Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this cruise because of the Interesting ports to visit. We added the pre and post extensions to Budapest and Prague. Absolutely loved the section of Budapest where our hotel was located. The Hilton Budapest Hotel was excellent! ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the Interesting ports to visit. We added the pre and post extensions to Budapest and Prague. Absolutely loved the section of Budapest where our hotel was located. The Hilton Budapest Hotel was excellent! Lovely room and complimentary breakfast. Best breakfast buffet I have ever seen! The Hilton Prague was not so great. Not a good part of town. The hotel itself needs lots of updating. However, the breakfast buffet was excellent. Hilton knows how to do food! The Budapest Viking Host was excellent. He was informative and professional. He gave us great tips. The Prague Viking Hosts were lackadaisical and didn’t seem knowledgeable. The included tours were very interesting. The guides did their jobs well. I wish we had chosen more extra excursions because they offered more in-depth information. Our Ship program director, Oliver, was excellent and entertaining. The ship’s food was very good. Our accommodations were very comfortable. The staff was friendly and helpful. We hope to go on another Viking trip. I love the small boat experience. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We had been considering a river cruise with a group of close friends for several years. Other friends had already taken a Viking river cruise and had nothing but praise for the experience. So on May 26 a group of 12 of us sailed on the ... Read More
We had been considering a river cruise with a group of close friends for several years. Other friends had already taken a Viking river cruise and had nothing but praise for the experience. So on May 26 a group of 12 of us sailed on the Viking Egil for a Romantic Danube cruise. The staff onboard was terrific, particularly our Program Director Oliver Grozner, and our waitresses Julie and Jesse. The food was excellent and the service very attentive. Most of us purchased the Silver Spirits package and the selection of wines and cocktails was outstanding. The excursions were very interesting and educational and I felt that the guides were all very knowledgeable. The sole exception would be Szentendre (outside of Budapest) which we felt to be a tourist trap We extended our cruise on both ends with 3 extra days in Prague and 2 in Budapest, both beautiful old cities with many great sites to visit. Our hotel in Prague was the Art Nouveau Palace and was very nice. The hotel in Budapest was the Hilton Budapest City, not quite up to par. The ice machine on our floor was broken and there was no safe in our room. Returned home exhausted but extremely happy with our experience. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We chose this cruise for the destinations on the Danube River. We started in Nuremberg, went to Krems, Vienna, and finished in Budapest. Viking does an excellent job with the on-board services. We thought the staff through all the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the destinations on the Danube River. We started in Nuremberg, went to Krems, Vienna, and finished in Budapest. Viking does an excellent job with the on-board services. We thought the staff through all the stations was excellent (Front Desk, Waitress, Restaurant Servers, and particularly the Program Cruise Director). Be sure to sign up for the Silver Server package (allows you to have all types of on-board wine, beer, coffee, and liquor). The evenings were wonderful - - after dinner we went to the lounge where Viking put on some brief entertainment (about 30 minutes), and then the piano musician (and a few additional instruments) played any requests. The evening winds down about 11 to 11:30 PM, so there is no disco going all night long. This is not a young adult cruise - - it is targeted for people aged 50 to 75, who are physically in good condition to take part in the excursions & sight-seeing in each town. The only 'children' on the cruise were a few college students, who were with their parents. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
My husband and I have wanted to do a river cruise for some time. He is from Budapest so we went on the pre-cruise to have time to visit relatives and explore that wonderful city. Viking was amazing in arranging arrival and departure and ... Read More
My husband and I have wanted to do a river cruise for some time. He is from Budapest so we went on the pre-cruise to have time to visit relatives and explore that wonderful city. Viking was amazing in arranging arrival and departure and all activities during our cruise. The ship was perfect, service impeccable, entertainment with Oliver above and beyond. Our cabin with veranda was well designed and very comfortable. Sitting on the veranda as we moved down the river, often so close to the banks I could hear the birdsong, was like being on a huge canoe with no paddling! Going thru the locks was especially interesting for a first time river cruiser. Excursions were well planned and the guides were excellent and very knowledgeable. We loved to dine on the outdoor patio at the front of the ship. And during the cruise we met a group of fun, adventurous couples that made the cruise especially fun. I am still in touch with most of them. We are eager to take another river cruise and Viking will be our first choice. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We would go again in a minute! We loved the Viking Egil & the extra special crew. They made our Danube Waltz Cruise a completely enjoyable experience. Viking met us at the Munich airport and from that time on their goal is for you ... Read More
We would go again in a minute! We loved the Viking Egil & the extra special crew. They made our Danube Waltz Cruise a completely enjoyable experience. Viking met us at the Munich airport and from that time on their goal is for you to enjoy yourself! And we did! The food was superb with MANY choices! You could even eat healthy ! Every excursion was worthwhile. The guides used “whisperers” so you could hear everything they were saying. We visited the Vienna Boys Choir school,had a tour by 2 students, heard the choir perform and had a meet & greet after the performance! It was so much fun! We also liked the cruise director’s informational sessions before each day so we knew what was ahead the next day! Cruising the Danube is a wonderful experience! And sailing into Budapest at night is breathtaking! We highly recommend Viking and will hopefully go again soon! Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
Many people recommended Viking. Food choices poor. Gristle steak. no sweet wine so they added sugar vanilla ice cream with banana slices in it - ugh! Don't take Heurigen Evening wine tasting - terrible. Szentendre tour ... Read More
Many people recommended Viking. Food choices poor. Gristle steak. no sweet wine so they added sugar vanilla ice cream with banana slices in it - ugh! Don't take Heurigen Evening wine tasting - terrible. Szentendre tour was to have open air museum but it was closed and they did not tell us but they sure charged us. Changed Hotel as we had taken the two extended days in Budapest but did not tell us. Had to get our own bags at hotel. Don't take room 101 you are right under the desk and entrance to boat. People left boat at 3 am and rolled luggage over our heads. We had that room as it was the last one available when we signed up. Don't pay for a balcony as Viking double docks and triple docks ships so you can't use your balcony and not be about 3 feet from the ship parked next to you. Nice. Program Director gave so much info so fast on disembarkation. Why? Seniors on board. Print it out and hand it out so we have it in front of us. Poor planning. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Friends of mine organized the trip and I jumped at the chance to go on a river cruise. I never wanted to go on an ocean cruise, but have seen many commercials on river cruises and they looked great. I was blown away by the ship, staff ... Read More
Friends of mine organized the trip and I jumped at the chance to go on a river cruise. I never wanted to go on an ocean cruise, but have seen many commercials on river cruises and they looked great. I was blown away by the ship, staff and tours we went on. We had the time of our lives! All the staff were really nice and helpful. The shore excursions were great and all the tour guides were so knowledgeable about history and everything to do with the area we were visiting. The food on the ship was awesome, cooked to perfection. When we were picked up or dropped off at the airports, there was a Viking employee to help us get to where we were going and answer any questions, which I needed because I don't travel very often. I can't say enough about this cruise, I recommend it to everyone. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
This was our first Viking river cruise, and will not be our last. The cities visited were beautiful and fascinating, and all the excursions were great, save one. The food was very good, but not quite as delicious as the ocean cruises we ... Read More
This was our first Viking river cruise, and will not be our last. The cities visited were beautiful and fascinating, and all the excursions were great, save one. The food was very good, but not quite as delicious as the ocean cruises we have been on, although we liked the fact that local dishes were on the menu daily, along with some staples like roast chicken, fish, and steak. The ship is every modern and up to date.The service was superb throughout the ship. The evening entertainment was a "piano man" and his computer, which got pretty boring quickly. On two nights, Viking brought in local entertainers, which was fine if you like Opera. We were very disappointed with the value realized during the "Hueringen Evening" excursion, which was supposed to be a local celebration of the wine harvest. Poor wine, little food, and very poor entertainment. When we complained, Viking tried to make it right. Don't let me negative comments scare you off, I still rated it a 5/5, and we WILL be returning. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
So many people have asked me what I liked best about our Danube River cruise, and I respond the variety of experiences made available by Viking. We got to visit small towns and large cities, explore magnificent cathedrals and humble ... Read More
So many people have asked me what I liked best about our Danube River cruise, and I respond the variety of experiences made available by Viking. We got to visit small towns and large cities, explore magnificent cathedrals and humble churches, linger over extravagant meals and linger even longer over simply delicious cups of hot chocolate. Never was there a boring day because Viking thoughtfully planned for, allowed for variety in excursions and free time. So the ports of call were the visual highlights of the trip, and the Viking crew was the pleasant auditory component. From Oliver’s witty pre-dinner evening talks to guides’ riveting commentaries to waiters’ attention to detail and engaging personal conversation, there was always something going on to keep your attention and wondering what joys lay ahead. The only suggestion for improvement that I think Viking could consider is installing more soundproofing materials in the dining room. Conversation was difficult during the dinner hours. Thanks for a dream journey down the Danube. Read Less
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