13 Viking River Viking Odin Cruise Reviews

We recently took the Paris to Prague cruise on the Viking Odin. While the ship and staff were exceptional, I would not recommend this particular itinerary. The cruise had 2 nights in Paris at Le Meridian Hotel. While at the hotel, the only ... Read More
We recently took the Paris to Prague cruise on the Viking Odin. While the ship and staff were exceptional, I would not recommend this particular itinerary. The cruise had 2 nights in Paris at Le Meridian Hotel. While at the hotel, the only meals included are the buffet breakfast. Day one is the arrival date for most of the passengers and day 2 there is a morning bus tour. Very early on day 3 you leave Paris by bus and travel to the ship with a tour of Luxemburg along the way. During the 8 days on the ship, you are taken on a bus tour in the port and then taken by bus to the next port where the ship is docked. You are unable to cruise the river on the ship because if you do, you can't visit the port. I would have like the ship to stay docked at each port so I could visit the cities while we were there and cruise with the ship. This was the case in the town of Bamberg. We arrived in Bamberg and were docked in at an industrial dock (not pretty at all) and were unable to walk into the town. If you did not take the bus tour, again, you did not see the city. The following morning we were again put on a bus and went to Nuremberg for a tour. From there we went by bus to Prague and arrived in Prague around 5 PM. It was a long, long day on a bus. The next morning there was a bus tour of Prague and we had the afternoon to wander in the city. The hotel was quite a distance from the city center, so you needed to find your own transportation back to the hotel. Both hotels booked by Viking were business hotels and not very well located for touring. I would take another river cruise, however, I would make sure it was a river cruise, not a bus trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Cities of Light is advertised as a 12 day cruise, an 11 night tour, with 7 nights on the ship, the other nights are in a hotel. The 12th day, the last day, is a travel day, and for those who have to leave the hotel at 5 am, a hell day; but ... Read More
Cities of Light is advertised as a 12 day cruise, an 11 night tour, with 7 nights on the ship, the other nights are in a hotel. The 12th day, the last day, is a travel day, and for those who have to leave the hotel at 5 am, a hell day; but all cruise lines do the same thing. I am sure that most people who have taken this tour have loved it, but for us, and I repeat, for us, this was not the right tour. Long bus rides everywhere, wall to wall tourists so that one can barely walk at the major sites. Also, I could be wrong, but I think that the top deck on the ship was only open/available for 3 days. However, the onboard ship experience, as always, was impeccable. The lowlight of the trip was the departure from the ship in Bamberg. 1 hour ride to Nurnberg, restroom stops, quick tour, quick lunch, and a 3 hour plus bus ride to Prague, then, the chaos and lack of organization by Viking at check in at the Prague Hilton hotel. The highlight of the trip was the 2 day extension in Prague, loved it and recommend it. By the way, we felt that both hotels were very good, but it should be no surprise to anyone that the restaurant prices will be high. Breakfast buffet was excellent, at both hotels and the ship. Finally, having done the Romantic Danube, we feel that the short tours, all nights on board the ship, is the best way to river cruise for us. If we do another river cruise, we would likely do a similar one to Romantic Danube, with stops at cities where you can walk off the ship right into town. Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
The actual port of embarkation was Trier, Germany. My wife and I took the Cities of Light trip along with another couple from Paris to Prague. The crew were super friendly and very helpful. The program director (Claudia) was fantastic ... Read More
The actual port of embarkation was Trier, Germany. My wife and I took the Cities of Light trip along with another couple from Paris to Prague. The crew were super friendly and very helpful. The program director (Claudia) was fantastic and very knowledgeable of the areas that we traveled. We found that the captain of the ship was very approachable and friendly. We were allowed to spend time in the wheelhouse and see how he navigates the ship. Entertainment was quite limited on this trip but is to be expected on river cruises. The crew was quite good about keeping everyone informed about the upcoming plans for both that day and the next. Breakfast each day was exactly the same and did not vary one bit. Being in Germany, one would think that we would be blessed with abundant German food. That was not the case at all. One day for lunch, we stopped at the restaurant entrance to read the menu. It looked wonderful. It listed snitzel, purple cabbage, and other German delights. When we arrived for lunch a half an hour later.....Lunch had been changed to some sort of sandwiches. Thursday night was "German" night. Viking turned the sit down dining room into a huge buffet. This was a complete disaster. There were people on top of people. Very long lines......The kitchen struggling to keep up. In general it was a very unpleasant experience. Getting on and off the ship each day was easy and very efficient. The included tours were informative and nice. We may or may not travel with Viking. My wife and I may want to try another company to see how they size up. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
This cruise was a gift to me from my husband, to revisit my roots. I was born in Basel, Switzerland and left from Le Harvre, France to immigrate to the United States of America as a child. My desire was to replicate the pictures I had from ... Read More
This cruise was a gift to me from my husband, to revisit my roots. I was born in Basel, Switzerland and left from Le Harvre, France to immigrate to the United States of America as a child. My desire was to replicate the pictures I had from Basel, so this was to be an enjoyable cruise for my husband and I, but I was also a woman on a mission– to see and photograph my roots. Anyway– we were on the Viking 'Odin' which afforded us luxury and a perfect home-away-from-home. Our stateroom was always kept immaculate by our 'housekeeper' Eloisa, and our meals were always 5-star delicious treats, served by friendly and efficient servers. The size of the number of guests on board- under 190, made it personable. We enjoyed the excursions offered to us by our Ship's Director- Dianna and made the most of them. The cruise ended in Trier, where we all boarded buses to our next destination: PARIS! That city was unique! We stayed at Le Meridien Etoile, with a Paris extension. Our room was clean, but we had problems with our room keys the entire time. I still am not sure what the problem was. The city tour along with our own touring using the Metro was simple and painless. I am so very glad that I had gone online three weeks prior our leaving the states and reserved tickets for the Eiffel Tower. The final day of our 'cruise' ended far too quickly, but it was indeed a delight! Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
Our first river cruise. The hotel in Paris (Le Meridien) was nothing special, small room looked a bit worn but Prague Hilton was nice. It was hot in Paris/Germany/Prague during our trip. The A/C in the ship's dining room had some ... Read More
Our first river cruise. The hotel in Paris (Le Meridien) was nothing special, small room looked a bit worn but Prague Hilton was nice. It was hot in Paris/Germany/Prague during our trip. The A/C in the ship's dining room had some trouble keeping it cool during dinners but our cabin (Veranda Suite) was always cool. Most of the tour guides were excellent. Entertainment on-board was just okay. Enjoyed the sun deck when it was open (part of the trip has low bridges mandating closure of the sun deck). If we we do another river cruise, we will do one where all nights are on the ship. The long bus rides Paris--->boat--->Prague and all the baggage handing were a hassle. But all-in-all it was a good, fun experience. Met some great people. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
The Hotel in Paris - Le Meridien was being renovated and you could hear all the work being done early in the morning above us. We had the furthest room from the elevators and took 20 minutes just to get to the Lobby. Hotel breakfast was ... Read More
The Hotel in Paris - Le Meridien was being renovated and you could hear all the work being done early in the morning above us. We had the furthest room from the elevators and took 20 minutes just to get to the Lobby. Hotel breakfast was good. Hotel Staff was attentive. Everything else in Paris was lovely. Vikings tour of the city was fine. We departed for Luxembourg and had an excellent guide. However, our bus broke down and we had to wait for another and transfer luggage, etc. It all turned out for the best because we got to the US military burial site from WW II late in the day and saw the lowering of the flag and hear the Taps anthem which was a plus and a highlight. The boat - Odin and the food were great. Cruise was very enjoyable. All the tours were wonderful especially Heidleberg. Only comments would be - staying in the cities longer and giving more free time. The only main problem was that the boat runs on "German time" and they are too precise and not very understanding (example - they don't wait one minute past the time of departure and a couple missed the boat and had to take a taxi to the next port - it was not us but it was embarrassing for the couple) and the cruise director sometimes did not make herself very clear announcing the tour and to get off the boat. One time the boat was still moving and we did not realize it was time to get off because of unclear announcement (in fact they pride themselves on not making a lot of announcements however this just causes more confusion). I was devastated that we missed the tour and was crying and no one on the boat at guest relations did anything nice for me and it was my Birthday. I felt a small gesture would have been nice and they were not very considerate based on the amount of money we paid for the cruise. All the tours we did go on were conducted professionally with very knowledgeable guides. The Prague Hilton was a very nice hotel with an outstanding breakfast buffet - i.e. Nutella muffins. The hotel was not in the city center however and we thought this was a problem at first until we learned our way around. Prague was very beautiful and great city to visit. Another thing I liked were sometimes when we boarded back to the boat they offered drinks and or snacks/refreshments, this was a nice touch. They always provided water which was most appreciated. No fitness center on board was a drawback. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We had a great trip and really enjoyed all the things we saw and did. Meet lots of wonderful people on board the long boat. The crew was very friendly and helpful. Our program directors was a fun lively gal. Saw so many things on ... Read More
We had a great trip and really enjoyed all the things we saw and did. Meet lots of wonderful people on board the long boat. The crew was very friendly and helpful. Our program directors was a fun lively gal. Saw so many things on the shore excursions. Glad we took lots of pictures to help us remember all the places we were. Although all the guides were very knowledgeable and eagerly shared their wealth of knowledge, sometimes it was almost too much. There is only so much history one was adsorb at one time. Probably would have preferred to have a little less guided time and a little more free time on most of the shore excursions. Sitting on the top deck of the boat while going down the Moselle River, the scenery was beautiful. Was disappointed that on the Main River the top deck had to be closed for safety reasons because of all the low bridges. Thank you Viking for a wonderful trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Great itinerary, food was best we have ever had on any cruise line. Cabin was adequate. Ship layout was easy to navigate. Tours were included. IOverall, great experience. The only thing that kept me from giving it a full 5 stars was the ... Read More
Great itinerary, food was best we have ever had on any cruise line. Cabin was adequate. Ship layout was easy to navigate. Tours were included. IOverall, great experience. The only thing that kept me from giving it a full 5 stars was the post cruise extension was extremely overpriced for what I could and should have booked myself. Double the price of what we could have booked at the same hotel for. Also, when we arrived in Prague the hotel was nice (Hilton) but they gave us a room as far away from the elevator as possible. The same thing when we arrived in Paris. Even though these are bought by block I feel we paid premium for such a far location away from the elevator. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Our tour director, Claudia, met us in Paris and remained with us for the entire trip. She was always accessible, made sure everyone knew schedules, always informative and friendly. I was disappointed that the boat did not dock within ... Read More
Our tour director, Claudia, met us in Paris and remained with us for the entire trip. She was always accessible, made sure everyone knew schedules, always informative and friendly. I was disappointed that the boat did not dock within walking distance to the town at each port. It was so much more enjoyable when that was possible. The guides in each port were terrific. They were knowledgeable, interesting, and aware of our needs i.e. directions during free time, rest room breaks, recommendations. I was disappointed in the lunch that was served at the hotel in Heidelberg although eating with a college student was a nice touch. Unfortunately we did not arrive in Prague until late afternoon and by the time we got to our room, the day was almost over. Having only Sunday to tour the city and leaving early Monday morning for our flight home didn't leave much time to enjoy Prague. It was one reason we chose this trip. The breakfast buffet was great and Bello and Bella were terrific wait staff. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This is my second Viking cruise. The first cruise was a disaster for me as I am a vegetarian and was not accommodated at all well on the first cruise. This cruise could not have have more different. The vegetarian meals were excellent and ... Read More
This is my second Viking cruise. The first cruise was a disaster for me as I am a vegetarian and was not accommodated at all well on the first cruise. This cruise could not have have more different. The vegetarian meals were excellent and creative. As to the cruise itself Viking did an excellent job (as was true with my first cruise, even though the food feel short). Our cruise included using Viking Air and all transfer were handled smoothly too and from our hotel in Prague and Paris. Before we left Lufthansa went on strike and Viking didn't miss in a beat to get us a new flight. The included hotels (this was part of the cruise and not additions to it) in both Prague and Paris were first class and well situated for sightseeing. The hotel in Prague (Hilton) while not in the Old Town was a short bus ride away. The hotel in Paris (Pullman) was next to the Eiffel Tower and on a Metro line. Viking provides tours for each port as part of the cruise (there are also extended tours for extra cost). Since my hobby is photography, I do not like tours since I need to move at my own pace and explore what interests me photographically. I would often use the tour buses just for transportation and leave the tour immediately after getting off the bus. The tour guides and the concierge were helpful in directing me to what I wanted to see and to when and meet the bus to get back to the boat. As to the boat, we were originally scheduled to sail on the Idun. Due to low water, the Idun could not sail on the Rhine so we boarded its identical sister ship the Odin. The Odin, as well, could not sail the Rhine for the same reason. Therefore half way through the cruise we had to pack our bags to switch boats. To insure that we would not miss the some twenty castles on the Rhine Viking arranged for a day boat that could navigate the Rhine to take us to the Idun. The transfer was handled very smoothly. In fact some of the staff (waiters) from the Idun came aboard the day boat to insure that we would have good service. Thus we sailed the Rhine and got to see all of the castles. On the Idun our baggage was waiting for us in our rooms. The rest of the river trip went smoothly with one quaint German town after another. Our transfer by bus from Trier to Luxembourg and Paris by bus was handled well and the ride comfortable. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
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
Sail Date April 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
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
Sail Date June 2016
Viking Odin Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 3.5 4.5
Dining 3.5 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 3.8
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.0
Family 1.0 3.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.5
Enrichment 3.5 4.2
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 4.0 4.3
Rates 4.0 3.6

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