129 Viking River Viking Odin Cruise Reviews

This was our first river cruise, celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary, and occurring during wife's birthday. Crew provided a birthday cake to celebrate the occasion, and finding my wife was on a glutein free diet made her special ... Read More
This was our first river cruise, celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary, and occurring during wife's birthday. Crew provided a birthday cake to celebrate the occasion, and finding my wife was on a glutein free diet made her special breads that were glutein free. The service aboard ship was excellent, so good in fact that the Paris Hotel we stayed in at the end(a Starwood Preferred Guest Hotel), felt like a comedown, although we can't complain about its service, just that the ship's crew was so much better. Our bartender interested me on our first night in your liquor package, and then every time I arrived at the bar he had my drink ready. We also enjoyed some excellent wine selections with this package, and I would suggest you publicize it more. We can's afford to take a cruise each year, but are looking forward to 2 years hence when we will most likely be booking another with you. By the way, your Med cruises look very inviting.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
My neighbor and I had planned this trip for about two years and were not quite sure we would actually be able to go because of the severe flooding that occurred about a month before we were scheduled to leave. We began our 15-day Grand ... Read More
My neighbor and I had planned this trip for about two years and were not quite sure we would actually be able to go because of the severe flooding that occurred about a month before we were scheduled to leave. We began our 15-day Grand European Tour with a 2-night pre-cruise stay at the Hilton in Budapest. Viking had done all the travel arrangements from air travel to transfers, and they did a superb job! We were met at the airport in Budapest by a Viking representative who quickly secured a private taxi to take us to the Hilton Hotel in Budapest. Our driver was quite knowledgeable and gave us a wonderful history of the area as we drove to the hotel. The Hilton Hotel is in the ideal location of Budapest in the old city. Our room overlooked the river and the Fisherman's Bastion. A Viking desk was situated in the lobby of the hotel, and we were given excellent recommendations for sightseeing and dining by the two very accommodating Viking representatives. Budapest is an amazing city, quite beautiful and tourist friendly, and everyone we came in contact with spoke English. Just one caveat--we mailed post cards from the post office in Buda. The clerk took over $30 for postage and said she would apply the stamps. However, none of the post cards has arrived to date. As we left on the Odin from Budapest that first night, we were provided with an extraordinary view of the Castle district and bridge lit up in all its glory. Our cabin was located on the main level in the middle of the ship, and we had a balcony. I would recommend it as we spent many pleasant afternoons there enjoying the solitude. Since the bathrooms in the cabins do not provide the level of privacy that one has at home (glass doors), you can retire to the balcony while your companion uses the bathroom. The public lounging areas of the ship were quite comfortable whether you wanted sun or shade. Many people enjoyed the sun deck on top of the ship. Unfortunately, low bridges caused it to be closed about half of the time we were traveling. The tours or excursions were provided by guides native to the areas where we were traveling and were quite good for the most part. Our only complaint was our tour guide in Cologne who put everyone to sleep with his lack of expression. The Program Director on this trip was Lucia (she was filling in for the regular director who was on vacation). Many on the ship called her St. Lucia as she was extraordinary in her ability to make sure everyone was accounted for and doing well. If there was a problem, she was there in an instant to handle the issue. Viking could not pay her enough for all she did to make everyone comfortable! I think the food on board was quite good. Thomas, our chef, was there to greet us as we walked into dinner each evening. He provided all the passengers with a tour of his kitchen, a tour of one of the markets where he buys his food, and even did a cooking demonstration of waffle making with a sample for all at the end. While we did have lunch at a few restaurants in two of the cities we visited, Thomas' food was far superior!! By the way, he is quite a team player. We saw him taking luggage off the ship and sorting it (as did Lucia) as we prepared to depart for the airport. While we were in Nuremberg, we were informed of the Lock Workers Strike and the fact that we would not be able to travel that night as planned. This caused the group to be bused to Bamberg the following day. Since we had missed a full day of travel, our visit to Kinderdijk was cancelled and our visit to Cologne was cut short. I guess this is precious little to complain about since we had perfect weather the whole time and many who had trips scheduled in June ended up traveling mainly on buses due to the floods. My only complaint was not being able to much of Amsterdam. However, there was a large group heading back to the airport at 7 a.m., so our bus driver took a little extra time to give us a very short tour of the city as he drove to the airport. If you can afford it, I would recommend both the pre-and post packages for Amsterdam and Budapest! All in all, this was a spectacular trip, with incredible scenery. We also met some wonderful people on board and shared some laughs and fun with them at dinner each evening. I've read many complaints about Viking failing to respond in a satisfactory manner regarding cruise disruptions. However, the crews on the ships are deserving of much praise in the way they go above and beyond to provide a good experience. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
My friend and I planned and anticipated our trip on the Viking Odin for more than a year. We even booked an extra two days at the beginning in Budapest and stayed the Hilton in the Castle District. The Hotel was magnificent and the young ... Read More
My friend and I planned and anticipated our trip on the Viking Odin for more than a year. We even booked an extra two days at the beginning in Budapest and stayed the Hilton in the Castle District. The Hotel was magnificent and the young people working for Viking, who were situated in the lobby, were extremely helpful. They recommended a museum "Hospital in the Rocks" which was fascinating. In addition, I asked for goulash and violins, and we were sent to a marvelous restaurant within walking distance of the hotel. Breakfasts were included and were delicious. Our view was like the Viking commercial...there was the Hungarian Parliament right out our window. We boarded the Odin on July 3. Our room was excellent; more comfortable than I had imagined. The staff was very pleasant and helpful. Tours were planned for each port. Being a teacher I sometimes felt as if I was on a daily field trip. We passed in our cabin keys and were assigned a group. With our "quiet boxes" around our necks we followed our guides through the ports on city tours. Early in our trip there were problems with the power. Lights were on auxiliary power, and the toilets did not flush. Wish we were immediately told of this. The problem was fixed, but occurred again. Technicians were brought in to be sure all was repaired. Minor glitches did occur again but did not impact the comfort of the passengers for the most part, but sometimes the air conditioning did not work well in the dining room. Our program director Lucia and concierge Victoria were terrific. Lucia was everywhere making sure all of us were enjoying our excursions. Lucia not only took care of our daily travels, but she also took care of all the medical situations. I looked forward to her daily talks about the next day's events and her "Wonderful good morning" to start the day. The lock workers strike kept us in Regensburg for an extra day, and prevented us from cruising to Nuremburg. We were bused there but really didn't have the leisure time promised to tour the city. I would have loved to have been able to visit with some friends who live there, but I was unable to because we had to get to the bus to return to the ship. Luckily we were able to get through the locks and cruised the next day. Another glitch was that we were a day late at Wertheim and arrived on Sunday and most of the shops were not open. The lock strike also caused us to be a day late in Cologne. The unfortunate situation there was that the ship docked in abandoned industrial area. In order to get to the buses, we had to walk across uneven potholed area. One of the passengers fell and hurt himself. Thankfully he was able to continue the tour. Our group had to wait for the bus for 15 minutes under a noisy bridge. Some seedy characters were sitting on the wall nearby. One decided to relieve himself as we walked by. I wondered why our captain did not dock our ship in tandem with the other longship on the opposite side of the river. We went to the Chocolate Museum, and as we walked with our purchases back to the Cathedral area, we "longing" looked at the Viking Longship docked next to it. We could see our ship on the other side of the river. The captain did a wonderful job safely sailing us along the rivers, but the scheduling of buses and excursions was done by the Program Director Lucia and Victoria with the help of their staff. Housekeeping kept our rooms clean and comfortable. Chef Thomas and his staff fed us well. The waitstaff was excellent. I loved the afternoon cookies! Meeting new people and sitting on the Aquivit Terrace or on top were wonderful. I don't know the last time that I felt so relaxed. I especially enjoyed cruising the Rhine, standing on the top deck and looking around each bend for another castle. Although I didn't see a windmill, the trip was wonderful, and I look forward to another as soon as possible. Next summer, the south of France? Maybe.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
We have made scores of ocean cruises into the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, but the Viking tour from Budapest to Amsterdam, July 3, - July 17 2013, was the best of all. My son, his wife, my wife and I boarded Viking ODIN after a ... Read More
We have made scores of ocean cruises into the Caribbean and the Mediterranean, but the Viking tour from Budapest to Amsterdam, July 3, - July 17 2013, was the best of all. My son, his wife, my wife and I boarded Viking ODIN after a wonderful Viking-arranged two-day land package in Budapest. We found Viking ODIN far above our expectations. ODIN is a super clean ship, with fantastic food, and a top-of-the-line captain and crew. Our cruise went smooth until we encountered a diesel generator failure. Viking Basel base, and Captain Geza Peter Toth, brought aboard technicians who solved the problem. The passengers suffered only minuscule inconveniences. Based on the captains assurances, we were still on schedule. But, it was not to be. The lockkeepers strike kept ODIN tied up at Regensburg  actually not a bad place to stay an extra day. It was here where the combined efforts of Captain Tot and Viking Basel base showed their mettle. As a former member of the military, I know that logistic problems are always the most difficult ones to solve, and Viking ODIN solved them with extraordinary vigor. Out of thin air Captain Geza Peter Toth had arranged bus tours to Nuremberg. In the meantime, with the lockkeepers' strike solved, ODIN left Regensburg, bypassed Nuremberg, and had scheduled an improvised passenger pickup at an undisclosed location along the Danube-Main Canal. Two busses loaded with ODIN passengers drove on Germanys back roads, and dirt roads, to the location for the pickup. Assisted by the hotel crew that had accompanied the bus tour, passengers scrambled up a grassy dam and came to a bulkheaded section of the canal. ODIN was nowhere in sight, but the hotel crew assured the passengers that ODIN would arrive any moment. Passengers joked about having to go to the bathroom, and about hitchhiking a ride on some barge. Everyone was in high spirits. A short time on the dike, we noticed a white spot far down the canal; it was ODIN. Cheers arose as ODIN came alongside the bulkheaded site. The gangplank was lowered, and the hotel crew stood alongside serving refreshments and offering cold towels. What could have been a dreadful moment became an enjoyable adventure. The rest of the trip was without excitement, but the adventure on the dam, in a place without a name, became an admirable incident showing the great Viking ODIN organization and its logistic competence. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
Unprecedented flooding disrupted our Danube cruise on the Viking Odin and turned it into a bus tour. The flooding was an "Act of God" and affected all river traffic. Eventually, the German authorities closed the river to traffic ... Read More
Unprecedented flooding disrupted our Danube cruise on the Viking Odin and turned it into a bus tour. The flooding was an "Act of God" and affected all river traffic. Eventually, the German authorities closed the river to traffic and ended any speculation that we might sail (for even a part of the trip). The Viking response was outstanding. The first night, they put us up in a first-class hotel in Budapest. Dinner and breakfast were included. After a city tour and lunch, we were transported by bus to Krems, Austria, where we boarded the Viking Freya, which was tied up in an industrial area (not very scenic). Nevertheless, the accommodations and hospitality on the boat were excellent. We toured by bus each day, as our cruise director, Stein, put a tour program together on the fly. After 3 nights on the Freya and tours in Vienna and Melk (with optional activities provided at no cost - more to follow), we were transferred to the Viking Odin at Regensburg for 3 additional nights. The Odin was moored in an attractive location within walking distance of the city center. We saw most of the highlights we expected to find on this cruise (other than the scenic cruising), and Viking made up for this shortcoming by adding optional tours and activities for no additional charge, for example: Tour of Regensburg Castle, winery tour in Krems, concert in Vienna. In addition (while we probably didn't need it), Viking provided an open bar for two nights on the ship and (a surprise!) forgave all the bar bills when we checked out. Finally, we just received a credit from Viking for 75% of the cost of our cruise (to be applied to a future Viking cruise within one year). I don't know how they could have treated us any better - under the circumstances. Thanks Viking! BTW, aside from a few rain showers, the weather was excellent - sunny and mild. I feel bad for the group that preceded us a week earlier when constant rain produced the flooding. One last note: If you spend the money to take the "Romantic Danube" cruise, spend a little more to take the 3-day extension in Prague. It was wonderful - and the full-time Viking people at the hotel were very helpful with tour information, dining reservations, etc.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
We had the misfortune of choosing to go on a European river cruise during the year of the 500 Year Flood! The waters of the Danube were extremely high so, unfortunately, we were unable to actually cruise up the river. We stayed on the ... Read More
We had the misfortune of choosing to go on a European river cruise during the year of the 500 Year Flood! The waters of the Danube were extremely high so, unfortunately, we were unable to actually cruise up the river. We stayed on the Viking Odin and the Viking Freya and were bussed to our shore excursions. We were one day behind on boarding a boat so Viking Cruises arranged accommodations for all guests to stay in Budapest at a beautiful hotel. We had a great dinner with entertainment and in the morning we started the day with an exquisite breakfast. We bus-toured around Budapest and then took a bus to the Viking Freya. The Freya is a beautiful boat with all amenities. The beds were comfortable, the entertainment was good, the food was great and so was the wine and beer. And the bathroom....you have to see it to believe it!!! When our stay on the Freya had ended we were bussed to the Viking Odin. The Odin is the same as the Freya; however, the bathroom wasn't quite as cool. We again enjoyed great food and wine and wonderful entertainment. The staff on both boats were congenial and helpful. Whenever we embarked after an excursion, we were greeted with a lovely shot of a delightful tasting drink. We were dealt lemons on this vacation due to the flood, but we chose to make lemonade. We had a great time, we met wonderful people, and I am in awe how Viking staff worked diligently to make our vacation a memorable one.   Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
Background Information -- this was our first river cruise after many ocean cruises with the kids. This time, it was just my husband and I. I have to say, I may never do another ocean cruise. I loved the river cruise so much more! ... Read More
Background Information -- this was our first river cruise after many ocean cruises with the kids. This time, it was just my husband and I. I have to say, I may never do another ocean cruise. I loved the river cruise so much more! Between the intimate size of the ship, the excellent shore excursions and the up close exposure to local culture and history, this was by far the best cruise we ever took. We chose the Windmills and Tulips tour because Holland was on my husband's bucket list. Not mine. This turned out to be a good thing, as I did not have unrealistic expectations for this trip. But the trip far exceeded my expectations. We saw lots of windmills, but no tulips on the fields. Holland was experiencing its coldest winter in 60 years! Fortunately, my husband and I brought warm clothes and long underwear. Travel To Port of Embarkation -- We flew from Richmond through Dulles to Amsterdam. We chose to pay the extra $50 to be able to choose our flights and I'm glad we did. Another guest we met on the cruise had flown from Florida to Amsterdam via Detroit. The woman from Viking with whom I worked couldn't have been nicer and reviewed several options with me before I chose our flights. Our flights were on time and we arrived in Amsterdam at 7 a.m. The Viking reps were at the airport waiting for us. They were waiting on behalf of several groups, so we waited about ½ hour before boarding our bus. Luckily for us, the ship had not just returned from a cruise, so we were able to go to our rooms right away (8:30 in the morning!). We took a short rest and then went to explore Amsterdam. Stateroom -- We chose cabin 206, which was on the same floor as the reception and the dining room. The location was so convenient. And even though we were just a few steps away from this main area, our cabin was never noisy. 206 is a "French balcony", which means it had a large sliding door that could be opened, but no balcony. I didn't really miss the balcony because of the cold weather. The size of the stateroom was comparable to an ocean liner. Small but efficient. The bed was extremely comfortable. The closet was plenty big for us. We tend to pack light, so we had just enough room in the drawers. The true balcony staterooms get an extra dresser. The bathroom was small, as expected, but the shower was larger than the one we had on our last Royal Caribbean cruise. Even so, I don't know how overweight people could fit into it. Ship Info -- the ship was gorgeous. Christened in 2012, this was only its second year on the water. If there were any bugs, they had been worked out. The dining room was just large enough for everyone at dinner. This was not a problem at breakfast or lunch as most people wander in for these meals, but everyone eats at the same time for dinner. Even so, service was efficient. There was just not a lot of room between tables. There was also a lounge right above the dining room, so it was the same size. They served lunch there, which I did not like because there were only four tables to eat at. The idea is to eat outside, but with 30 degree temps during the day, no one was doing that. The lounge was the place where the nightly briefings and entertainment was held. I loved the lounge and turned into a real bar fly during this cruise, mainly because there was not a lot to do at night, and I could not go to bed at 9 p.m. Dining -- the food was very good. My husband is a retired chef, so food is very important to us. Perhaps because of the average age of the passengers (65+), the food was not always well seasoned. But there was a lot of variety at breakfast and the menu was inventive. The executive chef came out every night to check on us. I loved that. Activities --not much on the ship. There was a small library and free WIFI. Most of the passengers seemed to read as their main activity. That's ok, because the purpose of this cruise is to experience the amazing sights in Holland and Belgium, not play bingo or poker. On the top deck there was a huge chess set and shuffleboard, but it was way too cold to do anything outside. Children's Clubs --none. This is definitely not a cruise for children. There was only one teenager on the cruise with her mother, and she seemed to have a good time. Service --was wonderful. The program director, Stein, did everything pretty much on his own. He did all the briefings, went on the excursions, handled questions from the guests, and introduced the entertainment. He did it all with charm. I don't know how he stayed sane fielding calls from some folks who were picky about everything and anything. We did not find anything to criticize. The concierge, Viktoria, was delightful. The wait staff was efficient and friendly. Because the ship was so small, we got to know everyone well by the end of the cruise. The service was so good it was the first time that I wanted to tip everyone extra. The bartenders, Nico, Johnny and Seta, were terrific. Everyone was so cheerful. They felt like family by the end. Entertainment -- At night there was some sort of entertainment, which ranged from the sublime (the Shanty Chorus) to the silly (wooden shoe making demonstration.) Mostly I sat at the bar with my new friends and laughed. Port & Shore Excursions -- most of the excursions are included. These consist of walking tours, a canal boat ride, trips to a palace and a cathedral. There were also a couple of optional cruises, which cost about 50 Euros per person. We took the optional tulip tour and Armhein battlefield tour. If you like culture and history, this is a great cruise. In Amsterdam, we took the included walking tour and canal boat ride. There was also an optional tour to a diamond factory, which we skipped. We also skipped the included excursion to the Keukenhof Gardens on the last day because we preferred to walk around Amsterdam. It is a great city--crowded and full of bikes, but a lot of fun. It was relatively clean and we felt safe everywhere we went. Most of the people in the shops spoke English. Everyone was friendly. Note that several of the museums were closed for renovations. In fact, it seemed that everywhere we went, something was closed for renovation. When buildings are 1,000 years old, this is to be expected. One thing I should warn you about Amsterdam. They are extremely tolerant about sex. Many of the souvenir shops sell X-rated items. My "favorite" was the salt and pepper shakers shaped like a certain male body part. Also, the postcards, which are exhibited in plain view, were at times explicit. I'm not a prude, but I winced at a few of them. We wanted to tour the Anne Frank house, but the lines were long. I tried to buy tickets online, but had waited until just a day or two before the cruise, so the online tickets were gone. I recommend getting tickets online and getting them far ahead of time. Hoorn--we took a guided tour of this delightful fishing village. We learned about how the Dutch have reclaimed much of their land from the sea. The best part of this town was the visit to a local home. We broke into groups of four and six and spent an hour with a local family in their home. This is the first year Viking has done this, and judging from the remarks from the other passengers, it was a big success. I thought it might be awkward going into a stranger's house, but the family we met with was so friendly that we soon felt at home. Armhein--we took the included excursion to the Paleis Het Loo, which was the winter "hunting lodge" for King William and Queen Mary. As a graduate of their namesake school, I was particularly interested in this. This was also the first real palace I had ever seen. It was restored beautifully. There was also an exhibit of the former Queen Wilhelmina's clothes (she was a sturdy woman) and the various household items she used during her rein. There was also an exhibit of portraits done of Queen Beatrice by Holland citizens. Awesome. In the afternoon we took the optional battlefield tour for the failed Operation Market Place battle during WWII. We visited several places during this tour, including the bridge that the Allies failed to protect, the Airborne Museum, and the cemetery. Our guide was a native of Armhein and shared some personal experiences from the war. If you like WWII history, you must do this tour. Speaking of guides, they were wonderful. Each was a native of the town we visited. Each provided personal views and insights. Most of them were very funny. All of them were informative and entertaining. These excursions were one of the highlights of the cruise. Kinderdijk--this was a short stop in a very small town, where we got to see the inside of a working windmill. This, like many of the excursions, was much better than I expected. Antwerp-- Belgium. Another walking tour with an excellent guide and a trip to a cathedral--my first cathedral outside the U.S. It also housed several Ruben paintings. This city, like Amsterdam, had beautiful architecture. Plus, being in Belgium, there were plenty of shops selling chocolate and lace. In the afternoon we walked around and walked the tunnel that ran under the river to the other side of the city. To get down to the tunnel we rode a wooden escalator. Pretty neat. Brugge and Ghent. We did both cities in one day, and we could have used a day for each city. The walking tour in Brugge required a lot of walking. Stein warned the older passengers that it might be too much walking for some of them. Plus, all the cities have cobblestones so the walking is uneven. Be prepared for this if you are not steady on your feet. Both cities were delightful but as I said, I wish we could have spent an entire day in each one. On the way back, we stopped at Rotterdam, but we did not get there until dinner. They offered a walking tour at 9 p.m., but with temps below freezing, we opted to stay indoors. We left Rotterdam at 11 so we never got to see the city. DeltaWorks -- back to Holland on Day 8. Today we learned more about how the Dutch keep the sea at bay. Engineers would love this excursion. I did too. We also visited a museum commemorating a huge flood in 1953 that resulted in the building of the dam and lock system that we visited. The museum was highly interactive. Here, our guide, who was a child during the flood, told us a personal story that sent chills! Disembarkation -- this went very smoothly. Stein posted a list of disembarkation times for each cabin number and gave us color coded luggage tags. Unlike the ocean cruises I have been on, we did not have to put our bags outside our stateroom the night before. Instead, we had to put them there only ½ hour before our assigned time. We were whisked off to the airport where we boarded our plane for home. Summary--we were very impressed with our first Viking River cruise. Although the average age of the passengers was older than us (I'm 53 and my husband is 62) and less energetic than us, the trip was wonderful. I highly recommend a river cruise and Viking. Read Less
Sail Date March 2013
After 3 nights on board we had to disembark the Odin and continue our itinerary as a 'land' cruise. The Danube was too high because of early melting snows. (Let's hear it for climate change.) There were several other ships ... Read More
After 3 nights on board we had to disembark the Odin and continue our itinerary as a 'land' cruise. The Danube was too high because of early melting snows. (Let's hear it for climate change.) There were several other ships that experienced the same fate. Nevertheless, Viking managed to find nice buses, 4-5 star hotels, and relatively good places for 135 people to eat all at once. The only exception was our final night in Budapest. The group was divided between 2 hotels. We went to all the planned places, we just didn't have as much time because of traveling by bus during the day, rather than at night while we slept comfortably in our cabins. We visited Nuremburg and Regensburg Germany, the Melk Abby in Melk Austria on the way to Vienna. In Vienna the Schonbrunn Palace is a must see. This year the Christmas Market at the Palace became a New Years Market and we had our best shopping here. We ended in Budapest Hungary. We did not have as much time as I was hoping for in Budapest. Just another reason to do the cruise from Budapest to Bucharest. Only one excursion had to be cancelled. The worse part of it all was the people who gripped endlessly about our fate, as if Viking could control the weather. (I'm guessing the complainers are also climate science deniers!) One man was observed asking who was going to pay for his coffee at one of our 'rest' stops. Yes, really! Through it all, our Viking hosts, Jochgum Schuijt (Joe), Svenja David and Victoria Brack did everything they could to meet everyone's needs, whether large or small. These 3 people deserve a raise!! The girls were observed shlepping bags right along with the boys. It should be remembered that this trip was during the week of Christmas and these people were with us and not at home with their families. Viking provided the concert in Vienna to everyone at no charge. (This was an elective excursion.) After we returned home we received a generous voucher to be used on a future cruise. Yep, we've already schedule the Cities of Light cruise in Oct of 2013. Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Being frequent cruisers on ocean vessels(over 15) this was our first River Cruise. We arrived a few days early in Nuremberg because my wife is from Bayreuth and her sister picked us up so we could spend a few days in her hometown. Since ... Read More
Being frequent cruisers on ocean vessels(over 15) this was our first River Cruise. We arrived a few days early in Nuremberg because my wife is from Bayreuth and her sister picked us up so we could spend a few days in her hometown. Since this was my first trip to my wife's birthplace I received the personal tour of all the historical and beautiful sights! The opera house, the former military base which my wife's father served, the historical downtown and of course the "new mall". My wife's family owned a shoe store for many years and even though it is not in the family anymore, it is still a shoe store downtown! After spending time with her sister and friends we were back to Nuremberg to meet up with my parents for our embarkation aboard the Viking Odin. What a beautiful ship! Everyone was extremely friendly and the atmosphere was very relaxing and pleasant. Of course many passengers were tired and sleeping in public areas because they had just arrived from the overseas flight. There was a wonderful buffet while the rooms were finished being prepared. Once the rooms were ready, we were so happy to be able to get our things into our room and get settled! We had a balcony room and it was very nice. If you have traveled on a nice ocean liner it was similar and of course small but plenty of storage space and counter space for all of our stuff and my wife's makeup. Included in the cruise fee is WiFi internet which was wonderful. We hate being nickeled and dimed on most of the ocean liners. The speed was good and every night we uploaded our pictures so when we got home all our pictures were already online! Also to be able to check email, etc in the evenings was great. Every port has included excursions. In each room is a "whisperer" which is a radio receiver listening device so you can hear your tour guide without having to be on top and close to him/her. This is a wonderful extra so you can be up to 50 or so feet away. After each excursion you put it back on its charger in your room so you use the same one each time. Viking really has fantastic guides who know the history of each port! We have had many excursions all over the world and Viking really tries to get the best! All of ours were really good. Of course some better than others but all were good and not one we had was below "above average"! In Nuremberg we saw the old castle, Nazi rally grounds and much more. All the streets downtown are named after Israeli prime ministers which really seems appropriate due to the history of the city. Once we were back to the ship we were off to the next port. One of the coolest things being on a river vs the ocean is how smooth the ride is and how close you are to the sights on land. To see castles, vineyards and go right through cities is really wonderful! Also the number of river locks we went through was amazing. I thought we may go through 1 or 2 but we had to have gone through 25 or so during our entire cruise. It is an amazing experience to go through a lock(up or down) if you never have. The ship is literally inches on each side. Also in order for the Viking Odin to go under many bridges the Captains Bridge is able to retract. It goes so far down the Captain cannot even see the river through the windows! Another really special feature you can take advantage of is the tour of the bridge which I highly recommend, especially if you have never seen how a ship is commanded and operates. Highly advanced electronics including radar, depth indicators, etc are all part of a Captain's electronics! The next port we stopped at was Regensburg, Germany. This quant town is a great place to take pictures and shop! They have some of the best German Mustard in all of Germany so you have to pick some up! There is a shop on the right, before you walk across the bridge which has the best prices on Mustard! Also there is a wonderful restaurant right at the dock which serve delicious brats. A little known fact is each German city/town has its own type of bratwurst and its own type of mustard. Some will be large brats, others smaller. Some mustards will be sweeter than others but I can tell you ALL are delicious! My favorite was in Bayreuth, my wife's hometown! All the food on the Odin is fantastic! The service is top notch and deserts are to die for! Most tables are for 6, some for 4 but really none for 2. We generally like to dine alone however we were with my parents so we sat at a table for 6. We met a very nice couple from the U.S. who we tried to sit with for each meal. They were great dinner companions and we had very nice conversation. The next port was Passau, Germany. This is where the Danube, Inn and Ilz come together and the city is sometimes known as the city of 3 rivers. The picturesque city lies in Germany’s far southeast corner near the Austrian border. Settled since prehistory and a former hub of the salt trade, it became the Roman village of Batavis, then later the Holy Roman Empire’s largest diocese and a sword-making center. Saint Stephan’s Cathedral, home of the world’s second-largest cathedral organ, is one of Passau’s favorite attractions. Our tour included beautiful churches in the main square of the city including St. Stephen's Cathedral (Dom St. Stephan). Be sure to have a good camera because you will want to take many pictures inside this church. The ceilings are beautifully painted artwork! Of course the food in all the cities is really great! The next stop is Melk, Austria, a city of only 5,000! This city and tour will take you on a brief walk through the woods (a nice trail, don't worry) to "The Melk Abbey" which is the world's most famous monastic sites sits on a high on a cliff. Again, be sure to take a good camera! The library rises two floors and also has a Troger ceiling, along with around 80,000 volumes of priceless works. The highlight of the abbey, though, is certainly the Stiftskirche (Abbey Church). The church has an astonishing number of windows and is richly embellished with marble and frescoes by Johann Michael Rottmayr with help from Troger. The spiral staircase is a treasure which you will want to take many pictures of! There is a terrace which have fine views of the river and Napoleon probably used as a lookout when he used Melk as his headquarters for his campaign against Austria. On the way back to the ship there was a small food stand in the forest. My wife and I got a bratwurst there which again was fantastic! Once everyone saw us enjoying it they all wanted something as well and got in line to order. My wife and I have always loved the little food stands and are not afraid to try things and have all over the world! More about one of our favorite things at our last stop, read on! That night on the ship we had local entertainment. A bit tight in the lounge, all that was forgot when they performed. For a small ship we did not expect the type of entertainment like on large ocean liners however we were impressed with the quality of this(and other) entertainment provided. To have true locals performing was really special for us to see! The next port was Vienna (Wein), Austria. The downtown was incredibly beautiful with another St. Stephan’s Cathedral which had some of the most beautiful colored glass windows we have ever seen. The colors in the church change as the sun changes positions(or should I say earth changes positions) which change the entire look inside the church. Hopefully when you visit you will have some sunshine because it is one of the most unusual and beautiful color reflections we have ever witnessed! Also be sure to try some of the street potatoes which are really unique and delicious! There are many bakery's and if you have never had Austian (or German) pastries, you will have to try them. They are SO MUCH better than anything here in the U.S. They are no overly sweet, just right and the bread is something indescribable! We had a great tour of Vienna and that evening we did purchase an additional excursion of a "Night at the Oprah" This was another fantastic excursion, well worth the extra cost. We went to the Vienna school of Music where we were entertained by 2 (man and women) classical dancers, a 12 piece orchestra and a pair of Oprah performers who were really good. Even for someone like me who is not well schooled in classical music or opera, this was something I would have hated to miss! The last port of call was one of the nicest, most beautiful cities we have ever been to. We have seen beautiful places like St. Petersburg and the Pyramids which of course are amazing however Budapest is right up there at the top. In fact on all the Viking TV ads the Parliament Building and Chain Bridge are shown. In day and especially at night these sights and historical places are absolutely beautiful. Luckily we were there for one of the first days of which the Christmas market was open so we were able to see the local foods and small shops. Something well worth planning a trip during this time period! Our excursion was a city wide tour which took us to such historical places such as panoramic tour of the Pest side of the city. Journey along Andrássy Avenue and see the 19th- and 20th-century mansions, National Opera House, Parliament Building and Chain Bridge. Stop in Heroes’ Square to learn more about Hungarian history, then cross the Danube to Buda’s Castle District. Walk up the hill to Fishermen’s Bastion and Matthias Church. All of these have such wonderful views. The tragic history of Budapest(actually one side of river is Buda, the other side is Pest) is heartbreaking. From the Nazis to the Soviet occupation, these people have suffered tremendously. One thing you MUST TRY is the pastry roll. You will see people walking around eating something that is hard to determine what it is. It is rolled up held with a pastry type bakers paper. It is called a KürtÅ‘skalács but don't worry about that, just try one. Most are baked over a flame and the best are the cinnamon although they do come in other flavors. You will want one of these each time you see them being made! Worth going back to Budapest just for this alone. All in all this trip was the best cruise we have ever been on. From Viking Cruise Line, our ship, our ports, the food, excursions, everything was great. The transportation back to the airport was on a first class bus and in closing all I can say is We Cant Wait for our Next Viking Cruise!   Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
This was my first river cruise. I have done many Ocean liners, but i was blown away with this experience. First of all, the staff aboard the Odin was top notch! Never have i met a nicer more attentive staff in all of my sailings. They ... Read More
This was my first river cruise. I have done many Ocean liners, but i was blown away with this experience. First of all, the staff aboard the Odin was top notch! Never have i met a nicer more attentive staff in all of my sailings. They were just so damn nice, and always with a smile on there face. The room was smaller than what I was used to, but it was all about the destination more than the room, but it served its purpose very well. The food selection was great! The chef out did himself every night. Breakfast was wonderful as well. I never ate lunch on board, since I was always off on an adventure during the day, and did not want to waste one moment of the over all experience. The weather was chilly, but not freezing, and I planned for the cooler weather. The cruise was also at the beginning of the Christmas market season , which is a site to behold in itself as well. I just loved loved loved everything about it. I heard some fellow guest complain a little about trivial things, but chalk it up to just spilt milk. I do regret not doing the Budapest extension. There was so much more I wanted to see, but had to catch my flight back home. Not listed in the drop down list are a few stops along the way. First stop was Nuremberg. Wonderful pastries! I could not get enough of them. The next day we found our selves in Regensburg. We did a wonderful walking tour of this old town. Rich with history. The worlds oldest sausage stand can be found here, and it is a must do. The tiny sausages with kraut, are offset with the sweet mustard on a hard rye roll. It was wonderful. We also purchased a black forest Coo-Coo clock and had it shipped home. Once again, more wonderful pastries. The following day, we stopped in Passe, and did yet another walking tour of the town, with its rich history. Then off on our own to do a little shopping . The days just did not seem long enough to capture all that we wanted to do. The following morning we arrived in Melk to tour the abbey. Rich in history and a little over the top> Most of the shops were closed since we were at the end of the season here. Our cruise date was right after thanksgiving and right at the beginning of Advent and the Christmas markets. Not till we hit Vienna were they open. We were not impressed with the market in Vienna. IT looked like everything was imported from China in the first market we ventured into. We did however find another market by St Petersburg Cathedral with more authentic goods, and Vienna had redeemed itself. Riding the subways were our preferred choice. The automated ticket machines offer English for purchasing tickets. We splurged and got the all day pass. Jumping form the red to green line and the purple.I advise that you have a good sense of direction though. We ventured out one evening to have drinks, and found that to be extremely expensive. We had 4 drinks with tip came up to about 65 euro ($75.00)yikes. Read Less
Sail Date November 2012
On this third cruise with Viking, the Four Sisters (ages 77-86) spent 8 days on the Danube River from Budapest to Nuremberg. This was perhaps a less strenuous cruise than those we have taken on the Rhine and Elbe Rivers. However, ... Read More
On this third cruise with Viking, the Four Sisters (ages 77-86) spent 8 days on the Danube River from Budapest to Nuremberg. This was perhaps a less strenuous cruise than those we have taken on the Rhine and Elbe Rivers. However, Budapest is an enchanting fairyland; Vienna, amazing and walkable; Nuremberg, chilling history, with interesting old cities in between. There are long stretches of river through the Wachau Valley with beautiful hills and interesting buildings during the cruise. The stops along the way are well planned and guided. The tour to the Danube Bend, and the ride downriver experience, is especially interesting; the visit to the Abbey less so. We did the optional castle tour but a short day in Vienna is not long enough. The cruise director and concierge were most accommodating in all requests; i.e., a cab to the organ recital because it was too far and too hilly to walk from the bus. The ship board itinerary is well planned; the food is amazing (be certain to sign up for the galley tour and be further amazed at the small space and the large output of 3 meals plus per day). Each day the cruise provided educational and special entertainments. We took advantage of all of these plus the on-shore included tours and two optional tours offered: the castle in Vienna and the World War 11 History Tour which every passenger should take. It was chilling, mentally and visually numbing providing a deeper understanding of the horrors of this war. We plan our own itineraries placing a river cruise in the middle. Budapest and Vienna are too interesting and lovely to spend only a brief time. Therefore, we spent several days beforehand in Budapest, and flew back to Vienna for a couple of days following the cruise. We also spent days in NYC and Istanbul prior to Budapest and in Prague following our return to Vienna. If one wishes to see more than what is available on a river cruise itinerary, I suggest that other cities become book ends. The cruise is an absolutely delightful way to relax and recharge. Where next????? Read Less
Sail Date September 2012
We started our trip in Prague where we met our cruise director, Joe. He gave us great tips for our time in Prague. What a great city Prague is! In our 3 days there we used the underground, the bus and the tram service. Really easy to get ... Read More
We started our trip in Prague where we met our cruise director, Joe. He gave us great tips for our time in Prague. What a great city Prague is! In our 3 days there we used the underground, the bus and the tram service. Really easy to get around and the local folks were more than happy to assist us with directions. Our hotel accommodations in Prague were first rate. We especially enjoyed the tour of the Lobkowicz Collections at the Lobkowicz Palace. A special treat was actually meeting William Lobkowicz and listening to him explain the family history. Once we were on board the Viking Odin, Joe met with us every day to tell us about the next day's schedule of events. The local guides at each port were exceptional. We especially liked the new listening devices that enabled all of us to clearly hear what our guide was describing. The Odin crew, the staterooms, meals - everything really exceeded our expectations. Even though there was a slight malfunction with the hydraulics for the wheel house, every effort was made to ensure that our cruise continue on schedule. Vienna was memorable and the concert by the Vienna Residence Orchestra that we attended was incredible. Another of my personal favorites was visiting the Melk Abbey. The organ concert in Passau was also great. We were a group of 10. Each one of us was totally thrilled with the entire experience and plan on taking another Viking River Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
This is absolutely the best way to be introduced to a part of the world that is new to you. The brand new Viking Odin had clearly benefited from Viking's years of experience in its design and amenities. But it wasn't just the ... Read More
This is absolutely the best way to be introduced to a part of the world that is new to you. The brand new Viking Odin had clearly benefited from Viking's years of experience in its design and amenities. But it wasn't just the boat's beautiful interior or our roomy cabin's thoughtful design that made the trip so comfortable. It was the crew that made it made it special, worry-free and fun. I cannot imagine how Viking is able to recruit such pleasant and hard working crew members. Our room was perfectly cleaned while we were at breakfast every morning and straightened up every evening while we dined. I have not experienced such service and attention to every detail at any resort or hotel I've visited. The meals were uniformly excellent, with dishes offered each evening that were characteristic of the region. The chef came out most evenings and sincerely wanted to know what we had liked and what else we might like to see on the menu. The wines served were quite good and I don't think the attentive waiters ever let a glass become empty during dinner. I admit that I can't compare Viking to other river cruise lines and I may never be able to since I'm unlikely to commit my money and vacation time to a competing company in the hope that their ship might be as nice and their service as good as Viking's. We thought that we would be on our own for the two extra days we spent in Budapest, but even there Viking delivered our bags to our hotel room and had a concierge on duty every day to give us suggestions, make dinner reservations, buy concert tickets. Even the trip's one minor glitch turned out to be a blessing. On our last night before reaching Budapest there was a brief engine failure that caused the boat to drift into a bridge abutment. The damage was minor, but it caused us to dock at Esztergom that morning which gave us an unexpected chance to visit this royal city of the medieval Magyar kings. The view of the Danube from high up on the castle walls is worth the climb and the history exhibits are fascinating. Viking should make it a regular stop on the trip. Read Less
Sail Date May 2012
Our Viking Danube Waltz cruise started April 7 in Budapest. This was only the second week of cruising on the brand new Viking Odin. Ports of call included Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Linz (where we got off for a day trip to ... Read More
Our Viking Danube Waltz cruise started April 7 in Budapest. This was only the second week of cruising on the brand new Viking Odin. Ports of call included Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Linz (where we got off for a day trip to Salzburg,) Durnstein, Melk, and Passau, plus we did the three-day Prague post-cruise excursion. We thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary! This was our first trip to Central/Eastern Europe. We found the each of our stops to be very interesting and educational. Included with the Viking cruise was a guided tour of most of the ports where we stopped (in Durnstein we were on our own.) Each of the tours was quite good, but we appreciated some of the tour guides more than others. One of the things we most enjoyed was the beauty of the churches we visited in most every stop. The abbey in Melk was phenomenal, but the cathedral in Passau was also beautiful. Prague was also extremely interesting, especially Prague Castle. We were in Prague at Easter, and the Easter market was fun. The ship experience was very good. After about the second day, we felt we knew most of the ship's staff from our daily interaction. Everyone worked hard to please the guests. Our activities director was great! We found the food to be quite good and looked forward to the meals. We met many of the passengers and enjoyed the time we spent with them on the ship and the tours/excursions. Since the ship was new, everything was in excellent condition. We were concerned about the possibility of cold weather with an April 7 departure, but the weather was quite good. We had only a little rain, and in general, the early April temperatures were quite nice; cool, but nice. The one downside to us was the fact that most of our cruising was done at night so that we would be at the next port the following morning. We cruised during the day only one day, when we visited Durnstein and Melk. We found it really enjoyable to cruise past the many small towns on that daytime cruise, and it turns out that the weather was probably the best day we had while on the ship, allowing us to watch the scenery from the top of the ship, while we had German foot and free beer! We will definitely do the European river cruises again. In fact, we've already booked our next one for 2013! Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
From the moment I boarded the Viking Odin, my home for the inaugural cruise, I knew I was in for a special treat. From the friendly and courteous staff, some of whom I had grown quite attached to by the end of my cruise; to the amenities ... Read More
From the moment I boarded the Viking Odin, my home for the inaugural cruise, I knew I was in for a special treat. From the friendly and courteous staff, some of whom I had grown quite attached to by the end of my cruise; to the amenities on board and in the cabins; to the unforgettable excursions; and yes, the glorious food--the scrumptious, delicious, gourmet food we delighted in each night. Plus, there many magical moments on board from sailing through locks and under bridges to cruising the rivers past idyllic landscapes, fascinating architecture and enchanting villages. I am still reeling from the entire experience and urge all who seek a leisurely and convenient way to see the sites of Europe, to see out Viking River Cruises for an unforgettable vacation that will create memories to last a lifetime! Our first port-of-call was Volendam where upon arrival, we embarked on a journey through Edam--home of that most scrumptious cheese; Marken--a quaint seaside village on the shores of the Ijsselmeer and then back to Volendam for a stroll through narrow streets lined with quaint and uniquely Dutch architecture. The next week, we awoke to the enchanting site of windmills barely visible in the misty horizon--Kinderdijk--where we learned about the miller's heritage and the workings of the windmills. We even climbed to the top of one of them. After lunch, we sailed to Rotterdam for a tour of the Hague to see the Queen's palace grounds and office, the Peace Palace and the Mauritshuis Musuem--home to "Girl with Pearl Earring" among other famous works of art. Not only does Viking River Cruises operate world-class ships with exceptional guest service, they provide enriching and cultural experiences for all who sail from the accommodations and spectacular ships to the epicurean delights and immersive guided tours through the various ports of call. Above all that, I think what I enjoyed the most is the intimate setting on board these river-going vessels. To sum it all up, this will not be the last time I experience Viking River Cruises--they have a new fan for life!   Read Less
Sail Date March 2012
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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