tours were great except the one to a museum, guide was not engaged and we were promised 2 demos we never got, we bought the pictures at the end of cruise but many duplicates were on it, food and room was great, wonderful service, they have fun entertainment to keep you busy, we are planning to go on viking ocean cruise in Jan, these boats only have 930 guests, their river boats have around 200, I like the fact that you can dress casual or formal your choice, no seating requirements, you can go where you want and be comfortable. When you came in from tours staff was there to meet you with a small fruit drink, cool towel or cookie. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2016
My mother who is 86 years old, has been wanting to go on a Viking River cruise for years. I received an email from Viking about two discounted cruises, one of which was on the Danube. My mother has always wanted to see Budapest and ... Read More
My mother who is 86 years old, has been wanting to go on a Viking River cruise for years. I received an email from Viking about two discounted cruises, one of which was on the Danube. My mother has always wanted to see Budapest and Vienna. When I told her about the Viking Cruise, the great price, and that I would go with her on the cruise, she was elated. We chose to take the extended stay in Budapest prior to the cruising date. We both agreed that this was the best thing that we have ever done together. Budapest was more than we ever expected. Viking arranged our stay at the Budapest Marriott, which is located directly on the Danube. We had an unbelievable view of the Danube and the Palace across the river, that was lighted every night. Viking offered us optional guided tours of Budapest each day that we did purchase at a minimal cost. The Marriott Hotel was excellently appointed the staff was pleasant and helpful. A complete buffet breakfast was included for each day that we stayed. This cruise was a dream come true for my mother, we loved every experience; from the extended stay in Budapest to the exciting tours in Vienna. On board, we enjoyed the Viking room accommodations; the excellent meals; the wine and music provided every evening; the friendly Viking staff; and last but not least the wonderful friends that we made on the cruise. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2016
This was our very first cruise, and I had always wanted to visit Budapest, the birthplace of both sets of my grandparents. Everything about the cruise was wonderful- delicious food, informative tours, excellent staff, comfortable ... Read More
This was our very first cruise, and I had always wanted to visit Budapest, the birthplace of both sets of my grandparents. Everything about the cruise was wonderful- delicious food, informative tours, excellent staff, comfortable amenities, easy connections and transfers, and enjoyable entertainment! We arrived early in Budapest to extend our stay in the city before checking in to the ship, all part of our Viking experience. We stayed at the Budapest Marriott which was also excellent in every way- very convenient for walking and exploring the city, delicious breakfasts, and very comfortable accommodations. By the second day on the boat, we agreed we will be doing this type of cruise again. Since our return we booked another Viking river cruise for later next year! The experience was perfect for us- small number of passengers, personalized service, culturally oriented, and flexibility to go off and do what we like to do like exploring by bicycle, hiking, etc. We are very active 60+ year olds and we were as busy as we wanted to be. The Viking River Cruises would suit all ages. We are very excited for our next cruise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2016
The trip itinerary, size of the ship and the recommendation of friends led us to take this trip. This was a celebration of both my wife and my retirements. We were treated like royalty. The crew was fantastic, friendly and ... Read More
The trip itinerary, size of the ship and the recommendation of friends led us to take this trip. This was a celebration of both my wife and my retirements. We were treated like royalty. The crew was fantastic, friendly and professional. The food was the best we have eaten, from the breakfast to the evening meal. We were also very impressed the each tour guide on our daily excursions. The size of the ship also was a plus, not too many people. This was our best vacation ever. Read Less
Viking Tor Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.5
Entertainment 3.0 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.5
Family 1.0 3.5
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.2
Enrichment 4.0 4.1
Service 4.0 4.6
Value For Money 3.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 N/A

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