Sail Date: July 2017
The Ship and the crew were of the finest quality. The meal and the wait staff were excellent.Every thing about the trip was beyond belief.We toured the departure city before the cruise began. The tranfer from the airport to the ship was ... Read More
The Ship and the crew were of the finest quality. The meal and the wait staff were excellent.Every thing about the trip was beyond belief.We toured the departure city before the cruise began. The tranfer from the airport to the ship was flawless.The included excursion were very enlighting. All the tour guides were professional and knowledgeable. The optional excursions were just as qualified and well worth the additional monies. The optional excursions went beyond the included excurions. We just loved the Salzburg extention. We felt that we were right out of the sound of music. The extended Budapest stay was just great.Budapest was so different from other EU countries. I would do it all over again,I just could not have asked for any better experience in my life. I would rate the cruise with a ten stars out of ten stars. I just can not say any thing more about this trip of a lifetime. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We have sailed on seven ocean cruises over the last 16 years and had always liked the idea of a river cruise, but as these are not generally open to children, we have waited until our son could be left home alone. We chose the Romantic ... Read More
We have sailed on seven ocean cruises over the last 16 years and had always liked the idea of a river cruise, but as these are not generally open to children, we have waited until our son could be left home alone. We chose the Romantic Danube cruise as it suited our dates and started in Budapest where we wanted to extend our visit. We spent two days there before starting the cruise. We used a company called Budapest Locals for a personal tour and were extremely pleased with the service they gave us. Having sailed on ships carrying from 440-4500 guests we were looking forward to being on a boat with less than 200 people and experiencing open seating, which we would not normally do. This proved to be the best part of the cruise for us. After a bit of a slow start, we found most people were very friendly and we really enjoyed our meals, getting to meet new people from different countries (though almost exclusively English speaking guests). Embarkation and disembarkation were excellent. The food was very good, however, the service was not to the same standard as we have experienced on any of the other cruise lines we have travelled with. Some staff undertook table waiting, bar work and room cleaning at various times, which resulted In them being less experienced at their jobs. Staff were very pleasant, but perhaps a little overfriendly at times. We had paid for the drinks package, which was very good, except that at dinner we found it much harder to get served wine than those who were partaking of the free wine. On one evening another guest in our company asked three different waiters for an after dinner drink and it took about three quarters of an hour before he actually got it! It would appear that the reason for this was that as the result of our boat swap (more of which later) there was a free bar, so those of us who had pre paid for our drinks had trouble getting served. Entertainment was low key, but enjoyable. The included shore excursions were variable. Some tour guides were excellent, others poor. The paid for excursion we went on also had problems. Our boat was moving further up river while people were on tours. It got held up and we had to wait for around two hours before we were able to get back on board. We also fell victim to a lack of water, resulting in us having to change ships, as the river was closed. The fact that Viking have so many ships on the Danube meant that we were able to swop with passengers on the Var. In fairness to the staff on the Tor, it was the staff on the Var whose service we found less than satisfactory. We missed sailing that section of the river, travelling instead by coach, However, the whole transfer etc was handled very well. The downside of Viking having so many ships, became apparent to us, when we boarded on our first day. It was mentioned in the small print that on occasion ships will dock along side each other, but the impression was that it was not a problem. However, we, along with many others we spoke to, were extremely unhappy to have paid a considerable amount more for a cabin with a balcony, only to find that we could not even see out of our window, never mind go out on the balcony, as there was another ship docked beside us. I would estimate that more than half of the ports that we docked in, at some stage our balcony was blocked. As well as blocking our view, light, ability to sit on our balcony, our privacy was also affected. Although the boats tried not to park window to window, on occasion we could actually see into the cabin of the boat beside us. Viking claims to have 96-97% satisfaction from customers. Their questionnaires are worded in such a way that negative responses are hard to give. We were given the opportunity on the questionnaire to say if we would like someone from the company to contact us about the matters we were unhappy with. We have now been home for more than 5 weeks, but as yet have not received any communication from the company - apart of course from lots of brochures trying to sell their holidays. To conclude, although we found many things about our Viking tour enjoyable and even excellent, the at times disappointing service and the situation with boats docking side by side, means that we would not contemplate sailing with Viking again and are now looking for companies who do not have this policy. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2017
This was our fourth viking river cruise. i thought the food was excelent and really enjoyed the ship...breakfasts were wonderful. this was our first longboat cruise and enjoyed the aquavit lounge. There was an unexpected and early ... Read More
This was our fourth viking river cruise. i thought the food was excelent and really enjoyed the ship...breakfasts were wonderful. this was our first longboat cruise and enjoyed the aquavit lounge. There was an unexpected and early heat wave that made vienna and budapest uncomfortable but what can you do. Our hotel in Budapest was wonderful and had a room with a direct view of the Parliment Bulding and found a wonderful cafe the Viking staff had recommended We arrived at the ship about 8:30 in the mornng and all the previous tour people hadn't left but we got into our room a litle after 9. We knew wheer the coffee machine and sweets were, so partook of those first while we waited I. WOULD HAVE LIKED TIME IN PASSAU(I WENT TO SALSBURG) AND MORE TIME IN Vienna. There seemed to be a lot of first timers on the ship and they were impressed. we made friends with some. Good time by all!.... Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2017
Know many people who have traveled on river cruises. Many have chosen Viking so we decided to give them a try. We were not disappointed in any area. Transitions were seamless. Accommodations were fine, dining well done with varied choices ... Read More
Know many people who have traveled on river cruises. Many have chosen Viking so we decided to give them a try. We were not disappointed in any area. Transitions were seamless. Accommodations were fine, dining well done with varied choices at every meal. Very clean! Professional and friendly crew members. Never wanted for a thing! The itinerary was fabulous. Every stop interesting and historical, and the tour guides local and insightful. The extension to Prague was wonderful. Accommodations and tours excellent. Beautiful city. Wish we'd had more time at the beginning in Budapest, also a beautiful and historic city. The evening cruise to see city lights and the city tour were fabulous. The cabin was very well designed with plenty of room for clothing. Even the small bathroom was efficient with enough space for all toiletries. The balcony was a nice touch though we didn't use it often. Very interesting passing through the locks along the way. The included tours were all interesting and thorough. But there were many optional tours that were difficult to chose from. All we chose were well worth the additional expense. The buses for tours were comfortable and easily accessible. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2017
We wanted a special adventure for our 50th Anniversary. We thoroughly enjoyed the fact that everything was provided, all the details were pre-arranged and we were able to relax and enjoy. The on-shore tours and local guides were ... Read More
We wanted a special adventure for our 50th Anniversary. We thoroughly enjoyed the fact that everything was provided, all the details were pre-arranged and we were able to relax and enjoy. The on-shore tours and local guides were excellent, on-board experience was wonderful, and the cities we visited were great. The pre-trip in Prague was a wonderful introduction for our trip. We enjoyed the walking opportunities in each location and participated in each of the provided on-shore tours. We also enjoyed several of the optional excursions as well as the opportunities to have some free time to explore on our own. The history, foods, culture, architecture and people were all very great experiences. The staff on-board went above and beyond to provide for us and were present when needed, but also unobtrusive and efficient. This has provided great value for the cost of our cruise. We highly recommend this cruise and would love to have another opportunity some day. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2017
We flew into Prague where we spent three lovely days exploring the city while staying at the Hotel Paris which was a delightful experience. From there we had a car take us to the Nuremberg port for embarkation on June 2nd. Embarkation ... Read More
We flew into Prague where we spent three lovely days exploring the city while staying at the Hotel Paris which was a delightful experience. From there we had a car take us to the Nuremberg port for embarkation on June 2nd. Embarkation went very easily and we went right to our stateroom. The cabin was tiny and I have included more details below. I was very surprised at the lack of choices available for dinner and lunch. I have sailed on the Seabourn triplets in the past which carried approximately the same number of passengers and on Seabourn there was always a variety of choices available. On the Tor, upstairs in Aquavit for lunch they usually had some kind of prepared hot sandwich like a tuna melt, a hot dish and some lettuce, not even a full salad. That's it. Upstairs for dinner you are given two choices and it is not possible get anything for the main kitchen. The quality of the food was often poor. In the main dining room the first night I was served a ribeye steak that was cold, gristly and tasted of rancid grease. I tried the steak again a few days later and this time it was warm but still pretty much inedible. Many people at our table complained about the food quality as well as slow service. One night the specialty cake was served frozen to our whole table. The German themed night was an exception and the veal, red cabbage and potato salad were all very good. Ironically when it was served at the buffet, the piece of meat was half the size of a deck of cards and they served out single tablespoons of the sides. DInnertime is at 7 only and there are no seats available if you are much later than that. There is no open seating if you wish to come at 730 or 8. There also is no maitre d or restaurant manager to escort to a table if you are a little late. People are forced to walk around the restaurant aimlessly until they spot an opening at a table. I have never seen this on another ship. Always the manager will escort to a table where there are seats available. Not on the Tor. We were very disappointed that many of the ports where we docked were not in the main part of town and we had to be bussed into town. Shuttle service was not always available. Some of the ports were located in an industrial area and we had some very unappealing sights out our windows. I will include a photo of the gigantic and very full dumpster next to the gangplank where we went on and off the ship for Passau. We did not have the experience of sailing into this small charming cities and being able to step off the ship and walk about town. We often docked quite a distance away looking at cranes and warehouses. This was NOT a Romantic Danube experience. The included shore excursions were not much. They took you on a bus into town and then you walked around for a bit with a guide. We were so tired of busses by the end that we just did our own thing. Budapest was a nice port for walking. I knew river cruising is very different from ocean cruising but I can't believe people accept and like the experience we had. I will never sail on a Viking ship again and I will do a lot of research before committing to any other river cruise on another company. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
We chose this cruise, having been on Viking previously, to see places we had not been before. There seemed so much breadth in history and culture to see, and we were so very right. Simply riding the Danube on one of the wonderful Viking ... Read More
We chose this cruise, having been on Viking previously, to see places we had not been before. There seemed so much breadth in history and culture to see, and we were so very right. Simply riding the Danube on one of the wonderful Viking longships is worth it all by itself. But the opportunities to experience the areas through which we were passing has made lifetime memories, wonderful ones. Viking is absolutely wonderful at seamless movement from cruising to touring and back to cruising. We were able to see and do things with Viking that we would never have managed by ourselves, such as the 'just for Viking' concert of the largest pipe organ in the world at Passau. But were also free to 'do our own thing when we wanted, such as in Vienna, where we had been more than once. We did our own tour of favorite places, such as the Cafe Schwartzenberg, our favorite coffee house in Vienna. However, the joys of simply causing the river and watching new worlds go by tops my list. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2017
8 days was the first consideration with the second being the area covered and town visited. EVERYTHING about the cruise was outstanding from the guy rowing the garbage to the bins, the service, entertainment and overall friendly and ... Read More
8 days was the first consideration with the second being the area covered and town visited. EVERYTHING about the cruise was outstanding from the guy rowing the garbage to the bins, the service, entertainment and overall friendly and relaxing atmosphere. HOWEVER, the costly tour to Salzburg was a rip off. It took hours there and hours back. There was 1 restroom stop for multiple buses ... of several lines...and ONE bathroom! Additionally, we were dropped off on one side of town...which seemed to be normal...but returned to the same location...which was not normal. Thus travelling the same route twice! The lunch was nice but way too long and did not leave enough time to explore Salzburg or see the castle on the mountain. This was very disappointing. The food service was amazing and it was even more amazing when we toured the kitchen and realized what was produced in such a small space. We have recommended Viking to numerous friends and have some sailing now and others in 2018. We have warned them about optional tours and to check out just how much travel time to arrive and return is required. We took the post tour to Prague. Prague is beautiful and we will go back. However, the hotel Viking people were of little or no help. Our introduction to Prague was 20 minutes in the hot sun with a walk across the street, through a small shopping center and a point at the transportation stop. When we asked them questions we were told your ship should have covered that with you. We asked for a non-smoking room and were given a smoking room. When we complained we were told it WAS a non- smoking room...at which time...we handed them the ashtrays we found in the room. They put a can of air freshener in the room and did not offer to move us. We were very disappointed, but having faith in Viking, we are doing a pre-trip in November in Amsterdam before embarking on our Amsterdam to Basel cruise. The first cruise we were 4 in our party, there are now 6 in our party. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2017
This was the first cruise for my husband and my first on a river cruise. He was most pleasantly surprised on how much room there was on the boat and in the cabin. Additionally, he was worried that he could not keep up with the pace of ... Read More
This was the first cruise for my husband and my first on a river cruise. He was most pleasantly surprised on how much room there was on the boat and in the cabin. Additionally, he was worried that he could not keep up with the pace of activities or enjoy the volume of food offered in the dining spaces. Rather both were not issues. In fact, he added two optional programs at the desk and enjoyed all of them. The guides were informative, the pace was great and there was always time to visit on your own in the different cities. They were also helpful if someone forgot their headphones or needed directions to a particular store or site to visit. (Actually a time for Schnecken and Caffe, per Viennese custom.) We both enjoyed the food and programs on the boat as well, with the Program Director giving information about each stop and suggestions for places to visit when in the cities. I have cruised before, but this was one of the best as far as friendliness from the staff and the other passengers. Not being assigned to a particular table allowed for more integration with passengers, whether at meals or on the buses. Overall, we have spoken very highly of our cruise experience with Viking and look forward to traveling with you again. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
We were able to fly ahead to Munich before transferring to Frankfurt to meet the ship. That was a nice side trip. When we were met at the airport, the airport was under construction. The staff that met us could have grabbed a cart to ... Read More
We were able to fly ahead to Munich before transferring to Frankfurt to meet the ship. That was a nice side trip. When we were met at the airport, the airport was under construction. The staff that met us could have grabbed a cart to assist with the luggage as we had to walk quite a distance to the bus. It was quite a walk with all your luggage and we had older folks with us. We were celebrating our 25 year anniversary with the Heart of Germany tour and to see the Christmas Markets. We expected a scenic river cruise and port in the towns we were visiting at least once, which did not happen. The ship was lovely, clean and well appointed. Our cabin was a nice size and our stewardess was bend over backwards accommodating. The advertised L'Occitane products in the bathroom were absent, good thing I travel with extra toiletries. The advertised local specialties in the dining room were also absent. The dining was less than desirable. The chef could have excelled with only 200 on board. I have had better food on a mega cruise ship in the Caribbean. We did have one "German night" on this German cruise. That food was good, but the rest of the meals were definitely lacking. The service in the dining room, with the exception of one waiter was poor. They gave you what they thought you should have, not what you actually wanted (yes, there is a difference between milk and cream). Our first day out was a two hour bus ride to the town we were visiting, and a two hour bus ride to catch up with the ship that was going thru locks to meet us. One evening the ship was "late" and we sat literally in the dark at the side of the road for 40 minutes until we could embark. Too much time spent on giant tour buses, and if you didn't like the one and only tour offered that day, you apparently stayed on the ship and went thru locks all day. A bright spot was the cruise director. He put his heart in his work and it showed. Not what you have in mind when you book this trip. Very disappointing for the costs and brochure expectations. We did at least get to visit the Christmas Markets. Not sure this was worth the time and money. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
Our first river cruise. It was very good! Now. It was the Viking TOR - a small ship - not what ocean cruisers are used to. Everything is smaller and limited. The staterooms are smaller, the public spaces are smaller, and the dining ... Read More
Our first river cruise. It was very good! Now. It was the Viking TOR - a small ship - not what ocean cruisers are used to. Everything is smaller and limited. The staterooms are smaller, the public spaces are smaller, and the dining room is smaller. Gotta deal with that if you were just last on the Oasis. River cruising is smaller and more intimate. 190 folks on our cruise. The ship and the staff were excellent. Could not have asked for more. I could have asked more from fellow sailors who were somewhat rude. I am always amused and set aghast by folks who rush in at the buffet and cut in as if there will be no food left. We are all here in this (and there's lot's of food). 5 minutes or so is of no import. CHILL. How fat can you get? We enjoyed our river cruise. The only downside was dinner seating. Open seating is really not that. It's a mad scramble to get to a table and fight off folks you don't want sitting with you so you can sit and dine with folks you know and love. We were a bit late one night and could not sit with our friends, Viking could easily fix this by allowing folks to reserve tables at booking and leave the rest open. No brainier. The crew and wait staff were outstanding. The lounge was large enough to accommodate everyone and there were evening activities after dinner as well as a short briefing on the next days activities given by the cruise director who was very helpful. The excursions were quite enjoyable and included at no extra charge in the base fare with well informed local tour guides in each port with audio receivers for each guest that you brought from your room and they worked nicely. There was only one optional excursion for a fee in Nuremberg to the war crime trial museum and courtroom. Each excursion was about 3-4 hrs. with free time after. Of course the highlight of the cruise was being able to visit the Christmas Market in each port. Each was enjoyable and a bit different. That was wonderful since that was the purpose of this cruise at Christmas time!! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
Wanted to see more than 1 city in Europe and this way of travel made sense. Everything we experienced was above our expectations. This was our first and won't be our last. the service and food was amazing. The shore excursions were ... Read More
Wanted to see more than 1 city in Europe and this way of travel made sense. Everything we experienced was above our expectations. This was our first and won't be our last. the service and food was amazing. The shore excursions were well planned with guides that were easy to understand and able to answer all our questions. All entertainment on the ship and on land were fantastic. The food every night was worth looking forward to. everything was well thought out and prepared perfectly. The breakfast each morning was worth starting our day with. It was freshly purchased and prepared to our order or we could go up to the buffet. The service aboard the ship was excellent and way above our expectations. We never had a want for anything and the staff in the lounge went over and above our needs. There never was a need to ask twice for anything. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2016
Previous cruise was the Rhine. The Viking experience on that cruise led us to book the Danube. Once again, Viking provided exceptional food and cultural and historical perspectives and experiences. On board service was, as usual, ... Read More
Previous cruise was the Rhine. The Viking experience on that cruise led us to book the Danube. Once again, Viking provided exceptional food and cultural and historical perspectives and experiences. On board service was, as usual, without peer. A short time with Viking and the passengers and crew become a family. The shore guides were extremely knowledgeable and accomodating. Their walking lectures gave thorough insight into the unique people, their historical culture and the evolution to today's modern social and political environment. Additional tours were of high value. Onboard lectures were extremely interesting and enhanced one's knowledge of each area, its cultures, and its history. The late fall cruise provided moderate temperatures, only one morning of light rain, and spectacular foliage. Viking provided a good mix of escorted tour time, on shore leisure time, optional shore tours, coupled with daylight cruise times during the most interesting portions of the river. We will be on Viking again in November 2017. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2016
Based on reviews and reputation, as well as the incentive low cost flights, we chose chose Viking. We were not disappointed in any aspect of the entire cruise. Excellent guides, optional tours, service, and crew members. Kudos to the ... Read More
Based on reviews and reputation, as well as the incentive low cost flights, we chose chose Viking. We were not disappointed in any aspect of the entire cruise. Excellent guides, optional tours, service, and crew members. Kudos to the chef and staff who prepared a beautiful selection of gourmet meals which depicted the local cuisine. In addition, we were served beers and wines from each country we visited. We also chose to take the option of spending three additional days in Prague before the cruise. The ground Viking staff were so informative and accommodating...an aded plus for the company. They met us at the airport, transferred to our five star hotel, and had our room ready. The young people represented Viking with professional acumen, always available for us. We definitely will not hesitate to take another Viking tour. Our only query is which one of the fantastic adventures should we take next! Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This cruise went from Nuremburg through Austria to Budapest in Hungary. The ship itself was clean and well appointed as was our room with a balcony. The crew was helpful and very nice. Food was good. The lounge was nice but could ... Read More
This cruise went from Nuremburg through Austria to Budapest in Hungary. The ship itself was clean and well appointed as was our room with a balcony. The crew was helpful and very nice. Food was good. The lounge was nice but could probably have used at least one more waiter. For three days our boat was off schedule so that it could go into dry dock for repair. We were completely off the boat for the day that it was in dry dock. We spent hours being bused to places that the ship should have docked in. Communication for these changes were not well done. The first two nights, we were docked looking at sand and gravel pits. Two nights and one day we were docked right next to other Viking ships so that we could all go through to shore through each boat. This meant that, if we would have wanted to sit on our balcony or open our curtain, we would have been directly looking into the stateroom of another ship. Balcony was truly a waste of money. This same scenario happened last year on Viking to an acquaintance of mine. This tells me that it isn't all that unusual. We were not offered anything for trouble. The only exception to that was the day of the boat being in dry dock, we were told that we could catch the bus and go back to the ship. After 1 ½ hours on the bus, we waited (no bathroom) 45 minutes for the ship to come. After this, the Captain offered us one free drink in the bar! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2016
Wife chose the cruise from her travel "bucket list", we went as part of a group of active senior citizens. Viking Tor was an immaculate vessel staffed with an excellent Captain, crew, and attendants. Food rivaled the best ... Read More
Wife chose the cruise from her travel "bucket list", we went as part of a group of active senior citizens. Viking Tor was an immaculate vessel staffed with an excellent Captain, crew, and attendants. Food rivaled the best restaurants - not a complaint from any of our 30-person party - staterooms were immaculately kept and very comfortable. We had a balcony cabin on the lower level and enjoyed the view from our location. The crew and staff were a cosmopolitan group with intimate knowledge of the ports and excursions we visited - many of them were native to the countries/cities. We have no doubt that we'd travel Viking again. I studied marine engineering at the United States Merchant Marine Academy and spent several months on each of four "Big Name" ships as part of the officer group. If There was anything out of order on this cruise (Even though it was a bit fragmented by the need to go to drydock for an unforseen repair), I'd know it. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2016
We selected this cruise to celebrate many milestones in our life. After reviewing many choices, our local travel agent was very helpful in assisting us to pick the option that "crusied" from Berlin to Budapest. We opted for a 3 ... Read More
We selected this cruise to celebrate many milestones in our life. After reviewing many choices, our local travel agent was very helpful in assisting us to pick the option that "crusied" from Berlin to Budapest. We opted for a 3 day pre-excursion to Prague and a two day post-excursion in Budapest. The accommodations were superior. In Prague we arranged for independent tours the first two days as the communication about the Viking tours was not stellar. However on the third day we were able to join an event that was planned for a group just finishing their cruise. The Viking staff in Prague was amazing and the hotel was superior. We then traveled by train to Berlin, with a Viking representative traveling with us. The cruise we purchased originated in Berlin (2 days) and then traveled to Dresden (2 days), not on the Danube, but was just an amazing experience. For this part of the cruise we traveled with a Viking representative (Alec-wonderful, knowledgeable young man) and chauffeur, George. There were only 3 other couples who had purchased this leg of the cruise, so eight of us (plus Alec and George!) were treated in grand fashion. Tours of this very interesting part of Germany, meals together with new found friends and bike riding along the Elbe are some of the most memorable moments of this vacation. Basic tours of the cities were included as well as breakfast in the luxury hotels. Other meals and extra tours were on your own. We embarked on the vessel in Nuremburg on day 8 of our vacation to travel the Danube. The cabin was lovely. We purchased one with a veranda, which I enjoyed, but probably not necessary as the vessel is not huge and the sun deck was always accessible and most days were spent off ship. Sailing down the Danube lived up to my high expectations. Basic tours of all ports with local, knowledgeable and friendly guides were included in the cruise and most days additional excursions could be purchased. As we were interested in "seeing it all" we usually participated in these extra excursions. Some were worth it, some maybe not. We docked in Budapest the day before their national holiday of St. Stephen's Day. I was very happy that we elected to do a post-excursion. The city was alive with activity! We participated in the Folklore Festival, the likes of which I have never seen--food and craft vendors lined the streets all the way up to the castle with entertainment along the way. The evening, our last on vacation, ended with the most amazing fireworks display along the river which we were able to enjoy from the hotel terrace. The service on the ship was fantastic, friendly and entertaining. By walking and exploring the ports, first with a guide and then on your own, we feel we made the most of this experience. Every day we were up and out early with our sturdy walking shoes on and camera in hand, returning to the ship for dinner and conversation with new found friends. Of course there were places we wish we could have stayed to explore longer and some that required a bus ride to get to, but all in all in was an amazing adventure. Another Viking cruise to a new location is somewhere in our future. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2016
We arrived in Berlin two days early and were able to get rooms at the Hilton Berlin where the Viking Tour started. I think it is the best hotel in Berlin given its location and how nice it is. I was not excited about taking city tours, ... Read More
We arrived in Berlin two days early and were able to get rooms at the Hilton Berlin where the Viking Tour started. I think it is the best hotel in Berlin given its location and how nice it is. I was not excited about taking city tours, but Viking proved my hesitation wrong. I went with my parents and 22 year old daughter and we had a blast on every tour! I was very happy with the selection of cities we visited and the only thing I would change would be to spend more time in Budapest. There is so much to see and we really only got one day to fit it all in. Next time! The boat was great. It was clean, easy to navigate and well dressed. The crew was fantastic at every level. The bartenders, waiters, concierge, literally every crew member was friendly, eager to help and just plain fun to hang out with. If I could have that exact same crew the next time I go I would! The food was excellent. Sooooooo good! Every meal was delicious and the use of local cuisine made each meal unique. The choices at the bar were great, no cheap drinks! The silver plan is a must! Overall, the experience was far beyond what I thought it would be. I have recommended Viking to many friends already and will be a customer again. Thanks for making this trip everything it could be! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We chose this cruise because we did the viking Rhine cruise last July and loved it, we had a great time this cruise, wish we had more free time at each stop but we did have some, the optional tours were great except the one to a museum, ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we did the viking Rhine cruise last July and loved it, we had a great time this cruise, wish we had more free time at each stop but we did have some, the optional tours were great except the one to a museum, guide was not engaged and we were promised 2 demos we never got, we bought the pictures at the end of cruise but many duplicates were on it, food and room was great, wonderful service, they have fun entertainment to keep you busy, we are planning to go on viking ocean cruise in Jan, these boats only have 930 guests, their river boats have around 200, I like the fact that you can dress casual or formal your choice, no seating requirements, you can go where you want and be comfortable. When you came in from tours staff was there to meet you with a small fruit drink, cool towel or cookie. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2016
My mother who is 86 years old, has been wanting to go on a Viking River cruise for years. I received an email from Viking about two discounted cruises, one of which was on the Danube. My mother has always wanted to see Budapest and ... Read More
My mother who is 86 years old, has been wanting to go on a Viking River cruise for years. I received an email from Viking about two discounted cruises, one of which was on the Danube. My mother has always wanted to see Budapest and Vienna. When I told her about the Viking Cruise, the great price, and that I would go with her on the cruise, she was elated. We chose to take the extended stay in Budapest prior to the cruising date. We both agreed that this was the best thing that we have ever done together. Budapest was more than we ever expected. Viking arranged our stay at the Budapest Marriott, which is located directly on the Danube. We had an unbelievable view of the Danube and the Palace across the river, that was lighted every night. Viking offered us optional guided tours of Budapest each day that we did purchase at a minimal cost. The Marriott Hotel was excellently appointed the staff was pleasant and helpful. A complete buffet breakfast was included for each day that we stayed. This cruise was a dream come true for my mother, we loved every experience; from the extended stay in Budapest to the exciting tours in Vienna. On board, we enjoyed the Viking room accommodations; the excellent meals; the wine and music provided every evening; the friendly Viking staff; and last but not least the wonderful friends that we made on the cruise. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
This was our very first cruise, and I had always wanted to visit Budapest, the birthplace of both sets of my grandparents. Everything about the cruise was wonderful- delicious food, informative tours, excellent staff, comfortable ... Read More
This was our very first cruise, and I had always wanted to visit Budapest, the birthplace of both sets of my grandparents. Everything about the cruise was wonderful- delicious food, informative tours, excellent staff, comfortable amenities, easy connections and transfers, and enjoyable entertainment! We arrived early in Budapest to extend our stay in the city before checking in to the ship, all part of our Viking experience. We stayed at the Budapest Marriott which was also excellent in every way- very convenient for walking and exploring the city, delicious breakfasts, and very comfortable accommodations. By the second day on the boat, we agreed we will be doing this type of cruise again. Since our return we booked another Viking river cruise for later next year! The experience was perfect for us- small number of passengers, personalized service, culturally oriented, and flexibility to go off and do what we like to do like exploring by bicycle, hiking, etc. We are very active 60+ year olds and we were as busy as we wanted to be. The Viking River Cruises would suit all ages. We are very excited for our next cruise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2016
The trip itinerary, size of the ship and the recommendation of friends led us to take this trip. This was a celebration of both my wife and my retirements. We were treated like royalty. The crew was fantastic, friendly and ... Read More
The trip itinerary, size of the ship and the recommendation of friends led us to take this trip. This was a celebration of both my wife and my retirements. We were treated like royalty. The crew was fantastic, friendly and professional. The food was the best we have eaten, from the breakfast to the evening meal. We were also very impressed the each tour guide on our daily excursions. The size of the ship also was a plus, not too many people. This was our best vacation ever. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Booked this cruise with my daughter as a college graduation present and it was a gift to us both. This was our first cruise and, although I don't have another experience to compare it to, it was a wonderful experience. This cruise ... Read More
Booked this cruise with my daughter as a college graduation present and it was a gift to us both. This was our first cruise and, although I don't have another experience to compare it to, it was a wonderful experience. This cruise line really knows what it's doing from start to finish. We booked air through Viking which was a great price and they timed everything up better than I ever could on my own. We had a pretty good idea of the places we wanted to see but tossed around the cruise line to pick going through about 3 brochures. Viking just stood out and it did not disappoint! The staff, ship and food were better than anticipated. Shore excursions were great and well organized. We WILL be doing this again and the only decision to make will be the destination. Can't wait to cruise with Viking again soon! Read Less
Viking Tor Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 1.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 N/A

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