115 Viking River Viking Magni Cruise Reviews

For lots of reasons we booked this Grand European Tour for mid October. We had a great time, but decided we probably won't do another river cruise right away, maybe not ever again. Not a knock on Viking, but a better understanding of ... Read More
For lots of reasons we booked this Grand European Tour for mid October. We had a great time, but decided we probably won't do another river cruise right away, maybe not ever again. Not a knock on Viking, but a better understanding of who we are as travelers. So, the good and great. Incredibly clean, inviting atmosphere populated with helpful, gracious people, all of whom try to make your trip wonderful. And they are mostly successful. We absolutely loved our fourteen days. Our room was small but a great place to sleep and get ready for all the adventures. The dining room is an adventure. We are used to ocean cruises with assigned seating so the whole process of 'finding a table' at night was a bit of a challenge. My wife has some hearing issues, so the noise level was tough for her. All the tables at dinner are for six or eight, so you will be with folks and trying do the polite dinner conversation can be tough. Our problem, not anyone else's. Interestingly, many folks established groups and those groups became tough to breech. We sat with at least 60 different folks (we wrote down the names). There are about 190 on the ship so we felt we did okay. Dinners themselves were a mixed bag. Some were outstanding, some average, a few awful. German regional cuisine is a tough sell as well. The next to the last night our table of six all ordered a New York steak. Of the six, two were fine, two were mostly gristle and two were uncuttable. Other nights, wonderful stuff. Breakfast and lunch more pedestrian. Main courses were the best bets. Desserts were usually the disappointing part of the meal except the sorbets and the fruit plate. Free wine and beer at dinner was a hit, but at a price. Dinners are long. Starts at 7 p.m. and rarely ended before 9 p.m. Tough time for the senior set that makes up this ship's target audience. Meals are also available on the deck outside the lounge. Buffet for breakfast and lunch, with the occasional grilled lunch (think burgers, fish, chicken). The dinner up there is off the menu, but only seating for 16 and some folks planted themselves there and went no where else so finding a seat was not possible. A bit frustrating. Alex, our cruise director, was amazingly good. Personable, handsome, humorous, and organized. Made the trip for many of us. We saw him regularly in the lounge just before dinner as he gave the port talk for the next day, or a history lesson. The lounge was fine for a lounge, not big enough for a meeting room. We experienced some water level issues so had to accelerate down the river so we wouldn't need to change ships. This meant we went past our ports and bused back. Better than ship swapping, but buses aren't as much fun as walking into town from a ship docked on the river. That said, the organizational skill exhibited by Viking was amazing. Good guides in every port. Some had more material to work with than others, as not all the stops are historical 'wows' but all were fun to see. Great trip, glad we did it, ship was wonderful, made some friends, but we decided this isn't our kind of travel. It definitely has great appeal for lots of folks, they were on my ship, just not us. Try river cruising. You will love it, or you won't. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Overall excellent 15 day cruise with Viking through Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Hungary. Only hiccup along the way was due to low river levels at highest elevation point on cruise near Regensburg, we had to do a "ship ... Read More
Overall excellent 15 day cruise with Viking through Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Hungary. Only hiccup along the way was due to low river levels at highest elevation point on cruise near Regensburg, we had to do a "ship exchange", which only encompassed us having to pack our bags mid tour. Everything else was handled by Viking to ensure a smooth move from 1 ship to the next (identical ship, by the way, with having same room, amenities, etc). As for the cruise itself, every day we had an excursion available, and many times, a couple of them, with excellent guides and smooth processes with embarking and debarking the ship. The staff, restaurants, guest services and social services/activities provided by Viking all top-notch with little-to-no room for disappointment. Definitely will choose Viking in future for another riverboat cruise with no hesitation at all. Strongly encourage guests to take advantage of extended stays of starting and/or ending cities as Viking seemlessly assists with these options. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose Viking and this particular cruise based on the recommendation of several of our friends. We were also very excited with the itinerary. We were able to see places we had not seen before. Once on the ship, we found the crew to be ... Read More
We chose Viking and this particular cruise based on the recommendation of several of our friends. We were also very excited with the itinerary. We were able to see places we had not seen before. Once on the ship, we found the crew to be great! There was plenty of great food...no one ever went hungry! We liked that there were activities planned on board. Our favorite was the glass blower demonstration! And we loved the topside "excursions" down the river. Our guide, Anthony, did a great job throughout the trip. We loved all of the excursions...but the kolsch bar hopping in Cologne was definitely one of our favorites. Even the changing of ships was seamless.....we hardly knew that we had changed ships! We're already trying to decide what cruise we will do next! So many great choices. Thanks to all who made our Viking experience so GREAT! Well Done! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We had talked with friends and casual aquaintances about a river cruise and were recommended to take this one. We decided that Viking provided what we were looking for. We enjoyed the overall experience on the ship with the exception that ... Read More
We had talked with friends and casual aquaintances about a river cruise and were recommended to take this one. We decided that Viking provided what we were looking for. We enjoyed the overall experience on the ship with the exception that my credit card was compromised and I believe it happened onboard. The ship was excellent in terms of cleanliness, cabin appurtenances, room size, wifi, etc. Dining was great with a wonderful menu that kept changing for each area and town we were approaching. Service was great! We found our ports and shore excursions to be excellent giving us some free time in most locations to check out things for ourselves. The ship tour director, Anthony, was outstanding and a wealth of information. The crew, especially the dining room crew and room cleaning crew, were great. Always pleasant and accommodating We have seen recent news noting the long hours of work each crew member on cruise ships work and are rethinking our future holiday plans in light of this. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
A river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam was on our bucket list for many years. We started with a pre-cruise extension to Prague, which was a great walking city. The river cruise ship was comfortable and filled with friendly travelers. ... Read More
A river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam was on our bucket list for many years. We started with a pre-cruise extension to Prague, which was a great walking city. The river cruise ship was comfortable and filled with friendly travelers. The cabin was small but well-designed and there was no need to stay in the cabin except when sleeping. Being able to sit outside and watch as small towns passed by was a wonderful experience. The included tours gave us a taste of each town where we stopped.And there were plenty of additional tours available if desired. The staff, both hotel and ship side, were friendly and informative. Even the captain was approachable! The smaller number of passengers, which was what we wanted, does mean that what you may have experienced on a large cruise ship will differ greatly from what is available on-board a river cruise ship. There were several cultural-type entertainments available.But no Broadway shows, rock climbing or ice skating. Instead we met other passengers and spent time getting to know each other. The variety of food was acceptable and portion size was more than adequate. Getting on and off the ship was easy and we usually docked within walking distance of the city centers. We already have booked another Viking river cruise for this year.and a Viking ocean cruise for 2021. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was my first Viking River Cruise. Impressive is an understatement. From the moment my spouse and I landed, Viking arranged absolutely everything. A true vacation began with professional onboard Viking staff and epic destinations. ... Read More
This was my first Viking River Cruise. Impressive is an understatement. From the moment my spouse and I landed, Viking arranged absolutely everything. A true vacation began with professional onboard Viking staff and epic destinations. The only real setback is the lack of a fitness center or group exercise activities. There is a walking track on the top deck, but if you are a runner like my spouse, then running amidst walkers on a tight lane can be quite tedious, if not dangerous for the runner or those walking, that may side step unexpectedly. I highly recommend taking the optional excursion to Munich. There is something surreal about the city that encapsulates the mind, intrigues the senses and burns an unforgettable surge of just being in a moment that your not sure you want to ever leave. If a River Cruise is on your list of musts, choose Viking, you certainly will not be disappointed. This may have been my first Viking adventure, but certainly not my last. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
This was a dream come true for us. We put off choosing a date, place and length until last minute and ended up with limited availability. We ended up picking this and we can’t wait to go again! The ship was fantastic! The staff were ... Read More
This was a dream come true for us. We put off choosing a date, place and length until last minute and ended up with limited availability. We ended up picking this and we can’t wait to go again! The ship was fantastic! The staff were amazingly attentive. The food was better than anything I have had in a land based restaurant. The tours and excursions were beautiful. Tour guides were not only knowledgeable but typically from that location and able to tell us so much more than I expected! I might consider taking my teenager on our next one! We got to know so many people on board from the staff, to the crew, to other passengers from so many different places!!! There were so many things to do some days it was hard to choose which is one of the reasons we are considering doing this one again before trying a new one!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Chose Viking based on friend’s recommendation. Not disappointed at all. I’m guessing they’re expensive compared to other river cruise lines, but if there is any way you can afford it, spend the extra money. One thing about river ... Read More
Chose Viking based on friend’s recommendation. Not disappointed at all. I’m guessing they’re expensive compared to other river cruise lines, but if there is any way you can afford it, spend the extra money. One thing about river cruises we didn’t realize were the several possible disruptions due to weather, river depths and lock delays (you go through 50 some locks). None of which are Viking’s fault of course. I can’t imagine any company handling these annoyances any better. They keep you informed, answer your questions before you ask them and absorb all costs and lost revenue gracefully. The ship itself and cabin were in great condition. No frayed edges or deferred maintenance. The dining was outstanding and every meal was looked forward to. We purchased the drink package because we were traveling with another couple and knew we would be having a few cocktails each day outside of mealtimes (local beers and wines are complimentary at lunch and dinner). It was well worth it for us and our friends, but obviously an individual decision. We only took included tours and were happy. Anthony, the entertainment director was great. And, Stephen, our bartender was the best and made our trip better. Read Less
Sail Date July 2019
Wanted to experience Europe and we did with ease. The view along the way was awesome. Our first river cruise. The guided tours helped us understand the history and culture better. Our Australian cruise director Alex was excellent. He was ... Read More
Wanted to experience Europe and we did with ease. The view along the way was awesome. Our first river cruise. The guided tours helped us understand the history and culture better. Our Australian cruise director Alex was excellent. He was always there to assist the passengers in every port, tour and at the daily briefings for the day’s activity. The staff were all very helpful and accommodating. The food was good everyday. The complimentary wine and beer at lunch and dinner was well thought of. Our cabin was small but clean. And that was all we need to sleep and bathe. Our boat was perfect for a river cruise setting: long and sleek, The only drawback: We did not have time to experience Amsterdam because our complimentary flight was scheduled late plus the immigration process at the airport was too long. By the time we got into Magni, it was almost time to leave. But not a problem, we will visit Amsterdam again on our next ocean Viking cruise in the spring. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
March 31, 2019 on Viking Magni River Cruise Budapest to Passau. First suggestion, do your homework. We booked a French “Balcony” (sliding door) on 3rd Fl. Very small. Just enough room for a double bed. No chairs so reading or TV ... Read More
March 31, 2019 on Viking Magni River Cruise Budapest to Passau. First suggestion, do your homework. We booked a French “Balcony” (sliding door) on 3rd Fl. Very small. Just enough room for a double bed. No chairs so reading or TV is lying on bed. Small bathroom. Very efficient but claustrophobic. Room has fridge but only useful for bringing in shore beverages or food. Hint. Don’t upgrade the liquor package. Buy duty free or in town and save $$ as you can bring this on board and no corkage. Fridge is useless otherwise as no room service and cannot bring any bottles from bar into room (even with their best upgraded liquor package!). WiFi is free as it should be because it was terrible. With modern service I’m sure this could be improved if they wanted to but would increase expenses. Service was impeccable from everyone. As were the excursions, even those included. That is the expectation and the standard for this caliber of cruise. The entrees we had were all good but not exceptional. Superb buffet is always in addition to table menu service. Best meal was grilled sea bass served on last day. Meals are mostly served in main dining room with tables of 6-8+. Great opportunity to build friendships and share conversations with fellow travelers. Still good value and a we hope to go again but equipped with new knowledge to fine tune our experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
Always wanted to do a river cruise in Europe and this one provided the most highlights and included shore excursions. Going that far, we wanted to spend more time so we chose a 2 week cruise. The reason for the poor review is the way ... Read More
Always wanted to do a river cruise in Europe and this one provided the most highlights and included shore excursions. Going that far, we wanted to spend more time so we chose a 2 week cruise. The reason for the poor review is the way Viking handled the low water situation. We had inquired about this problem before we left for our cruise and was told that there was no issue. They lied! We heard from the crew that the situation had been ongoing for 3 months! The main reason we take cruises is to avoid having to repack as we move from location to location. On this "cruise" we had to pack and unpack 3 times during the cruise and spent 19 hours on busses being shuttled form one ship n to another. We missed one location altogether and stayed on 3 different ships and a hotel! Had we known this, we would have waited to take the cruise at another time! This was an expensive trip and we feel it did not deliver the experience we expected. Most other people on board felt the same way. We all received an email less than a week before the cruise informing us of one possible issue in one section of the river. It turned out to be 4 sections! This was obviously too late to cancel. Viking has offered us 25% of our cruise fare off of another Viking cruise as compensation. I don't feel I can trust Viking to be honest and doubt that I will ever use this cruise line again! Very disappointed. That said, the included shore excursions were wonderful with local guides who spoke English very well as did the crew. Meals on board were fantastic with a good selection. My only complaint about the entertainment and activities on board were that they occurred at 9 pm when I was ready for bed! Embarkation and disembarkation was a delight after the cattle calls of ocean cruises. Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We chose the cruise for the same reasons as Judhess. Because of the low water, our trip was a big disappointment. After the first night spent on the Viking Idun in Budapest, we made our first transition to another Viking Ship (this time ... Read More
We chose the cruise for the same reasons as Judhess. Because of the low water, our trip was a big disappointment. After the first night spent on the Viking Idun in Budapest, we made our first transition to another Viking Ship (this time the Magni). And, still, after a few days we made a change to another ship and then the last night to a hotel in Amsterdam. We spent many hours being transported by busses to go on excursions we had signed up for and some that the staff selected for us. A big disappointment was arriving in Cologne for a tour of the Cathedral only to find that our arrival was timed during a time when the cathedral was closed to tours. We had a tour that was dismal, ate lunch at a restaurant and then on the 20 minutes after lunch on our way to the bus, we slipped into the Cathedral for about 8 minutes. Terrible planning. We also missed the windmills. Originally we were offered at voucher for our next trip of 25% of what we paid for our GrandEuropean trip. Upon arriving home, that voucher was canceled and we did receive a voucher for our next Viking Cruise with the value of half the expense of our cruise. Likely they read the surveys, which if like ours were quite negative. It is too bad that Viking was not honest up front, had refunded our money and we could have chosen a cruise of our choice with out all of the monkey business. We know of other cruise lines that have done that when they could not provide the services they originally offered. Tour guides for excursions were mostly outstanding except for... Cologne and Nuremberg. Food was marginal to very good. Service was good.Kaitlyn, our activity director was wonderful, but ended up having to spend a lot of time trying to figure out what we were going to do next. Friends of ours took a similar cruise on AMA waterways in June and raved about the food, the service the tours and VIKING, TAKE NOTICE... the outstanding evening entertainment... they had folk lore dancers, music that was not mostly opera. They did not play three nights worth of trivia games. On the night they were in Budapest, the ship even cruised the docking area so they could see the illuminations of lights. The German night was the most fun in the dining room. Of course, we will use our 50% voucher from our past trip, and all I can say is, Viking should have refunded the 50% of our money AND, we only hope, the next trip is as good as we have heard Viking cruises can be! Getting on each ship was handled well, but the first night we learned we were moving to the magni the next day! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We wanted a long cruise where we could truly relax. The 15 day cruise was really great. We celebrated our 40th anniversary on board. We had beautiful weather and the shore excursions were very enjoyable. Our dining experience was very ... Read More
We wanted a long cruise where we could truly relax. The 15 day cruise was really great. We celebrated our 40th anniversary on board. We had beautiful weather and the shore excursions were very enjoyable. Our dining experience was very nice. We were well taken care of. The stop in Nuremberg was very moving. The guides were very knowledgeable and accommodating. Our director Marie was lots of fun. She kept us all entertained. The onboard staff operated like a well tuned clock. They anticipated our every need. The front desk helped us arrange a nice bike ride along the river that was very enjoyable. I would recommend this cruise to anyone wanting a relaxed cruise along 3 different rivers. The only thing I would recommend would be the serving of local wines. While we like Argentine Malbec at home in the USA and while traveling in Argentina, we did expect European wines would be served to us at dinner. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Beware the excellent marketing pitch given by Viking Cruise line. To see their commercials you imagine days of luxurious vistas and exclusive sightseeing. What we got on our 14-day cruise on the Danube and Rhine were hotels, ship changes ... Read More
Beware the excellent marketing pitch given by Viking Cruise line. To see their commercials you imagine days of luxurious vistas and exclusive sightseeing. What we got on our 14-day cruise on the Danube and Rhine were hotels, ship changes and a dozen bus rides. When we were on board, we were often tied to boats three abreast or moored in industrial shipyards. The view from our patio was the patio of the ship tied up to us. Viking spokesmen blamed this on the drought and shallow river beds which they did not disclose to us until five days before our vacation. In reality this had been going on for several months. For our inconvenience, we were offered a 25% credit on a future cruise which will never happen in my lifetime. This is billed as a high-end vacation but was actually shuttling with mobs of people to crowded tourist areas in Hungary, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands. Buyer beware! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Service on Magni was very good. Had to switch ships halfway due to water levvels. Staff not nearly as attentive or nice. Third day they were still asking us what our cabin number was when we ordered a drink. On Magni, they knew day one. ... Read More
Service on Magni was very good. Had to switch ships halfway due to water levvels. Staff not nearly as attentive or nice. Third day they were still asking us what our cabin number was when we ordered a drink. On Magni, they knew day one. Food was ok, not a big selection.Got very tired of busing everywhere, especially last day. Spent 8 hours on a bus. I paid for a river cruise! Saw some beautiful places. No place to workout, half the time, the walking deck was closed. Minimal entertainment. Not much to do on board.Some of the optional excursions were good. Loved the 3 day pre cruise in Prague. Worth the upgrade to be right in town. Gift shop is a joke unless you want to buy overpriced Viking items. While they gave us a 25% credit towards a future cruise, unfortunately that will probably go to waste as to why would I subject myself to that experience again? Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
Recommended by travel agent. The ship allowed an obviously sick man to board and infect numerous passengers and the crew. He should because of that person, I was infected with the flu and missed 80% of the cruise and tours, being ... Read More
Recommended by travel agent. The ship allowed an obviously sick man to board and infect numerous passengers and the crew. He should because of that person, I was infected with the flu and missed 80% of the cruise and tours, being confined to may stateroom because of illness caused by the sick individual. It was very unfair. One of the tours had to be cancelled because of a river closure. Viking refunded $40 of the $49 and kept $9. The air reservations were made by incompetent people who don't how to allow for time to get off on plane, go through security and customs and make the connecting flight. We missed the connecting flight and had to wait for a much later flight. We arrived in Budapest after midnight. Viking did not meet us at the airport. They said it was too late (their fault) and could not inconvenience an employee. Only passengers should be inconvenienced. That was the attitude throughout the trip. We had to take a taxi from the airport to the ship and Viking refused to refund the tip we had to pay the taxi driver. This was the worst cruise ship experience I have ever had. I will never travel with Viking and again. What was good? The food and consideration of the chef for my inability to eat anything solid for days. The chef made me fresh ginger tea, than broth until I could eat solid food. I have high praise for the chef. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was our first time cruising with Viking. It exceeded all expectations. The crew was phenomenal attention to detail is amazing we couldn’t of picked a better vacation. Two months after this cruise we booked another Viking cruise. ... Read More
This was our first time cruising with Viking. It exceeded all expectations. The crew was phenomenal attention to detail is amazing we couldn’t of picked a better vacation. Two months after this cruise we booked another Viking cruise. The excursions offered are widely diverse. They give details of what will be done whether easy moderate or extreme hiking based on your day and how you feel it made it a pleasure to know what was in store for you. We found all of the crude to be extremely personable. And we loved the casual attire throughout the whole cruise very relaxing . Meal choices are are so numerous every pallet will be pleased specially liked the food choices within region . I’ve traveled all over Europe and I found this to be the most relaxing vacation I’ve taken . I highly recommend Viking! We are now spoiled and only see Viking in our future. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary with the Grand European tour. This is 15 nights. We went from Amsterdam to Budapest, but you can also book going the other direction. The Magni and it’s staff managed to be efficient and ... Read More
We were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary with the Grand European tour. This is 15 nights. We went from Amsterdam to Budapest, but you can also book going the other direction. The Magni and it’s staff managed to be efficient and friendly while being both elegant and relaxed. The longships are well designed and comfortable. We were concerned that it would be difficult to make friends, however, the majority of people were open and friendly middle aged or better couples. There were a couple of honeymooners and multi-generational families with older teens, but everyone was mixing by the second week. We got to know lovely people from Australia, England, and parts of the U.S that we have not visited. The tables in the dining room are for 6, and the lounge areas are also, so it was not difficult to mix naturally. We also got to know people in our excursion group pretty well. We booked the air and a pre-cruise stay in Amsterdam, along with an optional tour. So glad we did! Viking staff took good care of us from the moment we arrived to claim our luggage at the Amsterdam airport. Our airline had lost my bag, and the Viking guide helped me talk with the mostly Dutch-speaking airline employee. It was delivered to our hotel that afternoon. When it was time to go home, an airline strike affected our plans, but the desk staff handled it for us, so we could enjoy our last day without worry. This was a wonderful, stress-free way to see many places and get a taste of the culture on a first-class floating hotel. Highly recommend. My only wish would be more outside dining space. The ports of call and included excursions ranged from enjoyable to amazing. Not all will suit everyone’s fancy, but we learned many new things each place we went. Lots of freedom to explore on your own as well. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
This was our first experience with Viking cruises we chose the 15 day cruise through Europe vacation. The experience beginning with ease of booking - and information from my viking agent was superior. Every need was met.. greeted at ... Read More
This was our first experience with Viking cruises we chose the 15 day cruise through Europe vacation. The experience beginning with ease of booking - and information from my viking agent was superior. Every need was met.. greeted at the airport.. Quick service to the dock using purchased Viking transfers. The room was very nice with every amenity needed and the crew I can’t say enough about. All excursions choice we’re excellent Allowing for all degrees of walking abilities from strenuous too easy I highly recommend a Viking cruise experience… But be warned you will be spoiled treated like a king or queen and not want any other vacation cruise line. It has been three months since our return and we have chosen to book the Viking ocean cruise beginning in Spain during the Mediterranean. Food choices on a river cruise or superior I have no complaints about a single item went wrong !! Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We had been thinking about a river cruise for some time. We travel a good deal but have been tiring of the pack/unpack routine between destinations and were looking for a trip where we could relax and let others make the plans. We could ... Read More
We had been thinking about a river cruise for some time. We travel a good deal but have been tiring of the pack/unpack routine between destinations and were looking for a trip where we could relax and let others make the plans. We could not have been more pleased! From the beginning of the trip until the end we felt pampered. Our flight over to Amsterdam was uneventful and had no trouble meeting our Viking representatives at the airport. With just the two of us, we were a little apprehensive about making friends but that immediately disappeared as we gathered as a group to head to the ship. By the end of our cruise I don't believe that there was anyone on board (staff included) that we had not met. And now, we have a new group of lifelong friends. Our cabin was ready when we arrived so we immediately settled in. Our expectations for the ship, cabin and community spaces were already set high but, upon arrival, they exceeded our expectations. The food quality, quantity and presentations were over the top. Unfortunately so much so that we both gained weight! One of the things we enjoy is interacting with the staff and we learned so much about their different cultures which added to our overall experience. We were always greeted with a smile...not to mention our Cruise Director who was exceptionally prepared, always seemed to be in form from the time we awoke until retiring, and made every effort to insure a grand experience. Being two of the younger guests we were a little apprehensive about the excursions and activities. Once again we were pleasantly surprised to find that there were a variety of tours and activities geared to different fitness levels, so we selected activities that met our own. Each port was well selected with plenty to see, and our tour guides helped to fill in the blanks. We hope that this is the first of many future Viking river cruises! Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
After over 30 'ocean' cruises we were excited to experience our first river cruise. We chose Viking based partly upon their itinerary and partly upon their 'dominance' in the river cruise market. As I sit here after ... Read More
After over 30 'ocean' cruises we were excited to experience our first river cruise. We chose Viking based partly upon their itinerary and partly upon their 'dominance' in the river cruise market. As I sit here after over two weeks aboard, I am sad to report that though there were good times, accentuated by many very devoted crew members, the 'Viking experience' left me sadly disappointed. This disappointment is primarily due to Viking's dominance in the river cruise market (lots of riverboats) and their policy of 'rafting up' while at port to save on docking fees. Let me explain... Viking has over 60 riverboats cruising the rivers of the world primarily in the European market. At any one port you can expect 3 or more Viking riverboats to be docked on any given day. To save on docking fees Viking 'rafts up' (ties their boats side to side) up to three vessels deep. This results in about one foot of space between balconies, thus NO view and NO privacy for 50% or 100% (if you are the middle of three boats) of the cabins. If you are in port for a couple of days this can be very unpleasant. Utilization of the balcony and the view you paid a premium for are gone. This Viking 'experience' isn't much mentioned in the brochure or the photos of the lovely European cities (which you cannot see from your blocked cabin). The resulting 'Viking experience' is more like paying a premium for the lowest price inside cabin. Lights on 24/7 to see or just move about in your cabin. While rafting is not unique to Viking, due to the number of Viking vessels on the rivers and canals of the world (68 and growing, as I understand), you are way more liable to wind up in this unpleasant scenario with them than any other riverboat cruise line. It is for this reason that I would recommend that before booking your next riverboat cruise you should seriously consider any other cruise line than Viking. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
It really was the best trip we ever had. Accommodations, service, activities / tours and food were way above our expectations. Our pre and post cruise extensions in Prague and Amsterdam were great as well. Cabin was always clean ... Read More
It really was the best trip we ever had. Accommodations, service, activities / tours and food were way above our expectations. Our pre and post cruise extensions in Prague and Amsterdam were great as well. Cabin was always clean Restaurant was great, food selection and service were outstanding Ship is kept in great condition at all times All our questions and concerns were addressed in the timely manner All the stops were interesting and exciting, the tour guides were great We are definitely coming back for another Viking cruise. We would like to thank everyone at Viking for making our vacation an unforgettable travel adventure! Our total trip was 20 days with extensions and it flew by very fast (I am so glad that we took a lot of pictures). We have created a lot of unforgettable memories and we are looking forward to many more cruises with Viking Lines in the future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Vacationing on a river cruise is somewhat like an ocean cruise, but in some ways very different. Viking cruise is top notch. Very refined, luxurious experience. The Danube has so much history and activities to offer! Extra stay in ... Read More
Vacationing on a river cruise is somewhat like an ocean cruise, but in some ways very different. Viking cruise is top notch. Very refined, luxurious experience. The Danube has so much history and activities to offer! Extra stay in Budapest was amazing - the prettiest city I’ve seen at night (and that includes NYC, LA, DC, Chicago, Seattle, among others)The included excursions were great, and the extra excursions available were very well done also. Our cruise director (Wes) was fantastic and did a great job of advising us on things to do. He wasn’t afraid to tell us the excursions or things to do that he didn’t like as much, and made the entire experience so much fun. Food was incredible, with a wide selection of American and local foods. Staff onboard was exceptional. Awesome people we met on the cruise, and since there were less than 200 passengers, we got to know them better - and still in touch with several of them! It is a bit pricey, but well worth the investment for a vacation. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
I selected this cruise because all the ports were places I had never visited before. I was AMAZED at how smoothly everything ran. Form the moment we arrived at the boat it was like being greeted by family. They were ready for us, no long ... Read More
I selected this cruise because all the ports were places I had never visited before. I was AMAZED at how smoothly everything ran. Form the moment we arrived at the boat it was like being greeted by family. They were ready for us, no long lines to check in. Our concierge learned our names and greeted us by name daily. Every tour guide was exceptional! They were knowledgeable, funny, as well as courteous and considerate. And the staff on the ship - well I really can't say enough about how wonderful they were! The meals were so delicious and I really appreciated the self-serve coffee/tea/water station with snacks. Loved that we could choose between fresh fruit or homemade cookies! I also appreciated that the food changed and offered regional selections as we traveled across countries. Viking thought of everything and I felt so cared for! I loved it so much I already booked another Viking cruise! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We had heard nothing but positive reports from friends who have traveled with Viking and since it was my husbands first cruise ever, thought what Viking offered would be an ideal starter for him. It more than met our expectations from the ... Read More
We had heard nothing but positive reports from friends who have traveled with Viking and since it was my husbands first cruise ever, thought what Viking offered would be an ideal starter for him. It more than met our expectations from the moment we entered the ship. The attention to details from taking our luggage to our cabin, the dinning experience even offer us a lunch since we embarked a bit earlier than 3 p.m. Never felt "rushed" and yet everything was very prompt. The entire crew, was respectful, helpful, conversational but not intrusive. We enjoyed every shore excursion and those too were well planned with excellent guides. One could fill up their day as much as desired or utilize the included excursions and then have time to explore on ones own or just enjoy some relaxing time on deck. Even when we were cruising down the river during daylight hours, the Cruise Director provided information about what we were seeing and the history involved. The whole trip was very educational and for two history lovers we, thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. As a matter of fact, enjoyed it so much we've booked another cruise for this Fall. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Viking Magni Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.2
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.7
Enrichment 4.0 4.5
Service 4.0 4.9
Value For Money 3.0 4.4
Rates 4.0 N/A

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