Sail Date: June 2018
Our friends, celebrating their 50th Anniversary, invited us to join them on this cruise. My husband gets seasick so we were a bit nervous, but decided to go. The river was calm and usually we didn’t realize the boat was even moving. The ... Read More
Our friends, celebrating their 50th Anniversary, invited us to join them on this cruise. My husband gets seasick so we were a bit nervous, but decided to go. The river was calm and usually we didn’t realize the boat was even moving. The cabin was smaller than we expected, but everything was well thought out. The entire crew was excellent; personable, professional, and friendly. The included tours were excellent, though we thought all tours should be included in the price rather than offer extra charge tours daily that often had conflicting times with the included tours. WiFi was frustrating, but we expected that it might be a problem. The food was good and there were a variety of selections each meal. Our waiters were excellent. A suggestion is to serve small plates on the Bavarian night as the rush to the buffet of the entire dining room at the same time was awful that one night. Every evening before dinner our program director, Oliver would give a little talk explaining the next day’s activities etc. He was just great, handling everything with ease, answering all questions, and providing humor and entertainment. We would definitely do another river cruise if we saw one that went to cities we might want to visit. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
My Wife and I chose this particular cruise for several reasons. We both have motion issues when it comes to ocean voyages, so we hoped the river cruise would be more comfortable for us and it was very smooth. Another key attraction to ... Read More
My Wife and I chose this particular cruise for several reasons. We both have motion issues when it comes to ocean voyages, so we hoped the river cruise would be more comfortable for us and it was very smooth. Another key attraction to this particular cruise was the availability of a french balcony room. With our quick decision to take a cruise, it was great to secure this great room. The room was snug as expected, but more than met our needs. Storage for suitcases under the bed was a huge feature and storage in general was more than adequate. I also thought the bathroom was very well designed to give the user as much elbow room as possible. Our room was well insulated for noise and very quiet. The ship, Egil, was reserved elegance, classy, not showy. Perfectly designed for giving the passengers a wonderful environment for river cruising. I can't say enough about the crew and staff. Very professional, helpful and friendly, not a combination you always find. We enjoyed getting to know several of the staff members on a personal basis. The food was excellent. Breakfast was a huge feast. They covered all the bases. Lunch was light, as it should be, but very well done. Dinner was delightful every night. I had the "local" meal every dinner and was wonderful. The wine and beer selections were more than adequate. We decided to go with the beverage package--it worked out well for us. The excursions were fantastic. Absolutely loved Budapest and the tour. Some excursions were better than others, but we enjoyed them all. Can't wait to take another cruise with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We selected this cruise for the destinations and for the small river cruise experience. It was fantastic! We started our cruise in Budapest....sailed along the Danube to Vienna, Krems, Passau, Regensburg, ending in Nuremberg. There was ... Read More
We selected this cruise for the destinations and for the small river cruise experience. It was fantastic! We started our cruise in Budapest....sailed along the Danube to Vienna, Krems, Passau, Regensburg, ending in Nuremberg. There was so much history along the way to learn and to share with others following each excursion. The crew was so friendly and very accommodating. We upgraded to a veranda suite -- it was great! The ship was spotless and well maintained. We did explore Budapest for two days prior to embarking on our cruise. Friends have asked if we'd go on another river cruise -- without a doubt! We were treated royally from the start to the end of our trip. We had a little glitch regarding our return travel arrangements, but Viking resolved our issues accordingly. We are happy to say we met a wonderful couple on our river cruise that we are now planning to take a ocean cruise with them next summer.....can't wait! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We chose this cruise because of the Interesting ports to visit. We added the pre and post extensions to Budapest and Prague. Absolutely loved the section of Budapest where our hotel was located. The Hilton Budapest Hotel was excellent! ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the Interesting ports to visit. We added the pre and post extensions to Budapest and Prague. Absolutely loved the section of Budapest where our hotel was located. The Hilton Budapest Hotel was excellent! Lovely room and complimentary breakfast. Best breakfast buffet I have ever seen! The Hilton Prague was not so great. Not a good part of town. The hotel itself needs lots of updating. However, the breakfast buffet was excellent. Hilton knows how to do food! The Budapest Viking Host was excellent. He was informative and professional. He gave us great tips. The Prague Viking Hosts were lackadaisical and didn’t seem knowledgeable. The included tours were very interesting. The guides did their jobs well. I wish we had chosen more extra excursions because they offered more in-depth information. Our Ship program director, Oliver, was excellent and entertaining. The ship’s food was very good. Our accommodations were very comfortable. The staff was friendly and helpful. We hope to go on another Viking trip. I love the small boat experience. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We had been considering a river cruise with a group of close friends for several years. Other friends had already taken a Viking river cruise and had nothing but praise for the experience. So on May 26 a group of 12 of us sailed on the ... Read More
We had been considering a river cruise with a group of close friends for several years. Other friends had already taken a Viking river cruise and had nothing but praise for the experience. So on May 26 a group of 12 of us sailed on the Viking Egil for a Romantic Danube cruise. The staff onboard was terrific, particularly our Program Director Oliver Grozner, and our waitresses Julie and Jesse. The food was excellent and the service very attentive. Most of us purchased the Silver Spirits package and the selection of wines and cocktails was outstanding. The excursions were very interesting and educational and I felt that the guides were all very knowledgeable. The sole exception would be Szentendre (outside of Budapest) which we felt to be a tourist trap We extended our cruise on both ends with 3 extra days in Prague and 2 in Budapest, both beautiful old cities with many great sites to visit. Our hotel in Prague was the Art Nouveau Palace and was very nice. The hotel in Budapest was the Hilton Budapest City, not quite up to par. The ice machine on our floor was broken and there was no safe in our room. Returned home exhausted but extremely happy with our experience. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
We chose this cruise for the destinations on the Danube River. We started in Nuremberg, went to Krems, Vienna, and finished in Budapest. Viking does an excellent job with the on-board services. We thought the staff through all the ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the destinations on the Danube River. We started in Nuremberg, went to Krems, Vienna, and finished in Budapest. Viking does an excellent job with the on-board services. We thought the staff through all the stations was excellent (Front Desk, Waitress, Restaurant Servers, and particularly the Program Cruise Director). Be sure to sign up for the Silver Server package (allows you to have all types of on-board wine, beer, coffee, and liquor). The evenings were wonderful - - after dinner we went to the lounge where Viking put on some brief entertainment (about 30 minutes), and then the piano musician (and a few additional instruments) played any requests. The evening winds down about 11 to 11:30 PM, so there is no disco going all night long. This is not a young adult cruise - - it is targeted for people aged 50 to 75, who are physically in good condition to take part in the excursions & sight-seeing in each town. The only 'children' on the cruise were a few college students, who were with their parents. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
My husband and I have wanted to do a river cruise for some time. He is from Budapest so we went on the pre-cruise to have time to visit relatives and explore that wonderful city. Viking was amazing in arranging arrival and departure and ... Read More
My husband and I have wanted to do a river cruise for some time. He is from Budapest so we went on the pre-cruise to have time to visit relatives and explore that wonderful city. Viking was amazing in arranging arrival and departure and all activities during our cruise. The ship was perfect, service impeccable, entertainment with Oliver above and beyond. Our cabin with veranda was well designed and very comfortable. Sitting on the veranda as we moved down the river, often so close to the banks I could hear the birdsong, was like being on a huge canoe with no paddling! Going thru the locks was especially interesting for a first time river cruiser. Excursions were well planned and the guides were excellent and very knowledgeable. We loved to dine on the outdoor patio at the front of the ship. And during the cruise we met a group of fun, adventurous couples that made the cruise especially fun. I am still in touch with most of them. We are eager to take another river cruise and Viking will be our first choice. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
We would go again in a minute! We loved the Viking Egil & the extra special crew. They made our Danube Waltz Cruise a completely enjoyable experience. Viking met us at the Munich airport and from that time on their goal is for you ... Read More
We would go again in a minute! We loved the Viking Egil & the extra special crew. They made our Danube Waltz Cruise a completely enjoyable experience. Viking met us at the Munich airport and from that time on their goal is for you to enjoy yourself! And we did! The food was superb with MANY choices! You could even eat healthy ! Every excursion was worthwhile. The guides used “whisperers” so you could hear everything they were saying. We visited the Vienna Boys Choir school,had a tour by 2 students, heard the choir perform and had a meet & greet after the performance! It was so much fun! We also liked the cruise director’s informational sessions before each day so we knew what was ahead the next day! Cruising the Danube is a wonderful experience! And sailing into Budapest at night is breathtaking! We highly recommend Viking and will hopefully go again soon! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Friends of mine organized the trip and I jumped at the chance to go on a river cruise. I never wanted to go on an ocean cruise, but have seen many commercials on river cruises and they looked great. I was blown away by the ship, staff ... Read More
Friends of mine organized the trip and I jumped at the chance to go on a river cruise. I never wanted to go on an ocean cruise, but have seen many commercials on river cruises and they looked great. I was blown away by the ship, staff and tours we went on. We had the time of our lives! All the staff were really nice and helpful. The shore excursions were great and all the tour guides were so knowledgeable about history and everything to do with the area we were visiting. The food on the ship was awesome, cooked to perfection. When we were picked up or dropped off at the airports, there was a Viking employee to help us get to where we were going and answer any questions, which I needed because I don't travel very often. I can't say enough about this cruise, I recommend it to everyone. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
This was our first Viking river cruise, and will not be our last. The cities visited were beautiful and fascinating, and all the excursions were great, save one. The food was very good, but not quite as delicious as the ocean cruises we ... Read More
This was our first Viking river cruise, and will not be our last. The cities visited were beautiful and fascinating, and all the excursions were great, save one. The food was very good, but not quite as delicious as the ocean cruises we have been on, although we liked the fact that local dishes were on the menu daily, along with some staples like roast chicken, fish, and steak. The ship is every modern and up to date.The service was superb throughout the ship. The evening entertainment was a "piano man" and his computer, which got pretty boring quickly. On two nights, Viking brought in local entertainers, which was fine if you like Opera. We were very disappointed with the value realized during the "Hueringen Evening" excursion, which was supposed to be a local celebration of the wine harvest. Poor wine, little food, and very poor entertainment. When we complained, Viking tried to make it right. Don't let me negative comments scare you off, I still rated it a 5/5, and we WILL be returning. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
So many people have asked me what I liked best about our Danube River cruise, and I respond the variety of experiences made available by Viking. We got to visit small towns and large cities, explore magnificent cathedrals and humble ... Read More
So many people have asked me what I liked best about our Danube River cruise, and I respond the variety of experiences made available by Viking. We got to visit small towns and large cities, explore magnificent cathedrals and humble churches, linger over extravagant meals and linger even longer over simply delicious cups of hot chocolate. Never was there a boring day because Viking thoughtfully planned for, allowed for variety in excursions and free time. So the ports of call were the visual highlights of the trip, and the Viking crew was the pleasant auditory component. From Oliver’s witty pre-dinner evening talks to guides’ riveting commentaries to waiters’ attention to detail and engaging personal conversation, there was always something going on to keep your attention and wondering what joys lay ahead. The only suggestion for improvement that I think Viking could consider is installing more soundproofing materials in the dining room. Conversation was difficult during the dinner hours. Thanks for a dream journey down the Danube. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
From the moment we were met at the airport by a Viking Cruise representative to the time we departed the cruise, the staff went above and beyond to make us comfortable! The ship was very clean, our room was well laid out. also very clean ... Read More
From the moment we were met at the airport by a Viking Cruise representative to the time we departed the cruise, the staff went above and beyond to make us comfortable! The ship was very clean, our room was well laid out. also very clean and comfortable. We have upscale cuisine for all three meals with exemplary service. The events planned for each port were well organized and planned for all activity levels. The local tour guides were knowledgeable and the walk and/or roadway excursions were very informative and entertaining. When the weather was a bit inclement, we were greeted and offered hot tea upon our return to the ship by the staff. Local entertainers added so much to the ambiance of our dining and evening experiences. I've not had such an intimate, comfortable and entertaining cruise like this one! Thank you Viking River Cruises! You made my experience unbelievably amazing! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We booked this trip over a year ago, chose the room we wanted and we chose perfectly. We had room 324, it was one of the larger rooms, a bedroom and sitting room, two TVs, a much larger shower, very comfortable. The Stewart was in twice ... Read More
We booked this trip over a year ago, chose the room we wanted and we chose perfectly. We had room 324, it was one of the larger rooms, a bedroom and sitting room, two TVs, a much larger shower, very comfortable. The Stewart was in twice a day, restocking the fridge, changing the fruit tray out, replenishing the diet cola and water, he left the wine and champagne just in case we changed our minds and decided to have some. The beds were comfortable and you could set the temperature for each room. The balcony was large enough for two to sit on, and a pair of binoculars were in the room. There is a coffee station on the third floor just outside the lounge, several different coffee selections are available plus hot water for tea and hot chocolate. There is always pastries or cookies provided in baskets in case you get the nibbles during the day. The loung is where you meet up with fellow passengers and the cruise director each night, he runs through the next day’s activities and this is where you find out about the included excursions and optional excursions. We ate all our meals in the dining room, the breakfast had many selections to choose from, from porridge to scrambled eggs, fresh made omlets, toast, pastries, fruit, or you could order off a menu, French toast etc. For lunch they had soup, sandwiches, salads, at the buffet area there was usually a pasta dish, fresh made, or again, you could order off a menu, usually from a selection of two items. Dinner was fantastic, each night there was a different selection, or again you could order off the menu, I did have the steak a few times from the menu, as it was very delicious, ALWAYS a great dinner and the wait staff were fantastic, if you wanted to taste something from the menu, but you had taken the buffet, they brought it to you right away, always, ALWAYS there with water, wine, coffee anything you wanted, you got, can’t say enough good things about them The included tours were very good, nice guides very informative then you would have the rest of the day to discover the cities on your own. May I suggest, if you have on board credits, and you plan on purchasing items from the ships gift store, used your credits early, as we found out, they don’t replenish the items, and I was disappointed twice on items that I wanted to get. When it came time to leave, Viking took us to Prague for our cruise extension, they provided shuttles from our hotel to the centre of the city all day and until late in the evenings, every hour, and when it came time to leave for the airport, a guide came with us on the tour bus, checked us in at our airline, provided us with a box of food as we left the hotel so early and pointed us in the right direction to security, always, they were always there for our needs, what ever we thought we might need or desire, can’t say enough good things about the viking crew. When you returned from the included excursions there was always staff waiters no to greet you and offer either a small hot chocolate to warm you up, or a small treat to help tide you over, totally awesome Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
The cabin was very clean and maintained clean throughout the whole trip. Beds are comfortable and the food was excellent. Service provided by the crew members was beyond my expectation. I really wish to give 10 stars out of 5 - I would ... Read More
The cabin was very clean and maintained clean throughout the whole trip. Beds are comfortable and the food was excellent. Service provided by the crew members was beyond my expectation. I really wish to give 10 stars out of 5 - I would definitely recommend Viking Cruise to anyone who is considering sailing. The cruise ship sails so smoothly that you can't even realize that it is sailing. Food was served fast during lunch and dinner and you get to experience local food which I thought awesome. All the excursions were very organized and done in a professional manner. Every crew members are very open to helping you throughout the trip. If I were to sail again, I would definitely go with Viking. Much thanks to Carl and Timhomir who helped us in every way on Viking Egil from Nov 18-25. The trip was flawless because of you. Thank you. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2017
We ,brother and sisters decided to spend Thanksgiving together something we had not done since we were children. We loved the beautiful sites, Nuremberg, Vienna ,Budapest, and shopping the Christmas Markets. The special touches provided by ... Read More
We ,brother and sisters decided to spend Thanksgiving together something we had not done since we were children. We loved the beautiful sites, Nuremberg, Vienna ,Budapest, and shopping the Christmas Markets. The special touches provided by the staff were appreciated. Each morning the ship staff would greet us , handed us each a bottle of water and an umbrella if needed as we departed for the day's included excursions. When we returned, a ship staff person would welcome us back and serve us a treat which was representative of the area. The lectures were interesting and the entertainment was enjoyable. We had a great American Thanksgiving dinner. All the food, breakfast, lunch and dinner,was delicious. Cookies , coffee and hot tea was available all day long .All the service staff were attentive and friendly. Since the ship was small , we felt we were traveling with friends. We look forward to cruising on another Viking cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
As frequent PBS viewers, we saw many Viking commercials and always wanted to take a river cruise. This cruise met (and exceeded) all our expectations. The weather was a bit cold in November, but the smaller crowds in the cities visited ... Read More
As frequent PBS viewers, we saw many Viking commercials and always wanted to take a river cruise. This cruise met (and exceeded) all our expectations. The weather was a bit cold in November, but the smaller crowds in the cities visited and lower pricing more than made up for the need to dress in layers. We spent a couple of days in Budapest before embarking on the ship and arranged for a layover in Amsterdam on the way home. Both were well worth the added time and the Viking tour bookers were very helpful in arranging the necessary flights. As for the cruise itself, we can't say enough about how organized the trip was and the Viking staff was simply superb. We are already planning our next Viking cruise. We have travelled extensively with various tour companies, but Viking was hands-down the best--just the right amount of chaperoned city tours with plenty of free time. Well done Viking! We will be back. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
Loved the itinerary and especially wanted to return to Budapest having been there 30 years ago when it was still Communist. I also am of Hungarian heritage. Also, the rest of the itinerary appealed to me and I wanted to cruise the ... Read More
Loved the itinerary and especially wanted to return to Budapest having been there 30 years ago when it was still Communist. I also am of Hungarian heritage. Also, the rest of the itinerary appealed to me and I wanted to cruise the Danube. This was my third river cruise on Viking and they never disappoint. I am now planning a Viking ocean cruise. As you can see, I’m committed! The Egil was beautiful, the staff amazing, the food wonderful, and the tours very,very good. I’ve done the Paris to Normandy cruise, Amsterdam to Basal, and this Nuremberg to Budapest. I can’t pick my favorite since each one was incredibly good. I have told many people about my trips and extolled Viking’s praises. In fact, to date, I have nothing negative to say about any of my experiences. I would very highly recommend Viking cruises to anyone at any time. thank you. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
This was an early November cruise and the temps were terrific at the start and got cooler as we headed north. It was fun to enjoy some of the Christmas markets that had already opened. Make sure to enjoy the Gluhwein. It is wonderful! ... Read More
This was an early November cruise and the temps were terrific at the start and got cooler as we headed north. It was fun to enjoy some of the Christmas markets that had already opened. Make sure to enjoy the Gluhwein. It is wonderful! Right from the beginning the crew made you feel welcome and cared for. We arrived early in the day and had our room within a half hour. The food was really good at every meal. We met some wonderful people and have stayed connected with a few couples and plan to cruise with them in the future. This was my first Viking River cruise and it will not be the last. Everything was great and I cannot add anything that would have made it better. We added our own AirBnB at the beginning and end of the tour - Loved the extra time in Budapest, enjoyed touring Buda & Pest and taking in the baths. We purchased a Budapest card and travelled everywhere on public transit. We also enjoyed Nurmberg and a day trip to Rothenburg with a few extended days afterward - we added a hotel right near the walled city - Holiday Inn Express. Perfect Location.. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2017
This was our second Viking Cruise. After the first we were hooked! Only on viking do you get the utmost superior service. The ships are pristine and inviting. Our cabin although small had every amenity we could have needed. The daily ... Read More
This was our second Viking Cruise. After the first we were hooked! Only on viking do you get the utmost superior service. The ships are pristine and inviting. Our cabin although small had every amenity we could have needed. The daily cultural food choices only enhance your cruise. We wouldn't dare miss our evening gathering with our Cruise Director to hear what tomorrow held in store for us! As for service, well it speaks for itself. Within 24 hours, our Headwaiter, our table waiter, the Cruise Director, and the bartender knew our names and our preferences. I have food allergies and they never missed a beat. Our cabin maids within one day knew our morning and daily schedules and we were never bothered by uninvited knocks on the door but miraculously our cabin was neat and tidied whenever we returned from scheduled or unscheduled excursions. Even on off-boat excursions, our Head Waiter would meet me at the door to tell me what not to eat at our available meal stops. Wow. They are over the top. This is big business to them and their waitstaff. They are professionals and it shows in every little detail they do not miss. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We have been thorough Europe, but never had the opportunity to experience an ambling cruise from Prague to Budapest. Looking and the brochures, this cruise looked like a wonderful opportunity to travel uninterrupted with a 5 star line. WE ... Read More
We have been thorough Europe, but never had the opportunity to experience an ambling cruise from Prague to Budapest. Looking and the brochures, this cruise looked like a wonderful opportunity to travel uninterrupted with a 5 star line. WE WEREN'T DISAPPOINTMENT! From the moment Viking met us at the Prague airport till the moment we were personally escorted to the security line at the Budapest airport, we were immersed in Viking's special treatment of their guests. Small ship (less than 195 travelers) made it idyllic to get to know your companions and yet not feel crowded nor rushed. Staff was so friendly and went out of their way to accommodate your requests. Food was spectacular, and so were the wines served from the regions we were cruising in. The Egil was fairly new, and the cabins were comfortable and spacious. If you like small ships with excellent service and a thoughtful itinerary, this is the way to go! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
We wanted to see Budapest, Vienna and Prague. The service on the Egil was supreme. There was a lot of attention to details .All the staff starting with the cabin steward to the servers in the Dining room and the bartender were very ... Read More
We wanted to see Budapest, Vienna and Prague. The service on the Egil was supreme. There was a lot of attention to details .All the staff starting with the cabin steward to the servers in the Dining room and the bartender were very professional and personable. The wine steward in the dining room was knowledgeable and helpful. The cruise director was the best we have ever had, he was entertaining, fun and very knowledgeable. We liked being able to get off the ship daily and loved the walking tours, most excursions and or guided tours. We would have liked more variety for entertainment in the evening. The only thing we did not like was the farewell dinner. We were not told that it would be late and a long drive to the venue. The entertainment was good but the room was too small and way too noisy. Anyone sitting at the back could neither see nor hear the entertainers. The food was not up to Viking standard and was served by surly waitresses. Getting back to the hotel at 11 PM was way too late for people having to catch an early flight in the morning so value for money = very poor. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
Overall, Viking provided a top notch experience. Lovely ship, very friendly staff, good food and we met some great co-passengers. Viking had EVERYTHING well organized and there were no glitches. The staff were ALL very friendly and ... Read More
Overall, Viking provided a top notch experience. Lovely ship, very friendly staff, good food and we met some great co-passengers. Viking had EVERYTHING well organized and there were no glitches. The staff were ALL very friendly and accommodating. We often took advantage of eating somewhat lighter fare in the Casual dining area in the front of the ship, which had outdoor seating. The food was very good in general. It was Very relaxing to sit and watch the riverside slide by. The Only thing I wasn’t crazy about was going through the many locks— a bit claustrophobic. My husband didn’t seem to mind. Having done several ocean cruises in the past, we enjoyed this change of pace and would love to do another Viking river cruise. A river cruise is very different experience—not much entertainment, no pool, no fitness center, no gambling etc. However, we did mind that a bit. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2017
We decided to take the Danube cruise because we had never been to Vienna, Budapest or any of the other cities on the cruise. I have been to the upper reaches of the Danube from the Black Forest to Ulm, but never to Nuremberg or ... Read More
We decided to take the Danube cruise because we had never been to Vienna, Budapest or any of the other cities on the cruise. I have been to the upper reaches of the Danube from the Black Forest to Ulm, but never to Nuremberg or downstream. The food and beverages choices on the Elig were excellent The optional tours were fine with me. As a person interested in World War II history, I especially liked the Nuremberg history tour. Anthony and the rest of the staff were excellent. They were very personable and helpful. We would like to have spent more time in Vienna, but we took care of that by flying to Vienna a few days earlier before the cruise, then taking a train to Budapest where the VIking representative met us at the train station to bring us to the Elig. Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful experience. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
This was our first, but not last, river cruise. Have been on ocean cruises before and enjoyed them, but fell in love with the slow pace, small ship, and no crowds of the river cruise experience. Viking is terrific! The ship was ... Read More
This was our first, but not last, river cruise. Have been on ocean cruises before and enjoyed them, but fell in love with the slow pace, small ship, and no crowds of the river cruise experience. Viking is terrific! The ship was delightful, crew was outstanding, good food and nice fellow passengers (mostly Americans and British). Viking has everything organized to a "T." Local guides, buses when required; everything on time and very well done. We had a suite, which was a super extra splurge. Probably wouldn't do that again because of expense, but it was nice having two rooms! Also, all the free wine, beer, bottled water, etc. you could want in the minibar and free laundry was part of the suite experience. We enjoyed the dining room but especially the more casual Aquavit. We had most breakfasts there as we didn't want more than yogurt, fruit etc. The dining room offers just about anything you could want for breakfast. All the food was very good! We did both pre-and post-cruise extensions and the Viking staff in the hotels are very helpful. If you want lots of on board activities, etc. this is not for you. But if you want a lovely relaxing time, we highly recommend it. Looking forward to another. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
I chose this cruise with the assistance of my travel agent. I had never been on a river cruise and this one began in Budapest which I had always wanted to visit. I was initially surprised that the cabin was small. I would have liked a ... Read More
I chose this cruise with the assistance of my travel agent. I had never been on a river cruise and this one began in Budapest which I had always wanted to visit. I was initially surprised that the cabin was small. I would have liked a larger cabin. Nevertheless, my traveling companion and I adjusted. The introduction to the cruise by the Program Director, Oliver Deak, was really informative and I was looking forward to our excursions. They did not disappoint. The excursions were well- organized. They were informative and the guides were knowledgeable. I was able to appreciate each city for itself. The trip to Gottweig Abby in Passau was especially good. Whether it was breakfast on the Aquavit Terrace or dinner in the Restaurant, the food was excellent. No matter what cuisine was being served at dinner, it was a winner. I liked the coffee bar outside of the Lounge. It was available any time. The German night dinner was so good. All of the food associated with German cuisine was available. The staff was wonderful. They were ready to serve all the time. They got to know you and what you liked and were ready with whatever it was when you sat down. The servers in the Restaurant were really excellent. It made dining a pleasure. I liked it so much, I am going to book two (2) more cruises next year. Read Less
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