Sail Date: April 2016
I enjoyed being on the boat, watching the scenery go by and falling to sleep with the movement. Almost everything else was a bust. Being an experienced traveler, I understand and expect that I will be required to suck up some inconviences ... Read More
I enjoyed being on the boat, watching the scenery go by and falling to sleep with the movement. Almost everything else was a bust. Being an experienced traveler, I understand and expect that I will be required to suck up some inconviences and disapointments on a vacation, but when this is true everyday in some way or another, there is a problem. I am an avid gardener and cook. One reason I like to go to Europe is for the very quality of the food. The cruise food was good for breakfast and that spread was incredible. I can't say as much for the other meals. I would say, if you like Applebees, you will probably enjoy this cruise food. I know from experience that I get thirsty when I eat processed foods and I was very thirsty after eating the cruise meals. One meal was particularly disappointing. As we were approaching Budapest, the Hungarian chief prepared what was called goulash. What was served was chips of beef covered in a sauce. Hungarian goulash is a soup. The cruise included free beer and wine with the meals. These were poured from Viking labeled bottles. These products were clearly inferior. While it was, initially, just another "suck it up" irritation, it became truely abnoxious as we traveled through Germany and sampled some of the world's best beers when we were off the ship. I am not a heavy drinker, and Viking only found cost savings in my case on a single serving of beer per day. For what we paid for the trip, that was unreasonable. The outtings were short. Each excursion involved assembly in the parking lot and ussually a bus trip of 30 minutes to 2 hours. When the assembly started at 9 or ten, and concluded by getting us back on the ship by four, the tours you see pictured in the brochures are often as short as one hour. The guided tours are of mixed quality, rangeing from inciteful, fun and highly educational to a complete waste of expensive travel time. Be prepared that tips are expected everywhere on this "all inclusive" trip, including the tour guides. My most serious complaint was with the double docking. In many ports, especially in Germany, Viking only used one slip for as many as three ships, connecting the ships sideways. If you are paying extra for a balcony, it is a complete waste when this happens. The side of the ship with the most exclusive staterooms is always in the outside, but even those may be locked in when they connect three boats. You pass through the boat on the dock side, and several times the stench on that boat was bad. It was some combination of mildew and sewage. I found it very claustrophobic, but it also is a safety hazzard. There is no way off the boat through the window, only the single route though the stateroom door, then down the hall. I'm not sure how that even passes safety regulations. It would be a deathtrap in a fire and would never be allowed for a hotel or apartment. You end up spending evenings socializing with your shipmates. Every dinner you are seared at tables of 6 and 8 travelers, followed by cocktail parties in the lounge, where alcohol is additional, and is charged to your room. This can get tedious or worse. You have to feel your way around all the lifestyle, political and religious issues Americans feel so strongly about. Affluent, older, Christian, conservatives are going to find themselves most suited to this socializing. Overall, I'm glad to have gone, but we spent A LOT of money on this, and I would say it was a very poor value. We were given vouchers to apply toward a future cruise, but we chose to take half the value in cash. We might try a National Geographic cruise, but not Viking again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We are not experienced cruisers, early 60's. This was our first river cruise and had been on one Caribbean cruise. We knew people who had cruised Viking, some multiple times. We heard only good so we booked Basel to Amsterdam with ... Read More
We are not experienced cruisers, early 60's. This was our first river cruise and had been on one Caribbean cruise. We knew people who had cruised Viking, some multiple times. We heard only good so we booked Basel to Amsterdam with extensions in both cities. Viking takes very good care of you in all manners of transportation, connections and when on extensions. The Egil is a new ship. We were the second cruise. The rooms are typical. Small but nice. Efficient bathroom. The staff did a superb job of freshening the room unobtrusively. We opted for a balcony/veranda. Nice, but we got little use of it. Either too cold or we were docked against another ship. Save a few bucks and pass. I'm not a foodie. Meat and potatoes. I found the food good but not a reason to take the cruise. Others raved about the food. You won't go hungry. But if that's your thing, keep looking, IMHO. At lunch and dinner wine or beer is include. All you can drink. The Lounge became a second home. Nice, all windows. Casual. They don't try to screw you too bad on drink prices (wine- 6 euros or so, mixed drinks (manhattans)- 9). Nobody is searching your bags if you want to bring something on board. Daily (almost) tours are included. Always in the morning then time to explore on your own. All ranged from very good to excellent. Guides were generally entertaining and knowledgeable. Our guide in Cologne was a hands down expert on the cathedral. Knew everything and more. Optional tours are available ($50-75/person?). Most not interesting to us but we did go to some 1300's village that was great. We had a total of 177 passengers. I'd say we were about average age (early 60's). Almost no "young" (under 50) people, Zero kids.The other passengers were great. We pal-ed up with several different wonderful groups/couples that added greatly to the experience. All walks of life, all terrific. The small ship experience is terrific. You bump into the same people over and over. I don't think I'll ever do a big ship again. The management and staff were all great. After the first day they delivered my manhattan and wifes white wine as soon as they saw us in the lounge. I would not classify this as "luxury". Just good, solid, well done mid class experience. We will cruise Viking again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Best Vacation We have ever taken! There are not enough adjectives to describe how wonderful EVERYTHING was! Our first cruise of any sort. The ship and itinerary appealed to us. Every part of the trip was above our expectations. The ... Read More
Best Vacation We have ever taken! There are not enough adjectives to describe how wonderful EVERYTHING was! Our first cruise of any sort. The ship and itinerary appealed to us. Every part of the trip was above our expectations. The food, ship, staff and off ship tours were amazing. The passengers were all mature...mostly above 50. No children...they would have been bored. We met many new people, mostly American and Canadian, with a few Brits thrown in. The staff was a little more diverse but all spoke excellent English and all had a great sense of humor. The ship was new only second cruise,pristine. The cabin and bath were beautiful. The bed was large and very comfortable. Great sleeping. We wondered about the motion of the ship being an issue but we could barely feel any movement at all. Food was plentiful and wonderful. Meals were a treat and never hurried. Tours and guides were Excellent. Best Vacation We have ever taken! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We were on the ship EGIL. We were cruising the Rhine River. This was my first cruise experience and I couldn't say everything more about it than it was an absolutely amazing journey. The scenery, the ports, the staff ,the meals and ... Read More
We were on the ship EGIL. We were cruising the Rhine River. This was my first cruise experience and I couldn't say everything more about it than it was an absolutely amazing journey. The scenery, the ports, the staff ,the meals and the ship .... all amazing. The staff made everything about my trip very easy going, entertaining, comfortable and worry free. The staterooms are very nice size, everything you need and they have a very caring cleaning staff. Everyone went above and beyond on the ship, you had no reason to worry. The food is delicious and the food staff is wonderful, doing everything they could to make meals very pleasing. The food was fresh and had a lot of thought on being good for you. The shore excursions were fun and the tour guides made history telling a little more fun with their stories and facts. When we could, we found time to go shopping and stroll around the villages. The sites were amazing, they made great choices on ports and the guided tours. The ship had on board entertainment with singers, glass blower and other local demonstrations on food and drinks. The only bit of info that we did not know was that we should have planned two extra days. One upon arrival because we didn't embark the ship at 5pm. We missed the happenings of that day. Day two would be for the last day of the trip. We arrived in Amsterdam only to go to the airport. The ship was helping people with car and hotel arrangements to se the sights in Amsterdam. Now we know. I would definitely river cruise again and if they treat everyone, all the time, the way they pampered us on our cruise, I will recommend Viking to everyone. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
I chose this cruise because I could see tulips, windmills, castles, and the Swiss Alps all on one trip. I id that with extensions before and after the cruise. While on the cruise, the crew was attentive, listened to my requests, ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I could see tulips, windmills, castles, and the Swiss Alps all on one trip. I id that with extensions before and after the cruise. While on the cruise, the crew was attentive, listened to my requests, remembered my desires, and waited on me like a queen. The bedding was perfect, even the pillows, and I have muscles that get cramped away from my own bed..We made friends with passengers and staff, both of whom we have remained in contact. As two around-80 women, we were the ship's mascots and well cared for. And oh, yes, the food was wonderful too. I liked that information was provided about the areas we were visiting and not just provided just for entertainment alone. Several times there was singing or musical perfermances that were enjoyable but again they were pertinent to the area. The shore excursions were diversified and interesting with well-thought out alternatives. Since I was slower on a cane, groups were organized for those of us who were not as fast as most passengers. We still saw the most important parts of the shore excursions at a more leisurely pace. Twice; in port, we hired taxis to take us through small towns and the staff was helpful in directly them where to take us. Also helpful in arranging for a hair appointment in port. My friend and I found the river cruise so enjoyable that we are looking forward to a Viking Ocean Cruise in a month. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
Vacation of a lifetime, for a special birthday. Spent 2 days in Amsterdam, staying at the Moevenpick in the 2 day pre-cruise package. The packaged tour was informative with at top-notch local guide. We were impressed with all of the tour ... Read More
Vacation of a lifetime, for a special birthday. Spent 2 days in Amsterdam, staying at the Moevenpick in the 2 day pre-cruise package. The packaged tour was informative with at top-notch local guide. We were impressed with all of the tour guides throughout the cruise. The cruise itself went by too quickly and each stop provided a good sampling of highlights--always much more to do than we had time for at each stop. One thing that's import is that all the docking locations were primo. The crew, dining and service were impeccable and first class. I would not hesitate to go on another Viking cruise. The only issue I had was that of not being able to get detailed itinerary information before leaving for the cruise. We'd plan to meet a friend in Heidelberg after work but it turns out the ship left Heidelberg for Speyer at 2, so we missed that connection. The Viking team made embarkation and disembarkation smooth and trouble-free, from the moment we stepped through customs in Amsterdam to the moment we were turned over to security check-in in Basel. The AirFrance/KLM air travel arrangements were smooth. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Initially we had seen an ad on TV. The price was right and we had the time. I had also heard from friends what a great trip they had on Viking. While there were a few bumps in the road (nothing to do with Viking)....our flight was ... Read More
Initially we had seen an ad on TV. The price was right and we had the time. I had also heard from friends what a great trip they had on Viking. While there were a few bumps in the road (nothing to do with Viking)....our flight was canceled and our luggage was lost for almost the entire trip, the staff was unfailing helpful with all of it. The food was excellent, the waitstaff friendly and helpful. We enjoyed meeting a variety of people from all over and the excursions were well planned and informative. The cabin was more than adequate even though we went with an economical unit. Having only 179 passengers was a real treat having been on cruises with over 1,000 passengers! I particularly loved sitting in the lounge sailing along...it was peaceful and lovely. Overall this was fabulous trip and ;yes, we will probably do another river cruise in the future. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2016
Our first cruise of any sort. The ship and itinerary appealed to us. We were not disappointed ! Every part of the trip was above our expectations. The food, ship, staff and off ship tours were amazing. We were definitely catered to! ... Read More
Our first cruise of any sort. The ship and itinerary appealed to us. We were not disappointed ! Every part of the trip was above our expectations. The food, ship, staff and off ship tours were amazing. We were definitely catered to! The passengers were all mature...mostly above 50. No children...they would have been bored. We met many new people, mostly American and Canadian, with a few Brits thrown in. The staff was a little more diverse but all spoke excellent English and all had a great sense of humor. The ship appeared to be new, practically pristine. The cabin and bath were beautiful but small by necessity. The bed was large and very comfortable. Great sleeping. We wondered about the motion of the ship being an issue but we could barely feel any movement at all. Food was plentiful and wonderful. Meals were a treat and never hurried Only dress code was for dinner in the main dining room and then it was just no jeans or shorts. The rest of the day was very casual. We took advantage of the included tours every day and spent the rest of the day just relaxing in the wonderful lounge or on the sun deck. Every day there was an optional tour offered and they sounded intriguing. We did get off the ship in a couple of towns and explore a little on our own...what a treat! We did our shopping in Cologne. Even though I hate air travel and all that hassle, we would love to do another river cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
This cruise was an excellent, top notch experience. Cruised on the Viking Egil down the Rhine River. First cruise ever of any kind for us. We will do a Viking River Cruise again. Friendly, efficient staff giving excellent service and ... Read More
This cruise was an excellent, top notch experience. Cruised on the Viking Egil down the Rhine River. First cruise ever of any kind for us. We will do a Viking River Cruise again. Friendly, efficient staff giving excellent service and the ship was beautiful and well maintained. Had a cabin with a balcony...highly recommend that. Participated in all included excursions, but did not do any extra ones. We enjoyed having that extra time to explore locations on our after the planned outings. The food was excellent and the servers all very attentive and engaging. Appreciated the fact that beer and wine with our meals did not cost extra and the wine selection was nice and included regional wines. We really enjoyed the fact that there was an informal cafe as well as the full service dining room. We also enjoyed the coffee/water no snack bar that was always available. Evening entertainment was varied and enjoyable. We did stay several extra days at our final destination...Amsterdam....and received excellent service form the Viking representatives at the hotel there as well. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We went with three other couples that had been our friends since high school. We ate together at all of our meals and consequently did not meet many new people. However, my husband and I would not hesitate to go without friends as ... Read More
We went with three other couples that had been our friends since high school. We ate together at all of our meals and consequently did not meet many new people. However, my husband and I would not hesitate to go without friends as everyone seemed very friendly and open to new acquaintances. We were impressed with how worry free this type of travel is. All of your meals are available on the ship, so there is no looking for restaurants. While in a port, all of your time and energy could go toward learning about the area. The food was excellent. There were many healthy choices and I am happy to report that I did not gain a pound. We really enjoyed the ship's crew on the Egil. Our waiters were George, Arnold and Arnold. They were excellent and greatly added to our good time. We stayed on the lowest level and the view was not as good, but we still were able to see things when we chose to. We may upgrade next time. Our rooms were kept very clean and fresh everyday. The guides were excellent. We especially enjoyed our very tall guide in Cologne, whose name I can not recall. In short, we will be cruising again with Viking. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
The river cruise certainly has potential for an incredible vacation. The pace of seeing the countryside go by, and falling to sleep to the gentle forward movement are both unique and highly pleasurable. The final approach to Budapest was ... Read More
The river cruise certainly has potential for an incredible vacation. The pace of seeing the countryside go by, and falling to sleep to the gentle forward movement are both unique and highly pleasurable. The final approach to Budapest was incredible and the Viking Egil was a beautiful ship. Overall though, Viking cut too many corners and by the time our trip was over, I was ready to be done with it. The food and drink were inferior. I admit, I am serious about food. I am an avid gardener and cook. Most of what I serve is made from scratch, usually from my garden and the farmer’s market. When I eat processed food, its unusual, and I’m thirsty. I was thirsty all the time on the trip. This was also very disappointing to me, as one of the reasons I go to Europe is for the very quality of the food. The final dinner, as we approached Budapest, featured Hungarian goulash, prepared by the Hungarian chief. Sounds like a slam dunk, good move, right? Not quite. What was served were chips of beef on a plate, covered with a brown colored sauce. I don’t know what that was. Hungarian goulash is a soup. The cruise package includes beer and wine with meals. These come from Viking labeled bottles that are clearly inferior. I’m not a big drinker, and it was a surprising cheapness on a luxury cruise, but not a big deal until we were in Germany, sampling world quality beer onshore. After that, forget it, it angered me. We paid a king’s ransom for that trip. I only have one beer or glass of wine with my meal. Viking saved money on that one serving, but lost a customer right there. You should be prepared that the majority of you time will not be spent seeing European sites. The outings pictured in the brochures are very short. The onshore day usually began at 10, assembling in the parking lot for bus transport that took between 30 minutes to 2 hours. Their goal seemed to be to get us back to the ship by 4pm, so you see the excursion itself was very short. The tour guides varied in quality from funny, insightful and truly delightful to a complete waste of expensive vacation time. Be aware that the tour guides will expect a tip, as will the entire ship crew and program director, separately. You should factor in another $500 for tips. Where your time will be spent is fraternizing with your fellow shipmates on the ship. All meals are served at tables of 6 to 8, although you can opt out and have a casual meal on the deck. After dinner, people move to the lounge where there is music, sometimes dancing and more drinks. These drinks are charged to your room. It is important to consider how this will sit with you. The clientele for these trips are almost entirely white, over 60, church going Christian, conservative, affluent Americans. Ours included a boisterous contingency from Texas. If that is a demographic you want to spend your vacation with, you will enjoy it. If not, you will find it uncomfortable, tedious or boring. Dinner was enough for us. The stacked docking, or double docking was my safety concern. This is a practice where a single slip is used for 2 or 3 ships. The first is roped to the pier, the 2nd and third are attached sideways. You enter the middle or outside ship by passing through the first and second. Usually, the middle ship stunk terribly of mold or mildew and sewage. This stacked docking required us to close the curtain, making the stateroom claustrophobic and rendering the balcony unusable. They run the generator when they dock like this for some reason, and that is a constant noise that reverberates between the ships. What concerned me the most though, was that the only means of exit during these dockings was through the stateroom room and down the ship's hall. This lack of egress would be illegal in a hotel or apartment. I have traveled a lot. I filled my last passport and needed to have additional pages put in, not once but twice. I understand and completely expect that disappointments and inconveniences are a part of travel. You have to suck it up, and go on with a smile to enjoy the rest. My overall complaint on this cruise though, was that there was something to suck up every day and that is just not acceptable for the price we paid. My specific complaint is that the stacked docking is a safety concern and with no means of exit, eventually someone will lose their life, trapped in a fire on a Viking ship. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
It was beyond all the advertising and our expectations. Our ship crew was excellent and made us feel so special. The food was great. The dining room staff was beyond excellent and treated us so special. The bar/lounge staff did a very good ... Read More
It was beyond all the advertising and our expectations. Our ship crew was excellent and made us feel so special. The food was great. The dining room staff was beyond excellent and treated us so special. The bar/lounge staff did a very good job. The wine excellent and the beer cold. We enjoyed the included shore excursions and chose several optional ones as well. During the walking tours we choose the leisurely one and we saw more than the ones that walked faster. The guides were local and showed us the cities in a way only a local can. Our cabin was a standard and it was very nice and plenty roomy. We never spent much time in it anyway. Would I go again?? You bet, in fact we are going on another Viking Cruse that repeats some of the same stops because we want to do tours/events that we could not see the first time. There were so many tours to choose from and we could not do all. We enjoyed the 1st one so much we added and extra 5 days. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We had taken a Rhine River Cruise 2 years ago and were very pleased with the experience. We decided to take a Danube River Cruise to celebrate our 40th anniversary. All members of the crew were professional, friendly and efficient. We ... Read More
We had taken a Rhine River Cruise 2 years ago and were very pleased with the experience. We decided to take a Danube River Cruise to celebrate our 40th anniversary. All members of the crew were professional, friendly and efficient. We met many interesting folks from all over the USA, Canada and some from Europe. The staterooms are very clean and comfortable. The chef and staff are expert in making meals that are appetizing and delicious. There is something to please everyone's taste. We do not like crowded ships. Viking ships are just right for a more intimate setting. The cruise director makes a strong effort to provide entertainment that is inclusive for all, whether a game night, musical or cultural presentation, along with food representative of the area, such as the Taste of Germany event. We have been very pleased with both of our cruises with Viking. The itineraries, the accommodations and the staff meet all of our expectations. IF you do your research before booking, you will know what to expect. Keep up the good work Viking! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
This river cruise was wonderful! Well organized in every respect. Food excellent. Cabin a little small (French Balcony) The french balcony was great and a savings from Veranda. Going thru locks was fascinating. Unfortunately due ... Read More
This river cruise was wonderful! Well organized in every respect. Food excellent. Cabin a little small (French Balcony) The french balcony was great and a savings from Veranda. Going thru locks was fascinating. Unfortunately due to flooding, the top deck was closed for the majority of the trip. Also, could not make it to last 3 destinations for same reason. We took busses. Cruise line was great. Ship very clean, well kept. It was less than a year old. All excursions were fabulous. Very different that ocean Caribbean cruises. No beach, no pool, no casino, essentially no shopping. Ship much smaller that typical ocean cruise. A lot makes it difficult to compare to an ocean cruise. 2 different animals, like comparing apples to oranges. They are both fruits, but that's it. Lots of exercise doing all the walking with the excursions. There is no fitness center on board, but there is plenty of walking. I walked 40 miles during this trip. Would I go again? In a heartbeat. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We had previously done the 8 day cruise on the Rhine with Viking and were looking forward to a cruise with them along the Danube. We were not disappointed. The trip was to be from Budapest to Nuremberg with stops along the way. Because of ... Read More
We had previously done the 8 day cruise on the Rhine with Viking and were looking forward to a cruise with them along the Danube. We were not disappointed. The trip was to be from Budapest to Nuremberg with stops along the way. Because of the height of the river, the ship did not make it to Regensburg and Nuremberg. They were able to bus us to our scheduled tours in Regensburg and Nuremberg. We knew before making our reservations, that there is always a possibility of modifications of the trip due to the water level. Because of the inconvenience of the long bus rides, they provided us with lunch at biergartens. The ship was very clean and you could hardly sense any movement on the river while docked and cruising. We enjoyed all of our meals and the available selections. We were fine with the wine and beer service at meals, and the availability of drinks if desired in the lounge as we are not heavy drinkers. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. Our cruise was for our 40th anniversary later in the year. One night when we returned to our room there was a bottle of wine, 2 glasses, a small cake, a card, two towels arranged as swans kissing and artificial rose petals on the bed. We met 2 couples from Kent- England and Ohio who we enjoyed time with at meals and in the lounge. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and added valuable insights to the tours. We were given great instructions on the use of the subway in Vienna and had no problems getting around on our own during free time. The average age of travelers was about 55+. We would definitely cruise with them again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
The ship was sparkling clean and recently launched. Our cabin was small but certainly adequate with the balcony. The food varied from good to fair, mostly better than worse. There is a limited choice of entrees but most of the time one ... Read More
The ship was sparkling clean and recently launched. Our cabin was small but certainly adequate with the balcony. The food varied from good to fair, mostly better than worse. There is a limited choice of entrees but most of the time one could find something appealing. The entertainment and activities were the high point of the cruise. The tours, both daily and optiona,l were mostly outstanding. Tour guides were almost without exception wonderful. I would say that avoiding the optional tours which require long bus rides, particularly the first day, is a good idea. It would be difficult to pick out the best of the optional tours as most of them were outstanding. The service was outstanding. The service givers were mostly Eastern European and extremely pleasant, friendly and efficient. We enjoyed getting to know several of the meal servers. I will say I wasn't happy with the first day. We arrived in Nueremberg to find an airport full of people waiting with Viking representatives. We waited probably another 45 minutes and were led to the buses. The rumor was that we were going to briefly stay at a hotel before we went to the ship. It turns out we stopped at a hotel to pickup other passengers and drove more than 2 hours to where the ship was tied up, due to high water. We were led onto the ship but our baggage was piled up probably 80-90 yards from the ship and it stayed there while we checked in. Then very, very slowly with 2-3 employees and one cart, the bags were brought to the ship. We waited and waited. By the time mine arrived it was somewhat part the start of dinner time. No time to change after nearly 24 hours on the plane. Most of this was really no one's fault,given the high water, although I think the communication was very poor at the beginning and why not pile the luggage right by the ship initially where it would be easily and quickly accessible. As I mentioned above there was some variation in the quality of the food. I would also say unless you intend on doing some substantial drinking the wine and beer served with the meal was fine without the premium alcohol package. The quality of the wine and beer was OK but not great, for someone who enjoys fine wine or premium beer it might be an issue. We bought a drinks, here and there, which ended up costing us way, way less than the cost of the package which was fine for us as we aren't energetic drinkers. 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
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
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
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
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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
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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
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
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
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
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