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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: December 2018
Family Christmas cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest....what a wonderful way to experience the best Christmas Markets in all of Europe. A must for any family wanting to share and create Holiday memories. The Christmas markets are an ... Read More
Family Christmas cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest....what a wonderful way to experience the best Christmas Markets in all of Europe. A must for any family wanting to share and create Holiday memories. The Christmas markets are an absolute must, with handmade goods including Christmas ornaments and souvenirs, local foods, mulled wine and great beers. Add in the local history and culture of each destination and it creates unbelievable memories. River locks along the Danube are also a fun and interesting experience as you travel along the river watching the scenery. Viking does it better than anyone! Great cabin accommodations, shore excursions that are included, enjoyable and fun, fabulous service and staff, nice dining and drink options and a great way to see and experience Europe. The ships are comfortable, modern and beautiful. Very relaxed cruising, with no pretentious atmosphere. This was our second Christmas cruise with Viking and we look forward to traveling more with Viking in the future! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
Sailing with Viking is living in a 5 star hotel with a 5 star restaurant every single day. The rooms have been cleverly arranged to make the best use of space. The meals are local to the area, and there is something for everyone. I ... Read More
Sailing with Viking is living in a 5 star hotel with a 5 star restaurant every single day. The rooms have been cleverly arranged to make the best use of space. The meals are local to the area, and there is something for everyone. I love several things about Viking that cannot be gotten elsewhere without paying an exorbitant price. They are: free WIFI, free excursions in every port, and free wine, beer, or soda with lunch and dinner. I felt so relaxed to not have to count my money with my drinks, I also have family that I need to be in touch with due to health concerns. Daily contact through WIFI was such a relief. When I travel, I prefer to take advantage of the local area. The fact that this is already coordinated and included gives me a very satisfied feeling for my trip. I love all of the excursions I have been on! Laundry service is also excellent. Another guest spilled a full glass of red wine all over my very light colored pants. Our housekeeper was able to remove it all!! Some things I did not like as well as the last time I sailed with Viking from Paris to Normandy. They are: the chef was not as talented on this trip compared to the French trip. The food quality was not as good Also, our waiter was not as attentive as others on this trip and my French trip, disappearing during our meals and not filling our wine and water glasses when needed. We did not even see him in the room. Both of those situations were unfortunate. We were with a large group and had lots of fun. We joined with many others on board and had fun after hours in the lounge. Overall, Viking is my favorite sailing line. It is head and shoulders above all the rest. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2017
This was our first ever River Cruise after nine ocean cruises. We embarked in Budapest the same day we completed an 11-day Baltic cruise on a large Princess ship. The contrast was significant in terms of size, number of passengers and ... Read More
This was our first ever River Cruise after nine ocean cruises. We embarked in Budapest the same day we completed an 11-day Baltic cruise on a large Princess ship. The contrast was significant in terms of size, number of passengers and amenities. Overall, our experience was mixed. Lots of things to like and some things were really disappointing. First, the ship was difficult to find due to lots of construction in the pier area. We took a cab from the airport and, despite being given the location in writing from the friendly Viking greeter at the airport, our driver could not find the correct location (Viking has three piers separated by 3/4 mile). I didn't see it either. A 3/4 mile walk dragging luggage wasn't a good start. In retrospect,the Viking transfer, though expensive, would have been worth it. The ship was new (less than a year old), very clean and well-appointed. The public rooms looked great. Pleasantly greeted by the Reception staff. Our cabin was almost uncomfortably small. See the Cabin review below. The food was excellent. Fewer dinner entree choices than on the ocean ships but we never had a problem. Service at dinner was mixed. At times, it was outstanding; at other times it was difficult to get the staff's attention. Breakfast buffet was excellent with a large number of choices. For lunch, we normally ate from the buffet on the Aquavit Terrace and not the dining room. Seating there was more limited but it was open air. The smaller size allowed much better interaction with other passengers and crew. Most dinner seating arrangements were "locked-in" the first night so while seating was "open" most guests ate with the same group once established on night 1. Evening entertainment consisted mostly of a keyboard player and the bar.....There was trivia one night and outside singers another night who were very good. The traditional Captain's welcome and description of the the next day's excursion were well done, Cruise Director, Oliver, was exceptional. Always approachable and helpful with a smile all the time. The itinerary was modified slightly in order to avoid low river levels. The flexibility demonstrated by the officers and Oliver in rescheduling tours is much appreciated. Excursions were well done. Take advantage of them. Guides were knowledgable and pleasant. English skills all very good. Only real complaint was that all the included tours were large, 40-45 on a tour. We took three optional tours, Schonbrunn Palace, Salzburg Highlights and Nuremburg and WWII which were also large. All were outstanding and worth the extra $. Limited free time (~1 hr) in Salzburg and at Schonbrunn. Lunch in Salzburg included a performance of Sound of Music songs. Be sure to sit up front for the best views. We arrived in Nuremburg early so took advantage of free time in the city in the morning. Time well spent. Remember that this is a river ship and has limited amenities. The sun deck was not available after the first few days due to river levels. This reduced the available public space by almost half. We opted one afternoon to stay on board and found it almost impossible to find a quiet area in the lounges or outside to curl up and read a book. Disembarkation went very smooth. Taxis were ordered the night before and arrived right on time. Luggage handling was excellent. Our one real regret is not spending a few extra days in Budapest prior to the start of the cruise. It looks like a fantastic city to explore and we will be back. Overall, I rated the cruise Very Good due to the strength of the itinerary, excursions and onboard service. Most of the short comings (cabin size, lack of amenities and entertainment and price) were well-known in advance. If we do another river cruise, it will most likely be with a small group of people we know. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2017
This was our second river cruise with Viking. There is no better way to cruise. We wished we had taken the pre-cruise, didn't feel we had enough time to explore Budapest. We won't make that mistake again. The entire staff ... Read More
This was our second river cruise with Viking. There is no better way to cruise. We wished we had taken the pre-cruise, didn't feel we had enough time to explore Budapest. We won't make that mistake again. The entire staff cares about you and your every need. I had to have lactose free meals, everyday the head waiter came to my table at breakfast with the days menu. He had crossed out items I could not have. I sincerely appreciated his every effort. I did not get sick once. We celebrated our 25th anniversary on board. Dinner was excellent every night, but this night we were sung to, with a delicious passion fruit cheesecake. Made it memorable. The entertainment was great, especially the arranged "Octoberfest". We went to an excursion to an Octoberfest location, which was not "Viking Quality." We expressed our disappointment to "Oliver", and that night we had an Octoberfest that was great, food, drinks, and great entertainment . That brings me to Oliver, our Program Director. This man did everything possible to make it a fantastic cruise. He listened when we spoke and took action. He never missed a beat. I have never met someone with so much energy. The excursions were well thought out and mostly done by locals who knew their stuff. We are planning to go again in Dec. of 1918 and bring two of our friends. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We wanted to do a river crise as we had heard so much about them . We have done a lot of ocean cruises but never a river one. Flew from Heathrow with BA one and a half hours had to collect luggage and take to bus. The transfer ... Read More
We wanted to do a river crise as we had heard so much about them . We have done a lot of ocean cruises but never a river one. Flew from Heathrow with BA one and a half hours had to collect luggage and take to bus. The transfer seemed a bit long winded, as we seemed to get to the Danube from the wrong end. We had to drive in very heavy traffic a long way past the ship and back so we were on the correct side of the road to get off.Check in very quick with not airport security as with ocean cruises. cabin as expected same as other ships, we chose the cheapest at the waterline. We only sleep and get changed there. We went with another cou[ple explored the ship. tea and coffee making machines on entrance tot he laounge always working except once when it was being worked on. The ship apart from our deck with only cabins next one up was reception and the main dining room. One deck above was the main lounge with a bar and lots of seating. The back park had a small self service at meal times and on nice days you can sit outside to eat. Above this was the top deck fine views and plenty of seating two mini golf courses and a deck quits. We only used it a couple of days due to the weather. Trips some trips included some you paid for. As far as we could see they all involved walking a bit. Viking coaches at each port to take you to the destinations. First night deal with food later after dinner we went for a walk over the chain bridge fantastic Budapest is a lovely city at night, large buildings a palaces all lit up. Next ay trip round Budapest time on our own when we got back on the ship we were greeted with a soft drink and canapes. Almost all trips get you back for lunch. Sometimes lunch is to make sure you get some. Estergom strudel making very good had as much to eat as we liked. Vienna nice walk around town and time to ourselves to browes the shops that evening we went to a musical recital the best i have ever been to fantastic would recomend. Vienna naxt day We went on our own to Schonbrunn Palace underground there, our director showed us how it worked went round the palace with translators tube back to the town. tube abck to ship cost 42 Euiros for the two of us. The ship wanted 59 each result. Krems went to monastry not bad back for lunch Afternoon cruised the Wachau valley it poured with rain and visibility was poor. Passau trip round not bacd Regensburg Easy walking tour walked back to ship for lunch Nuremberg. Went on the WW2 trip to nazi rally point and courtroom. Very good trip thoroughly enjoyed it Overnight and left for the airport at 7.45 the next morning a bit early. STAFF The best and most helpful of any staff I have come across on any ship or hotel. Absolutely faultless always spoke and could not do enough for you. FOOD very good breakfast in full in dining room or at the front of the ship for continental. Lunch three courses or buffet at the front of the ship. Dinner Three courses or buffet at the front. Not a large choice three items every night and three different ones for main. All the food was very good and plenty of it DRINKS free during lunch or dinner weather you had the meals or not no limit to the amount you can have during the set times, the rest you pay for. CABIN got what we paid for our steward mucked us out in the mornings and turned the beds down at night. SHIP almost new could not find a fault with it. ENTERTAINMENT in main lounge pianist every night music we all knew. There is a small dance floor buit most of the time he did not play music you could dance to. Pity. We had a humorous german lesson, german/Austrian music, and a presentation about Viking cruises. The choice of music was nice to listen to but a few of us wanted to dance. Was it good value? Yes Did we enjoy it? Yes Would we go again? Yes 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
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
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