146 Viking River Viking Tor Cruise Reviews

We are seasoned ocean cruisers who mainly travel in Europe but this was our first river cruise. All those years of watching Masterpiece Theatre and we finally succumbed to the lure of Viking's enticing advertisements! Well. Let me ... Read More
We are seasoned ocean cruisers who mainly travel in Europe but this was our first river cruise. All those years of watching Masterpiece Theatre and we finally succumbed to the lure of Viking's enticing advertisements! Well. Let me say this. They delivered. We had a wonderful time; in fact we're already booked for another Viking cruise in August. We got a deal on a Christmas Market sailing that included airfare. We hadn't a clue if we'd even like river cruising so we took the least expensive cabin, the ones known as "aquarium" cabins as they're only just above the water line. It worked out just fine. Prior to this we'd never done an inside cabin except once and that was a virtual balcony on the Quantum of the Seas. Given how small Viking longships are, it was only a minute to take the stairs and be outside in fresh air. We didn't miss the balcony one bit--and this is from someone who spends huge amounts of time on balconies on ocean cruises! Go figure. Our cabin was well designed and we had ample space for all our clothing. The bathroom is very small but efficient and well lit (as is the rest of the cabin, which we appreciated when reading in bed). One of the nicest things was that the small fridge was exactly that. A fridge, not a cooler. We bought beer and wine at several towns and were very pleased at how cold our beverages were. The food was marvelous. And so pretty on the plate. We thought it was easily on par with what you get in the specialty restaurants on ocean cruises. The service is very attentive and the wine/beer flowed freely. Top marks to Viking in this department, especially for the German dinner they put on for us. Authentic German food and entertainment in the dining room and all the servers even dressed in period costume. It was great fun! Entertainment? We knew coming in that there wasn't much of it. A piano player is what you get most nights. However, there were other nights when local entertainers came on board. We were treated to an operatic performance and two different choirs, all of which were excellent and much appreciated. I wondered beforehand if we might be a little bored on board as we really like all the entertainment options of ocean cruises. However, we found our fellow guests very sociable and it was no time at all before we'd made friends to socialize with up in the lounge and the time always flew by. I'd even go so far as to say it a great change of pace not to have entertainment options by the score! We were very lucky in that by the time we got on the Tor, water levels in the Danube had risen and we had a flawless sailing. The weather was fairly mild for the end of November though overcast and rainy. No problem though as Viking provides big red umbrellas and all our tours went on without a hitch. I must say that the complimentary tours were excellent. Every single one of them. Whoever hires guides for Viking passengers should be given a big pat on the back because they've done their homework. All our guides were well-versed in their subject matter and even better, enthusiastic and committed to showing their towns/cities to the best advantage. We thoroughly enjoyed our outings. Random notes about our cruise: we were in the "aquarium" cabins and yes, you will hear water and changes in engine noise when slowing down or speeding up (as when entering locks). If you're a light sleeper, either bring earplugs or upgrade to a higher cabin. We weren't the least bit bothered by the sounds after the first night. We got used to it pretty quickly but other people might not. Another thing is that food isn't available 24/7 as it is on ocean cruises. Meals are served at set times and that's it aside from muffins and cookies that were always available by the coffee/tea machine. No pizza when the mood strikes you! We actually liked this set up though because honestly, we didn't need to be snacking. Not when there's so much food available at breakfast, lunch and dinner. We returned from our Viking cruise very relaxed and happy. The Tor has a great crew. They really care about their guests and it shows. We are looking forward to our next cruise in the summer! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
This cruise was very well enjoyed by everyone in our party. We had three balcony rooms in our group. We booked late and there were no lower categories available. The accommodations were very nice and the crew/staff were excellent. ... Read More
This cruise was very well enjoyed by everyone in our party. We had three balcony rooms in our group. We booked late and there were no lower categories available. The accommodations were very nice and the crew/staff were excellent. Granted, we did have some problems, none of which were the fault of Viking. However, they handled them all very well. The first problem was a strike by Lufthansa four days before our flight. I was glad I booked the trip with inclusive air as it would have been MY nightmare trying to reschedule flights instead of theirs. They booked us on another airline and it was fine. The water level in the Danube was too low for the ship to make it to Budapest so we were put on it's sister ship on the second night. The first night they put us up in a very nice hotel. Again, everything was handled very professionally and smoothly by Viking. Yes, we had to take a coach to the ship and again at another point but the coaches they use are first class. The person who claimed there wasn't enough to eat or that there was no entertainment obviously isn't sophisticated enough for this type of cruise. Having done the big ships to the Caribbean, it was refreshing to travel on this small boat with a lot less people. The food was wonderful as was the service. If you were hungry on this trip, you must have a tapeworm. I had asked for more pillows on the first night aboard and when we switched ships midweek, my extra pillows were already in the room and didn't have start over with the new crew. I know that time of year is iffy for the weather but we had great weather. Each day they take you on a tour in the morning and then you can sign up for an optional tour in the afternoon. We are in our late 40's and lead pretty active lives and felt like we did plenty each day. We had folks in their mid 70's to 80 in our party and they did pretty well keeping up. They have separate tours that cater to those who are slower moving if you feel you can't keep up or you can just sit on the ship and look at the scenery. Plenty of places for a good view. They have local tour guides at each stop and some are better than others but overall they were all good and it gives you a good overview of each place the ship stops. I'm usually too cheap to do the all inclusive but in this instance, I'm glad I did. They pick you up from the airport and take care of you until they help you check in for your return flight home. No thinking necessary, just sit back and enjoy! Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We spent much of our "cruise" riding around in buses. If I had wanted to take a bus tour it would have been less expensive. We spent a day and a half traveling by bus consequently we had much less time to,spend at our ... Read More
We spent much of our "cruise" riding around in buses. If I had wanted to take a bus tour it would have been less expensive. We spent a day and a half traveling by bus consequently we had much less time to,spend at our destinations. We were lied to by Viking. We had heard there were problems with the water level in the Danube prior to,our departure. We subsequently called Viking and were told everything was fine for the cruise. We traveled the same route by bus 3 times. The only concession they made for our inconvenience was one night of free drinks on the ship. We paid extra for a room with a view, What a huge waste of money. When we were docked it was usually in between 2 other Viking ships so our view was into another room on a different ship. When traveling by bus we were with 5 other buses so each time we stopped for a break there were all the other passengers as well as buses from other cruises. It was a nightmare, lines for the rest rooms and for snacks. Don't be fooled by their advertising that this is a luxury cruise. It is definitely NOT. If you are considering taking a cruise do your research. There are many other options besides Viking. Read Less
Sail Date November 2015
We had such a remarkable experience on our first Viking tour on the Seine, Paris to Normandy. We were delighted to have the opportunity to tour an area of Europe that was new to us. Arriving in Budapest we were met at the airport and ... Read More
We had such a remarkable experience on our first Viking tour on the Seine, Paris to Normandy. We were delighted to have the opportunity to tour an area of Europe that was new to us. Arriving in Budapest we were met at the airport and transported with ease to the boat. Like so many others in 2015, we had to disembark and board another boat due to the low water level of the Danube. So we experienced two boats, the Var and the Tor. The crew made this transition seamless, our only chore was a few moments of packing and unpacking. Viking more than made up for the unavoidable inconvenience by providing extra perks. Both boats were clean and comfortable, the staff exceptional. The food was nicely presented and reflected the local cuisine. The local tour guides were knowledgeable and entertaining. The Viking crew were equally helpful. The daily briefings and programs were educational and entertaining. Disembarkation was easy though there was some confusion at the Nuremberg airport when so many of us arrived at such a small facility before the airport was fully staffed. In hindsight I would have liked a bit more time in Budapest and Vienna, the tours were whirlwind. It would have also been nice if we could have simply walked from the boat directly into the cities and towns more often than not. Viking has no control over this as it is the nature of the docking locations. As a result there seemed to be more bus time than the Seine trip. Overall, it was a wonderful trip and we have recommended it to several friends. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We got to see lots of sights and had them explained by the guides. We were never left "in the lurch"; we were always taken care of. One of our party in a tour disappeared and the guide searched frantically until she found him- ... Read More
We got to see lots of sights and had them explained by the guides. We were never left "in the lurch"; we were always taken care of. One of our party in a tour disappeared and the guide searched frantically until she found him- already on the bus! Even when the ship was delayed in arriving at port while we were off touring, staff was able to make arrangements to keep the group happy with the delay by finding a place for us to wait and have a snack. The food was excellent on board ship and the staff was very attentive. The directions were through and easy to follow. We always had and idea of what came next. We did some pre- and post tours at Budapest and Nurenburg. These tours were also well done. The viking staff at the hotels was very good with their advice and we found lots of nice spots and resterants in both places. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our first cruise and also our 40th wedding anniversary. The Viking personnel were amazing, and the service exceptional. Most of the land tours were excellent- with great guides. Food and service were fantastic. The ... Read More
This was our first cruise and also our 40th wedding anniversary. The Viking personnel were amazing, and the service exceptional. Most of the land tours were excellent- with great guides. Food and service were fantastic. The weather was overcast and rainy for the entire week, but the crew made the trip very special despite the weather. The rooftop seating was closed for at least half the trip- so exercise in the form of walking was limited. These are not huge ships, although they are very comfortable. The passenger totals are very reasonable - making it possible to recognize almost everyone on board, as well as almost all of the crew. Our cabin was extremely comfortable and was cleaned everytime we left the cabin. the thoughtfulness of the crew was exemplary. I travel with lot is books, and found several Viking bookmarks kindly placed by my reading stand. Meals were served promptly and beautifully- with wine, etc available constantly. The shipboard lectures were very informative and entertaining, too. The attitude of the crew was wonderful. They seemed to enjoy their jobs and the opportunities they had. This was a once in a lifetime trip for us and we appreciated the attentive staff. The Danube River levels were low at the time of our trip, but fortunately we just got by in terms of passage. Only once did the ship move ahead, and we caught up by tour bus, when the levels were low. Our veranda suite was spacious ,comfortable and clean. Everything was in perfect working order. I enjoyed the sitting area and was thankful that we had it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We got to Budapest too late to do much of anything. The Danube River ( which Viking never tells you even when asked) was low which we now know is common. We were forced to change boats from the Tor to the Var and couldn't use top ... Read More
We got to Budapest too late to do much of anything. The Danube River ( which Viking never tells you even when asked) was low which we now know is common. We were forced to change boats from the Tor to the Var and couldn't use top deck most days. It was the best place to enjoy the scenery and relax and get some fresh air so very missed. Because of the low water this turned into packing, a long bus trip, and unpacking. The second boat,Var, was not as clean and the crew seemed tired...never really felt the service was the same. Lots of little requests were ignored...shampoo, coffee, wine and you felt like they were always ready for the clients to leave so they could get on with whatever they wanted to be doing. Others have said theirs turned into a bus trip so maybe we were better off with only being bused to the new ship and missinga part of the day. The tours were crowded but OK...never enough time to actually spend time really seeing the places. The organ concert was dry though the church was lovely...would have enjoyed seeing more of it and less of the funerial music. This was an anniversary trip and I have to say we were disappointed. Not ever going there again. Planning to go to Normandy and really hoping we get plenty of time at the beaches and a great guide. We are looking into other companies as Viking seems to be cutting corners and charging more...even some fees for side trips. This is not part of their advertising. Things that were included now have to be asked for in order to get. I was stung by something on the transfer bus and when I got to the ship I couldn't even get a tape for it. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
KLM was singularly unhelpful at every turn: wrong gates posted, cancelled flights, delayed flights, misconnections. We missed Budapest altogether. No advance warning by Viking of the possibility of a ship swap (which had happened several ... Read More
KLM was singularly unhelpful at every turn: wrong gates posted, cancelled flights, delayed flights, misconnections. We missed Budapest altogether. No advance warning by Viking of the possibility of a ship swap (which had happened several times before in the season). However, the staff on TOR were all outstanding. Dining room man knew everyone's name by the end of the first day. They couldn't do enough for us. The food was excellent, every meal. The guides for the local tours were exceptional, each and every one, especially in Passau. The VAR wasn't quite as good, but still fine. We have heard back already from Viking about the mishaps along the way and we will probably accept their offer of another cruise with a discount. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
We throughly enjoyed our cruise. The adventure of each unique city was filled with history and the tour guides were very knowledgeable. The ship was clean and we were more than comfortable in our cabin. The food was very good and ... Read More
We throughly enjoyed our cruise. The adventure of each unique city was filled with history and the tour guides were very knowledgeable. The ship was clean and we were more than comfortable in our cabin. The food was very good and prepared to our liking. The staff and crew members were very friendly and helpful. Even though we had to change ships because of water level on the Danube, it was no problem and the staff made it as easy as possible. Looking forward to another river cruise in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
My wife and I, along with friends, took a Viking Cruise on the Danube departing September 25th, 2015 from Nuremburg, Germany. It was planned to arrive in Budapest on October 1st. It did not. Our Viking Cruise was a total ... Read More
My wife and I, along with friends, took a Viking Cruise on the Danube departing September 25th, 2015 from Nuremburg, Germany. It was planned to arrive in Budapest on October 1st. It did not. Our Viking Cruise was a total disappointment, with a significant under delivery in overall customer experience due to: 1) the excessive use of bus transportation with “claimed” low waters in the Danube, 2) Viking’s lack of communication on this issue prior to our trip commencement and during its duration 3) a requirement to change ships (Viking Var/Tor) for the second half of the cruise, and 4) no completion of the trip in Budapest where we were promised an evening cruise to view this magnificent city by night. Viking well in advance of our departure knew of the low water levels. No option of canceling our trip was given. Here are the details. 1. We did not have a full and fulfilling River cruise, using bus transportation for the bulk of the trip to access towns and cities, including Passau, Melk and Budapest. Our cruise became the most expensive BUS trip we have ever experienced. The extent of our bus transportation reduced our time to experience these major cites to well below the quality that Viking committed to. One bus trip exceeded 4 hours. We even missed the first evening in Vienna and much more that was promised. 2. The extent of our river cruising on the Danube was approximately 90 minutes completing the Wachau Valley, disappointingly at the end of the day, in dark lighting. This was hardly the time to see this wonderful scenery, take great photos, and see the promised beauty of the rest of this leg of the river. This part of the cruise was promised to start at lunchtime. It did not. 3. Our trip was not completed. We did not finish our voyage with a promised evening River Cruise on the Danube in Budapest. Luckily, we had extended our trip, and purchased an evening cruise in Budapest with a local operator and experienced this magnificent city from the river, but incurred the additional cost. Viking could have figured out a way to deliver this end piece of the journey. We, as has many of our cruise colleagues have, informed Viking of our negative experiences with their Danube Viking Cruise, asking for refunds and credits. We have communicated via email to VP Customer Relations, Jason Pashko, Head of North America, and Torstein Hagen, CEO of Viking. We have heard no replies after requesting for personal phone calls to better describe our experience. We have been left with Customer Relations Case Managers who have offered us a 25% credit on a future trip. Consistent with Viking’s “divide and conquer” approach to customer complaints, they refuse requests for taking the issue to senior management, and have offered credits ranging from 20% to 35% on a future Viking Cruise for our cruise colleagues. This is ridiculous. Why would an organization the size of Viking offer differing compensation levels across customers on the same cruise, all experiencing the same shortfall in experience? How DISAPPOINTING!!!!!!!!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I have traveled on several river cruises. The other three were pleasant. This one on the Danube was miserable. The staff were evasive and untruthful. The concierge was not to be found at all during the day, we found out that she was ... Read More
I have traveled on several river cruises. The other three were pleasant. This one on the Danube was miserable. The staff were evasive and untruthful. The concierge was not to be found at all during the day, we found out that she was conducting tours on land. Because of low water levels we had very little cruising. We had to change ships. Many days we were transported by bus. At one point six buses pulled up to one restroom facility where we had to pay to use the toilet. Unexcusable! When we were bused, our meals had two choices: meat or vegetarian. When I requested iced tea I was told I would have to pay extra. Is this Viking? I could have booked a bus tour for a third of the price. Laundry was paid for washing and pressing. Clothes came back damp and unironed. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We are 6 people who have travelled together for many years and having done several ocean cruises, we decided to try out the Romantic Danube with Viking River Cruise especially after having seen several of their commercials on TV (which are ... Read More
We are 6 people who have travelled together for many years and having done several ocean cruises, we decided to try out the Romantic Danube with Viking River Cruise especially after having seen several of their commercials on TV (which are not very accurate). Everything was booked through a travel agent, who during the process of the reservation told us if we wanted to all be on the same flights, Viking was giving us a surcharge of $100.00 for one of the couples, which we did not appreciate. Three weeks before our departure, and at this point the trip is completely paid up, one of our travelling companions died. She was travelling with her sister in law who decided to come on the trip just the same. So, as already mentioned, the cost of their room was fully paid for 2, however Viking advised her that if she was travelling on her own, she had a surcharge of $3,369.00 because that was the cost for a single person. I told them that they were a heartless money gouging company and that they should have compassionnate rules and regulations. The profit they made on this room is ridiculous. On ocean cruises you spend several hours in buses to get to your excursions, and as Viking's commercials say: "Take less time getting there and more time being there" - this is not the case. A few days before our departure, we got an email informing us that we would not be travelling on Viking Var, but rather on Viking Tor because of low water levels, which I can understand is completely out of Viking's control. However, there was never any mention we would have to change ships half way through the trip. We boarded Viking Tor in Budapest, unpacked our bags and went to our first information meeting and that is when we got our surprise. We were informed that half way through our trip we would have to change ships. This meant repacking our bags, taking 2 long bus rides, and unpacking again. The compensation they gave us was one free drink after dinner, which meant most passengers did not benefit from this as after these long bus rides, everyone was too tired to go for a drink. Most of the tours are done in buses and the crowds at each of the excursions are just as bad as on an ocean cruise. So you spend a lot of time waiting for people who need to go to the washroom...Some of the guides are interesting and some are not. We truly expected to see much more than we did with fewer people as they show you in their commercials. I have to admit, the staff on both Var and Tor were amazing, which made up for some of our disappointments. Viking knew very well that there were water level problems, but they chose not to mention this to us and did not really compensate for this very big inconvenience. So for us it was a first and last time experience with Viking which we found to be over priced as it did not meet our expectations. And for everything mentioned above, we will not be recommending Viking to any of our friends and family. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I am not very good at this type of thing. The ship was very good. Accommodations were very nice and comfortable. The people servicing the rooms were very friendly and polite. The food was excellent and very nicely prepared. Service was ... Read More
I am not very good at this type of thing. The ship was very good. Accommodations were very nice and comfortable. The people servicing the rooms were very friendly and polite. The food was excellent and very nicely prepared. Service was done very friendly and I can not express how nice the the people were taking care of us. It was a joy to go down to the eating area. My wife is on a wheat free diet and the waiter would greet her when we entered the dinning room and explain what they had prepared for her meal. His name was Nenard and we can not say enough about him. The Port and shore excursions along with the guides that were hired were just great. They lived in the area and grew up there. Explained and pointed out the history of where we were and were the best. The entertainment that came on the boat were really good. I wasn't expecting too much but turned out to be better than I expected. Travel arrangements were done very well. The busses to get you to the tours were safe and comfortable. We had to change ships in the middle of the trip and everything was handled extremely well. The only thing that was disappointing was we missed the people that were working in the dinning room and bedroom area. You tend to get attached to the first group that is taking care of you. Before I go on I have to mention our Tour Director who was outstanding. He really put in a lot of effort to make our trip run well. His name was Soirin from Romania. A truly wonderful person. The only down side I have to recommend is the following. When we changed ships we put our packed bags outside our rooms and they were picked up and transferred to or rooms on the new boat very nicely. We arrived to our rooms and were very impressed how well everything was done. To continue with this. We had a three day extension in Prague and stayed at the Sheraton Hotel. I would consider it adequate, the lighting in our room was poor. Couldn't get the lights bright enough and they were yellowish. The room was nice. The Viking representative was, once again, really great. The location of the Hotel was excellent. I have to commend Viking for the breakfast buffet at the Hotel. They kept everything the same as what was on the boat. The choices were almost exactly like the Viking ship. We really appreciated it. When we had to pack up and leave we were told to put our bags outside our rooms, as was done on the boat when we changed ships, in the morning by a certain time and they would be picked up and taken to the bus for the trip to the airport. THIS IS A SECURITY BREACH. You are asked at the airport if the bag has been out of your sight at anytime. I would recommend that you be told to take or carry your bag to the bus when leaving the Hotel. This procedure also lends to a bag being lost or stolen as what happened to my daughter and her bag. Other than that last glitch, the trip was fantastic and would love to do it again if I could ever afford it. My age is getting up there, 77, and don't think it will happen again. I have promoted your Viking Tours to everyone That I have met and A few of my retired pilots from my company will be taking tours. I will never forget our Viking trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was our first Viking cruise, but NOT our first river cruise (we did Avalon on the Rhine in 2013). In my opinion, Viking compares very poorly to Avalon for a variety of reasons: the cabins on the Tor are smaller, the staff was far ... Read More
This was our first Viking cruise, but NOT our first river cruise (we did Avalon on the Rhine in 2013). In my opinion, Viking compares very poorly to Avalon for a variety of reasons: the cabins on the Tor are smaller, the staff was far less friendly (other than one waiter and Sorin the Program Director, he was funny!), the food was mediocre at best, very limited variety especially with lunch. Tours seemed disorganized. Information was lacking, especially with limited overhead announcements. The sundeck was closed down for a majority of the time. The same wines were offered every day, other than when they FINALLY gave us something different on the last day. We also were among those that had to be bussed to another port as the Tor could not sail through at Passau. So we were disappointed that we had to re-pack everything, bus to the next port, unpack again, etc. We didn't really lose any tour time, but the 2nd ship the Viking Var was FAR worse than the Tor. Staff on the Var were really not friendly at all. We were told there was Wifi access in every cabin, yet our cabin 212 had NO wifi on the Var, forcing me to have to go down to the lobby and use that, and that even was slow. The first night on the Var we were fed the very SAME meal we had the night before on the Tor. Our group of 4 couples were very disappointed with Viking. While I will "never say never", I have no desire to sail Viking ever again until less maybe if it was totally free (unlikely). Avalon is FAR better with food, staff, and organization! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Our cruise along the Danube River from Budapest to Nuremberg was wonderful! The ship was beautiful and well staffed. All the excursions were interesting, with very talented and knowledgeable guides. The buses for the outings were very ... Read More
Our cruise along the Danube River from Budapest to Nuremberg was wonderful! The ship was beautiful and well staffed. All the excursions were interesting, with very talented and knowledgeable guides. The buses for the outings were very comfortable. And the food onboard the ship was excellent! However, it was disappointing that we had to do a ship swap after the third day of sailing because of low water levels on the river. That, of course, was not the fault of Viking. They, in fact, were quite prepared for this situation. The swap was done relatively painlessly and we boarded a 'sister' ship that was identical to the one we had left. We missed our original crew, however, who were so friendly and caring. Our cruise director and concierge switched ships with us and that was a blessing! They were WONDERFUL!! They certainly earned their salaries and carried out their duties with humor and friendliness. All of our transports worked smoothly. Disembarkation was very well organized. We were very pleased with the entire trip. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Booking: After many ocean cruises this was our first river cruise. It was one of Viking’s free/almost free air promotions, and everyone we talked to got air either for free or $95 pp return from North America. We had the basic ... Read More
Booking: After many ocean cruises this was our first river cruise. It was one of Viking’s free/almost free air promotions, and everyone we talked to got air either for free or $95 pp return from North America. We had the basic ‘aquarium’ class cabin, as nicknamed on the cruise boards b/c the river is at eye level looking out the window, which was a category E, for $2656 USD pp plus $95 pp return air. I think it was another $600 pp to upgrade to a French balcony (balcony doors with no balcony). We also booked Viking’s pre-stay option in Prague and post option in Budapest. We were concerned that b/c air was so cheap, Viking would give us the cheapest flight legs flying all over the place, with bad transfer times. But we and several others who connected online before the trip were very happy, all of us got 2 legs from a major North American city, and same on return, with good transfer times. For those of us with free air, our Viking cruise contract stated that we were not allowed to contact the Viking air department to discuss changing the air itinerary they send you about 3 months before the trip. At this stage the air is not confirmed or purchased from the airlines, which you will find out if you try to do seat selection (can’t be done), meaning Viking can make changes if they want to. But if you like what you got you can call Viking and ask them to ‘ticket’ your flights and then you can do seat selection on the airline’s web site. Decide on pre or post hotels before getting ‘ticketed”. The Ship We were on the Tor for the first half of the cruise, and were then switched to her sister ship the Var by bus for the rest, due to low water in the Danube around Passau. The crew were great, very friendly and helpful. No credit card account on board, you sign for everything and settle up at the end. Your ship card is just to get in your cabin. When you go ashore you get a paper card to hand in when you return. Both ships were lovely, clean, well appointed. Some days we were not allowed on the top sun deck because of bridges and locks. There is one main bar/lounge, one dining room, and a small light buffet area out the back of the lounge, the Aquafit. So of course the options for places to go on board are very restricted compared to much larger ocean ships, no choice of bars, no shops, pool, spa, sports deck, specialty dining/snacks, show stage, gym. Everyone disappeared by 9:30 – 10 except on the two nights when there was viewing on deck. The Cabins The cabin size was a surprise to us. The smallest we’ve seen were probably Princess at about 130-140 sq ft, and the largest were HAL and CCL at about 185 sq ft. Our category E was about 11.5’ x 7’ wall to wall, so about 80 sq ft. The fake balcony cabins were the same size, and the real balcony ones were perhaps 2 feet larger on the balcony side. The area with the bed was 7 x 7.5’, with about 1.5 feet of space around the sides and bottom of the bed. The bed is 60”, a queen. But there is lots of storage, drawers and shelves. And several 120v outlets. Our main disappointment with the cat E was that there was nowhere to sit, just a small stool/bench under the vanity. This was the same on the fake balcony cabins, but the real balcony cabins had one chair. Sleeping while night sailing was interesting. There was no water noise in the cabin while on the river, but going through the locks could be noisy depending on your cabin location. One night our cabin seemed to be right near where the water was pouring in/out of the lock, best described as an elephant crashing around in a bathtub next door. Other noises we labelled as a plane taxiing, a huge toilet tank dripping, and a high whistle far away. When the lock gates were further from our cabin we could still hear the elephant but it was too far away to bother us. Our friends in the fake balcony and real balcony cabins did not hear water noises any time. The Food We thought the food was fine, equal to the ocean ships in quality. Three main dish choices at dinner, plus 4 standard option available any day. Free beer and wine at lunch and dinner. One set dining time, 7pm, no table reservations, sit wherever and with whomever you want. Table sizes from 6 – 10, no 2 person tables. The red house wine was Austrian, labelled Morwald – Blauer Zweigelt, kind of peppery with a bit of spice. The waiter said Viking owns that winery. Breakfast buffet was good, the usual options including made to order omelettes. Ports Nurenburg, Regensburg, Passau/Munich, Melk, Vienna, Budapest. All the ports were very interesting, medieval towns, churches, castles. Morning tours were free with optional tours in the afternoon for a charge. Almost all the tours required a bus ride, and the guides did a very good job. Lots of mainstream shopping for the ladies, the huge Donau Zentrum mall in Vienna near the ship, two streets near the tour in Munich, two huge Budapest malls (West End and Arena), and in Prague the Palladium and Novi. All show up on Google maps and are near trams or metros, write us if you want directions. So river cruising could be for you if you like meeting lots of people at dinner and on tours, you don’t mind bus rides and are ok with group tours, you like your cabin being close to everything on the ship, you want to see inland cities the ocean ships can’t reach, and you don’t want to feel any wave motion while sailing. Viking is a well organised machine that coordinates everything well. The best online message boards we have found for having discussions with other cruisers is the community forums on Cruise Critic. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Viking River Cruises are very bare bones with no amenities on board. No spa, no casino, no workout room, no room service, no food except at meal time, limited food choices, for example you can't have an appetizer and a salad, must ... Read More
Viking River Cruises are very bare bones with no amenities on board. No spa, no casino, no workout room, no room service, no food except at meal time, limited food choices, for example you can't have an appetizer and a salad, must choose one or the other, limited evening entertainment. Top deck was closed for 2 days while we sailed under bridges. Cabins are quite small, and the bed was rock hard. But worst of all we had to spend 1 full day on a bus because the river was too low, and we had to pack up everything and change ships. Not how I wanted to spend my cruise. While their fine print does state their might be "deviations", I did not expect that deviation to include a full day on a bus. The ship was very clean, and the staff very nice. I just feel that Viking was not very informative about what to expect. If they had been, we would not have booked this type of cruise. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
We took the Danube River cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest in early July. We also went on the Prague extension prior to the cruise. The Viking staff was outstanding, meeting us at the airport in Prague and being available in the hotel ... Read More
We took the Danube River cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest in early July. We also went on the Prague extension prior to the cruise. The Viking staff was outstanding, meeting us at the airport in Prague and being available in the hotel lobby during the day. The tour of Prague was arduous, but it is a beautiful city and I'm glad we took it. The bus ride from Prague to Nuremberg took us through the German countryside which was very interesting. We found the accommodations to be acceptable. We had a French balcony, which doesn't have a balcony, but we didn't spend much time in our room. The room was small but very clean. The staff is very attentive and goes out of their way to meet your needs. When I boarded the ship, I informed the chef that I am a vegan; he prepared special entrees for me for lunch and dinner each day and our waiter made sure that I had soy milk for my breakfast cereal. The excursions were very interesting although some of the tour guides were a bit long-winded. My husband and I escaped one day and wandered into a beautiful church with black altars that no one else on the tour saw. The tours were more difficult for us because the temperature every day was over 95 degrees, except for the day we were in Vienna when it rained. I wish we had stayed for the extra time in Budapest. We loved the city and spent only a day there. We took the optional tour of the Jewish district in Pest which was well worth it for the beautiful synagogue and the exhibits. The memorials to victims of the holocaust are truly outstanding. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
First river cruise and it was a pleasant experience. Much more intimate, and vastly different, from ocean cruising. Viking Tor was one of the new generation river boats with all of the newest innovations and upgrades. We chose the Veranda ... Read More
First river cruise and it was a pleasant experience. Much more intimate, and vastly different, from ocean cruising. Viking Tor was one of the new generation river boats with all of the newest innovations and upgrades. We chose the Veranda Suite which includes the balcony, but honestly, almost all of the staterooms we saw (larger/smaller) had mostly the same amenities. There is more than enough room under the beds to accommodate even the larger suitcases. While there are U.S. style outlets in the cabins, it is advisable to bring the European adapters, which will allow you extra access for charging/using other devices like cameras, smartphones, electric razors, etc. These adapters also come in handy if you do any of the pre- or post-extensions on land. Service and hospitality were wonderful. There was evening entertainment in the lounge area in the form of a pianist (wonderful) on our cruise. Don't expect casino/theater style entertainment on a river boat from Viking - leave that for ocean cruising. The real entertainment is on deck, day or night, while the river boat is making its way up/down the river (Danube in our case). Depending on your itinerary, there are shore trips to witness plays, concerts or other events. The Viking staff and service on our river cruise were excellent. We had absolutely no problems with our sleeping accommodations and housekeeping during the entire trip. We also did not experience the reported occasions when the river was too high to navigate under the bridges, of which there are many. Going through the river locks is quite an experience. To summarize, we thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Our only regret was that we didn't spend some extra time in Budapest - a wonderful city. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
I have done at least 8 higher end cruises and had come to expect you get what you pay for. Not on Viking, so save your dollars and book on a cheaper line. I booked for the Romantic Danube on the longship Tor in June of 2015. For the ... Read More
I have done at least 8 higher end cruises and had come to expect you get what you pay for. Not on Viking, so save your dollars and book on a cheaper line. I booked for the Romantic Danube on the longship Tor in June of 2015. For the $$$$ spent, I expected above average cruise line food, attention to detail and amenities. What I actually got was mediocre food that was "re-invented" the next day for the luncheon buffet and some meals I could have had better at my local diner. There was no cabin service for any meal, no coffee machine in the room and you were expected to get up and ready for the only tours that started at 8 AM. For all the hype of seeing castles, etc, what you actually get is more a brief glimpse as the castles are quickly speed by while a quick talk is done. Most time is spent in locks, which means the sundeck is off limits to all passengers. That also means, that there are less views of the scenery quickly going by. If you are a smoker, you are not a welcome guest. There are restrictions on where you are allowed to smoke on ship. Since the sundeck is unavailable 90% of the time, you are confined to a small vestibule. There you also get to be harassed by nonsmokers. Of course, there are plenty of hidden smokers, and as the only visible, upfront smoker, the staff accused me of smoking in forbidden areas. (It was amazing on the last full day, how many actual smokers out on the now open sundeck... I counted 15 people including a group with a hookah) Could they have been the ones smoking on their verandas??? Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
For all the times I've seen the Viking River Cruise commercial on Downton Abbey, nothing prepared me for this remarkable journey. The Viking Tor sparkles from stem to stern. The light-filled ship is a pleasure from the exceptional ... Read More
For all the times I've seen the Viking River Cruise commercial on Downton Abbey, nothing prepared me for this remarkable journey. The Viking Tor sparkles from stem to stern. The light-filled ship is a pleasure from the exceptional crew to the wonderful passengers--all life long learners who wouldn't be caught dead on a mass market cruise. No casino, no art sales no constant announcements-- just the pure pleasure of traveling with like-minded individuals sharing this remarkable trip. I must admit to being a professional travel writer and so I do set a high bar. But Viking delivers in every dimension. The small passenger complement of just 188 guests gives great opportunities to mix and mingle. Especially appreciated were the open seating in the Dining Room which allowed passengers to circulate and make new friends and acquaintances instead of being assigned seating. And what a group we were-- a sports celebrity of great renown, the Chairman Emeritus of a Rental car company, the Ass't Attorney General of a southern state were among the many interesting passengers. The included shore excursions were exceptional, the local guides clearly selected for their knowledge of each port. And oh what ports! Budapest, Vienna and the lesser known Melk, Passau and Regensburg all provided great opportunities for exploring first in groups and then on one's own. Back aboard ship, the staff cannot do enough for you. And the inclusion of wine and beer at every meal--even breakfast (Champagne for Mimosas anyone?) is a welcome addition. But that really is the most remarkable thing about Viking River Cruises--you are not nickeled and dimed to death as you are on mass-market cruises. The entire week set me back just 133 Euros in added charges! Finally the cabins are a joy, a marvel of Scandinavian design that makes every square inch count. If you can, spring for a balcony--stepping outside anytime you want is a marvelous addition to your trip. I would have to say after cruising several times a year, I am so completely won over by Viking that I've booked Viking Ocean's Viking Star for a Mediterranean cruise this October. Bravo Viking! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was a wonderful cruise and my favorite of the three we have done with Viking. The hotel manager was warm, friendly and very attentive. Daniel, the program director was knowledgeable, helpful, and informative. The choice of ... Read More
This was a wonderful cruise and my favorite of the three we have done with Viking. The hotel manager was warm, friendly and very attentive. Daniel, the program director was knowledgeable, helpful, and informative. The choice of excursions was varied and wide, with interesting and fun activities. At Melk, we would have loved more time! But that is most always the case. We participated in many and so enjoyed the opera! Yes, it was an adaptation, but a good one and the length was perfect, even for the non opera person!! The ship was lovely, immaculate and well equipped. The staff was most pleasant and helpful. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
This was our first river cruise, and we were not disappointed. A 5-star rating for Viking! We opted for the pre-trip in Prague. We were met by a Viking representative at the airport, who found us before we could find him. The staff at ... Read More
This was our first river cruise, and we were not disappointed. A 5-star rating for Viking! We opted for the pre-trip in Prague. We were met by a Viking representative at the airport, who found us before we could find him. The staff at the Viking desk in the hotel were extremely helpful. We experienced the right balance of planned excursions, optional excursions, and free time. Having that extra time in Prague was a wonderful antidote to jet lag. Viking transferred us to Nuremberg to meet the Tor. It greatly facilitated things. From the moment we walked on board the Tor, we got a taste of Viking hospitality, as we were greeted with champagne and a hot towel. As other reviewers have noted, it's a modern, sleek vessel, very comfortable, with plenty of spaces in the lounge, other areas, and deck to explore and watch the scenery go by. (I'm not going to provide a travelogue and discuss each port and what we saw. As one who reads reviews, I can find that elsewhere. I think discussing the cruise itself is what others want to know.) We understood going in that the cabin would not be large, but it was ingeniously designed, with more than enough room. Never once did we regret the decision to go with the Veranda where we could step out. Plenty of closet/drawer space and shelf space in the bathroom, which had heated floors (!) and high-end toiletries. Plenty of outlets, some of which were 110 (American style) and some 220 (European). The food was outstanding, with fresh ingredients and menus tied to the locale we were visiting. (There was also standard, traditional foods always available.) The wait staff could not have been more accommodating and helpful. While the portions were not large, never once did we leave hungry. In fact, we were full after every meal. On a few occasions, my spouse took advantage of the 24-hour coffee bar and freshly baked cookies in the afternoon. While we ate most often in the main dining room, on a few occasions we took advantage of the lighter meals on the Aquavit Terrace, which is a delightful way to dine. We were delighted with the support we got from all of the ship staff. Everyone was always unfailingly polite and helpful. We're giving a particular shout out to the Program Director and the Concierge, each of whom went above and beyond to accommodate an unusual request that involved our time once we parted in Budapest. We took advantage of most of the optional excursions, the only except was in Vienna, where we didn't have a lot of free time and just wanted that extra time to dine and explore. We were delighted with the guides wherever we were. We found them to be extremely knowledgeable and fluent in English. They were all terrific and greatly enhanced our time in the various locales. In the evenings, we were treated to delightful local entertainment or programs provided by the program director. The only reason I didn't give them 5 stars here was that because of the configuration of the lounge, sometimes it was difficult to see. But the quality of the entertainment was first-rate. Viking is very efficient when it comes to disembarkation, and it was interesting to see how they were able to "turn" the ship in one day, saying goodbye to one group of passengers and welcoming the next. We heard a few grumbles from fellow passengers who had very early flights out that Viking arranged, but we did not use Viking to book our air. In sum, we had a fabulous trip. We were very impressed with the service, accommodations, food (and wine, lots of wine), and the excursions, both planned and optional. We will travel again with Viking in the future, and without any reservations at all. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
my wife and I took the Nuremberg to Budapest trip on the Tor 21 May, 2015. We loved the longboat and all the great folks that worked on board. The crew was absolutely fantastic, we felt very comfortable with all of them and service was ... Read More
my wife and I took the Nuremberg to Budapest trip on the Tor 21 May, 2015. We loved the longboat and all the great folks that worked on board. The crew was absolutely fantastic, we felt very comfortable with all of them and service was superior. We stayed in suite 305 and loved it. The stops were well planned and very informative and enjoyable. We met several couples and became best of friends and plan to take more Viking trips with them........great trip.....thanks to all Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Viking Tor Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.5
Entertainment 3.0 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.4
Family 1.0 3.4
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.2
Enrichment 4.0 4.1
Service 4.0 4.6
Value For Money 3.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 N/A

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