Sail Date: June 2016
From pick up at the airport in Prague until drop-off at the airport in Paris, we were treated like royalty. The crew is excellent, from room stewards to captain. I was worried there would be too much down time while on the boat. Just the ... Read More
From pick up at the airport in Prague until drop-off at the airport in Paris, we were treated like royalty. The crew is excellent, from room stewards to captain. I was worried there would be too much down time while on the boat. Just the opposite. There was always an activity to join if you wished. Ship accommodations were five star. Bus drivers were friendly, and took passenger safety very seriously. Tours were well managed and guides were very knowledgeable. If I were to make changes to our itenarary, it would be to NOT do as many extra excursions. We would have enjoyed just wandering the locations on our own after the tours if we had planned more free time for ourselves. Our cruise director, Claudia, was a gem. So thoughtful yet fun. Can't believe the skill of the Captain taking us under bridges at a very high water mark. Michael, the Hotel Manager, made every sailing moment a fun experience. Four thumbs ups from this pair of Viking Cruisers! Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2016
Some friends asked if we would join them on this cruise and we had been wanting to try one. The cruise was a lot more relaxed than being on a large ship. It was nice being just steps away from the lounge and dining areas rather than ... Read More
Some friends asked if we would join them on this cruise and we had been wanting to try one. The cruise was a lot more relaxed than being on a large ship. It was nice being just steps away from the lounge and dining areas rather than traversing a lengthy ship. The service and staff was exceptional. The food was good, the free wine and beer with dinner was great, and the entertainment was adequate (usually a singer/pianist in the lounge). The cabin and bath were spacious enough. The cruise director (?) was hilarious and very informative regarding the history of the ports we were to visit. The only disappointment was missing an entire port due to a weather-related issue (not being able to get under a bridge, thus losing a day's itinerary. Although I did learn to make towel animals that day!) It would have been nice to receive some kind of recompense. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2016
This was my wife and my first river cruise, as it was for my in-laws and their two friends who traveled along with us. It will definitely not be our last cruise with Viking! My wife and I are both in our early to mid 50's and have ... Read More
This was my wife and my first river cruise, as it was for my in-laws and their two friends who traveled along with us. It will definitely not be our last cruise with Viking! My wife and I are both in our early to mid 50's and have reasonably extensive travel experience. Our traveling companions were in their mid to late 70's. There is simply not a bad thing to say about the entire trip. It started with the agent at Viking who was friendly and very attentive at helping with all of our booking. We had lots of questions since this was our first cruise. It could not have been any more of a smooth and easy process. We opted for a two-day pre-cruise extension in Budapest. We met our connection easily at the airport who took us to the hotel. The hotel itself (Corinthia) was spectacular as was the service by all of the staff. There was a desk manned by Viking in the lobby during our stay to answer any questions. Boarding the boat was hassle free. The room was clean and more than adequate for our needs. For the next 8 days we enjoyed non-stop continuous superb service by every single member of the crew. The food was excellent and we can’t say enough good things about our service staff. They felt like family by the end of the cruise. The cruise director was humorous, friendly, and always helpful. All of the side excursion were incredibly well planned, enjoyable, and with highly professional and interesting guides. As we had read in advance, navigating this part of the Danube river is highly dependent on the recent rain activity. Water levels either too high or too low can cause problems. This was the case for one small portion of our trip which required a slight deviation from our itinerary. That said, as we had also read before our trip, Viking and the crew did a spectacular job of making accommodations. Our party, and I sense almost universally the remainder of the passengers, were more than satisfied with the arrangements. We are already planning our next Viking cruise and would leave tomorrow if we could. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2016
Viking has a great reputation. The cruise was great from start to finish. The design of the ship was very appealing. Our cabin was spacious and truly designed well. There was a place for everything...and everything was in its place. ... Read More
Viking has a great reputation. The cruise was great from start to finish. The design of the ship was very appealing. Our cabin was spacious and truly designed well. There was a place for everything...and everything was in its place. The dining was outstanding. The waitstaff new our names and favorite drinks. We enjoyed the variety of the food each day. The meals were beautifully presented and and tasty. The service was excellent. The staff made us feel special. We enjoyed the ports and the included shore excursions. If was truly a relaxing vacation from start to finish. Our room was cleaned spotlessly each day. The German night was a true highlight of the trip. We enjoyed getting to try the multiple types of German food and wines that were offered. The last night's dinner was an amazing meal from start to finish. I am a true foodie...the cruise met all my expectations. We enjoyed having the outdoor buffet option for lunch as well. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2016
Our friends asked if we wanted to go with them on this particular river cruise and, as we had never tried a river cruise and wanted to, it afforded the perfect excuse to go. It was more relaxing than the large cruise ships, the food was ... Read More
Our friends asked if we wanted to go with them on this particular river cruise and, as we had never tried a river cruise and wanted to, it afforded the perfect excuse to go. It was more relaxing than the large cruise ships, the food was very good, and the staff was superb. The only downfall on our cruise was missing a whole port due to river depth issues. Our friends missed a tour they were looking forward to experiencing. (They were reimbursed, of course, but the rest of us missed our included city tour of the town we were not able to see and have not yet had any reimbursement.). As with most tours, there does not seem to be enough time to see what there is to see (ie, a WWII tour where we were told we only had enough time to see one floor of the six floors of the exhibit.) Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2016
Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze (though be sure to buy airfare or transfers directly through Viking because they make it absolutely painless). The ship was so comfortable, and the staff were top-notch and professional. It ... Read More
Embarkation and disembarkation were a breeze (though be sure to buy airfare or transfers directly through Viking because they make it absolutely painless). The ship was so comfortable, and the staff were top-notch and professional. It was so relaxing. The food was PHENOMENAL. The ports of call were wonderful, and it was very nice to not have to pay for each and every excursion (as compared to ocean cruises which my hubby and I frequently go on). The only downside is that my hubby and I are very active but the boat doesn't have a gym. It only has a walking track so I would walk 2-5 miles per day, but it's hardly the normal exercise I get at the gym. The cabin was very comfortable; it was very nice to be able to leave the balcony door open at night and get a cool river breeze. Lastly, the other passengers were delightful. We had a wonderful time and would definitely go again. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2016
We explored the city before we left, had an awesome view at night. Great service from everyone. Excellent food, great tours and guides. The room was perfect ... Clean, comfortable, and great views. The staff was amazing... From the Captain ... Read More
We explored the city before we left, had an awesome view at night. Great service from everyone. Excellent food, great tours and guides. The room was perfect ... Clean, comfortable, and great views. The staff was amazing... From the Captain to the chef and all in between. The cities visited were amazing with views and history. The lounge was a great place to meet others. Having a choice on food between formal dining and relaxed area was perfect. The tours were a great time. Local experts , the individual radio broadcast made it so easy. The entire trip was relaxing and entertaining. Without question this was the best time I have had on any trip. Well worth the price The cruise director was such a hit. He remembered my name the entire trip, funny and informative ... He was a true delight. I wasn't prepared for the cool temps but they had jackets for sale ... Read Less
Sail Date: June 2016
The Viking Odin offered the exact cruise itinerary that I wanted. The cruise was a good value. I like the classic lines of the ship. The crew were attentive and truly wanted to please the guests. All our fellow cruises were delightful. ... Read More
The Viking Odin offered the exact cruise itinerary that I wanted. The cruise was a good value. I like the classic lines of the ship. The crew were attentive and truly wanted to please the guests. All our fellow cruises were delightful. We arrived a day early into Budapest and stayed at the Boscolo. It was a great hotel. Boarding the river cruise ship was flawless. We felt truly welcomed aboard. Our cabin was designed exceptionally well. There was a place for everything. We enjoyed watching reruns of Downton Abbey onboard.The two dining venues were fabulous. We enjoyed the multi course dinner at night with the wines. For lunch, we tended to like the lighter buffet up on the second deck and enjoyed the sun. We loved the ports of calls and the shore excursions offered. I would go again on a Viking River Cruise. It was so relaxing and enjoyable to see the beauty of the river go by. I can't say enough positive things about my trip! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2016
This trip included some cities I hadn't been to before. Accommodations, food, service and chosen tours/activities were excellent. The Viking staff could not have been more responsive. Our 3-day extension at the end of the river ... Read More
This trip included some cities I hadn't been to before. Accommodations, food, service and chosen tours/activities were excellent. The Viking staff could not have been more responsive. Our 3-day extension at the end of the river cruise in Budapest was outstanding. There, too, Viking was superb in helping make our "after-cruise" days an excellent experience. The planned shore excursions were very well-selected, and the optional excursions and tours were equally excellent. Because of a previous heavy rain storm, Viking was forced to make some quick adaptions to our planning route and activities, and these adaptations were so skillfully done we hardly noticed the few necessary changes. We were especially impressed with the personal approach and care given us by the Viking staff. The servers in the restaurants, as well as the tour director, tour leaders etc. quickly knew us by name and learned very quickly about any preferences we had. They were simply the best we have ever encountered on any trip. Based on this first experience with Viking, we have already booked our 2018 river cruise in Russia. We would recommend Viking, without any reservation at all. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2016
We chose this cruise as it offered 2 nights stay in both Paris and Prague, and a visit down three rivers with stops in many towns that we were unfamiliar with in Germany. We did purchase the liquor package and only because we are not big ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it offered 2 nights stay in both Paris and Prague, and a visit down three rivers with stops in many towns that we were unfamiliar with in Germany. We did purchase the liquor package and only because we are not big beer or wine drinkers. we definitely got our moneys worth but I must add that the wines they served with dinner and lunch were top notch. Before booking this cruise it did not occur to me to check into the rising and falling of these rivers. I had no idea that they were prone to flooding at certain times of the year.Fortunately for us we left Paris before the flooding started and managed to maneuver the rivers without any problems. The sun deck had to be closed down during the last three days of our journey but that was due to having to pass under a series of bridges and the fact that the river was high. ( this was closer towards Prague) The service on this ship was superior. The crew members called us by first names and the captain joined in quite often with the passengers. He even helped with the loading on of fresh fruit and vegetables at certain stops. The meals were excellent and the entertainment although not up to cabaret standards was very good, enjoyable and related to the places we visited. You must remember.... this is not an ocean cruise. there are no swimming pools, casinos, mega bars or tons of people. Do not expect it to be like sailing on a Princess ship. this is a different experience and one that we enjoyed immensely and will treasure always. We met some fantastic people and had a great time all around. There were no line ups for security and bag checking embarking or disembarking at the ports... the buses to take you on the tours were new and comfortable and the guides immensely informative. I found a couple of times we did break away and go off on our own as some people are very slow. the average age of people on the ship I would say are in their 50's to 80's.. Our cabin was very efficient, we had a veranda and I found more than enough drawers and storage for our belongings. A lot more than on a ocean liner. I would not hesitate to recommend this Viking cruise or any other ones they offer. I am now looking into one of their ocean voyages. Read Less
Viking Odin Ratings
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Cabins 3.5 0.0
Dining 3.5 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 1.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 3.5 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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