46 Budapest to Europe - River Cruise Viking River Viking Vili Cruise Reviews

In our opinion Viking pulled a bait and switch as they knew well in advance that they were not going to be able to deliver the experience touted in their advertising. This was affirmed by my conversations with crew members on all 4 ships ... Read More
In our opinion Viking pulled a bait and switch as they knew well in advance that they were not going to be able to deliver the experience touted in their advertising. This was affirmed by my conversations with crew members on all 4 ships and by the local tour guides. All admitted that it had been over 2 months since Viking had been able to provide what was advertised. The Program Director also admitted to me that Viking should have given guests a better idea of the changes planned for the cruise prior to sailing and given guests the option to reschedule or cancel. He agreed that Viking knew more than one ship change was going to be extremely likely-well we ended up on 4 different ships for sleeping and 5 if you include the 2-3 hour daytime cruise on 10/23/18. That means packing and unpacking 6 extra times in addition to having to get up very early and have our bags outside our door very early on 3 days. I do not do well on busses due to getting car sick and the extensive bussing we had to take left me either nauseated and with a migraine (on days I did not take any medication for car sickness) or fatigued and wrung out (as a side effect of the anti-nausea medication I took on other days). I would definitely have cancelled if I had known how much bussing was involved (3.5 hours Budapest to Vienna on 10/14, 1.5 hours each way for a total of 3 hours to Regensburg on 10/18, 3.5 hours to Nuremberg 10/19, 1.5 hours to a smaller boat for a couple hours cruising then 2.5 hours drive to Cologne for a total of 4 hours on 10/23). That meant that 4 of the 14 days were I felt crappy due to bussing. I will recap the trip in our eyes: 10/12: Arrived in Budapest and boarded the Idun. The ship seemed "tired and worn". Informed no cruising to Vienna. They made it seem like this was a last minute change but the crew confirmed the ship had been there for weeks. 10/13: Budapest sightseeing 10/14: Up at crack of dawn to ride bus 3.5 hours to Vienna (sucked as stated above) and boarded boat #2, the Vili. Walked around Vienna sightseeing. 10/15: Sight seeing Vienna day 2 interrupted by ship leaving port early at 6:30pm instead of 11:30pm. Our evening plans were ruined. I got a panic text from my uncle at 5:50pm just as we were being served at the Sacher Hotel informing us the ship's plan had changed and we needed to be on board before 6:30pm. We threw money on the table (37 euro) to cover the bill and made a mad dash across the city back to the boat arriving at 6:29pm. My uncle informed the Program Director that we were high-tailing it back to the ship but they failed to inform us or him that they were making a back up plan in case we did not make it in time. So we were totally panicked. When we did arrive (just in the nick of time) the Hotel Manager and Program Director had the gall to actually yell at US because we were upset. They did not see a problem because "we had a back-up plan if you did not make the ship". They did not understand why we would be upset. They failed to communicate said back-up plan to us or my uncle for him to communicate it to me via text. You cannot imagine how anxious we were trying to race back to the ship. They also made no attempt to contact us when they made the decision to leave early-leaving that chore to my uncle. We missed out on our evening plans in Vienna, were out 37 euro for the Sacher tortes/Viennese coffee we never got to enjoy and were totally panicked on our way back to port. No apology has been made or effort to offer us compensation for the money we paid for food we never got to enjoy in Vienna or the panic caused by Viking that day. Program Director and Hotel Manager stated to us it would be addressed and that they were emailing Viking corporate on our behalf but when I tried to follow up on this I was given very vague assurances (which I did not believe) that it would be taken care of after the cruise. I asked to be CC'd on the email and have not received any. I know 37 euro is not a large sum but it is the principle of the thing. 10/16: Pleasant cruise of the Wachau Valley to Melk. Sight seeing at the Melk Abbey. Nighttime cruising to Passau. 10/17: Woke up to a beautiful view (sarcasm here) of cranes, industrial tanks, bull dozers and dumpsters in Passau. Notified no cruising to Regensburg and that we would be staying in this industrial port until 10/19. Sightseeing in Passau. 10/18: Bussed to Regensburg, sight seeing in Regensburg (excellent tour guide). No ability to explore on our own as planned due to need for bussing back and forth. The lunch arranged was salty and substandard in quality. Bus ride back to the industrial port. 10/19: Forced to be up early to vacate the boat and board bus for 3.5 hour ride to Nuremberg. 1/2 day of sight seeing in Nuremberg with no ability to or time to explore on our own as planned due to bussing. Substandard lunch. Boarded boat #3 the Gefjon. 10/20: Sight seeing in Bamberg in morning followed by a pleasant cruise in the afternoon/overnight to Wurzberg through locks. 10/21: Woke up with pretty view of Wurzberg. Sightseeing on our own in the morning with a guided walking tour in the afternoon (very good guide). 10/22: Sightseeing in Wertheim (excellent guide), glass blower talk on ship in afternoon, cruising on Main River in afternoon. 10/23: Up to pack for the 4th boat change. 1.5 hour bus ride to a smaller boat for a 2-3 hour cruise and a substandard lunch. Excellent tour of Marksburg Castle. 2.5 hour bus ride to Cologne (nausea and migraine). Boarded boat #4, the Mimir in yet another industrial zone ("lovely" industrial piping, power plant and tank views) 4+ miles from town. Needed to change from an 8 person table to an adjoining 10 person table (to accommodate all those in our party who had returned for dinner that night at one table) while the waiter was in the process of taking our orders. He was visibly "pissy" and rude about the change. 10/24: Cologne guided tour was OK. Needed to walk 4+ miles from industrial dock to town to explore on our own in the afternoon/evening. Viking did provide a shuttle service but only between 2:30 and 5:30 pm even though the boat was at the dock until 10:00pm. 10/25: Cruising Waal River, very good tour of Kinderdijk windmills. 10/26: Disembarkation in Amsterdam was smooth. When each bus ride was announced they underestimated the time spent on each bus by anywhere from 30-60 minutes. General comments on service, food: Idun: average service in dining room, average quality of food, very poor dessert quality (cakes very dry/overcooked), good cabin service. Vili: excellent service in dining room and cabins, very polite staff everywhere, food quality was fair to mediocre at best, desserts remained poor Gefjon: dining room service was substandard: many mistakes in orders, bread would be served but had to ask for butter, hot water for tea but no tea bag or sugar brought so had to ask, quality of food was better than on the Vili but not by much Mimir: Maitre D was very attentive but serving staff was downright rude and surly, order mix-ups continued and the bread butter tea issues were the same, quality of food was mediocre but the desserts did improve Bar service on the Aquavit terrace was spotty on all ships Few vegetables were on the menus/came with meals. Some in our party routinely asked for extra vegetables and the waiters were visibly put out by these requests. Only 2 meals the entire trip were what we would consider really good quality: the chateaubriand and the duck. Lastly (I know this is very long winded), we never got to explore several of the ports independently as we had planned and Koblenz was skipped entirely in all the bussing and ship changes. If I wanted a bus trip of Europe I would have booked a bus trip (never going to happen). We did enjoy our traveling companions and other passengers on board. Viking has offered 50% of what we paid for this cruise as a credit toward a future cruise, but that is off full price. Nobody pays full price and the standard actual price paid is 2 for 1 so they are not really offering anything to compensate us for this bait and switch trip. In fact they would make 25% more on a subsequent cruise fair with the "deal" they are offering. We paid over $9000 for the 2 for 1 so the full price was over $18,000. They are offering $4500 off so that would result in us paying $13,500 for a future cruise which is a ridiculous offer. As an alternative they offered $250 cash each if we signed a nondisclosure agreement. I have emailed 2 separate Viking representatives (Stephanie Maldonado and Larry Rice) and called one representative Larry Rice and left messages twice but have not heard anything back from them since the email offering the above. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose it due to it being a smaller cruise ship and seemed to be adult oriented. It surpassed my expectations. Food was great, service was top notch and the right amount of excursions with the tour. Will be doing it again. We did the two ... Read More
We chose it due to it being a smaller cruise ship and seemed to be adult oriented. It surpassed my expectations. Food was great, service was top notch and the right amount of excursions with the tour. Will be doing it again. We did the two day pre-excursion in Amsterdam. It was a fantastic City. All cities and areas visited were a great experience. Didn't enjoy Budapest. However that was at the end of the trip and it seemed like the ltast attractive place we visited, but it was still good. Favorite was Vienna. Such a wonderful place. We attended a Mozart concert there and are some Mozart chocolate. Merek our cruise director was excellent. Took very good care of us while on excursions. The whole staff was excellent, they even remember you names. It was a pretty cool feeling having them address you by name. Will be doing it again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We had a great time and so different from all other cruises. The only thing in the dinning room was when they had meatloaf at lunch. It was not just me but some others that ordered it were in total surprise as it was not anything that ... Read More
We had a great time and so different from all other cruises. The only thing in the dinning room was when they had meatloaf at lunch. It was not just me but some others that ordered it were in total surprise as it was not anything that looked like meatloaf in the states. It should have said loaf of meat. With all the wonderful meals that they served this was minor. All the staff were great and very helpful. The rooms were very nice and clean. Plenty of 120 outlets. Enjoyed the optional tours that we booked. In some ports just wished that we could walk off the ship to the town. Our Cruise Director Gary was funny and informative. At night we had a singer and keyboard player and enjoyed the dancing. We met some wonderful and interesting guests. The end of the cruise we did a 2 night extension in Amsterdam. Viking booked us at the Okura Hotel which was beautiful but so far from the center of what you would want to see. We did not enjoy the walking tour there as it was not really a lot to see. You were really limited as to what you could do if you did not take a cab into town. Just wanted to give a shout out to the engineer on our ship as he was a big help to fix the zipper on one of our suitcases. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We cruised the Danube for our 30th Wedding Anniversary in April, 2018. We are an active couple in our low 50's and have traveled independently for many years. Viking's Danube Waltz 8 day River Cruise was a great alternative to ... Read More
We cruised the Danube for our 30th Wedding Anniversary in April, 2018. We are an active couple in our low 50's and have traveled independently for many years. Viking's Danube Waltz 8 day River Cruise was a great alternative to ocean cruises (no seasickness). We found Viking to be the right level of "luxury" for us -- comfortable without a lot of frills we don't need or desire. It seemed to attract a group of individuals who were much like us-- laidback, not super-fancy, earthy people who enjoy the cruising experience with delicious, filling meals with a few drinks but were not on a cruise to eat and drink their way through the week. The format with a choice of daily guided group excursions was perfect for us. We typically chose the more active, walking option with an introduction to the location we would visit. The wireless headset technology used for the guided tours was exceptional and allowed us to clearly hear the guide without huddling in tight groups. The introductions helped us get acquainted with the layout, culture, and things to see or do at each destination and then we had free time to explore each destination on our own. We enjoyed the delicious regional dinners with local themes, meeting different guests each night (different cultures, backgrounds, experiences, ages), and the evening activities and/or entertainment. We were impressed and delighted with the simplicity, flexibility and ease of travel. The travel arrangements, embarkation and disembarkation were all smooth and the service was impeccable. The crew was highly competent, engaging, attentive to all guests, and talented! After a 2 day early arrival and exploration of Budapest on our own, we moved into our small but well-appointed, beautiful French Balcony cabin and appreciated going to a new destination each day without having to pack/unpack our things. While cruising the river we enjoyed learning about the lock system on the river. The views and fresh air from our cabin's sliding glass door were incredible, and we enjoyed the breathtaking 360 degree scenery and taking a few laps around the walking track on the upper deck in perfect Spring time weather. We enjoyed all destinations, but especially enjoyed the excursion to the fairytale-like city of Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. This was a relaxing, educational, cultural, romantic, and fun experience that combined guided, group activities with on-your-own adventures at a great value. We can't wait to book our next Viking Cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This is the first river cruise for me and my husband. The crew made the embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly and very easy. the ship and the cabin are very clean and accessible. dining was excellent especially the service and the ... Read More
This is the first river cruise for me and my husband. The crew made the embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly and very easy. the ship and the cabin are very clean and accessible. dining was excellent especially the service and the food, the ports and shore excursions are very well-planned, informative and enjoyable with very smart well-versed local guide who are competent and very helpful. entertainment in the ship are good. we would love to go again and we are already booked for the Rhine river cruise next year. In this cruise, we were able to meet new friends because the atmosphere in the ship is very open and conducive to meeting new people and friends. In our excursions, we were given enough time to take pictures, buy souvenirs and explore the local area and taste the local delicacies. Our cabin was cleaned everyday and our needs were taken care of by the housekeepers. The dining crew were very accommodating to our requests and needs during dining. All in all, it was a very enjoyable, satisfying experience for us. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I am Canadian and my cousin is American. We have met up at various places on the globe, as a way of seeing each other, as well as enjoying an adventure together. We chose to cruise on the Danube, as neither one of us had ever been on a ... Read More
I am Canadian and my cousin is American. We have met up at various places on the globe, as a way of seeing each other, as well as enjoying an adventure together. We chose to cruise on the Danube, as neither one of us had ever been on a river cruise and we hadn’t visited several of the cities that the cruise stopped at. As far as which cruise line to chose goes, that was an easy decision as we had heard wonderful things about Viking. After our cruise was over, I read that Viking was chosen as the Number #1, river cruise line, by Conde Nast. I have only wonderful things to say about Viking, so I can easily see, why it would be an award winner. Our room was comfortable, the meals were excellent!! If I had to list my favourite thing of my experience, I would have a difficult time to chose just one thing. I loved how organized each stop was and how it took less than a minute to get off the boat - there was no 20 minute line up to get off, which is common on ocean cruises. I also loved how I knew which bus to get on as soon as I stepped ashore. I loved how each port had a free city tour. I loved that all the day tours were graded for diffulty, as mobility was an issue for my cousin. To add to my point of disembarkation being easy at each port, I want to add that going to all of the meals, lectures and entertainment venues were equally easy. There were no line ups, there was no waiting, it was all very relaxed and civilized. I could go on and on. I would highly, highly recommend a river cruise with Viking for anyone. Go and have to time if your life!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We have done many ocean cruises and did short (1 day) cruises on the Rhine River, and had thought for some time about trying a river cruise. When we finally got around to talking about it and doing it, we decided on the Grand European. ... Read More
We have done many ocean cruises and did short (1 day) cruises on the Rhine River, and had thought for some time about trying a river cruise. When we finally got around to talking about it and doing it, we decided on the Grand European. Once we have flown from the US, we wanted to stay as long as possible. It turned out we were on the first trip of the season. The shopkeepers in all the towns were happy to see us coming. Because it was early in the year, we had NO crowds in any of the towns. Even the bus drivers mentioned how nice it was with no traffic. We also had weather across the board: rain, sleet, snow and warm sunshine. Nothing dampened our spirits, and most on board enjoyed experiencing four seasons in a day or two! This is a long, but quick review. I’m up to my eyeballs in laundry! Oh, speaking of laundry, if you want to bring less clothes, we both used the laundry service on the ship. It was beautifully and quickly done! We aren’t really shoppers, but managed to find gifts for our kids and grandkids and were happy our suitcases were not too packed. If you have any specific questions about the cruise or the ship, please ask! You are all in for a treat on your trip. I get motion sickness very easily and wear patches on ocean cruises. On this ship, I can easily say 96 percent of the time you didn't even know you were on a ship. The ride was very smooth! You did know a few times when we were going in a lock as the sides would hit a bit, but the locks were fascinating! Prague We booked the pre-stay in Prague. We had been before and loved the city. We were met at the airport in a timely manner by the Viking representative, and we never thought of another detail for three weeks! Everything was handled for us, and what a pleasure. We stayed at a lovely hotel, the Art Nouveau Palace Hotel. The hotel was just a few short blocks from Old Town. There were Viking representatives at the hotel if we needed anything. The breakfast room was lovely and the breakfast had everything you could possibly want. It was a large buffet and had great food and service. We went on the included tour of Prague and enjoyed it, although it was a very long walk. We walked for hours but saw a lot! The next day was free and we went to the Jewish Quarter and back to Old Town and the Charles Bridge. Early the next morning after breakfast we met in the lobby and were taken by coach to Budapest, with a few short stops and a lunch stop. SHIP: When we arrived in Budapest, we were taken directly to the Vili, and checked in within minutes. Once we had our keys we went to our room to unpack. There was a safe in the room, large flat screen tv, desk and refrigerator. We were given fresh bottled water daily in our room. We met our room steward, Gabriella, who was sweet and offered to help in any way and wanted to make sure we were comfortable. Gabriella turned out to be an angel who did our room the minute we left each morning and freshened it again each evening when we were gone. Sometime that evening there was a welcome reception in the lounge and then dinner. I could go on and on about the staff on the Vili, from the unseen staff who quickly docked us to the terrific Tour Director (Gary) and everyone in between, but you are in for a special treat to experience this yourself. We commented several times, with many others echoing our thoughts, that we felt like VIPs. Honestly I don’t know how they do it, but the staff was wonderful at every turn and seemed genuinely happy to assist us. I will just say right now that the meals were terrific. There was plenty of variety, even for 15 days on the ship. Every night featured a regional menu, with food from the area we were traveling in. Hungarian, German and Danish food, which was very fun to try. The included wines and beer each afternoon and evening were usually very good. Some with the Silver Beverage package even drank the free wines at dinner as they were very good. My husband is a beer drinker, and there were 10-12 bottled beers offered, and one nice German draft beer. Champagne was supplied every morning for mimosas. Probably the only thing better than the food and variety was the service. We could not have asked for better service. We happened to sit in a section the first night, and the staff seemed to immediately develop a rapport with us. We ended up staying in the same section most meals, knowing we would get exceptional, cheery, fast and friendly service. The servers even remembered our drinks of choice and offered it immediately when we sat down. It was really incredible to watch how hard all the staff on the Vili worked. There was some entertainment on board, and all seemed to be well received. Honestly, most were usually beat by the end of the day after seeing all the towns and doing the tours. My favorites were the Taste of Germany night and the guitar concert. There was a duo who provided great music every night in the lounge. There were two classical music concerts and a glassblower who came on board. The Tour Director gave several informative talks, and there were drink sampling, cheese sampling and a few other fun things. The included tours were all terrific (except Amsterdam) and rivaled many we have paid a lot of money for. It was very easy to understand some incredible guides! It seemed the guides were handpicked for their great English, humor and history knowledge. The cruise was a great balance of go, go going and seeing and doing, and some nice down time. We took advantage of our down time and rested (our legs!) and enjoyed all the other tours. There were lots of opportunities to add excursions or on your own jaunts, or time to relax if you needed too. BUDAPEST: The evening we embarked, the Tour Director and Captain of the ship announced he knew many of us were tired from long travel days, but they were going to take us on an evening cruise to see the lights of Budapest. They stressed we would not be disappointed if we could stay up, and they were so right. The lights of the Parliament and other location sin Budapest were stunning. It is something you will never forget if you get the chance to see it! The next morning, we were taken on a great included city tour of Budapest, seeing the major sights. You always have the option to opt out of the included tour if you wish to get out on your own, but we enjoyed every tour, with the exception of the one in Amsterdam that was just so-so! The rest of the day in Budapest was on our own. We went to the great market and to the shoe monument on the river. The market was right by the ship and was interesting. The top floor was souvenirs and lots of Hungarian crafts and items, and the street level was all food. Great place to pick up paprika! The lower level was an Aldi supermarket, where some people stocked up on items for their refrigerator and rooms. We left Budapest that evening in the middle of a huge snow storm! We again got to see the Parliament and other lit monuments as we sailed again, and it seemed more magical in the heavy snow! VIENNA: Upon arrival in Vienna there was a light covering of snow. It was cold but we had plenty of very warm clothes. We again had a great included city tour, mostly by bus with nice stops for photos. In each stop Viking has great city/town maps on the reception desk. In addition, on the back of the daily newsletter Viking highlights the sights, stores and places to eat that are good. We went to a few of each of the stores and cafes/restaurants and were not disappointed in the recommendations. After lunch we had free time. We went to the “Behind the Scenes of the Lipizzaner Stallions” tour. We were told in advance it was the horses day off (Monday) and there was no show that day. The behind the scenes tour turned out to be very interesting. The horses have some great digs in the heart of the city, and the history and stories we heard while touring the Spanish Riding School exceeded our expectations! After the tour we were taken to a nice café for cake and coffee, and the snow started again! After dinner there was a very large group of people who had signed up for the optional Strauss and Mozart concert, which we did also. We honestly hadn’t signed up, but had spoken to so many people who had, that we thought everyone must know something we didn’t, so we joined in. The concert was in a beautiful hall, a bit crowded, but Viking had prime seats reserved and we were in the first 5 rows. The concert was entertaining and very good. Again, we were pleasantly surprised at how much we enjoyed the whole show, and we are really just old rock and rollers! MELK: The next morning, we cruised the Wachau Valley (on the Danube) and the Tour Director had a running commentary on the sights. It was interesting, beautiful and relaxing. Later that afternoon, we arrived in Melk and were bussed to the Melk Abbey. I thought it strange we were really just making a stop to see an abbey. But please, take my word for it, YOU CANNOT MISS THE MELK ABBEY! I don’t want to tell you how spectacular it is, you need to see with your own eyes. Really an incredible place. Very little walking on this tour, except around the Abbey. The buses picked us up and took us right to the Abbey. We had a bit of free time after the Abbey to walk through town and back to the ship if you wished. PASSAU: Again, a great included tour. Passau was easily walkable (as easy as cobblestones with some ice on them can be!), and it was a great tour. Normally there is an organ concert offered in the beautiful cathedral, but as we were there in the off season there was no concert. After the tour we were given time to explore the city on our own and walk back to the ship on our own. We did not do an optional tour, but the people who did the Bavarian Cruise & Baroque Tur Scharding tour spoke very highly of it. Those that went to Salzburg also enjoyed their day and saw a lot of the city in a short time! REGENSBURG This town turned out to be a little unknown (to us) jewel! This was a1 ½ hour walking tour that showed us all the important historical sights. The tour ended at the Stone Bridge and the Old Sausage Kitchen. While we all joked that no one needed any more food, Regensburg is famous for their sausage, so in we went. The sausages are small (breakfast sausage size), and in true American fashion you can get them to go on a pretzel bun for just 3 Euros. The sausage was good, but I especially loved their sweet mustard! The rest of the day we were able to walk around this nice town, and easily walk back to the ship when we were done. NUREMBERG The morning was for free time, and they drove us into Nuremberg (ten minutes away). We were left at the main town square and explored the market and other sights on our own, with recommendations from the local guide. In the big cities we went to, the included tours were great on just showing us the important, beautiful historical sights. The bigger cities on this itinerary had nice, historic town squares. We were especially lucky to run into three Easter Markets, including the largest, in Nuremberg. The markets are not as large as the Christmas markets, but were fun to explore. I’d love to do a Christmas market tour! This included tour was also very good. It was a four-hour tour, mostly on the bus. It was recommended we try the gingerbread in Nuremberg. It was delicious and interestingly enough, made without ginger! BAMBERG Bamberg was a fun little town. The beauty of this little town was striking. We were given a great 4 hour walking tour. Most of the walk was easy, with steep steps at the end leading up to the cathedral. The views from the cathedral were stunning and worth the short hike up the stairs. After the tour we met many from the Vili at the oldest pub to sample the smoke beer. We met some locals who joined the large tour group and it was quite fun. I wasn’t a fan of the smoked beer, but glad I tried it. My husband is a beer person and enjoyed it. We had a few hours to explore Bamberg on our own which was nice. WARZBURG The day we docked in Warzburg we took the optional tour to Rothenburg ob der Tauber. We had both been to Rothenburg before, but it remains our favorite place in Germany! The bus trip was about 45 minutes each way. Once we arrived in Rothenburg, we were given an included tour through the town, then taken to lunch. After lunch we had several hours on our own to explore. My husband and I again walked the walls of the city for spectacular views. This trip was on a Sunday, and many on the tour were disappointed the cute, small shops were all closed. Restaurants, coffee shops and bakeries were open. There is a lot to see in this tiny town so we did not miss shopping at all! If you do get there on a shopping day and like Christmas at all, be SURE to visit the Kaethe Wohlfart Christmas museum and beautiful store. She has 4 stores in Rothenburg, but the main Christmas store is behind and opposite the town hall. The museum was 2 or 3 euro to get in, but not to be missed if you are a Christmas fan like I am! After our free time in town, we were taken back to Bamberg to do the included tour of the Bishop’s Residence. An incredible building and again, not to be missed. It was a short, one-hour tour with easy walking. We were then given time to walk back to the ship and explore Bamberg on our own or return to the ship. If you can’t decide whether to do an optional tour, you do see everything in Bamberg from the tour even if you go to Rothenburg, which was a plus for me. I hate to miss anything! I can’t recommend Rothenberg enough! WERTHEIM: Wertheim is a very small town. The tour director joked you could see it all in 15 minutes, and they were close. They managed to fit it into a 1 hour tour and we saw some incredible sights and loved this little storybook town. Easy walking. After the tour we had time to walk around town on our own or have another (free, included) tour of the Jewish history on the town. Those who did the Jewish part of the tour said it was a lot of hilly walking but very interesting. Cute town! KOBLENZ The day we were to be in Koblenz we work up in the middle of a large city. I thought it was strange, and turned on the tv to the Ship Tracker, and noticed we were in Frankfurt. I assumed we were stopping for a quick stop. Around 9 am, the Tour Director came on the loudspeaker and announced that there was a one day lock strike, and we could not continue up the river. He said there would be a briefing in the lounge at 9:30. By 9:30 a.m., the crew had lined up all sorts of tours! You could take an included walking/bus tour of Frankfurt, or take the bus (included) trip to the Marksburg Castle that afternoon. The ship took us by bus as we were unable to get to Koblenz by ship. We chose the castle, as we had both been to Frankfurt. You had the morning free to walk around the main square of the old town in Frankfurt. After lunch we took a bus trip to the castle. We were warned (and warned again) about the walking and climbing on this tour. If anything, we felt the tour director UNDER estimated how bad it was. We felt like mountain goats all afternoon. It’s a very steep climb from the bus to the castle, and once inside it is lots of steps and walking on slate, more uneven than cobblestones. That being said, we loved the castle and the beautiful view. If you have it in you, do this tour, but know that it is a lot of climbing and walking. The tour itself went fairly slow, it had rained a bit so the slate was slippery. Around 11 p.m., we were able to start again down the river. If you go to the castle, or find someone who is, there is a great book for 3.90 euro that has pictures and information about all the Rhine Castles. It was fun to have, and we can now identify our photos. MIDDLE RHINE/COLOGNE: The captain adjusted our schedule so we did not cruise the picturesque Middle Rhine at night. For about 3-4 hours, the tour director gave a commentary on the incredible sights! Cute half timbered towns and many, many castles! It was a nice cruise. That afternoon we arrived in Cologne. We had a two hour walking tour of Cologne, and enjoyed the whole thing. We ended up by the river, and you could easily walk to the ship. The ship was parked right next to the Chocolate Museum and the pub/shopping area. That evening we took the optional tour of the pubs, the Beer Culture Dinner. What fun that was. Again, we can highly recommend. If you are going and have met friends, as the tour director to put you in the same group. By this time we had a group of people we met and had fun with, so we had a great group. We had dinner at a restaurant with unlimited beer, followed by three or four other pubs, again with unlimited beer. We had a great guide who gave us lots of history and even more laughs. KINDERDIJK What a great stop this was! The ship parked directly across from the windmills. Maybe it was because it was warm and sunny, or because we got to go inside a windmill and learn lots of history and fun facts, but this was one of our favorite days. We too k the two hour included tour, very easy walking. There are 19 windmills in this area. Really something to see! Those that took the windmill/cheese tour also enjoyed it, sampled lots of cheese and bought more. AMSTERDAM The next morning we arrived in Cologne. We have been briefed in writing and in updates about the disembarkation. From what we saw it went so very smoothly. I’m not sure it has ever been that easy for us. We were assigned a time to have our luggage out and what time we would be picked up. We had a nice breakfast, said goodbye to a few people and sadly ended our cruise. We did, however, have the Amsterdam post stay booked. We were in the beautiful Pulitzer Hotel, right on the Princess Canal. This hotel was a series of canal houses built together and was gorgeous. Most were put at the Movenpick down on the water. I believe the Pulitzer was an upgrade, but we enjoyed every second here. After we arrived, we had an included two hour walking tour. For whatever reason, this was not a great tour. We were a block away from the Anne Frank house, which we didn’t know until we discovered it ourselves. The guide took us through a shopping district, and at least a mile of walking through a residential district. Didn’t see much until the end when we arrived at Dam Square. In the end we felt fortunate we only had one bad tour out of all the tours we took! The rest of the day and next day were free. We took our own tour to the Kuekenhof Gardens. Wow is all I can say. We saw tulips and flowers for many, many miles. It was a lot of casual, easy walking, but beautiful surprises were around every corner. If you are in Amsterdam when it is open, we can’t recommend these gardens enough. My husband was a great sport about tiptoeing through the tulips, so the next day we went to the Heineken Experience, a Disneyland for beer lovers. They offer a fun, short tour with lots of beer. We had to buy advance tickets because it was a very busy Easter weekend, but got in easily. After the beer, we took a canal cruise which was relaxing and interesting. Later that afternoon we had pre-purchased tickets to the Anne Frank House. Many, many on our cruise had wanted to go, but waited too late to get their tickets. You must buy tickets in advance online. I believe you can do it 60 days in advance. We got in very easily at our assigned time. Museum and house is well done, if not quite somber. The next morning, we were picked up by Viking arranged transportation and returned to the airport in Amsterdam. This was the first time in many trips we just had Viking make all our arrangements, and we were not sorry. Everything went very smoothly and with little, or no effort from us! We are now anxious to book another Viking river cruise. It was just spectacular and fun from start to finish. We are fairly easy-going travelers with a lot of experience but have to say this was the best trip we have ever taken. While I know you cannot keep everyone happy, I don’t think I heard a complaint in the over two weeks we were on the ship. Amazing! We give Viking River Cruises our highest recommendation, and we have several favorite cruise lines. Enjoy. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I lived in Germany for 20 yrs. and was unable to tour these countries ! The cruise was very relaxing and not to much rushing around. The food was excellent and service great.the tours were also very interesting . I'm a little ... Read More
I lived in Germany for 20 yrs. and was unable to tour these countries ! The cruise was very relaxing and not to much rushing around. The food was excellent and service great.the tours were also very interesting . I'm a little handicapped ,and my cabin was on the floor below reception and no elevator ! But everyone was helpful with the walker being taken up and down the stairs ,but it made me dependent on others ! My greatest joy was visiting all the Christmas markets in each country ! They are quite different from those in Augsburg and Nuernburg Germany ! The walking tours were not to bad ,my walker made it but I sure could have used some shock absorbers in the handles, my shoulders got a workout ! The beds quite comfortable ,slept well, no motion sickness! All in all a very good time on my first cruise up the rivers of Europe . I flew from Dallas/Ft.Worth Texas to Budapest ,Hungrey . There was someone there to meet us and take us to see some sights before going to the ship. Didn't hVe to worry about our luggage ! We did an extended tour to Prague, and they were there to pick us up for the bus ride . The hotel was the Cornthia and the room was excellent ! They provided transportation from hotel to center town every day we were there and excellent food. Had lots of time to shop,site see and eat ! They took us to the airport for departure back to the USA. Nothing to declare at customs ! Family waiting at airport. V.J.Marcum. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
When my husband and I took our cruise we had never been on a cruise and I had never been to Europe. We came with no expectations and received the best vacation we have ever had. The service by everyone of the crew members made each of us ... Read More
When my husband and I took our cruise we had never been on a cruise and I had never been to Europe. We came with no expectations and received the best vacation we have ever had. The service by everyone of the crew members made each of us feel special. Everyone went more than the extra mile to make sure we were comfortable and had everything we needed. From the time we arrived in Budapest to the time the escort left us inside the Munich airport to go home, everyone treated us like a favorite family member. The ship was clean and comfortable. The food was excellent. There was no lack of things to do and see. The cruise included great shore excursions at every port and there were a variety of extra excursions available to purchase. Everything was timed perfectly so we could see as much as we could at each port. This was going to be our only cruise but it was so good that we've already put down a deposit on a second cruise on the Rhine in 2019. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Had been on another cruise to Germany and enjoyed the trip and Viking experience. We liked the travel excursions both times. Viking seems to provide the same quality service every time to all passengers. Lots to see but the weather is ... Read More
Had been on another cruise to Germany and enjoyed the trip and Viking experience. We liked the travel excursions both times. Viking seems to provide the same quality service every time to all passengers. Lots to see but the weather is never really bright and sunny in Europe. Cloudy with a chance of rain daily. Nice umbrellas at least. Highlight of the cruise was the trip to the dairy farm. I grew up near cattle and appreciated getting to show my partner how to pet the cows without getting butted. We would never hesitate to sign up for another Viking trip. Staff is superior to other cruise lines that I have been on. It is so nice that everything is so personable. Appreciated being called by name and having a bartender remember what you like daily. The staff readily joined in on all activities relating to entertainment.praise to all your employees! Only thing that went bad was at the arrival in the airport. Seven of us were asked to wait by the kiosk about 30 feet a way from the Viking greeters. They said they would lead us to the bus. 25 minutes later we were all alone with our Viking red tags on and the greeters had disappeared. Our new Canadian friend knew as well as I did that so etching was wrong. We went outside and split up searching for the bus going to Vili. We did find the bus as it was about to leave. He was really upset to say the least, as was I. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise because it took us to places we wouldn't have otherwise visited and we knew we would be spoiled and treated well. Well, it wouldn't be enough to say we received what we expected... the food and drink is ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it took us to places we wouldn't have otherwise visited and we knew we would be spoiled and treated well. Well, it wouldn't be enough to say we received what we expected... the food and drink is incredible, tons of it and all quality. The service is spectacular and everyone tries their very best to make your day the best it can possibly be. They provide daily excursions that are so well planned, the logistics all excellent, then stand ready upon your return to cater to your every whim. We loved Vienna, Budapest and some little places in between. I recommend the 3 night add-on land package to Prague to extend the experience to a full 10 day trip. We met some fabulous people we hope to continue to cruise with in the future. It was the best trip we ever had. Of course the price is high and so we cannot go every year, but if you want to travel in style and see super interesting places, this is the way. We will be back for another in a year or so. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Friends of ours went on a Viking River Cruise. I was concerned about getting sea sick but they assured me that I would be fine and I was. We were picked up at Airport and delivered to Airport after our trip. Never did we feel unsafe ... Read More
Friends of ours went on a Viking River Cruise. I was concerned about getting sea sick but they assured me that I would be fine and I was. We were picked up at Airport and delivered to Airport after our trip. Never did we feel unsafe because the people on the ship told us what to beware of and we were given a card with ship info to carry with us in case we got lost while exploring on our own. I am a vegetarian and had no shortage of delicious meals. Sometimes the "meat eaters" at our table were envious! The waiters got to know us and our preferences. Made us feel so special. I was even able to get some cooking hints from the chef. Between meals there were baskets of muffins or cookies and coffee, hot chocolate, tea, etc. No matter how many cookies I ate I couldn't empty that basket. Every little detail was looked after and we were thoroughly spoiled. Our cabin was beautiful and cleaned every day. Didn't require formal clothes, dressed for comfort. The port excursions gave us access to things we wouldn't normally see. We went into a business where they were cutting diamonds. We also had an incredible tour of the Melk Abbey and the paintings, especially on the ceilings were amazing. Guides were so informative. Good taste of cultures. Staff wonderful! We loved every moment of our cruise. Came home and booked another river boat cruise right away. Best way to travel! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Six of us from our condo building traveled together. We had a great time - learned a lot about the countries visited. Hospitality on board was beyond our expectations. Service was excellent in every respect. A highlight for our group ... Read More
Six of us from our condo building traveled together. We had a great time - learned a lot about the countries visited. Hospitality on board was beyond our expectations. Service was excellent in every respect. A highlight for our group was the Strauss-Mozart concert in Vienna. My personal highlight was the Austrian Countryside optional tour. I was the only person signed up for this, but was never made to feel like it was an imposition to follow through. I had a great time with my 'personal' guide and English-speaking bus driver. We all had fun getting our hands into bread dough! The guides for our shore excursions were very good. We also had adequate free time in the various ports to explore on our own. The home visit in Bratislava was also a highlight. Getting to meet the 'locals' made the cruise much more meaningful. Food was outstanding - I wasn't too crazy about the German meal, but it was delightfully presented. Soups were amazing. Embarkation and disembarkation couldn't have gone more smoothly. I was amazed at how well we were cared for in every respect for the whole cruise. One 'needs improvement' was a computer that needed adjustment. I tried to send a few emails home, but it was a chore since the keys didn't represent the accurate letters, e.g., a=! Pretty tough to write a good report that way! Would I take another Viking Cruise? Absolutely! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was our first river cruise and first visit to this part of the world. Viking took care of everything! It was a stress free trip since Viking organized everything and the wonderful staff were always there to answer questions, offer ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and first visit to this part of the world. Viking took care of everything! It was a stress free trip since Viking organized everything and the wonderful staff were always there to answer questions, offer suggestions, etc. The food was great with plenty of choices and always a vegetarian option for my husband. We had a veranda stateroom and loved sitting on our little balcony with a coffee, watching the beautiful scenery go by. The included tours were excellent with local guides who always had a few personal stories to share. Buses were comfortable and had a bathroom if you were traveling more than 1/2 hour. There was plenty of time to explore on our own, shop, have a coffee and pastry, etc. We did a few optional tours and loved those as well... Nuremburg WWII tour, Rothenburg Ob De Tauber, Top of Cologne. We have recommended this trip to many friends. We liked the size of the ship and found it easy to get to know people since you saw them at meals, on tours, etc. Our room was nice, clean, bed comfortable. We enjoyed the onboard lectures and entertainment. The staff were all wonderful as well and many greeted us by name after a day or two. We will surely do another Viking Cruise in the future! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We did the Grand European Tour with two other couples who are family. We wanted an adventure such as none of us had ever had and Viking met, and exceeded, what we were hoping for. We are experienced ocean cruisers but this was our first ... Read More
We did the Grand European Tour with two other couples who are family. We wanted an adventure such as none of us had ever had and Viking met, and exceeded, what we were hoping for. We are experienced ocean cruisers but this was our first river cruise. We chose Viking based on the recommendation of other family members and we were anything but disappointed. The level of service is without flaw - they thought of everything and anticipated everything. Our cabin, while smaller than cabins on an ocean cruise, was so well laid out and appointed. Heated floor in the bathroom.... heaven. The excursions, that are included in every port, were simply outstanding. Our tour guides were all local and we learned so much about the history and culture of the ports that we visited. They were all wonderful. In some ports local talent and lecturers were brought on board in the evening, which was wonderful. The river cruise ships are lacking many of the "bells and whistles" of ocean cruise lines, such as shows, casinos, pesky photographers, games, etc. But there was a beautiful lounge on our ship with a great duo who played every night so it was a pleasant surprise to find that we could dance on the ship. The food was amazing - far superior to the ocean line that we normally travel. The presentation was gorgeous and there were always ample choices. In a word...... our Viking cruise was amazing. It was our first but it certainly won't be our last. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We picked this to see more in Europe without multiple hotel stays and heard good things from others who had taken the same cruise. We had taken ocean cruises with other companies before and had always wanted to take a river cruise. It ... Read More
We picked this to see more in Europe without multiple hotel stays and heard good things from others who had taken the same cruise. We had taken ocean cruises with other companies before and had always wanted to take a river cruise. It turned out to be a relaxing way to see many cities and we also enjoyed the commentary about the sights we experienced while cruising. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. The service overall was great, though we especially enjoyed our waiters' attention to our needs and their senses of humor. The cruise director was great and also very helpful along with the rest of the staff. The cabin was very quiet and comfortable and was cleaned multiple times each day. The tours were great except for the windmill tour which was too crowded. Several of the tour guides were superb. We highly recommend the European Grand Tour cruise. We plan to take a Viking ocean cruise next year. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We loved this trip and came home with so many wonderful memories (and a lot of souvenirs)! Viking took such good care of us--they just completely spoiled us! The ship was beautiful, service was awesome, the ports were fascinating, and the ... Read More
We loved this trip and came home with so many wonderful memories (and a lot of souvenirs)! Viking took such good care of us--they just completely spoiled us! The ship was beautiful, service was awesome, the ports were fascinating, and the shore excursions were so interesting. We so enjoyed meeting and getting to know people from all over on the ship--some of which we hope to travel with again. We took the Viking Vili from Budapest to Amsterdam and added a few days in Prague before we started the cruise. I definitely would recommend this trip! Everything was done with excellence and each of the places we visited were unique and beautiful. The only drawback on the whole trip is that the internet connection as you travel down the river leaves something to be desired. Of course, we were on vacation and shouldn't worry about such things, but it did make it more challenging to keep in touch with family back home. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was our first (and last?) river cruise. While it was nice seeing all the cities along the way and only having to unpack once, the time spent on the ship was quite boring. There is very little to do due to the smallness of the ship. ... Read More
This was our first (and last?) river cruise. While it was nice seeing all the cities along the way and only having to unpack once, the time spent on the ship was quite boring. There is very little to do due to the smallness of the ship. The top deck was closed for 3 consecutive days due to the low bridges we went under. The entertainment mostly was just the piano player and a female singer. At 9pm, they turned up the volume so it was uncomfortable to listen. Most people just sat around and read books - something they can do at home for free. The ship was very clean as was our room. The crew was very efficient in what they did and very helpful. The food was OK. An issue was that there was a single seating for dinner which began at 7pm each night. So, you were not finished until at least 8:30. For my wife with acid reflux, eating this late (and too close to bed time) eventually caused her digestion issues. The WiFi on the ship as poor. There was an adequate signal in the lounge, but bad in most other areas of the ship. They had a disclaimer saying to expect the WiFi signal to be spotty due to losing contact when going under bridges or in the locks or river valleys; however, there is no reason to have dead areas on the ship - put in some extra hot-spots around the ship. Due to the overly laid back nature of the river cruise, this will probably be our last. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We decided on Viking Cruise Line after reading their brochures. Everything was first class on this cruise - rooms, housekeeping, dinners, wait staff, tours and tour guides, and activities. At dinner we always tried to get a table in ... Read More
We decided on Viking Cruise Line after reading their brochures. Everything was first class on this cruise - rooms, housekeeping, dinners, wait staff, tours and tour guides, and activities. At dinner we always tried to get a table in Ron and Rico's section because they were so nice and attentive to every detail. The food was great and you had many options to choose from. Most of our tour guides were excellent and very personable. Overall, they were all very good and very informative. All the tours were very well organized. We joined all the included tours, but there were other options if you wanted to do more. Housekeeping was excellent. It seemed like every time you left the room and came back, you could tell she had been there freshening up. We enjoyed the on board entertainment and activities, and even if we didn't join in, we watched on the lounge camera. I never imagined the scenery would be so beautiful along the rivers! This was a trip of a lifetime! We would definitely like to take another Viking Cruise! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We had heard a lot of good things about Viking River Cruises and decided to take a cruise ourselves to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We decided on the Viking Grand European Tour and asked three other couples to join us. From ... Read More
We had heard a lot of good things about Viking River Cruises and decided to take a cruise ourselves to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. We decided on the Viking Grand European Tour and asked three other couples to join us. From the time we stepped off the plane in Prague, for our pre-cruise tour, to the drop off at the airport after our post-cruise tour of Amsterdam, we had a very wonderful time. We must say, however, the accommodations in Prague, at the Corinthia Hotel were a lot nicer than the accommodations at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Amsterdam. After the Corinthia Hotel the Radisson Blu Hotel was a moderate to big let down. In addition we felt the Viking staff at the Corinthia were a lot more accommodating than the crew at the Radisson Blu. We also felt the tour of the city of Amsterdam should have been postponed to later in the day because of really heavy rain. Instead the tour went on and most everyone got soaked. We left the tour after 20 minutes and went back to the hotel to dry out. The cruise itself, the cruise director, the other officers and the rest of the ships crew, were all quite excellent. Everyone went out of their way to be helpful. Even the young man assigned to our cabin, although new and not yet up to par, was very helpful and did his best. Our cabin itself was large enough and in excellent condition. A problem with the TV in our cabin and the entire ship was our only complaint. EXCELLENT, that is only word we can think of to describe the dining experience aboard the ship. EXCELLENT. The staff in the dining room as well as the lounge and the Aquavit Terrace were as near perfect as one can expect. The entertainment was just what we had hoped it would be; a good piano player and an equally good singer. In addition some very nice surprises from the crew. The cruise director 'Joey' was nothing short of excellent and entertained us with everything from the weather reports to commentary while sailing through the Wachau Valley. The area we thought could use some improvement was the ports-of-call and the shore excursions. In particular Nuremberg comes to mind. As history buffs we very much looked forward to a tour of Nuremberg and opted for the Nuremberg World War II Tour. In our opinion the tour was a waste of money and time. Our arrival date in Nuremberg was the same day as the huge Rock im Park rock music festival held ANNUALLY in Nuremberg. Because of the festival we had traffic delays and we could not see Zeppelin Field. The festival is an ANNUAL event and Viking should not have sold that tour on the same day knowing the festival would be there. And as far as Courtroom 600 is concerned all we say is, is that all there is? In addition because we took the optional tour we missed the included tour of the city of Nuremberg. We also opted for the Salzburg Highlights tour which was promoted as a 9 1/2 hour tour. What is not in your literature is, there is more than 4 hours travel time to get to Salzburg and an equal amount of time needed to get back to the ship. Also, we could have done without the luncheon with a fixed menu and the "Sound of Music" entertainment. Additionally, we missed the walking tour of Passau. We think the Cologne Walking Tour should have included a lot more than Cologne Cathedral. It was just a walk around the cathedral. Aside from the problems with the tours we had an overall excellent time. We will say, however, that for future cruises we will most likely book our optional tours on board ship and not before the cruise. We think getting to speak with the Cruise Director and other personnel on board we can get a much better idea of what a tour will entail. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
the trip was fantastic!!!!! crew and staff excellent in every way. Christmas dinner was something very special for everyone on board. local talent to come on board was also very much unexpected and very good. shore excursions were ... Read More
the trip was fantastic!!!!! crew and staff excellent in every way. Christmas dinner was something very special for everyone on board. local talent to come on board was also very much unexpected and very good. shore excursions were fantastic with ample time to explore on your own. Mozart and Strauss concert in Vienna in the evening at the palace had to be the climax of the trip. the usher asked us if we were from Viking and we were escorted to seats on the stage with the orchestra. shopping the Christmas markets was fantastic. problem being how to pack it all and bring home. (suggest extra suitcase) another reason I pick Viking is their airport transfers, this is very import as just one more thing I do not have to worry about, I am on vacation and Viking makes every minute count. I have recommended Viking to many of my friends and seems we are all getting to be world travelers as Viking expands their fleet, our next cruise is already booked and really looking forward to the Viking Star ocean cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We tell everyone that we've had three great experiences on Viking River Cruises in Europe. We traveled on the Viking Vili for the Grand European Cruise in October 2016. (Our previous trips were on sister ships for the Rhine River ... Read More
We tell everyone that we've had three great experiences on Viking River Cruises in Europe. We traveled on the Viking Vili for the Grand European Cruise in October 2016. (Our previous trips were on sister ships for the Rhine River Cruise and the one now called Lyon & Provence. Viking does everything right, with full attention to the guest experience. Viking continues to tweak itineraries based on customer feedback, as evidenced by the slight variations in cruise offerings every year. We enjoy the stylish interior of the Viking long ships, in both public and private spaces. The ship's crew is a model of international cooperation. The food is extraordinary - delicious offerings for three meals every day and sometimes even special treats like strudel making (& tasting) and Viennese coffee to complement the local cuisine. they are even prepared to meet special dietary requirements (I'm gluten free). We especially appreciate the daily briefing each evening just before dinner, at which we learn about tomorrow's destination and itinerary. There are also enrichment programs such as a demonstration of glass blowing or chamber music. Highly recommended. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We choose this cruise after having many friends recommend a river cruise through Europe. We planned this trip for a number of years with college roommates, one of whom who had never traveled through Europe. The idea of unpacking only once ... Read More
We choose this cruise after having many friends recommend a river cruise through Europe. We planned this trip for a number of years with college roommates, one of whom who had never traveled through Europe. The idea of unpacking only once during a long trip was especially appealing to me and my husband. We were very impressed by the friendliness of the staff and crew, especially our cruise director Terry Turnbull. One day, Executive Chef Roderick Serrano even prepared a special pork belly adobo for our table of six, after our maitre-d overheard us speaking about it to guest from Albuquerque, New Mexico. What a special treat! I submitted the photo of the adobo to the Honolulu Star Advertiser that ran the story and a recipe that I replicated. We enjoyed all meals, all evening programs, all tours and the very comfortable Viking accommodations. Learning about the European cities was fascinating and walking the same streets and seeing the beautiful buildings of historical lore was enchanting. My friends from Hawaii admit, shopping for Christmas ornaments was exciting. As a culinary teacher, I enjoyed sampling all foods. I purchased spices, mustards, chocolates and cookies to stuff into my luggage for the long trip home to Hawaii. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
My wife had always wanted to go on a cruise with me but in my opinion the big cruise ships held no magic. Sailing along rivers and looking at castles was what I wanted so we booked the Grand European Tour on the Viking Villi. I was ... Read More
My wife had always wanted to go on a cruise with me but in my opinion the big cruise ships held no magic. Sailing along rivers and looking at castles was what I wanted so we booked the Grand European Tour on the Viking Villi. I was impressed with the boat and our room, #308, a Veranda Suite. The food was excellent, lots of choices and sufficient quantity to keep a grown man full. Staff were happy and efficient, taking care of any requests promptly. Our room steward, Dousdan, handled several odd requests quickly and with humor. Of the serving staff, Bogomil, was our favorite and his exclamation of "Excellent Choice" became a common line among our little group. A few minor schedule flubs were handled quickly by the Captain and crew, causing little or no delay in our trip. The Tour Director, Terry, was a congenial little Brit. and kept things interesting and fun. My wife and I were very pleased with the trip and would travel again with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
Viking Vili Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.2
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.5
Service 5.0 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 4.2

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