4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2013
We arrived in Budapest at about 9:00pm on a flight from Zurich. We had confirmed with Viking our time and method of arrival. Viking told us where to get a taxi, the approximate cost, and very specifically identified the location of the ... Read More
We arrived in Budapest at about 9:00pm on a flight from Zurich. We had confirmed with Viking our time and method of arrival. Viking told us where to get a taxi, the approximate cost, and very specifically identified the location of the ship. We reconfirmed all of this by phone before leaving. As you probably guessed, after dismissing the taxi, we discovered the ship was not where it was supposed to be. We wondered around in the dark of the Budapest docks until a very nice English speaking young man helped us find the ship and carry our bags to it. Once on the ship he had another surprise: no food. For those who have cruised before and expect having access to food basically any time, be aware that Viking serves a communal dinner from 6 pm to 9 pm meaning if you want a seat at dinner you must be there at 7 and you must leave at 9 when the kitchen closes. During the same period you can choose one of five never-changing choices at the bar (club sandwich, baked potato, etc.) There is no room service. It was possible to leave the ship to dine ashore, but only at a few destinations as the ship is mostly under way at dinner time. The TV ads and the online videos tout the sun deck where passengers may stroll and where the chief grows herbs and were there is a solar array for the hybrid engines. We saw several Viking ships along the route but never saw a solar panel and the few herbs that were there were strictly for show. More importantly, the sun deck closes for 4 days during the cruise because the ship barely clears the bridges even with the sun deck closed and disassembled. Not being able to go outside together with the ship being under way most of the time and the regimented communal eating schedule give the experience a very claustrophobic feel. We made the mistake of booking the most expensive stern suite, called the explorer suite or something. Do not make this mistake. The engine noise and vibration make sleeping difficult even with ear plugs. And the crew's off duty station is just above and being mostly eastern European the smoke a lot and the smoke fills the expensive Explorer suites. We wished we had rented a car and explored on our own. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2013
I am going to be much more critical than is warranted because I want to point out the limited downfalls of Viking. Overall, we would rate this trip an 8-9 out of 10 so we liked it and would do another. I think it important to research what ... Read More
I am going to be much more critical than is warranted because I want to point out the limited downfalls of Viking. Overall, we would rate this trip an 8-9 out of 10 so we liked it and would do another. I think it important to research what type of cruise you want to do. Viking does a much focused type of cruise with a very set schedule. It’s kind of like going on vacation where the first day, you just relax and say "I am on vacation" and don't fight it. Viking can be very very set in their ways and for the most part, they do all they can to make this a good experience. However, if you want something out of the ordinary, like upgrade your room, schedule a airport transfer or if you want to tip with anything other than Euro or US$, then they are not flexible and it can be irritating. They could work on that a bit. Our cruise was a Christmas Market Cruise and we did everything and more than we had hoped to. We booked our own airfare only because we did not know better. Viking works best if you use all of their services and if you confine your trip to what they offer. If you book airfare with them or extended stay, then they will make sure they meet you at the airport and take you back. One caution however is that you must remember that there is no such thing as a $199 air fare that they tout once in a while. It is simply that Viking is subsidizing part of that cost so they do not discount their room, which they very very very seldom do. When you book your air fare through Viking make sure you look at the flight times and layovers. That $199 airfare will most likely get you stuck in an airport for a few hours or a longer flight home so just check the details. We ended our trip in Passau, Germany so for 95% of the group, the trip was over and they needed to go to Munich airport for their flight back home. While I suspect not normal, one couple had to get up at 2 am to catch their bus. Let me explain. The drive to Munich is 2 hours so they allow 3. They schedule pickup 1/2 hr prior to that and then you need to be at the airport to 2-3 hrs ahead of time. If you have a 7 am flight, booked for you by Viking (can you say $199 air fare?), then you get the idea. On our trip, we booked our own airfares and were able to screw up our own schedule by allowing a 4 hr layover in Amsterdam so you need to get involved. You have to remember that you are in the middle of the night when you get to your first layover so my advice is to pick a flight to minimize layovers and look closely at departure times and where the airport is. Doing this will greatly improve your experience. The other somewhat irritating issue is tipping. Viking being an American/Swiss company asks you to partially subsidize their costs and tip at the end of the trip. Its the American way. It was interesting watching the Tour Director and others encourage tipping in Europe where there is no tipping. This is completely up to you but they do lay on the guilt trip for you. Something I felt amusing is that they will only accept tips in euro or US$. If you are to tip, a great way to get rid of the misc currency, from Hungary for example which is not euro, is to leave that as part of the tip. NOPE, we only accept euro and US$. I never had anyone tell me before when I was giving money away that they wanted it only in certain form. Viking could work on this. Now the good part. There are only 170 or so people so this is not a 3,000 person Princess Cruise so you need to rethink this. With only 170, they can plan pretty well. I liked the single dining experience. We had time for Happy Hour and usually a brief talk about what was going on the next day in the Lounge and then you had 1/2 hr or so to make your way to the dining room. I would rate the food overall 7 out of 10 which I think is pretty good. If you are a picky eater, look closely at the menu and you will find a César salad always available with Salmon or chicken on it or some other dish so look and ask. We purchased the unlimited bar which probably was not worth it $150 euro or $200US each but it did boost the level of the trip. We ordered a bottle of wine off the separate list each evening and had a few cocktails before or after the meal. It was nice not putting yourself in a position of wondering how much it was. On the other hand, if you can eliminate worrying about the cost, then I think you could drink as much as you want for less than the $200 per person. A bottle of wine was about $30. A typical day started with a pretty good breakfast that started at 6 and went to 9AM. You can get a European breakfast of cold cuts and cheese of a Texas breakfast of eggs, bacon, ham, sausage etc. You get the idea. Following breakfast 6 days out of 7 is the tour of the day that is usually included in your booking fee. They do have a couple of side trips like an opera (that only 50% thought was good enough to warrant going). Most tours have a guide who wears a microphone and broadcasts a monologue as they walk. Each room and person is provided a devise to listen (make sure you charge it every night) This works very well. The walks are not that difficult and normally Viking, after the first day, formulates a special tour group for those that do not want to or cannot keep up and they do it gracefully. Given that this was the Christmas Market Trip, we usually had a tour of town and then back to the boat which was almost always close to the market or you could easily walk. Trying to figure out where to spend your time was never a problem. It was a bit cold so we always looked forward to getting back about 4 for happy hour and talk to other guests about their experience. Always about 5 or 6 the tour director would come in and have a presentation about the next day’s trip (always something you want to do) Following was open seating dinner but within a couple of days you started to know people and which ones to sit with and which ones to avoid if you know what I mean. .Not very often did we need to avoid anyone but we did form a little group that sat together each evening so the conversation was not ever strained. Especially with two of the ladies that loved to shop. At one point, one of the ladies had to buy luggage in town just to bring back to the ship what she bought. Let me summarize my suggestions for booking with Viking. If you can do all of the booking with them, do it however make sure you look at the times and discuss when you need to be off the boat. Consider arriving a day or two ahead to get used to the time change. If you arrange your own air travel or decide to extend your trip without Viking I highly suggest you make your own arrangements. We wanted to go to Munich to meet some friends and booked a Transfer from the ship to the airport. Viking wanted $150 euro each for this but we bought it. We only had one day in Munich so we wanted and early transfer and were told by Viking a number of times that their guests are first and they will take us when they have time. We canceled with a $30 fee each and rented a car for $100 euro and had a wonderful drive. Viking takes care of its own and after that you are better working it out yourself. Bottom line we would and will take another Viking Cruise but will not leave the travel details to them as it should be. You need to watch out for yourself   Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2014
We met the Viking rep at the airport and caught a very smoky bus to the ship. The ship was very nice and our rooms were ready pretty quick. After unpacking, we went on a walking tour of the city that Viking provided. This was our first ... Read More
We met the Viking rep at the airport and caught a very smoky bus to the ship. The ship was very nice and our rooms were ready pretty quick. After unpacking, we went on a walking tour of the city that Viking provided. This was our first experience with Viking and overall we were very pleased. Day 2, we sailed to Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We toured windmills. Returned aboard for lunch and an afternoon of Dutch diversions: sample handcrafted Dutch cheeses and jenever, a distilled juniper liquor. Cruised through the night. The windmill tour was very nice. Cloudy morning gave way to a sunny afternoon. Temperature was about 70. We have great waiters on our ship, Allen LaCapp, from the Philippines. Very funny and entertaining. Other wait staff that were really great were Expidito and Vanya. Day 3 - Cologne. UNESCO World Heritage Site. Continued along the Rhine this morning; arrived in Cologne and disembarked for a walking tour. Strolled through Old Town past St. Martin’s Church, and spent some time inside Cologne’s Dom, We arrived a little late in Cologne, due to slow sailing time due to the Rheine river being low. We walked a total of 3.4 miles today, that included our Viking walking tour plus walking on our own. We had a great lunch at Peters Brauhaus. We had brat and potatoes and apple strudel plus Peters beer. We paid 25€ Euros. Nice weather, partly cloudy most of the day. High was around 68 degrees. Day 4 - Koblenz & Rüdesheim. Proceeded along the Rhine, disembarked to tour 700-year-old Marksburg Castle. Lunch aboard and enjoyed the scenic passage, where castles overlooked the river from their hilltop locations. Arrived in Rüdesheim in the late afternoon. Spent free time in the pedestrian-only Drosselgasse. We also walked around on our own. Had a great dinner at Wirsthaus Hannelore in the Drosselgasse district in Rudesheim. Beautiful sunny cool weather this afternoon. We walked 3.7 miles this afternoon. Day 5 - Heidelberg & Speyer. We cruised through the morning enjoying brunch and the passing scenery. Arrived in Mannheim and disembarked for a journey to Heidelberg. Visited the beautiful sandstone ruins of imposing Heidelberg Castle, and took in the scenery of the Neckar River Valley and the city's many red rooftops from its hilltop location. Continued with a walking tour through the Old Town to Heidelberg's renowned gates. We rejoined our ship in Speyer in the afternoon. Day 6 - Strasbourg. We docked this morning in Kehl, Germany and disembarked for a guided tour of Strasbourg, France, across the Rhine river. We saw the European Parliament and toured the interior of the city's famed cathedral. The six of us took the optional Alsatian wine tour. Went to a couple of little villages plus a wine cellar. We sampled 4 different wines. Paid €49 Euros per person. It really wasn't worth it. Day 7 - Breisach. After cruising through the night we arrived during breakfast in Breisach, gateway to the Black Forest. Very scenic town. Had lunch on board and then we went on the included Black Forest excursion. It was a scenic excursion through the area’s renowned mountain landscape, rolling meadows and dense forests. Once there, we visited a local workshop where cuckoo clocks are made. The scenery was very beautiful. Weather was beautiful today, sunny and mild. Day 8 - Arrived in Basel. After breakfast, we disembarked. We extended our stay in Basel by one day. We stayed at the Swissotel Le Plaza de Basel. I joined the Swissotel Circle (free) which will give us free internet in the room. $149 plus taxes came out to $156 Francs and that is about $175 U.S. dollars. Our rooms were ready as soon as we got to the hotel, our cab ride was 40€ Euros ($55 us) for all 6 of us, the Viking ship arranged the cab for us. The hotel was very nice. After checking in, we walked about 5 miles to and around the old town area. After napping at the hotel, we all headed back to the old town area, this time via the tram (light rail system). We had free passes from the hotel. We had dinner at a nice little Italian place called Barfi. Great food. Weather was mostly cloudy and cool. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
Traveling from the USA, we chose to extend our cruise on the front end in Amsterdam. Viking was there to greet us and get us to our hotel. The Viking rep at the hotel talked to us about the Walking Tour of Amsterdam and told us about other ... Read More
Traveling from the USA, we chose to extend our cruise on the front end in Amsterdam. Viking was there to greet us and get us to our hotel. The Viking rep at the hotel talked to us about the Walking Tour of Amsterdam and told us about other sights to see, even walking us to a canal boat tour. Our Walking Tour included a couple who had just come off the same river cruise from the opposite direction, so we learned even more about the fun we were about to have. We were taken to the Viking Tor and escorted to our cabin, which was very comfortable. Everyone went out of their way to make us feel welcome. We enjoyed the briefings and the daily plan of the day to keep us up to date on where we needed to be and when. We took full advantage of the excursions, both included and extra, and thoroughly enjoyed each one. We got to know the whole crew with whom we interacted, from the Captain to the servers, and got to know some of them very well. We met a variety of interesting, friendly people from all over the world and still keep in touch. The Viking attention to detail on logistics was impressive from beginning to end. One anecdote: at the airport in Basel, waiting for our flight back to Amsterdam, we met a couple who also came to Amsterdam two days early, but on their own. The husband developed a serious eye problem, so they notified Viking, who ushered him to a doctor, who performed laser surgery that day, and transported the couple back to their hotel and later to the Tor so they could enjoy the cruise, despite the fact that Viking had no legal responsibility to do any of the above. Pretty impressive, in my opinion. We've already signed up for the Barcelona to Venice Mediterranean Cruise. You do it right! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
Viking has created an excellent experience for their travelers. From the time we came on board we were treated very well by everyone which made for a very pleasant cruise. The tours and information provided by the staff were wonderful in ... Read More
Viking has created an excellent experience for their travelers. From the time we came on board we were treated very well by everyone which made for a very pleasant cruise. The tours and information provided by the staff were wonderful in every way. It was an easy way to see a very beautiful part of Europe and experience the local culture with guides that were very knowledgable and friendly. All of the little details like transportation to daily tour destinations was very efficient. Our room was very conforatble, especially the bed for sleeping. The food was local in origin which made for a more authentic experience and it was also excellent. In retrospect our cruise was a memorable experience that rates very highly with the traveling we have done. Thank you for making our experience so much fun. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
My friends and I traveled on the Viking Tor this past June from Basel north to Amsterdam. Everything was beyond amazing. The flight was well-handled by Beth, our travel agent, who booked us an extra day in Lucerne, truly the city of my ... Read More
My friends and I traveled on the Viking Tor this past June from Basel north to Amsterdam. Everything was beyond amazing. The flight was well-handled by Beth, our travel agent, who booked us an extra day in Lucerne, truly the city of my dreams! The accommodations in the hotel were good but the extras (esp. breakfast) was NOT up to the standards of the remainder of the trip. That's the last negative you'll here from us! Suzanne Hartkop, the Viking representative in Lucerne, was simply AMAZING (!), beyond all expectations. She took a personal interest in each of us, offering guidance, suggestions, information with facility and consummate ability. Viking can use Suzanne as the template by which other representatives can be measured. Once we boarded the Viking Tor, the six of us (we traveled with close friends, the Eisenbergs and the Rubinsteins) entered a world Viking can be truly proud of. All staff were helpful, courteous, amenable -- at all times. The dining room staff were wonderful and the food fantastic. Although we did not have assigned seating (thank goodness)and moved around the first couple of days, we met with your waitress Judit, and remained at her table throughout the remainder of the cruise. She was fantastic and made each meal enjoyable in so many ways. Special thanks to the executive chef Mark Anthony Saldua whose kitchen always produced foods to match any restaurant anywhere. This was truly a great cruise and we look forward to returning for another Viking River cruise!! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
This was the perfect holiday for our party of 6. Everything went realy well from the flight to Amsterdam from Birmingham to the return flights, Basel to Amsterdam and then again on to Birmingham. We travelled by coach for the short ... Read More
This was the perfect holiday for our party of 6. Everything went realy well from the flight to Amsterdam from Birmingham to the return flights, Basel to Amsterdam and then again on to Birmingham. We travelled by coach for the short journey to the the boat where we were able to check in, our luggage already on board and brought to our staterooms. The afternoon was free to explore Amsterdam before we rejoined the boat for dinner and set sail. The food and service was second to none during the whole trip. The crew were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble for them. We had several stops and sightseeing trips during the journey, all very well organised and not too strenuous considering the age group of the majority of passengers. Passengers were also able to go off on their own if it was their preference. River cruising is the ideal way to see large parts of different destinations, the boats are not too big and impersonal and it was easy to make new friends. We are certainly going to do more river cruising in the future1 Read Less
Sail Date: June 2014
A note - we actually began this cruise in Basel, Switzerland and ended in Amsterdam - the options menu did not have Basel listed. We are not new travelers to Europe, but are new to river cruising. This was a trip we looked forward to for ... Read More
A note - we actually began this cruise in Basel, Switzerland and ended in Amsterdam - the options menu did not have Basel listed. We are not new travelers to Europe, but are new to river cruising. This was a trip we looked forward to for more than a year. My husband and I and another couple arrived on a flight into Zurich and were met by a pleasant Viking rep, then transferred to Lucerne for our ore cruise extension. Rooms were not yet ready so the hotel stored our luggage and we went off on the planned walking tour. It was very informative and ended in old town. We found an outdoor cafe for lunch, walked a bit, then returned to the hotel hoping the rooms would be ready. They were not. After an all night flight by 3 pm people hit the proverbial wall, and thankfully the Viking rep intervened, but we were not pleased with the hotel's attitude. If you plan a pre cruise (or post cruise) extension, do yourselves a favor and upgrade your rooms. We didn't think of this until we were on the cruise, but i contacted our travel agent and she upgraded our rooms for the Amsterdam post cruise extension, which made us much happier. Otherwise, the hotel was not at all special. Viking is highly organized so embarkation is effortless. You walk on the ship, identify yourself, receive your key cards and are whisked off to your cabins. We stayed in a veranda suite (304) and it was wonderful. Compared to big cruise ships everything is smaller on a river cruise ship, but the suites are lovely, well appointed (l'Occitane bath products), fresh flowers, fruit and champagne, and extremely attentive service. Verandas are small but a lovely place to perch and admire the scenery. We were among the younger members of the passengers at 48, but fellow travelers were interesting, friendly, and as happy to be on board as we were. Staff is very eager to please and bend over backwards to get to know you and your favorite beverage, etc... Not one ever seemed to be in a bad mood. They made the trip even more fun with their suggestions and stories. Mornings begin with a fantastic breakfast buffet - if you leave hungry it's not their fault. Morning excursions are highly organized and interesting. Guides were all, without exception, fun, interesting, and humorous. Comfy walking shoes are a must - and walking is a must if for no other reason than to burn off the calories you're bound to consume. We didn't opt for the extra excursions because we four enjoyed exploring the towns on our own each afternoon. Returning to the ship, we freshened up, joined new friends in the lounge for cocktails, listened to the talk about the next day, and then headed to the dining room for one great dinner after the other. Each cruise features a themed night - on our Rhine Getaway it was called 'Taste of Germany,' which included not only a wonderful meal but also a chance to tour the kitchen and meet the crew who works so hard to create their tasty dishes. Folksy entertainment was a bit kitschy but we loved it. Our friends were celebrating their wedding anniversary and a beautiful cake was brought to them. Several birthdays were also celebrated on board - great fun. We did purchase the beverage package, even though wine and soft drinks are free at meal times. If you prefer specific brands or wines it truly is worth it. Viking goes to great effort to bring on board local entertainment and on our cruise, even a glass blower who amazed us with his skill. The cruise staff offer fun games in the lounge at night, too - you'd be amazed how much fun a game of scattergories can get - and how hysterical. Another note on the attentiveness of staff: the day we cruised through the area with the castles was a bit chilly, so out came blankets for anyone needing or wanting one, then hot chocolate with incredible whipped cream. The bar is open all day long as well as two coffee stations with pastries on the morning and cookies in the afternoon. I refuse to admit to the amount of weight I managed to put on, but hope to have it off soon! Debarkation is also extremely efficient. Staff who brought your drinks may well be hauling your suitcases - everyone pitches in. Guests settle their bills the night before debarkation which was easy, then we stepped off the ship and were whisked away to our post cruise extension. We are fans of sea cruising, but now also fans of river cruising. Unpacking just one time (not counting the extensions) is a wonderful way to see Europe, and river scenery is truly spectacular. Looking forward to sailing with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
This was our first river cruise and our high expectations were met. The dining venues and seating in common areas allowed for personal preference and were kept spotlessly clean. We found the captain and all staff to be helpful and friendly ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and our high expectations were met. The dining venues and seating in common areas allowed for personal preference and were kept spotlessly clean. We found the captain and all staff to be helpful and friendly without being pushy. Really excellent crew. I had expected a sort of token tour for each day's port, but I was so very wrong. The included tours were excellent, complete in every way. The guides knew the area, could answer questions easily and were personable without being intrusive. The individual sound packs made hearing easy even in large groups. The Viking buses are excellent and our driver was amazing! Optional tours were explained clearly. Ample time was available to enjoy all three meals aboard and still join any tour. We loved the Alsace tour to Klipfel Winery. Actually, we rate the overall organization as excellent. The behind-the-scenes planning and execution made for seamless trips on and off the Tor for excursions as well as for embarkation and debarkation. Food was uniformly delicious and presented beautifully. No overwhelming piles of food, but lots of choices. It was fun getting multiple appetizers to try the unusual. Buffet and/or menu service at breakfast was a treat. Lunch buffet on the back deck was special. Entertainment is not a high priority for us, but everything we participated in was very well done and enjoyable. The talks about the next day's stop were informative, but not overly detailed. Great! We had a great time on our Amsterdam extension. Again, the included tour was excellent. The hotel was lovely, the views were terrific and the front desk staff very helpful. The hotel dining staff could be trained to be more guest friendly, but the food was good. In short, we prefer this river cruise over every ocean itinerary we have participated in. (If Viking can figure out how to eliminate cold, rainy, foggy days--especially during the Rhine castle viewing day--they will have achieved perfection!) Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2014
I call this review A Tale of Two Cruises because there was everything that happened on the boat and everything that happened off the boat. For that reason, this review is in 4 parts, three referencing off the boat issues and one ... Read More
I call this review A Tale of Two Cruises because there was everything that happened on the boat and everything that happened off the boat. For that reason, this review is in 4 parts, three referencing off the boat issues and one referencing on the boat issues: 1. Pre-cruise. We booked this cruise 18 months in advance. First mistake: We called Viking and asked them their opinion regarding itineraries. Viking is in the business of selling cruises. They don’t care which one you take. You need to get a travel agent. Contrary to the impression you get from their brochures, Viking is not a travel agent. I was totally unaware that you could book a Viking tour through an agent and that it wouldn’t cost you more money to do this. In fact, it could save you both money and aggravation (and no, I am not a travel agent). We decided to book a week-long Rhine cruise from Amsterdam to Basel for the end of July. The boat is a newer one called the Tor. About a month in advance of the cruise, I suggested to my husband that we look at the itinerary because it included free time in the ports. Two suggestions learned from this: a. Book tickets for the Anne Frank house a month in advance. Tickets sell out quickly after that. The wait in line without tickets can be as much as 4 hours. b. Be careful, most important attractions in Cologne are closed on Monday. (Viking won’t tell you this even though they know this.)These include 2 major art museums and the chocolate factory, both of which Viking suggests you visit but does not mention that they are closed on Mondays, the day the cruise goes there if you start the cruise in Amsterdam. There is also the NS Documentation Center, documenting Germany’s role in WWII and the Holocaust. Apparently each large city in Germany has an NS Documentation Center but this is supposed to be the best one in Germany. It is closed on Mondays. This all would have been quite disappointing but it was compounded by the fact that the walking tour was done so poorly that it was a total waste of time. I complained to Viking about not warning us regarding the Monday situation. Viking offered us an alternative and a free trip to Pilatus. The Pilatus tickets were supposed to be waiting for us in Lucerne. They were not. And, the taxi that was supposed to meet us in Cologne to take us to other sites we wanted to see, never arrived. We ended up just catching a taxi by ourselves. After seeing the cathedral, we took the tour of the Farina House. I found it to be quite entertaining. 2. The boat. We had a French balcony room (208). The only bad thing I have to say about the boat is that the décor was bland. And that is the only bad thing I have to say. The boat and the crew were great! The room and the entire boat was clean and bright and very well designed for max efficiency. The bathroom and shower were of ample size with plenty of hooks and shelves. The shower was delightful with bath products from L’Occitane. There is also a drawstring for hanging light washables. I don’t think there is a bad room on the ship but our room was good because it was only a few doors down from the lobby and central to everything. The boat is quiet because, well, us older people don’t make a lot of noise. It is also a quieter running ship. The only thing I would change is to get a room where the bed is facing the direction the ship was going in. In our room the bed was on the opposite wall so we were kind of cruising backward. No big deal really. The food was very good. They have healthy options at every meal. You can have a lite breakfast on the lounge/terrace level or a regular buffet breakfast in the dining room. There is a chef to make custom omelets. There are waiters to help you everywhere. Lunch is served both in the dining room and on the lounge/terrace. Dinner is served in the dining room. Tables seat 6 or 8 so you are seated with other couples. This was a very nice experience. Apparently Viking advertises in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK because it is marketing to an English speaking audience. On our cruise about half the travelers were British and they were a hoot. There were a sprinkling of Australians and Canadians and about 25% were fellow Americans from all over the US (although quite a few were from Texas). Everyone was very well traveled although for most this was their first cruise with Viking. In your stateroom, there is a ‘quiet vox’ audio system. You wear this for your walking tours. This is a great advance in tour tech. You can hear the guide from as much as a block away even with background noise. My favorite things onboard were the coffee machines on the lounge level. They make every imaginable kind of coffee drink and great hot chocolate. I also enjoyed meals on the terrace. 3. Off the boat. This is something everyone is going to have a different opinion about. My husband and I booked this cruise because of the castles on the Rhine and we wanted to see the Alps. I really could have skipped almost everything else but I did want to experience a river cruise. My favorite ‘off the boat’ things about this cruise were the Black Forest trip (although I wish it could have been a whole day), the Windmills and the Marksburg Castle. We had two good tour guides in different ports, Valerie in Strasbourg and Jack in Colmar (although I do believe that Jack was also there on the Black Forest tour as well). Both balance their knowledge and sense of humor well. Very disappointing was not being able to take the tour of the Castle in Heidelberg. The guide made it all seem so boring. There is an earlier castle tour on the itinerary, the Marksburg castle in Koblenz. This tour is so good it makes you want more and it’s disappointing that this is the only castle tour. Best meal off the boat? In Strasbourg right around the block from the cathedral there was a small bistro called Bistrot & Chocolat. After a very tasty lunch, we bought a chocolate bar for dessert and it was the best chocolate! 4. The add-on trips. We elected to add Amsterdam as a pre-cruise trip and Basel as a post-cruise trip. Viking advertised certain hotels in each of these ports but even though we were booking 18 months in advance, we were told those hotels were full and that we had to stay at other hotels neither of which were rated as highly on Trip Advisor. In Amsterdam, we stayed at the Movenpick. It is not a bad hotel. It's a little out of the way. Being in Amsterdam, the thing to do is to stay in a hotel on one of the canals. But, that is not convenient for Viking so…. In Lucerne, we stayed at the Ameron Flora. It’s like a Holiday Inn. Except we paid Hilton prices. The one good thing about the Flora is its location. It is very close to the Information Center which was great for us. It is also close to the train station and the pier where you get the ferries to Mt. Pilatus and Mt. Rigi. I think that you can get a train to Mt.Titlis at the station although we did not elect to go there. Viking offers a trip to Mt. Titlis. It is the highest of the three peaks and there is a revolving cable car that takes you up there. It all just seemed too scary to me. I am a little afraid of heights. The Flora is also just a few steps away from Lucerne’s famous covered bridge and old town. So, the air conditioning barely works in this hotel and the breakfast buffet is pretty bad but you have to weigh that with the location. But, you may want to book your stay on either end through a travel agent and not though Viking because I can think you will get a better hotel rate but I don’t know how the transfers work if you book your own hotel. Lastly, before we went, we tried to find information about the sites to see in Lucerne. I wanted to see the Alps. Finding this information seemed unduly complicated and Viking was of no help. We went to the Swiss tourism office in NYC, asked people on Trip Advisor and then, when we got to Lucerne, went to the Information office right around the block from the train station (next door to the Burger King). We bought a 2 day Tell Pass. It’s about 170 francs per person but it’s worth it. The people at the Information office in Lucerne were VERY helpful. We arrived in Lucerne, skipped the walking tour and with the Tell Pass took the ferry to Mt. Rigi (Vitznau). It’s about an hour ride. Then, you get on the Cog Railway (with the Tell Pass) and go to the top of the mountain. You can have lunch up there. You then take the cable car down to the other side of the mountain to Weggis (with the Tell Pass) where you catch the ferry (with the Tell Pass) back to Lucerne. The whole thing took about 5 hours. When we got back to Lucerne, we went back to the information office to ask if there was anywhere else we could take the train for the evening. They suggested Sarnen. We took the train there (it’s about a half hour ride from Lucerne). This town has a small river you can walk along leading to a large lake and there is a small restaurant on the lake where you can eat hot dogs or hamburgers (or the meal d’jour) out back on the deck. It is all locals, no tourists (except us) here. The next day in Lucerne, we walked across the covered bridge, explored the old town, then took the ferry to Alpnachstad (with the Tell Pass) to Mt. Pilatus, took the funicular (they call it a cog rail but it seemed more like a funicular to me) all the way up the mountain in the craziest ride ever. We had lunch up there. Because it started to rain we did not stay up as long as planned. We took the Cable cars (there are two – you need to transfer from the large cable car to the smaller ones to get to Kriens. The cable car operator will tell you how to do this) back down the mountain to Kriens and took the bus back (with the Tell Pass) to Lucerne. That did not take long either. So, with the rest of the afternoon we took a train to Interlaken. Note: They are apparently doing work on the cable cars at Pilatus and the system will be closed temporarily starting in September. Check online or with your travel agent about this. Interlaken: it’s a two hour train ride each way and you won’t be bored for a second. Don’t forget your camera. This is the Switzerland you read about in storybooks. You can spend a whole day in Interlaken. Mt. Jungfrau is there. However, after seeing Pilatus and Rigi, I was not interested in seeing any other mountains although the train to Interlaken takes you over another mountain that is far less scary. We took a bus ride (4 francs each) through the town and walked back to the train along the river that connects the two lakes. We could have had dinner in Interlaken but just had some pastries and chose to wait until we returned to Lucerne to have dinner. Note: Upgrading to first class on both the boat and train. There are at least 3 styles of ferries. Two of them have better viewing on the upper deck, front of the boat in first class and it is worthwhile upgrading. The third type of ferry does not have seating in the upper deck front of the boat and it probably is not worthwhile upgrading. The catch? You don’t know until the boat arrives. You can upgrade on the boat, but I think you will need cash (Swiss francs) to do this. I don’t think they accept credit cards on the boat. Upgrading to first class on the train can also be done and we thought it was well worth the $50 that it costs. Again, if you do this on the train, you will need cash. If you want to do this with a credit card, you need to do this on the lower level of the train station. They have an office there that takes care of this. Interestingly, only rarely did guides on tours help interpret signs. I would have liked to have learned more of the languages that I was exposed to. The only optional tour we took was to Colmar. It was ok, not great. The other thing, and I know this sounds really touristy, is that when there were bus tours, the guides never warned you about when sites were coming up so I continually missed all the photo opportunities. I have never experienced that before. It seemed like all they were interested in was getting to the destination. Usually guides like to warn you when something photo worthy is coming up. The only guide that did this was the guide that took us from Basal to Lucerne.   Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
After many discussions and reviewing many different destinations, my wife and I decided on the Viking Rhine Get-A-Way from Amsterdam to Basel Switzerland. We traveled alone, just the two of us. During the trip we met several people from ... Read More
After many discussions and reviewing many different destinations, my wife and I decided on the Viking Rhine Get-A-Way from Amsterdam to Basel Switzerland. We traveled alone, just the two of us. During the trip we met several people from all aver the world and made many new friends. Thinking about our journey on the Rhine with Viking, there is not a single negative thing. It was absolutely the best vacation I've ever been on, and very much looking forward to booking my next Viking River Cruise. There is no better way to visit several different destinations without packing and unpacking, as you move along the river through different countries. The accommodation's were very nice, the food was fabulous, the staff was friendly and went above and beyond to ensure that your every need was being met. The guided tours were amazing and the English speaking guides shared the history of the different sites you visited. Again, I can't say enough good about our trip. If you want to have a vacation that makes for lasting memories, makes you forget about all the daily things everyone is faced with, book a Viking River Cruise. You won't be sorry! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
This was our first Viking cruise and, overall, we were quite impressed. We liked the dining options and the food was always good (with several choices), so was the wine. The excursions were well planned, the guides were generally quite ... Read More
This was our first Viking cruise and, overall, we were quite impressed. We liked the dining options and the food was always good (with several choices), so was the wine. The excursions were well planned, the guides were generally quite good, knowledgeable and their English was easy to understand, and the buses were clean and comfortable. Only comment is that there sometimes was not sufficient time to see more of the sights, particularly in cathedrals, museums, etc. - a few times it seemed like we were a bit rushed. The one disappointment was that for a good part of the cruise, the internet was not working which prevented us from sending messages and photos to folks back home - and even once they got it working again, sometimes it was spotty as far as getting connected in the cabin. We opted for the pre-cruise extension in Montreux and that was just a great experience, especially the accommodations in the Montreux palace. Sorry you will be dropping that extension. Suggestion: for land extensions, can Viking provide, before the trip, a list of suggested restaurants with e-mail contacts if one wants to make an advance dinner reservation for a special occasion (we celebrated our 50th anniversary in Montreux), as well as recommended attractions to permit some pre-planning. Overall, we were extremely happy with the cruise and will definitely want to sail with Viking again. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2014
Our recent Viking Rhine River cruise was absolutely the best vacation my husband and I have ever experienced. Three days exploring Amsterdam, a weeklong adventure gliding through 4 countries, and a couple of nights getting back our land ... Read More
Our recent Viking Rhine River cruise was absolutely the best vacation my husband and I have ever experienced. Three days exploring Amsterdam, a weeklong adventure gliding through 4 countries, and a couple of nights getting back our land legs while savoring the beauty of Lucerne - it was truly a dream come true! The Viking crew organized every day in a way that allowed each guest to enjoy a perfect blend of culture, relaxation, and fun. You could take an informative guided tour at every port or just opt to read or chat with old and new friends on the ship instead. We found that the optional tours were well worth the additional fees charged and are really glad we took advantage of them. The ship was gorgeous, the meals were outstanding, and having free wine/beer available with lunches and dinners was a nice bonus. My husband and I loved this vacation so much that we are already making plans to cruise the Danube with Viking (including extra days in Budapest and Prague, of course)! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
We traveled with 3 other couples, one from Texas, one from Florida and my husband & I and the other couple from Kansas. We had never taken a river cruise before and were very happy with how it went. The staff was very friendly, ... Read More
We traveled with 3 other couples, one from Texas, one from Florida and my husband & I and the other couple from Kansas. We had never taken a river cruise before and were very happy with how it went. The staff was very friendly, courteous, helpful and professional. The Rhine River was beautiful with such gorgeous scenery along the way and smooth traveling. The towns/cities where the ship stopped were all close to port and we had some wonderful guides on the excursions. The food was wonderful and the included wine and beer were a plus(since they are not usually included with dinner on the ocean cruises). The entertainment was good and we especially enjoyed the music trivia contest, that our group won! The rooms were small but well thought out as to the needs of passengers. We were very lucky the weather was so beautiful, we only had rain one day. We did an extension to Montreux, Switzerland. It was marvelous. Our tour guide took very good care of us (we were in a party of 8) and gave us great tips to maximize use of our time there. All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and plan to take another river cruise in the near future. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2014
Out Viking Tor cruise along the Rhine, from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland, was filled with beautiful sights (and sites), wonderful food, and terrific people. From the windmills of Kinderdijk and cafes of Cologne to the ... Read More
Out Viking Tor cruise along the Rhine, from Amsterdam, Netherlands to Basel, Switzerland, was filled with beautiful sights (and sites), wonderful food, and terrific people. From the windmills of Kinderdijk and cafes of Cologne to the castles of Heidelburg, the beautiful streets of Strasbourg, this trip had something for everyone. Learning how to construct a Black Forest cake or simply catching the glorious view floating up the middle Rhine presented only two aspects of the trip. On board, the crew and staff were thoughtful, helpful, and fun to be around. The food was delicious and not like the overpowering piles found on those huge vessels. The intimacy of the Viking ship makde for a friendly, accessible atmosphere. Having gone as part of the Pied Piper group enhanced the atmosphere in which we could get to know our fellow travelers well enough to create some lifetime friendships. I highly recommend this cruise (and the Seine River cruise) to anyone. If you are queasy about being on the rough sea, there's no need. The rivers are smooth and steady. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2014
Pre cruise trip to Lucerne planned by Viking. We were well cared for while there. Met at airport, transported to hotel, side trips available all very well coordinated by Viking. After 3 days transported to Basel to met Viking Tor. Boarded ... Read More
Pre cruise trip to Lucerne planned by Viking. We were well cared for while there. Met at airport, transported to hotel, side trips available all very well coordinated by Viking. After 3 days transported to Basel to met Viking Tor. Boarded ship, luggage taken to room by Viking, then on to first of many wonderful dinners. Program director lead informative greet and meet to let us know plans for our trip down the Rhine. He also introduced the crew. Each day was filled with side trips, delicious meals, smiling and friendly crew and evening entertainment. The rooms were comfortable, clean and well kept. The crew and schedule were very well coordinated, informative and our days were run like a well-oiled machine. It was a sad day when we knew our cruise was over and we had to fly home from Amsterdam. I would not hesitate for a second to plan another Viking cruise. So very enjoyable and relaxing. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
We landed in Zurich and Viking bussed us to Basel. We spent a very enjoyable day in Basel and spent the night in the Radisson Blu. The hotel was very nice and the buffet breakfast was fantastic. We embarked the next day and started sailing ... Read More
We landed in Zurich and Viking bussed us to Basel. We spent a very enjoyable day in Basel and spent the night in the Radisson Blu. The hotel was very nice and the buffet breakfast was fantastic. We embarked the next day and started sailing at 7:00 or 8:00 PM. The Viking Tor was christened in 2013 and holds 190 passengers. The dining room was very spacious and comfortable with floor to ceiling windows. The staff was exceptional and very friendly. The food was excellent and offered a varied menu. The beverages during lunch and dinner were complimentary and bottomless including beer and wine. Every meal was an adventure in local dining. WE embarked in France (Strasbourg) and several cities in Germany (Rudesheim, Cologne, etc.), and Netherlands (kinderdjik) before arriving in Amsterdam. There were at least two different excursions in each port (e.g. Alsation Wine tasting, the Black Forest, WWII memorial, Heidelberg Castle, Marksburg Castle, the DOM Cathedral in Cologne, and the windmills in Kinderdjik). All of the docents on the excursions were knowledgeable and very personable. I would definitely recommend a Viking River Cruise in Europe. I want to sail the Danube next from Passau Germany to Budapest Hungary. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
This was our first trip to Europe and flew in from Newark. Learned a couple things that have nothing to do with the cruise - Don't take Lufthansa 1 leg and then Air Canada (lol). Also when a airline agent asks where you are going - - ... Read More
This was our first trip to Europe and flew in from Newark. Learned a couple things that have nothing to do with the cruise - Don't take Lufthansa 1 leg and then Air Canada (lol). Also when a airline agent asks where you are going - - tell them your FINAL destination. Viking is an interesting company. You make your reservation and need to pay pretty darn quickly - or you will lose your reservation - if someone books and pays prior to you doing so (paying in full). So we paid for this at least 18 months prior to our trip. We stayed at Hotel Estherea in Amsterdam and loved it! The Viking Tor was very light and airy. Our room 200 was directly off the lobby. I was a bit worried about the location at first - but soon realized that it was quiet and very convenient to everything -- especially the front desk & the dining room. I never felt like there wasn't enough room for everyone. Tours included were organized very well. Buses, guides who really loved their subjects and knew everything about their subjects. I enjoyed them all. We did go on the optional Alsace Wine Tasting. I enjoyed it but once was enough. The evenings are quiet. There was a music trivia one evening and on 2 evenings there were people that came in and sang local songs. I enjoyed all of those. We also had a musician play and sing after dinner - he will not win any prizes but he was happy and tried his best. I brought cards and we played Hearts. Dining on the Tor was very good. I enjoyed all dinners - some dishes were not to my personal taste - or I felt that they could have been tweaked slightly to be more enjoyable - but on the whole - very good. My favorite was the Beef tenderloin & short rib dinner. I thought that the German buffet (and galley tour) was more than I wanted to tackle after a busy touring day in Germany. But the food was good. Waiters, room attendant and front desk people - along with the Program Director were all very friendly and I wouldn't hesitate to cruise with them again. The Captain was very amusing and gave tours of the helm and answered lots of questions from the guys mostly. Free wine and beer at lunch and dinner (I could get used to that!) Free Wi-Fi on the ship also. I would cruise Viking again as soon as I save enough money!   Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2015
The Viking Danube Waltz was our first river cruise and it far exceeded our expectations. The Tor was perfect: our cabin was quiet, attractive and spacious, the meals were delicious and varied. There were just the two of us but we met ... Read More
The Viking Danube Waltz was our first river cruise and it far exceeded our expectations. The Tor was perfect: our cabin was quiet, attractive and spacious, the meals were delicious and varied. There were just the two of us but we met so many friendly and interesting people we always had a good dining experience meeting new friends. The shore excursions were excellent. Tour guides were knowledgeable and their English was excellent and easy to understand. Our three-day pre-cruise extension in Prague was wonderful. The tour, luncheon and concert at the Lobkowicz Palace was one of the highlights of our trip. The overall impression we took away from our Viking Danube River cruise was that Viking had planned and executed the minutest details beautifully. We always felt we were in good hands. Personally, I've been on an ocean cruise and with my husband, children and grandchildren on an Alaskan cruise but this was the most relaxing, educational and purely enjoyable cruise I've ever experienced. We look forward to taking another European river cruise with Viking as soon as our schedules permit. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2015
My wife and I took the Budapest to Nuremberg trip on the Viking Tor May 1, 2015. Beautiful, modern ship and a crew that will do anything to make the traveler happy. We stayed in one of the suites at the stern of the ship. It is certainly ... Read More
My wife and I took the Budapest to Nuremberg trip on the Viking Tor May 1, 2015. Beautiful, modern ship and a crew that will do anything to make the traveler happy. We stayed in one of the suites at the stern of the ship. It is certainly a luxurious accommodation. The only concern was the vibration at times from the engines that were running at 90% power to sail against the Danube current. We had to take the coffee pot out of the coffee machine to eliminate the vibration noise. There are two glass doors separating the bedroom from the rest of the cabin, and they had to be kept open or they vibrated noisily. Otherwise, very comfortable room with terrific views from two sides of the suite and a great sitting balcony on the stern. We loved the food, and typically selected from the left side of the menu, which provides regional dishes. We were concerned that with the great food, wine, and sinful deserts, we would gain weight on the trip. However, we both lost a couple of pounds, which I attribute to moderate portion sizes and a lot of walking on the excursions. Budapest is an interesting city, but the visit was too short. We would recommend spending a couple of days there before the sailing to get a better view of the city. In Vienna, we went on the optional tour of Schonbrunn Palace, and it was well worth the effort. We visited the beautiful churches of Benedictine abbey at Melk, and the St. Stephen's Cathedral in Passau, both awesome experiences. Because of recent rains and high water on the river, we were only able to get to Vilshofen, Germany, and docked there for the remainder of the trip. There was a bridge up river that the ship could not clear. We were bused about 90 minutes to Regensburg and enjoyed St. Peter's cathedral and a well preserved medieval city. The final full day was a 3 hour bus trip to Nuremberg, which we skipped. Instead, we explored Vilshofen with many others who also skipped the long bus ride and got a nice taste of a German town. The high water issue is one of the risks of river boat cruises. They can be interrupted by high water, low water, or lock strikes. Probably the best part of the trip was getting to know new people from around the US and other english speaking countries and making great friends. Unfortunately, we were booked on a 6:30 AM flight out of Nuremberg on departure date, so we had to leave on the transfer bus at 1 AM because we were so far from Nuremberg. 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
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
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
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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