155 Viking River Viking Var Cruise Reviews

My husband and I traveled with 2 other couples. First time for all of us. We had a great time. Everything was excellent from shore excursions, to our meals and our rooms. The ship was very clean in all of the common areas, also. The ... Read More
My husband and I traveled with 2 other couples. First time for all of us. We had a great time. Everything was excellent from shore excursions, to our meals and our rooms. The ship was very clean in all of the common areas, also. The meals were awesome. I tried so many different foods. The presentation for every meal was very appealing. Our favorite port was Budapest. The finale to a great vacation was the night cruise into the cities, after dinner. The lights were beautiful and very romantic!!! I would also like to mention, the Viking Rep at the Budapest airport. She handled our passports/check-in and made sure we were in the correct line for our airline. All of Tour Guides in all of the ports, were very knowledgeable and interesting. Some were very amusing and made it fun! I mentioned your cruise to everyone back home and passed out your brochure. We would love to travel again with you, but we will have to save, maybe in 2019. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
New adventures for all of us. From DC, Philly and London, we gathered two days before the cruise at a well-located and comfortable hotel on the Pest side of Budapest. We took advantage of two separate guided walking tours to learn the ... Read More
New adventures for all of us. From DC, Philly and London, we gathered two days before the cruise at a well-located and comfortable hotel on the Pest side of Budapest. We took advantage of two separate guided walking tours to learn the history and explore this beautiful and vibrant Hungarian city. Traditional restaurants featuring local fare were plentiful, and we enjoyed two very full days prior to beginning the cruise. We even did a one- hour Segway tour. It was fun but difficult on the Pest side because of the crowds, easier to navigate on the Buda side at the lower elevations by the river. The Var was conveniently located and transferring from our hotel to the ship couldn't have been easier. We quickly learned all the offerings and nuances of our ship. The food was wonderful throughout, and the chef and staff never disappointed with a variety of delicious cuisine. The highlight at the beginning was a beautiful nighttime Danube cruise where we were able to experience the beauty of Budapest from the river under the lights. The rest of the ports and excursions were equally as exciting from romantic Vienna, scenic cruising through the Wachau valley, charming Passau and Regensburg, traversing the many interesting locks, and bustling Nuremberg. Following our wonderful cruise, we spent three exciting days in Prague which included an outstanding city guided tour and a fascinating day spent at Terezin, used as an internment camp during WWII. We all agreed that it was a fantastic trip and we look forward to doing something similar on one of the many opportunities in Europe. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We (my husband and I, both retired) thoroughly enjoyed this, our first, river cruise. Te ship was modern and very comfortable. Our room was a little tight but nice with the balcony, which we used often day and night. The food was ... Read More
We (my husband and I, both retired) thoroughly enjoyed this, our first, river cruise. Te ship was modern and very comfortable. Our room was a little tight but nice with the balcony, which we used often day and night. The food was excellent. I have a restrictive diet and the maitre de was more than willing to be sure I had plenty to eat right down to delicious gluten & lactose free deserts. The shore excursions were all led by very knowledgeable guides, most of whom were university professors. We have already planned our next adventure on the Viking Truvor from Moscow to St. Petersburg in June 2019. Excursions were included, so the price for the cruise was well worth it. A bottle of water was provided each excursion. Also, sodas, beer and wine were included in the price. We've sailed on 6 ocean cruises with another line and for the price, we couldn't match the value. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We wanted to experience the Danube River and to begin the trip with an extension in Prague. We highly recommend spending several days in Prague. Touring the Jewish quarter was particularly meaningful for us. The service was ... Read More
We wanted to experience the Danube River and to begin the trip with an extension in Prague. We highly recommend spending several days in Prague. Touring the Jewish quarter was particularly meaningful for us. The service was attentive and reliable. We appreciated the extra effort from the dining room staff in celebrating our wedding anniversary. The ship is well designed. We enjoy having the full floor to ceiling window. I would have preferred more time in Nuremberg before departure. The guides are first rate. The food is consistently very good, particularly the appetizers and desserts. We enjoyed the excursions. For us, the walking tours are the most interesting. George was an enthusiastic and excellent program director. The pianist, Sylvia, was superb. The onboard lectures were interesting. The night cruise in Budapest on our last night was a highlight. We felt that we had a better sense of Budapest than Vienna. The opera performance onboard also was very entertaining. We look forward to another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was our second Viking cruise and it won't be the last. This time we went with two other couples (their first time). Again, as with our first cruise on the Seine, we were not disappointed. The ship was great with all public ... Read More
This was our second Viking cruise and it won't be the last. This time we went with two other couples (their first time). Again, as with our first cruise on the Seine, we were not disappointed. The ship was great with all public areas easily accessible. Our cabin comfortable with all the comforts one could ask for on a cruise. I can't say enough about the unbelievable crew and staff! When it was time to disembark it was like saying good-bye to new friends. The shore excursions, programs on board and the entertainment on board were perfect. We had the best guides in the cities - as on our previous cruise from Paris to Normandy, these guides were friendly, efficient and so knowledgeable. Last but certainly not least, the food is out of this world on a Viking River Cruise. Every meal was something to look forward to. Vienna will always be one of my favorite cities and the Strauss/Mozart concert was wonderful. Our cruise ended in Budapest, our first time there. What a spectacular ending to a fabulous tour. We will always remember cruising up and down the Danube at night with the gorgeous city of Budapest all lit up. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this company because of positive review of friends. We should have arranged to arrive a day earlier than we did to allow more time in Budapest. We missed a connection in Frankfurt and thus arrived late to the Viking Var. We ... Read More
We chose this company because of positive review of friends. We should have arranged to arrive a day earlier than we did to allow more time in Budapest. We missed a connection in Frankfurt and thus arrived late to the Viking Var. We suggest you consider this when deciding when to arrive at the embarkation city. We were most impressed by our tour guide George and his attention to detail. Although we arrived late, he gave us a personal tour of the ship and a quickie orientation. He bent over backwards to ensure that city ours would proceed smoothly. The food was nearly worth the trip alone! Again, staff was very attentive to guests idiosyncracies--they could not be beat! The cabin, with the veranda was more than satisfactory, with cabin service twice daily! Informative lectures were held in the lounge in the evening. The emphasis here was on informing us about what we are seeing, and the cities we are touring...which I think is a plus. Highlights for us include the Mozart & Strauss concert in Vienna--well worth the extra you pay. Our visit to Freud's home and office were of special significance for me, having been a counselor in the past. The trip through the Danube Narrows is another must-do--beautiful scenery, plus a visit to a monastery which had its own beer garden. The tour through Regensburg was memorable for its medieval buildings and viewing the brass bricks, or "stumbling stones" showing where the Jews were abducted from their homes. The people we met on the ship were also a source of delight. One couple who we became acquainted with even decided to accompany us on our next cruise in April--to China! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Although we are a seasoned cruise family, this was our first river cruise and our first venture with Viking. We were overwhelmed at virtually every aspect of our trip. Our room was well appointed and very comfortable. The on-board ... Read More
Although we are a seasoned cruise family, this was our first river cruise and our first venture with Viking. We were overwhelmed at virtually every aspect of our trip. Our room was well appointed and very comfortable. The on-board service was extraordinary, particularly the food service. My wife is highly allergic (anaphylactic) to shell fish, tuna and salmon. I alerted the food service director upon boarding of her situation. He took personal control of her dining needs. Each day he provided her options for the following day. Some of these decisions required special meals. At every meal and function where food was served, he found us immediately upon arrival and let her know what presentations she needed to avoid. This was quite helpful in situations where hors d'oeuvres were served, This associate went over and above the expected attention and level of service that we expected. Our trip was marked with numerous highlights too frequent to detail here. Contrary to a recent traveler's comments about stacking boats side by side, we found absolutely no issues with air quality while docked along side or between other Viking long boats. My wife, who is usually quite reserved with her lavish reviews called this "the best cruise by far that we have ever taken." Thanks Viking! To quote MacArthur, "We'll be back!" Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We'd been wanting to do a river cruise in Europe and as a travel agent I relied on expert advice from other agents plus clients I had been sending. Everyone recommended Viking over other brands. It was high time we went. I organized a ... Read More
We'd been wanting to do a river cruise in Europe and as a travel agent I relied on expert advice from other agents plus clients I had been sending. Everyone recommended Viking over other brands. It was high time we went. I organized a group and 26 of us from the Pacific Northwest and cruised the Danube from Budapest to Nuremberg. The embarkation was simply walk-on and show them your passport then to your room just down the hall. We entering our well-appointed, compact french balcony were we'd spend seven nights. The first Budapest night we cruised the city at night and it was fabulous. Overnighting there was easy with a tour the next day. I wished for more time in Budapest. The ship was so easy to get around and we appreciated the light Scandinavian decor. The staff was excellent and George, the cruise director, was amongst the best. He was everywhere doing everything. It looked exhausting. The food was outstanding and we appreciated the flavors, combination of items, using fresh herbs from the top deck garden and the portions were not overwhelming like on other cruise lines. The desserts actually tasted as good as they looked which isn't always the case. Having complimentary local wines and beers is a plus. Of course, the included excursions in each port is a real plus and each guide except one in Vienna was exceptional. This trip was a 10 and I can't wait to book the next one. We purchased a few extra excursions that were reasonably priced and worth every penny. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
We sailed from Budapest to Passau, Germany. We have done many ocean cruises, but this was only our second river cruise, and our first with Viking. We chose the smallest stateroom, assuming we wouldn't be there very much. It turned ... Read More
We sailed from Budapest to Passau, Germany. We have done many ocean cruises, but this was only our second river cruise, and our first with Viking. We chose the smallest stateroom, assuming we wouldn't be there very much. It turned out that, for some reason, the room was very, very noisy. We lost one night of sleep, the first night, due to the noise. When we complained (at about midnight, when we tried to go to sleep) we were told that it would be looked into the next day, and that another room had the same problem. In my opinion, it should have been looked into right away, as we did lose a night of sleep. However, the next day the hotel managers (Rita and Oliver) spent a good deal of time looking into it, and ended up moving us (as well as the others with the same problem) to another room. No compensation for the lost night of sleep, other than a room upgrade since they couldn't fix the problem. In general, for any future Viking cruise, I will chose a room with a veranda, just for the little bit of extra room (it was too chilly to use the veranda on this cruise). Still, the Standard room, while it has just porthole windows, would have been OK (except for the noise, which we don't believe is the case in all standard staterooms). The next category room has no veranda, is the same size, but has a full floor-to-ceiling window. The room with a veranda has an actual veranda that you can sit on, plus a bit extra space in the room. All rooms are nicely appointed, clean and comfortable. In our new room, the wifi didn't work. In the old room, and other rooms that we were aware of, the wifi did work. We asked about it, and they said nothing could be done. Well, it was wifi or sleep, and I preferred to be able to sleep. Wifi was a little spotty, but given that we were sailing on a river, that's understandable. The onboard entertainment was wonderful and great fun. George, the activities manager, was wonderful.Be sure to read your daily brochure to make sure you know of all the demonstrations and activities, there's lots to do. The standard tours were also good and great fun. It was always easy to take the standard tour, and then spend more time in the location and get ourselves back to the ship (usually by walking). The ports were fine, not in bad areas. The Vienna port was the hardest to get to on one's own, it required a subway ride and a bit of a walk. The optional concert in Vienna (at extra cost) was a highlight. The food was excellent. The maître d' knew that I'm vegetarian, and checked with me every day to make sure the listed vegetarian choices were good for me. When I wasn't that thrilled with the listed choice (it was a lot of the same), he had the chef make something special just for me! After a couple of days, I just told him to "surprise me", and he always presented me with something great. Outstanding service from the maître d! He was also extremely friendly and helpful in many ways (found our luggage for us on the last day when we couldn't find it!). The waiters in the breakfast room could have been better at bringing around coffee, other than that the service from the waiters was fine to excellent. Some waiters were more fun and willing to go the extra mile than others. Housekeeping (cleaning the cabins) was excellent. Embarking was fine, the port in Budapest was easy to find and in a nice location. Disembarking in Passau, was kind of ugly. We had to move from the dock we stayed at during the day we had in Passau. That port was fine, and easily reached by walking. We had to move to some port near (not in) Passau, overnight, to disembark the next day. That port was in an industrial area, remote, really ugly, and I doubt near any public transportation. We had hired a local driver for further travels beyond Passau, and he had trouble finding it! I'm glad we got on at Budapest and not Passau. We will definitely cruise with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our third year going on Viking Cruise during the holidays, once again this did not disappoint. We had booked a Veranda Suite for us and French Balcony for our adult children. Pre Cruise: We choose the extension in Cologne ... Read More
This was our third year going on Viking Cruise during the holidays, once again this did not disappoint. We had booked a Veranda Suite for us and French Balcony for our adult children. Pre Cruise: We choose the extension in Cologne which was at the Hilton. It was an outstanding stay, great location and nice hotel. Easy walk to all the XMAS markets. We met the ship after a bus ride from Cologne to Frankfort with an excellent transfer. Rooms were excellent, we really enjoyed the Veranda Suite which afforded us a place to meet as a family. Viking now had breakfast room service which we loved. Our room had a tough time connecting to the internet while the french balcony had easy access. I need to say that in Berlin there was the attack on the Xmas Markets, We feel Viking addressed our concerns. Wurzburg had a great tour of the Wurzburg residence and gardens . Enjoyed very much. The residence was closed to the general public but Viking had access. Heidelberg was not new to us but enjoyed seeing the markets in full swing So many towns and castles, the cruise did take interested people to midnight mass in Werthiem. And Viking made 'many adjustments in the schedule due to the Xmas holiday. I did notice there was more time spent on a bus then our previous cruises. I think it is the nature of being on the Main River. The guides and bus drivers were all excellent. Limited Entertainment, but this is a river cruise. Some people reported they had an excellent triva game each night but we did not go to it. Xmas dinner had crab and lobster which was an excellent meal. Over all the dining experience was good, we have learned to scope out the best waiters and stay in that area. We had a post stay in Prague which I did not enjoy as much a Cologne since the city was too crowded and the Hilton was not upto Hilton standards. Overall great time. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
My daughter and I just returned from a wonderful week visiting the Christmas Markets in Germany on the Viking Long ship, Var. After a little blip in air travel plans with Air Canada connections delayed to Toronto, we enjoyed what I would ... Read More
My daughter and I just returned from a wonderful week visiting the Christmas Markets in Germany on the Viking Long ship, Var. After a little blip in air travel plans with Air Canada connections delayed to Toronto, we enjoyed what I would say was a perfect experience. A call to the Viking hotline when we realized we were going to miss our transatlantic connection in Canada, resulted in a very quick response and rebooking to United to include a cab ride from Washington National to Dulles International. The rest of the flight was uneventful and we were happy to see the friendly Viking Cruise representative who met us in Nuremburg and encouraged us to relax after our long flight and to let Viking take care of everything from this point forward. She was right, Viking is extremely organized, we were able to settle in and not worry about another thing for the entire week. The Var is a beautiful ship, accommodating 180 passengers. We had a stateroom with balcony that felt roomy. The bathroom included heated floors and a strong shower (important to me). The complimentary shampoo, conditioner, lotion and body wash were of good quality so it’s not necessary to bring your own. A blow dryer was provided as well. Dress on the boat is relatively casual, even at night. I probably over packed. It’s winter in Germany so comfortable walking boots are essential for the cobblestone sidewalks as well as a warm coat, hat and gloves. Bring Euros for the markets and for tipping the guides, other larger stores and restaurants will accept credit cards. Each day we were in a different port that included a morning tour and then free time to explore the town and markets. We always had time to eat a good breakfast on the ship, either the standard American buffet with made to order eggs or a more European breakfast on the Aquavit deck that my daughter and I enjoyed. Most days we had lunch at the markets, sampling the different wursts and local treats. Every market provided a warm drink for about 3 Euros with a 3 Euro deposit if you wanted to keep the commemorative mug that was unique to each town and fun to collect. Stops included: Nuremburg-the largest market and famous for their wurst on a fresh roll and local mustard (to die for). The Christmas crafts were amazing! We bought little wooden ornaments. We were told that vendors are required to let buyers know if the items are not made in Germany so customers can feel confident that they are buying locally made products. The morning tour included a bus ride through the town with stops at the Nazi rally points and the Nuremburg castle. That night on the ship and every night we had a coordination meeting with our program director, Dan, who laid out the next day plans, introduced the ship officers and answered questions. I have to say that I have been on many large cruise ships but the more manageable ship size of river cruising is refreshing. It was nice to get to know the staff and other passengers more intimately. Dan was the most involved program director that I have ever seen. He accompanied us on all excursions, working hard to insure that everyone’s needs were completely fulfilled. Although the ship offers a full bar, most evenings we were offered complimentary champange, cordials or schnapps. Dinners were elegantly presented and tasty with an eye towards healthy eating. Portions were on the small size but adequate. I was looking forward to experiencing more regional cooking. Meals offered were somewhat traditional and included such things as Beef Wellington, Chateaubriand, Sea Bass and Scallops. Vegetarian choices were always an option. There was one German night that satisfied my need for German food and to improve the mood, we were serenaded by local musicians. Every night wine and beer was offered. We kept hearing about the local vineyards so I was surprised that the wine choices were from other countries, mostly Malbec and Sauvignon Blanc. Highlights from other ports included: Bamburg- charming medieval town. It is the home of smoked beer and a wonderful hot apple cider called “Apple Pie” which came highly recommended from our young tour guide. In Wurzburg we toured the elaborate palace in the morning and then were bused to the perfectly preserved town of Rothenburg ob der Tauber. Viking provided lunch at a traditional gasthaus called Glocke that included potato soup, bratwurst, mashed potatoes, and sauerkraut with apple strudel for dessert. It was so nice to come in from the cold to enjoy such a regional meal and what a pleasant surprise from Viking. Other points of interest in Rothenburg include the schnapps distillery, complete with tasting room. The tour guide suggested the raspberry and pear, although there were many flavors to sample. The original and largest Kathe Wohlfahrt store is located in this town as well as a large Steiff toy store. In the market we enjoyed hot chocolate with amaretto and another commemorative mug, yummm! Wertheim is a small town that has a small town community feel. The Christmas market includes a little renaissance fair complete with sword fights and medieval characters. Wertheim is known for glassblowing. Earlier in the day, Viking invited one of the more famous artisans to provide demonstrations on the ship. This day we spent more time cruising and were able to enjoy the scenery and to experience, during daylight, a few of the 31 locks negotiated during the cruise, which usually occurred during evening hours. The next morning we docked in Frankfurt and traveled to Heidelberg where we again visited the castle and took a walking tour of the town. Lunch was on our own so we had another opportunity to sample local cuisine and enjoy another Christmas Market. We returned late that evening expecting to pack and prepare for the next days departure, when one of our shipmates reported that the Frankfurt Christmas Market was in walking distance to the ship. They felt it was one of the best markets with a great vibe. Unfortunately, it was about this time that we were hearing reports of the Berlin terrorist attack and decided to stay on the ship. I would suggest saving some time and energy for the Frankfurt market for future travelers, sounds like we missed a good one. All in all, I can’t thank Viking enough for making this week enjoyable and stress free. It was such a treat to have had quality time with my daughter. For everyone considering a river cruise and waiting to hear what it’s like, I say go for it! Christmas is a magical time in Europe. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
What my husband and I loved the most was the atmosphere. It was sophisticated but at the same time, comfortable and welcoming. No kids onboard! Don't get me wrong, we love kids, we just don't want to travel with them! Actually, I ... Read More
What my husband and I loved the most was the atmosphere. It was sophisticated but at the same time, comfortable and welcoming. No kids onboard! Don't get me wrong, we love kids, we just don't want to travel with them! Actually, I don't see kids being a good fit for this type of cruise. This is an adult cruise where people can enjoy simple things in life like, the scenery, the views, good food, good wine, good conversations. Food was elaborated and delicious, well sized portions too. At night, after dinner, we gathered at the bar to listen to nice piano music and to dance. The crew was very polite and friendly, always caring for each person on board. Tours were well planned and well paced. Proper equipment was provided when visiting the different touristic sites. We were given enough time to visit all markets on our own. This was our first Viking river cruise and for sure, it was the first of many more to come. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We have always wanted to go and experience the the German Christmas markets during the holidays. Many of our friends had told us Viking cruises were amazing, so we selected this Christmas Market cruise and it totally exceeded our ... Read More
We have always wanted to go and experience the the German Christmas markets during the holidays. Many of our friends had told us Viking cruises were amazing, so we selected this Christmas Market cruise and it totally exceeded our expectations. From the size of the cabin, the room amenities and the heated floor in the bathroom, to the fantastic staff who took care of us we couldn't have been treated any better. All our meals were absolutely wonderful with lots of choices and the wait staff had great recommendations when we couldn't decide and they made sure our wine glasses were always full! The Christmas markets were great fun and we loved walking through the towns and market stalls. Exploring each city/town to find the best local place to eat for lunch was always a daily goal and we succeeded. I'm sure we missed some other great places. We'll just have to go again. We are already booked for our next river cruise, this time to Normandy. Can't wait! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We had 4 couples travel together we a pre cruise in Prague. This was my 5th Viking cruise and knew what to expect. From the pickup at the Prague airport to the drop off at the Frankfurt airport, everything went smooth and no issues. The ... Read More
We had 4 couples travel together we a pre cruise in Prague. This was my 5th Viking cruise and knew what to expect. From the pickup at the Prague airport to the drop off at the Frankfurt airport, everything went smooth and no issues. The Prague Hilton where Viking had us stay is in the outskirts of Old Town but we didn't mind because we enjoyed walking around Prague every day. We opted for the Terazin day trip which was well worth the extra money, the guide was very knowledgeable and we had lunch in an exceptional Czech micro brewery. We were bused from Prague to Nuremberg and made it with time to unpack, have a drink and enjoy dinner. The following morning we had a bus trip around Nuremberg, saw the Zeppelin field, courthouse and the Castle on the hill. There was plenty of time for lunch, Christmas Market shopping and get a bus back to the ship in the afternoon. Once again we had a very knowledgeable guide, I think Viking had outstanding ones on this trip, at each stop they were funny, knowledgeable and communicated well. The next day was Bamburg, a short bus ride to town, a very witty and funny guide, who was a student took us around, the boat sailed at 1:15 PM so it gave us some time to shop around and sample the smokey dark beer that only Bamburg offers. I wish we had another hour or two here. The next day was filled with plenty of activities, first stop was Wurzburg Residenz, a walking tour with another great guide, then a bus trip to Rothenburg, a brief tour then 3 hours to spend exploring this picturesque town, a bus trip back to the ship, then a Taste of Germany buffet with local beer and wine. This dinner is outstanding and we all enjoyed it. The next day we cruised all morning, had a glass blowing demonstration, and arrived in Wertheim at 2:00 PM.The glass blower is very interesting, tells good stories and it is not to be missed.There is a small train that picks you up and drives you into the small town, we opted out of the train and guide, walked in ourselves, and hiked up to the castle on the hill.This is not to be missed, it is 2 euros to get in and you are on your own, plenty to explore up there. After our climb , we had beers in town and walked back to the ship. We cruise most of the night and were supposed to arrive in Frankfurt at 10 AM, there was heavy traffic on the river. At 11:00 AM we departed the boat and were bused to Heidelberg, you could have stayed on and gone to Frankfurt. This was my 3rd time to Heidelberg so when we arrived at the castle, we walked down the steps to downtown, did some shopping and had lunch too We were bused back to the boat in Frankfurt, had dinner on the ship and walked 3 blocks to the Christmas Market and explored Frankfurt. Our luggage had to be out the next day at 5 AM, with 6:15 AM bus ride to the airport. Viking stepped it up with the guides in each town, all were outstanding, spoke well and had great personalities. The wine selection was different each night, all were very good, and the food was very good to excellent. Out of 8 of us, 2 with dietary restrictions, we did not complain once or have a bad meal. The Maitre De on the boat came around to our 2 travelers at breakfast every morning, went over the lunch and dinner selection and made sure they were able to get what they wanted, both were gluten free and one was dairy free. There was a piano player-singer every day named Sylvia, she had a beautiful voice and played the piano very well. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We sailed from Budapest to Nurenberg for an eight day Romantic Danube river cruise. At no fault to Viking, we had a last minute flight change due to the Lufthansa pilot strike so we arrived to the ship a few hours later than expected. ... Read More
We sailed from Budapest to Nurenberg for an eight day Romantic Danube river cruise. At no fault to Viking, we had a last minute flight change due to the Lufthansa pilot strike so we arrived to the ship a few hours later than expected. We enjoyed all aspects of our trip. The food and associated service was excellent. There are many food choices at lunch and dinner and there is always good vegetarian meals available. There is always coffee, tea, hot chocolate and water available during off meal hours as a help yourself machine is just outside the lounge along with great pastries. The included city tours were very good, and Viking describes the amount of walking for those less able. There are some city tours that offer a less rigorous option for those than need that. Each evening the cruise director will explain the time schedule for the following day, plus there is a printed schedule with some history about the port destination in your room. Know that this is very different than an Caribbean cruise ship, it's quieter, more personalized service, less waiting for entry and exit on the ship and for food and drink. To some it could be boring as you watch the land sail by but we found it very relaxing once we adjusted to this experience. The locks were interesting to go through and this is usually the only time you lose the wifi. My only disappointment was in Budapest where we did not have enough time to see the great city but just know like any cruise any destination is enough to give you a sample of the city so you can decide if you would return and Budapest is one great city. For the first time river cruise people, here are some suggestions. Wear a watch, Viking tours are prompt. Meeting at nine is exactly that. If you are five minutes late the bus or tour group usually is gone. Make a copy of your passport in case the real one gets lost. Pack a change of clothes and toothbrush in your carry on. It's a long flight to Europe. Pack an outfit or two in your cabin mates suitcase( and visa versa) in case any luggage gets lost, it could make it to the ship with a delay. If you can afford it, upgrade your flights seat to the larger leg room seats for better comfort. Look into the travel cube by sharper image, can find in the luggage section at TJ maxx or on Amazon. Great way to organize your clothes, and easy pack and unpack in case your ship gets changed due to low/high water. Bring a deck of cards, book, knitting if you enjoy that type of entertainment as you sail down the river. It's very relaxing but some people may need additional stimulation to avoid boredom. Viking provides hairdryer, soap, shampoo, conditioner. ( umbrellas also) No need to pack these items. Have some items of clothing for layering, a vest, windbreaker to allow being flexible based on the weather. The ship was warm but Germany was chilly for the Christmas markets. Do a few additional tours, I found the last few days when we had free time after the free city tour , I was shopped out and should have spent more educational time. Viking does a nice job coordinating the trips. For the city tour day, bring the charged whisper boxes ( headsets in chargers in your room). Each day you will sync it with the tour guide and walk along with your headset so you can hear the tour guide. Exchange money at the airport so you have tip money. You don't have much free time each day, why spend it in a bank. Some banks are not open on the weekend. Before you go, Tell your credit card company you are going out of country. Consider spending a day or two in advance so you can see the city of origin or departure. Viking can arrange it. Have fun, meet new friends and enjoy the new places. Plus please consider tipping those that routinely served you, this is usually done in person on the last evening at sea at dinner. We tipped our room steward and two of our dinner waiters the equivalent of $30 ( in euros) for their service. It makes a big difference to these people's lives. The routine tips can be added to your cabin charge at the end of your stay also. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
My mom and I went on the Romantic Danube River Cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg, Germany. I won this trip at work and we chose this sailing because the Christmas Markets start to open at this time and the weather wouldn't be as cold. ... Read More
My mom and I went on the Romantic Danube River Cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg, Germany. I won this trip at work and we chose this sailing because the Christmas Markets start to open at this time and the weather wouldn't be as cold. We were blessed with wonderful weather on the week over Thanksgiving. We had a French Balcony on the second level which was great and kept us water level which we loved since we could lay in bed with the balcony door open and watch all the sights go by. Embarkation was smooth and the staff was wonderful and professional. Disembarkation was smooth as well, everything is explained and they arranged a cab for us to the airport as well. The food was fabulous, tours and extra excursions were great and the crew fabulous. We cannot wait for our next trip!! It is worth the money with food, tours and service you get. The Christmas Markets were great by the way!! They were not available yet at every stop but they could get a little repetitive anyway. If you can spend a few days in Budapest I would high;y recommend that as well. We stayed at the Sofitel Budapest which put us in walking distance to the ship boarding dock. : ) Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
The cruise was great, service was wonderful and so was the food. This was my second Viking cruise and the staff couldn't have been nicer and more helpful. Everything went smoothly from the time we were picked up from the airport ... Read More
The cruise was great, service was wonderful and so was the food. This was my second Viking cruise and the staff couldn't have been nicer and more helpful. Everything went smoothly from the time we were picked up from the airport until the day we left. There was an excellent choice of foods at all times and our waiter was great. I loved our daily excursions and that for some of them, they considered the people who couldn't walk as fast and put them in their own group. All of the guides were knowledgeable and personable. The only disappointment we felt was with the Salzburg excursion. It spoke of the Sound of Music but we never stopped to see the mountains, we drove past them so fast and ended up mainly in the shopping area. Other than that, all of the other excursions were great as well as the cruise. Hopefully we will be scheduling another one in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
We did the Romantic Danube from Nuremberg, Germany to Budapest, Hungary from 10/28 to 11/4/2016 (our first river cruise). The pre-trip in Prague, Czech Republic and post-trip in Budapest were well worth the money, especially the choice of ... Read More
We did the Romantic Danube from Nuremberg, Germany to Budapest, Hungary from 10/28 to 11/4/2016 (our first river cruise). The pre-trip in Prague, Czech Republic and post-trip in Budapest were well worth the money, especially the choice of hotels which were outstanding! The transfer from and to international airports were efficient and trouble free. The age group on this sailing was 30 to 80+. The younger group engaged the older ones after dinner in the lounge. There was a constant mix of getting to know each other. Best of all, was the staff on the Var from the captain to the cleaning staff - Outstanding!!. George, the Program Director and a very talented singer, went above and beyond to make sure everyone was taken care of. Stan, the concierge was always available with any questions; taking care of everyone needs with a lovely smile! The serving staff were most pleasant, especially Peter and Cazmir (spelling?).The tour guides and bus drivers were all excellent. The dining experience from breakfast to dinner, light snacks, etc. was A+!! The ship was more than we expected! All the latest comforts, even heated bathroom floors! The bus ride from Prague to the port in Germany was outstanding at this time of the year. So appreciated the fall colors and beautiful country side. Luckily, the Danube was high enough throughout the cruise, without out any offloading to another port, but if we had not, I am sure it would have been an experience to remember pleasantly due the staff on this ship - the VAR!! The included tours, plus the optional Wachu Valley to the Abbey tour were outstanding as was the Vienna Mozart concert tour! After such a fun, perfect cruise, afraid to take another river cruise as it will be hard set to live up to experience we had on the Var. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We chose this cruise for the places and the price. We really enjoyed this trip so much that we were delighted and eager to return. Delicious food, amazing staff, A1 service, really recommend. The tour of the Danube river is simply ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the places and the price. We really enjoyed this trip so much that we were delighted and eager to return. Delicious food, amazing staff, A1 service, really recommend. The tour of the Danube river is simply wonderful, the freshness of the air indescribable, each place with a different history, small towns with a fantastic architecture full of culture and progress. From the moment of our arrival to Nuremberg we were met by a Viking employee with incredible kindness, from there we forgot our luggage, they even took care of leaving them in our cabin. Everything we were offered in the catalog we had and more. Our extended days in Hungary was a sensational, a hotel with an eye-catching view, all very friendly Viking employees who said goodbye when all the luggage was checked in at the airport and we were ready to board. I can only say thank you Viking for the excellent trip we had and see you in a new destination. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This would have been a five-star rating had we not had to switch ships. The possibility of such a switch needs to be brought to the forefront of discussions when booking with Viking. It appears to be quite common certain times of year, ... Read More
This would have been a five-star rating had we not had to switch ships. The possibility of such a switch needs to be brought to the forefront of discussions when booking with Viking. It appears to be quite common certain times of year, which should be cleary addressed. My wife has M.S. and this switch was difficult for hew, flying in the face of our choosing this mode of transportation (so we could unpack ONCE and have the conveniences and lack of hassle this offers). Especially for someone who is ill. Transparency is always the best policy. Too, we booked an offshore musical evening in Vienna for our 25th Anniversary that day. It was not what we expected. We thought we were to see an actual, local concert of some quality. Imagine, you're in Vienna! Instead, we were treated to a few singers on a small stage, more akin to Carnival Cruise Line production of off-season workers from your local theme park. Ouch! Really, otherwise, the trip was exceptional. But these issues really ave us considering whether we will travel on another. Being in communications, I know you want honest feedback to improve services. Sincerely, Keith Hoerner Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
We had taken the Normandy cruise and wanted to go on another one. The Danube cruise offered several places we wanted to visit. The staff, food, accommodations, and tours were wonderful. I don't think there was one thing I would ... Read More
We had taken the Normandy cruise and wanted to go on another one. The Danube cruise offered several places we wanted to visit. The staff, food, accommodations, and tours were wonderful. I don't think there was one thing I would change. The shore excursions were interesting and not at all strenuous for us. We had plenty of time to explore on our own. Shopping in most places was blah, but that was expected. The food on the boat was excellent. We had a variety of dishes for each meal. We liked having the option of a less formal meal in another part of the boat (can't think of the name). The Bavarian dinner was lots of fun and delicious. Our servers were very generous with wine and beer. Visiting with the servers and other staff was interesting. The Salzburg excursion was lovely. We enjoyed seeing this charming town and the scenery on the way was beautiful. Having a balcony allowed us to relax, read and watch he world go by in our own private area. It was heavenly! We are already signed up to go on the Rhone cruise next Sept. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We looked at various river cruise options and providers and found Viking to have one of the highest ratings for overall cruise experience. The was our first cruise, of any type, and our first trip to Europe. From start to finish Viking ... Read More
We looked at various river cruise options and providers and found Viking to have one of the highest ratings for overall cruise experience. The was our first cruise, of any type, and our first trip to Europe. From start to finish Viking took care of everything from airline reservations, airport transfers, letting us know what to expect once we arrived at our Ship and our daily activities, Viking went above and beyond our expectations. Our cabin was available when we arrived, the Viking crew was always friendly and helpful. Every question we had was answered with a smile and an offer of any assistance we needed. The staff in the Main Dining room were excellent. Our wine glasses were never empty and the food was AMAZING. The daily tours were very informative and we enjoyed the local guides and their insight to the beautiful cities we visited. We will recommend Viking without hesitation and look forward to our next Viking Adventure! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Boss had sailed this trip and loved it. From the very moment we landed at Budapest, the Viking team took outstanding care and attention to detail. They were careful to give personalized care to every passenger. I never felt confused about ... Read More
Boss had sailed this trip and loved it. From the very moment we landed at Budapest, the Viking team took outstanding care and attention to detail. They were careful to give personalized care to every passenger. I never felt confused about what was happening or where I needed to be at what time. ALL staff from the activity leader, the room attendant, everyone was friendly and helpful. I was totally spoiled. The food was phenomenal, the room was very roomy and clean. Details of the room with the storage, view, beauty and toiletries were outstanding. I loved the tours and excursions. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and helpful. The entertainment on the ship was very enjoyable. I particularly liked the demonstration to make apple strudel and I made it for our bible study this week. It was a great hit. I also liked the night of the music trivia contest. So much fun, we plan to cruise again with Viking in 2018. I liked being on a river with so much scenery even during down times. The dining staff was particularly excellent Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
I had been interested in a river cruse for some time as it seemed more intimate with an opportunity to see more destinations of interest. Friends of ours signed up so we decided to make the leap and go. We were very pleased with ... Read More
I had been interested in a river cruse for some time as it seemed more intimate with an opportunity to see more destinations of interest. Friends of ours signed up so we decided to make the leap and go. We were very pleased with every aspect of the cruse and it lived up to it's billing. One thing the company can't control is the weather and we had spectacular weather the whole time which put it over the top. Starting with making air arrangements departing from Erlangen Viking was helpful and I always there. Once you arrive at your destination airport and make contact with your Viking representative until you get to the ticket counter for your departure you don't have to take care of anything. The food was first class and you always had choices. If you wanted something special all you had to do was ask and the staff would do what they could to take care of it. The excursions were in general very well planned and entertaining as well as educational. There is some history which you have to have to understand what you visiting and why it was important. The guides were very knowledgeable however they didn't try to impress only to explain and point out points and things of interest. One thing that was evident with most of our guides was they were happy to show off their towns/cities and seemed to really appreciate have us there. All in all a great rip and I want to look into the next level which would be the cruse on the Mediterranean with Viking however the size of the river cruse is hard to beat. Nice people and great service. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
Viking Var Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.4
Dining 4.0 4.4
Entertainment 3.0 3.9
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.1
Family 1.0 3.1
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.4
Enrichment 4.0 4.2
Service 4.0 4.6
Value For Money 3.0 4.0
Rates 4.0 N/A

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