88 Viking River Viking Bragi Cruise Reviews

Our trip started on the Shadi due to the low water issues. That was such a wonderful ship, the staff were excellent and we had so much fun. We just bonded with the staff and we were made to feel so special. Later we had to change ships to ... Read More
Our trip started on the Shadi due to the low water issues. That was such a wonderful ship, the staff were excellent and we had so much fun. We just bonded with the staff and we were made to feel so special. Later we had to change ships to the Bradi, which was equally beautiful and the service was also excellent. The sailing was unbelievably smooth. I had to look out my window to see if we were REALLY moving along. The sites along the way were awesome. The information was great and we especially enjoyed the views along the Rhine, they were incredible. All the Castles and Cathedrals were so beautiful. In face EVERY THING was so awesome. The whole trip was so wonderful and so easy to do, I've recommended it HIGHLY to everyone I visit with. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
What a fantastic river cruise! While all of the Viking employees went out of their way to ensure everyone enjoyed the trip, two employees deserve specific mention. We can't say enough good things about Alex, the Bragi"s Program ... Read More
What a fantastic river cruise! While all of the Viking employees went out of their way to ensure everyone enjoyed the trip, two employees deserve specific mention. We can't say enough good things about Alex, the Bragi"s Program Director. He possesses a great sense of humor and is very, very knowledgeable about the history of Europe and all the sights along the route of our trip. He worked hard night and day to ensure all passengers enjoyed the voyage were given a 5 star vacation. Natalia, the Bragi's concierge, also made this cruise a great experience. She was always there to make sure the shore excursions went as well as possible and that extra activities were available wherever desired. Shore excursions were the highlight of our travel through five countries. Each was well planned and local English-speaking guides made each one informative and very worthwhile. We also liked that on many days there is time to do some extra exploring on your own. We had a veranda cabin and loved the many times we could sit outside and enjoy the sights. Both formal dining and buffet dining offered excellent food each day with super service. The cabin was well appointed and kept immaculate. Unfortunately, the Danube was closed to traffic for approximately 150 miles because of low river levels. While most other river cruise lines had to move their passengers each day to hotels from the river closure point (Nuremberg) to the end of their journey, Viking accommodated it's passengers with a 2-hour coach trip around the closure and a swap to a duplicate sister ship, the Skadi. A definite Viking plus. Our extended stay in Budapest was great -- superb room at the Hilton, wonderful excursions, local exploring fun and limo transportation the the airport as we sadly left Hungary and the trip of a lifetime behind. If you've ever wanted to go on a European river cruise, the Viking's Grand European Cruise must be added to your bucket list. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Six of us celebrated a 50th anniversary by taking the Viking River cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest leaving Amsterdam on July 11, 2015 Wonderful cruise, on the Bagri. Program Director Alex was the most informative, hard working ... Read More
Six of us celebrated a 50th anniversary by taking the Viking River cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest leaving Amsterdam on July 11, 2015 Wonderful cruise, on the Bagri. Program Director Alex was the most informative, hard working individual I know. Daily excursions were well planed, informative, and interesting with great English speaking guides. Meals were wonderful with great variety. Staterooms are well planned with nothing left to want. Daily excursions are a great reason to go on the Viking Grand European cruise. When the Danube was closed to traffic for approximately 150 miles, Viking accommodated all passengers with a coach trip around the closure and a swap to a sister ship (the Skadi) in Passau. We never missed any city stop. In fact in Nuremberg we had lunch in a German restaurant which was a great experience. Viking made our swap very easy and accommodated us in other ways. Walking tours were designed with all walking abilities accommodated from fast walkers to those with more challenging walking speeds. Razil and Niko (in the dining room) on the Bragi were exceptional individuals who we were sad to leave after the one week. All staff were wonderful on both ships. Arriving in Budapest at night was incredible, bridges and building all lit up. What a way to end a fantastic holiday. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Six of us celebrated a 50th anniversary by taking the Viking River cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest leaving Amsterdam on July 11, 2015 Wonderful cruise, on the Bagri. Program Director Alex was the most informative, hard working ... Read More
Six of us celebrated a 50th anniversary by taking the Viking River cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest leaving Amsterdam on July 11, 2015 Wonderful cruise, on the Bagri. Program Director Alex was the most informative, hard working individual I know. Daily excursions were well planed, informative, and interesting with great English speaking guides. Meals were wonderful with great variety. Staterooms are well planned with nothing left to want. Daily excursions are a great reason to go on the Viking Grand European cruise. When the Danube was closed to traffic for approximately 150 miles, Viking accommodated all passengers with a coach trip around the closure and a swap to a sister ship (the Skadi) in Passau. We never missed any city stop. In fact in Nuremberg we had lunch in a German restaurant which was a great experience. Viking made our swap very easy and accommodated us in other ways. Walking tours were designed with all walking abilities accommodated from fast walkers to those with more challenging walking speeds. Razil and Niko (in the dining room) on the Bragi were exceptional individuals who we were sad to leave after the one week. All staff were wonderful on both ships. Arriving in Budapest at night was incredible, bridges and building all lit up. What a way to end a fantastic holiday. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
The cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam was superior in every way. The scenery was beautiful (and close). The stateroom was cozy and nice but not spacious. The public rooms were commodious and convenient. The food was very good, well ... Read More
The cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam was superior in every way. The scenery was beautiful (and close). The stateroom was cozy and nice but not spacious. The public rooms were commodious and convenient. The food was very good, well prepared and with local flavors to match the surrounding countryside. Shore excursions were entertaining and educational. The service on board could not be beat. It was prompt, courteous and well done. The ONLY drawback we saw was too little time in Amsterdam. We would have preferred more, and we could have booked an extension of course, but time constraints prevented us from doing so. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was only our second river cruise (Mississippi earlier), but we've enjoyed many at sea. The difference is no waves or seasickness, but similar in other ways except no slack days "at sea." The ship itself is modern and ... Read More
This was only our second river cruise (Mississippi earlier), but we've enjoyed many at sea. The difference is no waves or seasickness, but similar in other ways except no slack days "at sea." The ship itself is modern and beautiful and the staff so friendly that we hated to say "goodbye." Each stop along the river provides so much history for Americans that one can easily feel an overload, yet the experience and the photo opportunities excelled our fondest dreams. The dining experience is unsurpassed and the tour guides all spoke excellent English, with the marginal exception of one lady in Regensberg who walked too fast and seemed to have a little trouble with her second language. Our suite (not the top-end two) was not as large as the photos seem to indicate, but we enjoyed some extra space. Internet was spotty at times, even if one used the on board computers (two), but our in-room connection seemed very good. We heard from others in standard staterooms, however, who might not agree. English is the on board language and all of the hotel and dining staff spoke it well enough that understanding them proved not to be a problem. We enjoyed learning their perspective on modern day events, and, for some of them, how things were before they were liberated from Communism. The included shore excursions at each stop were excellent and well-organized. Punctuality is a must, however, although we're unaware of anyone left behind. All in all, this cruise met our expectations in every way. We came home refreshed and enlightened regarding the history of the Rhine, Main, and Danube river cultures dating back hundreds of years. We think that you will enjoy the experience a lot. We would book with Viking in an instant! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
This was my wife and I's first river cruise and we really enjoyed it. We started in Amsterdam then visited Kinderdijk, Antwerp, Bruge & Ghent, the Delta Works, Delft, Amsterdam again, and Arnhem before ending in Amsterdam. This ... Read More
This was my wife and I's first river cruise and we really enjoyed it. We started in Amsterdam then visited Kinderdijk, Antwerp, Bruge & Ghent, the Delta Works, Delft, Amsterdam again, and Arnhem before ending in Amsterdam. This is not the same schedule that was on the Viking web site. That time of year there are so many cruise boats in the Netherlands that not all can do the same route. We only learned of the change when our cruise package arrived month before the cruise. The cruise format was great. We breakfast onboard followed by an included walking tour most mornings, back on board for lunch then free time ashore or an optional tour. Back on board for supper then the ship sailed. The walking tour guides all spoke English very well. There were a fast and a slow group but you definitely need to be able to walk at least a couple miles to do the tours. If you do not do the tour there is little to do onboard although there was a small library and a good selection of movies to watch. My two favourite excursions were to Brugge and Horne. Both small towns with lots of history. The home visit in Horne was very interesting The North Holland excursion was also very interesting it included a visit to the old floating vegetable market (now a museum) and it was interesting to see the tulip beds as we rode for an hour on the bus. The Keukenhor Gardens are amazing with its millions and millions for flowers. I did not visit this trip but I have visited the Airborne museum in Arnhem. It is well worth a visit. Watch the movie a Bridge to Far before visiting to get the most out of your visit. If you are staying in Amsterdam and want to see the Rijksmuseum go in the early morning, by 10 AM there are long lines. If you want to visit Ann Frank House book in advance, the lines are even longer. I found the Maritime museum very interesting. The ship was very well appointed with what I would describe as nordic furnishings. The cabins are small but have every feature we needed. We were is the lowest level. There were two small windows at the waterline that let in natural light. We were hardly in our cabin except to sleep so we did not need a balcony or picture windows. On several occasions we were berthed beside other cruise ships so the view was of the other ship. The food was excellent. Breakfast and lunch buffet style although you could order a la cart. Supper was served at 1900 every day. The beer (BItburger) and some very nice wines were included with lunch and dinner. The prices of drinks in the bar were reasonable. If you did not wish to eat in the dining room you there was also a small buffet in the lounge. The service was always excellent. Most nights there was some sort of entertainment on board. It varied from a male folk choir (who were excellent) to a wooden shoe maker. No Vegas style shows on these ships, there is not enough room. The upper deck is completely clear. It makes a great place to go for a walk or sit and watch the scenery go by. Keep some cash for gratuities at the end. You can put the gratuity on your bill but you can also use $, or Euros. We received two envelopes the last night. One for the Cruise Director and one for the crew. The Cruise Director worked tirelessly in all aspects of our our cruise, from boarding, to leading tours, to departure. She deserved very penny she got. We had Viking book our flights but we visited another city first so we arrived in Amsterdam by train. This was the only problem we had. Our ship was not at the main River Cruise port but in an industrial port. Buses were being used to shuttle people to and from the city centre. We went to the main port to ask the Viking agent there where the shuttle buses left from. The rep only dealt with people staying on the official "pre stay". They had already left for the ship. She advised us to take a taxi. Our taxi driver did not know where the new location was so we spend 30 minutes circling the industrial port before he asked a security guard for directions. If we had flown directly to the cruise we would have been met by a Viking rep at the airport and bused to the ship. The trip from the ship to the airport went very smoothly. We are sailing with Viking again Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
From the moment we stepped foot onto the Bragi it was like we were old friends. The crew, especially Casper were amazing and so much fun! He has an amazing knowledge of, it seems like everything but yet is very fun to be around and talk ... Read More
From the moment we stepped foot onto the Bragi it was like we were old friends. The crew, especially Casper were amazing and so much fun! He has an amazing knowledge of, it seems like everything but yet is very fun to be around and talk to. Natalia certainly worked overtime to insure that everyone was taken care of on the shore tours or anything that someone might need. We learned so much and had so much fun. It was amazing! Everything was definitely first class. Our Matra'd was an awesome fellow. He taught us so much about wine at dinner time and was so much fun, LOTS of laughs. We ended up having a table for eight each night and would bring a bottle of wine and he would tell us about it and whether it would go with our meal that night or not. If it didn't go with what we were being served he would provide us with the proper wine. Lots of laughs for us novices!! I just wish I could remember his name because he deserves special mention. Everything, even our young cabin girl ended up being special to us. We can hardly wait for Viking to do US river cruises. VIKING IS THE BEST! Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
In celebration of the recent retirement of several members of our extended family, we (6 couples) decided to take a river cruise across Europe.Starting in Amsterdam, and sailing all the way to Budapest, we had a most memorable experience. ... Read More
In celebration of the recent retirement of several members of our extended family, we (6 couples) decided to take a river cruise across Europe.Starting in Amsterdam, and sailing all the way to Budapest, we had a most memorable experience. The ship, and the city-stops, were big enough that we could get out on our own when we needed to and yet the ship was small and perfect for when the "family" wanted to be together. While the initial cost was quite a bit to fork over in advance, almost everything was included, such that , other than gratuities for th crew, there was almost nothing to pay for at the end. There was an included tour in every city/port (and we stopped at least once each day) that we stopped at, and with rare exceptions, the included tour was more than adequate. We wanted to travel the "Romantic Road", so we paid extra for that, and we paid for a special tour in Nuremburg. They were both worth the extra price paid. Meals were excellent. every dinner included 3 new entre selections and 3 other staples so that there was something for everyone. There were also at least 3 appetizers and 3 desert options. Embarkation was very easy and Disembarkation at each port and at the end of the cruise were mad easy by the crew. Our cabin was comfortable (lower level) and, with a small ship, everything on board was only a few steps away. We carefully chose this cruise by picking one that stopped at new and interesting places that we wanted to see. We planned our own pre-cruise touring in Amsterdam, and our own post-cruise trouing in Budapest. The VIking cruise allowed us to have this flexibility. The Viking cruise experience was outstanding. We passed on their optional arrangements for air transportation, and pre-cruise and post-cruise options, because a seasoned traveler can do much better!   Read Less
Sail Date September 2014
Everything about the trip on the Bragi was magic. The crew was fantastic and extremely attentive. The meals were outstanding and the service was exceptional. The tour director was very interesting and entertaining, and organized beyond ... Read More
Everything about the trip on the Bragi was magic. The crew was fantastic and extremely attentive. The meals were outstanding and the service was exceptional. The tour director was very interesting and entertaining, and organized beyond belief. The timing on the cleaning of the rooms was perfect, and those hard working crew members always had a smile and warm greeting. If they were not cleaning the rooms they were around the ship cleaning everything, including any finger prints on the brass railings. The 24 hour coffee/expresso station was always neat and clean. The ship was beautiful, and immaculate from start to finish. We enjoyed the local entertainment brought aboard at the various stops and the local excursions in each destination city along the way. Although there were activities each day, I have never in my life been more relaxed for so long. Our concern about motion sickness was unnecessary because we never felt the ship moving. We didn't know it was moving unless we looked out the window. The views from the stateroom balcony along the rivers were spectacular. We were sad when we reached Amsterdam and had to leave the Bragi. Read Less
Sail Date August 2014
This was our second cruise with Viking. Our first cruise was on the Viking Pride out of Paris. I think the Viking Pride was the oldest ship in the fleet and the Viking Bragi was one of the newest. When we were on the Viking Pride we ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Viking. Our first cruise was on the Viking Pride out of Paris. I think the Viking Pride was the oldest ship in the fleet and the Viking Bragi was one of the newest. When we were on the Viking Pride we thought that was the best cruise we have ever been on. We loved the ship and especially the crew. We knew at that time Viking was our cruise line. Compared to the big ships - well, you really can't compare because it's a totally different experience. When you are looking for a cruise you must ask yourself what you expect: If you are looking for a lot of parties, heavy drinkers and a choice of a lot of shipboard entertainment, then Viking is not for you. And if you have kids and are looking for a lot of ship activities, this may also not be a good choice. But, if you are a serious traveler and want to be catered to in a friendly, intimate environment, I am convinced you won't find a better cruise line than Viking. The Viking Bragi was a beautiful brand new Long Ship. Our room had a Veranda, which was not available on the Pride. This ship had an Aquavit Terrace which also was not available on the Pride. We loved eating outside especially for lunch. It gave you a new eating option, which was great. One thing between the two cruises was the same: The Crew. I don't know how they could have made the service any better. I can't think of a reason we would ever look for another cruise line. They gave us a perfect experience! Any small issues or problems were resolved quickly, efficiently, and with a positive attitude! Read Less
Sail Date May 2014
Despite a glich at the airport, everything after that was wonderful!!! Unfortunately as I had expressly requested a wheelchair to collect me at the plane, the man at that door who had a wheelchair, had no identification as being from ... Read More
Despite a glich at the airport, everything after that was wonderful!!! Unfortunately as I had expressly requested a wheelchair to collect me at the plane, the man at that door who had a wheelchair, had no identification as being from Viking (was in blue cover alls) and made no acknowledgement of my Viking name tag hanging around my neck. It was for me, dragging my overhead bag behind me to try and locate the baggage claim area. Again, unfortunately, I was directed to the wrong set of baggage conveyor belt areas. I had to throw myself at the mercy of a KLM woman who made phone calls to find the correct area AND got me a wheelchair. Finally I joined with the Red-Jacketed Viking rep., my traveling companion and my luggage. We rushed over to the boat, however not in time for more than coffee and dessert....an entire day wasted. However, after all of that, the rest of the cruise was a pleasure. The meals, the service, the engine we never heard while cruising, the stateroom was very impressive. Although the weather was not always the best, the staff made the best of it and kept the good humor going. Special groups aimed for the somewhat slower were enormously helpful, as at the age of 71yrs. with bad knees and bad back, it was at times hard to keep up with the younger and healthier. We loved the entire (barring the airport fiasco) adventure and plan to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary in May 2015 with you again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
This trip was our sixth river cruise with Viking and, with the exception of a Christmas Market experience, was the best cruise by far. The ship stayed in Amsterdam the first day so we had the opportunity to explore a bit on our own. Being ... Read More
This trip was our sixth river cruise with Viking and, with the exception of a Christmas Market experience, was the best cruise by far. The ship stayed in Amsterdam the first day so we had the opportunity to explore a bit on our own. Being adventurous, several from the ship walked to the center of town and even walked through the Red Light District. The following day was spent touring through the canals and more of the City Center. The next day we went to Hoorn where we had the opportunity to have afternoon tea with a local family. This was definitely an experience worth taking. The family was so open and friendly and was as interested in us as we were in them. During the following days we traveled to Arnhem, Kinderdijk, Antwerp, Ghent, Bruges and Rotterdam. At each stop Viking had a planned tour highlighting either the historical nature of the area and their medieval beginnings, demonstrations showing working windmills or flood control measures, and special works of art. The final day was spent in Amsterdam and a visit to the Keukenhof Gardens. The entire vacation was worth the trip to the gardens. On the way we passed fields of multi-colored tulips. However, the display of over 7 million tulips and other bulbs in their glory was breathtaking. Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
Viking Bragi Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.5
Family 1.0 3.5
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.3
Service 4.0 4.8
Value For Money 3.0 4.3
Rates 4.0 N/A

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