114 Viking River Viking Skadi Cruise Reviews

This was our first river cruise and we loved it! Embarkation and disembarkation were quick and easy. Viking makes sure all the passengers are well taken care of. The staff was courteous and attentive. The ship was immaculate. The food ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and we loved it! Embarkation and disembarkation were quick and easy. Viking makes sure all the passengers are well taken care of. The staff was courteous and attentive. The ship was immaculate. The food was great. Excursions were well organized and interesting. We had a group of twelve and had a blast! We enjoyed the nightly entertainment and even won a couple of the games. We spent the day prior to embarkation in Amsterdam which is a beautiful city. We toured the Anne Frank House which we bought tickets for months in advance. Bruges was our favorite excursion although we really enjoyed them all. We will never do a huge cruise ship after the personal service we enjoyed with Viking. The staff knew us by name and quickly learned the things we liked. Highly recommend Viking! We look forward to our next cruise with Viking! Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Wanted to see Amsterdam and the tulips in March. Was amazing. Great ship director and staff. The staff went above and beyond to make sure every need was meet. They even cooked a couples meal for us when we came back from our own sight ... Read More
Wanted to see Amsterdam and the tulips in March. Was amazing. Great ship director and staff. The staff went above and beyond to make sure every need was meet. They even cooked a couples meal for us when we came back from our own sight seeing in Amsterdam at 10pm. The on board educational talks were very inspirational. The cruise was relaxing and we were treated like dignitaries. The meals were delicious and there is not one thing I could ever get a craving for because there was always a great selection. I also like the free drinks at meal time. The included excursions were wonderful. I could go sightseeing on my own after the excursion if there was something else i wanted to see on my own or to to shopping without supervision. I didn’t have trouble with the local language since everyone knew English as their second language. Can’t wait to take another Viking river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We wanted to see the Tulips and Windmills - now and then. The rooms were too small. We had to take turns getting ready in the morning as well as other occasions. There also was not enough room to put our suitcases under the bed. One ... Read More
We wanted to see the Tulips and Windmills - now and then. The rooms were too small. We had to take turns getting ready in the morning as well as other occasions. There also was not enough room to put our suitcases under the bed. One went in the closet and the other was in the room close to the bathroom. All other aspects of the cruise were great. I have recommended Viking cruises to many friends. We stayed the extra 3 days at the end of the cruise. Transportation was arranged to transport us to our hotel. We are traveling with Viking in 2020 to Waterways of the Tsars. All dining was great. There was always a great selection of food for lunch and dinner. If you wanted something that wasn't on the menu staff was always accommodating. The ports and shore excursions were always great and appropriate for the region Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We knew people who had gone on the same trip. We were considering a Viking river trip and this one was what we wanted. We were able to see the Ann Frank house in Amsterdam, which is something we had really wanted to do. We were glad to ... Read More
We knew people who had gone on the same trip. We were considering a Viking river trip and this one was what we wanted. We were able to see the Ann Frank house in Amsterdam, which is something we had really wanted to do. We were glad to have that extra time at the beginning of our trip to explore Amsterdam a bit before embarking on our cruise. The ship, Saadi, was great. Our cabin, while not big, was comfortable and clean, and the maid who took care of our room did an excellent job every day! The food on board was wonderful— never any reason to be hungry! It seemed that all the waiters/waitresses would do anything to accommodate us. We were pleased that there was evening entertainment provided and we especially enjoyed the trivia contests! And the ports and shore excursions were all well planned. Our tour director, Stein, was great— he was very organized and kept everything, including all of us, on time. We enjoyed all of the ports and shore excursions, especially Salzburg (Sound of Music) and Vienna. We hadn’t read the optional tour description carefully enough and were surprised when we had a Viennese waltz lesson included in our tour! Even with the low water levels, having to change ships, and not having a full day in Budapest, we really enjoyed everything about the trip. We definitely would go on another Viking river trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Ours was one of many river cruises affected by low water levels on more than one river, but we'd live in Germany during a drought year back in the 70s so weren't concerned. Leaving Amsterdam a day later than originally scheduled ... Read More
Ours was one of many river cruises affected by low water levels on more than one river, but we'd live in Germany during a drought year back in the 70s so weren't concerned. Leaving Amsterdam a day later than originally scheduled gave us another day on our own (Heavy rain would have made tulips + windmills most unpleasant.) and we had one well-organized and well-predicted ship-swap. The logistics of the ship swap were impressive: moving two boat-loads of guests by luxury coaches, moving luggage by truck, cleaning, rescheduling meals & shore excursions. Local guides (required by law) extremely knowledgeable -- don't be afraid to book your day full. Because we had a 2nd primary Viking staffer, tours eventually split into two groups to accommodate those less mobile (bus access to central town areas limited by ordinances & cobblestones = cobblestones) -- to everyone's benefit. Notes in no particular order: 1. Vienna moorage within walking distance of the Prater park & the giant ferris wheel -- the Wiener Riesenrad -- from The Third Man movie. 2. Cologne: Schokoladen museum 3. Passau: St. Stephan's organ concert but wish we would have had time to purchase a CD from the gift shop -- get into the church as early as possible for best seating 4. Wachau valley winery tour -- source of many Viking's wines 5. Historical Bavarian village -- added mid-trip 6. Bratislava by night -- extra evening attraction Crew very willing to answer technical questions -- we're boaters ourselves -- staff diplomatically dealt w/passenger not interesting in enjoying the cruise other than ruining everyone else's day. Things not explained: 1. If you're not in a dining room by "door closure," you don't get dinner. 2. Purser's office doesn't like to change paper money into coins for tips; they suggest using ATMs which don't give coinage. Serious problem: wasps (yellow jackets) everywhere on shore & on the boat, esp any place where food/drink (They love beer!) served. We suggested wasp traps after I'd gotten stung on a shore excursion; didn't dare a second sting since the boat doesn't carry an Epi-pen (My doctor said I shouldn't need one if stings infrequent.) Post-cruise comments directly to Viking, including compliments, met with cliches. We'd booked directly through Viking, not a 3rd party, and eventually learned that other depts (air travel!) would make up answers rather than admit lack of knowledge. Viking's low-water advance-alert email offered a 50% credit vs future cruise, so we'll be on an ocean cruise this fall while considering additional Viking cruises -- including maybe this one from the other direction. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
A big problem is low water levels which isn't in Vikings control, but the choices they made didn't make for the best vacation. Late buses, locked bus bathrooms, ugly docking area, and no show shuttle to name a few. Add to that ... Read More
A big problem is low water levels which isn't in Vikings control, but the choices they made didn't make for the best vacation. Late buses, locked bus bathrooms, ugly docking area, and no show shuttle to name a few. Add to that an assistant that lack awareness of senior pacing which is important since that is your cruisers, turn around and look lady, I shouldn't have to chase after her because others are lagging behind and becoming distressed. And, unless you leave someone in charge of the group, don't run off with part of the group and leave the rest behind even if shortly you intended to return. Add to that our cabin bathroom flooding twice, yuck. And, the more that went wrong, the more disgruntled folks became, lots of not happy folks. Because of cruise critics I expected some of low water issues and I was glad it wasn't as bad as it is now with problems on both ends and in the middle, but most folks on the cruise were surprised by the changes we had to make. On a positive note, the scenery is amazing, towns are picture pretty, like a storybook. Both our cabin stewards were great. Marik the entertainment director was fantastic and hustled his butt trying to keep everyone happy. If you like fish, especially salmon you'll be in heaven! The entertainment they brought on board and Marik's were great, loved the opera and the glass blower. I usually don't review, but after sooo many positive reviews I wanted to be sure you knew things aren't at their best right now. And, for the cruisers willing to give it another try, they are giving future cruise credit to compensate for the disruptions. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We commenced what was supposed to be our Viking Grand European river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam with a Prague extension on 08/08/18. 3 days prior to the cruise departure from Budapest on 11/08/18, Viking emailed us advising that our ... Read More
We commenced what was supposed to be our Viking Grand European river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam with a Prague extension on 08/08/18. 3 days prior to the cruise departure from Budapest on 11/08/18, Viking emailed us advising that our planned overnight stay and sail away from Budapest as per the planned itinerary was changed due to low river levels. This was the start of our river cruise farce which I believe bordered on fraudulent behaviour by Viking. Namely, providing passengers with a vastly altered river cruise package holiday they knew they could not deliver according to their original product description and failing to advise passengers of the full extent of the impact and implications the river levels would have on their holiday. Viking had been watching the river levels in Europe for over 6 weeks prior to our departure date. Europe had been experiencing an extremely dry and hot summer and river levels were very low, Viking knew this but chose not to disclose the full extent of the situation, the difficulties passengers would face and the full impact on the itinerary. Passengers were not provided with real time facts, stopping them from making informed decisions on their travel arrangements. Our holiday commenced with a bus ride from Prague to Kormarno in Slovakia, not Budapest, to join our boat. This change to itinerary meant we never docked in Budapest overnight but were bused in for a coach drive by tour. From Budapest we were bused to Vienna to finally join our ship, the Bragi (we were actually booked on the Skadi). Viking had already repositioned some of their ships obviously to cover their bases and attempt to provide some extremely limited scenic cruising on some small parts of the Danube and Rhine. For the initial change we were offered a 25% reduction of the cruise portion on a future cruise but were also advised that we may have to do a ship swap later in the cruise. The swap did occur on 16/08/18 , we missed numerous listed port dock stays, we were transferred on numerous long bus rides to get to sights on the itinerary or remained docked in destinations like Passau for longer or alternate destinations like Mainz for longer periods. It was not scenic cruising, it was sleeping on board a ship, or completely missing out on the ports of Koblenz and Kindersdik. We were never told the entire truth about the situation, it was the Viking cover story that was continuously provided. On our last day, 24/08/18, we endured a 9 1/2 bus trip from Mainz to Amsterdam with a 1 hour walking tour of Cologne, delays of 2 hours waiting for buses that had gone to another dock area in error, a guide who did not wait for his tour group to exit the bus and took off across the street with at least half the group missing in Cologne. Many of us would have happily bypassed Cologne and been driven directly to Amsterdam. Despite requests, the Viking representative would not oblige. It was a total farce, the errors and arrangements made to rectify the errors became a major frustration for all passengers and I have never seen so many irate, angry passengers at the end of that trip. We will be demanding genuine compensation for the loss of our dream holiday as will many, many other fellow passengers. Sadly as we left Amsterdam on 25/0818 we met many people about to experience the same tour as ours in reverse, they told us they had already been advised by Viking that they would be receiving a 50% discount on a future cruise due to the changes to their itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I chose this cruise because of its itinerary. From Budapest to Amsterdam along the Danube, Mein and Rhine rivers was a truly incredible journey. So much history and art. The acommodations were like a 5 star hotel and the food was ... Read More
I chose this cruise because of its itinerary. From Budapest to Amsterdam along the Danube, Mein and Rhine rivers was a truly incredible journey. So much history and art. The acommodations were like a 5 star hotel and the food was excellent. The program director was tailor made for the job. He was a treat. Looking forward to my next cruise with Viking! The excursions that Viking has lined up at each destination are incredible. The hard part is deciding on which ones. Be sure to take as many as you can because they are worth it and will truly enhance your trip. I couldn't say more about the crew. The service they provide was outstanding. They were always there ready to take care of whatever you needs might be. The cabin was very accommodating and the bed very comfortable which was needed after a long day of walking around. And the evening entertainment was excellent. The pianist and his accompanying singer were very nice to listen to in the evening as you were winding down from all the days activities. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This cruise was highly recommended by our trusted AMA travel agent. My husband and I were not disappointed! From the moment our plane landed in Amsterdam we were treated to Viking’s amazing hospitality and friendly professionalism. ... Read More
This cruise was highly recommended by our trusted AMA travel agent. My husband and I were not disappointed! From the moment our plane landed in Amsterdam we were treated to Viking’s amazing hospitality and friendly professionalism. The ship’s design was beautiful and exceptionally clean. Stunning river views were maximized throughout. We booked one of the two Explorer Suites which provided beautiful living space in addition to wrap around views. Dining on the Skadi was a delight. In addition to classic dining menu items, each evening featured regional cuisine selections which never disappointed. The dining room staff excelled in service as well as cuisine knowledge; this team went above and beyond to ensure a very pleasant dining experience. Guests were treated to beautiful music and songs by a marvellously talented duo; dancing the evening away while sailing to our next adventure was delightful. Our cruise director, Stein, was fantastic. He was a wealth of information on history, points of interest and culture of the regions we would be visiting. His sense of humour and boundless energy ensured an enhanced experience for all. We participated in each included port excursion as well as many of the optional ones. All were exceptional. We also added extended stays in Prague prior to sailing as well as in Amsterdam prior to returning home. We highly recommend doing any and all that a traveler’s time and budget allows- no regrets Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I thought it would be an easier way to see so much of Germany and Austria than to haul my suitcase across the countries. The cabin was comfortable, My favorite part of the ship was the lounge. It was a great place to relax with a drink ... Read More
I thought it would be an easier way to see so much of Germany and Austria than to haul my suitcase across the countries. The cabin was comfortable, My favorite part of the ship was the lounge. It was a great place to relax with a drink or a cup of tea. I really liked being able to get a specialty coffee for free whenever I wanted and the cookies were nice in the afternoon after running around exploring all day. The meals were great. Our wait staff was so much fun and so attentive and so very sincerely nice. So many choices. I loved Austria night. The musicians they had on board were so much fun. I loved the talks given about the countries and the history. Very informative. The excursions were a great way to get oriented in the places we traveled. The guides were so knowledgeable and answered my million questions as I am a history buff and wanted to learn about the areas we were in. Not only would I do it again. I am. A girlfriend and I are going on the Egypt cruise with the add ons to Jerusalem and Jordan. I thought Viking was a great value and it truly is traveling in comfort. Just loved it. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
we picked this cruise due to timing and locale , the staff was absolutely wonderful...food was great, best cruise director ever and the service from every aspect was fantastic. very clean and well kept facilities, excellent food and a ... Read More
we picked this cruise due to timing and locale , the staff was absolutely wonderful...food was great, best cruise director ever and the service from every aspect was fantastic. very clean and well kept facilities, excellent food and a terrific cruise director. We can't wait to do another one! Thoroughly enjoyed all of the included group tours and added on a few extras whuch were also enjoyable. lots and lots of walking tours included and we added on a few extra tours whuch we also enjoyed. The other guests on our ship were fun to get to know...mostly Americans but some Aussies and Brits so it was fun mix of people and we enkjoyed pretty much everything about the cruise. The staff was absolutely fantastic..our cruise director was amazing..not only very knowledgeable but also very entertaining as well as helppful and patient. The food was fantastic and we were thankful for the walking tours to burn off some of the delicious extra calories we enjoyed daily courtesy of Chef Alex and his incredible crew! The housekeeping staff members were terrific..our rooms were serviced several times a day but we were never disturbed by a knock on the door so I have no idea how they knew when we in the room or out and about. We have already booked another Viking cruise this Spring and are looking forward to joining some friends on another cruise next year! The very best part was that we never once had rough water so between that and the flat bottomed ship getting queasy in rough water was never an issue! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
Friends had taken this cruise a couple years ago and recommended it. We were interested in all the countries and ports in the Grand European Adventure. We spent 2 days exploring Amsterdam prior to the cruise and I would highly recommend ... Read More
Friends had taken this cruise a couple years ago and recommended it. We were interested in all the countries and ports in the Grand European Adventure. We spent 2 days exploring Amsterdam prior to the cruise and I would highly recommend it. Viking did everything they could to make the experience enjoyable. Stein, our Program Director, stated on the first day that they strive to Beat your expectations..not Meet them. It showed in everything they did. We were met outside the ship at embarkation by the program director and hotel director who personally carried in our luggage and helped us get checked in. Pros: -Daily Excursions were great. Provided an overview of villages/cities as well as tours of the major attraction (castle/Cathedral). Set the stage for exploring on our own when time was provided. -Morwald Winery Tour - Amazing! Trinka, our guide was delightful, the winery and wine was fabulous. -Ship - perfect size. Loved that we were never 'sold' anything. There are no shops, etc on board. You simply enjoy your time on ship. The longships glide through the water and it is much more relaxing than I expected -Food - absolutely delicious. Very unexpected. Regional specialties every night. I have a food allergy, and Ivan, the Maitre d met with me every morning to go over the menu and guide me through what my choices were. They even offered to cook special items for me. -Wait staff - Very attentive, entertaining, They made each meal special. -Wine/Beer included with meals was a nice addition. Wine served was very good, and regional. -The lounge entertainment was really good. A husband/wife team who provided musical entertainment each day. During cocktail hour, they were nice background music and we could still enjoy conversations with our friends and not compete with them. The musicians they brought on board for our Austrian night were so fun and entertaining. -The nighttime tour of Budapest the last night was absolutely PERFECT. We got to see all of the city lights of the castle, parliament and everything. Such a perfect ending to a perfect cruise. Cons: -Our room. Although the room was more than adequate, we had a bottom level room with port hole. It was incredibly noisy. Woke us up many times in the night. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We chose the cruise for our 50th anniversary because of recommendations from friends. Everything ran so smoothly from the wonderful dining to the cabin care to the excursions. The crew went above and beyond to make the trip wonderful. We ... Read More
We chose the cruise for our 50th anniversary because of recommendations from friends. Everything ran so smoothly from the wonderful dining to the cabin care to the excursions. The crew went above and beyond to make the trip wonderful. We met several couples the first day who we enjoyed sitting with each evening. The Lounge was a wonderful gathering place. We would go there each evening before dinner to hear a review of the next day's activities. Also in the lounge we listened to presenters on the economics of Germany, enjoyed different food tastings, watched glass blowing and listened to special musical groups brought on board to entertain us. There was always a talented duo who entertained in the lounge after dinner. The bus and walking tours were lead by upbeat knowledgeable guides. It was easy to hear the presentations. Because of the locks and bridges, we didn't get to sit on the top deck very often, but we could sit in the lounge and watch out the floor to ceiling windows. We have already booked a Viking cruise to Russia for next year. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
I was invited by a friend, so I was going, just to be going somewhere on a vacation! Little did I know how much I would enjoy the trip and the history of the Netherlands and Belgium. The country is beautiful, the history of what these ... Read More
I was invited by a friend, so I was going, just to be going somewhere on a vacation! Little did I know how much I would enjoy the trip and the history of the Netherlands and Belgium. The country is beautiful, the history of what these people have done to survive the wars and north sea is a wonderful experience. The people are truly lovely. Local guides, showing and telling us the local history, plus today's understanding of Europe and was the best part. And oh the FLOWERS. Our visit included the grand gardens on the last day of our trip and it was the best it could be. The food and service was top of the line. The fact that it was a river cruise and a smaller boat was that at our evening meal time, we were able to move around and meet and get to know more than half of the ship... Unlike a ocean cruise. The people then became friends as we went on our group tours too. So I came with one friend and have pictures of almost 30 that I would travel with again! Our Tour guide Steen did a wonderful job of taking care of issues and requests. Viking is the way to go! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We wanted to see the tulips and Amsterdam and many people recommended Viking. The dining on the Cruise was outstanding. The food was healthy. The portions were the perfect size. There were sufficient choices and every day there were ... Read More
We wanted to see the tulips and Amsterdam and many people recommended Viking. The dining on the Cruise was outstanding. The food was healthy. The portions were the perfect size. There were sufficient choices and every day there were basic choices and more gourmet items, if desired. We met lovely people on the Cruise, mostly in the dining room. I would have liked the option of sugar free desserts, but the dessert choices were not too sweet. I loved the passion fruit served at breakfast. The breakfasts were really great, as wee all the other meals. The Cruise Director did a fabulous job. He was charming, funny, patient and professional. Everyone seemed to appreciate him and his efforts. My favorite Shore Excursion was when we got to spend time at the home of a local family and share coffee and dessert with them. Overall, this was my favorite Cruise and Cruise Line. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
I did this cruise as a mother and daughter cruise for mom's 80th birthday. The ship experience was great for her. She could relax on board when she was tired and go off the ship when she had the energy. She made good use of the ... Read More
I did this cruise as a mother and daughter cruise for mom's 80th birthday. The ship experience was great for her. She could relax on board when she was tired and go off the ship when she had the energy. She made good use of the walking track on the sundeck for safe walking exercise (especially when the weather was cold and rainy). We really enjoyed the food on board - lots of options on and even off menu (the passion fruit and boiled eggs were a bit hit). We especially enjoyed having lunch (lots of variety from which to choose) on the aquavit terrace. I wandered off on some excursions without her and felt very safe leaving her on the ship. The crew was amazing with her. They got to know her preferences and treated her very well. I've traveled Viking before and will continue to do so. You guys do an amazing job all around. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
This was our first river cruise and we loved it. We have been on a couple ocean cruises previously but we liked the river cruise much better. The personal attention we received was great and the much smaller passenger number made things ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and we loved it. We have been on a couple ocean cruises previously but we liked the river cruise much better. The personal attention we received was great and the much smaller passenger number made things much more enjoyable. The activities and excursions were well planned and organized. Our cabin was just the right size, clean and well maintained. Our dining experience was excellent with always having delicious choices from the menus. The staff was very personable and helpful, we enjoyed conversing with them. Although the entertainment was not on the scale of a cruise ship it was quite adequate and enjoyable. The optional excursions, which we took advantage of, were excellent. The excursion group sizes were kept small enough that everyone was able to move about without crowding into confined spaces. The wireless audio devices we each had made it very easy to hear what our guides to say. We liked our cruise so much that we signed up for the Paris to Zurich Cruise that will be in March. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
A bucket list cruise. Plus we love Amsterdam and the Netherlands. Crew and staff were A+ in every area. Room was very clean and had everything we needed. The large TV had information about our course and the next days stop. The TV system ... Read More
A bucket list cruise. Plus we love Amsterdam and the Netherlands. Crew and staff were A+ in every area. Room was very clean and had everything we needed. The large TV had information about our course and the next days stop. The TV system crashed a few times but was repaired quickly. Food was great and the servers were very attentive to our needs. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Bring extra cash to tip all the servers and the staff. They deserve it! Also, tip the bus drivers.The Viking web site had guidelines on how much to tip. The tours were good, but we didn't expect to walk so much and so fast. We older guests sometimes had trouble keeping up with the tour speed. The sound system that Viking uses helped a lot.Radio receivers with ear buds were used to keep us linked with the tour guides when the tour group got so stretched out that we lost sight of the group leader. There are free tours at every stop and also tours that cost extra. Sometimes they overlap and you must choose one or the other. Bring good shoes for walking. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Wanted to visit Christmas Marts in various cities. Cruise director was very mindful of our needs and was helpful all throughout the cruise. Cruise was excellent for all the stops. Easy to find the ship at various towns. Everything ... Read More
Wanted to visit Christmas Marts in various cities. Cruise director was very mindful of our needs and was helpful all throughout the cruise. Cruise was excellent for all the stops. Easy to find the ship at various towns. Everything close to ship. Individual tour guides at each town did an excellent job describing the city and all we should see. Budapest was a wonderful city we were disappointed that we didn't come a few days sooner. Because of the length of time we spent traveling, when we got to ship we were beyond exhausted and after dinner went to bed. Enjoyed the wine and beer served at dinner. All the meals were excellent Wished we had more time in Vienna. So much to see in this great city. Wouldn't mind taking this river cruise again. It was very interesting and would see more things if we did it again. We would definitely recommend getting to Budapest a day or two before river cruise. This city is an amazing and interesting place to visit. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was our first adventure on a river cruise and so we chose to sail with Viking whose name was associated with great service. Our expectations were far exceeded. Our normal vacation would include a beach resort so a river cruise was ... Read More
This was our first adventure on a river cruise and so we chose to sail with Viking whose name was associated with great service. Our expectations were far exceeded. Our normal vacation would include a beach resort so a river cruise was outside of our comfort zone. However, from the first minute to the last we were completely blown away with the whole experience. Discovering great cities like Budapest and Vienna were supplemented with some hidden jewels along the way. Our tour guides were superb,really bringing alive the locations we visited by sharing their own stories growing up behind the iron curtain. Our cruise being in December also had the added attraction of the wonderful Christmas markets.These really lit up the various destinations we called at and gave another dimension to the whole cruise experience. Everyone on board from the staff to the passengers added to make a fantastic experience. 10/10. Have already booked again for a Viking Rhine Getaway and a Viking Caribbean cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
This was the Grand European cruise, beginning in Amsterdam, through many ports of Germany, Austria, and Hungary. I picked this cruise because I would be able to see more of the countryside when not on shore. I enjoyed the intimacy of ... Read More
This was the Grand European cruise, beginning in Amsterdam, through many ports of Germany, Austria, and Hungary. I picked this cruise because I would be able to see more of the countryside when not on shore. I enjoyed the intimacy of having 188 passengers. I had the opportunity to talk with many interesting passengers and crew members. The crew was very attentive. The food and wine were good. The included excursions were good. Hanging out in the lounge with new friends at the end of the day, along with cocktails, was. Such a pleasure. I enjoyed seeing the many castles, cathedrals, churches, historical monuments. Beyond anyone’s control was the cold, wet weather. I was not well prepared for this combination. I would have remained in town for longer times to enjoy the restaurants and sites. Instead I rushed back to the ship to warm up. I enjoyed being greeted at the airport upon arrival, and the assistance for departure as well. I can hardly wait for the next cruise in August. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We started with a few extra days in Prague which is well worth visiting with so many sights, food and interesting shopping venues. We then headed to our embarkation point of Budapest where after dinner the enchantment of this cruise began ... Read More
We started with a few extra days in Prague which is well worth visiting with so many sights, food and interesting shopping venues. We then headed to our embarkation point of Budapest where after dinner the enchantment of this cruise began with a cruise up and down the Danube River through the lit up city. It was a thrill to think that this was only the beginning. The Skadi was a wonderful ship with superb dining, fantastic crew, and outstanding service. There are superior food choices, wine with meals, gourmet deserts, and many of the meals include locally obtained produce. It is far too easy to find you have added a few extra pounds by trips end. Our cabin was on the lower level which gave us a very interesting viewpoint of the river, the shoreline and even ducks swimming by our large window. Our cabin was ample, comfortable and especially quiet. Ship noises and cabin neighbors were never even heard which was very representative of how well these ships are designed and built. Our Cruise Director and Hotel Manager could not have been better. They both made sure that they were there to answer any questions, provide services, and socialize with guests. It was very evident how much the crew likes what they do and who they work for when you see them working as a team. We were taking on supplies at one port and I witnessed them individually carrying supplies to the storerooms, not some but everyone, the hotel staff, the wait staff, the engineering staff and even the Hotel Manager, Frank, himself and the Captain. I have spent years around ships and I have never seen the Captain loading stores and provisions as part of the ship's team until this trip. The Captain told me that it is just part of the Viking package that everything works out the best for their passengers. The Shore excursions in every port are a valuable way of making sure everyone has a wonderful inclusive trip experience. Even the extra trips a good value as well as educational and fun. The entertainment provided was unique and appropriate for the local area and provided in an intimate lounge atmosphere. We were able to meet many wonderful shipmates and have continued to keep in touch and are hoping to maybe see them on a future cruise. We are already planning to travel with Viking again as soon as our schedule will permit. The problem may be how to choose between so many great destinations. Too many places, too little time. Thanks to our Captain and Crew, our Cruise Director and Hotel Manager, our cabin stewardess (who kept us clean and healthy) and our waiter (whose recommendations were right on every time and who kept our palates satiated and wine glass full), we had a trip full of memories. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose to go on our trip several days early, to both enjoy the Amsterdam area and get acclimated to the time change before starting our river cruise. We were picked up at the airport and taken to our nice hotel, where we spent time with ... Read More
We chose to go on our trip several days early, to both enjoy the Amsterdam area and get acclimated to the time change before starting our river cruise. We were picked up at the airport and taken to our nice hotel, where we spent time with Viking hosts to better plan our time there. They were extremely helpful, we were able to see many key spots in and around the city, and the local transportation was easy to use. We signed up for several tours while there which we enjoyed; Amsterdam is a beautiful city and we would highly recommend spending time there. We easily found our ship "Skadia" near our hotel and we were pleased to see the hotel staff had transferred our luggage to our ship's room by the time we checked in that afternoon. We had several hours to relax and unpack before our informative welcome meeting and first dinner, which was helpful to my wife who had never been on a cruise before. This river cruise with Viking was just excellent and better than advertised in many ways. The trip itinerary was well planned out, the additional shore excursion options were a good value in both time and money spent, the entire crew was professional, friendly and caring. The cabins had everything that we needed and the entire ship was always clean. We enjoyed the daily special touches that Viking added, like special treats after some daily excursions. The cruise director and her guides/drivers did an excellent job with the shore excursions and gave plenty of information to us so that we could get the most out of what we would see each day. We especially liked the narratives on several days cruising through scenic Unesco areas. The hotel manager and especially our cabin staff did a wonderful job taking care of us in a respectful and helpful way. The chef and his crew had interesting menu choices along the trip and helped my wife with her special dietary requirements. The food was very good, the desserts were special, and the friendly and efficient wait staff called us by name by the second day, impressive! We enjoyed sitting at different tables during the day meeting new people as well. The Captain and ship crew provided us with a safe and smooth experience. It was a great way to travel across Europe combining certain sights we would not have seen otherwise, meeting interesting people from across the globe, learning historical facts and visiting spectacular museums, and not having to plan each day's activities. We enjoyed all aspects of the trip and look forward to doing it again in another part of the world. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Because of the itinerary. Met most of the folks on the ship. Loved the included shore excursions. Most of the city tours were very informative. Didn't like the Lipizzaner excursion. Waste of money. The included city tour saw ... Read More
Because of the itinerary. Met most of the folks on the ship. Loved the included shore excursions. Most of the city tours were very informative. Didn't like the Lipizzaner excursion. Waste of money. The included city tour saw more of the stallions than the optional excursion, and closer up. Meals, service, entertainment were great. Cabins on levels 2 and 3 are great, not on level 1. The staff in the bar and dining areas were great. Before the cruise, we spent the extra days in Amsterdam. Should have spent more time there. The transfers should be improved. Arrived in Amsterdam at 7:30, at the hotel by 9, but couldn't check in till 3. Leaving the ship in Budapest, we spent more than an hour in line to check in, then a LONG walk to the gate to leave. But the time on the ship was great. Would take this trip again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Viking Skadi Ratings
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Cabins 5.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.7
Entertainment 3.0 4.3
Public Rooms 4.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.7
Family 1.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.5
Service 5.0 4.8
Value For Money 4.0 4.5
Rates 4.0 4.0

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