1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
We chose to cruise the Danube River with Viking because we so enjoyed our experience cruising the Rhine River from Basel to Amsterdam in 2014. This cruise on the Danube did not disappoint, and we are looking forward to our third Viking ... Read More
We chose to cruise the Danube River with Viking because we so enjoyed our experience cruising the Rhine River from Basel to Amsterdam in 2014. This cruise on the Danube did not disappoint, and we are looking forward to our third Viking River Cruise which we have already booked from Paris to Prague in the fall of 2016. The best part of Viking river cruising for us is that we do not have to pack and unpack to get from hotel to hotel as we travel--our hotel travels with us from place to place, and we are able to get off the boat each day to explore and experience a new adventure with our very knowledgeable and capable guides. Our French balcony state room was perfect for us. Yes, it's small, but so cleverly designed that its size was not an issue. Plus, we actually spent most of our time engaged in activities outside of our room, which passengers who are truly getting the most out of their trip would be doing. The staff always did their best to make sure we had wonderful experiences each day with enticing choices to fill free time if we wished. The meals were well prepared, presented and served by congenial wait staff. Again, choices were more than adequate for a small boat, including where we wanted to eat, the Aquavite Terrace or the dining room. We have been more than happy to recommend Viking to our friends and acquaintances, many of whom have inquired about our experiences river cruising. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
We were fortunate to enjoy a complete river cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest when many others suffered the wrath of a drought. We received enough rain and drizzle prior to allow us to travel the entire river. Even so, the Viking Var ... Read More
We were fortunate to enjoy a complete river cruise from Nuremberg to Budapest when many others suffered the wrath of a drought. We received enough rain and drizzle prior to allow us to travel the entire river. Even so, the Viking Var team kept us updated and we did not know until it happened that we would not do a ship swap. They were so organized I did not worry about it. Traveling the river was slowed by low water however. One night we were delayed getting back to our ship as we tried to meet the ship at a dock. Viking bought us all coffee and cake to enjoy in a local restaurant. As we waited for the ship, an oompah band showed up and everyone enjoyed the music in the parking lot. Truly a highlight of the week. All the food for the week was delicious with plenty for everyone. I focus on quality over quantity and was rarely disappointed. And there was plenty of German wine to go around! All the staff were fabulous from the cruise director to the housekeeper who kept our room beautifully tidy. Enjoyed all the tours and did spend time on our own in Vienna after Schonbrunn palace which should not be missed. Don't miss getting strudel at their cafe. We had the most delightful tour guide in Passau who had lived there forever. She was a stitch! Don't miss the Melk abbey. If you are lucky you will get a tour by a former monk with a dry sense of humor. We did miss seeing the Wachau valley as an unlucky passenger injured herself and we were delayed into the evening. A disappointment but there is always next time! Spend a little extra time in Budapest to soak in the beauty. My husband and I were a bit younger than the average age on the cruise but everyone we met was delightful! I went with an outlook of positivity that our lifetime dream was happening and would be wonderful and we were not disappointed! I would take another Viking cruise in a minute. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
OK, let me start with the topic that seems to be at the top of everyone else's list. Yes, we did have to change ships mid-cruise. We threw our stuff into the suitcases, went on the daily tour, and got back to an identical ship after ... Read More
OK, let me start with the topic that seems to be at the top of everyone else's list. Yes, we did have to change ships mid-cruise. We threw our stuff into the suitcases, went on the daily tour, and got back to an identical ship after the tour. The suitcases were in our room and ten minutes of unpacking later we were headed to the lounge with friends. Folks, Viking (or Avalon, or Taulk, or Uniworld) can't control the water level in the Danube. Based on the circumstances they encountered I thought George (our cruise director) did a magnificent job of making the transition as effortless and unobtrusive as possible. The ships (TOR and VAR) were wonderful for what they were intended to do. By that, I mean they're not ocean going cruise ships with casinos and movie theatres meant to help pass hour after hour of open ocean sailing. They were both immaculately maintained and the staff was friendly, helpful, and above all, available. The food selection was wonderful with a number of local dishes offered every evening together with good old American fare (prime rib, etc) for those less adventurous, and the service was excellent. Where Viking shines is the quality and variety of the shore excursions offered. The local guides they provide are amazing both in the depth of their knowledge and their ability to engage you in conversation to the point where you know they actually enjoy what they're doing and not just parroting a canned speel from a tour brochure. Over and above the standard tours, the wide variety of "elective" tours available pretty much guaranteed everyone the opportunity to pursue their particular interests. We opted for the supplemental 3 day Prague extension where they placed us into the Prague Sheraton Hotel which was an excellent choice as it was conveniently located and recently renovated. Again, I was amazed at the level of attentiveness Viking provided. In addition to multiple tour choices available there was a Viking Concierge to assist with everything from restaurant recommendations (and reservations) to suggestions regarding "must see" local attractions. One final point I can't stress enough is to what great lengths Viking went to provide a truly wonderful experience. Their attention to even the smallest details meant that we were free to relax and enjoy. Right down to the trip to Prague airport (at 3:30 AM!) for the flight home, they had a Viking assistant there to assist with the boarding passes and baggage check-in. Now that is exceptional service! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
Overall delightful trip, excellent weather after a first rainy day, enjoyable side trips, mostly entertaining personable guides. Delicious food all meals. Veranda stateroom on port side had good views most of the time with room to sit on ... Read More
Overall delightful trip, excellent weather after a first rainy day, enjoyable side trips, mostly entertaining personable guides. Delicious food all meals. Veranda stateroom on port side had good views most of the time with room to sit on the porch and watch the scenery. Especially fun in the locks and Budapest at night. Embarkation Budapest airport to hotel (because boat was an hour and a half away with low water) bus dropped us a block from the hotel in rain and didn't offer any umbrellas. One of our party was walking with a walker so got soaked walking to the hotel. An auspicious start. Once on the boat we felt more welcomed. The boat shift, while unavoidable, was still a disappointment because we didn't learn of it until we had completely unpacked and made ourselves at home. At least giving us an inkling it was a possibility initially might have saved some trouble as we mightn't have unpacked so thoroughly. Changing crews dampened the "you're home" feeling for the last two days as we had entirely different staff who didn't know us nor seem as interested in trying to be friendly. (we started on the Tor and shifted to the Var). I suspect it may be that their portion of the tips would be less from us and changing over the ship twice as often was a lot of work for them--fresh bedding, cleaning, etc. The ships were identical in layout, however, so there was no learning curve on where things were. Layout was the same. Would like to see a small workout room opportunity on the boat--recumbent bike, treadmill, stairclimber maybe--because sometimes I just wanted to work up a sweat a little. The tours were nice but the pace was generally relaxed (good for most of our travel group) and with all the good food, more exercise would be nice. Free time in the villages gave some opportunity for brisk walks a couple of days, but not on the tours. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
My husband and I just returned from a "cruise" from Nuremberg to Budapest on the Viking Var which began September 18, 2015. We were very disappointed as there was very little cruising done due to low water levels on the Danube. ... Read More
My husband and I just returned from a "cruise" from Nuremberg to Budapest on the Viking Var which began September 18, 2015. We were very disappointed as there was very little cruising done due to low water levels on the Danube. Instead, after docking in Regensberg, we were bussed from the ship to Passau and back permitting only a very short visit in Passau. Then the following day we were bussed to Melk and put on a very crowded local tour ship to visit the Danube Narrows. It was standing room only on the ship's deck. We were allowed only a 30 minute tour in Melk before being bussed to Linz where the ship Tor was docked for repairs. We embarked on Tor and sailed to Vienna. We were then loaded onto another bus for a day trip to Prague. Since we were scheduled for a post-trip in Prague, we asked Viking to arrange for us to remain in Prague rather than being bussed back to the ship and then bussed back to Prague the next day. They would not accommodate us. We had very little time in the cities we were scheduled to visit, not to mention the discomfort of long and cramped bus travel. For the short time we were actually on the ship, we enjoyed the food, cabin, and service. However, this just provided an even starker contrast with the unpleasant conditions experienced during the major part of the trip. We were very unhappy with Viking's customer service. We had contacted them before the cruise because we had heard of problems due to low water levels on the Danube. We had planned to postpone our trip if conditions were unstable. They assured us that there were no problems and agreed to notify us in advance if any deviations from the itinerary were expected. We later found out that passengers were being bussed to ports at the same time that Viking was assuring us there were no problems. We understand that unexpected events may occur while cruising, with a need to make adjustments. But Viking was well aware that not only were cruise disruptions possible, they were very likely to occur. Viking provided information to us at the last possible moment throughout the trip, claiming that every deviation in the itinerary was a complete surprise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
Two days in and at 8:30 pm we were told to pack our bags and be ready at 8 am for a 4.5 hour bus ride to the next port and unpack and start all over again. A lot of vacation time wasted. When the program director was asked the conditions ... Read More
Two days in and at 8:30 pm we were told to pack our bags and be ready at 8 am for a 4.5 hour bus ride to the next port and unpack and start all over again. A lot of vacation time wasted. When the program director was asked the conditions he acted like a true politician and dodged the answer. We almost witnessed mutiny on the bounty as many wanted to throw him overboard. While on board we checked other reviews and found the low river conditions had existed for about 10 weeks in a row. Same thing happened when approaching Budapest, had to take a bus 1.5 hours to get there. Many people opted not to take another 1.5 hour ride back to boat and then another 1.5 ride back first thing in the morning to disembark. We are all adults and appreciate being told in advance of the expected circumstances. Meals were OK, nothing to write home about. Breakfast staff was rude at times and very unaccommodating if you were 5 minutes late after breakfast closed. Bar staff was outstanding and comical, a welcome relief. Entertainment was a piano player who played elevator music. Only one night was lively. Optional tours were spent more on a bus than time on the tour. You could be on the bus for 1 hour then have 1.5 hour on your own then back on the bus for the 1 hour trip back. The two most anticipated views from the river cruise were never realized, Passau and Budapest. Will never use Viking again. Spent over 16 hours on bus. Maybe they should rename it the "River-Bus" tour! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
The cruise itself was good. The staff was excellent. The food was better some nights than others. I'm rating it as average not because of anything the staff could have done better, but because Viking blew it with pre-cruise ... Read More
The cruise itself was good. The staff was excellent. The food was better some nights than others. I'm rating it as average not because of anything the staff could have done better, but because Viking blew it with pre-cruise communication. We embarked on Viking Var and disembarked on Viking Tor. A heads up regarding the low water levels of the Danube would have been appreciated by most passengers. Bottom line, I still enjoyed myself. But many passengers have mobility issues and transferring them by bus to a new ship was uncomfortable. The staff managed irate passengers best they could. In fact, each and everyone deserves a raise in pay! We were told ours was the 10th cruise that had been diverted. So how come no one received a letter in advance? Passengers could have been more understanding of the situation had they been given a heads up in advance. Maybe they can better manage their expectations had the communication from Viking been better. Again, I personally had a good time. I met great people and took home wonderful memories of a trip with my mother. I get that Mother Nature interferes, but Viking needs to be held accountable for not communicating. I want to give George, the Viking Var Program Director, a huge shout out. George is a rock star and had a near impossible task of bearing the brunt of angry passenger resentments. George deserves a raise and a nice long holiday! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
We chose Viking's Budapest to Nuremburg River Cruise. We were on the same cruise as cpeverett in a review dated Sept. 2015. I echo the same comments without exception. Viking went over the top in accomodating our mid-cruise ... Read More
We chose Viking's Budapest to Nuremburg River Cruise. We were on the same cruise as cpeverett in a review dated Sept. 2015. I echo the same comments without exception. Viking went over the top in accomodating our mid-cruise transfer from the Tor to the Var. The food was varied and of excellent quality. There was copious amounts too. The only additonal comment that I feel compelled to make is that George is an unparalleled tour director. Concientious, accomdating and knowlegeable. The other one was good too. We found the Var staff a little friendlier and more outgoing than the Tor but that may be splitting hairs. The tour guides on the elective tours were uniformly excellent. Special Kudos to the English lady in Nuremburg. Her droll wit was exquisitely entertaining and kept us in stitches while imparting copious and fascinating trivia about the history and people. She should do standup! I would have liked to sit on the foredeck and just enjoy cruising the river more but we felt compelled to hit every burg and walk. Disembarking in Nuremburg in an out of the way industrial araea is the only thing that keeps this rating from receiving a very solid 5 stars. That was something of a downer but not much. I loved the experience much more than a big boat cruise. We met great people, had interesting conversation and created new friends. My wife and I cruised as a couple but it was not an issue at all for us as different groups invited us to dine with them each day. River cruising is much more casual and conducive to socializing and making new best friends for the day! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
We spent the first half of our Danube cruise on the Tor then transferred to the Var as a result of the ship change due to low water levels. If we had been on the Tor all week this would have been a five star rating. The difference ... Read More
We spent the first half of our Danube cruise on the Tor then transferred to the Var as a result of the ship change due to low water levels. If we had been on the Tor all week this would have been a five star rating. The difference between the staff on the two ships was like night and day. The staff on the Tor was outstanding. They smiled, called us by our first names and couldn't do enough to make our trip enjoyable. Not so on the Var. Viking obviously has no control over the water levels and they certainly went out of their way to compensate for the inconveniences involved in the ship change. From open bar nights to complimentary excursions, they did whatever they could to make sure our trip was amazing. The transfer was handled as seamlessly as possible by the Viking staff. Just put your luggage out in the morning and return later that day to the same room on the identical sister ship. The guides Viking uses for their excursions are outstanding. They are easy to understand, humorous, experienced and fun. This was our second Viking cruise with the first being the Paris to Normandy and we love the small river cruises. You couldn't get me on another huge ocean cruise where you feel like cattle being herded around. We are doing the Viking Shanghai to Bejing trip in May and it won't be our last for sure. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
We recently returned from a river cruise on Viking. The ship was fine, wait staff fine, food fine, not exceptional. The cruise was a mess, according to Viking it was due to low water levels on the river. I discussed this with our travel ... Read More
We recently returned from a river cruise on Viking. The ship was fine, wait staff fine, food fine, not exceptional. The cruise was a mess, according to Viking it was due to low water levels on the river. I discussed this with our travel agent and Viking prior to our sail date and we were assured no interruption whatsoever in our itinerary. Wrong. We had to change ships, we had to take a bus for hours to reach destinations since the ship could not sail, we were unable to enjoy our balcony view due to another ship docked right next to us blocking our view (we could touch their ship that is how close they were). I would not recommend Viking, I have a friend who sailed on another line the same week we did and had no river issues. Smooth sailing all the way for them. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
The cruise from Budapest to Nuremburg was fantastic. We actually sailed on the Viking Tor instead of the Viking Var switching to the Var around day 5 due to river water levels. There was the inconvenience of packing up and switching ... Read More
The cruise from Budapest to Nuremburg was fantastic. We actually sailed on the Viking Tor instead of the Viking Var switching to the Var around day 5 due to river water levels. There was the inconvenience of packing up and switching ships but inconsequential in the overall scheme of things. In fact we enjoyed the bus trip through the countryside that we otherwise would not have made...especially, if you can fathom, seeing two live camels on a Bavarian hillside! The night cruise at Budapest was almost worth the entire trip, it was enchanting. The second day cruise through the hills of Hungary, the quaint villages, the castles on the hills, equally so. We regretted leaving our Viking Tor crew behind when we switched ships but Viking had the foresight to send our two favorite staff members, Tatiana and Milos, with us to the Var. They were very personable, very competent, and contributed greatly to our enjoyment of the cruise. I have no complaints at all. Having read a number of negative reviews arising from the changes made due to water levels I would suggest that folks be a bit more flexible and consider the adventure! This was my first Viking cruise having been on a number of big ship cruises previously. I very much enjoyed the intimacy of the smaller ship...one got to know the crew members by name, made friends quickly with other passengers, and felt the attention of the crew was much more personalized. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
We enjoyed our cruise, even though we had to start on the TOR and take a bus trip in the middle of the cruise to get to the VAR. We were only give a couple of days notice that this would happen but we were told that whoever controls river ... Read More
We enjoyed our cruise, even though we had to start on the TOR and take a bus trip in the middle of the cruise to get to the VAR. We were only give a couple of days notice that this would happen but we were told that whoever controls river traffic had not decided whether or not there was enough water near Passau until just before our sailing date. The people on Viking Cruises worked extra hard to make the transfer happen smoothly for the passengers. The service onboard both ships was fabulous. The maitre d's on the two ships communicated so that I only had to give them my long list of food allergies once. I liked how they grow fresh herbs on the roof deck and include them in meals. In Budapest we would have liked to get out at Heroes Square. We could have spent less time at the top of the hill in Buda. In Vienna there was a choice of shore excursions. We appreciated that since we had taken the standard city tour on a previous vacation. We also enjoyed the excursion where we saw a short version of the Marriage of Figaro that was produced just for Viking guests. We took the Nuremberg extension at the end of the cruise. Viking continued to take good care of us, both at the hotel and at the Nuremberg airport. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
Don't book through their travel department. Delta had to reissue tickets because flight was booked wrong. Paid for premium economy. Not worth cost. Viking knew about water levels. When I asked prior to trip they said no issues. ... Read More
Don't book through their travel department. Delta had to reissue tickets because flight was booked wrong. Paid for premium economy. Not worth cost. Viking knew about water levels. When I asked prior to trip they said no issues. Boat was nice, staff was excellent. Paid a lot of money for bus rides. Changed boats 4 hour bus ride to new boat 1.5 hour bus ride each way to Passau Best part of the trip was the 2 day extension in Budapest Will not be back Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
My husband and I joined some friends and we planned this River Cruise through Viking. A week before setting sail, we called several times to check on the possibility of having to change ships due to the Danube being too low to navigate. ... Read More
My husband and I joined some friends and we planned this River Cruise through Viking. A week before setting sail, we called several times to check on the possibility of having to change ships due to the Danube being too low to navigate. (other friends had taken the trip 3 weeks prior to us and they had to change ships). Once we boarded, we asked again and no one seemed to know. As it turned out, we did have to change ships midway of the cruise. If we had only known about it ahead of time, our unpacking would have been greatly affected. The staff handled the transition as best as they could and the bus trip wasn't horrible...but again, not expected. The Tor staff was noticeably more attentive to the passengers. They knew many of us by our names, and treated us exceptional. The one morning we were sailing through the cliffs, many passengers were up on deck enjoying the beautiful sights. My friend and I went downstairs to get some breakfast and the crew took care of everything. They brought our plates, coffee, juice, and utensils all up so we could remain outside enjoying the sites. To us, that we going above and beyond the call of duty. Our cabin steward was very detailed in his/her attentions. It seemed like once we left the room, they came in quickly and prepared our room for the day. We never saw him/her, but knew we were well being taken care. We truly enjoyed our shore excursions, some disappointments though. We had signed up for The Narrows tour but found out at the last minute it was cancelled. The other choice that we really wanted to do was the BMW factory tour, but it was filled. That day, we weren't able to do anything as there was nothing else to do....that was very disappointing for sure. I do know many people wanted to do the BMW tour since the other was cancelled, but they weren't willing to take another group. When we arrived in Nuremberg and boarded the bus, we had the best tour guide! He was very informative and full of interesting facts. He showed us Zeplin field and the Documentation Building. We were only given about 1.5 hours at the Documentation Building and everyone would have enjoyed longer time there. So much to see and read and so very little time. Entertainment on the ship was a piano player. She was good, but it would have been nice to have varied entertainment rather than the same thing every night. One night we played a trivia game that was led by the cruise director and concierge and we had a great time with that. More trivia nights would have been fun for everyone. Once we arrived to the ship changing site, we had to board a bus and travel about 3 hours to our next ship. Yes, the ships were exactly the same, but the crew was very different. The food wasn't as good and the service was just good but not exceptional. Such a difficult transition once you have had such exceptional service and food on the other ship. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2015
Our river cruise was more of a bus tour than a cruise. We had to change ships halfway through resulting in a 4-hour bus trip. We were only docked at one port where we could actually walk to the town and explore at our own pace. Viking knew ... Read More
Our river cruise was more of a bus tour than a cruise. We had to change ships halfway through resulting in a 4-hour bus trip. We were only docked at one port where we could actually walk to the town and explore at our own pace. Viking knew about the problem with low water levels in the river before the cruise but did not tell us and give us an opportunity to reschedule. Even though the cities were nice and interesting, it was difficult to have an enjoyable experience when you are hot and exhausted from being herded into buses back and forth. Instead of an afternoon of cruising the beautiful Wachau Valley in Austria, we saw it only for one hour at dusk. I would not recommend Viking! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2015
We just returned from a Viking cruise down the Danube, from Nuremberg to Budapest. It was a disaster. Here are highlights: • The embarkation point was changed from Erlangen to Nuremberg (40 min drive) and no one told us! • Two of ... Read More
We just returned from a Viking cruise down the Danube, from Nuremberg to Budapest. It was a disaster. Here are highlights: • The embarkation point was changed from Erlangen to Nuremberg (40 min drive) and no one told us! • Two of the five cities we were supposed to see by boat were traveled to instead by bus. • One of the reasons given was that the river was impassable between Regensburg and Passau, yet when we arrived by bus in Passau we found another Viking boat that had just sailed from Regensburg! • This is part of a pattern of consistent misinformation and lies. Almost everything we were told turned out not to be true. • These changes led to additional changes in our cruise schedule so that we had extremely little cruise time (on only two days out of seven) during daylight hours. • We paid extra money to get a stateroom with a balcony, yet well more than 50% of the time that we were docked in port there was another boat docked next to us that blocked our balcony. That, plus very limited cruise time during waking hours, made the balcony virtually useless. • The schedule changes also dramatically cut our time in Vienna and Budapest. For example, we were supposed to awake in Budapest, yet we didn’t arrive until 11:30 am (and the last 90 min was a third bus ride), missing half of our one day in this destination. • We had to change boats! One of the values of a cruise is to stay put for the duration. Instead, we had a >4 hr bus ride between Regensburg and Melk. (We started on the Var and switched to the Tor. The staff on the latter was much better.) • And the day of that bus ride, our luggage didn’t arrive in Melk until 10:30 pm! • The schedule changes triggered earlier tour times, several days as early as 8:15 am. That’s awfully early if you don’t get your luggage until 10:30 pm the night before. • Viking brags about wireless internet on board. This was essentially non-functional. It was out more than half the time and, when it was “on”, it wasn’t fast enough to make it operable. (The staff complained to us about this as well, so it’s clearly a chronic problem.) • Several staff members on the boats were shockingly rude—particularly on the Var. • Bottom line: If you want to take a river cruise, do not go with Viking. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2015
Nuremberg to Budapest. After reading reviews from others that started on Var and ended up on Tor there is not a lot I can add, but I'll try. The ship change, the bus rides, the lost luggage, and only 3 nights of crusing. And thats ... Read More
Nuremberg to Budapest. After reading reviews from others that started on Var and ended up on Tor there is not a lot I can add, but I'll try. The ship change, the bus rides, the lost luggage, and only 3 nights of crusing. And thats counting the high speed trip from Melk to where we stopped to pickup our luggage at 2300 before heading to Vienna. Thats from 0800 until 2300 with no way to freshen up or change clothes. We missed Passau thanks to a 4.5 hr bus ride, chose insted to enjoy a second day in Regensburg. I was looking forward to taking photos of castles along the Danube from Passau to Krems, but it was late afternoon and soon to dark for good photos. The crew on Var were friendly and much nicer than the crew on Tor. The cruise director on Var & Tor, Tatianna.(I'm sure It's misspelled) And guide Melos, are the best, and the only reason we diden't leave the ship in Regensburg, rent a car, and drive to Budapest. I am sure the Capitan knew, as well as Viking Corp. that the river was to shallow, and Regensburg would be as far as we could go (before) we left Nuremberg. That makes me mad . My wife and I saved for a year to take that cruise, and I think $8000 was far more than it was worth. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2015
I want to say upfront I did like it, but it was really not for my age group. I went with a family member who really wanted to go and not be alone. I personally prefer to have a private guide an/or see places on my own. That being said, ... Read More
I want to say upfront I did like it, but it was really not for my age group. I went with a family member who really wanted to go and not be alone. I personally prefer to have a private guide an/or see places on my own. That being said, there is no way we could have seen all of these places in 8 days! Overall Viking is VERY well run! Most are upper 50's- 80 years old. They really cater to this age group with food and tours. The food is good. This Viking River Cruise was only about 200 people on the cruise, I don't even think that many. At meals it's open seating at 6 and 8 people per table. This is where you chat with others. Mostly Americans, but a good handful of Brits. It's nice hearing about where everyone is from. It was interesting to hear everyones stories and participate in different types of conversation, then maybe one would with friends. Each morning you woke up to go to breakfast by 7:30/8 because by 8:30 and sometimes, if we were lucky, by 9, we had to meet in the lobby to leave the ship for our morning city tour. Each city tour had a local guide. There were 4-5 busses to take you into the city and each bus had their own local guide. We never had a bad guide. Others told us they sometimes didn’t like their guide. We always tipped our bus driver and guide because they work so hard and were always full of information and wonderful stories. A shame we couldn’t hear more in some of the cities. We usually got free time to look at the shops. Mostly tourisy junk, but in some cities there were up market shops ie: Zara, Hugo Boss and other great shops to look at. The free time was always rushed. Some people opted to go shopping when we were in a better shopping city, but then they missed the rich history. One had to give and take I guess. And that is where I was a bit frustrated. Sometimes free time was only an hour and a half, which seems long but by the time you go into the shop look around and choose, you may have time for 1 more shop. The free time is clearly for the tourist shops where there is not a whole lot of thinking. There are optional tours that you pay extra for. This usually was instead of free time, but some were in the evening. Most are great with more in depth history in an area. One to avoid, the Figaro's Wedding one. They made it seem that we were going to an opera, but it was a Viking only opera in an old building with amateur actors. We tossed it up to a night out. But it was an extra and not cheep. 90 Euros. The best lunch we had was a day we left the tour early. There was a church organ concert that we didn’t want to hear so we left the city tour when we got to the church and went to lunch in the city. We found this local place near the Inn River in Passau, Germany. The hostess couldn’t do enough for us. She got us an english menu, sat us outside and made sure we had a view of the river. She checked in on us. She was just over and above with service. AND this was a little local nothing type of place. Not fancy at all. I got a veal schnitzel and Cynthia got a burger. It was all local business men and a few from the younger 20-ish age group. We really were the only tourists. It was relaxing and great. We had the extra time because we didn’t go to the organ concert. Then after lunch we went to see the shops which were all over the nooks and crannies of this town on cobblestone streets. Some late afternoons when we were cruising, we sat in the 3rd floor lounge. We had tea and cookies and enjoyed watching, as we went by the little towns. Each town had a church and cute little houses. A side note, about midway we had to switch ships. Viking makes it seem like they are shocked this is happening, but they are very aware that the water level is low and the shop cannot possibly get through certain parts of the river. I will say the moving was (again) well organized, Viking needs to come clean. I assume they feel people wouldn't come or back out of the trip knowing this. It was a burden to pack up again and then unpack. Most I spoke to only unpacked a few items on the 2nd ship. We had 3 or 4 days left, so thats what we took out. Another note: this ship the service was AMAZING. The housekeeping staff kept the rooms clean and were very efficient with making sure you has over and above on sofa and shampoos etc... The Kitchen staff was superb. They ran the dinning room very well and while I didn't have any special requests, other we sat with did and the staff made sure to bring it to them quickly. The front desk staff was also friendly even with all of the "older" people and their constant questions and worries. This made me laugh, but the staff was VERY professional! On our new ship the Viking Tor, not so much. There was a clear difference in service and we all talked about it. An FYI our program director and concierge came with us to the next ship, but not the other staff. Our PD and concierge were fabulous! Nicole (our PD) was very professional and ran the days and night very well. We all looked forward to her "Guten Morgen my dear ladies and gentlemen" each day. So great trip and for the right age group I highly recommend it! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2015
There was six of us and we all had a great time. The staff was one of best parts of the trip.I know they have to be nice but in my opinion they went beyond. I really enjoyed all the places we went to, even though I couldn't go to one ... Read More
There was six of us and we all had a great time. The staff was one of best parts of the trip.I know they have to be nice but in my opinion they went beyond. I really enjoyed all the places we went to, even though I couldn't go to one of the places because of the steps.I was in a wheel chair and I must say that the whole staff was very helpful. When I go again I will pick one of the rooms with a veranda. The ship was beautiful,the towns were very quaint and we all really enjoyed ourselves. An other good point was the amount of people. Everyone was very friendly. So much different than an ocean cruise. It was easier to get to know more people than you would on an ocean cruise. I can't say enoughh about how much we all enjoyed this trip. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2015
My husband and I thought that Viking did a fabulous job on the excursions and destinations. The food was wonderful for every meal. The drink prices were reasonable and the company was the best. We could not have asked for a better ... Read More
My husband and I thought that Viking did a fabulous job on the excursions and destinations. The food was wonderful for every meal. The drink prices were reasonable and the company was the best. We could not have asked for a better trip. I wish we had a bit more time in Melk. We were able to see the places on the tour, but were unable to visit the gardens or walk back to the ship through the town. We were thrilled to be able to attend the performance of Figaro's Wedding. A little more time for shopping in the cities would have been nice. The staff onboard was always accommodating. And it was helpful that there were bathrooms on the buses. The guides were well informed on the buses and we learned a lot when we were there. Thank you for a great trip. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
I have nothing negative to say about this trip....it was wonderful in every way. This was a first river cruise for my husband and me and it will not be the last. Although we questioned booking a lower level stateroom, the little time we ... Read More
I have nothing negative to say about this trip....it was wonderful in every way. This was a first river cruise for my husband and me and it will not be the last. Although we questioned booking a lower level stateroom, the little time we spent in our room convinced us we made the right choice. Although, it would have been nice to have a sliding glass door, it did not impact our trip in any way. What did we like most?? How do I begin..... ......Our program director, George Siderov, was the best ! He was always around to chat, answer questions or solve someone's problem. He planned several fun, social evenings and entertained us with his wonderful voice. ......the staff- the Captain, the front desk, the wait staff, the cleaning crew were all delightful. .....the food- outstanding ! High quality, healthy, and beautifully presented. .....the tours - very educational with knowledgeable, local guides. .....and most of all - the people you meet on the ship. We made friends with so many lovely people and exchanged emails in hope that we'll visit one another at some point. The evening talks were superb, especially Germany in 2015. We are impressed with the Viking operation. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
Great trip. Crew had to make some adjustments due to flooding on the Danube but not a problem for the passengers. Very impressed with program director. We got into Nuremberg a couple of hours early so he arranged transportation and a guide ... Read More
Great trip. Crew had to make some adjustments due to flooding on the Danube but not a problem for the passengers. Very impressed with program director. We got into Nuremberg a couple of hours early so he arranged transportation and a guide for those of us who wanted to explore the city in the morning. Our concierge could not have been nicer and more helpful. She was so much fun. As always the entire crew was outstanding. The food was great especially some of the pastries. If there was any weakness on the cruise it would have been the excursion to Vienna. There was too little time to do it justice. But all the other stops were exceptional. We have always been pleased with the local guides. It was a great trip. Budapest was our favorite city followed by Nuremberg. We took a pre trip to Budapest and had the best city guide. But all excursions were enjoyable even when it was raining. The on-board entertainment was very good. The program director and musician had a great relationship and did things to get everyone involved. As always, the long ship was wonderful. The crew really works hard to keep everything meticulous. The room, although not all that large, is so well designed. It's hard not to have a great time. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2015
Returned from a recent Viking Danube river cruise with another couple and had an incredible time.The Viking Var was our home for the next 8 days and Viking did NOT disappoint. The entire crew was caring and friendly. The ship was always ... Read More
Returned from a recent Viking Danube river cruise with another couple and had an incredible time.The Viking Var was our home for the next 8 days and Viking did NOT disappoint. The entire crew was caring and friendly. The ship was always clean. Meals from breakfast to dinner were great. Seconds? No problem. Want two dessert's no problem. Even have a bottle of water for you as you leave for your tour. Viking is aware that you have choices and they put the "C" in customer satisfaction. Only 182 people on board, so it seems like a private ship. No lines, no waiting. very organized. I look forward to booking another Viking cruise. PS. I would arrive at least a day before departure, so as to avoid any plane problems and get used to the time difference. Spend the extra time and money to visit Prague, you will not be disapointed. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
We have been on 18 ocean cruises, on many different lines. This river cruise was the best we have ever had. The food was excellent! Every meal was so well prepared with the finest ingredients, and the best service. The ship was beautiful, ... Read More
We have been on 18 ocean cruises, on many different lines. This river cruise was the best we have ever had. The food was excellent! Every meal was so well prepared with the finest ingredients, and the best service. The ship was beautiful, the cruise director very entertaining, and the concierge was very, very helpful. The included tours were wonderful, and the optional tours we took were very memorable. Bravo Viking! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
We had a very enjoyable river cruise. The food and drinks were excellent. We thought the itinerary was very good. We also enjoyed some of the unusual excursions.The entertainment was excellent . We especially liked the service provided ... Read More
We had a very enjoyable river cruise. The food and drinks were excellent. We thought the itinerary was very good. We also enjoyed some of the unusual excursions.The entertainment was excellent . We especially liked the service provided in the dining area. The cruise director was very entertaining. Read Less
Viking Var Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 1.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 N/A

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