120 Viking River Viking Baldur Cruise Reviews

My husband and I have only been on one cruise and one river boat (not Viking) and decided river boating was the BEST.....don't have the crowds (only 160 on our boat) and can see scenery on both sides of the ship. (Not so much water). ... Read More
My husband and I have only been on one cruise and one river boat (not Viking) and decided river boating was the BEST.....don't have the crowds (only 160 on our boat) and can see scenery on both sides of the ship. (Not so much water). Read reviews on Viking and decided to try. The crew on Viking Baldur (Grand European - Amsterdam to Budapest) was amazing. We had never been on a trip (and we've been all over Europe) that the crew was SO attentive to detail. It was so interesting that many crew members 'wore several hats' and they helped each other. GREAT TEAM WORK, from meeting us at the airport to shuttling us back!!!!! Our room was cleaned and straightened up several times a day. On each venture out, bottles of water were given out, umbrellas were available...if it rained (only had one slightly rainy day for a couple hours), and the crew always welcomed us back with a cool drink. There were several optional tours after the walking tour each morning, and if we chose not to do any of them, the crew gave us a map of the city with cool things to go back and see. Instructions for subways explained and routes carefully penned so there was no frustration. Great comradery with the waiters and waitresses. They got to know us pretty well and could anticipate 'our usuals'. The dining was elegant and the food was GREAT, with attention to a special meal specific to the country we were motering thru. There was always a 'standard' American menu if you chose not to be adventurous and try the local dishes. The chef always gave a little talk about the evening menu right after an explanation of the next days' adventure by our connoisseur, who had a tremendous sense of humor. Every night they had entertainment of some sort and it was always a class act! I personally have never been crazy about opera, but the trio they had come on board that night, was hysterical. Even though you didn't understand the language, you got the message by their actions. I have never been so pampered...EVER.....and we're definitely going back next year, somewhere else with Viking. Can't praise them enough!!!!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
We wanted to visit Belgium and cities in Germany , Austria and Hungary. We did not want to be packing and unpacking continously. We had a very good experience with this company in Russia Viking personnel is corteous, attentive and eager ... Read More
We wanted to visit Belgium and cities in Germany , Austria and Hungary. We did not want to be packing and unpacking continously. We had a very good experience with this company in Russia Viking personnel is corteous, attentive and eager to 'please , This applies to cruise directors, concierges and room attendants and waiters and waitresses. The scenery was fantastic, the cities that were visited fantastic and the included tours made the best to show the highlughts of each destination . As usual cultural and historic feedback for the different places was provided as well as an opportunities to connect with local artisans. To improve, will be the night entertainment, although everyone was ready for bed at 11PM. Food was excellent and special requests were fulfilled with a smile. Wine is included with lunch or dinner. The Malbec that was chosen by the company should be changed. Reallu awful. The whites were good. Of course they let you bring wine that you buy in the visited cities so you may bring in good wine and local wines. Still since their policy is to provide the wine , they have to come up with betfer quality at least similar to what they served us while in the russian rivers. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
Chose this cruise because it went through parts of central western Europe we had not visited. Viking has one of the highest ratings and concentrates on giving the passengers wonderful information on each port before arriving. The ship ... Read More
Chose this cruise because it went through parts of central western Europe we had not visited. Viking has one of the highest ratings and concentrates on giving the passengers wonderful information on each port before arriving. The ship was beautiful and kept exceptionally clean and immaculate. We particularly enjoyed our departure city of Budapest and all the tours offered by Viking, as well as the beautiful 5 star Hilton hotel. After each port we felt we had a real understanding of the people and history of the area. Dining was perfect with good dishes representing each area. Or if one did not like a dish he/she could always fall back on salmon- how wonderful is that?! Most of the passengers were very friendly and interested in seeing the various ports of call, and one night we ask!ed one another how did you hear about Viking? Of course it was from the History Channel on TV! (For most first time passengers) The cabins are beautifully appointed and all anyone could ask for- - - one exception which I am sure has been corrected by now was the bed pillows- they were almost flat and seemed to be needing replacement! We are pleased to be taking one of the Norway cruises on your newer cruise ships this coming summer! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
First River Cruise after having done 60 ocean cruises. Did not know what to expect. First let me say that Viking was awesome! Great ship and crew. The food was top notch. The ports were excellent. Our cabin was small but very nice ... Read More
First River Cruise after having done 60 ocean cruises. Did not know what to expect. First let me say that Viking was awesome! Great ship and crew. The food was top notch. The ports were excellent. Our cabin was small but very nice and very efficient and exceeded our expectations. Local food and wines served at dinner and a free excursion every morning was included. These cruises do cost a little more than an ocean cruise but you do get several extras included. 140 guests, mostly Americans and we probably knew 100 by the time of departure. Had to change ships at the halfway point because of high water levels on the river but, it was no issue. The other ship we changed to was exactly the same even our cabin was the same room number and location. Viking is tops! I highly recommend them. I thought they were well prepared for anything. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
It was on our "Bucket List". The scenery was beautiful. The ship staff were very helpful and polite. The food and beverages were delicious. It was nice to be able to open the French doors in our cabin. Embarkation & ... Read More
It was on our "Bucket List". The scenery was beautiful. The ship staff were very helpful and polite. The food and beverages were delicious. It was nice to be able to open the French doors in our cabin. Embarkation & debarkation went very smoothly. The Ports and shore excursions were very interesting. Every evening there was something different to watch, from local talent to other types of entertainment. One night there was a glass blowing demonstration. Since the water level was high we had to change ships but Viking made the whole transition go smoothly. We extended our stay in Amsterdam at the end of the cruise. We booked the hotel in Amsterdam ourselves as we felt Viking charged too much for the extended stay. The price for the cruise was a bit high, otherwise we had no complaints. We're looking forward to going again and would highly recommend it. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We were interested in the scheduled ports of call and the daily tours included in the package. We had other friends who had taken a Viking Cruise and they all raved about the value of their trip. If we had it to do over again, we ... Read More
We were interested in the scheduled ports of call and the daily tours included in the package. We had other friends who had taken a Viking Cruise and they all raved about the value of their trip. If we had it to do over again, we would definitely go to the embarkation city several days in advance. Primarily for two reasons, recover from jet lag prior to boarding the ship and having more time to spend exploring such a fascinating city (Budapest). ALL of the ship's staff and crew members were extremely pleasant & helpful, chatting with the passengers and making you feel like you were a special friend & guest. My husband being diabetic was always offered a special low sugar dessert - quite a treat when he usually has to respond "no thanks" to dessert. Menu selections were superb and we always had the option of having a lighter evening meal. Our room was comfortable, comparable to a luxury hotel! We especially enjoyed having a veranda where we could leisurely watch the beautiful scenery glide by. Other amenities such as thermostatically controlled temperatures for each individual stateroom, a private refrigerator and safe, plus sufficient electrical outlets and on board wifi all contributed to our comfort. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and my husband's birthday on this cruise. We extended our trip with the pre cruise in Budapest which was a wonderful experience. We also extended with the post cruise in Amsterdam and ... Read More
We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary and my husband's birthday on this cruise. We extended our trip with the pre cruise in Budapest which was a wonderful experience. We also extended with the post cruise in Amsterdam and Belgium. The whole trip was very enjoyable. Viking had every detail covered including a ship swap because of very high waters on the rivers. The swap was effortless on the part of the passengers but I know how hard the crew on both ships worked to make it that way. The best part was the Cruise Director, Marek Snelley changed ships with us !! Marek was a huge reason that our cruise was so delightful. He is personable, funny and extremely capable of taking care of the unexpected. This was our second Viking River cruise and I am sure we will be booking another cruise soon. These cruises are geared towards the older crowd. Our ship's median age was about 60. With no young people onboard our 24 year old daughter would not have enjoyed this as much as we did. A River cruise is much calmer and more intimate than ocean cruises. The emphasis is on learning about the cities visited. The tour leaders are all very knowledgeable and personable. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We started in Budapest on the Baldur, but did not do an early arrival. We had 2 days to explore that wonderful city. The embarkation was smooth an easy, with staff meeting us at the airport and moving our luggage to our rooms. The ship ... Read More
We started in Budapest on the Baldur, but did not do an early arrival. We had 2 days to explore that wonderful city. The embarkation was smooth an easy, with staff meeting us at the airport and moving our luggage to our rooms. The ship was comfortable and the room small but adequate. The veranda rooms were quite a bit larger and would have been nice, but were sold out by the time we booked our cruise. The food was excellent and the portions were just right so that weight gain was not a problem. We had dessert for every meal but in a nice small portion. The wait staff was friendly and accommodating. They quickly knew us and what we liked. Most of the entertainment was off the ship but the program director, Marek, was fantastic and the evening programs that he did were most informative Several nights we had outside musical groups that were excellent. The tours each day were well planned and gave a great overview of the cities. Each day there was an included tour to provide overview and then there were some extras that were excellent. We enjoyed the Vienna concert, the Cologne Pub crawl, and the Moselle Wine tour. This boat was mostly older adults and thus quite quiet. The river was smooth so there was no rocking of the boat. We would definitely do this kind of tour again!! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
My husband chose this cruise as a gift to me. I was pleasantly surprised with the accommodations on the boat. He had booked a stateroom with a separate sitting room. I was able to sleep in, while he could get up and not disturb me by ... Read More
My husband chose this cruise as a gift to me. I was pleasantly surprised with the accommodations on the boat. He had booked a stateroom with a separate sitting room. I was able to sleep in, while he could get up and not disturb me by closing the door between rooms. The included tours were very good. The guides were informative and pleasant. We did purchase two additional tours during the cruise. My husband went on the Nuremberg War Trials Tour, which he said was well worth the money. We both went on the Dutch Cheese Making Tour. That tour was great especially when we were able to taste any cheese they had in stock. The prices we paid for cheese we bought was quite a bit cheaper than the "tourist" stores in downtown Amsterdam. Entertainment was very good from the lounge piano player to the entertainers that came in and visited for the night. I especially enjoyed the glass blower that came to the boat. The crew was exemplary (on both ships). Our cruise was supposed to be 2 weeks on the same boat. Due to high water in the rivers, the ships did not have enough clearance to go under certain bridges. So halfway through the cruise, we had to change ships and ended up on the Viking Magni. We changed boats with the same cruise we were on, but we coming from Amsterdam to Budapest. Viking handled the change seamlessly, and made the change as pleasant as possible. We were able to ut our luggage outside our room, and the next time we saw it was when it was in our new room..Since we were changing boats, Viking had our program director Marek and concierge Vanessa make the change with us. This really helped the passengers since we already had a good relationship with the two of them. The new crew was excellent, and were welcoming and friendly making the change over much easier. I was not really interested in eating in the dining room, so I was pleased the boat had the Aquavit Buffet. It gave you a quite pleasant place to enjoy a meal. You could not order what was being served in the restaurant, but you could eat what special they were serving that night or have an option from a small menu served in the buffet. It wasn't until later in the cruise when more people began to come to the buffet for dinner. I would guess at the most we had 15 people eating in the buffet with us. The staff assigned to serve us in the buffet were exemplary in their service. They were very friendly accommodating and provided us with great service! I also enjoyed the self service coffee bar and pastry that was provided. It was really nice to be able to get a cup of hot chocolate on your own. The staff kept the area clean and tidy, and well stocked. My husband and I are talking about taking a Western Mediterranean ocean cruise with Viking, then another river cruise, possibly the Tulip Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I traveled with a friend who had been on a Viking River Cruise last year. The service from the friendly crew was excellent . The chef went out of his way to make every meal the best. The program director Marek Snelly went out of his ... Read More
I traveled with a friend who had been on a Viking River Cruise last year. The service from the friendly crew was excellent . The chef went out of his way to make every meal the best. The program director Marek Snelly went out of his way to keep us informed and entertained along with the concierge. The reception desk very helpful. The captain kept the ship smooth sailing thru the locks and docking with out you feeling anything. The cabin staff kept us very happy. The ports and excursions were very informative and fun to be there. The flooding of the river kept us from cruising along the whole river which i was really disappointed with. We transferred ships because we could not fit under the bridges and the transfer was amazingly smooth i was amazed., Although, I was really disappointed we did miss a lot of the cruise time. An amazing trip just missed seeing the castles and the river cruise where the ship could no go because of the rising rapid waters. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Dowtown Abbey advertisements attracted us to investigate Viking Cruises. This trip was a celebration for my wife and I for her retirement from the local bank she worked at for 45 years. The staff met and beat all our expectations. In ... Read More
Dowtown Abbey advertisements attracted us to investigate Viking Cruises. This trip was a celebration for my wife and I for her retirement from the local bank she worked at for 45 years. The staff met and beat all our expectations. In addition to being helpful and friendly they would anticipate things that we would need. Great job. And the scrabbled eggs each morning were over the top great. This anticipation also applied to the company. With the high waters on the Danube the Baldour was unable to complete the trip to Amsterdam. Because Viking had the equipment and people we did a ship swap around Nurmburg which was seamless. We arrived at all our destinations on time and without incident. We had never been on any kind of cruise before. We always knew that we wouldn't want to cruise with 3000+ of our friends. The river cruise was, for us the way to go. The ratio of crew to guest was low enough that we always felt that we were the most important people on board. I am sure all of our cruising companions felt the same. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Fabulous from the beginning to the end. We were so happy to have extended the river cruise in the beginning at Budapest and again in Amsterdam and Ghent. There is so much to tell and space does not permit. From the Central Market in Pest ... Read More
Fabulous from the beginning to the end. We were so happy to have extended the river cruise in the beginning at Budapest and again in Amsterdam and Ghent. There is so much to tell and space does not permit. From the Central Market in Pest to the Belgian Waffle at Lizzie's in Bruges (Don't miss this place) it was delightful. Service aboard the vessel was so personal and professional it felt as if we had our own wait staff. Excursions from the boat into the towns and villages were extremely well done. The local tour guides were knowledgeable and able to answer every question asked. Some highlights included the early evening concert in Vienna. The orchestra played Mozart and Strauss music, non-stop, for two hours. The four singers would have been comfortable in any opera house in the world. The there was the opportunity to taste the many local beers in almost every town accompanied with locally made sausages. Our visit to the courthouse in Nuremburg was eye opening even though we already knew about its importance after WWII. Our lecture filed in so much that we didn't even think about - - WOW! I can't forget to mention the late afternoon and evening lectures about the coming day that made us really look forward to what was coming. All that with wonderful food and drink. Relaxing meals and excellent wine (take the drink package - - it's a value). And we met some wonderful people, some of which we are already meeting again now that we are back home. I could go on, but you get the idea. We were spoiled and will have difficulty going on the big ships again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I selected the Viking Grand European River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. I was attracted to this cruise because everything was included in the price and the route takes you through most of the big name cities and attractions of ... Read More
I selected the Viking Grand European River Cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. I was attracted to this cruise because everything was included in the price and the route takes you through most of the big name cities and attractions of Europe. After experiencing the cruise I could not be more pleased. The service that the crew and staff of the Viking Baldur provided was outstanding. The level of service we received on the cruise is totally unheard of in the US. The crew and staff went out of their way to make the voyage the most enjoyable trip of our lives (thus far!). For example, we arranged our own air travel since we wanted to spend time in Warsaw before flying on to Budapest to start the cruise. When we arrived in Budapest, I asked the Viking reception team at the airport if we could pay for a ride the transfer bus to the boat since we had not arranged for the transfer in advance because of our uncertain arrival time. The assistant for Viking said that we could take the Viking transfer bus, but that it would be less expensive for us to just take at taxi at that point. I do not speak Hungarian, and the Viking representative took us to a taxi and provided detailed instructions to the driver on where the boat was parked, which she would not have had to do since we did not use the airport transfer service. This is just one of many examples we experienced over the next 15 days on the cruise of the way the Viking representatives go out of their way to make your voyage the most enjoyable experience possible. Regarding the cruise categorization; I would call it a Luxury Cruise. It was not specifically a seniors cruise, although there were no children on the boat (much to my relief). Most people were north American, although there may have been a few Aussies there also, and virtually everyone spoke English, as did all the crew and staff. The food and wine were gourmet quality and there were choices of several different items at each meal. If you didn't like to eat in the more formal "sit down" fashion at the main dinning room, you could eat more casually on the terrace. There were no formal seating assignments in either dinning area and you could sit wherever you wanted and with whomever you wished. Dress on board was casual; no fancy clothes required. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
When I retired from teaching after 40 years of service, I wanted to celebrate my new life with a European river cruise. We chose the Grand European Tour for 2 reasons. The first reason was that it was highly recommended by friends and ... Read More
When I retired from teaching after 40 years of service, I wanted to celebrate my new life with a European river cruise. We chose the Grand European Tour for 2 reasons. The first reason was that it was highly recommended by friends and family and the second reason was that a close friend had already booked on this particular cruise. As my husband is an amputee, it seemed like a good idea to travel with someone we knew, just in case there were difficulties. However, we needn't have worried about that, as from the moment we arrived in Budapest until the time we departed the cruise in Amsterdam, we received amazing support and guidance from the whole Viking crew. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly because all the crew was involved. The food and wine were delicious and plentiful, prepared and served by attentive and friendly crew members. The focus on food and wine specialties of the regions we were visiting increased our enjoyment and added to our cultural knowledge and understanding of those areas; but there was also a wide variety of alternatives to satisfy everyone's food tastes and requirements. I can't live without fruit and salad and they were available with every meal! The ship's facilities, such as the walking track (which I personally loved - fresh air, exercise and beautiful scenery), the sun lounge and the indoor bar and lounge, provided ample opportunity for travelers to relax alone or to meet up with others in a comfortable central location. The entertainment presentations and daily briefing by the Tour Director in these areas were fun and informative and the advice regarding tours suitable for my husband was always appropriate. We chose a cabin with a veranda because we thought that if my husband was unable to join in some of the excursions, he could still be outside enjoying the passing sights. We loved the small, compact bathroom (my husband went so far as to declare it was the best bathroom he had ever used), because the heated floor dried out any water quickly, the folding shower chair provided by Viking fitted perfectly into the shower recess, and the solid bench tops gave him stability when moving around. The most important experience I would like to share though, is not about the wonderful tours and highly competent tour guides we had, nor the ready access to a wheel chair for any tours requiring a lot of walking, but about the professionalism and care we received when my husband had the misfortune to have problems with his back during the cruise. Simply bending over to tie his shoes one morning, resulted in him twisting his pelvis, which brought on painful muscle spasms. One of the waiters helped me to bring food and fluids to the cabin for my husband as any movement caused him extreme pain. He made it clear he was happy to do anything to help me. The hotel manager and concierge organised a doctor's appointment for that afternoon, and a taxi to take us to the doctor. The doctor recommended and gave a cortisone injection and anti-inflammatory tablets as the best course of action, given we were leaving the town that afternoon and would not be in a big city for the next two days. My husband immediately felt some relief from the injection, and the pain and stiffness eased over the next few days. We could not have anticipated this problem, but the Viking crew treated us with the care and concern as if we were members of their own family. They continued to watch over us and check that we were doing OK. We will be forever grateful for their gentle and considerate support. This cruise was a once-in-a life-time occasion for us, but we would go again in a heart beat if we were able. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
The staff are great. The program director knew her job and did it well, she was very knowledgeable about the history of the area and many of the buildings and was entertaining. We looked forward to her talks every evening before dinner. ... Read More
The staff are great. The program director knew her job and did it well, she was very knowledgeable about the history of the area and many of the buildings and was entertaining. We looked forward to her talks every evening before dinner. She was also funny. The concierge was also very knowledgeable and extremely helpful to me. She actually made the trip a lot easier for me (I am handicapped). She was very friendly and also went above the call of duty to make my trip a great success. The dining staff and the bar tender were very good. They remembered my name and what I like to eat or drink and would automatically bring it when I walked into the room. They were very friendly. The food was great and very plentiful. At one port I did not disembark and actually got to watch the crew do their daily jobs. They work very hard and do an excellent job. Some were on the hands & knees cleaning the atrium floor among other things that had me very impressed. The ship was always very clean. The entertainment was interesting and while some of it was educational it was at the same time very funny. The pianist that played during the afternoon and evening was very good, as was his singing voice. I had absolutely NO complaints and would recommend this trip to anyone who loves to travel to see different things and places and anyone who wants to just relax and meet interesting people from around the world. The trip and the cruise line was great. From the time the plane landed in Amsterdam until the plane left Amsterdam to go home, it was a smooth and wonderful trip. Thank you Viking and all the Baldur Staff. It was great. I think everyone should travel Viking at least once in their lifetime. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
The cabins are very nice and roomy. There is little on board entertainment because of room. The service was excellent and the food was very good. We liked having the shore excursions included in the price. There are extra excursions if ... Read More
The cabins are very nice and roomy. There is little on board entertainment because of room. The service was excellent and the food was very good. We liked having the shore excursions included in the price. There are extra excursions if you want more. This seemed to be an older group. No children. I would definitely do another river cruise.in fact we have booked another Viking cruise to finish out the Danube in May. We will be going from Budapest, Hungry to Bucharest, Romania. This time we have upgraded to a French Balcony. My husband had some health issues on the trip which made us have to go to the hospital in Germany. We were a very disappointed that they sent us on our own in a place where we did not speak the language and the cab drivers didn't speak English. We were nervous about getting back to the ship before it sailed that afternoon. All worked out but we would have felt more at ease if someone could have accompanied us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We chose this cruise because it was our first trip to Europe and we wanted to see as much as possible. We can't say enough good things about the trip. It was a great vacation. We had a fantastic crew and an outstanding program ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was our first trip to Europe and we wanted to see as much as possible. We can't say enough good things about the trip. It was a great vacation. We had a fantastic crew and an outstanding program director that handled a few unexpected situations with extreme professionalism. They definitely made the trip extremely enjoyable. The ship, the service, the food, the ship accommodations, on shore excursions, the evening entertainment and the daytime enrichment activities were all top notch. Having only 190 people on the ship was great because you had the opportunity to meet almost everyone. Many people on the cruise said they had taken ocean cruises on the big ships with 1000's of people and this was so much better. We booked our trip completely thru Viking including air fare and everything was handled extremely well. We would definitely like to do another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
2 years ago I did the Paris to Normandy cruise and loved it! I thought the Grand European tour sounded terrific and I was not at all disappointed - everything was exceptional in every way. Viking really knows how to do things right and ... Read More
2 years ago I did the Paris to Normandy cruise and loved it! I thought the Grand European tour sounded terrific and I was not at all disappointed - everything was exceptional in every way. Viking really knows how to do things right and well!!! I can't wait to do another cruise!!!! The outstanding crew could not have been better - Marek, our program director, was excellent, knowledgeable, approachable, and talented in so many ways. Our chef and his staff did a superb job of offering a wide variety of culinary choices and Vanessa, our concierge, became a valuable source of information and suggestions for questions on the numerous ports we visited. My state room was more than adequate and it was always thoroughly clean and tidy. Our group of 13 enjoyed many opportunities to utilize the Aquavit as well as the lounge. I cannot say enough for the VIKING way of providing an exceptional travel experience!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I loved it. I love the river cruise because we are in a different port everyday. Plenty of free time to go out on your own. I am a huge history buff so being in Europe was awesome. I love it because on the river boat they are small and ... Read More
I loved it. I love the river cruise because we are in a different port everyday. Plenty of free time to go out on your own. I am a huge history buff so being in Europe was awesome. I love it because on the river boat they are small and you get to meet all the other passengers. I found that it was every easy going and felt very at home. The crew was the best. The food was the best. I bought the extra drink package. That was a good deal. I could come back on board from site seeing and have a nice cold beer from the region. I live in Milwaukee WI so I had the best time trying the Belgium beers and German beers. Then I would get a late night cocktail before I went to bed. I don't like being on a cruise ship when you spend so many days at sea. You don't have that problem on a river cruise. It is the only way to go. The crew so so great and attentive and I think that is because you have a smaller group of passengers. I was on a cruise ship four years ago with a few thousand people, a couple of pools, bars, restaurants etc and I didn't have nearly as fun as I did on the Wind Mill and Tulips river cruise. I am hoping to come back to Europe in 2018 and do another Viking River Cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
The Tulips & Windmills river cruise had been recommended to my 3 travel partners by a mutual friend and they invited me to complete the four-some. I reluctantly agreed due to the cost of the cruise, but it was definitely a great trip. ... Read More
The Tulips & Windmills river cruise had been recommended to my 3 travel partners by a mutual friend and they invited me to complete the four-some. I reluctantly agreed due to the cost of the cruise, but it was definitely a great trip. The crew were so friendly, professional and very accommodating. The program director and tour guides were excellent and provided a wealth of information. The tours and sites were very interesting and provided a great balance of organized and free time. The food was delicious! Meal times were celebrations! The size of the ship and hence number of passengers made it a very personal trip and provided the opportunity to meet and visit with many of the guests. I really enjoyed the convenience of not having to pack up and move to another hotel every day or so. The local musicians and speakers provided a sense of connection with the regions that we toured. The opportunity to visit in the home of residents of the city was a highlight of this travel experience. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
My deceased husband's brother & wife invited my daughter & I to go on this trip with them. My husband & I have lived for a while in the Netherlands and was anxious to return. I loved the service of all the ships employees ... Read More
My deceased husband's brother & wife invited my daughter & I to go on this trip with them. My husband & I have lived for a while in the Netherlands and was anxious to return. I loved the service of all the ships employees and the cleanliness of everything. The service in dining room, cabin, & entertainment was far above excellent. When embarking on a walking tour in one town, I realized that I was not going to be able to do it (I am handicapped) after about one block, I turned to go back the ship when an employee volunteered to get a wheelchair for me and then push me all through the walking tour. I was unbelievably grateful for that kindness as I really wanted to see some of the places that my husband & I used to visit while living here. The dining room service was outstanding with the employees being extremely friendly, always remembered your name, what you like to drink or eat, and where in the room you preferred to sit and with whom, they were very funny as well as entertaining. The food was also the greatest. In the lounge the bartender always remembered your name, what you like to drink and your cabin number. The evening entertainment was always fun and various talks were extremely interesting and informative. The ports of call, while I have been to all of them many times while living here, were great and the tour guides were extremely informative. It is wonderful to have to only unpack once and yet travel several countries. I do not feel as though I missed much of the country while sailing at night and spending all day on shore. It was a wonderful first river cruise experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat. I would and have recommended this river cruise and company to several people. You are able to get close to the sites and to see whatever there is to see on both sides of the ship while sailing. The long boat does not hold thousands of people, which is wonderful and makes everything much more personal. We traveled on the Baldur and were very happy with the ship, the staff, and the cruise in general. I have even made, what I think will be, a life-long friend, while on board the ship. I could not ask for more. It was the best cruise I have taken in many, many years. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was my second river boat cruise with Viking. They do a excellent job from beginning to the end.The flight arrangements that I made through Viking meet my needs also. The ship, the crew, the excursions are all top notch . The dining ... Read More
This was my second river boat cruise with Viking. They do a excellent job from beginning to the end.The flight arrangements that I made through Viking meet my needs also. The ship, the crew, the excursions are all top notch . The dining staff went out of their way to make sure that specific dietary needs were meet. All the local tour guides that they use were very knowledgeable and concerned for your well being. The housekeeping staff was always on top of things. You turned around and your cabin was made up. Health, cleanliness and safety seem to be a priority on the ship also. The staff worked very hard to make everyone's experience the best that it could be. It amazed me how they even learned the names of the guests to greet them and aware of personal preferences. Looking forward to my next cruise with them next year. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Wonderful experience! The Cruise was through the Netherlands and Belgium. The crew was fantastic. Very accommodating. I have a special dietary need and was fixed special dishes. Food was delicious and wine plentiful. Ports of call ... Read More
Wonderful experience! The Cruise was through the Netherlands and Belgium. The crew was fantastic. Very accommodating. I have a special dietary need and was fixed special dishes. Food was delicious and wine plentiful. Ports of call were very interesting with great guides. When we were in Bruges the guide gave us tips on where to find real Belgian made lace as well as where to eat for a reasonable price. This took us out of the main tourist area and we found wonderful gifts and a great meal. There was an included excursion every day but the day of disembarkation. we did take one added excursion to a tulip farm and modern windmill operation. It was well worth the money. And rounded out what was included. The included excursion to the Keukenhof ardens waas beautiful. So many tulips. We had the option of staying for a half or a full day at the gardens. All in all this was an outstanding cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Viking Baldur Ratings
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Cabin 4.0 N/A
Dining 4.0 4.8
Entertainment 3.0 4.3
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness & Recreation 1.0 N/A
Family 1.0 3.7
Shore Excursions 4.0 N/A
Enrichment Activities 4.0 N/A
Service 4.0 4.9
Value for Money 3.0 N/A

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