120 Viking River Viking Baldur Cruise Reviews

We chose the Tulips and Windmills cruise because, um, we wanted to see tulips and windmills. That, and we wanted to go on a river cruise, and Viking looked like the best choice ... and it was! The ship and crew were remarkable. ... Read More
We chose the Tulips and Windmills cruise because, um, we wanted to see tulips and windmills. That, and we wanted to go on a river cruise, and Viking looked like the best choice ... and it was! The ship and crew were remarkable. Excursion sites, guides and organization exceeded our expectations. The home hosted visit in Amsterdam was an unexpected pleasure, mostly because I'm very reserved and shy, and I thought the visit may feel awkward. It was the opposite, the couple who invited our group of 6 into their home put me at ease immediately. In addition, we made friends with 6-8 other people right away and enjoyed each others company throughout the cruise. It was as if we were already friends, we just hadn't met each other until the cruise. I'm pretty sure we'll continue keep in touch with some of them in the future.. The crew also exceeded our expectations. Mereck, the Program Director, has the perfect personality for the position. He kept things lively and is quite an entertainer. He put on a very funny, dramatic Van Gough "lecture". Corny as it sounds, it's almost like the guests were his friends, we just happened to be on the Viking Baldur river cruise. He sincerely seemed to want everyone to have a good time. The crew also went above and beyond when my husband got sick partway through the cruise. They responded immediately with minor medical assistance, and several crewmembers checked with him during the next few days while I was out on excursions with a couple of my new found friends. (I'm shameless ... I went and had fun while my poor husband was stayed behind and in bed on the ship.) The food and service, the lounge and service, and the beer and wine included with meals was all good. One tidbit ... we went early in the season to save a few bucks. The tulips were a little scarce, so I wish we would've spent the extra money to go at the height of the season ... or at least a little closer to it. Viking pre-cruise services still have a lot of work to do to improve the quality of their work though. If it weren't for that, I would've given an "Excellent" 5 star rating. The worst of the pre-cruise experiences was when I ordered fruit and candy to be delivered to our room at the start of our cruise. It was to be accompanied by a delivery card with a special sentimental message saying it was from me. First, the ordering process was hideous. There was no mention of confirmation so, a few days after placing my order, I took it upon myself to confirm. Good thing I did too because guest services claimed they didn't receive it. They also said it was to late to place the order, and they didn't take orders by phone anyway. They only took orders by fax. Then they contradicted themselves and told me to fill out the form online. Only this is, the form wasn't set-up to be completed online. It could only be handwritten and faxed! (How antiquated!) They finally agreed to take the order by phone. The next day, I called to confirm and was told they didn't have my order again! After 2-3 hours of calls to confirm and haggling on the phone they finally took the order, and I finally got satisfactory confirmation. Surprisingly, the fruit and candy was in our room when we arrived, BUT THERE WAS NO CARD SAYING WHO IT WAS FROM! No delivery card, no message. My husband assumed it was something Viking did for all guests. It really took the enjoyment out of it when I had to explain that it was from me, and explain the sentiment that was supposed to be on the delivery card. There was also a great deal of conflicting info about what flight changes we could've made without incurring extra fees and costs. We would've made a departure scheduling change had we known there wouldn't be fees or costs. I had several conversations with several representatives about this and other changes we were considering, and got different information each time. Sometimes the representatives said there would be fees and costs, sometimes they said there wouldn't be. The last conversation I had with a representative was that I could've made all of the changes I wanted to without any fees or additional costs. By then, it was too late to make any of the changes. Lastly, it's not a complaint per se, but the lower category staterooms are small, really small. (Having said that, I think it's they are same size and the French balcony rooms, but they only have a window instead of sliding doors.) The window is nice to have, but it's not "chest high" as indicated in some of the promo literature. It was above my eye level, and I'm 5'6". Luckily, we understood this in advance and were okay with it. Overall, I recommend Viking and the Tulips & Windmills cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
My husband and I and two friends from work always wanted to do a river cruise. When this became available, we jumped at it. And glad we did. This was a wonderful experience. The longboat was gorgeous, the staff was amazing, the ... Read More
My husband and I and two friends from work always wanted to do a river cruise. When this became available, we jumped at it. And glad we did. This was a wonderful experience. The longboat was gorgeous, the staff was amazing, the accommodations are top notch, the food was fantastic, the excursions were perfect. I would recommend this to anybody and everybody that asked. We had a suite and our friends had a stateroom. The accommodations are sufficient, although the stateroom doesn't give you much moving around space. But you don't need it. If you aren't on an excursion, you are eating, or on the sun deck watching the scenery, or in the lounge having a nice drink and a chat with friends. Computers are available. Books are available. The entire experience was one I will never forget and we are definitely going to do it again. Next time I may look into the ocean cruises. I've done NCL and Royal Caribbean, so Viking is next. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This cruise was recommended by family who had traveled Viking before. My brother and his wife, my sister and her husband, and just me decided to take this particular adventure. It was a most superb experience. The boat was beautiful and ... Read More
This cruise was recommended by family who had traveled Viking before. My brother and his wife, my sister and her husband, and just me decided to take this particular adventure. It was a most superb experience. The boat was beautiful and clean while the crew was knowledgable, helpful and professional. Clearly the crew enjoy their jobs as they were always smiling and willing to spend time one-on-one. It's all in the details -- distributing umbrellas and water as we set off on our adventures. As for the onboard programs/activities, there was a variety to inform and amuse anyone. One of my favorite tours was of the Wheelhouse. I was most impressed by the details, gauges, and availability of the crew. My cabin was so clean and comfortable -- I love the bed and pillows! And the heated bathroom floors were such a pleasant surprise. Of course there's never enough time, but the programs planned for the travelers on shore excursions were varied in selection and reasonable in time spent. The opportunity to choose allows travelers a good preview of the trip. I did stay onboard one morning and had a perfectly fine time. The travel guides and home hosts were enthusiastic, informative, funny and patient. Everything was organized and efficient. Dining was a delight. The choice of venue and food was important -- but the food was delicious wherever I dined. I discovered 2 beautiful countries with such history and personality that I looked forward to whatever my day brought. I had such a wonderful time that I plan to cruise with you again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I chose this cruise based on past experiences traveling with Viking. This was our fourth cruise and we are never disappointed. The cabin, food and included excursions are wonderful and the staff and service is excellent. I love that ... Read More
I chose this cruise based on past experiences traveling with Viking. This was our fourth cruise and we are never disappointed. The cabin, food and included excursions are wonderful and the staff and service is excellent. I love that everything is taken care of and I do not have to worry from the minute we get off the plane until we return to the airport. I will always recommend Viking and I have to many of my friends and colleagues. The Tulips and Windmills trip covered everything you would like to see in Holland and Belgium. You have many opportunities to learn about the culture, technology and of course tulips. I enjoyed all the ports and shore excursions. My husband doesn't like to get off the ship much and there is plenty of options on board to sit relax, read or enjoy the lounge. You are provided with a daily briefing which outlines the next days activities which I find very informative. The transportation to and from the shore excursions is also modern, clean and the drivers and guides are friendly. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We like the cabins, food and ambience of the Viking ships. I always wanted to see Holland and Belgium. It was everything I was looking for and more. Tulips and Windmills tours were informative and entertaining. I think it is a great ... Read More
We like the cabins, food and ambience of the Viking ships. I always wanted to see Holland and Belgium. It was everything I was looking for and more. Tulips and Windmills tours were informative and entertaining. I think it is a great value. I would definitely go again. We felt very secure on the ship. The service staff were wonderful and we remembered some of the staff from a previous cruise. We met fellow traveling that had the same interest as us and everyone was very pleasant. Getting on and off the ship was easy and all transfers went smoothly from the meet and greet in the airport to the departure. They have it down to a science. This is definitely the way to travel if you want to unpack and not worry about meeting deadlines for bus departures. On this tour there were mostly Americans but we enjoy meeting travels from other countries and did have those experiences on previous Viking River Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
My husband and I loved our first river cruise. We traveled the Danube at Christmas, stopping at Christmas Markets. The crew was fantastic. It was nice to have a home to come home to each night...with people saying hi every night like we ... Read More
My husband and I loved our first river cruise. We traveled the Danube at Christmas, stopping at Christmas Markets. The crew was fantastic. It was nice to have a home to come home to each night...with people saying hi every night like we were all one big family. Our room attendant was fantastic. She adapted the normal routine to fit our version of the cabin. Embarkation and disembarkation was flawless. We had issues with our plane coming in to Munich. Delays along the way caused us some concern, but the call(s) we placed to Viking calmed us down. They were there for us at the airport and we made the ship...no problem. We enjoyed each port, walking around, learning different things relating to the areas we were passing through. Our favorite was going to a family home on Christmas Morning. Celebrating Christmas was so well done. Side trips we could sign up for were also great. I would redo the entire trip and love it just as much the next time. The information about what to pack, etc. was very good. I will say that I was as warm as I had to be, but was not left with extra clothing that had been packed and not worn. Dress on ship was across the board. Some people were very well dressed and some less formal. This made it easy to be comfortable in whatever you brought. We did not travel with children, but the children on board seemed to be very happy, busy and easy to converse with being an outside adult to them. We were also impressed with how well Viking dealt with the low water issue. River cruising is much more intimate that ocean cruising. We have done that several times, but we like the smaller crowd on a river cruise. Every room is wonderful. Every person, no matter the room they are in, is seen as a VIP. We will be back traveling with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
It sounded very relaxing and it was a chance to see part of Europe I'd not seen. Our very attentive crew took care of all details. Superb meals. Reasonable cost. The shore excursions were well planned and I appreciated that the costs ... Read More
It sounded very relaxing and it was a chance to see part of Europe I'd not seen. Our very attentive crew took care of all details. Superb meals. Reasonable cost. The shore excursions were well planned and I appreciated that the costs were included. I didn't feel that we were being nickel and dimed. My wife has been on ocean cruises where they continually tacky on extra charges. My wife appreciated the wine being included with lunch and dinner. She has a severe gluten intolerance and the staff was very careful with all her meals. Our Maitre D' Gabor checked with her at every meal and made certain she had a gluten free meal even though we had not got our request in early enough according to the rules. The crew seemed to like each other and they all were very cheerful and very helpful at every turn. We met almost ll of the crew. Our tour director mad a point of involving the chef, the skipper and lots of staff people. This was my first cruise of any sort so I was a bit apprehensive. It turned out to be a delightful, rich experience. I've traveled Europe a number of times on a bicycle, now I'm too old for bikes, so I appreciated the full-service river cruise. The Danube is a very special place. Our tour director was very knowledgeable about the area and all our stops. The trip was quite a history lesson. I particularly appreciated the bus trip to Salzburg. We also had the choice of "leisure" shore excursions which helped with my limited walking range. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
I have always wanted to see the area of Germany and Austria during the Christmas season, so we decided a great way to do this was on a cruise down the Danube. The ship was incredibly comfortable, the crew was top notch and as friendly ... Read More
I have always wanted to see the area of Germany and Austria during the Christmas season, so we decided a great way to do this was on a cruise down the Danube. The ship was incredibly comfortable, the crew was top notch and as friendly as if you had known them for years. Our cabin was large enough for the two of us to move around and not constantly be in each other's way, the bathroom was small but not so small it was hard to do what you needed to do. The housekeeping staff left nothing to chance, they took care of the room as if it were their own. The food can only be describe as gourmet, every meal was delicious and elegant. The wines they server were perfect with every different dish they served. The activities on the boat were quite fun, but not extensive or elaborate. Games in the lounge were fun and many cruisers would get involved. The shore excursions were wonderful, you learned so much about the places you visited, and the scenery was breathtaking. We will definitely be going again in the future, in my mind the river cruise is much more personal and more intimate than an ocean cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
Our cruise was the Christmas Market Cruise on the Danube from Budapest to Nuremberg in late December 2015. The boat was a Viking Baldur, not the Njord as originally scheduled because the Njord had some sort of mechanical problem. But the ... Read More
Our cruise was the Christmas Market Cruise on the Danube from Budapest to Nuremberg in late December 2015. The boat was a Viking Baldur, not the Njord as originally scheduled because the Njord had some sort of mechanical problem. But the Baldur was delightful, made more so by our occupancy of one of the two owners' cabins on the stern. The food was terrific and the service was superb. The itinerary was great, and the land tours were well organized and led, and interesting. The only downside on the whole trip was that Viking did not tell us (if they knew) that the Christmas Markets in Germany close on 12/23 so we missed seeing some of them toward the end of the trip. After the cruise terminated in Nuremberg we took the extension to Prague which was well worth it. Viking did a very good job in maintaining a warm and friendly environment during this trip -- which is a major reason we keep coming back to Viking. This was our fifth Viking river cruise. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We thoroughly enjoyed this Christmas market cruise. We went in the middle of December and added a few days in Budapest. We did not have the opportunity to explore Passau, but the embarkation process went very smoothly. The rooms are ... Read More
We thoroughly enjoyed this Christmas market cruise. We went in the middle of December and added a few days in Budapest. We did not have the opportunity to explore Passau, but the embarkation process went very smoothly. The rooms are efficiently designed and there was plenty of room for clothes etc. The ship staff from the first person you met to laundry personnel were wonderful. The food was excellent and the evening entertainment was fun and engaging. After a day or so, the wait staff learns your preferences and everything is there, just as you like it. We met many great people which made our holiday extra special. As usual, the guides in each port were very knowledgeable and friendly. We spent Christmas Eve in Vienna, and attended a Concert that was a medley of opera and ballet. It was excellent. To get to and from the venue we drove through the city and the lights and decorations were spectacular. Adding the extra days in Budapest was also a great choice. The city is easy to navigate, and the drivers were friendly. We used the bus system which was adequate for the places we visited. There are many great restaurants and cafes, and of course the Christmas markets were beautiful and festive. It was a great way to celebrate the holiday. We would recommend this cruise, and perhaps we will take it again. We would definitely use the Viking Line again. This was our second river cruise and we plan to use the line again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
After having taken several ocean cruises, we took our first river cruise in November2015. We went on this river cruise to see the Christmas markets in Eorope. We very much enjoyed seeing all the markets along the way and The small ... Read More
After having taken several ocean cruises, we took our first river cruise in November2015. We went on this river cruise to see the Christmas markets in Eorope. We very much enjoyed seeing all the markets along the way and The small towns on our river cruise. The people were wonderful and the sites all very interesting. The crew on our ship were all very friendly and extremely helpful in anything we needed. The cabin was small but well thought out with lots of storage. The bathroom was surprisingly larger than expected with a heated floor.....very nice. On all of our shore excursions, we were well informed and yet had plenty of time to explore on our own. The food on ship was outstanding with something different each meal. We very much enjoyed the local offerings on Austrian night. The entertainment was superb as well. As it was close to Christmas, there were many enjoyable Christmas activities for the passengers. One of these was decorating the Christmas Tree in the lounge area. The piano player in the lounge was superb and played selections that everyone could enjoy. Our cruise director "clause" was well organized in his daily presentations and kept everything on schedule. One very big concern we did have , was a lack of security of people coming and going from the ship while in dock. We felt there should have been better control of who comes on board the ship. My husband felt with all the events that have happened around the world, security should have been a little more Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
Viking definitely provides a 5-star experience! This was my first Viking adventure and I will surely go on another. We traveled aboard the Viking Baldur which was very nice and clean, rooms were well appointed and provided everything ... Read More
Viking definitely provides a 5-star experience! This was my first Viking adventure and I will surely go on another. We traveled aboard the Viking Baldur which was very nice and clean, rooms were well appointed and provided everything needed. The only time I spent in my stateroom was to sleep, I don't cruise to sit in my room!!!! The water level was low in Budapest so we could not board our boat there but were bused to Vienna where we boarded. We spent one night in a beautiful 4-star hotel in Budapest and provided free dinner and breakfast the next day. Viking even provided a river boat cruise the first evening down the Danube in Budapest, since we were not on our Viking boat. They made sure that we did not miss any part of the planned adventure even though we were not on our boat the first night. I particularly enjoyed the cruise because there were less than 200 passengers and a small crew that we were able to get to know during our week together. The Captain was in the atrium as we disembarked from the boat the last day, saying goodbye to passengers. He gave me a hug and we took a selfie! Food was delicious, wine and beer was included with lunch and dinner, at no charge. Service was delightful. There was no formal night and dress onboard the ship was casual, most dressed in slacks for the evening meal although I did notice jeans and tshirts on a couple of folks even at night. In the evening at almost every port, someone from the area came aboard and shared aspects of the local culture to include food, drink, dancing, music, discussions etc. Also included in the price of the river cruise was a daily bus and walking tour of the city in which we were docked. The guides of these tours were from the local community and were very knowledgeable. Because the tour involved a lot of walking, they made sure to accommodate those who were unable to walk as fast and provided a second guide for those who toured at a slower pace This was one of my favorite trips ever!!!! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This was our first river cruise and we loved it. The people of Viking were the most accommodating of any cruise we've ever taken. Everyone, no exceptions, was there to make the experience the best you've ever had. The only glitch ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and we loved it. The people of Viking were the most accommodating of any cruise we've ever taken. Everyone, no exceptions, was there to make the experience the best you've ever had. The only glitch was about half way through the cruise, low water made it necessary for us to switch ships to continue the cruise. We packed our suitcases and left in the morning for a bus trip. That afternoon when we got to our new ship, all of our suitcases were in our cabins ready to unload. VERY WELL EXECUTED by Viking. The daily tours were a challenge for people with limited mobility, but once again, Viking had tours to accommodate these people, us included. The dining room service was exceptional and the food was as good as any cruise line we have been on. The cabin was smaller than we expected and creative unpacking solved the situation. The "French balcony" was a good selection. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Have to admit this was our first cruise of any kind. We had a fantastic time on the Baldur!! the crew was amazing. Jens, the Hotel manager was always available. The crew was friendly and very obliging. A special shout out to Jackson ... Read More
Have to admit this was our first cruise of any kind. We had a fantastic time on the Baldur!! the crew was amazing. Jens, the Hotel manager was always available. The crew was friendly and very obliging. A special shout out to Jackson and Pamela for taking such good care of us in the Dining Room each night! Out Tour Director was Claus...who came in as a last minute replacement. He was so knowledgeable and has the patience of a saint! Low river levels continued along the Danube. we knew beforehand that it was a possibility that we would have to change ships due to this problem. Unfortunately we did...but the change over was seamless. Viking handled everything and we entered into the Viking Magni through crew members shouting hello! Of course no one wanted to have to repack but it could not be helped. Viking had no control over this situation. As a special treat Viking paid for all the guests to attend the Vienna Symphony concert...what a lovely night that was! Each port along the way was beautiful! The guides- for the most part- were very nice and had an amazing amount of knowledge about the cities and towns. Some days we had a guided tour in the morning and then the afternoon free to explore on your own. My husband and I especially enjoyed this aspect. Even with the transfer to the Magni we went to all the places listed in the original itinerary. The cabin, though small, was comfortable. Large bed...delightful! Bathroom was small but efficient. Now the food...unreal! Both ships had Chefs that were outstanding and very willing to make anything special. I do not eat much meat and every night there was a vegetarian meal available..including the appetizer! One evening, Chef George on the Magni, made me a special appetizer! The table of 8 with whom we ate was over the moon with the food! The breakfast buffet was endless...Lunch could be eaten in the Dining Room or up in the Lounge.. The view of Budapest at night was stunning...a definite must see! Our flight back to NY through Muncih was leaving at 6AM.. Viking had us on the bus by 3;30..after giving us breakfast! My husband and I would not hesitate to cruise with Viking again. In fact we look forward to it! It was worth every penny! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
2015 saw our first river cruise of what promises to be many. My wife and I had probably the best vacation that we have ever had. We had previously experienced Ocean cruises but we found this to be the most relaxing and most enjoyable ever. ... Read More
2015 saw our first river cruise of what promises to be many. My wife and I had probably the best vacation that we have ever had. We had previously experienced Ocean cruises but we found this to be the most relaxing and most enjoyable ever. We made some new friends on the 1st day, who we spent most of the 14 days with. Our trip was unfortunately split between 2 longships, the Baldur and the Magni. The reason for this was the low water level on the Danube. We were warned ahead of the trip that this might happen. However this in no way dramatically altered our overall review of this trip. Both Embarkation and Disembarkation were seamless. All staff were very helpful and considerate to our needs. The cabin was extremely well appointed and maintained very well on a daily basis. All of the staff on board were fabulous and very attentive to our needs. Our hotel manager Jens and Tour director Claus were very patient and incredible. The dining room staff and chef were outstanding. In fact the overall review of Viking's organization and attention to detail in caring for everyone on board was first class. All excursions in the ports along the way were beautiful! The tour guides were very nice and very knowledgeable about the cities and towns and their history. The freedom to explore on our own was appreciated and allowed us to investigate other interests. Even with the transfer to the Magni we went to all the places listed in the original itinerary. The onboard demonstrations and talks were very informative and enjoyable. Our first thoughts on arriving at our destination was "lets do it again". Several previous customers have indicated that Viking is a "Class Act" and both my wife and I have to agree. We loved this trip so much that we have booked a Portugal trip next March with 2 of the friends we made on this trip. Congratulations on an excellent organization. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Back yesterday from 14 glorious nights on the Viking Baldur/ and Magni. It was our very first cruise ever..to celebrate my retirement and our 30th Anniversary. We arrived in Amsterdam late as the airport was fogged in...regret we ... Read More
Back yesterday from 14 glorious nights on the Viking Baldur/ and Magni. It was our very first cruise ever..to celebrate my retirement and our 30th Anniversary. We arrived in Amsterdam late as the airport was fogged in...regret we didn't get a chance to see the city at all. But nor regrets after that! Can't say enough about the crew and staff...our Hotel manager Jens was fabulous as was Claus, our Tour Director. The chef and wait staff were outstanding. A special shout out to Jackson and Pamela who took such care of our table every night!!!! We knew going in that the water levels were quite low but Viking was hoping that our cruise would be the first all season to make it all the way through to Budapest. Unfortunately that was not to be. We eventually had to repack and were bused to Nuremburg to pick up the new ship-the Viking Magni. However, it was a seamless transfer and Viking handled everything so smoothly! Each day brought new delights! the tours were very well orchestrated and we never had an overly large tour group. The guides were very well versed. The cathedrals, castles, monasteries and fortresses were all amazing. The highlight was a Concert in Vienna! Sailing into Budapest at night was spectacular! It is not to be missed! The food was plentiful and absolutely delicious. The Chefs on both ships were so talented. As a non-meat eater I was pleased that there were vegetarian entrees at both lunch and dinner. If I wanted something different it was no problem. We met so many wonderful people on board as well...The dinner is open seating but we managed to sit each night with 3 couple we met the first night. What fun we had! Be prepared to eat and drink...many times a day! Even some special afternoon treats some days! If you are debating whether to take this cruise -do it! You will have a lifetime of memories! Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Three days before leaving we received an email stating the Baldur would not make it to Budapest in time for our departure due to low water levels. We were to meet the Viking Magni. Upon our early arrival at the airport, we were met by ... Read More
Three days before leaving we received an email stating the Baldur would not make it to Budapest in time for our departure due to low water levels. We were to meet the Viking Magni. Upon our early arrival at the airport, we were met by Viking representatives and transported by van to the Magni. We were warmly welcomed aboard, and were surprised to hear that they knew we had an early flight and that our stateroom was ready! Our luggage was quickly brought to our room. The Magni crew was fantastic - always smiling and eager to help. Rebecca, the Hotel Manager; Rares, the Dining Room Manager; and especially Caitlyn, the Program Director, helped to make this a memorable experience. Special thanks to Radi, the Concierge, who went above and beyond doing double duty after Caitlyn was injured. Others who gave us superb service were Danisa, our room stewardess; Maurice, Cesar, Milo, Faye, and Blagoje in the dining room and Terrace. They seemed to anticipate our needs before we even asked. The excursions were well organized and very informative. The local guides were well versed and able and eager to answer all questions. The food was delicious. There was never a problem if you wanted to try something extra or swap an item. Chef George informed us of the menu each night prior to dinner and gave his recommendations. A highlight was a tour led by Chef George and Radi of the farmer's market in Vienna. Unfortunately, we did have to change ships after Passau. This meant one day taking a 1-1/2 hour bus ride to Regensburg, and the next day a three hour bus ride to Nuremberg. After our day in Nuremberg, we were brought to our new ship - the Baldur. The crew was on deck to greet us with chants of "Welcome Home". We were also greeted with warm towels and drinks. Our luggage was already in our stateroom waiting for us. Viking did its best to make this a seamless transition. As this was our first river cruise, we were not sure what to expect. Viking surpassed all our expectations. Looking forward to another cruise! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We are cruise junkies but were looking for a very relaxed, small ship experience. The Viking team fulfilled all our expectations. We loved the way that we docked right in the center of each of the cities visited. Each evening, before ... Read More
We are cruise junkies but were looking for a very relaxed, small ship experience. The Viking team fulfilled all our expectations. We loved the way that we docked right in the center of each of the cities visited. Each evening, before dinner, all the passengers met in the lounge where the Cruise Director prepared us for the next day's port call and the Executive Chef talked about what he found in the market that day for the night's dinner. Lovely touch. Even when we had to switch ships at Passau (a frequent occurrence due to low water) Viking took us on an extended excursion for the day and then on to the new ship where our luggage was already waiting in the cabin. Viking made the change so smoothly that we had to look twice to make sure that we hadn't returned to the original ship. We enjoyed Viking River Cruises so much that we have now booked our next cruise with Viking Ocean Cruises. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
The first words that come to mind about Viking are, "what a class act!" Our 15-day Grand European cruise on the Baldur was so absolutely wonderful! Although we have been on many ocean cruises, this was our first river cruise ... Read More
The first words that come to mind about Viking are, "what a class act!" Our 15-day Grand European cruise on the Baldur was so absolutely wonderful! Although we have been on many ocean cruises, this was our first river cruise and we did not know what to expect. We should have expected the best because that is certainly what we got! We had a rough start what with missing flights and being dropped off at the wrong boat but we were fortunate that our hotel manager Yens spotted us lugging our luggage and from then on we were in wonderful hands. I cannot say enough about the attentive service we experienced. The dining was excellent and we enjoyed tasting the different dishes from the areas we were visiting as well as the local wines. The music was wonderful; we had fun dancing in the evening. The ports and shore excursions were excellent although we had some very hot days during Europe's heat wave. I have only positive things to say about the cruise and professional personnel. Even our disembarkation was spot on. I would not hesitate to recommend this cruise and Viking to anyone and have already done so. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Had an unbelievable time cruising from Amsterdam to Budapest. The ports were fantastic and the crew couldn't have been more accommodating. We enjoyed all the ports and that the entertainment in most cases were native to the country. ... Read More
Had an unbelievable time cruising from Amsterdam to Budapest. The ports were fantastic and the crew couldn't have been more accommodating. We enjoyed all the ports and that the entertainment in most cases were native to the country. The long ship was different from what we normally cruise and exceeded our expectations. Service was outstanding and the crew was very friendly. My husband and I enjoyed Viking so much we are planning our next trip with them. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I recently travelled from Budapest to Amsterdam with my Mum on the Viking Baldur. What a fabulous trip! Everything about the ship was wonderful, from our cabin (though on the small side), to the lounge and bar, the main dining room, the ... Read More
I recently travelled from Budapest to Amsterdam with my Mum on the Viking Baldur. What a fabulous trip! Everything about the ship was wonderful, from our cabin (though on the small side), to the lounge and bar, the main dining room, the sundeck and the Aquavit Terrace. The crew were just amazing, with the most attentive service and always with a smile, nothing was ever too much trouble. The shore excursions and tour guides were well organised and always of interest and we were fortunate to have mostly fantastic weather. Free Wi Fi was a bonus and mostly worked very well. The onboard entertainment and information talks were great, with something for everyone from a glass blowing demonstration, apple strudel making demonstration, dancers, singers, a trivia night, Viennese coffee culture, the European Union and more. When there was no specific entertainment we were always entertained by our pianist, Laslow (I think that's how you spell his name). And he played during lunch and cocktail hour every day as well. The meals were just awesome! Full buffet breakfast of 5 star hotel quality, lunch in the dining room or out on the terrace and 4 course dinner in the dining room. Snacks and tea/coffee available all day. Our cruise included the Silver Service drinks package which meant unlimited drinks from the bar of whatever we wanted. I would absolutely recommend Viking based on our experience and would cruise with them again in a heartbeat. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Our first cruise ever and it was beyond all expectations. We pre stayed two days in Budapest at the Hilton over looking the Danube and had a relaxing time to get our clocks straightened out before the actual cruise. Boarded the Baldur and ... Read More
Our first cruise ever and it was beyond all expectations. We pre stayed two days in Budapest at the Hilton over looking the Danube and had a relaxing time to get our clocks straightened out before the actual cruise. Boarded the Baldur and the adventure began. The service and shore excursions were all excellent with lots of free time to explore on your own. The food on board was 5 star from breakfasts to wonderful dinners. Most nights there was entertainment in the lounge as we sailed along. The shore excursions were very good with local guides being very informative. So much to see. Getting on and off the boat was so easy with Viking taking care of our luggage both times both to and from the airport. In all the trip was a five star plus and would highly recommend this trip to any body who would like to see a lot of Europe in a most relaxing way. Thank you Viking. Looking forward to another voyage with you. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Everything was first class. From the arrival at the boat and 4 men in red shirts met our taxi and just took over the unloading of our many bags. Their comment was "this is your vacation". So special. It only got better from ... Read More
Everything was first class. From the arrival at the boat and 4 men in red shirts met our taxi and just took over the unloading of our many bags. Their comment was "this is your vacation". So special. It only got better from there. Hotel manager was lovely and our concierge was amazing, Radi. Nothing was too much trouble ever. Our lady who cleaned our room was fantastic and quick. You never knew she was there. A Miracle of housekeeping. The food was superior and varied. We actually had the chef teach us about making strudel from scratch. Also a tour of the galley. Which for me was a real treat! When you see the ads on the tv it really happens just like the ad. A dream come true. We had a veranda stateroom and enjoyed the ongoing view immensely. Right down to the locals fishing on the banks of the rivers. Special dietary needs were met with a professionalism and grace at all times. The Stewards in the dining room were exceptional. There was one fella who seemed to be the cheerleader for them all. One time the ship was late to pick us up at a destination and the crew was on the balcony facing the shore as they pulled up with a sign made of letters that said "Welcome Home". Now that was special they were even doing a little dance. Just one note of how special they all made us feel. I had a medical issue and nothing was too much trouble. Radi the concierge actually came with us to the emergency at the hospital. We felt secure at all times. It is very nice when on day two the staff at the desk know which stateroom you are in. The extra attention to detail when we were coming and going from the boat on tours was much appreciated. Actually we can't say enough good things about the Viking Baldur. We will visit Viking Cruises agin in the near future!! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Although we had a rocky start to our trip because of missed airline connections and consequently delayed luggage, we loved the accommodations at the Hotel Movenpick in Amsterdam. We had been to Amsterdam previously, and we were very happy ... Read More
Although we had a rocky start to our trip because of missed airline connections and consequently delayed luggage, we loved the accommodations at the Hotel Movenpick in Amsterdam. We had been to Amsterdam previously, and we were very happy to have the extra couple of days before the cruise. We walked to the dock and checked in on the Viking Baldur. We are veteran Viking cruisers, and we found our cabin to be as lovely as ever. Comfortable beds, nice amenities, the veranda - all excellent. The food was spectacular; the service outstanding. Our cruise director was knowledgeable, entertaining and quite competent. We ran into some lock delays on the rivers, and the Viking crew did not miss a beat in arranging alternate plans for our shore excursions. We particularly loved visiting ports we wouldn't normally have traveled to if we were on a land tour. The time in Nuremberg was extraordinarily haunting in re-visiting Nazi history. The optional activities were varied and wonderful. We have always enjoyed our Viking cruises in many parts of the world. We recommend them highly. The value is terrific. You can't go wrong! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Our cruise on the Viking Baldur is the best. Service is friendly and phenomenal. They anticipate any needs that you might want or need. Examples: on a warm day on the sun deck, a server came up with glasses of water; on a cooler and ... Read More
Our cruise on the Viking Baldur is the best. Service is friendly and phenomenal. They anticipate any needs that you might want or need. Examples: on a warm day on the sun deck, a server came up with glasses of water; on a cooler and breezy day while sailing a beautiful section of the Rhine, the hotel director brought up blankets and the maitre d' brought up to the sun deck while we enjoying the spectacular views. The housekeeping and the housekeepers are often the unsung heroes. The ship is immaculate! When arriving aboard and being tired and exhausted from our flight from hell, we were greeted with warm washcloths that so welcome. When leaving the ship for shore excursions, you are handed bottles of water and when you return are welcomed back with a beverage. The dining room service is excellent. The included shore excursions are very and they also offer a variety of interesting optional excursions. The Viking daily is on your bed at turn down service, so that you can plan your day. I highly recommend the Baldur. We boarded in Frankfurt and end in amsterdam. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Viking Baldur Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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