92 Viking River Viking Egil Cruise Reviews

From the moment we were met at the airport by a Viking Cruise representative to the time we departed the cruise, the staff went above and beyond to make us comfortable! The ship was very clean, our room was well laid out. also very clean ... Read More
From the moment we were met at the airport by a Viking Cruise representative to the time we departed the cruise, the staff went above and beyond to make us comfortable! The ship was very clean, our room was well laid out. also very clean and comfortable. We have upscale cuisine for all three meals with exemplary service. The events planned for each port were well organized and planned for all activity levels. The local tour guides were knowledgeable and the walk and/or roadway excursions were very informative and entertaining. When the weather was a bit inclement, we were greeted and offered hot tea upon our return to the ship by the staff. Local entertainers added so much to the ambiance of our dining and evening experiences. I've not had such an intimate, comfortable and entertaining cruise like this one! Thank you Viking River Cruises! You made my experience unbelievably amazing! Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
We booked this trip over a year ago, chose the room we wanted and we chose perfectly. We had room 324, it was one of the larger rooms, a bedroom and sitting room, two TVs, a much larger shower, very comfortable. The Stewart was in twice ... Read More
We booked this trip over a year ago, chose the room we wanted and we chose perfectly. We had room 324, it was one of the larger rooms, a bedroom and sitting room, two TVs, a much larger shower, very comfortable. The Stewart was in twice a day, restocking the fridge, changing the fruit tray out, replenishing the diet cola and water, he left the wine and champagne just in case we changed our minds and decided to have some. The beds were comfortable and you could set the temperature for each room. The balcony was large enough for two to sit on, and a pair of binoculars were in the room. There is a coffee station on the third floor just outside the lounge, several different coffee selections are available plus hot water for tea and hot chocolate. There is always pastries or cookies provided in baskets in case you get the nibbles during the day. The loung is where you meet up with fellow passengers and the cruise director each night, he runs through the next day’s activities and this is where you find out about the included excursions and optional excursions. We ate all our meals in the dining room, the breakfast had many selections to choose from, from porridge to scrambled eggs, fresh made omlets, toast, pastries, fruit, or you could order off a menu, French toast etc. For lunch they had soup, sandwiches, salads, at the buffet area there was usually a pasta dish, fresh made, or again, you could order off a menu, usually from a selection of two items. Dinner was fantastic, each night there was a different selection, or again you could order off the menu, I did have the steak a few times from the menu, as it was very delicious, ALWAYS a great dinner and the wait staff were fantastic, if you wanted to taste something from the menu, but you had taken the buffet, they brought it to you right away, always, ALWAYS there with water, wine, coffee anything you wanted, you got, can’t say enough good things about them The included tours were very good, nice guides very informative then you would have the rest of the day to discover the cities on your own. May I suggest, if you have on board credits, and you plan on purchasing items from the ships gift store, used your credits early, as we found out, they don’t replenish the items, and I was disappointed twice on items that I wanted to get. When it came time to leave, Viking took us to Prague for our cruise extension, they provided shuttles from our hotel to the centre of the city all day and until late in the evenings, every hour, and when it came time to leave for the airport, a guide came with us on the tour bus, checked us in at our airline, provided us with a box of food as we left the hotel so early and pointed us in the right direction to security, always, they were always there for our needs, what ever we thought we might need or desire, can’t say enough good things about the viking crew. When you returned from the included excursions there was always staff waiters no to greet you and offer either a small hot chocolate to warm you up, or a small treat to help tide you over, totally awesome Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The cabin was very clean and maintained clean throughout the whole trip. Beds are comfortable and the food was excellent. Service provided by the crew members was beyond my expectation. I really wish to give 10 stars out of 5 - I would ... Read More
The cabin was very clean and maintained clean throughout the whole trip. Beds are comfortable and the food was excellent. Service provided by the crew members was beyond my expectation. I really wish to give 10 stars out of 5 - I would definitely recommend Viking Cruise to anyone who is considering sailing. The cruise ship sails so smoothly that you can't even realize that it is sailing. Food was served fast during lunch and dinner and you get to experience local food which I thought awesome. All the excursions were very organized and done in a professional manner. Every crew members are very open to helping you throughout the trip. If I were to sail again, I would definitely go with Viking. Much thanks to Carl and Timhomir who helped us in every way on Viking Egil from Nov 18-25. The trip was flawless because of you. Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We ,brother and sisters decided to spend Thanksgiving together something we had not done since we were children. We loved the beautiful sites, Nuremberg, Vienna ,Budapest, and shopping the Christmas Markets. The special touches provided by ... Read More
We ,brother and sisters decided to spend Thanksgiving together something we had not done since we were children. We loved the beautiful sites, Nuremberg, Vienna ,Budapest, and shopping the Christmas Markets. The special touches provided by the staff were appreciated. Each morning the ship staff would greet us , handed us each a bottle of water and an umbrella if needed as we departed for the day's included excursions. When we returned, a ship staff person would welcome us back and serve us a treat which was representative of the area. The lectures were interesting and the entertainment was enjoyable. We had a great American Thanksgiving dinner. All the food, breakfast, lunch and dinner,was delicious. Cookies , coffee and hot tea was available all day long .All the service staff were attentive and friendly. Since the ship was small , we felt we were traveling with friends. We look forward to cruising on another Viking cruise. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
As frequent PBS viewers, we saw many Viking commercials and always wanted to take a river cruise. This cruise met (and exceeded) all our expectations. The weather was a bit cold in November, but the smaller crowds in the cities visited ... Read More
As frequent PBS viewers, we saw many Viking commercials and always wanted to take a river cruise. This cruise met (and exceeded) all our expectations. The weather was a bit cold in November, but the smaller crowds in the cities visited and lower pricing more than made up for the need to dress in layers. We spent a couple of days in Budapest before embarking on the ship and arranged for a layover in Amsterdam on the way home. Both were well worth the added time and the Viking tour bookers were very helpful in arranging the necessary flights. As for the cruise itself, we can't say enough about how organized the trip was and the Viking staff was simply superb. We are already planning our next Viking cruise. We have travelled extensively with various tour companies, but Viking was hands-down the best--just the right amount of chaperoned city tours with plenty of free time. Well done Viking! We will be back. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Loved the itinerary and especially wanted to return to Budapest having been there 30 years ago when it was still Communist. I also am of Hungarian heritage. Also, the rest of the itinerary appealed to me and I wanted to cruise the ... Read More
Loved the itinerary and especially wanted to return to Budapest having been there 30 years ago when it was still Communist. I also am of Hungarian heritage. Also, the rest of the itinerary appealed to me and I wanted to cruise the Danube. This was my third river cruise on Viking and they never disappoint. I am now planning a Viking ocean cruise. As you can see, I’m committed! The Egil was beautiful, the staff amazing, the food wonderful, and the tours very,very good. I’ve done the Paris to Normandy cruise, Amsterdam to Basal, and this Nuremberg to Budapest. I can’t pick my favorite since each one was incredibly good. I have told many people about my trips and extolled Viking’s praises. In fact, to date, I have nothing negative to say about any of my experiences. I would very highly recommend Viking cruises to anyone at any time. thank you. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was an early November cruise and the temps were terrific at the start and got cooler as we headed north. It was fun to enjoy some of the Christmas markets that had already opened. Make sure to enjoy the Gluhwein. It is wonderful! ... Read More
This was an early November cruise and the temps were terrific at the start and got cooler as we headed north. It was fun to enjoy some of the Christmas markets that had already opened. Make sure to enjoy the Gluhwein. It is wonderful! Right from the beginning the crew made you feel welcome and cared for. We arrived early in the day and had our room within a half hour. The food was really good at every meal. We met some wonderful people and have stayed connected with a few couples and plan to cruise with them in the future. This was my first Viking River cruise and it will not be the last. Everything was great and I cannot add anything that would have made it better. We added our own AirBnB at the beginning and end of the tour - Loved the extra time in Budapest, enjoyed touring Buda & Pest and taking in the baths. We purchased a Budapest card and travelled everywhere on public transit. We also enjoyed Nurmberg and a day trip to Rothenburg with a few extended days afterward - we added a hotel right near the walled city - Holiday Inn Express. Perfect Location.. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
This was our second Viking Cruise. After the first we were hooked! Only on viking do you get the utmost superior service. The ships are pristine and inviting. Our cabin although small had every amenity we could have needed. The daily ... Read More
This was our second Viking Cruise. After the first we were hooked! Only on viking do you get the utmost superior service. The ships are pristine and inviting. Our cabin although small had every amenity we could have needed. The daily cultural food choices only enhance your cruise. We wouldn't dare miss our evening gathering with our Cruise Director to hear what tomorrow held in store for us! As for service, well it speaks for itself. Within 24 hours, our Headwaiter, our table waiter, the Cruise Director, and the bartender knew our names and our preferences. I have food allergies and they never missed a beat. Our cabin maids within one day knew our morning and daily schedules and we were never bothered by uninvited knocks on the door but miraculously our cabin was neat and tidied whenever we returned from scheduled or unscheduled excursions. Even on off-boat excursions, our Head Waiter would meet me at the door to tell me what not to eat at our available meal stops. Wow. They are over the top. This is big business to them and their waitstaff. They are professionals and it shows in every little detail they do not miss. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Sailing with Viking is living in a 5 star hotel with a 5 star restaurant every single day. The rooms have been cleverly arranged to make the best use of space. The meals are local to the area, and there is something for everyone. I ... Read More
Sailing with Viking is living in a 5 star hotel with a 5 star restaurant every single day. The rooms have been cleverly arranged to make the best use of space. The meals are local to the area, and there is something for everyone. I love several things about Viking that cannot be gotten elsewhere without paying an exorbitant price. They are: free WIFI, free excursions in every port, and free wine, beer, or soda with lunch and dinner. I felt so relaxed to not have to count my money with my drinks, I also have family that I need to be in touch with due to health concerns. Daily contact through WIFI was such a relief. When I travel, I prefer to take advantage of the local area. The fact that this is already coordinated and included gives me a very satisfied feeling for my trip. I love all of the excursions I have been on! Laundry service is also excellent. Another guest spilled a full glass of red wine all over my very light colored pants. Our housekeeper was able to remove it all!! Some things I did not like as well as the last time I sailed with Viking from Paris to Normandy. They are: the chef was not as talented on this trip compared to the French trip. The food quality was not as good Also, our waiter was not as attentive as others on this trip and my French trip, disappearing during our meals and not filling our wine and water glasses when needed. We did not even see him in the room. Both of those situations were unfortunate. We were with a large group and had lots of fun. We joined with many others on board and had fun after hours in the lounge. Overall, Viking is my favorite sailing line. It is head and shoulders above all the rest. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We have been thorough Europe, but never had the opportunity to experience an ambling cruise from Prague to Budapest. Looking and the brochures, this cruise looked like a wonderful opportunity to travel uninterrupted with a 5 star line. WE ... Read More
We have been thorough Europe, but never had the opportunity to experience an ambling cruise from Prague to Budapest. Looking and the brochures, this cruise looked like a wonderful opportunity to travel uninterrupted with a 5 star line. WE WEREN'T DISAPPOINTMENT! From the moment Viking met us at the Prague airport till the moment we were personally escorted to the security line at the Budapest airport, we were immersed in Viking's special treatment of their guests. Small ship (less than 195 travelers) made it idyllic to get to know your companions and yet not feel crowded nor rushed. Staff was so friendly and went out of their way to accommodate your requests. Food was spectacular, and so were the wines served from the regions we were cruising in. The Egil was fairly new, and the cabins were comfortable and spacious. If you like small ships with excellent service and a thoughtful itinerary, this is the way to go! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We wanted to see Budapest, Vienna and Prague. The service on the Egil was supreme. There was a lot of attention to details .All the staff starting with the cabin steward to the servers in the Dining room and the bartender were very ... Read More
We wanted to see Budapest, Vienna and Prague. The service on the Egil was supreme. There was a lot of attention to details .All the staff starting with the cabin steward to the servers in the Dining room and the bartender were very professional and personable. The wine steward in the dining room was knowledgeable and helpful. The cruise director was the best we have ever had, he was entertaining, fun and very knowledgeable. We liked being able to get off the ship daily and loved the walking tours, most excursions and or guided tours. We would have liked more variety for entertainment in the evening. The only thing we did not like was the farewell dinner. We were not told that it would be late and a long drive to the venue. The entertainment was good but the room was too small and way too noisy. Anyone sitting at the back could neither see nor hear the entertainers. The food was not up to Viking standard and was served by surly waitresses. Getting back to the hotel at 11 PM was way too late for people having to catch an early flight in the morning so value for money = very poor. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The Egil was a very nice ship and the staff was top notch. Embarkationand disembarkation were smooth, and the pre-add-on was especially good. The food was excellent. The cabin was as described, although we did not expect our window to be ... Read More
The Egil was a very nice ship and the staff was top notch. Embarkationand disembarkation were smooth, and the pre-add-on was especially good. The food was excellent. The cabin was as described, although we did not expect our window to be so high that we could not see out of it. We were very disappointed with the scarcity of evening entertainment and the lack of much day-time cruising. We enjoyed all the guided city tours, but felt that two of the optional excursions were not worth the time or money. The excursion to Szentendra was billed as a visit to a quaint arts and craft village, but was actually not much more than many souvenir shops, with a smattering of crafts. And the Open-Air Museum was not staffed with guides to tell us what we were looking at. It was obviouslyy a "work in progress". However, the goulash-making and lunch were great fun. Additionally, the Lipizzaner Stallion excursion in Vienna was a total waste of time and money in our opinion. Our guide was not a rider (as described in the brochure), and at first we were told (not so nicely) that we could not take any pictures, although the guide did get permission for us to do so outside where several stallions were peering out of a stable. Most of us were expecting to actually see a horse being ridden, but the only thing we saw were the backs and heads of the stallions in the stable. We were shown pictures of the stallions performing, but not told much about them. It's always good to learn something, but this was not worth $200, even with the cafe stop! We would not recommend this particular tour to anyone. Even so, we hope to take another Viking tour in the future, but we will be wiser in our choices of options. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Overall, Viking provided a top notch experience. Lovely ship, very friendly staff, good food and we met some great co-passengers. Viking had EVERYTHING well organized and there were no glitches. The staff were ALL very friendly and ... Read More
Overall, Viking provided a top notch experience. Lovely ship, very friendly staff, good food and we met some great co-passengers. Viking had EVERYTHING well organized and there were no glitches. The staff were ALL very friendly and accommodating. We often took advantage of eating somewhat lighter fare in the Casual dining area in the front of the ship, which had outdoor seating. The food was very good in general. It was Very relaxing to sit and watch the riverside slide by. The Only thing I wasn’t crazy about was going through the many locks— a bit claustrophobic. My husband didn’t seem to mind. Having done several ocean cruises in the past, we enjoyed this change of pace and would love to do another Viking river cruise. A river cruise is very different experience—not much entertainment, no pool, no fitness center, no gambling etc. However, we did mind that a bit. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We decided to take the Danube cruise because we had never been to Vienna, Budapest or any of the other cities on the cruise. I have been to the upper reaches of the Danube from the Black Forest to Ulm, but never to Nuremberg or ... Read More
We decided to take the Danube cruise because we had never been to Vienna, Budapest or any of the other cities on the cruise. I have been to the upper reaches of the Danube from the Black Forest to Ulm, but never to Nuremberg or downstream. The food and beverages choices on the Elig were excellent The optional tours were fine with me. As a person interested in World War II history, I especially liked the Nuremberg history tour. Anthony and the rest of the staff were excellent. They were very personable and helpful. We would like to have spent more time in Vienna, but we took care of that by flying to Vienna a few days earlier before the cruise, then taking a train to Budapest where the VIking representative met us at the train station to bring us to the Elig. Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was our first, but not last, river cruise. Have been on ocean cruises before and enjoyed them, but fell in love with the slow pace, small ship, and no crowds of the river cruise experience. Viking is terrific! The ship was ... Read More
This was our first, but not last, river cruise. Have been on ocean cruises before and enjoyed them, but fell in love with the slow pace, small ship, and no crowds of the river cruise experience. Viking is terrific! The ship was delightful, crew was outstanding, good food and nice fellow passengers (mostly Americans and British). Viking has everything organized to a "T." Local guides, buses when required; everything on time and very well done. We had a suite, which was a super extra splurge. Probably wouldn't do that again because of expense, but it was nice having two rooms! Also, all the free wine, beer, bottled water, etc. you could want in the minibar and free laundry was part of the suite experience. We enjoyed the dining room but especially the more casual Aquavit. We had most breakfasts there as we didn't want more than yogurt, fruit etc. The dining room offers just about anything you could want for breakfast. All the food was very good! We did both pre-and post-cruise extensions and the Viking staff in the hotels are very helpful. If you want lots of on board activities, etc. this is not for you. But if you want a lovely relaxing time, we highly recommend it. Looking forward to another. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I chose this cruise with the assistance of my travel agent. I had never been on a river cruise and this one began in Budapest which I had always wanted to visit. I was initially surprised that the cabin was small. I would have liked a ... Read More
I chose this cruise with the assistance of my travel agent. I had never been on a river cruise and this one began in Budapest which I had always wanted to visit. I was initially surprised that the cabin was small. I would have liked a larger cabin. Nevertheless, my traveling companion and I adjusted. The introduction to the cruise by the Program Director, Oliver Deak, was really informative and I was looking forward to our excursions. They did not disappoint. The excursions were well- organized. They were informative and the guides were knowledgeable. I was able to appreciate each city for itself. The trip to Gottweig Abby in Passau was especially good. Whether it was breakfast on the Aquavit Terrace or dinner in the Restaurant, the food was excellent. No matter what cuisine was being served at dinner, it was a winner. I liked the coffee bar outside of the Lounge. It was available any time. The German night dinner was so good. All of the food associated with German cuisine was available. The staff was wonderful. They were ready to serve all the time. They got to know you and what you liked and were ready with whatever it was when you sat down. The servers in the Restaurant were really excellent. It made dining a pleasure. I liked it so much, I am going to book two (2) more cruises next year. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I chose Viking because I loved their commercials shown during Downton Abbey. We chose the Budapest to Nuremberg cruise. We were meet on the pier by Oliver Deak, program director, who welcomed us and carried my bag on board. From there on ... Read More
I chose Viking because I loved their commercials shown during Downton Abbey. We chose the Budapest to Nuremberg cruise. We were meet on the pier by Oliver Deak, program director, who welcomed us and carried my bag on board. From there on it was wonderful. Clean ship, friendly staff, great service, great tours. The food was fabulous and the chef came around each night to greet us. The Captain spoke with great pride of Viking and it seems to be a great place to work. everything was so well organized. Ran like clockwork. Length of tours varied so you could enjoy tours and spend time relaxing on board. I enjoyed a daily pineapple daily. After day one, it appeared each evening in the lounge. Now that is attention to detail. Disembarking was easy and the crew made that happen. 7days flew by! I plan to book 2 Viking cruises next year! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We have received advertisements for cruises for ages, but the time was never right. This was the year! We flew into Budapest on Friday night and were met by pleasant and efficient Viking representatives and transported to our ship quickly. ... Read More
We have received advertisements for cruises for ages, but the time was never right. This was the year! We flew into Budapest on Friday night and were met by pleasant and efficient Viking representatives and transported to our ship quickly. Crew members greeted us by name when we arrived (were they waiting for us to make the quick night cruise in Budapest to reach another dock in honor of the country's holiday celebration taking place the next day?). We entered our Veranda suite and were thrilled with the beautiful accommodations. Everything was pristine and first class. Our housekeeper promptly introduced herself and asked us to let her know if we needed anything. She was bright, intuitive and thorough. Our suite was perfect every day. The cruise was conducted with professionalism throughout. Our program director was fun and enthusiastic. I enjoyed his port talks daily because he made the information fun to hear. He was also knowledgeable on the route and made his lectures entertaining. The chef was first-rate and we enjoyed every meal. The chocolate peanut butter crisp will live on as my favorite thing to eat ever! Every crew member was polite and busy but always willing to answer a question or solve any issue. There weren't many issues. Sailing on the Danube was smooth and the skill of parking a ship that size in a lock that was almost the identical size was impressive. I rarely felt any movement on the water. But we saw so any beautiful things as we sailed along. The other passengers were fun and friendly and we met many wonderful folks and will stay in touch with several. We took every included tour and a couple of optional tours. All were informative and allowed us time for shopping or having a cup of cappuccino or a beer. My personal favorite was Passau where we had lunch in a delightful outdoor cafe. The guides were well-versed and presented so many facts and information but made it all interesting and answered questions very well. We also greatly enjoyed a side trip up the Danube Narrows to the Weltenburg Abbey. What a magnificent church! Simply stunning. The organ concert in Passau was also outstanding. The German feast on Thursday night was great fun and absolutely delicious. We enjoyed the entertainment of a couple of talented crew members and there was always something going on in the evenings for those who could stay awake. Disembarkation was smooth and well thought out. We left for the airport on time and in plenty of time for our flight. I am looking forward to sailing another river with Viking. They did everything just right and we enjoyed every minute. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We did our first river cruise in August on the Viking Egil. We had a pleasant time but not an exceptional time. Wee were very frustrated by three things: 1) we had received a $200 referral credit from some friends who had used Viking ... Read More
We did our first river cruise in August on the Viking Egil. We had a pleasant time but not an exceptional time. Wee were very frustrated by three things: 1) we had received a $200 referral credit from some friends who had used Viking but the credit never showed up in our account despite a call to Viking in June confirming the amount and our our August cruise. Certainly feels like Viking pulled a fast one. The worst was that they refused to respond to multiple requests for an explanation. So, caution is warranted when dealing with Viking. 2) Unlike most of the guests on board, I am not retired and needed to work each day for a short period of time. The ship was advertised to have wifi but in reality it barely worked at times. Its 2017. This could easily be remedied by Viking...but wasn't. 3) the beds were not very comfortable. I expected something a little more hotel-like. The tours were very good and the guides were generally great. You can probably get something similar on the getyourguide app. All in all, it was nice but not great. They pulled a fast one with the on-board credit. You could easily rent a car and do a similar trip for a lot less money but the convenience of a cruise will appeal to many. Maybe we'll do another river cruise one in 20 years. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We took the Danube River cruise from Budapest to Regensburg with a group of friends who travel several times a year with each other. This was our first river cruise after more than a decade of ocean and sea cruises. The Danube cruise, ... Read More
We took the Danube River cruise from Budapest to Regensburg with a group of friends who travel several times a year with each other. This was our first river cruise after more than a decade of ocean and sea cruises. The Danube cruise, the Viking Egil – and the staff – were wonderful and a very different experience! We took the pre-cruise and post cruise options in both Budapest and Prague and would encourage others to take advantage of these options. Viking made our travel to Europe easy and much less expensive than had we booked on our own, and the arrangements worked out well for us to enjoy a full day on our first day in Budapest. Getting on board (and disembarkation) were both handled smoothly and quickly and made our lives easier. As opposed to boarding a large ocean vessel, the Viking Egil’s crew were quick to load and unload and we were able to get to our cabins and change within minutes of boarding. The ship and its set up were perfect for both us as a couple and for our entire group – we had 56 friends all onboard. We had the freedom to be alone or be with others in the lounge, or on the decks - and we often used the front deck off the lounge for a meeting place. The July sailing was met with very warm weather, only one or two brief rainfalls, and spectacular service. The food and beverage options were exceptional, and we enjoyed every breakfast, lunch and dinner we shared on board. The staff were quick to help and that the service was personal – bartenders and servers took just one service to learn and remember our names and favorites, and encouraged us to take advantage of all the boat provided. Even the captain and operational crew were pleasant and approachable, and the stewards were both friendly and not overbearing. The concierge and tour staff were all knowledgeable and willing to go the extra mile to be of service. I must say that traveling with a lgroup of 56 friends was a challenge for the staff and at times for the other passengers, but the crew were wonderful about it and very understanding of our unique needs. On board, the cabin was our base of operations and sleeping center, as we had events every evening and excursions daily – but it was large enough to allow us room for all our “stuff,” and to relax. The bed was extremely comfortable as well. While our group had several independent day trips, the Viking excursions were many and varied – to meet lots of people’s preferences. The logistics were well handled, and we enjoyed every one. As noted, this was our first river cruise, but there are already more in the future plans. Viking – and the crew of the Viking Egil made this trip a highlight and worth every penny! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We chose Viking because it had the itinerary we wanted and at an excellent price. Best of all, EVERYTHING was included in the price of the trip...including internet (unlike some cruise lines, which charge $75 per minute...) and beer, wine ... Read More
We chose Viking because it had the itinerary we wanted and at an excellent price. Best of all, EVERYTHING was included in the price of the trip...including internet (unlike some cruise lines, which charge $75 per minute...) and beer, wine & soda at lunch and dinner. Viking was a class act from the moment we stepped aboard until the moment the cruise ended. Viking went FAR BEYOND our expectations in every way. There was an included excursion at every port...sometimes two, and every time we left the ship, Viking gave us a cold bottle of water so we wouldn't get dehydrated. (Other cruise lines have the audacity to charge several dollars for a bottle of water.) When we returned from our excursions, they frequently had treats for us... The staff was fantastic, service was amazing, the rooms were spotless, the food was fabulous, the wifi was free (unlike other cruise lines that charge $ ..75 a minute.) The excursions, which were also included in the price, were exciting, interesting, educational and fun. The tour guides are well-spoken, engaging, entertaining, and knowledgeable, Viking was a superb value and an amazing cruise! Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Our friends told us a year ago that they were going on a river boat cruise. After a 30 second discussion we decided to join them. It was the best vacation that we have been on. From Prague to Budapest the Viking family went out of their ... Read More
Our friends told us a year ago that they were going on a river boat cruise. After a 30 second discussion we decided to join them. It was the best vacation that we have been on. From Prague to Budapest the Viking family went out of their way to make our trip the best ever. The crew treated us with kindness, respect and great humor. Yanna and Ales in Prague went out of their way to help us with some difficulties there. Our room was always outstanding thanks to Ria and Vinnie. Thanks to chef Rene' the food was always great especially the fourth of July cake! Boril, Florin, Mr. Wong, and Natasha made our dining experience the best. Oliver and Sandar (also known as Shannon and Shorty) have a great sense of humor and worked hard to make our tours and entertainment entertaining and fun. The rest of the crew whose names evade us, except Ricardo, worked hard helping us make the transitions to tours and hotels easy. For those going on a trip like this a word of caution. Be careful to not wind up like me with a broken ankle six hours after arriving in Prague so you don't have to work the Viking folks so hard! We couldn't have enjoyed the trip quite so much if these outstanding people had not been so willing to help. Thanks to all these great people that made our trip memorable and worthwhile. Sharon and Dennis Carey, Phoenix, Arizona Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
The ship: For those new to these ships, they are long and consist of three decks for state rooms and the top sun deck. We were on level 2 (room 225) that was back from the reception area. The restaurant was on this level forward, and ... Read More
The ship: For those new to these ships, they are long and consist of three decks for state rooms and the top sun deck. We were on level 2 (room 225) that was back from the reception area. The restaurant was on this level forward, and upstairs was the lounge forward and aquavit terrace. Our room was very nice with a king bed and chair and the slider out to veranda. The room had plenty of storage for our clothes and other items. Luggage is stored under the bed. The closet contained a safe. Two bottles of mineral water are provided daily and there is a fridge for you to add items of your own (we bought wine, beer and sodas at various stops). That is a nice feature. The bathroom was ample with the heated floor / non-fogging mirror and the provided body wash, soap, shampoo, conditioner, and body lotion. A hair dryer is provided as well. The shower was the best I’ve had on a cruise ship. Always hot and good water pressure. The room contained power outlets both US and EU versions. We brought converters so we had plenty of outlets. The room was nice and I liked the light modern feel to it. Our room attendant (Vladimir) was very attentive and took good care of the room. The large flatscreen tv was good but we just used it for the bowcam view and listening to the provided music stations ( the folk station was very good, it was more like classic soft rock/pop). I wish I could connect my device (i phone) music to the in room speakers via blue tooth. That would have been nice. The main dining room was nice with plenty of tables for seating. It was general seating for all meals and that was nice to get to talk to people. The meals were excellent and I enjoyed them all. Like most cruise ships, there were items that were always available for dinner and then the daily specials. I quite enjoyed the German dinner were we had the entertainment and the pretzels and German specialties. That was a fun dinner. The staff in the dining room were very attentive and fun to talk to. Breakfast in the dining room was nice with the buffet and then the order off the menu items. I liked the coffee machines located outside the lounge area and would get my early am fix every day. The pastries and afternoon cookies were yummo!! We only ate lunch in the dining room once and it was nice. Our other lunches were upstairs in the aquavit terrace. Eating meals in the terrace area was nice since we were outside and on the nice days it was very nice. We ate dinner at the aquavit terrace twice and enjoyed the lighter meals provided. The lounge staff were great and I liked the bar and the selection of drinks / brands available. We did not purchase the silver spirits package. Maybe on a longer cruise it would have been worth it to us. We bought some wine in Regensburg and the staff were fine opening it for us. Overall I found the ship to be light, airy, and modern in design, fixtures, and finishes. I liked this look and feel to the ship. The cruise: Nuremberg to Budapest We arrived late afternoon on Saturday June 28 to the ship so we just hung out and got settled. Our first night was nice as we sat in the canal and had dinner and listened to the cruise director (Oliver) tell us what we were in for as the week progressed. Sunday we took the included tour of Nuremberg. It was Interesting to see the history and then we walked around the castle area, ending up in the square by the cathedral. Since it was Sunday, it was quiet in town as all shops are closed on Sundays. There were tourist shops and restaurants open though so we stopped in to have some sausages and beers. We departed Nuremberg that evening and go on our way. We travelled down the canal to take us to the Danube and we enjoyed sitting outside on the top deck watching the scenery go by. It got chilly and I went inside to the aquavit terrace and asked about blankets and yes they have them. So we sat outside all bundled up and watched the river go by. Regensberg For our first stop on the cruise we took the optional tour that took us down the river gorge and to the monastery. We were given a beer and pretzel on the tour (at 9:30 am so early beer). And had a lovely trip down the river. The cliffs on each side were very cool. The monastery church was nice to see and but I’ve been on many beer tours so I stepped out of the movie since it was just a piece about the history of beer and how the monks make it. Instead I sat at the outdoor café and sample some more product. You can purchase more beer at the café to take back to ship with you. We walked back to bus and headed to ship for lunch. I spend the afternoon wandering in Regensburg and stopped into a department store just near the cathedral. And like most department stores in Europe, this one had a restaurant / cafeteria on the top floor. I checked it out and had a snack outside on the roof deck looking down on the town square. We found a lovely gourmet shop in town and sampled some wine and bought a few bottles to take back to our stateroom. We departed Regensberg and were off to our next stop. Passau We signed up for the tour of the Cathedral and organ music performance. It was enjoyable and the organ got very loud. We took the walking tour of the town but skipped out half way through and decided to visit a café and have lunch. We wandered the town for the rest of our time visiting shops. I would have liked to visit the castle(?) on the opposite side of the river but we never made it. Krems Well this was our day were we hung out on the ship. The majority of guests went to visit the abbey or take the bus ride to Munich but we decided to hang out. The ship stopped at Krems but did not stay long and then we were off again to pick up the folks who went o on the abbey tour. So I’d call this day a lay day for us. We played shuffleboard and read our books. Vienna We arrived in Vienna at night and we took the opportunity to get out and about. We took a taxi down to the center where St Stephens cathedral and walked around and went in and checked out the cathedral. From there we visited a café and then took a taxi to the Ferris wheel (featured in James Bond film, Living Daylights) and we took a ride. From this we were able to see just how large Vienna is. Our second day in Vienna we took the bus / walking tour and then walked around on our own. We took a horse carriage ride and then had a nice lunch. We then jumped in a taxi and went to Sh???? Palace. We did not go in since the wait time was over 70minutes and instead walked the gardens and up to the café at the arch that overlooked the palace We took in the view, had some strudel and then walked back. Taxi back to the ship and then we were off to our next stop. Budapest. Wow what a site. Just like on the Viking tv commercials. We entered into the city and were feasting on the parliament building and the castle area. We took the bus tour and that was nice and we then ended up at the cathedral and took the tour. It was very different than the other cathedrals we’d been to so that was different. We took the bus back to ship for lunch and then it was off to the thermal baths. This was an optional tour and it was a lot of fun. The baths are housed in an ornate building that we saw from the bus on the morning tour. You are given a magic wand wristband that controls access to your changing cubby. This allows you to change up and store your stuff but be able to get at it anytime easily. Since it was nice outside we did not do any of the indoor pools but they were popular, and a lot of them. This would be nice on a cold winter day. Outside there were the two large pools and the swimming pool. We visited these and liked the hot (but not too hot) pool. That was nice. We all felt our skin felt good after visiting. There was not a strong sulfur smell like other pools I have been to in the Azores and Iceland but a mineral type scent. There are vendors outside so we all had a drink after our soak before changing up to leave. We went back to ship and spent our last night out on the deck taking in the town as it lit up. The morning of our departure we stayed on the ship (though had to exit our room). We were too un-motived to walk down to covered market so we hung out. The crew were fine with letting us stay on board even saying we could stay until lunch. But we had to get going to the airport so we had to bid a goodbye to Viking Egil. Overall thoughts. This was our first river cruise after several large ship cruises. We enjoyed the more intimate environment provide by Viking. We both liked the ship and what it had to offer. Next time I’d bring my running gear to work out early when we were docked. The staff keep everything going and handle all the tours very well. It made for an easy experience. Though I did not mind, my wife found the bed to be a bit firm. Other than that, the food, the staff, and the cruise were all excellent. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This was our first ever River Cruise after nine ocean cruises. We embarked in Budapest the same day we completed an 11-day Baltic cruise on a large Princess ship. The contrast was significant in terms of size, number of passengers and ... Read More
This was our first ever River Cruise after nine ocean cruises. We embarked in Budapest the same day we completed an 11-day Baltic cruise on a large Princess ship. The contrast was significant in terms of size, number of passengers and amenities. Overall, our experience was mixed. Lots of things to like and some things were really disappointing. First, the ship was difficult to find due to lots of construction in the pier area. We took a cab from the airport and, despite being given the location in writing from the friendly Viking greeter at the airport, our driver could not find the correct location (Viking has three piers separated by 3/4 mile). I didn't see it either. A 3/4 mile walk dragging luggage wasn't a good start. In retrospect,the Viking transfer, though expensive, would have been worth it. The ship was new (less than a year old), very clean and well-appointed. The public rooms looked great. Pleasantly greeted by the Reception staff. Our cabin was almost uncomfortably small. See the Cabin review below. The food was excellent. Fewer dinner entree choices than on the ocean ships but we never had a problem. Service at dinner was mixed. At times, it was outstanding; at other times it was difficult to get the staff's attention. Breakfast buffet was excellent with a large number of choices. For lunch, we normally ate from the buffet on the Aquavit Terrace and not the dining room. Seating there was more limited but it was open air. The smaller size allowed much better interaction with other passengers and crew. Most dinner seating arrangements were "locked-in" the first night so while seating was "open" most guests ate with the same group once established on night 1. Evening entertainment consisted mostly of a keyboard player and the bar.....There was trivia one night and outside singers another night who were very good. The traditional Captain's welcome and description of the the next day's excursion were well done, Cruise Director, Oliver, was exceptional. Always approachable and helpful with a smile all the time. The itinerary was modified slightly in order to avoid low river levels. The flexibility demonstrated by the officers and Oliver in rescheduling tours is much appreciated. Excursions were well done. Take advantage of them. Guides were knowledgable and pleasant. English skills all very good. Only real complaint was that all the included tours were large, 40-45 on a tour. We took three optional tours, Schonbrunn Palace, Salzburg Highlights and Nuremburg and WWII which were also large. All were outstanding and worth the extra $. Limited free time (~1 hr) in Salzburg and at Schonbrunn. Lunch in Salzburg included a performance of Sound of Music songs. Be sure to sit up front for the best views. We arrived in Nuremburg early so took advantage of free time in the city in the morning. Time well spent. Remember that this is a river ship and has limited amenities. The sun deck was not available after the first few days due to river levels. This reduced the available public space by almost half. We opted one afternoon to stay on board and found it almost impossible to find a quiet area in the lounges or outside to curl up and read a book. Disembarkation went very smooth. Taxis were ordered the night before and arrived right on time. Luggage handling was excellent. Our one real regret is not spending a few extra days in Budapest prior to the start of the cruise. It looks like a fantastic city to explore and we will be back. Overall, I rated the cruise Very Good due to the strength of the itinerary, excursions and onboard service. Most of the short comings (cabin size, lack of amenities and entertainment and price) were well-known in advance. If we do another river cruise, it will most likely be with a small group of people we know. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
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