21 Viking River Viking Rurik Cruise Reviews

While we were questioned by family and friends, and found out almost everyone else on the cruise as well, as to why did we want to go to Russia? Our family were concerned about our safety, especially after weeks of protests in Moscow. ... Read More
While we were questioned by family and friends, and found out almost everyone else on the cruise as well, as to why did we want to go to Russia? Our family were concerned about our safety, especially after weeks of protests in Moscow. None of this daunted our desire to go, especially since we had already paid for the cruise. We wanted to see something we knew would be very different and were raised to treat Russia as an enemy country. We were really in for a pleasant surprise - we absolutely loved Russia. We learned so much about the country, the people, their history; how they suffered during WW II and also how they suffered under communism prior to the fall of the Soviet Union. That's why we went, and while this will probably be the once in a lifetime trip, we'd do it again given the opportunity. We are first time river cruisers - really want to do another river cruise somewhere - most likely Europe. We were so impressed with Viking - their planned tours were fantastic. The ship was exceptionally well maintained. Don't be daunted by the 1975 ship build date - Viking keeps is looking new at all times!! Our cabin (room 300) was very comfortable. The food was great; the staff absolutely top notch - I'd love to cruise with this crew again. One concern I've read before going was that there is only 1 elevator on this ship and the stairs are quite steep. My wife and I are in the 60s and 70s, in good shape. We only used the stairs - had no problem going up and down. Used the elevator once to take our suitcases down to weigh them before departing - as part of foolish manly pride, I decided to take the first bag down the stairs - no problem going down; however, two Viking cleaning ladies immediately jumped in and grabbed my bag to carry it down - they then pointed to the elevator and said I could use that!!! Trying to go back up with the bag was more of a challenge - a young Viking sailor saw me and immediately lifted the bag over his head and carried it up for me - this is how the crew is all the time. I then elected to use the elevator for the second bag - much wiser. So, we had no complaint regarding using the stairs! People with mobility limitations would have difficulty on the stairs. It was a little more challenging after the vodka sampling activity one evening - I definitely recommend it. Our room was right outside the main dining area - we thought this might be an issue with noise - no issue whatsoever - since everyone is on the same schedule, people talking outside our room never bothered us. While we had a balcony, we hardly used it since we were so busy all the time; plus it could be a little cool sitting out there in the evening - once the sun went down - between 9 and 10 pm, up at 4:30, the temperatures went down - maybe into the 50s. However, we were lucky - we brought the sun - something rare in this part of the world. So our temperatures were mostly in the 70s during the day; one day it hit 80 in Moscow - while locals weren't happy with that, it still felt very comfortable. All excursions go on rain or shine - we had a few light showers and one heavier downpour in Yaroslavl - but the outside gift area was covered, so rain never bothered us. We travelled from St Petersburg to Moscow - we go through 17 locks - many are at night when sleeping; but very interesting to watch. We didn't realize there are 5 Viking ships going up and down this route all season - each one does 14 round trips per season (6 month period) - can't do it in the winter since lakes and rivers are frozen over. All ships looks exactly the same. When we got to St Petersburg all 5 were at the docks - each one leaving a different day. They'll dock 2 together, so you will have to walk through one to get to your ship. Some of you will do what some of us did - get on the first ship and go to your room - only to find your key doesn't work. Then you realize, you are on the wrong ship!!! There are differences in the ships - usually in the size of public rooms. Starting in St Petersburg, all our tours were included with two exceptions. Went to Catherine Palace in Pushkin - unreal to see this. The crowds were quite large, but the Viking guides (some from the ship, others local) - are great. Lots of historic detail which they are very proud to provide regarding Russian history. Did the Panoramic St Petersburg tour - got a really good look at this beautiful city. Did the optional Cossack Folk Songs and Dances - don't miss this fantastic show - the show is in the parking lot of the port - in a large tent - kept perfectly comfortable inside. Then went to the Hermitage - this place I so incredibly large with so much to see and lots and lots of people. It's definitely worthwhile - but not possible to see everything. Did the optional St Petersburg from the water - highly recommend this wonderful tour of canals in St Petersburg. We stayed on the open deck for the entire trip - but you can go in to a covered area if it rains. I also attended the ballet - saw Swan Lake - it was beautifully done. Left St Petersbug and sailed to Mandrogy - very smooth waters all the way. This is a very interesting stop - no included tours, but you can walk through a small village. Went to a vodka museum - didn't realize the 300 ruble entry fee included sampling 3 or 4 vodka's of your choice. Some people did the Russian Banya - they all said it was worthwhile - I preferred not to try. Then we sailed for Kizhi - a tiny island way up north on Lake Onega - the entire island is a historical museum of how life was in Russia 300 years ago. Very interesting - it was a very smooth ride on the lake. The cathedral was fantastic to see. Priests did a chant for us - fascinating to see and hear. The old house was unreal how they engineered it - warm places for children and women and an entire area inside for the cattle to stay for the very harsh winters. This was the coolest day we experienced; I think in the 50s and windy with very light rain - it felt so good when coming from Texas in August. Goritsky was the next stop - bus ride to Monastery for a beautiful included tour of Monastery. Then a bus ride from Monastery to meet ship in Kuzino (you could have stayed on ship to relax, but we wanted to see everything we could). Next stop was Yaroslavl - a city of 600K people - quite nice city. Did the Yaroslavl tour with Governors House - this was really worthwhile. Got to go into a beautiful church - leaned so much in there. Also visited a high school where each group was assigned a student to give us the tour - Our student's English was very good; then a 12 year old young lady performed a Russian dance for us - she was so good. Then in the Governor's house local young ladies escorted each group - there was so much artwork in there ; plus some live classical music, plus 1800's dances performed by 2 young ladies and 2 young men - they were superb. Then is was off to Uglich - the last town before Moscow. Got up to prepare for our 8:30 tour which was a visit to a Russian home - thought we were already docked at 6:30am; since ship wasn't moving. Opened curtain to see what it was like out - very dense fog. Cruise director told us we hit the fog when entering the Volga river and had to stop and anchor since they can't navigate the river in dense fog. Then we were told we would move once fog lifted and unfortunately would have to miss the stop at Uglich - very disappointing. Viking made it up by inviting everyone on the optional Moscow by night tour - for those who already paid, we got refunds. Last stop was Moscow - did the Kremlin included tour - again large crowds, but so worthwhile to see.. Then we did the optional tour of the Cosmonaut Museum - they really put on a tremendous display. They are vey proud of their accomplishments and the fact that they have worked well with USA in space activities. Moscow by night is highly recommended - a late night, but worth it. Last tour was the included Panoramic Moscow - riding the subway was quite the experience - the stations were absolutely beautiful. Finally, pack and head home. I was so impressed with how organized Viking is with handling luggage and getting us to the airport on time - this happened on both sides - getting to St Petersbugh - arrival and check in was the smoothest I've ever experience. I think I've written enough - if you gather that we loved this cruise, you are right and that we were so impressed with Viking - I will definitely sail with them again. The wait staff was phenominal - mostly Filipino or Russian - incredibly responsive to our needs and food was great. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
We chose this trip since we were interested in doing the route from St. Petersburg to Moscow. It was fantastic. The shore excursions chosen by the ship were amazing. And a big KUDOS to the tour guides both on the ship and privately. ... Read More
We chose this trip since we were interested in doing the route from St. Petersburg to Moscow. It was fantastic. The shore excursions chosen by the ship were amazing. And a big KUDOS to the tour guides both on the ship and privately. Special mention must be made to Valeria. She is first class as a guide and lecturer on Russian history. We had two lectures given by her and it was fascinating. Valeria really took us back in History in such vivid detail that you felt you were living in that era. Her tours especially Moscow by Night was brilliant. Thanks for the chocolate Valeria! Just what the dr. ordered at 100am!! Breakfast and lunches were excellent. But please please do something about dinner. The food was not good and if we had had a buffet with salads and vegetables, that would definitely have been great. The Matre D' Jonathan, is first class together with his staff. The coffee station on the 2nd deck is great and always available 24 7. There were hardly any entertainment activities besides the ship duo who played every night. TV was terrible. What about more movies? Documentaries? One needs that on sea days. Viking is a great company to sail with. They look after you very well and here I would like to give Stephanie Hotel Manager a big Kudos for the outstanding job she is doing. Also we arrived earlier that expected on embarkation day. It was pouring with rain and front desk staff received us very warmly and immediately ushered us to our cabin . They were very kind and in all our dealings with the front desk, service was top class Douglas, Program Manager, is a gem. Always keeping you up dated on your next port, etc. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
It was fantastic on so many levels. It was more than I ever expected. The crew was so professional and personable. Loved the meals and the wine to go with. Loved the tour guides on the ship. They were very well informed on the history of ... Read More
It was fantastic on so many levels. It was more than I ever expected. The crew was so professional and personable. Loved the meals and the wine to go with. Loved the tour guides on the ship. They were very well informed on the history of the country as well as being fun and personable. Same with the Russians hired to do the tours. Loved the smaller amount of people that the Rurik ship could accommodate. I really do not think any other Viking cruise could top this one. Hopefully, I am wrong about this. Room was perfect. Always kept very clean.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
I really enjoyed the cruise because; It was small The food , service and ambiance was great The meals were excellent and I appreciated the the many choices and the portions were just right for me. The lectures were informative The ... Read More
I really enjoyed the cruise because; It was small The food , service and ambiance was great The meals were excellent and I appreciated the the many choices and the portions were just right for me. The lectures were informative The tours were good, however, it depended on the expertise and interest of the guides leading the tour. I would have liked to have had some input in what I wanted to see especially in the Hermitage and Armory. The rooms were very comfortable and I appreciated being able to watch lecures on the room TV.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2014
We just returned from Waterways of the Tsars and fell in love with St. Petersburg and the Russian countryside. Our cabin was on the highest cabin deck, and we enjoyed sitting on our veranda during the cruising portion of the trip. Our room ... Read More
We just returned from Waterways of the Tsars and fell in love with St. Petersburg and the Russian countryside. Our cabin was on the highest cabin deck, and we enjoyed sitting on our veranda during the cruising portion of the trip. Our room was a good size for us, but there are many public areas to sit if you prefer. The ship is attractive, and up to date, and always spotlessly clean. The meals are great. I cannot speak of ocean cruising, where I believe the eating options are much more varied, but we are not river cruising primarily for the meals. That said, the choices pleased us and everyone we talked to on the ship. There were almost always Russian specialties as an alternative to more common common dishes and we loved that. We thought the food was delicious and imaginatively prepared. The staff was amazing! I really cannot think of a single staff member who was not professional and at the same time friendly. Our steward, Elena, kept the cabin immaculate. The wait staff, including Anna, was wonderful. The maître'd Sophia was adorable and kept the dining room running beautifully. The hotel manager was charming and extremely competent. He literally took care of any problems immediately, though the ship was run so well there were few issues. The on shore excursions were great, although we always preferred the on board tour escorts, Sasha and Alexey, to the local tour escorts whose command of English was not as good. Still, many of those tour escorts were good as well. The tours were superb, and there were also many on board lectures to acquaint you with Russian history and culture. All in all, we enjoyed this cruise much more than we had expected to, given the political situation. We have travelled with Viking before and knew they were excellent, but were a bit unsure about going to Russia at this time. We are certainly glad we went. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
My first river cruise easily won me over to this type of travel. As a former independent, backpacking traveler, I was skeptical taking a "tour package". Viking River Cruise offered me beautiful accommodations, dining options ... Read More
My first river cruise easily won me over to this type of travel. As a former independent, backpacking traveler, I was skeptical taking a "tour package". Viking River Cruise offered me beautiful accommodations, dining options throughout the day, scheduled tours throughout Russia with plenty of flexibility to explore on our own. Viking provided seamless travel arrangements from takeoff to boarding and disembarking to takeoff afterward. As we toured Moscow worry free, Viking rebooked our flight home when Air France cancelled our original flights due to the pilot's strike. We enjoyed the open seating concept that allowed us to dine alone or freely make new friends by joining a table with open seats. As a life long learner I found the shore excursions informative and enjoyed the local guides at each port. Pre-port lectures on the ship prepared us in an entraining and informative way regarding history, ports, and current events in Russia. Entire crew gets an "A+". Friendly, professional, attentive, and accommodating. Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
I am not easily impressed, but our first river cruise (Moscow to St. Petersburg) was just great! Russia was so surprising - I grew up thinking that all buildings in Russia were old and gray. Just the opposite: Moscow was very modern. In ... Read More
I am not easily impressed, but our first river cruise (Moscow to St. Petersburg) was just great! Russia was so surprising - I grew up thinking that all buildings in Russia were old and gray. Just the opposite: Moscow was very modern. In St. Petersburg, we found beautiful 17th / 18th century buildings. For me, the most amazing part of Russia was the churches. I thought that the socialists there had destroyed all the churches, and they did do that to many, but there were a lot of beautiful Russian Orthodox churches throughout our trip. Beautiful icons covered the walls of the churches, some of which were 500 years old. While we saw many sites, Peter the Great's Palace and Catherine the Great's Palace were fantastic. Secondly, no trip is enjoyable if the boat and the crew are not of high quality. The Rurick had been renovated a year ago, so it was like new. While our room was small, we had no problems with it. The Veranda was great to watch the scenery as it went by . The restaurant was very nice with good food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Maybe most important was the crew. They were great! 100%. They learned our names in a day. They solved any issues we had. When we stopped on the river, the crew would tell us exactly where to go to buy items and where not to go. In the restaurant, the waiter and waitress we had (we sat with others at a corner table) would essentially "reserve" our table by serving the drinks that we liked before we even got there. There was always something to do on the boat. I really liked the afternoon talks we had about the history of Russia. They were not political - mostly just the facts, I understand a lot more about Russia now. Because this river cruise was so good, we are taking another river cruise in Europe in 2015. The cruises aren't cheap, but you get your money's worth. And as they say, "You can't take it with you". Nick G.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
We both really enjoyed this cruise. It was to celebrate our Silver Anniversary and lived up to our expectations. The junior suite was lovely and all the staff were excellent. All the trips and events were fabulous and the arrangements to ... Read More
We both really enjoyed this cruise. It was to celebrate our Silver Anniversary and lived up to our expectations. The junior suite was lovely and all the staff were excellent. All the trips and events were fabulous and the arrangements to visit made it all so easy. The food was excellent too. We would say that it would have been good to have had more free time, perhaps fewer events would be better. Sometimes, our free time was taken up waiting to get to toilets. The cathedrals were all spectacular, but maybe there were too many visits to such religious sites. The boat trip in St Petersburg was a bit rough and ready, not quite Viking standard, We were also concerned that one older lady fell getting off the bus for this but our guide was already away out front and had to be called back. Guides should check everyone is ok before setting off. However, the whole experience was excellent and we would defrinitely go Viking again - if we can afford it! Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
We had never been on Viking River Cruise previously, but the line was highly recommended by our travel agent as well as a friend who has been on a Viking river cruise previously. We cannot fault the line, staff or the tour guides. It was ... Read More
We had never been on Viking River Cruise previously, but the line was highly recommended by our travel agent as well as a friend who has been on a Viking river cruise previously. We cannot fault the line, staff or the tour guides. It was an amazing trip and very enjoyable and enlightening. The Rurik has been updated apparently, and the only challenge are the steep stairs. There is a lift (elevator) but only one at the back of the boat. We had a fantastic trip and the staff were excellent. The local tour guides were very helpful and went out of their way to ensure that questions, comments and information were addressed. The only challenge we had was at Peterof, but that was our fault. We did not listen to information where the bus would be parked. The Cruise Director, Christopher, went out of his way to help us and gave us information on St Petersburg which was invaluable. We are looking at other Viking Cruises for future trips. Hope they pick up Amazon cruises on their list.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2014
This was our 4th Viking cruise and it was as wonderful as all the others. We started our trip with a couple extra days in Moscow. Since we felt that the Viking price of $1200 for 2 nights seemed high and I wanted to stay closer to the ... Read More
This was our 4th Viking cruise and it was as wonderful as all the others. We started our trip with a couple extra days in Moscow. Since we felt that the Viking price of $1200 for 2 nights seemed high and I wanted to stay closer to the Kremlin area, we made our own arrangements. We had two nights booked at the Marriott Royal Aurora which was just a couple blocks from the Bolshoi and fairly close to GUM, Red square, and the Kremlin. We had never been to Moscow before and wanted see some additional sites plus get over some of our 11 hours of jet lag. I had done quite a bit of research on the logistics of getting from Domodedevo airport to the city center and then to the Marriott. Since we travel fairly light with only carry-on bags, we made our way through passport control and then customs. Everything we had read indicated that we should fill out a customs declaration for our electronics and other items of value over $1500. Since I figured we were at about $2800, we proceeded, form in hand, to the red line. The official took one look, handed it back to us and said only “green line”. I think all they are really looking for are commercial goods or large amounts of cash. We changed enough dollars at the airport to get us into town. I knew there was an ATM in the airport somewhere but I never did see it…plus I really preferred to get cash from ATM at a major bank in town. The Aeroexpress train ticket machine has English instructions and takes cash. With tickets purchased, we then realized that we had less than 5 minutes to make it to the other side of the terminal or wait 30 minutes for the next train. We ran and quickly jumped on the train just seconds before the train doors closed. We arrived at Paveletsky RR Station 45 minutes later and transferred to the “Green Line” metro. I bought an 11 ride card for 320 Rubles, and we went 2 stops to the Teatralnaya station. We surfaced just in front of the Bolshoi. (Note: There is an excellent document on Tripadvisor that describes exactly how to use the metro.) After a short walk, we entered the Marriott. You are probably wondering, why go to all the trouble? We had heard about the Moscow traffic and then saw it from the train. Domodedevo is a LONG way from the city center and it would have cost us considerably more time & money than the $24 we spent on the train and metro. It took us just over 2 hours from the time we left the plane till we walked into the Marriott. The Marriott was fantastic! I am MR Gold, so we were first upgraded to a bigger room. Then we had access to the Concierge Lounge which had an unexpected and outstanding evening buffet including free wine & beer. While we could have had an excellent breakfast there, we were told to go to the buffet instead as it was also free to us. It was superb and kept us going till dinner. We also had free Internet. But what made this hotel so special was the service. From the moment we arrived till we left, everyone was SO friendly and attentive. They were a pleasure to deal with. We would not hesitate to stay there again and recommend it highly. Since we were making our own way to the ship, I had emailed the Viking Rurik to confirm their location. I received a quick reply that verified that the ship was at the Northern Cruise ship terminal about a 10 minute walk from the Rechnoy Vokzal metro station, the last stop on the green line. So metro ticket in hand, we walked back to Teatralnaya station and about a half hour later walked onto the Viking Rurik. To our surprise, we were given immediate access to our room at noon, unpacked, and then had lunch in the dining room. This was very nice and totally unexpected as we assumed we’d have a small snack in the lounge and then wait till 3pm for cabin access. We had a balcony on the middle deck, same level as the restaurant. This was great because the steps between decks are VERY steep. The Panorama bar on the 4th deck was really nice for either a smaller breakfast or relaxing during the day or before dinner. We were up there sometime every day. We were extremely lucky to book the Rurik for the June 12-24 sailing because June 12 was Russian Independence Day and the start of a 4-day holiday. This meant NO traffic! But unlike other holidays of this kind around Europe, all stores and sights were open. It took only 20-25 minutes to get from the ship to Red Square by bus, less time than riding the metro. As usual, all Viking tours and guides were excellent. The first day Viking offered an ‘up close’ walking tour which took us through the subway to Red Square, GUM, the new Cathedral, along the Kremlin embankment, and to a concert before returning back to the ship for a late dinner. Next day had many optional tours plus a free bus to Red Square. Since we were totally comfortable with the subway, we wanted to tour some additional stations. The stations are quite beautiful. We then navigated to Arabat Street and wandered through the shops. We also toured inside St. Basil’s. We did go on the optional Moscow by Night tour which started with a boat ride around the Moscow River and ended with walking around Red Square around 11pm once it finally got dark. Red square, with St. Basil’s, GUM, and the Kremlin is spectacular at night. I would highly recommend this tour. One optional tour that was not mentioned in the pre-cruise literature was the visit to the Kremlin Armory Museum in conjunction with Cathedral Square. We had gone there on our own and I consider it the highlight of our time in Moscow. It is the only place to see the Faberge eggs and thousands of other priceless treasures. It is better than any other museum of its kind including the crown jewels in London and Hapsburg treasury in Vienna. The Viking Kremlin tour was the morning of our last day in Moscow. It was excellent and really helped us understand the history of the fortress and its cathedrals. The ports enroute to St. Petersburg were all very interesting. We especially enjoyed the wooden domed churches in Kinzi and the monastery in Kuzino. Viking tours always seem to have something just a little bit extra that enhances the experience. For example we had an group singing Acapella at the monastery and Bell Ringing in Kinzi. Mandrogy had the best craft items by far. The dozens of artisans were working on their wares and each had a unique style. The items were more expensive than we’d seen at hundreds of shops along the way, but it was also obvious that the quality was there. Like Moscow, we had 3 full days in St. Petersburg. Once again, we were lucky as we arrived on a Saturday so the traffic was considerably lighter than normal. First day, we went to the Hermitage and then to the ballet that evening. Rather than go back and forth to the ship between tours, we opted to stay in the city center. We wandered Nevsky Prospect and then had dinner at a place recommended by Christopher, the cruise director. It was on the 6th floor of a building across from the Kazan Cathedral and had great views of the city including the domes of the spilled blood church. All tours the next day were included. We first ventured out to Catherine’s Palace and then had a city tour that included the Peter and Paul Fortress in the afternoon. It was a beautiful day for both. The weather our last day in St. Petersburg was not quite as nice as we took the optional tour to Peterhof. However, even with the steady rain, the gardens and fountains were spectacular. Viking arranged for us to be the first group inside the palace which was really nice as it was extremely crowded later in the morning. I would highly recommend the Peterhof tour as the palace interior rooms have original furnishings and décor. It was probably the highlight of our time in St. Petersburg. We also signed up for the optional canal boat tour in the afternoon. After the city tour the day before, the boat ride was short, boring, redundant and just an unnecessary expense. I wish we would have skipped it. Meals on board were very good to excellent. The house white and red were above average Spanish wines and they flowed freely. In fact, our glasses were never empty. Rather than having to ask for more, we had to ask our wait staff to stop pouring. Every lunch and dinner had at least one or two Russian specialties, many of which we tried. There were also several sail away parties with Champagne, Vodka, or other specialty drinks our on the Sundeck. There was also a special Russian dinner and buffet lunch during the course of the cruise. The Russian history lectures on board were outstanding. Other events such as Vodka tasting, Pelmeni making, Wheelhouse tour, etc. kept us more than busy between ports. Everyone agreed that the presented programs were the best of any previous Viking cruise or ocean cruise for that matter. They would always schedule two sessions in the Skybar so that everyone could attend. We wanted to go to Finland but again thought the Viking post-cruise option of 3 nights for $1600 seemed extremely expensive especially since only breakfast was included. We did have Viking arrange a taxi to the train station and boarded the Allegro High Speed train for the 3.5hr trip to Helsinki. Best part was that we cleared Russian customs and EU immigration from our seats on the train. It was no muss, no fuss, extremely efficient, and totally painless. We had 2 nights there before continuing north to the Finnish Lake district and the town of Savonlinna. A few nights later we were back in Helsinki, staying at the airport the night before flying back to San Francisco. This was an outstanding 3 week trip and a Viking cruise is the perfect way to see Russia!   Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
Wow, where to begin. We would have never travelled to Russia on our own. After seeing how Viking handled our two week "Grand European" tour in 2013 from Budapest to Amsterdam during the "500" year flood, we knew that we ... Read More
Wow, where to begin. We would have never travelled to Russia on our own. After seeing how Viking handled our two week "Grand European" tour in 2013 from Budapest to Amsterdam during the "500" year flood, we knew that we would always be safe and stress free with Viking. We were right. It was a marvelous trip to a country we would have never put on our wish list if Viking was not hosting it. They continue to amaze us. The staff, the service, the food, the cleanliness and the tours are all 5 star. They offer us interesting places to visit not only stress free but with a feeling of security. In addition, their teams are friendly, helpful and full of fun and enjoy their work. Great service is the norm. As I said before, "Viking rules the rivers". Gord Haddock, Saskatchewan, Canada PS We are already booked on Vikings first ocean going ship the Star on their maiden voyage. I already know that we are going to have a wonderful trip. It's Viking........that's all we need to know. Read Less
Sail Date June 2014
Having visited St. Petersburg earlier in the year with a "big" cruise ship and two short days to see it all, I was looking forward to the three and one half days this time. I was not disappointed. But let's start at the ... Read More
Having visited St. Petersburg earlier in the year with a "big" cruise ship and two short days to see it all, I was looking forward to the three and one half days this time. I was not disappointed. But let's start at the beginning. I had taken Viking River Cruises on the Danube a number of years ago and was impressed. When I mentioned it to friends who had not taken a river cruise before they were intrigued. One of my friends made comment that we should go to Russia before it was too difficult. We started looking for river cruises and it was agreed that Viking was our choice. May was a good month for us and the weather would not be too cold. We made the necessary arrangements and booked out travel and took off. We did not use the service that was offered or the airlines. We did the visa route ourselves and booked out own air. We all had a great time commenting on what had to be done and why. From the moment that the Viking staff met us at the airport till the time we were taken back to the airport in Moscow, we had a "blast". Our guide stayed with us the whole excursion trips.Being Russian, our guide was up on all of the news and views as well as history. We got to know the wait staff and the officers. The food was good, very good and first class. It was up to you on your choice. We were the first trip of the season and as a result,there were some minor glitches. Nothing to write home about. Would we travel with Viking again...YES!!! My friends have stated that they would not take a "big" boat again if they don't have to. We are starting to plan our next trip.   Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
After hearing several favorable reports on Viking River cruises we signed up for the Odessa to Kiev cruise on the ship Lomonosov, now being refitted to look like the Viking Rurik, but with the same staff. Our disappointment cannot be ... Read More
After hearing several favorable reports on Viking River cruises we signed up for the Odessa to Kiev cruise on the ship Lomonosov, now being refitted to look like the Viking Rurik, but with the same staff. Our disappointment cannot be overstated. We knew, of course, that the ship has no elevator. But who would dream that it has no telephones either? Every question means a separate trip down the stairs to the reception desk. This was not among the features mentioned in Viking's literature! And there are no smoke detectors, an amazing omission! Our upscale large stateroom was hard to heat and harder to cool. The lack of heat was solved by the ship's maintenance staff by bolting the three large windows permanently shut. This did nothing for cooling. The food is alright if somewhat bland. But the din in the two dining rooms comes close to defeating conversation. No sound absorbing materials are anywhere in view. Service is slow and limited to one item at a time (do not ask for desert and a beverage ... they do mean one at a time). Refills of wine or coffee or tea were infrequent in the larger dining room. Diet soda ran out on the fifth day of the voyage but was restocked later on. Although it was on the bar list, there was never any port, and the supply of gin ran out. There is very little on board entertainment. Two lectures - one an hour, one a half hour - are the total history and culture offered onboard the ship. A folk music show was the only cultural event. How did having the waitresses dress as pirates one evening help? The daily movie on TV ran at times other than scheduled and was sometimes not the announced film. At the end of the first half-day city tour we realized that our assigned guide would not work out for us ... her walking pace and content were both problems. We asked to be reassigned but the tour and activities director told us that would be impossible because all bus seats were taken. In actual fact one of the five tour busses was only half full. Since our assigned guide also presented the two history lectures, our entire perspective on Ukraine was through her eyes and she was a cynical, biased person who ignored questions she didn't like. "Jewish Odessa” tour was inexplicably switched from Friday to Saturday, which made it impossible to visit any synagogues. Our Viking guide urtes all of us to cancel the "Jewish Kiev” trip, which she assured us would be "depressing.” One last insult: two preliminary bills didn't show the cost of our extra tours, although we signed up for them on the first day. Only the final bill picked up the charges. We were prepared for a three-star ship about to be retired, but Viking's promised five-star personal service was nowhere in sight. What a disappointment.   Read Less
Sail Date October 2013
We enjoyed the Russian river cruise on the Rurik in September 2013 from Moscow to St. Petersburg. We were impressed with cruise director Kris and hotel director Caroline and how well they ran the cruise, particularly when nasty weather ... Read More
We enjoyed the Russian river cruise on the Rurik in September 2013 from Moscow to St. Petersburg. We were impressed with cruise director Kris and hotel director Caroline and how well they ran the cruise, particularly when nasty weather threw in some real challenges. They were more than up to the task and we hardly missed a beat, despite arriving in St. Petersburg more than 12 hours late. Major kudos to them and their staffs! Viking’s bottom line on that trip took a real hit, I’m sure. Cabin: Very nice: Our cabin was nicely appointed and the veranda was lovely, though rarely used due to time of year. The L’Occitane bath products were impressive. Lubow, our cabin attendant, made sure it was always clean and straightened up. The television was good and having the safe was a big plus, as was having bottled water replenished whenever it was running low in the cabin. Need more hangers? Call the front desk and someone brings you the number you request. Everyone was responsive to requests and inquiries. Staff: Superlative. The Filipino wait staff was superb. We found Chester, Jefrena, Gabriel, and Cherilyn in Panorama and Sky Bar incredibly personable. We arrived at 9:30 p.m. the first day and they still knew our names the second day. Rommel, Norman, Rosie, Djober, and others were really good wait persons in the Neva Restaurant and made the dining experience fun. Viking would be lost without the Filipino staff. They have a work ethic that is beyond impressive. Speaking of dining, let’s give a hand to Julian and Sofia, in charge of the dining room. Oh, and they put on a pretty mean Vodka Tasting, too! And by ‘mean,’ I mean hilarious. Definitely one of the premium onboard events worth the money and I don’t usually do shots of anything! The food was good, and we appreciated and enjoyed the Russian specialties that were regularly featured. We found the food a bit bland, though. We wouldn’t expect the chef to make it to our tastes, but the addition of some condiments other than salt and pepper would have helped. Meals offered another bonus: Meeting fellow passengers. We chatted with quite a few over the course of the first week and then settled into a table with four other passengers for about the last week. We forged nice friendships and hope to see them again one day. Silver Spirits Package Not Recommended. My husband is not a wine lover, but he is a beer snob. I showed him the list of possible premium beers to be offered onboard such as a hefe weissen and several British and Belgian ales , so he insisted we pay for the Silver Spirits package. I am not a big drinker, but if one person in a cabin gets it, the other must be charged for it, as well. Imagine his surprise and massive disappointment when the ONLY beer served the entire 12 days was Baltica 7, a Russian lager. That was about $300 pretty much wasted on the Silver Spirits package. And Baltica was served at dinner and lunch. That is something to note: house wine and beer are served with dinner and lunch without charge. Silver Spirits is, apparently, for those who drink hard liquor . . . and a lot of it or who want to choose bottles of wine from the separate wine list. I managed to drink two bottles of wine off the list during the 12-day cruise because we had paid for the package, but it was not necessary. Lectures and Tours: Applause. The tour escorts, Sasha, Alexi , and Eleyna were extremely knowledgeable and their lectures, which we watched from our cabin, were informative, interesting and entertaining. Alexi and his rolled Rs always made me smile. Sasha has a wicked, dark and dry sense of humor that we loved. And local guides provided entertaining and enlightening insight into their hometowns. The home visit at Uglich was definitely a highlight of the trip. Cabin Noise: GRRRR. Please! Do Something! We were on Level 4 in a Veranda cabin toward the back of the boat directly above the Neva Restaurant. The noise and vibration were, at times, teeth-grindingly annoying, particularly when trying to sleep. One night I got up about midnight, turned on my phone to video, which also has audio, and recorded the noise. I’ve seen other comments about the vibration and noise and want to emphasize something needs to be done about it. Moscow Drivers: Great. Traffic: Awful. Moscow traffic is a nightmare. Sorry. I have to complain even though Viking is not at fault for the traffic. It is beyond anything I have seen anywhere else in the world. I will say, however, the drivers are the most considerate I’ve ever seen in a large city. Horns are not honking and cars and buses are allowed to change lanes and merge without being cutoff. But, every time we left the boat for a tour, it was at least an hour ride to get wherever we were going and at least an hour back. Not enjoyable. Also, please, please, please, tell the tour escorts to tell the guests they meet at the Moscow airport BEFORE they board the bus that the trip will take 2-to-4 hours so that they can make a bathroom stop beforehand. We were met outside baggage claim (after our flight and waiting an hour+ for luggage that did not arrive and then dealing with filing complicated lost luggage claims) and told to "stay right here; I’ll be right back.” The 2-hour bus ride we were warned of AFTER boarding was actually 3 ½. Miserable does not begin to describe the ride. I second (or third) the suggestion to take the Moscow-St. Petersburg cruise. Moscow is interesting and there are great things to see but, other than the gold onion domes, most of it struck me as being all the same gray color. We were very happy to begin sailing toward what can only be described in comparison as a Spring flower: St. Petersburg. Fantastic city. Truly breath-taking.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
I've just returned from the September 17-29 Viking Rurik Waterways of the Czars cruise. The ship was a pleasant surprise, considering some of the reviews I'd read here. It has been remodelled and is more attractive than its ... Read More
I've just returned from the September 17-29 Viking Rurik Waterways of the Czars cruise. The ship was a pleasant surprise, considering some of the reviews I'd read here. It has been remodelled and is more attractive than its sister ship, Viking Truvor, in the areas I saw. (We were tied up with Truvor on several occasions, and walked through.) Our BX cabin in the mid-range of the 300 range was quite well-appointed and comfortable, with excellent housekeeping by Rosa. The only downside is that the walls are thin, and on two or three nights, neighbors were obviously Skyping family in the literal middle of the night, and we felt we should say hello as well. I also heard from fellow passengers that some cabins on the 200 level are very noisy and prone to vibration, particularly EX classes. The dining room was arranged with a good choice of small and large tables, and one could be social or not as one desired without being constrained by the set-up. The food was much better than I expected from other reviews, and included a number of excellent Russian specialities. Our waitstaff was excellent and personable. Norman, in particular, was a joy with his youthful ebullience. The bars were small, and the Sky Bar could not accommodate all passengers for events such as meeting the staff. Lectures were given twice for half the clients at a time. Panorama Bar was lovely, but also small. Bar staff Charlene and Jefruna (?) were charming. Included excursions were very well organized and passengers were escorted in groups of about 30 by permanent staff and local guides. Staff member Alexey and local guide Dina did a miraculous job of not losing any of us on a Metro trip to the center of Moscow for a walking tour! Guide Sasha made the initial trip from airport to ship in Moscow bearable, but the traffic was incredible every day, and a lot of time is wasted getting to venues in Moscow because of this. I would recommend a pre-trip hotel extension, or one of the cruises that starts with a central hotel stay, though this is only done on sister ships that are probably not as nice as the Rurik. Lectures on history and politics by guides Alexey, Elena and Sasha were interesting, and available on internal TV if you wished to stay in the cabin rather than go to the Sky Bar. TV reception of BBV, CNN, Bloomberg, etc. was generally excellent, and wireless worked reasonably well, particularly early and late in the day (unfortunately so, in view of the Skyping!). We arranged for an evening at the ballet in St. Petersburg, and the taxi and restaurant reservations made by the management staff worked flawlessly. On the down side, we could not get to Kizhi due to rough weather on Lake Onega, and we also had to set a sea anchor for 12 hours on Ladoga due to rough weather. This delay was compensated for by taking the passengers into St. Petersburg by hydrofoils as soon as we got into the Neva, and giving us a brief but good tour of the Peter and Paul Cathedral and exterior of Spilled Blood while the Rurik got itself into port. The Peterhof excursion, usually optional and extra cost, was subsequently provided free of charge to all passengers. The major disappointment has to be the time spent in horrendous traffic in Moscow, with the rough weather a second. The unusual cold snap was the third, but Viking, of course, was not responsible for any of these. I would certainly advise doing the trip in the Moscow to St. Petersburg direction, to leave a better aftertaste, and to consider June or late August. All in all, though, a wonderful time.   Read Less
Sail Date September 2013
Viking's Waterway of the Tsars river cruise is one of the most interesting trips I have ever taken. The few days we were in Moscow, we went to the Kremlin, saw the changing of the guard, went into Stalin's bunker (now the WC), ... Read More
Viking's Waterway of the Tsars river cruise is one of the most interesting trips I have ever taken. The few days we were in Moscow, we went to the Kremlin, saw the changing of the guard, went into Stalin's bunker (now the WC), took a river cruise by night, walked along the Moscow River, and walked through GUM. All of these were led by Russian/Viking guide who knew the history as well as anecdotes to amuse the American visitors. The few days were we in St Petersburg were equally wonderful, visiting the Hermitage, touring the city, going to see ballet "Swan Lake," and touring Peterhof and Catherine's Palace. Again, with our Russian/Viking guide and headsets, we learned history and enjoyed Russian humor. These two cities were, not surprisingly, the reasons for going. Surprises in between were the small stops along the way: medieval city, monastery, trading center, samples of early architecture, hand-made crafts, and school visit. The waterways were serene and quietly beautiful, interrupted occasionally by a lock, each one interesting to me for its uniqueness. Most days we spent a few hours docked with pre-arranged or extra-cost excursions and the rest of the day relaxing on the boat or going to a class (both interesting and humorous). I must say, I like the self-deprecating humor of the Viking/Russian guides.Things to do for sure: home visit with teacher (and hope you get Russian moonshine to sample), Russian ballet performance (surprised myself by loving this), Moscow folklore show (amazed by the talent . . . this is not your typical folklore show), classes on-board ship (I am now sorry that I missed some), painting my own matroishka doll ($$ excursion in Mandrogi kept me from spending too much in the shops), and a kommunalka visit (most dramatic excursion of the trip, giving insight into the way of life in Soviet times). Viking does an excellent job with its cruises. The food on-board ship was very good, especially the typical Russian offerings at every meal for us to try or not. The crew and staff have made this trip many times and have everything organized to the finest detail. They made our trip memorable from beginning to end. To see the cities and rural Russia, to learn her history after years of animosity between our two countries and to see the modernization now in progress was worth every minute and every dollar/ruble. Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
We did our first Viking River cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest on Viking Sky in 2011 and could not fault anything. The food, cabin, cleanliness, staff, excursions and the boat was all very good, so I shall be basing this report on Viking ... Read More
We did our first Viking River cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest on Viking Sky in 2011 and could not fault anything. The food, cabin, cleanliness, staff, excursions and the boat was all very good, so I shall be basing this report on Viking Rurik against the Viking Sky cruise. To start with the over 2 hour coach trip from Moscow airport to Viking Rurik's berth was very tiresome especially after a 18 hours of travelling from West Australia. The EX cabin which was the largest on the Main deck, but we latter found out when we cast off was also one of the noisiest because of what I suspect are the side thrusters used to berth the boat & position it in Locks. This usually happens in the middle of the night (I even rang Viking, before we booked this cabin to find out any down side to this cabin and none was mentioned). Other areas which I thought was not too good:- a)there is only one public toilet that we found at the rear of the boat near the main restaurant entry. b)the only outside shady area at the rear of the boat was small & noisy. These were the only negative comments about the boat. All in all it was very clean well kept & run boat, which is to the credit of the staff in all areas (this includes the restaurant, tour guides, and counter staff). I was not impressed with having to do at least 1 hour each way travel into Moscow to do 1/2 day tours, it would have been better to use hotels for a couple of days, and then transfer to the boat. That would have meant 1 hour less travelling from the airport, gaining at least 2 hours a day, and being more central to things in the evenings. If that is not an option why not bus from the boat to the tube station and then catch the tube in as this fairly quick. Moscow's roads always seem packed. Now with the complaints out of the way we found the cruise was very relaxing and the stops at all the towns were most interesting, and the guides were all very good. The food was excellent, plenty of choice and the serving sizes are excellent. The service given by the restaurant staff was also excellent and if you wanted anything that was not on the menu they was always willing to offer you something else. The Cabin was always kept clean as was the rest of the boat, and there were always people going round wiping down surfaces, vacuuming the carpet. We purchased this cruise from Australia, with the pre paid gratuities, and we always felt mean, when we got off the tours with most of the American & Europeans tipping the guides, which our voucher stated was included in our price of the tour. Apart from a few small niggling problems we found this a good river cruise, although not as good as the Amsterdam to Budapest cruise. But would we do another Viking cruise? YES WE WOULD.   Read Less
Sail Date July 2013
- This was our first European River Cruise, but not our last! The Viking Staff was professional, polite and very responsive to all our requests. As we were coming from the Mountain Time Zone, we decided to take advantage of the ... Read More
- This was our first European River Cruise, but not our last! The Viking Staff was professional, polite and very responsive to all our requests. As we were coming from the Mountain Time Zone, we decided to take advantage of the Helsinki pre-cruise option. Good Choice. Helsinki is beautiful, the included walking tour was perfect, and we also had an off-day that allowed us to book a day-trip to Tallin, Estonia on our own before we left home. We booked on-line the Tallink Silja line, took the city tram to the dock and back. Very nice day in a 17th Century-preserved central capitol city. A real advantage of starting in Helsinki was the 1st class train ride from Finland to St. Petersburg. When you cross to border, you leave the 21st century Finland and enter the 1950's era Russian country-side. Very revealing. - St. Petersburg: Perfect first day in Russia -- from the Staff meeting us at the Train station to the evening dinner to the dockside Welcome Show. We took all the tours offered in St. Petersburg, and glad we did. The ship did dock in the city suburbs, so it was a daily 50 minute drive to see anything -- but it was also enjoyable to see the city on our "windshield" tours. The music, the ballet, the Winter Palace, Catherine's Palace and the Peterhof Palace once in a life-time stops - Down the lakes and river: A chance to unwind and see the beauty of Russia. Highlights: Uglich, Yaroslavl governor's palace, and Kizhi were each beautiful in their own way -- but my favorite was the grade school visit Kuzino. The teachers, the classes, and the layout of the school were "dead-ringer" the a 1950 Midwest grade school -- except of course for the 50 Apples computers. - Moscow. Everything Viking planned was better than the last. The Moscow by Night and the optional Bolshoi Opera excursions capped off our visit. - Other: Onboard lectures, dining, and cruse director staff--the best of experiences with each. Will we go on Viking again ? Yes, Yes, Yes. Read Less
Sail Date June 2013
This was our first Viking cruise, actually first river cruise ever. We would definitely consider taking another Viking cruise. We have repeatedly heard from passengers who have taken other Viking cruises that this ship, and particularly ... Read More
This was our first Viking cruise, actually first river cruise ever. We would definitely consider taking another Viking cruise. We have repeatedly heard from passengers who have taken other Viking cruises that this ship, and particularly the food, is significantly lower quality than the other Viking cruises. If that's true, I would be delighted to take another tour with Viking because I found the Rurik to be comfortable and the food perfectly satisfactory. Not great mind you, but satisfactory. And the staff was excellent. The Cabins: Decks 3 and 4 have new balconies, which are quite spacious with 2 chairs and a small table. We enjoyed ours, even though it was quite cold outside. It was nice to be able to take photos outside. We were in cabin 401. There is significant, constant noise that sounds like rushing air. Cabin 400 had the same noise, but others on the same deck didn't. After the first night, it was just white noise, but I can see how some people might have objected strenuously. The soundproofing between cabins is good. We never heard our neighbors. The cabin has 2 closets and 2 cabinets with shelves. It's not a lot of space until you consider the storage space under the bed. The refrigerator has 2 shelves but no freezer. Although there are lights on either side of the mirror, they are useless. And the bright lights in the ceiling light the room, not the mirror. As a result, it's really hard to see yourself in the mirror other than to comb your hair. Bring a lighted makeup mirror. The television is a modern flat screen with remote control. We didn't have time to turn ours on until the last day. The bathroom is small, but at least there is unlimited toilet paper and tissue, and the shower doesn't flood the rest of the room. Huge bottles of water are delivered daily in case you are worried about drinking the tap water. The bed is hard, no doubt about it. That should be improved. Each cabin has its own temperature control, which works effectively. There is a clothesline in the shower. A hair dryer is provided but it takes an eternity to dry thick hair. There isn't a clock in the room. Public Areas: You just have to keep in mind that the Russian ships are, well, spartan. The decor is simple, not opulent. Think Danish modern. Everything is spotlessly clean. The stairs between decks are extremely steep, but by the end of the trip you have great quad muscles! And there is an elevator. Oddly, you have to push the 3 button to get to deck 4. And you push the "San Deck" button to get to the Sun Deck. The dining room is sufficient size to serve all passengers at once, however some tables are under vents that focus cold, blowing air on the diners. That makes some tables more desirable than others. The Sky Bar can get loud at night, and I heard that the noise on the dance floor resonates in the cabins directly below. Tours and lectures: Tours were reasonably priced. It was also nice to start out at 8:45 or 9:15 am instead of the 7:30 am we've experienced on ocean cruises. I totally appreciated that Viking immediately announced that it would not charge for the Cossack show when it became evident that we would miss Kizhi Island due to huge waves. I attended most lectures, which were good to excellent. Staff: The difference between Viking and ocean cruising that I noticed immediately is that the Viking staff were on their best from day one, learning the names of their frequent guests and their preferences for beverages with ease. They didn't wait to improve until the last day in hope of better tips. Service was constantly good to excellent. The tour escorts and Program Manager (cruise director) were excellent. Food: Well, it was different. Strange, but good. For example, beef stroganoff with pickles and beets on top. I wish there had been more pure Russian options, instead of the Russian take on American food. The one dinner that offered all Russian food on the Sun deck was excellent. The coffee was terrible. We found out after a few mornings that if you asked for "strong" coffee, they would use the espresso machine and call it coffee. If you ask for decaf, however, you get instant coffee, which is stronger than the brewed coffee. Go figure. If I were to do the Russian cruise again, I would bring my own coffee grounds and a french press. Guests: Most were American, plus quite a few Australian and English. At home, I'm usually the only gray-haired woman in the crowd because everyone seems to dye their hair. On the Russia cruise, I was one of many! Does that mean that gray-haired women are more likely to want to go to Russia or what!!!??? There were 2 guests in wheel chairs who seemed able to handle most tours. There were very few guests in their 40's. No children or teens, but then it was October. Bottom line, if you want to see Russia, Viking has the experience to give you a great trip. But if you want luxury accommodations, gourmet food, and dressing up, you will be disappointed. I really do recommend going in October because the crowds are smaller and you get the bonus of seeing some great fall colors. Be aware, however, that if you want to see the magnificent fountains at Peterhof, they will be shut off by the end of September, so book accordingly. Read Less
Sail Date October 2012
One can only say this was an awesome cruise! The Ship (recently refitted Viking Rurik), Cabin, Food, and Staff were outstanding. We had a Jr. Suite and many rooms had verandas. We departed from Moscow visiting Uglich, Yaroslavl, ... Read More
One can only say this was an awesome cruise! The Ship (recently refitted Viking Rurik), Cabin, Food, and Staff were outstanding. We had a Jr. Suite and many rooms had verandas. We departed from Moscow visiting Uglich, Yaroslavl, Kuzino, Kizhi, Mandrogy, and St. Petersburg. The ship had an elevator and free WiFi for the people that just can't get away from work (like myself). The WiFi worked throughout the Cruise. The Cabin was incredible, comfortable, quiet and well furnished. Not only was the bed comfortable, but you could store (and easily access) lots of luggage underneath it, leaving plenty of floor space. The food was outstanding and plentiful with a wide variety for all types of preferences or dietary needs. There were state of the art coffee, tea, cappuccino, etc self service machines available 24/7 & two bar/lounges with panoramic views. The wait staff was a mix of Russian, European and Philippino personnel, who were all friendly, pleasant, informative and spoke English. The cruise is focused on English speaking passengers throughout. The onboard guides were excellent. They teamed with local guides at each port-of-call as needed for expertise and were able to translate when necessary. Read Less
Sail Date August 2012
Cruise was nearly perfect. Food was generally good and crew was wonderful. Our tour guide Sasha was very entertaining. The 3 days in Moscow were eye opening. City is NOT dark and Stalinistic. Red Square and Krelim were interesting. ... Read More
Cruise was nearly perfect. Food was generally good and crew was wonderful. Our tour guide Sasha was very entertaining. The 3 days in Moscow were eye opening. City is NOT dark and Stalinistic. Red Square and Krelim were interesting. GUM dept store, really a Mall, great to walk around...all up scale Western European/American Stores. Beautiful parks. Recommend the Moscow by night river tour. Only issue with Moscow, is that the boat docks about 1 hour from Moscow sites (heavy traffic). Stops between Moscow and St. Pete were Ok...nothing too exciting but fills the days...pleasant scenery from the veranda. Visit to a Russian family in Uglich was fun. 3 days in Saint Petersburg were as expected with visit to Hermitage, Peterof and Catherines Palace...all very beautiful. Recommend that you do NOT visit during the summer...crowded and NO air conditioning in the Hermitage. We opted for optional "Jewish" tour which featured a visit to the beautiful Saint Petersburg Synagogue which was refurbished in 2002..worth the visit. Only major criticism is that the back of the Viking Rurik is noisy with engine noise and vibration. If you book, stay away from the back of the boat. We lucked out and were moved to a different cabin and Viking did give us a 'credit' to compensate for our 1 day of discomfort and the annoyance of moving to another cabin Read Less
Sail Date June 2012
Viking Rurik Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.7
Dining 3.0 4.6
Entertainment 4.0 4.0
Public Rooms 4.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation N/A 2.7
Family N/A 2.7
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.9
Enrichment 4.0 4.8
Service 4.0 4.8
Value For Money 5.0 4.6
Rates 4.0 4.6

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