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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2016
We have done a previous Viking cruise and really enjoyed it. We did the cruise from Paris to Normandy & back. We loved Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities we have ever experienced. We were so glad we added 2 extra days to ... Read More
We have done a previous Viking cruise and really enjoyed it. We did the cruise from Paris to Normandy & back. We loved Budapest, one of the most beautiful cities we have ever experienced. We were so glad we added 2 extra days to explore it more. Highly recommend a visit to this city. We were disappointed in Vienna, a blah city to us. Maybe we were not exposed to the better parts of the city All of the amenities that Viking offers are excellent, from the rooms, wonderful food/meals with multiple choices, the daily land excursions included. We signed up for 3 additional excursions (additional cost) and enjoyed all of them. The local guides were very knowledgeable and provided insightful information to the area. We will do another Viking cruise to a new area of travel for us. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2016
It was our fourth fifth (45) wedding anniversary, and we decided we would like to go on a river cruise. This was our first river cruise, and it was lovely, it was all and more than we had expected. It was well organized from the air port ... Read More
It was our fourth fifth (45) wedding anniversary, and we decided we would like to go on a river cruise. This was our first river cruise, and it was lovely, it was all and more than we had expected. It was well organized from the air port to the excursions, and our return flights home. The meals was fabulous,the dinning room staff and bar staff was great the remember our names it was amazing. overall everything was just excellent. We have recommended it to our families and friends and we would do It again. Visiting the other countries and learning about there cultures was existing. We have a new appreciation for the different languages and cultures. The guides were excellent and they were friendly. The people were friendly and we made some friends who we are in communication with. The sights along the reaver was breathtaking. The history and the architecture is phenomena. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
I had heard so many wonderful things about Budapest, Vienna and Prague from friends who travel extensively. And nothing but kudos for this particular Viking trip. My friend and I had never chosen cruises for our previous trips but the ... Read More
I had heard so many wonderful things about Budapest, Vienna and Prague from friends who travel extensively. And nothing but kudos for this particular Viking trip. My friend and I had never chosen cruises for our previous trips but the river variety was perfect to suit our needs, in contrast to the huge ocean voyages. We found the staff of our boat friendly, knowledgeable and always there when we needed them. The food was beyond excellent and the staff was accommodating to passengers with special needs and diets. The combination of guided tours with a great deal of independent time was perfect for us, as we love to explore on our own, as well as spend time with local guides. We are planning to take another Viking river cruise next year. The choices are numerous and there is such a big, exciting world "out there". Viking certainly offers a multitude of choices that include those factors we savor on our trips: vibrant history, unusual and representative architecture, art and music of the area, foods to try..... Who could ask for anything more? Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We celebrated our 40th anniversary by treating ourselves to a cruise. We have been on a 3,000+ cruise ship and in comparison, the river cruise was so very nice, intimate, and relaxing. Being able to sail through little villages and feeling ... Read More
We celebrated our 40th anniversary by treating ourselves to a cruise. We have been on a 3,000+ cruise ship and in comparison, the river cruise was so very nice, intimate, and relaxing. Being able to sail through little villages and feeling so close to the area we were in was delightful. The tours that were included were informative and well done with knowledgeable guides. The extra tours included a nice variety of choices. Dining was open so we sat with many, many different people. The food was excellent and made dining a delight. We met new friends from England that we will be friends with forever. It was fun to meet new people from everywhere in the world. The ship was well appointed and our cabin very comfortable. The crew was very accommodating and treated us royally. Everything was so well planned that it made our travel stress free, from meeting us at the airport to our lovely hotel room in Budapest.Yes, we will do it again and look forward to our next trip! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We chose the Danube cruise (Nuremburg to Budapest) because it visited parts of Europe which were new to us. We started out with a 3 day pre-cruise stay in Prague...one of the most amazing cities we've ever visited. Great atmosphere, ... Read More
We chose the Danube cruise (Nuremburg to Budapest) because it visited parts of Europe which were new to us. We started out with a 3 day pre-cruise stay in Prague...one of the most amazing cities we've ever visited. Great atmosphere, food, people and an architectural crossroad of Europe. We could not have been more pleased with Viking's attention to detail in every regard. We were on e Egil, one of the newest of the Viking longships. Our tours and the tour guides were the highlight of our trip...So knowledigble and excited to share their cities with us plus time to explore on our own. We were impressed by the accommodations and the friendliness of the entire staff and crew. There was nothing that they wouldn't do to make our trip perfect. (Although there wasn't much at they hadn't already thought of and provided. Meal choices had something for everyone and service was friendly, but professional. (By the 2nd day servers knew our names, drink preferences). Our room while small...but who wants to spend time in the room...had an extremely comfortable bed and nice bath. Plus every time we left the room, Ivan was just steps away, always with a smile, and immediately replaced towels and cleaned...we wondered if he ever slept! Regensburg, Passau, Vienna and Budapest were great venues to explore and deserve return visits when we can spend more time... Especially Budapest. It was so different and while we had high expectations, it was even better than we expected. Then entire trip was casual, relaxed and an over all great experience. We will do more river cruises and see no reason to use any other line than Viking. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We choose Viking for our cruise because of the great reviews we received from friends and family who had enjoyed the Viking experience. Our own experiences confirmed and indeed exceeded the reviews. Everything about the Viking experience ... Read More
We choose Viking for our cruise because of the great reviews we received from friends and family who had enjoyed the Viking experience. Our own experiences confirmed and indeed exceeded the reviews. Everything about the Viking experience was first class. The cabin (Veranda) was well appointed, spacious, and luxurious. The dining experience exceeded our expectations, with food, drink and service of the highest quality. The ports and shore excursions were interesting, expertly conducted and thoroughly enjoyable. All of this combined to make the Viking cruise experience memorable, but there is a more important aspect of the Viking experience most worthy of mention, the ship's crew. Captain Chaplynskyy radiated a calm professional aura of confidence. He was ably assisted by his assistants who constantly amazed all with the sure confidence with which they handled the ship, even during the delicate entry and exits from the locks. One always had the sense that safety was the most paramount concern. Mr. Davis Thomas is deserving of special mention, not only for the expert discharge of his cordial duties as our host, but for the extraordinary leadership climate he created among the staff, from dining to housekeeping everyone person with whom we came in contact radiated a special sense of caring. Our tour manager, Anthony Papandrea was outstanding!!!! Read Less
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