2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 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
1 Helpful Vote
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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 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
1 Helpful Vote
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
1 Helpful Vote
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: March 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 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
1 Helpful Vote
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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 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
We've always talked about doing something like this. We've been on other non Viking cruises, We're now spoiled. I don't want to be with 4,500 of my closest friends. The river cruise was a wake up call, starting with an ... Read More
We've always talked about doing something like this. We've been on other non Viking cruises, We're now spoiled. I don't want to be with 4,500 of my closest friends. The river cruise was a wake up call, starting with an impeccable clean ship, the entire crew spoke English and attentive to your every need. Just 170 passengers on board so after two weeks together we have many new lasting friends, you traveled with them on excursions, ate with them, drank with them and laughed with them. Just and incredible journey that will be remember until Viking can top it again. Only one possible suggestion to Viking and speaking as a male, we travel in a country (Germany)that are the mechanical engineering master of the world. Lets see aircraft and automobile museums, automobile factories. That was the only think I missed. But it was a beautiful trip I would repeat again if I could get all the same people together again Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
It was our first cruise and it was wonderful. The ship amenities, the crew and the hospitality people couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. They even helped me find flowers ashore for my wife for Mothers' Day. The only ... Read More
It was our first cruise and it was wonderful. The ship amenities, the crew and the hospitality people couldn't have been nicer or more helpful. They even helped me find flowers ashore for my wife for Mothers' Day. The only fly in the ointment was that there were two elderly spinster sisters in our adjoining cabin, and both had what the other passengers eventually called "kennel cough", a constant hacking cough. The eldest seldom left the cabin, but her sister did, ate all of her meals in the dining room, went on shoreside tours and mingled with the other passengers. The cold or flu or whatever it was swept through the passengers and it bacame pervasive. My wife caught it, got very ill, and had to have her meals brought to her by me in our cabin for three days. One thing to remember is that when you switch continents you are exposed to a new set of germs that you probably have no built-up immunity to. It is wise to bring an emergency supply of things like DayQuil and NiQuil, Benedryl for possible allergies, etc. My wife is Celiac and can't eat any wheat. Our Maitre'd Slavomir was very solicitous of her welfare, and found us at breakfast each day with a copy of the day's menu, which he then went over with her in detail, in many cases pointing out that the Chef could make substitutions or do special preparations for her. He made our cruise on Viking much more pleasurable. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
My wife (and I was included!!) received this cruise as a retirement gift after serving her employer for 22 years. Neither of us had ever been to Europe, nor had we been on any cruise of any kind. The boss of her company personally ... Read More
My wife (and I was included!!) received this cruise as a retirement gift after serving her employer for 22 years. Neither of us had ever been to Europe, nor had we been on any cruise of any kind. The boss of her company personally selected this cruise, because he and his wife had a wonderful experience on a similar Viking European cruise. So, he selected the date, point of embarkation, the Grand European Tour, room 216, etc., and HE HIT THE BULL'S EYE!! The only thing we did was select the excursions and add two extra nights on to our Amsterdam conclusion. The owner of my wife's business could not have known that Rob Wheatley would be Viking Baldur's program director for this specific cruise, but Rob turned out to be the icing on the cake. Actually, ALL 50 staff were perfect (knowledgeable, customer-service-first, tireless, striving for perfection, etc.). One example: The timing on the river is dynamic, so, in one instance, we docked at a town the crew had never experienced. Rob and staff made an adventure out of it, and pulled it off beautifully. They were experts at dealing with the unexpected (rain, water levels, timing on the river, making sure excursions worked in sync with the ship, etc.) VERY IMPORTANT: Since we had not made our travel arrangements, we probed at least 100 of our fellow 150 passengers about their vast travel experiences around the world, including land trips, ocean cruises and riverboat cruises. We felt so blessed to talk to our nearly unanimous shipmates that this was their best experience ever! They were impressed all around, and many also strongly recommended adding a couple of days on to the start and finish of each cruise. We were glad we added two nights on to Amsterdam, so we had the time to take the pre-arranged Viking walking tour, and other Viking advisors available in our hotel. In hindsight, we should have also added a day or two on at the beginning (Budapest), in order to help us adjust to our jet lag at the start, so we could have fully enjoyed our first day. Beyond raving about the cruise staff, our fellow travelers complimented the smooth and modern vessel, the endless food, the entertainment and educational programs (even about the operation of the ship and the river locks, how the galley handled the massive food preparations), and the extensive offerings on the culture and history of each region or town), the excursions and dozens of tour guides, and their constantly being impressed with the staff's constant grasp on every detail of the two-week adventure. This was a life changing experience. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
Having experienced ocean cruising in North America, my wife and I wanted a unique cruise experience and chose a European river cruise. After much research, Viking appeared to be the best option for us as we wanted a luxury cruise ... Read More
Having experienced ocean cruising in North America, my wife and I wanted a unique cruise experience and chose a European river cruise. After much research, Viking appeared to be the best option for us as we wanted a luxury cruise experience spanning our stateroom, meals, excursions, and customer service. In short, Viking met and in some areas even exceeded our expectations. Since we had visited Amsterdam several times previously, we chose the Budapest to Amsterdam itinerary which allowed us to embark on the ship and visit Budapest while docked. The proximity of the dock and the city is easy walking distance and allowed us to freely leave and return to the ship as we pleased. This was true for many of the ports we visited on this itinerary and made the experience even better given the flexibility provided. My wife and I went on all included excursions and decided to use our free time before or after each excursion to visit other sites or just enjoy the city we were in. My of our shipmates chose the optional excursions and most spoke highly of them. The Baldur long ship we were on was very well maintained and looked as though it has just been commissioned a few months prior. This includes the staterooms which are comfortably appointed, lounge and dinning areas, and upper deck. During our cruise, we had approx. 185 people onboard and rarely felt encumbered in hallways or dinning areas. Our itinerary (Budapest to Amsterdam), provided so many beautiful sites as we cruised up the Danube and Rhine rivers. It seemed that every day, we saw several historic towns and nearby castles. Many of the castles were located high atop hillsides, so if your camera supports a telephoto lens, I would recommend bringing one on the trip. I used a 200-400 mm lens and found it to be very helpful when attempting close-up shots. The food served during all meals was both delicious and of high quality. Dinning in the restaurant provided the broadest range of foods to eat, however, the Aquavit restaurant at the front of the ship offers an open air experience that is hard to beat during good weather. My wife and I enjoyed many evening meals at the bow of the boat eating shrimp and steak while enjoying our favorite drink as we cruised smoothly up river into a beautiful sunset. For all of the research we did, my wife and I didn't consider the average passenger age might be onboard the ship. While this is never an issue on a large ocean cruise it might be for some on a smaller cruise ship with only 190 people onboard. So, for those interested, the average age on our ship was around 65 years of age, which could vary based on itinerary and time of the year. While my were younger in age (about 15 years), we found our shipmates to be engaging and enjoying life on a daily basis. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2017
Overall this cruise held up to high Viking standards. Staff and crew were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. More regional food in the dining room would have been better for us. Food was tasty and prepared well. Bartenders and waiters ... Read More
Overall this cruise held up to high Viking standards. Staff and crew were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. More regional food in the dining room would have been better for us. Food was tasty and prepared well. Bartenders and waiters were excellent and funny. Very entertaining. Ports and day excursions were well planned out and very informative.The longboat itself was very sleek and modern, but made one feel at home at all times. Embarkation in Budapest went smoothly and on the last day in Amsterdam we were allowed to remain on board until our late transfer took place. We opted to remain in Amsterdam, because in reality, one does not see or visit Amsterdam on this tour. Two more tour days aboard ship in the city would be great. I would definitely encourage any travelers to sail with Viking. They are always consistent and well organized. Airline packages are also a nice incentive to travel Viking. Many gateway cities are greatly reduced or free. We will again sail Viking in the future and highly recommend them. Read Less
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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