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14 Night Europe Cruise from Budapest

14 Night Europe Cruise from Budapest

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Itinerary

  • Day 1
    Budapest
  • Day 2
    Budapest
  • Day 3
    Vienna
  • Day 4
    Vienna
  • Day 5
    Emmersdorf
  • Day 6
    Passau
  • Day 7
    Regensburg
  • Day 8
    Nuremberg
  • Day 9
    Bamberg
  • Day 10
    Wurzburg
  • Day 11
    Wertheim
  • Day 12
    Koblenz
  • Day 13
    Cologne
  • Day 14
    Kinderdijk
  • Day 15
    Amsterdam

Viking Skadi

Viking Skadi - Viking River Cruises

Pros

Group excursions and shared dining tables mean great conversations with new friends

Cons

Low river bridges can make the sun deck off limits for days at a time

Bottom Line

Relaxing, hassle-free way to discover Europe's history-rich towns and cultural treasures


Cruise Reviews

2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
We knew people who had gone on the same trip. We were considering a Viking river trip and this one was what we wanted. We were able to see the Ann Frank house in Amsterdam, which is something we had really wanted to do. We were glad to ... Read More
We knew people who had gone on the same trip. We were considering a Viking river trip and this one was what we wanted. We were able to see the Ann Frank house in Amsterdam, which is something we had really wanted to do. We were glad to have that extra time at the beginning of our trip to explore Amsterdam a bit before embarking on our cruise. The ship, Saadi, was great. Our cabin, while not big, was comfortable and clean, and the maid who took care of our room did an excellent job every day! The food on board was wonderful— never any reason to be hungry! It seemed that all the waiters/waitresses would do anything to accommodate us. We were pleased that there was evening entertainment provided and we especially enjoyed the trivia contests! And the ports and shore excursions were all well planned. Our tour director, Stein, was great— he was very organized and kept everything, including all of us, on time. We enjoyed all of the ports and shore excursions, especially Salzburg (Sound of Music) and Vienna. We hadn’t read the optional tour description carefully enough and were surprised when we had a Viennese waltz lesson included in our tour! Even with the low water levels, having to change ships, and not having a full day in Budapest, we really enjoyed everything about the trip. We definitely would go on another Viking river trip. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
A big problem is low water levels which isn't in Vikings control, but the choices they made didn't make for the best vacation. Late buses, locked bus bathrooms, ugly docking area, and no show shuttle to name a few. Add to that ... Read More
A big problem is low water levels which isn't in Vikings control, but the choices they made didn't make for the best vacation. Late buses, locked bus bathrooms, ugly docking area, and no show shuttle to name a few. Add to that an assistant that lack awareness of senior pacing which is important since that is your cruisers, turn around and look lady, I shouldn't have to chase after her because others are lagging behind and becoming distressed. And, unless you leave someone in charge of the group, don't run off with part of the group and leave the rest behind even if shortly you intended to return. Add to that our cabin bathroom flooding twice, yuck. And, the more that went wrong, the more disgruntled folks became, lots of not happy folks. Because of cruise critics I expected some of low water issues and I was glad it wasn't as bad as it is now with problems on both ends and in the middle, but most folks on the cruise were surprised by the changes we had to make. On a positive note, the scenery is amazing, towns are picture pretty, like a storybook. Both our cabin stewards were great. Marik the entertainment director was fantastic and hustled his butt trying to keep everyone happy. If you like fish, especially salmon you'll be in heaven! The entertainment they brought on board and Marik's were great, loved the opera and the glass blower. I usually don't review, but after sooo many positive reviews I wanted to be sure you knew things aren't at their best right now. And, for the cruisers willing to give it another try, they are giving future cruise credit to compensate for the disruptions. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
We commenced what was supposed to be our Viking Grand European river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam with a Prague extension on 08/08/18. 3 days prior to the cruise departure from Budapest on 11/08/18, Viking emailed us advising that our ... Read More
We commenced what was supposed to be our Viking Grand European river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam with a Prague extension on 08/08/18. 3 days prior to the cruise departure from Budapest on 11/08/18, Viking emailed us advising that our planned overnight stay and sail away from Budapest as per the planned itinerary was changed due to low river levels. This was the start of our river cruise farce which I believe bordered on fraudulent behaviour by Viking. Namely, providing passengers with a vastly altered river cruise package holiday they knew they could not deliver according to their original product description and failing to advise passengers of the full extent of the impact and implications the river levels would have on their holiday. Viking had been watching the river levels in Europe for over 6 weeks prior to our departure date. Europe had been experiencing an extremely dry and hot summer and river levels were very low, Viking knew this but chose not to disclose the full extent of the situation, the difficulties passengers would face and the full impact on the itinerary. Passengers were not provided with real time facts, stopping them from making informed decisions on their travel arrangements. Our holiday commenced with a bus ride from Prague to Kormarno in Slovakia, not Budapest, to join our boat. This change to itinerary meant we never docked in Budapest overnight but were bused in for a coach drive by tour. From Budapest we were bused to Vienna to finally join our ship, the Bragi (we were actually booked on the Skadi). Viking had already repositioned some of their ships obviously to cover their bases and attempt to provide some extremely limited scenic cruising on some small parts of the Danube and Rhine. For the initial change we were offered a 25% reduction of the cruise portion on a future cruise but were also advised that we may have to do a ship swap later in the cruise. The swap did occur on 16/08/18 , we missed numerous listed port dock stays, we were transferred on numerous long bus rides to get to sights on the itinerary or remained docked in destinations like Passau for longer or alternate destinations like Mainz for longer periods. It was not scenic cruising, it was sleeping on board a ship, or completely missing out on the ports of Koblenz and Kindersdik. We were never told the entire truth about the situation, it was the Viking cover story that was continuously provided. On our last day, 24/08/18, we endured a 9 1/2 bus trip from Mainz to Amsterdam with a 1 hour walking tour of Cologne, delays of 2 hours waiting for buses that had gone to another dock area in error, a guide who did not wait for his tour group to exit the bus and took off across the street with at least half the group missing in Cologne. Many of us would have happily bypassed Cologne and been driven directly to Amsterdam. Despite requests, the Viking representative would not oblige. It was a total farce, the errors and arrangements made to rectify the errors became a major frustration for all passengers and I have never seen so many irate, angry passengers at the end of that trip. We will be demanding genuine compensation for the loss of our dream holiday as will many, many other fellow passengers. Sadly as we left Amsterdam on 25/0818 we met many people about to experience the same tour as ours in reverse, they told us they had already been advised by Viking that they would be receiving a 50% discount on a future cruise due to the changes to their itinerary. Read Less
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