1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2016
We loved our Viking cruise down the Danube the year prior. We have always wanted to see Prague and Paris so the City of Lights cruise from Bamberg to Trier was wonderful as expected. Viking surely has the right formula for accommodating ... Read More
We loved our Viking cruise down the Danube the year prior. We have always wanted to see Prague and Paris so the City of Lights cruise from Bamberg to Trier was wonderful as expected. Viking surely has the right formula for accommodating everyone onboard. The onboard entertainment is excellent. The crew is always on their A game and very friendly. For us, it is the right number of travelers on a ship. Everything is well orchestrated when disembarking on tours so that no group is too large. The few days pre and post cruise in Prague and Paris rounded out the vacation. Our only disappointment was the bus ride from Prague to Bamberg and then from Luxembourg City to Paris. While very comfortable Viking busses, the rides are too long and uneventful and cannot compare to our time on the ship. In the future, we will choose more wisely where there is only sailing involved. We will definitely try one of the Viking Ocean cruises and I am sure another river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2016
BUYER BEWARE!! Viking purports to be the cruise line that takes care of everything for you. You can't even book a cruise on line - you need either a travel agent or a Viking representative to do it for you. They take wonderful care ... Read More
BUYER BEWARE!! Viking purports to be the cruise line that takes care of everything for you. You can't even book a cruise on line - you need either a travel agent or a Viking representative to do it for you. They take wonderful care of you.....Until you pay your money. Once you pay, you are on your own. We paid $18,989 for a 12 day Prague to Paris cruise. Viking took care of the airfare. We left our home at noon on Wednesday and arrived in Prague at 8:30 PM on Thursday (no airline delays) only to find that everyone else on the cruise had arrived at 9 AM on Thursday. There was a reception earlier in the day. There were no Viking representatives to greet us - actually the airline lost our luggage and there was no one who we could talk to at Viking. We filled out the requested survey - and heard nothing. I sent a letter to Viking and got a call. Their representative told me that it was up to me to "raise any questions I may have regarding air arrangements" when I received our documents. I didn't know I had any questions until we arrived in Prague and found out that we were the only ones who had lost a full day of travel. The bottom line is that you will be charged for a 12 day cruise (we had to leave at 6 AM on the last day) but you will only have a 10 day vacation. Other than the airfare the food was ok (dinners in particular weren't great), our cabin had severe ceiling water leaks which they had to fix twice. The staff is excellent and does whatever they to help. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
This was the Cities of Light tour. We wanted to see some castles and go to Paris for a few days. We thought cruising the river through Europe would be awesome, and it is! We could not have had a more bubbly and upbeat cruise director than ... Read More
This was the Cities of Light tour. We wanted to see some castles and go to Paris for a few days. We thought cruising the river through Europe would be awesome, and it is! We could not have had a more bubbly and upbeat cruise director than Claudia. The staff on the ship do an excellent job, and overall the customer service was impeccable. We were pampered from beginning to end. The food on the ship is very good and there is a good set of choices each night. Plus they pour wine with the meal and that is included. If you buy the beverage package then you can order wines for the meal (but not share them with other guests). You can also go to a package store and buy wine (and, in our case, whiskey) and bring them on board. They will open and pour your wine for you at the table, if you want, but keep any other liquor in your room. There are excursions planned almost every day, with some optional ones that you can purchase. I found the tour guides to be very good overall, and in most cases, they are knowledgeable people from the area you're visiting (perhaps from local university) who know a lot about what they're talking about. We would never have planned all of these trips on our own, and having everything planned for us was great. There were no kids on board and only a couple people under 30. We were a little younger than most others on the cruise (50's), with average age of probably 65-70, but we found ourselves hustling to keep up with the old people! It is a pretty busy schedule, but you can skip an excursion if you want to just lounge on the boat. You do a fair amount of walking each day, which is good because you are going to eat and drink like a pig! I can't imagine people NOT gaining weight on this cruise. Some have complained about the bus rides, but I think some folks just like to complain. You do have to board a bus typically to be brought to day's planned excursion. Generally a bus ride of an hour or less. I did not find this to be annoying or odd. There is wifi onboard but it can be very spotty and so you have to use it when it is available, which isn't all the time. This is the only area that I wish was better, but I understand the limitations. Overall, we felt that the cruise was terrific and something that we will never forget. Viking's customer service and attention to detail was about as good as it gets. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2016
We had a wonderful cruise. We started our Viking Cruise journey with an extended day in Paris and ended our Viking experience in Prague. Our dining experience throughout our trip was wonderful. The professional service and kindness of ... Read More
We had a wonderful cruise. We started our Viking Cruise journey with an extended day in Paris and ended our Viking experience in Prague. Our dining experience throughout our trip was wonderful. The professional service and kindness of staff was beyond our expectations. The land excursions ,by Vikings tour directors, were filled with historical and cultural information of great interest to us. We especially enjoyed the optional Lobkowicz Palace tour, It was hard to imagine the history of this beautiful palace which remained in the family, in spite of the drastic events of WW 2 and the Communist occupation. We also enjoyed our extended stay in Paris, from our walking tour of the city. to the beautiful spender of the Eiffel Tower , it's Cathedrals, and it's museums. While in Paris I just had to sample French Onion soup at a small restaurant with curbside seating. It was the best I ever tasted. My wife and I were also taken by the beauty of the rivers and the cleanliness of the river banks and surrounding areas throughout our River Cruise. Thank you Viking !!. . Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
Enjoyed the Cities of Light River Cruise sandwiched between stays in Prague and Paris. The Captain, Hotel Manager, Program Director and staff were attentive for the whole trip. We had 100 of 180 passenger capacity so the service was ... Read More
Enjoyed the Cities of Light River Cruise sandwiched between stays in Prague and Paris. The Captain, Hotel Manager, Program Director and staff were attentive for the whole trip. We had 100 of 180 passenger capacity so the service was favorable. Excursions included and optional ones selected were run efficiently and provided a topline visit to each port of call. Our cabin was on the 3rd floor with a veranda balcony that we nice to have with warm weather to enjoy the time sailing on the Main-Danube Canal, Main, Rhine and Mosel Rivers. Due to high water (I guess), we were not able to be on the top deck for three days at the start of the cruise, a little disappointing but understand for safety reasons. The Program Director ran a tight program and we felt our needs were taken care of while being comfortable the entire trip. Only one excursion in Paris, Montmarte Hill, was one hour late due to the bus arriving late. The others were on-time. We would return for another river cruise in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2016
We wanted a cruise that included Paris...so we decided on the Prague to Paris- Cities of Lights- twelve day cruise with 2 nights in Prague, 8 days on the rivers and 2 nights in Paris. Viking Odin was a well organized, efficient team. ... Read More
We wanted a cruise that included Paris...so we decided on the Prague to Paris- Cities of Lights- twelve day cruise with 2 nights in Prague, 8 days on the rivers and 2 nights in Paris. Viking Odin was a well organized, efficient team. The crew was always striving to make our cruise the best ever.... And that is what we received. I highly recommend Viking. We enjoyed it so much that we have booked the European Sojourn next year, and of course Viking Air also. When we landed in Prague, we were greeted by a gentleman with the red Viking lollipop at the airport ( we also had Viking Air). We were greeted at the hotel by Suzy ( our program director). She was with us for the entire trip, and went the extra mile to make sure every moment was perfect. The next day we had a 4 mile, very interesting guide through the high points of Prague. This was the beginning of one of the most wonderful ... A dream of a lifetime trip!!!! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Just completed the Viking River Cruise "Paris to Prague" which includes a river cruise from Trier, Germany to Bamberg, Germany. The Paris to Trier part and the Bamberg to Prague part of the trip are by bus. Trier to Bamberg is ... Read More
Just completed the Viking River Cruise "Paris to Prague" which includes a river cruise from Trier, Germany to Bamberg, Germany. The Paris to Trier part and the Bamberg to Prague part of the trip are by bus. Trier to Bamberg is along portions of the Moselle, Rhine, and Main rivers. My wife and I booked what we thought would be the vacation of a lifetime. On the Viking ship Odin, we booked a two room suite with small balcony looking forward to amazing views and luxury service. The entire trip was good - but not great. The pros: Nice ship, wonderful service by the Viking employees, good food, Paris and Prague were amazing. Loved the scenery along the Moselle and Rhine. The optional excursion to the charming town of "Rothenburg ob de Tauber" was the best of the cities/towns on the cruise portion. The cons: Way too much use of busses along the river cruise portion, the top "sundeck" was closed for the entire back half of the trip because of low bridges (that's the place you want to be with a glass of wine and taking in the scenery), some of the docking areas were is industrial areas far from the cities/towns centers (ergo the overuse of busses). Viking needs to be more honest with their advertising...this is not a "river cruise", it is a "river and land vacation" (and I'm not talking about the Paris to Trier and the Bamberg to Prague portions)...they use busses at nearly every cruise stop and some of the bus trips are hours long. What my wife and I dreamed would be a vacation of a lifetime turned into a bit of a disappointment...good, but certainly not great. If we wanted to to spend hours and hours on busses, we wouldn't have booked a Viking Cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
I chose this cruise because I liked the itinerary. This was my first Viking River Cruise. The ship was beautiful, the crew couldn't have been nicer. The food was excellent. Our room was spacious and very comfortable. Our tours ... Read More
I chose this cruise because I liked the itinerary. This was my first Viking River Cruise. The ship was beautiful, the crew couldn't have been nicer. The food was excellent. Our room was spacious and very comfortable. Our tours were great. The 176 passengers on this cruise were so much fun to be with. our cruise director, Bojan Bozic, was with us throughout our voyage. He was such a pleasant person and made each day more enjoyable. Some of the couples we met have become dear friends who I plan to keep in touch with. They are already e-mailing me on their next cruise on Viking in hopes we can all get together once again. The hotels we stayed at in Paris and Prague were beautiful. Our rooms were spacious and very clean. The overall pace of this itinerary was perfect for passengers our age(senior citizens). I will definitely be sailing again with Viking in the near future. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Everything on this cruise was fantastic. The logistics were on the mark 100%; Viking has their act together. From the time they greet you to when you leave at the airport they are there to help you with everything. We extended our stay ... Read More
Everything on this cruise was fantastic. The logistics were on the mark 100%; Viking has their act together. From the time they greet you to when you leave at the airport they are there to help you with everything. We extended our stay in Paris and when they dropped us off at the airport we were greeted by a Viking rep who helped us get to the check in area and the security area. Everything was on time, smooth and no problems. You use the same bus, have the same driver the entire cruise, great setup. They make sure everything goes as planned and you always know where you are supposed to be and when you are supposed to be there. I almost felt like we were on a private yacht with the excellent service; they make sure you get off the ship ok, and always greet you with a treat when you get back on board. The food was great and the cabins are nice. I have told everyone they need to go on a river cruise and to use Viking. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2016
This was our first river cruise and my first time in Europe. We sailed on the longship Odin and was extremely pleased. This was nothing like a large cruise ship (which I have sailed on many many times - NCL, Carnival, Royal Caribbean). At ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and my first time in Europe. We sailed on the longship Odin and was extremely pleased. This was nothing like a large cruise ship (which I have sailed on many many times - NCL, Carnival, Royal Caribbean). At first I was a little leery thinking there wouldn't be anything to do on the ship. Well...I am VERY thankful there wasn't big time shows, casinos, pools, etc. This was a beautiful journey where the destination is the prize. We spent so much time sightseeing at so many different ports that we were always tired by the time we got back to the ship. Because there were only 165 people on board, it was very intimate and we got to know so many of the other passengers. The meals on the ship were very tasty and plentiful. I had a nice glass of wine with dinner at no extra charge, which was very nice. The crew went above and beyond for every single passenger, and I noticed how they all help each other out. They seemed to be like a large traveling family themselves. We had a cabin with a veranda, which was very nice, but as it turned out, we didn't really need a veranda because we would go to the top deck to be with all our "new" friends and watch the scenery go by as we travelled to the next port. The shore excursions were perfect and very informative with the Audio Vox that everyone used to hear the tour guides. I can't think of a single thing that I didn't like and I would highly recommend a Viking River Cruise - well worth the money. 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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