1 Helpful Vote
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
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 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
5 Helpful Votes
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
7 Helpful Votes
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
6 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 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
3 Helpful Votes
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
4 Helpful Votes
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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2017
Absolutely the best vacation. The entire staff was outstanding, but 4 people stood out. Oliver, the Program Director, was professional, enthusiastic, articulate, energetic, and very flexible. Anything he was a part of was made fun ... Read More
Absolutely the best vacation. The entire staff was outstanding, but 4 people stood out. Oliver, the Program Director, was professional, enthusiastic, articulate, energetic, and very flexible. Anything he was a part of was made fun and memorable. Chef Renee, the head chef, was very personable and he and his cooking staff were always on point with the meals aboard the ship. His personal attention made us feel like he cared about my family and I. Additionally, he was a great guide on the 1 tour he guided through a farmer's market in Vienna. Belle, our server in the dining room, and her assistant Ali, were outstanding as well. Their personal attention to me and my family was second to none. We looked forward to breakfast and dinner not only because of the delicious food, but also their smiling faces and eager attitudes. Their superb service made them excellent Viking ambassadors. The only "4" rating was for value. I just thought the costs associated with the optional shore excursions were a bit high. The entire staff of the Ebil made Viking River Cruises very proud. Well done to all! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
We wanted to visit Budapest, Vienna and Prague, and our cruise itinerary gave us the perfect chance to do so. We spent three days before the cruise exploring Budapest, and three days after the cruise exploring Prague. The Austrian and ... Read More
We wanted to visit Budapest, Vienna and Prague, and our cruise itinerary gave us the perfect chance to do so. We spent three days before the cruise exploring Budapest, and three days after the cruise exploring Prague. The Austrian and German towns we stopped at along the way exceeded expectations, as did our time aboard the Egil. Shore excursion guides ranged from average to excellent. Our one day on the river traveling down the Wachau valley was gorgeous and relaxing. A positive aspect of river cruising is having your "hotel" travel with you, obviating the necessity of packing, checking in and unpacking at each new city. On the other hand, the requirement to return to the ship by dinnertime most days precluded experiencing city nightlife. Breakfasts and dinners on board were well-prepared and well-served, but unfortunately room service was not available. Nightly ship-wide meetings consisted of informative presentations of then next-day's ports and schedules, as well as various musical performances. Bar service during and afterwards was fast and unlimited. Last but not least, the staff were friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and all around amazing. They worked very hard to make sure our stay went smoothly, and all our needs were met, both on and off the ship. This was our first river cruise and we definitely will be back for more! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Seen the ads on NET TV - the places we went, the food we ate and peaceful ride on the ship (EGIL) was unbelievably good. The service people went out of their way to help, accommodate and keep our room clean while interacting with us as ... Read More
Seen the ads on NET TV - the places we went, the food we ate and peaceful ride on the ship (EGIL) was unbelievably good. The service people went out of their way to help, accommodate and keep our room clean while interacting with us as though we were friends. The only thing we had too much of were the number of locks we had to go through each day - way to many. The staff officer in charge of entertainment and tours was very good - funny, and very personable. I appreciated the fact we didn't have to sit with the same people each night at dinner - we had freedom to chose our dining table and to review options for our dinner meals. I would highly recommend a Viking cruise for anyone looking for a nice smooth ride, with superior accommodations throughout the ship. Thank you Viking River cruise! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Opportunity to visit cities between Budapest and Nuremberg. Cities were fantastic, saw a lot in the amount of time we spent in each, from big cities to smaller ones like Passau, etc. First time river cruising, would definitely come ... Read More
Opportunity to visit cities between Budapest and Nuremberg. Cities were fantastic, saw a lot in the amount of time we spent in each, from big cities to smaller ones like Passau, etc. First time river cruising, would definitely come back with Viking. Food was fantastic, lots of choices and serving staff were phenomenal. Would definitely return to spend more time in any of the cities on this tour. spent extra two days in Nuremberg at end of cruise, highly recommend it. lots of great food in small establishments, fantastic city. Budapest is fantastic city, each side of river is different. Vienna also was favorite, recommend the visit to Lippanzanner stallions. beautiful horses, see them up close. definitely a must for horse people and for those who are not. Entertainment certain evenings was extremely good, relevant to Vienna music, etc. wandering streets in Passau and Regensburg recommended. churches in all these cities are almost indescribable local guides know their stuff and learned a lot about history sailing between cities was very interesting to see old castles and churches on hillsides On-board dining room staff were phenomenal- service, very helpful, on first name basis almost immediately. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2017
Timing was perfect, so with the advice of a super agent at AAA (Portsmouth NH ), we were able to book the Romantic Danube , with a great cabin, Veranda stateroom 219 ! The Viking people were on top of everything, from meeting us at the to ... Read More
Timing was perfect, so with the advice of a super agent at AAA (Portsmouth NH ), we were able to book the Romantic Danube , with a great cabin, Veranda stateroom 219 ! The Viking people were on top of everything, from meeting us at the to seeing us off. In fact, our flight leaving Nuremberg was cancelled, but our escort made sure new arrangements were made, and stayed with us until departure. On board the Egil I felt pampered by Anthony the cruise director and entire staff. Amazed that servers knew us by name on the second day. Food was superb with a menu that surprised me with the variety. The stateroom for its size had plenty of room, although we didn't spend much time in it. Shore trips were were well done with guides who knew their sites, and answered all questions.This was a 'bucket list' markoff for an 82 year old celebrating a 55th wedding anniversary, and well worth. Plan on another on our 60th ! My wife also thoroughly the trip! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
We wanted to do something Special for our 45th Anniversary! We have had our eye on a River Cruise, so Viking commercials got our wonder going. We chose the Danube Cruise mostly because we wanted to see the sights of Europe. We chose ... Read More
We wanted to do something Special for our 45th Anniversary! We have had our eye on a River Cruise, so Viking commercials got our wonder going. We chose the Danube Cruise mostly because we wanted to see the sights of Europe. We chose wisely, the ship Egil was just the right size. Embarkation was smooth from the airport to our port in Passau. There was always someone there to make us feel we were in the right place. Boarding the ship was easy, inviting, clean and exciting. Our cabin was beautiful & all the comforts of home with a beautiful view off our room. Dining was easy, we sat where we liked and met new friends that we ended up chumming around with! Our waiter was pleasant, funny and took care of our wants & needs. The food was delicious, got to try new things! Always such a variety, and to have a glass or two of wine with lunch & dinner was a plus! Entertainment was just alright, nothing elaborate. Cabin Service was okay, we were missed the first day and had to ask if there was daily service....(our gal was stationed on the bottom floor and we were on the top floor, so we didn't see much of her) We REALLY enjoyed having an Included Port Excursion in EVERY Port. Beautiful countryside to walk around in and we took great advantage of our time off the ship. All in All it was a Wonderful Cruise!! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
My husband gave me this cruise as a Xmas gift. What a gift!!!!! We went on Danube cruise from 4/1 to 4-8. It was awesome, fantastic, outstanding cruise. Everything was perfect. The cities we visited were lovely, fellow passengers ... Read More
My husband gave me this cruise as a Xmas gift. What a gift!!!!! We went on Danube cruise from 4/1 to 4-8. It was awesome, fantastic, outstanding cruise. Everything was perfect. The cities we visited were lovely, fellow passengers were friendly, staff was outstanding, meals were delicious, guides on excursions were great, loved the daily excursions. The views from our stateroom were absolutely incredible. Staff were friendly and very professional. Communication was very good. Daily verbal briefings about excursions supplemented by daily newsletter. Viking knows how to do cruises right. Transportation to and from ship went very smoothly and we even were docked overnight from city of origin of cruise which is great in case your flight is delayed. I have been on ocean cruises previously which were great but I found the river cruise to e much more to my liking although I would have liked a gym and on board ship but no room for these. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We wanted to try a river cruise and see the Danube and that part of Europe.. Loved everything about it food and service were excellent!! Favorite place was Budapest but each stop was interesting. Everyplace we stopped we could either walk ... Read More
We wanted to try a river cruise and see the Danube and that part of Europe.. Loved everything about it food and service were excellent!! Favorite place was Budapest but each stop was interesting. Everyplace we stopped we could either walk into town or they had Viking buses to take us, the tours were wonderful. They also had choices for folks who wanted to walk more and others who wanted to go more on the bus. We added on time both before and after the cruise. We started our trip in Berlin and spent a few days, than on to Nuremberg to catch the boat. After we got off the boat we spent extra time in Budapest than rented a car and traveled to Slovenia and Croatia for another week, both beautiful and very interesting. We were there late Oct. to mid Nov. weather was great sunny and clear but not hot, probably in the 40's. Perfect for sight seeing with a warm coat. We will do another river cruise in the future. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2016
Travelled with a friend with dietary restrictions. Chef met with her every morning to plan her meals for the day. Our explorer suite was amazing. Beautiful, spacious bathroom, separate bedroom and living room and great views from the ... Read More
Travelled with a friend with dietary restrictions. Chef met with her every morning to plan her meals for the day. Our explorer suite was amazing. Beautiful, spacious bathroom, separate bedroom and living room and great views from the balconies. Enjoyed the daily pastries and cookies waiting for us on return from the day's excursion. Ship was clean. Reception staff was professional and very helpful. Guides did a good job of adjusting the walks to accommodate varying levels of fitness and mobility. Nuremberg to Budapest is a beautiful itinerary. We had actually sailed this same stretch on previous Viking cruises-Vienna to Amsterdam in 2008 and Basel to Antwerp in 2012. Enjoyed the ports so much that we wanted to see them again. The organ concert in Passau was very memorable. The captain timed our arrival into Budapest so that the city was lit up. Spectacular! We enjoyed having free time in several ports, especially in Vienna. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
This was a retirement celebration for me. We chose to see places in Europe that we had not been to before. I am a music educator so being able to be in Vienna on my birthday was extra special. We took in the extra concert in Vienna the ... Read More
This was a retirement celebration for me. We chose to see places in Europe that we had not been to before. I am a music educator so being able to be in Vienna on my birthday was extra special. We took in the extra concert in Vienna the night we were there; it was very well done. We liked being able to sit with many different people as we ate our meals on board. We met many interesting folks from all over the States. My sister traveled with my husband and I. She was excited to see places she had not been to before either. She is a very good amateur photographer and will be putting a book together of her photos. The food and service aboard the ship were great. The staff was friendly and helpful when we asked any questions. I felt as though this trip whetted my appetite to do more of this kind of travel. We'll see how that goes in years to come. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
A balance of excellent itinerary, cost and type of venue. Everything was as advertised. The docking location in Budapest was excellent, right next to the Chain Bridge on the Buda side of Budapest. It was quite scenic. Each included ... Read More
A balance of excellent itinerary, cost and type of venue. Everything was as advertised. The docking location in Budapest was excellent, right next to the Chain Bridge on the Buda side of Budapest. It was quite scenic. Each included tour was conducted very professionally by knowledgeable tour professionals. Viking River buses provided transportation from the riverboat to the starting point of the cruise. Also there were two versions of each included tour. One for those that wanted to see and experience everything and one for those that wanted to take it a bit slower, i.e., for those that might have a walking disability, etc. Each stop on the itinerary was very interesting and had both cultural as well as culinary value. During the evenings while in transit, Viking provided local cultural entertainment, including dancers, singers, folk costumed performers for many of the locations/countries visited. Other evenings the Cruise Director and Staff provided an overview of the daily activities for the coming day as well as insight into language and local customs. Although this was our first Viking Riverboat Cruise, it certainly will not be our last. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Having taken a number of land individual and group tours in Europe, including Prague, Budapest and Vienna in 2001, I and my travel companion wanted to experience a more relaxing time, avoiding multiple overnight stays in different hotel ... Read More
Having taken a number of land individual and group tours in Europe, including Prague, Budapest and Vienna in 2001, I and my travel companion wanted to experience a more relaxing time, avoiding multiple overnight stays in different hotel rooms. Except for the initial add-on of 3 days in Prague, it truly was a wonderful, informative and relaxing experience river cruising. I consider every place visited in Germany, Austria and Hungary to have been special - the WWII sites in Nuremberg, a BMW assembly plant, the cathedral organ in Passau, the museums and cafes of Vienna, and superbly scenic and historic Budapest. The final highlight was the evening cruise on the Danube in Budapest. Food service was top notch, the cabin comfortable and well designed and I rate the entertainment director very highly. He was professional, well informed and always helpful in answering questions and suggesting ideas for port explorations. Compared with other cruises (ocean) I have taken this Viking cruise was best by far. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
Had never been on a cruise and friends recommended a river cruise, specifically Viking. Viking staff took care of everything from the moment we arrived in Nuremberg until they saw us off at the Budapest airport. The room was clean, ... Read More
Had never been on a cruise and friends recommended a river cruise, specifically Viking. Viking staff took care of everything from the moment we arrived in Nuremberg until they saw us off at the Budapest airport. The room was clean, looked quite new, and was well designed and appointed. It was great to unpack and stow the suitcases under the bed until departure. All aspects of the room were well designed to be compact but allow for room to move around, store clothing in drawers and closet, and take care of all bathroom needs. Had a nice view through the sliding glass door. The ship itself provided for reading and computer usage in a library, indoor and outdoor dining, a lounge for entertainment and socializing, an upper deck with seating and several games, a concierge to help with sightseeing plans, and a person in charge of all the tours and activities, with a daily briefing in the lounge so that we always knew what the next day held. The dining was excellent, with options that included full meals, light meals, and snacks as well as soft drinks, coffee, tea, and a full bar. For each meal there were many options to include coverage of all tastes and diets; everything we ate was well prepared and seasoned. Shore excursions were varied and included tours of towns, cities, and abbeys/cathdrals (including an organ concert in Passau), a ferryboat ride, and making strudel, as well as a variety of optional activities. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We choose this cruise because we got to spend an extra 2 days on board compared to the similar cruise for this year. We spent 2 days in Vienna and got to make a stop prior to reaching Budapest while spending just 1 day as part of the ... Read More
We choose this cruise because we got to spend an extra 2 days on board compared to the similar cruise for this year. We spent 2 days in Vienna and got to make a stop prior to reaching Budapest while spending just 1 day as part of the cruise ashore at the beginning and end of the trip. We been to both Budapest and Bamberg/Nuremberg on prior cruises. We crave the time on board and the beauty of the river and the towns/villages along the way. We so look forward to dinner in the dining room. We make friends with so many people - passengers and crew alike. Viking always give us fantastic service. We were upgraded from a French balcony to deluxe veranda and loved it. Either cabin would have been fine but it's nice to have a balcony to take pictures from. We've had 5 cruises with Viking - 4 river and 1 Mediterranean cruise so we know what to expect and Viking has never disappointed us. They've always been great. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
To start, we've cruised Viking before and discovered it to be a far superior and personal cruise line than many of their competitors. Cruising up the Danube from Budapest is probably one of the most scenic river cruises in the ... Read More
To start, we've cruised Viking before and discovered it to be a far superior and personal cruise line than many of their competitors. Cruising up the Danube from Budapest is probably one of the most scenic river cruises in the world. It was not only relaxing, but Viking docks almost every morning for an included tour of the local area sharing with us the local culture, and in many cases encouraging us to interact with the locals. It's always positive and fun. We also enjoy Viking's attitude towards it's passengers. They are always there to help and explain anything to us. The crews attitude is "you are on vacation, and we are here to make sure you enjoy yourself". I asked on our first Viking cruise, "do I have to dress up for dinner?'. Numerous responses to me were, "your on vacation, so dress casual and enjoy yourself" (I might add, they killed all future desire to ocean cruise ever again). Our cruise director is always there to explain what is happening when you pass through interesting areas and river locks, etc. We never felt so pampered, it was almost as if they couldn't do enough to please us (not that we expected this approach). The Viking Egil captain, as very busy man, was personable and always happy to explain ship operations, etc. This trip was taking by only my wife and me. Our children are all grown and we encourage them to try Viking too. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This was my first experience on any type of cruise ship. I wanted to see the cities along the Danube this cruise included on the route. Viking created a wonderful experience from the time spent in Prague until it ended in Budapest! There ... Read More
This was my first experience on any type of cruise ship. I wanted to see the cities along the Danube this cruise included on the route. Viking created a wonderful experience from the time spent in Prague until it ended in Budapest! There were Viking staff along every leg of this trip to help make the experience very memorable. From the time we got off the plane in Prague til we got to security at the Budapest airport the entire staff on this ship was fabulous, welcoming and knowledgable about the ship and areas we were visiting! The wait staff was very attentive to the people at their tables especially when one sat in the same waiters area for the whole trip. Housekeeping paid attention to every little detail. The tours of the cities we stopped in were great and very well organized. The guides were locals, knew their hometowns very well and could impart a lot of information, useful and fun facts about each of the towns and cities we stopped in along the route. The customer service on the Egil and the company of Viking were unparalleled! Read Less
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