22 Viking River Viking Aegir Cruise Reviews

We had never been on a River Cruise, but had a great experience on a Viking Ocean Cruise last year, and did the Amsterdam To Budapest Cruise with two extra days in Amsterdam—booked on our own. The crew was wonderful: very attentive ... Read More
We had never been on a River Cruise, but had a great experience on a Viking Ocean Cruise last year, and did the Amsterdam To Budapest Cruise with two extra days in Amsterdam—booked on our own. The crew was wonderful: very attentive and helpful. Our veranda stateroom was okay, but without anywhere to sit, other than the bed or on the single chair provided, it was simply not a good place for us to “hang out.” We wound up spending a lot of our down time in the Lounge, because our veranda was basically off limits almost 2/3 of the cruise due to rain, or, more annoyingly, being tied up next to another ship that obscured our view. After all, who wants to sit on a veranda where your view is into a stateroom of the ship next to you. The food was very good, but again didn’t compare well to the myriad offerings on the Ocean Cruise. The biggest disappointment was the unavailability of any place to exercise, other than the Sky Deck, which was closed for five days while we transited locks and bridges. Fortunately, the wonderful cities on the itinerary showed themselves well. We loved Cologne, Vienna, Bambërg, and Budapest. Our excursion to Salzburg was glorious. All in all a fine trip, but I’m not sure we are cut out for River Cruising. Perhaps a shorter trip would have been better for us, as we are still very fit and active travelers. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
It was my third cruise with Viking River Cruises and I was extremely excited to return on board. Cruising the Passage to Eastern Europe with Viking was something I had been looking forward to this year as it had four countries I’ve never ... Read More
It was my third cruise with Viking River Cruises and I was extremely excited to return on board. Cruising the Passage to Eastern Europe with Viking was something I had been looking forward to this year as it had four countries I’ve never had the chance to visit and I was eager to explore. This time the ship was Viking Aegir but is good to know that the longship boats of Viking are essentially set up the same, the dining is good, and the staterooms are exactly what you need for the journey. The crew on board was what you normally expect from Viking: attention to details, manners, professionalism and always a special care for all passengers on board. Our waiter in the restaurant, a very pleasant young man from Argentina was mixing perfectly a family like atmosphere with very high standards and the manager in charge of housekeeping, Mirijana from Serbia, found always time to answer and solve all our request. The German hotel manager was a little bit abrupt and too much in to selling vouchers for next cruises (I bet he get a big commission with that) forgetting sometimes that he supposed to be a host and not a door-to-door salesman (especially during the Frequent Travellers cocktail when he invited everybody on board, talking for a very long 50 minutes and after that walking around forcing you to book your next cruise) On a negative side: the captain was very rude and unsociable and made everybody to feel uncomfortable during his evening lecture, despite the efforts of the Program Director to create a pleasant Q&A evening. Most shore excursions were very good, with interesting and knowledgeable local guides. However, many required very lengthy bus trips to the excursion sites. I will say that after doing three different itineraries with Viking River Cruises, this one was the most educational and enlightening. And all the praise goes to the Program Director Leonard for his huge knowledge of history, traditions, culture of the spaces we visited. He was working non-stop, almost 24 hours a day bringing his positive energy, his amazing personality, great sense of humour, elegant manners and enchanting conversations in a journey that gives you an opportunity to step into the Balkan’s turbulent past and experience the energy of a new generation moving forward. On each and every of his evening briefings, lecture, commentaries on the open deck or 1:1 conversation with all on board Viking Aegir, Leonard knew how to enlighten and open your perspective — the very core of travel for us. And for every moment of our trip he had a different approach: mixing historical facts with legends in his Dracula evening, genuine and heart-breaking talking about his early year in Ceausescu’s Romania, knowledgeable and incredible organised when coordinating in-depth tours at each stop and itineraries that touch on the highlights that make a memorable trip and fun and charming when he was leading the parties and entertainment on board Viking Aegir. What an asset for Viking! Bottom line: Viking River Cruises & Leonard – OUTSTANDING! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I Truly enjoyed myself very much. The weather for two and half weeks was so glorious. I am so thankful for that. It was definitely Great scenery and So breathtakingly view. There are tons and tons of Stunning amazing history facts and so ... Read More
I Truly enjoyed myself very much. The weather for two and half weeks was so glorious. I am so thankful for that. It was definitely Great scenery and So breathtakingly view. There are tons and tons of Stunning amazing history facts and so on. I also enjoyed being with small group and mingle with others. It was Really very nice. I had One big disappointment that you won’t provide interpreting services at all. If they have that, for sure I ll tell other Deaf people to go on Viking cruises. Hearing people and I ( Deaf person) paid the same price. Yet, they had greatly accessibility to listen to port talk announcement and so on. I can’t hear at all. All the crews were great. They deserve to be recognized. Please feel free to contact me and I d be happy to explain more. I hope to cruise with you again and I will appreciate huge discount. Thank you! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Great service, great food. Very enjoyable two weeks. The shore excursions were well done. Would have given it a 4 1/2 ratting if that had been available, We would recommended it to friends and family. Now the down side. Viking is a ... Read More
Great service, great food. Very enjoyable two weeks. The shore excursions were well done. Would have given it a 4 1/2 ratting if that had been available, We would recommended it to friends and family. Now the down side. Viking is a victim of its own success. There are too many Viking boats on the river. Several times we could not dock at the stated destination but had to be bussed to and from the boat. This was particularly bad on our visit to Kinderdijk. We docked at Rotterdam and spent at least 45 minutes each way on a bus to Kinderdijk. At Kinderdijk we had to rush through the planned excursion which was hard on some of the older passengers on the tour. While we rushed and wasted time there was another Viking boat docked right at Kinderdijk. We are sure they had a much more pleasant Viking experience. Too many boats - not enough dock space. We opted for the two day extension in Amsterdam. Very nice hotel but away from city center. We had to take a 3 Euro tram ride to get there. We were told there was no room near there at the time, but we did hear from guests from another Viking boat that were able to get a hotel near the city center in their extension. One last complaint deals with the touted "free WiFi" on Viking. It was free but for the most part useless. Could not connect with outside websites, outgoing emails sometimes took a day or too to go out. Can understand poor service while the boat is underway but not when it docked. Tour director blamed it on the satellite connection. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The Good- Staff- Viking should branch out and open a school to teach outstanding customer service to every other company in the world. I hold an Executive MBA and have studied good customer service. THEY NAILED IT! I have never ... Read More
The Good- Staff- Viking should branch out and open a school to teach outstanding customer service to every other company in the world. I hold an Executive MBA and have studied good customer service. THEY NAILED IT! I have never experienced anything of the like. I will say, I am not a high maintenance customer. ( I am 47, female, active single.) With that said, everyone from the housekeeper to the captain was amazing. I swear, our housekeeper was a ghost. I never saw her, but every single time I would leave our cabin for something quick and I would throw my hoodie on the bed, I would come back to it folded nicely on my bed. The waiters, bartenders, and the chef would greet me by name every time I would see them and they would always ask about where my mother was by her name. Catarina, Kris, Chris, and Marvin were our favorites. The food was fantastic with a lovely array of choices. Wine and beer flowed ever so freely. Ship- It was everything you would think it would be. The presentation was outstanding. Constantly clean and quite spacious. The sun deck was so inviting, it made you want to spend all of your onboard time there. The embarkation and disembarkation was completely smooth and fast. The Not Great- With Viking's reputation of being perfect, I was surprised at how little you saw on your shore excursions. Both my mother and myself decided the included shore excursions and even most of the paid excursions were planed so Viking could spend little money as possible. For instance in Budapest, neither my mother or I saw the interior of any building on the excursions. They drove us around the city pointing out things and then let us off at Fisherman's Bastion to see the view. They also took us to a castle and we weren't able to go inside, only walk up to see the view overlooking the city. This happended so often, we were actually surprised when we finally went INSIDE a couple of places during our 8 days. We paid extra for an excursion every day and I would say you would be better planning your own excursions. We have taken many bus tour trips including Globus, Trafalgar, Insight, etc. and ANY of those would beat Viking in what you got to see. In fact, I feel like I need to go back to Budapest to actually say I've been there. I saw little more of Budapest than if I'd had a flight connection in Budapest. The fact that Viking notes they give you one free tour in any port of call is true, although it is a bit liking showing you a beautiful cake, but not letting you have a bite. I would travel with Viking again, but I would not waste my money or time on their included or paid for excursions. Keep in mind, you spend much more time on the ship than I thought you would. So, find out how long you have in each port if you are going to make your own plans. I would say this- Viking may be scaling the trip to their biggest customer base of people who enjoy eating, drinking, and spending time on the ship more than actually spending time exploring everything the city has to offer. Even my 81 year old mother thought the excursions were pretty lame. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
While the cruse was very good, there are some things you need to know before you go with Viking. These comments are made to help fellow passengers. We took the 23 day trip from Bucharest to Amsterdam. a. There are no refunds made on ... Read More
While the cruse was very good, there are some things you need to know before you go with Viking. These comments are made to help fellow passengers. We took the 23 day trip from Bucharest to Amsterdam. a. There are no refunds made on tours if you book before your departure. b. We were on a ship that was build on 2012, and the water pipes make a lot of noise. Every time water is used in a cabin close by, you hear it and a pump running. Take ear plugs. c. You can not use on board credit for gratuities. d. The top deck was not open for 5 days while we were sailing the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal. e. Limited use of had sanitizer. Bring your own as a bad cold spread through our ship. f. They do not tell you in advance the time you will be arriving and departing each port. Some ports you are only there for 3 or 4 hours. g. We went through 68 locks on our trip. h. Our Captain was not sociable and no medical staff on board. i. Lots of walking on the tours. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We wanted to take the longest river cruise available through Europe. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. Viking handled connections very efficiently. The ship was apparently brand new, and looked it. Everything, from beds to ... Read More
We wanted to take the longest river cruise available through Europe. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. Viking handled connections very efficiently. The ship was apparently brand new, and looked it. Everything, from beds to couches to tables was in perfect shape. Our cabin was a little smaller than we anticipated (French balcony?); next time we will opt for a suite. The crew and staff were wonderful. The coordinator of shore activities was extremely efficient and helpful. Wait staff in the dining room and lounge could NOT have been more attentive. Meals were, for the most part, excellent; never less than good. Entertainment on board was fair, but that may have been just us. Many of our fellow passengers seemed to enjoy it. If I were to make a criticism, and it's a mild one, I would suggest, for the shore excursions, more free time for shopping and eating at local venues. Perhaps shorter introductory, overview tours with longer free times? We did not travel with children, but being parents of grown offspring, we found it hard to envision children really enjoying this particular cruise. Bottom line: we WOULD, and probably will travel with Viking again. One note to the company (as well as to potential travelers who have my phobia): it would be nice if the brochures could rate the shore excursions for exposure to heights. I have acrophobia with vertigo and many of the shore excursions involved heights from which I was forced to withdraw at the last minute. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
To see and experience Europe and it's people and culture. The cabin was very good. There was a total lack of fitness facilities. Service aboard ship was very good from the room steward who was excellent as were the dinning room ... Read More
To see and experience Europe and it's people and culture. The cabin was very good. There was a total lack of fitness facilities. Service aboard ship was very good from the room steward who was excellent as were the dinning room staff. The area that I was disappointed with was relating the to pre and post portion of the trip. We had extra days in Budapest and Amsterdam. The hotels and rooms were disappointing. A couple of the years ago, we took a Viking cruise in China. The rooms and the hotels selected by Viking were outstanding. The ports and shore excursions were mixed. Some were outstanding while others were disappointing. Several of the excursions seemed very similar to the others and did not provide any new experiences. I believe more diversity of the excursions should be considered. Evening entertainment was limited. The few presentations that were presented were excellent but most nights I found myself bored. Overall, I enjoyed the cruise but believe that Viking could easily improve the experience. Please upgrade the hotels and rooms utilized for the pre and post portion of the trip. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
My sister and her husband had taken a couple of River Cruises and loved them. I didn't take our differences into account when deciding on what side trips to sign up for; she likes to shop and I don't. That set me up for some ... Read More
My sister and her husband had taken a couple of River Cruises and loved them. I didn't take our differences into account when deciding on what side trips to sign up for; she likes to shop and I don't. That set me up for some disappointments. We also had motor trouble which lowered how much time we spent in ports and we spent more time on buses getting to ports and catching up with the boat which chugged on ahead. Also the top deck was closed for a significant part of the trip because of the low bridges which we didn't expect. That meant we lost the view and space for the travelers to spread out for too much of the trip . So our high expectations were not quite met. Taking that into account, the staff overall was great. The food was good-don't expect a 5 star restaurant, maybe a 3+ . We really enjoyed the towns, the tour guides in the cities , the city tours and got a good overview of the territory we traveled through. We did the extended stay at both Budapest and Amsterdam which enriched those cities. Unfortunately my husband sustained a severe injury in Amsterdam the night before we returned. The Viking Staff in the hotel was a life saver, arranging for Vikings staff who was waiting for us at the airport, taking us through the levels of security and having the airport staff lined up to help us get to the airplane. I can't imagine doing that without their help. They were excellent! Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
All went smoothly and comfortably. The thing that set this cruise above many others was the warmth, friendliness and sincere caring of the crew. I have been in marketing and sales for years and am very tuned in to sincerity for a ... Read More
All went smoothly and comfortably. The thing that set this cruise above many others was the warmth, friendliness and sincere caring of the crew. I have been in marketing and sales for years and am very tuned in to sincerity for a dollar. This was not the case here. I was treated like family and felt very cared for. Every crew member made me feel special and welcome - not just a high paying guest that one needs to be nice to. I definitely felt that paying the extra dollar for an outside balcony was worth every penny. I could actually touch the lock walls and when I wanted to retreat from people to my quiet space, I could, without missing anything. The food was excellent. Again, enhanced by the wonderful servers. It was obvious they loved their job and wanted to share their enthusiasm with us. My only thought that would have made my trip perfect if there had been a masseuse on board. Talked about it with other passengers and we all agreed, yep, good idea! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
This was our first river cruise though we have done many ocean ones. River cruising is a very different experience. We loved it! Ports were wonderful, our tour director, Dan, was amazing. So knowledgeable. The included excursions were ... Read More
This was our first river cruise though we have done many ocean ones. River cruising is a very different experience. We loved it! Ports were wonderful, our tour director, Dan, was amazing. So knowledgeable. The included excursions were all good and included headsets, which is a plus. Food on the ship was excellent. We really enjoyed the smaller ship, as oppposed Tom a cruise ship, and talking with the very accessible staff. One thing that is very different on this type of trip is the entertainment...or lack of. They did have an onboard pianist for the evenings, but he needed to be more of an entertainer instead of just a classical pianist. He was an excellent pianist but you can't dance to that kind of music. They did bring on a few local musicians here and there and they were very good but what they need is a very versatile pianist who sings well and is personable...like the big ships do in their piano bars. Most people on the ship were Americans and would have enjoyed that! There are no fitness facilities, though plenty of walking in the towns if you want to! Works for us as the gym will be there when we return home! All in all it was a fabulous trip and I am looking forward to another river cruise one day. Our traveling companions, however, will not go again due to the evening's lack of entertainment. It was truly wonderful to walk off the ship and be in the middle of these lovely smalll towns.. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We are not cruise types although we are in every way the target audience for Viking. But a year and a half ago we got a brochure in the mail (we get a lot of travel brochures) and noticed that a booking in 2016 would be a two-fer. We ... Read More
We are not cruise types although we are in every way the target audience for Viking. But a year and a half ago we got a brochure in the mail (we get a lot of travel brochures) and noticed that a booking in 2016 would be a two-fer. We really can't afford the cruise at full price but saving one fare? That was intriguing. After much hemming, hawing and discussion, we settled on a "Romantic Danube" cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest. We opted out of pre- and post- stays in Prague and Budapest. We reviewed the fee-based optional excursions and decided against them. And we hoped for good weather. We had a wonderful time. Met extremely nice people. And cruises and tours are just not for us. We don't really play well with others, we dislike adjusting our pace to match someone else's, and we just need to set our own schedule. Upside: rooms are very nice, plenty of hot water, an endless supply of clean towels. The food is good (the yogurt served with breakfast is delicious!) and the service and staff are simply superior. I was ready to pack up Martina and take her home with me, she kept our room so immaculate. A group of us ("Team 2" during game nights) staked out a small table by a window where Richard and Ariel served us lunch and supper and that was just perfect. There was ample help in planning our own itinerary. Several programs were truly interesting, including the introduction to Bavaria and a demonstration on making apple strudel. (Yes, they gave us the recipe.) Downside. There just isn't enough time. No single stop (Nuremberg, Regensburg, Passau, Krems, Vienna, Budapest) wouldn't have benefited from an additional day. All I think about now is what I didn't see. Krems in particular was a fly-by and it is a marvelous town with interesting museums, wonderful architecture, great churches. And we got to see nothing to speak of. I would have skipped Gottweig Abbey and focused on Krems and Tulln, except that there really wasn't enough time because we paused in Krems, got on buses for the Abbey, and the boat met us in Tulln. Even if we had not gone to the Abbey, we wouldn't have had enough time for a serious explore. Loved the cruise through the Wachau Valley, and the sun did get out a few times. The night time cruise through Budapest was the perfect finale. If you will be happy with just a flavor of the area, and enjoy the company of people who are, shall we say, mature for the most part, take a Viking Cruise. You should have a great time. If you are something of a shy person, loath to talk with strangers, or prefer to follow your own path, maybe this is not for you. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
This itinerary takes in a good chunk of Central European cities, some large (e.g. Budapest,Vienna) some tiny (e.g Melk, Miltenberg)), but all of historical significance and some quite picturesque. It was our first River Cruise, and it ... Read More
This itinerary takes in a good chunk of Central European cities, some large (e.g. Budapest,Vienna) some tiny (e.g Melk, Miltenberg)), but all of historical significance and some quite picturesque. It was our first River Cruise, and it took some adjustment to such a small ship and even smaller cabin, but the crew was very friendly, the other passengers were all interesting people to share meals and thoughts with - and speaking about meals, they were delicious! With such as small ship, the public areas were not very large either, so between ports and if the weather is not good enough to spend the time on the outdoor deck, bring some books to read - don't rely on the room TV, as the signal fades when crossing through locks. We participated in the off-shore excursions, some with very good guides (that deserve the tip at the end), some not so very good (hold your tip in such cases!) The cruise Cultural Director (I think that was his title), deserves a special mention for his dedication and deep knowledge. In general, service was top rated. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Our second Viking River cruise Moscow to St Petersburg 5 years ago. Grand European cost was a good value, though late in year. Longboat was very well laid out. Should have gone earlier to Budapest and stayed longer, though have be to AMS ... Read More
Our second Viking River cruise Moscow to St Petersburg 5 years ago. Grand European cost was a good value, though late in year. Longboat was very well laid out. Should have gone earlier to Budapest and stayed longer, though have be to AMS twice before. Over all a great time. Departure at night from Budapest was spectacular. Did not have low water! Problem with Germans permitting landing for Nuremberg: Cruised on. Next day retraced optional tour which was opened to all at no cost and added special lunch. Did optional tour from another landing while 500 WW II bomb was cleared which had closed all river traffic. Staff was great. Entertainment good. Were in best shape after stairs and cobble stones! Able to drink our own wine we brought aboard. Had one couple doing their 6 VRC. A few with 5! VRC must be doing something well. Most were newbies and went with the flow. Flight over on Lufthansa great, United back no so much. Only disaster was at AMS airport. Confusion with VRC staff and bus driver. Staff told driver C 26 and left. Driver dropped us at Concourse B we had to walk to C 26, long lines United, late comers for another flight taken before us boarding at D 52 LONG walk. Some just made boarding. Captain to dishwasher great attitude and service. Not one grumpy Tourist, boat full of Travelers! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Viking always does a great job. This was our 7th river cruise with Viking and we've done one big ship, the Viking Star (8 in total with Viking). This cruise started in Budapest and went to Bucharest. I made our own flight ... Read More
Viking always does a great job. This was our 7th river cruise with Viking and we've done one big ship, the Viking Star (8 in total with Viking). This cruise started in Budapest and went to Bucharest. I made our own flight arrangements so we could fly out of Harrisburg. Driving 2 1/2 hours to Philladelphia is not something we want to do n then u have that LONG ride home when u get back after a long airplane ride. Weather does have a great impact on your experience. There was a drought so the water level was too low at the end of the cruising and the last day we had to be bussed. The good thing was we could use the bathroom on the bus and u got to see more of the countryside. U spent 2 days in Budapest before embarking onto the ship. I would have rather gotten on the ship from the very first day the way we did in 2011 for the Grand European cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. Which is BTW the BEST cruise u can go on and after going on 7 of them I think we r pretty fair judges ;-). Even though the transfer is painless from hotel to ship, I still don't like having to pack-up n move. It was a very educational and interesting cruise. You don't have the quaint villages that u do on the Grand European but keep in mind these were Communist block countries 20 years ago and that has impacted this area greatly. The tour guides and people were wonderful, service on the ship was excellent, food good. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Viking represents that you have free time in ports after the complimentary morning tour. Not so much. In 23 days of cruising we were tied up within walking distance of the sites for only two stops! All other stops we would have had to ... Read More
Viking represents that you have free time in ports after the complimentary morning tour. Not so much. In 23 days of cruising we were tied up within walking distance of the sites for only two stops! All other stops we would have had to taxi to the town, if there was time available. In some stops, Bamberg for one, the stop was after lunch, with no free time. Other times, the tour guide would usher us out of the venue, and you could not spend more time in the church or museum because you could not re-enter. Used Viking Air, and was not advised that code share flights cannot be upgraded, even tho the travel agent knew we wanted to upgrade. The upgrade we wanted was on Lufthansa, a Viking partner, but we still could not get it. Had to pay to change the reservation, $900, to a non code share to upgrade. The food and service on the cruise were excellent. Be forewarned that if you like some independent touring, there is little opportunity to do so. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was my first cruise (although my wife has been on a couple of others). We cruised from Bucharest to Budapest, and then went on to Prague by bus. I enjoyed the cruise; the boat was very comfortable (we had a balcony stateroom B), the ... Read More
This was my first cruise (although my wife has been on a couple of others). We cruised from Bucharest to Budapest, and then went on to Prague by bus. I enjoyed the cruise; the boat was very comfortable (we had a balcony stateroom B), the services and staff were excellent, the food was great, and we enjoyed the tours. I was impressed with the ability of the staff to formulate alternatives, especially when we couldn't get into Budapest due to low water, but the long bus ride due to low water at the embarkation point was a bit tiresome. I also appreciated the limited number of people on the boat (130 or so). The hotels which were provided were excellent - good locations in the city centers and very comfortable. That being said, I find cruises (we just returned from a Smithsonian cruise - my second in as many months) to be somewhat limiting in terms of really getting to explore the countries one is visiting. Bus rides are often fairly long and time at the sites is somewhat limited. Some very nice touches on this cruise, however, were the musical performances at two churches and the visit to the horse farm. The visit to a family in Croatia was really interesting - to hear the husband talk about his and his family's life and hopes was a moving and informative experience. Some of the on-board entertainment was fun and the discussion of the EU from the Eastern European perspective was revealing. Budapest and Prague were great cities to visit and we did have a couple of days in each - enough time to at least hit the highlights. The local guides were quite good for the most part. All in all, I would certainly take another Viking cruise. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
This was a very good experience for our first river cruise. I like Viking's business model where you pay up front and don't have to worry about paying for tours, lunch and dinner beverages, and much of the tipping. The crew was ... Read More
This was a very good experience for our first river cruise. I like Viking's business model where you pay up front and don't have to worry about paying for tours, lunch and dinner beverages, and much of the tipping. The crew was pleasant and helpful and we really admired how they handled the Danusbe's low water complications without breaking a sweat. The excursions were worthwhile but, like I'm sure many people say, I wish there had been just a bit more time to shop for souveniers, etc. By the time we returned to the ship, I was usually too tired to go out again. My problem!! I thought Viking did a nice job getting people off and back on the ship each day. The small number of people on the Aegir was most welcome and the open dining room was a nice way to get to meet new people throughout the journey. One ctriticism. The ship sold a thumb drive with pictures from our trip for $20 or euro (can't remember). The photos were not good enough nor plentiful enough to be worth that price. And how refreshing to be told that we were welcome to buy local wines and beers and bring them on board--no charge to open them for dinner. I didn't experience that on a big oceanliner! Most of the enrichment and entertainment brought on board were very interesting. The local guides were well informed and pleasant to speak with. Also enjoyed the Home Visit very much. Please consider including in the packet sent out before the trip a little nicer and more detailed map of our adventure. We will be back for more Viking pampering. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
My husband and I came straight off a Rick Steve tour along the Adriatic to Budapest where we started our 11 day Eastern Europe cruise with Viking on the Aegir. We stayed for two nights at the Le Meridien hotel in Budapest which is elegant ... Read More
My husband and I came straight off a Rick Steve tour along the Adriatic to Budapest where we started our 11 day Eastern Europe cruise with Viking on the Aegir. We stayed for two nights at the Le Meridien hotel in Budapest which is elegant and wonderful. It was very hot but the walking city tour was interesting and our bus tour the next day also. Our ship was delayed getting into Budapest due to mechanical problems, but Viking made the decision not to tell anyone until everyone had arrived in Budapest. Our embarkation was delayed by about 6 hours but we had a large room at the hotel where everyone had lunch and where we could stay in the air conditioning if we didn't want to be out walking around. Everyone had to check out of their rooms by 10 am but we did not get on the ship until around 6 pm. So that was not ideal, but not awful. After boarding the ship, we were pleasantly surprised by the clean ship, the nice cabin, pleasant crew and good food. We enjoyed every meal, the crew was really great and we liked walking around on the sun deck. Everything went as planned for most of the week. Some of the daily tours were better than others, but for the most part, were what we expected. On the second to the last day on the river, we were told that the river was too low and we would be getting off the boat at a different location. We still had the same bus tour that day, but it was two hours each direction instead of one hour. So that was a lot of driving. We were among the youngest people on our cruise; our ages are 55 and 61. Most people were older than that but it was not a problem. Almost everyone we met on the tour was interesting and very nice. Our tour ended in Bucharest, where again we stayed at a great hotel, Radisson Blu and enjoyed the city tours. I'm not sure if we will do another Viking tour but we may. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Our 15 day Viking River Cruise was both a joy and a heartbreak. The trip was unfortunately hit by the failure of one of the main engines. We were told about this breakdown the first day. We were kept appraised of the problem and the ... Read More
Our 15 day Viking River Cruise was both a joy and a heartbreak. The trip was unfortunately hit by the failure of one of the main engines. We were told about this breakdown the first day. We were kept appraised of the problem and the corrective action plan on a daily basis. The plan was to have the trip proceed as normal for the first ten days and then we would all leave the boat and proceed the last five days on land. The first ten days: This part of the trip was a complete joy. The accommodations were excellent, the cabin staff were well trained and performed their duties to the letter with a smile and cheerful attitude. On the boat the food and food service was without fault. We enjoyed every meal. And we enjoyed the boat's crew. Off the boat the accommodations were okay but not as good as the boat. The travel by bus was very uncomfortable and not what we paid for. Off the boat meals were less than even 2nd class. Poorly prepared and poorly served. The "Rating" points listed and filled out below apply to the time on the boat only. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
The Viking Grand Europe River Cruise, Amsterdam-Budapest appealed to me because it offered an opportunity to see many countries without the hassle of packing and unpacking and arranging for transportation. The cities we visited were all ... Read More
The Viking Grand Europe River Cruise, Amsterdam-Budapest appealed to me because it offered an opportunity to see many countries without the hassle of packing and unpacking and arranging for transportation. The cities we visited were all new to me and this seemed like a good way to "sample" places that I'd like to return to in the future. That said, the itinerary was a good match for what I wanted. From booking to disembarking, this trip met or exceeding expectations. Viking delivered on all its advertised luxuries. Except for the weather, which either rained or threatend rain every day but two, I was delighted with the experience. Again, I think it is critical to do your research ahead of time so you know what a trip like this is and isn't. What it is:The long-ships are essentially a very well run hotel on the river with experienced staff. From the enthusiastic program director to the service oriented waitstaff, there is a clear message that they are working to make your trip the best. The excursion guides are locals and in addition to being well informed, they are terrific ambassadors for their cities (many of which are hoping that tourism will boost their economy). We had a room on the third deck with a balcony. Our travel companions had a suite on the same deck. Since we spent little time in the room, the space was adequate and the balcony was a nice feature. I think the French balcony would have been fine as well and a real upgrade over the small window on the first deck (not good if you like fresh air at night). The food quality seemed to improve significantly as the trip proceeded. I highly suggest spending the extra money to eat lunch in the cities when in a port if you want to meet locals and get a real sense of the local cuisine. Breakfast and dinners on board were very good with the last few night's dinners excellent. If you like lingering over dinner this is the place. Dinner starts at 7 and we were usually at our table until 9:00. The evening entertainment varied from fair to fabulous-especially the off-ship concert in Vienna. I wish there were more of these options offered especially when in larger cities such as Cologne. If you don't like arranged guides with quick visits to cathedrals and palaces and walks through medieval towns, this is NOT the trip for you. There were times I was wishing for more free time (which you could do in lieu of the guided tour), but over all it was a good balance of free and structured time. As with any cruise, you can be as social or solitary as you wish. Our fellow travelers were easy to interact with. Since we were traveling with another couple, we spent much time together while also engaging with others at meals and during the day trips. The layout of the ship makes it easy to find a quiet spot to read or relax as you cruise down the beautiful river. As a relatively fit and active couple, we were surprised to learn that our daily walks through towns (many with great hills and stairs to climb) proved adequate for our exercise needs. I was brave enough to weigh myself upon our rerun and shocked to find I had only gained pound (and I drank beer and ate dessert every day). Lastbut not least, this was a trip where you could dress as casually as you wanted. Some dressed up a bit for dinners, but you really could live in jeans everyday if you so desired. What it is NOT: It is not the kind of trip where you are going to feel you get your value worth if you stay on the ship all day. It is not a trip for those who wish to spend quality time in one or two cities (although the pre and post trip options would allow for this). It is not a trip that will satisfy if you are not willing to take a chance on the unpredictable weather, which can cause significant problems as many travelers noted during the June floods. It is also not a trip that you should consider if you aren't willing to compensate the excellent staff. Some on board our trip commented on the tipping guidelines but we thought about what we would tip if we went out to dinner every night for 15 nights and it seemed within reason. That said, they are just guidelines. We were happy to compensate all the staff for their excellent service. Overall, this was a very good trip in large part because we had a pretty good idea of what to expect. Like all trips, there was some luck involved. No floods or strikes or ship malfunctions. Other than a mild cold, all went off without a hitch. Now, if someone from the staff could just help me sort through my1000+ photos... Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
This was our fifth Viking cruise within the last 3 years and we have another booked so we are fans of the brand. If you book on an early offer price they are rarely bettered in our experience. This trip was booked for 2 reasons.We are ... Read More
This was our fifth Viking cruise within the last 3 years and we have another booked so we are fans of the brand. If you book on an early offer price they are rarely bettered in our experience. This trip was booked for 2 reasons.We are fans of German Xmas markets plus we wanted to try out a new Viking longship--as they call their new design. They have launched several this year with more to come in 2013. Ordinarily we have not booked a french balcony cabin as even on a deal a standard plain window cabin is coming in at around £155 each a day which is plenty but that does include an excursion a day plus house wine or beer with lunch and dinner (and bottled water plus tea/coffee from a machine 24/7). This time was no exception but it proved to be a mistake. Every time you used the bathroom plumbing noises were very evident in the cabin so if one was taking a shower the other endured a racket in the main cabin as the water flowed through the pipework.It was even louder in the bathroom . Additionally if another boat or barge was passing by then you picked up its engine noise from about 4 lengths before to about 4 after.And this was even if the boat was passing on the opposite side of our ship. We resorted to sleeping with wax earplugs to try and get some uninterrupted sleep--but with difficulty I wondered if the extra noise on the longship was due to its construction--maybe aluminium was used for lightness and strength.No one will tell me.I am surprised that they have built so many to the same plan without introducing just one and getting feedback on its "wrinkles" and then sorting them out. We were not alone in our criticism .Others near us complained of the same when we mixed as we ate and chatted about the cruise.(all open seating).So we will not travel on the lower deck on one of these again! Having said all that the remainder of the ship was fine --very light and airy.A bit short on seating in the main lounge for daily briefings if everyone turned up. Breakfasts and lunch were mainly buffet style and food choices good but unexceptional.Dinners were served after ordering usually from a choice of 3 on the menu and were very good indeed in our view.To us the house white is indifferent and the red just about palatable but it is included in the price paid. The itinerary was the standard Amsterdam to Basel with some very good daily stops but being december we had xmas markets for 5 days out of 7 to enjoy in and around the standard sightseeing tours.And snow on 5 out of 7 also which made the Black Forest coach trip quite magical. Will we go back on Viking? Certainly but regettably will have to pay more to be higher up if the booked trip is on one of these new ships in which case we will go less often. Having written to Viking about the noise levels we are still waiting for their comments if indeed they do bother to reply Read Less
Sail Date December 2012
Viking Aegir Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.2
Dining 4.0 4.3
Entertainment 3.0 3.8
Public Rooms 5.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.0
Family 1.0 3.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.1
Enrichment 4.0 4.1
Service 4.0 4.5
Value For Money 3.0 3.9
Rates 4.0 3.5

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