2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
It has been a month since we returned from our November 2018 visit to Prague and Danube River Cruise. We experienced the same low water levels that so many have commented on, this was out of Vikings control and we can hardly blame them ... Read More
It has been a month since we returned from our November 2018 visit to Prague and Danube River Cruise. We experienced the same low water levels that so many have commented on, this was out of Vikings control and we can hardly blame them for it. During our week on the cruise we transferred to three different ships, spend a lot of hours on buses and got to see some interesting truck stops on the way. While not what we were hoping for - still an experience and not Vikings fault. We also consistently encountered friendly staff at the pre-cruise hotel and on board the three ships we used for this journey. We did (and do) have an issue however with how Viking communicates and handles Customer Service issues such as lost bags. First off - if you only speak English don't worry, at every city we visited we were very comfortable finding our way and TONS of folks (especially younger folks) speak English. I was a little worried and shouldn't have been. We visited Prague on a Viking pre-cruise extension, staying at a hotel for a few days prior to the bus ride to the ship. Following instructions from Viking staff, we left our luggage by the bus and then boarded the bus for our trip – we didn't see the bag again until Christmas Eve (an unexpected but pleasant surprise). Viking eventually found the bag and sent it to us - it had been left on the bus. This stuff happens, but they could have communicated status and acknowledgement to us more. We had no idea what was happening and had basically written it off (had over $700 worth of stuff inside). About the cruise - some learnings: First, in November it's chilly - as in cold. No sitting on the deck, in fact none of the deck chairs or deck activities were even available. It was wet some days too. Second (and most importantly) is that it gets dark early this time of year. Not enough daylight to do all you'd like, and worse when you "burn daylight" sitting on a bus changing ships. Third, when you are stuck indoors on the small ship or in a bus, you can't escape the folks on the trip with you - and they can't escape you. Creates a more intense social scenario. We weren't really ready for this. That said - we loved the pre-cruise extension in Prague (which is now one of my favorite cities to visit!). We will definitely do a pre-cruise extension again - and we regret not having booked a post cruise extension as well. Viking tour of the old town was good. We did the tour of Terezin as I had relatives that died in the concentration camp there and a family history of bad experiences under the Nazis. Chilling, sobering, not "enjoyable, but one of the most important experiences of the trip. Well, done, well led by Viking, and just the right amount of time. Krems (wasn't really Krems as we never got close to the place due to water levels) was mostly visiting the Abbey -in the dark due to bus ride time and the time of year. Missed the entire exterior view (a big part of the excursion). Good but not great but would do this again in the daytime Regensburg was wonderful but our experiences limited as we arrived on Sunday and everything (I mean everything) was closed. Unlike the US, it's the law in Germany. Vienna was a jewel - and given our bus time we had precious little time to spend there. We will go back, the Viking tour was good. The classical music concert was epic. One of the best aspects of any cruise we have taken. Viking city tour was also very good. Budapest was a surprisingly fun city too - we just didn't have enough time there given the change in schedules/bus travel. We got up really early just to walk around some, wish we had more time, All said, I would definitely do this cruise again, in warmer weather, when days last longer, and only if the boat actually gets to float down the river. Yes, it would cost more - but I will be paying it. Final note - our experiences with Viking were probably not their best example of service in that they had a stressful European River Cruise season - all the rivers had problems. It was at the end of the season and you could tell that the Viking folks were looking for the season to end. They did a good job given the stresses (they are people after all) but I suspect they would have liked things to be better and less stressful too. Will we go on another Viking cruise - yes - but we will do so hoping for better circumstances. We will also consider an actual bus or train tour of Europe (because that's what we got) as it would be less expensive and hotel rooms would be more comfortable! Viking was fair in their granting of cruise credit for a future cruise to compensate for the lesser experience this year. Had a good time, hoping for a better one on the next Viking cruise. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
I give this a 3 for neutral... This was a bucket list trip for us. We chose this trip so that we could get a taste of the cities that are advertised on this journey. There were many wonderful things we saw but most of all made great ... Read More
I give this a 3 for neutral... This was a bucket list trip for us. We chose this trip so that we could get a taste of the cities that are advertised on this journey. There were many wonderful things we saw but most of all made great friends along the way... Before embarkation, we chose the Viking Prague extension on the front end of the trip. We flew business class so upon arriving in Prague we were able to get through Customs in 10 minutes. We were greeted by a Viking representative but told we would have to wait for the other 6 couples that were going though customs. After an hour and a half of waiting, we chose to take a cab to the hotel instead. Upon arrival, around 11 am, we quickly received our room keys. The hotel is ok. For us, we are in our late 40's, the almost mile walk into the city center is not an issue for us, but the majority of the guests are well into their 60's and I could see it being prohibitive for them to easily enjoy the sites unless you take a cab. We walked back and forth and got a good bit of exercize in prior to our cruise. The excursions in Prague were ok. The walking tours will give you the highlights of the city you are visiting so you can check off the main attractions. (they bus you from the hotel into the city) We opted for the Panoramic Prague and Kutna Hora (approx 1.5 hour bus ride). After day 3 we left for our ship which was in Nuremburg and it is a 3.5 hour bus ride from Prague. This was to be expected. Our first crew on the Tor was fantastic, unfortunately we had to change boats due to low water levels, and the second crew on the Var was simply awful. Viking should spend some time training them on customer service. Life on the boat - we had a suite and it was great! Bed is not as comfortable as the advertisement but to be expected. Shower and storage were good. No complaints. The food was good - not fabulous but good - the service was excellent! The problem: We knew there was a possibility of the river levels being low - we had no idea how badly this would affect our trip. We spent the majority of the time on busses. Basically we made it down the river to about Regensburg without hickups and then it went south from there... If you think that you are going to take the boat to a port where you can walk out of the boat into town, think again. We didn't ended up in the ports that we were suppose to and had to be bussed at least 1.5 hours away to the city center. 3 - 6 hours of your day are on a bus if you just take a city excursion. If you opt for Salzburg or some of the other trips then it could be 3 hours one way. This can be very discouraging. Here is how our trip went due to the low water levels: Saturday, July 28 - NUREMBURG Docked in a remote location outside of Nuremburg. Took a bus for the World War 2 Tour Sunday - July 29 - REGENSBURG We were not able to go on the Weltenburg Abbey and Danube Narrows trip because of water levels so took the walking tour. Monday - July 30 - STRAUBING (Suppose to be in Passau) Water levels were low so we ended up in Straubing. No tours in Straubing only Passau, so we bussed 1.5 hours into Passau. 3 hours in buses. We took the walking tour and the organ concert excursion and had lunch in Passau for some local food. We missed the Salzburg Highlights tour because it required longer bus rides and we wanted to see Passau which was a highlighted stop on the cruise. Tuesday, July 31 - YBBS - Transferred from Straubing to Ybbs - 3 hour bus ride AND the boat wasn’t there, stranded for another 1.5 hours. The unfortunate part other than being stranded was the entire city was shut down so we did not have anywhere to go. Many of us had to use the restroom so we found some small bicycle museum, gave them a donation and used the restroom! Remember, the majority of the guests were over 60....Thankfully, we grabbed the small bottles of wine from our suite and found a shady tree until our boat arrived. We were suppose to be docked in Krems - which I wanted to see - but we missed it... We did not go on the Gotweig Abbey tour because we wanted to actually cruise the Wachau Valley and not be on a bus. Wednesday - August 1 - VIENNA We bussed into Vienna from the port because you couldn't walk off the boat into Vienna. We took the walking tour and the bus came back to the boat around 12:30 p.m. We didn't go to the Mozart Concert because we would have to get on another bus into the city and we would have missed the sailing from Vienna to Komaron. (which was suppose to be Budapest) Another missed excursion. Missed the Danube Bend scenic cruising. Thursday - August 2 - Komaron Coulent make it into Budapest so we docked in Komaron. We missed the Budapest Castle Hill City Hike because the bus ride was 1.5 hours long to Budapest. Friday - August 3 Transfered to Budapest - 1.5 hour bus ride Budapest Extension: The Interncontinental was GREAT! We paid for an upgrade so that we could view the river from our room and the location was perfect. Sadly, there were river boats that were right in front of the hotel which was a daily reminder of how we missed that part of our cruise. Shopping and local restaurants: There was never enough time in the city for free time to shop or enjoy local restaurants. Don't bother looking up restaurants in the port cities because you would not have time to eat there. We did the tour and then got back on the bus back to the ship - in Vienna we had 1 hour of free time. The ports we were in were in an industrial area so it was difficult to get to any sign of life so we stayed on the boat. At the end of the trip our cruise director said we would be receiving a call from Viking to rectify some of the mishaps of the trip. I am fully aware Viking could not control the water levels, however, 1) they probably should not offer this cruise during the late summer months when the probability of low water levels are high. 2) They should better communicate the locations of the ports to the city center in their promotional material. 3) Communicate how far the excursions are and the length of the bus rides prior to signing up. 4) Allow more free time. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Third and last Viking cruise. Scheduled for the Var, boarded the Kara instead and then after a couple days packed and boarded the Tor. High water was again the reason given although the competitor Thomas Hardy made it just fine. Viking ... Read More
Third and last Viking cruise. Scheduled for the Var, boarded the Kara instead and then after a couple days packed and boarded the Tor. High water was again the reason given although the competitor Thomas Hardy made it just fine. Viking must be cutting back as staff on both vessels seemed tired, overworked and not chipper. Christmas markets seemed redundant and that is why Viking is no longer offering their Christmas in Germany. Our fellow passengers were not thrilled as well. One day we arrived in Koblenz, the shops were closed and we had to leave before the market opened. Very strange planning. We spent a couple of days in Frankfurt in lieu of Miltenberg and Wurzburg, two charming sounding towns. Because of the route change, we spent an inordinate amount of time in buses. The weather was unpleasant, no fault of Viking, but we were only able to spend a couple of dreary hours on the top of the ship, that area that looks so charming on Viking commercials. What else....it would be so nice if the food served was reflective of the area in which we were traveling. While a half-hearted attempt was made, it was just that, half-hearted. The wine served with meals was very cheap and with Vikings buying power they could do better. Now the positives, the tour guides were collectively outstanding, well selected, charming and knowledgeable. That is obviously a major component of a cruise and this exceeded our expectations. Finally, Germany is so steeped in history, it exudes charm, locals are congenial and it is a wonderful destination. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We'd been wanting to try river cruising and this was our first. We took a Viking ocean cruise to the Baltic last year and absolutely loved it. As expected, the service was above average, but the food was not as good as we ... Read More
We'd been wanting to try river cruising and this was our first. We took a Viking ocean cruise to the Baltic last year and absolutely loved it. As expected, the service was above average, but the food was not as good as we thought it should be. We had a veranda cabin, which we were unfortunately unable to enjoy because of the cold weather. The cabin was smaller than on an ocean vessel, but we knew it would be. The included tours were as expected and the optional tours we took to Heidelberg and Rothenburg were very enjoyable. We loved cruising the Rhine and seeing all the castles on the hills. Passengers were very friendly and many had been on multiple river cruises before. I don't know that we will river cruise again - we think we just like all the additional perks of ocean cruising, which Viking does exceptionally. 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
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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Took the Nurenburg to Budapest tour with the prague extension. Great wait staff, great food, but many internal problems. Checked out of Prague Hilton at the mandatory 10am checkout to board a bus at 1pm. They refused to offer a checkout ... Read More
Took the Nurenburg to Budapest tour with the prague extension. Great wait staff, great food, but many internal problems. Checked out of Prague Hilton at the mandatory 10am checkout to board a bus at 1pm. They refused to offer a checkout extension, and 70 people spent 3 hours wandering the lobby and outside, because of their poor scheduling. A third of their on board tv channels don't work. All we could watch was bbc news and cnn. The internet service is worse than cheap dialup, if it works at all. We did the majority of our water traveling at night, so forget about casually sitting on your deck watching the scenery. Some of the optional tours are run at the same times as the regularly scheduled tours, so you can't do both and have to choose between one and the other. They cancel some optional tours if not enough people enroll, so a tour you have been looking forward to go on, you may never see, because of their cheapness in honoring optional tours unless they have a minimum number of 15 takers. Don't pick a young guide, for they are not, well versed. Select one at least 40, for the new ones aren't as knowledgeable as the older ones. When dining, pick the smaller restaurant on the upper forward level of the boat rather than the main dining room. They give you a little less eating selections, but it is worth it to get the great personal service. Pick your optional tours before getting on the boat, and pick them more than 7 days before departure, for they charge you in euros rather in dollars, when you pay on the boat. What they call bier is not the reqular german beer-it is manufactured especially for americans and has less alcohol content than the native beer.Go ashore to sample the bier. https://fr.tripadvisor.ca/ShowUserReviews-g274887-d2075771-r359135515-Judit_Guia_Turistica_Budapest-Budapest_Central_Hungary.html# Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
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: 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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 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
Viking Tor Ratings
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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 3.5
Family 1.0 3.5
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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