Sail Date: April 2016
We had friends going on this cruise and they invited us along. The two days in Paris were great. The Viking Team met us at the airport and whisked us into the city in a beautiful car. The tea at the hotel took care of us as soon as we ... Read More
We had friends going on this cruise and they invited us along. The two days in Paris were great. The Viking Team met us at the airport and whisked us into the city in a beautiful car. The tea at the hotel took care of us as soon as we entered. The bus drive to Trier through Luxembourg was very comfortable and very emotional with the visit to the American cemetery. The food and drink on board were first class. The scenery was great. We had no issue with either low or high water. We were unaware that this can be a major issue. The crew and waiting staff were very attentive to our needs. The tours were informative and just the right amount of time. The extension in Lucerne was nice and again the Viking Team took care of us at the hotel upon arrival. They helped us get out of town also. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2016
The Cabin A was smaller than other Cabins I have had on previous river cruises. The service was great and the cabin was very well taken care of and in addition our cabin person made towel animals for us every day. The ports and shore ... Read More
The Cabin A was smaller than other Cabins I have had on previous river cruises. The service was great and the cabin was very well taken care of and in addition our cabin person made towel animals for us every day. The ports and shore excursions were very good but sometimes we didn't have enough time to investigate on our own and too much time, i. e., Trier, for personal time. Entertainment and activities were enjoyable and food was good except I didn't care for the German food. I was also unaware that on Saturday we would spend a lot of time in a bus traveling to Paris. The booklet and email I received regarding MyVikingCruise did not mention this at all and I was completely surprised by this fact. When we arrived at the Meridien hotel in Paris, I was not at all happy with that accommodation but the Viking people were very helpful. I was on the Odin. The Jarl was last November 2015. I would not want to travel with children. I am very happy that the cruise was only 101 people and no children. I'd like to be able to have other books to read except for the travel books located in the library. I would go again to Spain and also to Mississippi if eventually offered by Viking. I'd also like to travel go England and Scotland if this was offered by Viking. I do appreciate the ease of making the reservation and information given by the travel people but be more forthcoming with information i.e., bus trips for long hours. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2016
we read a lot of reviews and also have friends that have gone on Viking cruises and we have never heard of anything negative. Their website does a great job of showing you the rooms and the whole ship in and out. They also show all the ... Read More
we read a lot of reviews and also have friends that have gone on Viking cruises and we have never heard of anything negative. Their website does a great job of showing you the rooms and the whole ship in and out. They also show all the ports you will visit and what to expect. Everything when you are on the ship meets all expectations. The food and service is fantastic. You are greeted every day by the crew with a smile. In the restaurant where you have no time expectations is well presented and the chef will accommodate any dietary needs. The rooms are kept beyond clean and serviced twice a day. Coffee is ready on all floors in the morning to take to your room before breakfast. At breakfast there is a chef to make your personal omelette and eggs, bacon and cheese. Lunch and dinner include wine and beer Read Less
Sail Date: March 2016
25th wedding anniversary trip, Prague to Paris. Pre and post extended our itinerary. Prague was excellent and I suggest pre-extending to enjoy Prague because the Jet lag takes a day to get over. After Prague we traveled by bus to Nuremburg ... Read More
25th wedding anniversary trip, Prague to Paris. Pre and post extended our itinerary. Prague was excellent and I suggest pre-extending to enjoy Prague because the Jet lag takes a day to get over. After Prague we traveled by bus to Nuremburg where we enjoyed an excursion tour with an excellent guide. We boarded our ship that night in Bamberg. For the next seven days and nights we enjoyed excellent excursions along the Main, Rhine, and Moselle rivers. What truly made our trip extremely enjoyable was the superb staff on the Viking Odin. I would like to acknowledge the following: Rudolph (our room steward), Dada (the bar manager), Jindra, Lucia (restaurant and bar service), and Noel (Kitchen staff). These Viking employees where professional, friendly, and fun to converse with. I also enjoyed conversing with fellow travelers in the relaxed atmosphere of the Ship. It was emotionally harder to leave the ship in Trier Germany than I thought it would be. Paris was somewhat disappointing, getting around via public transportation was rather easy and the attractions (Tour de Eiffel, Arch de Triumphe, Notre Dame cathedral, Palace de Versailles, The Louvre, etc.) are impressive to say the least. The hotel we stayed at was under renovation and sub-par for the level of service we had become accustomed to from Viking. Fortunately the 4 night 3 day stay in Paris made us look forward to traveling home Read Less
Sail Date: March 2016
This was our second time with Viking. The cruise was "The City of Lights'" from Bamberg Germany to Trier with an extra two night stay tacked on before the cruise in Prague and two nights afterwards in Paris. All organized by ... Read More
This was our second time with Viking. The cruise was "The City of Lights'" from Bamberg Germany to Trier with an extra two night stay tacked on before the cruise in Prague and two nights afterwards in Paris. All organized by Viking River Cruises. What can I say? We had a fabulous experience. Excellent shore excursions throughout hosted by knowledgable and personable guides. Accommodations on board the ship were comfortable, staff were amazing and the food always superb. The hotels we stayed in at either end of the cruise were luxurious and well situated for convenient sight seeing. There were always Viking Hosts available to assist us as needed with our daily excursion plans. This was our 2nd Viking Cruise. Our first was a wonderful cruise on the Rhine river. We enjoyed both cruises so much, we have booked a third cruise in October 2017, on the Danube River. This time, as on our second cruise, we are bringing friends along to share the experience with us. Highlights will include concerts and the Lippizaner horses in Vienna and the baths in Budapest. Looking forward, as always, to this next cruise with Viking. If a trouble free, no worries luxury cruise appeals to you... then we really recommend Viking. They are the best! Read Less
Sail Date: March 2016
This was my wife's and I first river cruise. We did the city of lights cruise and it was great. The service from the time I called to ask questions to the time we where on our way home was unbelievable. Our cruise director was very ... Read More
This was my wife's and I first river cruise. We did the city of lights cruise and it was great. The service from the time I called to ask questions to the time we where on our way home was unbelievable. Our cruise director was very fun and knowledgeable and seemed to be everywhere. The housekeeping could not be any better. The food was excellent and had a wide variety and I am a picky eater, the wait staff waited on us like a 5 star restaurant, kept our glasses full of beer and wine. The rest us the crew was very friendly and made sure that everything was a great experience. The tour guides were very professional and fun to listen to. we learned a lot, the bus drivers were very good also. met a lot of very nice shipmates from all over. The only things I think could be better is the internet service and most people probably did not use it much but I am a late night person and like to be online at night. also not much for TV at night. We also extended our stay in Paris for 2 nights so that we could go to Normandy and Viking did not have any suggestions on what tour guide we should use. we did find one on our self and it was excellent. we will definitely be taking more river cruises in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2016
They take such good care of you, they booked the entire trip beginning with the direct flight from the states to Paris. They meet you at the airport, and have you put your luggage next to the bus where you watch the bus driver put it in ... Read More
They take such good care of you, they booked the entire trip beginning with the direct flight from the states to Paris. They meet you at the airport, and have you put your luggage next to the bus where you watch the bus driver put it in the bus storage. I visited 4 different countries and many cities and I never had to worry about my luggage from that point on. We stayed 2 nights at a hotel in Paris (again, they took care of all the arrangements) and the morning we were transferring to the boat, we put our luggage outside out hotel room at a designated time and they picked it up. After breakfast we headed to the bus and our luggage was sitting next to the bus waiting for us to identify it before it went into the bus storage. Once on the boat, they take your luggage to your state room while you have a meet and greet with an overview of the cruise itinerary. The staff are friendly and so helpful, we would leave the room for breakfast and by the time we got back the room it was cleaned. The tours are wonderful, the tour guides are very knowledgeable and some add a sense of humor. They arrange for direct access to sites that would take you hours to stand in line without their prior arrangements. In the afternoon after the daily tours, they had placed towel animals (animals made from the towels) on the bed. We have taken a few of their added tours which included dinner at a restaurant in the town which appeared to be a local fun spot and a great way to end the day. Since the boat only holds around 250 people, meals are served in 2 hour windows so everyone eats around the same time. There were 2 options, the formal dinning room or the enclosed glass deck (the Avanti Deck) where it was more casual. This is my 2nd cruise and because of the small number of guests you tend to find people you get along with and you end up eating at the same table for each meal, makes it very nice to get to know people. We all got along so well on this last cruise that we are planning another cruise next year with the same group. Just sitting on the boat watching the castles go by while having a drink or lunch is a wonderful experience I'll remember the rest of my life. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2015
We took the cruise to The City of Lights- Paris to Prague. This was a wonderful experience for us, so much so that we are booked on another Viking river cruise this May. The people that worked in the ship were wonderfull, the service was ... Read More
We took the cruise to The City of Lights- Paris to Prague. This was a wonderful experience for us, so much so that we are booked on another Viking river cruise this May. The people that worked in the ship were wonderfull, the service was excellent and the food was exceptional. Our cruise director was incredibly attentive to our needs and always making sure that we were comfortable on the tours. The Viking River Cruise was beyond our expectations. We flew from Miami to Paris where a driver from the Viking staff was waiting for us at the airport to take us to our hotel. The hotel in Paris was at least a four star hotel. The next day we were treated to a very nice buffet breakfast prior to being taken, by private coach, to a mini tour of Paris which included the Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower. Late afternoon we returned to the hotel and had free time to explore on our own. A Viking staff member was always available to assist us. The following day we were picked up by luxury coach buses to take us to Luxembourg where we boarded the majestic Viking ship. Cruising through the River along the Moselle, Rhine and Main Rivers while seating on a comfortable couch in front of the huge glass windows sipping a cup of hot chocolate, was amazing! It was as if I was in a fairy tail, the once my mother use to read to me when I was a little girl. I have to say that the Heidelberg Castle in Germany was definitely a dream come true. To complete my fairy tale was the glow of Prague at Night. Taking this cruise in December truly brought the Christmas spirit to life. Each quaint small towns in between had Christmas markets all through the center of town making this trip even more magical. I will be taking this tour again this Crhistmas but this time, I will include my siblings. I suggest you do too. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2015
I've always wanted to return to Europe during the wintertime and visit the Christmas markets. We had been receiving brochures from Viking for a year or so but didn't have the "free time" to commit to such a voyage. I ... Read More
I've always wanted to return to Europe during the wintertime and visit the Christmas markets. We had been receiving brochures from Viking for a year or so but didn't have the "free time" to commit to such a voyage. I became more and more intrigued as the brochures came, earmarking each cruise of interest. When the opportunity finally came we jumped on the chance and went to see our travel agent. Booking the cruise was a breeze and the booklets describing our itinerary provided valuable information for preparation as well as planning our port excursions. This cruise focused on everything I wanted to see and do as well as allow me to return to Paris and visit Prague. Our travel from California to Paris then Prague back home was arranged through Viking and we encountered no problems or glitches. We were met at the airport and driven to the hotel where a Viking Representation handled our registration, secured our luggage, and gave us suggestions for dinner and seeing Paris. The crew was wonderful and the local tour guides were very knowledgeable and passionate about their cities/towns. The evening presentations focusing on the next port, its history, and sights were well prepared and extremely valuable. Each of the markets we visited reflected the food and local customs of the host city. Every meal on board was delicious and the dining room staff friendly and doting - going out of their way to ensure we had a great dining experience. If we particularly enjoyed a menu item (which was often the case) we were brought second servings ... and more!Each meal on board reflected the local specialties. The cooking and craft demonstrations were great fun, My husband and I had a wonderful time and look forward to travelling with Viking again in the near future. 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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