113 Viking River Viking Baldur Cruise Reviews

The service was utterly spectacular. The cabin was comfortable and everything always worked. The food was excellent. All of our guides were very knowledgeable and excursions were wonderful. I will definitely cruise with Viking again. We ... Read More
The service was utterly spectacular. The cabin was comfortable and everything always worked. The food was excellent. All of our guides were very knowledgeable and excursions were wonderful. I will definitely cruise with Viking again. We saw both large cities in small towns. On our tours there was enough time to see interesting sites and also enough time for independent meandering about town. It was interesting that we felt that there was a lot to do and yet it was a relaxing journey. Because of the small number of passengers on a river cruise, you get to know many of the other passengers quite well. This was probably one of the nicest aspects of our cruise. At the end of our cruise we paid for an extra couple of days in Budapest. This was a worthwhile addition to the cruise. A guide helped us check into the hotel and we had a couple of tours about the city. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
I’ll start by saying that my husband and I did not enjoy our cruise with Viking, this review is really meant to inform and enlighten the traveler before they decide to book a river cruise particularly with Viking. We choose Viking ... Read More
I’ll start by saying that my husband and I did not enjoy our cruise with Viking, this review is really meant to inform and enlighten the traveler before they decide to book a river cruise particularly with Viking. We choose Viking because friends had been on their ocean cruise and found it very enjoyable. We typically cruise Celebrity, which provides a level of luxury we enjoy. We booked everything through Viking and here are the areas we found acceptable: - air fare and transfers Here are the areas lacking: - hotels selected for pre and post stays, Both hotels were off the beaten path so to actually immerse yourself in Lucerne and Amsterdam, you needed to travel by public transportation to really see the towns you were in. Hotel selection was poor. - ship was ok. But the Explorer suite, which is their best room is over the engine and the noise and the vibration/shaking at night was unbearable!!! The room was poorly laid out and not worth the price. The Celebrity suite on any Celebrity ship is half the price and twice as nice. Get the cheapest room you can because none of the higher rooms with balconies is worth it. The Rhine river is only scenic for about 1/2 day on the 8 day trip, the rest is cargo, factories and weeds. - The dining schedule is ridiculous. Breakfast is from 6-9, then lunch at 12:30 and dinner at 7 pm. The problem with this is that if you plan to take your meals on the ship (and because you paid an arm and leg for the trip, you should), you are limited on what you can do off the ship. If you take an excursion in the morning and come back after the 12:30 lunch, then you have to wait until the next meal at dinner. That’s it! No place on the ship to grab a quick bite if you come back at 2 pm. Or let’s say you eat a late lunch in town and you’re not hungry at 7 pm...if you miss that meal, then you have to wait until morning breakfast. All of this might be acceptable if the food was good, but it’s not. It’s average and reminded me of cafeteria food. Odd since they’re cooking for only 200 passengers so I expected it to be much better than on the Ocean trips. Additionally, very little accommodation for people with diabetes. - The entertain was as people stated which is minimal. That’s ok, because your touring each day so the evening needs to be relaxing. I expected to be able to catch a movie in my room or browse social media or just search the internet, check e-mail, etc... Little to no selection of movies provided and the other channels said “coming soon”. Internet access was poor, weather moving of stationary. Again, that seemed odd since there are fewer passengers than ocean ships. I can stream on ocean ships with 3000 people, but on this couldn’t open CNN!!! - Service was ok. The staff tried to be helpful, but I sometimes felt there was a language barrier. - The ports were ok, lots of Germany. We wanted to see Switzerland and Amsterdam that’s mainly why we selected this trip. I think River cruises are interesting to people that connect to the country - like ancestors from the small towns. I know this is long but I hope it helps someone. I would never take another river cruise and I would never go on Viking again. I think they’re extremely expensive for what they offered. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary, we selected our 2nd Viking River Cruise for the Grand European Cruise. Started off on the wrong foot as we had selected a pre-excursion visit to Prague but missed flight to JFK due to weather. ... Read More
Celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary, we selected our 2nd Viking River Cruise for the Grand European Cruise. Started off on the wrong foot as we had selected a pre-excursion visit to Prague but missed flight to JFK due to weather. Arrived a day late, but Viking rep was right on sight to meet us and provide transportation to Prague Hotel. Local rep provided us with "make-up" tours and we had a great time in the Czech Republic. Then bussed to Budapest to pick up River Cruise ship. Great welcome on board and meet many new friends. Water levels in all rivers were very low and we ended up having to land portage 2 times to shift to 3 different long ships. A major logistic problem for Viking and the cruise director to transfer 185 people and their baggage to new Viking ships on the other side of low water. Several other river cruise lines were having to cancel their schedules and ship passengers home as they didn't have additional ships available. Viking has a substantial fleet and they were able to provide passage all the way to final destination even with problems presented by low water levels and we didn't miss any of our optional shore excursions. Cabin service was outstanding and the dining staff on all 3 Long Ships was first class. Excursions were one of the reasons we choose Viking and they were the best. We had a very memorable anniversary, one we will never forget, made even more so by the adversity that this River Cruise faced and overcame. As a footnote to this experience, after returning home, Viking notified us that in order to compensate us for the inconvenience experienced during this Cruise, they were going to apply a 50% credit of the price of this cruise to our next booking! Will we be traveling with them again? Absolutely, it is just a question of which Cruise to book!! . Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Marek Snelly our cruise director assured this trip was memorable wonderful river scenery, great cities. Any issues due to weather were handled professionally and expediently. As example the river was too low to make the full trip but ... Read More
Marek Snelly our cruise director assured this trip was memorable wonderful river scenery, great cities. Any issues due to weather were handled professionally and expediently. As example the river was too low to make the full trip but Viking maintains ships making the Itenary in both directions so we simply packed our bags and Viking moved them to the same room on essentially an identical ship. Marek moved with us which really made the transistion easy.The rest of the crew stayed on their ship. Our plane did arrive late and past the time Viking was providing transportation. We were not quite prepared how to handle this but were able to find a taxi which Viking reimbursed. Since Viking provided the Air it would have been nice if they had been aware of our situation and have been welcomed with an email or some other message telling us specifically how to proceed. Included daily excursions made for a good introduction to each city, and the suplimental excursions were all fairly reasonably priced and well managed. Of course it would have been great to spend more time in each city, but we covered a lot of ground, saw many sites, and visited many places on the 14day trip from Budapest to Amsterdam. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
We chose this cruise because it travelled to countries we thought we'd enjoy viewing along the Danube/ Main/ Rhine Rivers, and we were not disappointed to say the least. We thoroughly enjoyed the city tours and found them quite ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it travelled to countries we thought we'd enjoy viewing along the Danube/ Main/ Rhine Rivers, and we were not disappointed to say the least. We thoroughly enjoyed the city tours and found them quite worthwhile. All the extra excursions were excellent, except for one of the castle tours which we felt was not as good. As well, when not on an extra excursion, it was great to walk into the towns and do our own thing, or simply stay on the ship and relax. The ship and crew were overly accommodating and welcoming. They took every opportunity to help, entertain, direct, or simply chit chat with us, always trying to satisfy all of our wants and needs. The food was amazing! You could order a la carte, or buffet for lunches and breakfasts. Dinners always had a variety of great choices that were often regional specialties made it difficult to decide. Coffee and tea available anytime as well. At night, there was always something going on.... entertainment, presentations about the regions, or just enjoying a drink with dance and music. The trip was an experience everyone should have the opportunity to take. We felt like royalty... highly recommended! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
All services on the Baldur were clearly outstanding and beyond first class in my opinion. Shore excursions were extremely well organized and always on time. Barry, the cruise director was outstanding. Transfers from the airport to the ... Read More
All services on the Baldur were clearly outstanding and beyond first class in my opinion. Shore excursions were extremely well organized and always on time. Barry, the cruise director was outstanding. Transfers from the airport to the ship and from the ship back to the airport were flawlessly executed. The servers on the ship deserve special commendation and I only wish I could remember their names. The female bartender and part time server was particularly outstanding and mixed my New Orleans' Hurricanes to perfection after learning the recipe from a laptop. The Baldur was expertly guided through about 60 locks by highly qualified pilots and along the entire river journey without any problems. As a result of my great experience on the Baldur, I have booked the Viking Pharaohs and Pyramids tour on the Nile River for March 2019. I hope to experience the same great service, food, and shore excursions in Egypt as provided by the Viking Baldur in Europe. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Our Program Director, David, was absolutely marvelous. He made the trip so personal and so special. Everyone loved him, especially his British accent. I would love to cruise with him again. All staff members - waiters, bartenders, ... Read More
Our Program Director, David, was absolutely marvelous. He made the trip so personal and so special. Everyone loved him, especially his British accent. I would love to cruise with him again. All staff members - waiters, bartenders, hotel manager, housekeeping, etc. were 5-star. They provided personal, friendly, timely service. Each night the food was absolutely delicious and we loved all the varieties of wine available. Reviewing the posted dinner menu was something to look forward to every morning. Chef Marius was funny and entertaining. And all the soups were superb. We actually asked to meet the soup Chef because his selections were so tasty. We included soup with dinner each night. The excursions were entertaining and well organized. The tour guides were wonderful and provided a wealth of information. We especially loved the Nuremberg, Lippizzaner and wine excursions. This was the cruise of a lifetime and I would highly recommend it to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Everything about the Tulips and Windmills Cruise was great, beginning with the Pulitzer Amsterdam Hotel, the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank Museum and several other museums we visited before the cruise. The ship and our cabin and private ... Read More
Everything about the Tulips and Windmills Cruise was great, beginning with the Pulitzer Amsterdam Hotel, the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank Museum and several other museums we visited before the cruise. The ship and our cabin and private deck were spacious and lovely. The service provided by the crew and tour guides was excellent. All meals on the ship and at ports of call were delicious. The entertainment on the ship was great. I can't say enough about all the ports and shore excursions. They were so unique and interesting, we saw so many wonderful things. The Delft Porcelain Ware tour was really interesting watching some of the workers paint on the porcelain and see how all the process was completed. They really made lovely pieces and you could purchase some in the gift shop which I did! The Hoorn walking tour was interesting seeing all the old buildings. I could not walk all the way to the home-hosted visit but my daughter went and enjoyed the visit. I enjoyed sitting on a bench in front of the old church and watched the people go by. It was a lovely morning and I was able to take my time getting back to the ship. The tulips farm was really interesting, seeing how the tulips were harvested, taken to the processing barn and seeing the big automated machine that took the tulips through several operations and ending up fastened in small bunches ready to be shipped and sold. The old windmills were really beautiful. We went to Flanders Fields and one of the ladies from our ship was able to find the grave site of her uncle. This was a very beautiful and moving place to visit. We also visited a Castle, toured it and had a delicious lunch there. The Keukenhof Gardens were beautiful and there were beautiful tulip fields close to the Gardens. We also went to Paris after the cruise and saw Paris by night, did some touring on our own, and went to the Paris Cabaret and saw a wonderful show and has a delicious dinner. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was my first Viking Cruise and it exceeded my expectations. This was the Windmills and Tulips tour that included stops in The Netherlands and Belgium. The tours were fun and informative. The ship was wonderful. I loved the intimate ... Read More
This was my first Viking Cruise and it exceeded my expectations. This was the Windmills and Tulips tour that included stops in The Netherlands and Belgium. The tours were fun and informative. The ship was wonderful. I loved the intimate feeling of less than 200 passengers...met just about everyone before the trip was finished. Are far too much wonderful food. The staff were helpful, attentive and downright fun!! The opportunities to see the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh museum, Rembrandt House, Flanders Field were once in a lifetime. I also enjoyed the chance to tour a working windmill (although I had to overcome the urge to find a lance and have a Don Quixote moment). And there there were the Tulip gardens. Beautiful! One of my favorite parts of the trip was in Hoorn when we were able to visit a persons home, have coffee and homemade Dutch apple pie and enjoy a great conversation about life in The Netherlands. Then of course The was that awesome moment of enjoying Belgium chocolates and Belgium ales...in BELGIUM!!! Can’t wait for my next trip!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
My wife has always wanted to see the Keukenhof Gardens so we selected this cruise. We had never been on a cruise before so we didn't know what to expect but we had a wonderful time. I would do it again -- and, in fact we are planning ... Read More
My wife has always wanted to see the Keukenhof Gardens so we selected this cruise. We had never been on a cruise before so we didn't know what to expect but we had a wonderful time. I would do it again -- and, in fact we are planning a Russia cruise on Viking next year. The Baldur is great. We had a mid size cabin with a little balcony, I recommend that since it gives you a bit more room to move around. However, you don't spend that much time in your cabin since there is always something going on. Cabin service was excellent, our steward was wonderful and always made sure that we had what we needed when we needed it. This was true of everyone on board -- very accommodating. The food is awesome and certainly lived up to expectations. I liked the lighter lunch buffets that were available in the lounge area. We took most of out lunches there. The shore excursions were fun and informative, guides were truly top notch. We had several excellent guides but the guy who took us to the Hague and The Mauritshuis was spectacular. All the guides were good but the depth of art knowledge this guy had was amazing. A lot of these guides take their work seriously -- they do it for a living and Viking nailed down some really good ones which made all the difference. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Viking River Cruises provided a wonderful itinerary for Tulips and Windmills in April 2018. The trip lived up to all of our expectations and then some. Every day was a wonderful adventure. All the ship amenities were wonderful. Our cabin ... Read More
Viking River Cruises provided a wonderful itinerary for Tulips and Windmills in April 2018. The trip lived up to all of our expectations and then some. Every day was a wonderful adventure. All the ship amenities were wonderful. Our cabin was spacious enough and very comfortable. The meals were outstanding, and the chef went out of his way to accommodate dietary needs of shipboard guests. The ship staff were all lovely people, and they went out of their way to accommodate us. The staff made us feel like they really cared about our well being and took care to provide us with assistance when it was needed. Our trip occurred during the first week of April, and we saw lots of tulips despite cool and rainy weather. We traveled in comfort everywhere on the ship and off on land excursions. The Netherlands and Belgium are two very beautiful countries, and we toured the nicest places in both. The local residents were very gracious, and the sites we visited were wonderful. One of the residents graciously opened his seaside home and invited us in for tea and apple pie. During the visit he shared information with us about his life in that region. We especially enjoyed the scenic Canal rides in Amsterdam, the Airborne Cemetery and Museum in Arnhem, the Church of Our Lady in Bruges, and the famous Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse. Lunch in Haarlem was a lot of fun. This trip was part of a celebration of our 50th Wedding Anniversary. Thanks to Viking River Cruises and their wonderful staff, we had a trip of a lifetime. We are now looking forward to our next trip with Viking River Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
The Netherlands is my favorite destination when I travel. When I saw the "Tulips and Windmills" cruise, I knew I had to sign up. Amsterdam is so beautiful in many ways. The Dutch are delightful and very friendly. Amsterdam ... Read More
The Netherlands is my favorite destination when I travel. When I saw the "Tulips and Windmills" cruise, I knew I had to sign up. Amsterdam is so beautiful in many ways. The Dutch are delightful and very friendly. Amsterdam has soooo much to see. I've been to Amsterdam at least 7 or more times and I can still find things to do and see. This trip not only spends 3 days in Amsterdam but also some lovely towns I had not been to. So I found myself wanting to go so much, I went by myself. This was the first time I ventured out on my own with Viking. Having sailed with Viking on four previous trips, I knew I could do this! I made my reservation and began planning for the trip. My only fear was "who would I eat dinner with??" Funny how things turn out. The minute I boarded the ship, I met a single woman traveling with a friend. We started talking, hit it off, and Voila! I had some people to eat dinner with and ended up spending time on many of the excursions. Along the way I met a couple from Charleston, South Carolina and all of us became instant friends. In fact, the couple (Suzanne and Andy) and I have already planned and reserved 2 more Viking trips. Needless to say, the trip was fabulous. The food was delightful. I always get the Silver Spirit Package and the drinks are delicious. I ate breakfast in the Aquavit Lounge every morning since it is quiet there and offers a great selection of bread, rolls, meats, yogurt, musli etc. I never felt alone on the trip, not once! Will I do it again with Viking ? You betcha! Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
The people on this boat were so nice. Both staff and fellow travelers. We felt at home! Budapest was our favorite place. We liked seeing the Hungarian Horsemen. And we enjoyed the optional tour A Taste of Budapest. The Parliament ... Read More
The people on this boat were so nice. Both staff and fellow travelers. We felt at home! Budapest was our favorite place. We liked seeing the Hungarian Horsemen. And we enjoyed the optional tour A Taste of Budapest. The Parliament building is truly lovely. And we had some real goulash soup in a local restaurant. The weather was cold and rainy much of the time but we had picture perfect days while cruising the Wachau Valley and the Rhine Unesco Heritage area. They really did look like you see on TV. The walking tour of Wertheim was also one of our favorite things. We were disappointed that we could not access the walking track for several days due to low bridges on the canal. We were not aware that this would be the case ahead of time. We would not do the pre and post extensions again. The hotels were subject to change so were not what we expected. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Everything about the Grand European was superior, most especially the level of service provided by the crew. We had wonderful meals, fascinating ports of call and made wonderful friendships. We began the trip with a pre-cruise visit for ... Read More
Everything about the Grand European was superior, most especially the level of service provided by the crew. We had wonderful meals, fascinating ports of call and made wonderful friendships. We began the trip with a pre-cruise visit for three days to Prague, a beautiful, classic central European city in the Czech Republic. From there we were taken by bus to Budapest to begin our river cruise. The embarkation went very smoothly and before we knew it we were esconced in our cabin. Our trip took us through Hungary (Budapest), Austria (Vienna, Melk and Salzburg), through a variety of German cities ending in Amsterdam. In each city visited we were given an interesting city tour typically by a local expert and offered a variety of interesting optional tours. Often, prior to our disembarking at each port we were offered a talk about the local culture, history and food. All in all we had an unforgetable trip that I would recommend to anyone. Everything about our Viking experience was outstanding. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The Grand European Tour was our only choice for first and foremost of all the wonderful testimonials we had heard about Viking. Secondly, this was a cruise through an area of Europe we had only dreamed about. We did explore Amsterdam ... Read More
The Grand European Tour was our only choice for first and foremost of all the wonderful testimonials we had heard about Viking. Secondly, this was a cruise through an area of Europe we had only dreamed about. We did explore Amsterdam before we left with Viking assistance. All shore personnel were excellent in every way; no details left out. Everything ran like clock work! The Baldur and the entire crew was beyond measure. Our check in, our cabin every day was perfect, every meal totally delicious and the wines and the bartenders were excellently and the entertainment was fabulous. Every port was exceptional and beyond our wildest dreams. We made so many new friends and several of us have now booked for the 2019 Paris and Heart of Normandy River Cruise. Not thinking about the Autumn time of the year when we booked, we were so thrilled with all the fall foliage along the rivers of Europe. From our disembarkation in Budapest, we traveled on to Prague which is by far the most beautiful city in the world. The Viking crew at our hotel was excellent as was the hotel and their staff. Thank you Viking! Well done! Joey & Barbara. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest explored many different cities and countries over 15 days. In every port excellent tours were included and many others available. Special mention to the Activities Director Rob who was fantastic! ... Read More
This cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest explored many different cities and countries over 15 days. In every port excellent tours were included and many others available. Special mention to the Activities Director Rob who was fantastic! Beautiful ship, excellent food with perfect service. This was our 2nd Viking River Cruise and the experiences in both were excellent. The pickup at Amsterdam went smoothly and several of us had a very early morning flight(6:30 AM) from Budapest at the end. They had a breakfast for us at a very early hour and when we arrived at the Airport they had staff to direct us and even check us in for our flights. The meals offered excellent variety and quality whether for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. The complimentary wine and beer at Lunch and Dinner were also very good and did not feel shortchanged at all. I heartily endorse Viking for River Cruises and I am anxious to try one of their Ocean Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
After a lot of ocean cruises, we were ready for something different and more interesting. Viking lived up to all the good reviews we had read. From reservations and pre-cruise support to air and hotel arrangements, embarkation, cruising ... Read More
After a lot of ocean cruises, we were ready for something different and more interesting. Viking lived up to all the good reviews we had read. From reservations and pre-cruise support to air and hotel arrangements, embarkation, cruising and shore excursions everyone was highly organized and very friendly. Our Main Deck cabin was small but pleasant, with small windows at water level, about 5 feet above the floor. Most of the cruising was at night, and in port we often moored alongside other ships, so the value of higher level cabins seems limited, except maybe avoiding noise of passages through locks- which happened 67 times on this route. We liked the food, the shore excursions were mosty very interesting, and we got a lot of walking, sometimes 2 to 5 miles a day depending on time in port. The cruise director and staff were very good, and we liked the fresh Scandanavian decor. Hotels, transfers, and air tickets were all perfectly handled. On this cruise 90 percent of passengers were retired Americans in 60s and 70s, mostly well traveled and intelligent. There were no children and no facilites for them. The ships are well organized but there is no gym or fitness space and rhe “sun deck” cannot be used at all except on the Danube due to low bridges. Free wifi was a plus but as they note often very slow. Anyone with disabilities should not do this, unlike ocean cruising the ship has narrow corridors and tight rooms and requires use of stairs and steeply sloping gangplanks, and German cobblestone- paved towns require a lot of walking and stairs; buses have steep steps and narrow aises and are not acceptable. Even large cities have little or no accommodations for the disabled. The headsets provided for shore excursions were very helpful. In short, this is very enjoyable for older adults who can get around, but I think most chidren or teens would be bored. We were sorry to leave after te cruise and we are certainly looking forward to another Viking cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The cruise was as good as their ads show. Wow!! We had a great time. Ship was beautiful. Food was great. Service was impeccable. Alexandru & Noel, in the dining room were too much fun. Excellent beer selection. Tours were well ... Read More
The cruise was as good as their ads show. Wow!! We had a great time. Ship was beautiful. Food was great. Service was impeccable. Alexandru & Noel, in the dining room were too much fun. Excellent beer selection. Tours were well organized. Cabin (French balcony) was small but very efficient. Nothing to do for children. No activities. TV has a movie channel, but not much for kids. There were none on our cruise, I could see our grandchildren bored to tears. Loved the fact that nightly briefings on the next day's port did not include the "buy here or there... we get a kickback" plea. Short, sweet and to the point. Dinner is sit where you want and first come first seated. Find waiters that you enjoy and sit in their areas. The bulk of the folks are 60 plus and from North America. You will have a great time. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was a bucket list item for my husband and me. It did not disappoint whatsoever! Everything about this trip from the accommodations to the food to the sightseeing was excellent. The staff were attentive and always accommodating. It ... Read More
This was a bucket list item for my husband and me. It did not disappoint whatsoever! Everything about this trip from the accommodations to the food to the sightseeing was excellent. The staff were attentive and always accommodating. It was so nice to unpack once and stay in the same room for 2 weeks. The ship was attractive and comfortable, and we liked the small intimate size (around 200 passengers) versus a large ship with 2000 passengers. Onboard entertainment was fun and guest entertainment in various ports was interesting. There was an included excursion in every port and the staff were awesome as far as organizing transportation to and from the tour site, giving us water and umbrellas and greeting us upon our return with a refreshment as we boarded. We stayed extra time in Amsterdam before the cruise as well as time in Budapest after. We arranged our own pre and post accommodations which worked out well and was very worthwhile. I really cannot think of anything negative to say about this trip. We will definitely go on another Viking River Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We wanted to celebrate our 40th anniversary with a different cruise. Had been on several Ocean Cruises and heard only wonderful things about River Cruises. We planned the trip with friends who were also celebrating their Anniversaries. ... Read More
We wanted to celebrate our 40th anniversary with a different cruise. Had been on several Ocean Cruises and heard only wonderful things about River Cruises. We planned the trip with friends who were also celebrating their Anniversaries. Trish was a delight to book with, was able to answer all of our questions prior to booking. State rooms are small, but very functional. Food was excellent and so was entertainment on board. We took included tours and they were all great. Really appreciated the tour talks, as they were very informative about the city we were docking next, not about where the shopping was, which was most appreciated. Staff were wonderful, from the Customer Service, to the Room Stewards and the Restaurant Staff. The inclusions of wine, beer and soft beverages at lunch and dinner; water when we would leave on a tour and umbrellas if it was raining, certainly helped to minimize additional costs on board. Loved the small ship experience can't wait to take another. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Loved this idea of spending our 25th anniversary in Europe. All went well-great staff, good food, nice ports, but wished there was more free time and fewer ports to visit. Had to get up pretty early for the free excursions, which are ... Read More
Loved this idea of spending our 25th anniversary in Europe. All went well-great staff, good food, nice ports, but wished there was more free time and fewer ports to visit. Had to get up pretty early for the free excursions, which are largely church/history oriented, if you're into that sort of thing. Would have preferred more intimate excursions (for free) instead of 50-60 people ushered around already popular destinations. If you are a history buff, and like lectures, etc. This is for you. The passengers are largely 60+, and highly educated. A few wheelchairs also, although Europe is tough for them with all the cobblestones and hills. I really prefer Gate 1 for this sort of thing. More free time, less expensive, and a smaller group. You're not tempted into gluttony as much. Food was good, but not as good as some of the finer meals I've enjoyed in major cities. If there were more shore excursions catering to intimate experiences, that would be better-like seeing a cobbler make shoes. Since the cruise is so pricey, these should be included without an extra charge. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was our first river cruise, and we've already booked another one for 2018. The ship was immaculately clean; the service was impeccable; the crew was brilliant at reading their guests--very friendly when engaged, yet providing ... Read More
This was our first river cruise, and we've already booked another one for 2018. The ship was immaculately clean; the service was impeccable; the crew was brilliant at reading their guests--very friendly when engaged, yet providing unobtrusive and personalized service when we were involved in conversation/activities with other guests. It was wonderful to unpack once and have the "hotel" travel with us, enabling us to visit many cities without the hassle of hauling our bags, arranging transportation, settling in to new accommodations or getting our bearings each day. Having shore excursions planned in advance of the trip put us at our leisure, especially because it was all arranged for us and all we needed to do was disembark at the appointed time! The Activities Director gave a "port talk" every evening before dinner, and there was also a "daily news" left in our cabins each evening--both outlining the onboard activities and tours for the next day. Each of these allowed us to take our cruise one day at a time without having to keep track of multi-day schedules. There were just under 200 guests on our ship, which was just the right number to get to know fellow travelers. The dining room was mostly furnished with oval tables for 6--just the right size for everyone to be engaged in the conversation, and if someone was a bit shy around strangers, they would easily be included in this intimate setting. The food was excellent, as was expected, but the variety provided at every meal, including the option of a lighter meal served on deck, was an added treat. Getting to know other guests during shared meals made it easy to continue conversations on the tours. With up to four choices of excursions each day, it was likely you would already know some of the people in your tour group. We went on all of the included tours with few exceptions, and they were each excellent. Each guest had a small, remote listening device and earbuds which enabled us to hear the tour guide no matter where we were within the group. It was possible to wander a good distance from the group (photo shots) and still hear the guide. Our only disappointment on the whole trip were two of our all day, optional excursions, and, unfortunately, these were the most expensive of the trip! The day trip to Salzburg was a very long bus ride for a hurried walking tour through the historic district and what was a nice lunch with actors performing songs from The Sound of Music. That's it. Very expensive. Another optional day tour included Waltzing Vienna (not a pleasant experience) and a difficult tour of the Shonbrunn Palace because it was SO crowded--I was envious of other tourists who were maneuvering through the crowds at their own pace following personal audio tours. The Modern Aristocracy day tour was worth the price. I very much enjoyed the Art/Bunker Tour in Nuremberg while my husband said the same of his Nuremberg Trial Tour. Most of the tour guides were engaging and delightfully entertaining. There was an opportunity to rate each guide, and I'm sorry I didn't do this on a daily basis to ensure the truly excellent guides would continue to be engaged by Viking. By the end of the cruise, I remembered the guide, but without the guide's name or matching it with the city, my review was worthless. The onboard activities were well planned. During the cruise of the castle district, the activities director provided intermittent commentary on the top deck which added interest to this relaxing afternoon of cruising with cocktails. The glassblower was both informative and entertaining. There was music and dancing and other fun in the lounge every evening after dinner. On demand movies in the cabin provided entertainment for quiet, down time. I think these cruises are most enjoyable for a couple/two people. We met two groups of 2 couples who were traveling together. They didn't interact much with the other guests, and when we joined one of these groups for dinner, it was obvious they'd known each other for so long that they had no new conversation. I couldn't help wondering if they would have had more fun if they'd been traveling alone. We also met sisters from North Carolina and sisters from Australia who clearly were having a great time, and I know I would enjoy one of these cruises with my sister, as well. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
I chose this cruise because it was advertised as the Grand Tour of Europe. It went to places I had never visited, but had only read about. It included many places I had read about regarding the history of World War II. The on-shore ... Read More
I chose this cruise because it was advertised as the Grand Tour of Europe. It went to places I had never visited, but had only read about. It included many places I had read about regarding the history of World War II. The on-shore tours were absolutely fantastic. All were conducted by local people very familiar with the area and its history. The buses were large and very comfortable. There was a wide variiety of on-shore trips to choose from, some to ancient historic sites, some to World War II battle sites, others to modern cities. The Program Director was very attentive to the passengers and their needs. Everything was extremely well organized. The food was great, with dining areas well suited to meeting and talking with other passengers. The enrichment talks and demonstrations were all outstanding, renging from demonstrations by an expert glass blower to a detailed lecture on the hostory of Vienna given by a local university professor. It met and exceeded all expectations. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Traveling with the past and present viking river cruise , we have a very good experience with cabin cleanliness and all meal good food .the staff are attentive,helful and friendly. I felt the viking cruise is the best river cruise on ... Read More
Traveling with the past and present viking river cruise , we have a very good experience with cabin cleanliness and all meal good food .the staff are attentive,helful and friendly. I felt the viking cruise is the best river cruise on their category.it serve my small and efficient cruise ship dream. The included guided tour are excellent unmatched with others.All our new friends are also very happy with the cruise we select for them and wish to return with us for our next trip. it was a very relaxing time for all of us.We also enjoin the option tour with very interesting and knowledgeble guide.Viking seem to be able to select all the tour that satisfy most of their customer well. The tour duration are also perfect not too short or too long. We are all well informed about all the events. The tour director is excellent and capable to switch things around when needed. we are very happy with the trip and plan to join other tour soon. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We wanted to experience Europe and with starting in Amsterdam then finishing in Budapest, Viking River Cruises seem the best way to enjoy the trip at our age. The itinerary with all the included tours gave us exactly what we wanted. I ... Read More
We wanted to experience Europe and with starting in Amsterdam then finishing in Budapest, Viking River Cruises seem the best way to enjoy the trip at our age. The itinerary with all the included tours gave us exactly what we wanted. I enjoyed the castles, the small towns, the history from whatever you want to believe to the present, the tour guides selected by Viking were knowledgeable, entertaining, and gave a good presentation of their local city/town. We did not eat off the Baldur as the meals were superior, plus well prepared, dining staff pleasant with your every request fulfilled with competence and humor. Viking River Cruise has to be complimented on their staff hiring, the personnel was pleasant, efficient, thus resulting in a memorable wonderful experience. The weather co-operated as we enjoyed beautifully days with only one day of light showers. Going under those low bridges, the up then down of the locks, all interesting for first-time river cruisers, then the seemingly endless vineyards, all made the cruise exceptional. Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Viking Baldur Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 4.8
Entertainment 3.0 4.3
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.7
Family 1.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.7
Enrichment 4.0 4.6
Service 4.0 4.9
Value For Money 3.0 4.6
Rates 4.0 N/A

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