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Viking Bestla
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ashmorgj avatar

ashmorgj

1 Review Written

Our first, but not last, Viking experience

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We were interested in seeing part of Germany, since that is the country of my husband's ancestors. We selected the Danube cruise in December because it promised that we would get to see many Christmas markets, which ...
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Sail Date December 2016


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KY Gaga

1 Review Written

Luxury & Leisure

The Danube River cruise is the best cruise that my husband & I have taken. We did explore Budapest several days before the cruise & do suggest others to do so. There are many free, guided walking tours of the city. ...
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Sail Date November 2016


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jestoviak

1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Best Vacation Experience So Far

If you are considering a Viking River Cruise - just do it! My Mom and I had so much fun and I think to narrow it down it was "the experience" overall. Feel free to reach out with specific questions but here's a ...
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Sail Date December 2016


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Kleinbar

1 Review Written

Enjoyable River Cruise Along the Danube

This was our second Viking river cruise (1st was four years ago in China) and overall we enjoyed the trip, The ship left Budapest and sailed up the Danube river making stops in Austria and Germany. The Bestla was a ...
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Sail Date October 2016


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orlsdesl4

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

River / Bus Trip

I have been on other Viking river cruises and enjoyed this one even though it was a river / bus trip due to the low water level of the river. This was my first experience with a Viking Longship. Besides the ...
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Sail Date October 2015


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SaxonQueen

1 Review Written

First timers impression

We saw the Viking ad on PBS station and wanted to see the Tulips in bloom. Everything was handled very smoothly from the airport to the ship and on the way home. We were on the Bestla. Our cabin was ...
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Sail Date April 2015


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Ercole

1 Review Written

Taken Care of Silently, Our First River Cruise

The Bestla was cheerful, organized, and tasteful. Our cabin was comfortable and had everything we needed and we never saw the house staff, we had one TV problem and had a repair engineer in within 10minites and fix ...
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Sail Date May 2015


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Michaelp williams

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Four Seasons on the River

Our trip was from Amsterdam to Budapest covering 15 ports in 15 days. This is our second cruise with Viking and this week just purchased another 15 day small ship ocean cruise with Viking. The Amsterdam ship was ...
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Sail Date October 2015


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staceyhoward

1 Review Written

Better than I Even Imagined

My husband and I sent our baby off to college and wanted an adventure of a lifetime. We had been getting the booklets from Vilking for years and always said ”someday”, well someday was now. We booked the ...
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Sail Date August 2015


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Pandandy

1 Review Written

3 Helpful Votes

Somewhat Below Our Expectations

For the price of the cruise, we expected to be "wowed", but only had one such experience, sailing into Budapest at night. We also expected to be treated as adults about the likelihood of low river water ...
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Sail Date September 2015


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Steve Lewis

2 Reviews Written

1 Helpful Vote

Meeting and Beating Expectations

Service, food, hospitality, staff, overall quality of the ship were all great. Cabins were well laid out and very quiet. Ease of getting around on the ship was very appreciated. Ports-of-call generally good, with ...
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Sail Date May 2015


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pcvogel

2 Reviews Written

Vikings excellent response

This was my first Viking cruise. I had heard from friends and relatives that the tours and service were excellent. I was not disappointed. We had several days of weather problems which caused us to stay in port ...
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Sail Date March 2015


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mladyd59

1 Review Written

Grand European Tour was grand!

This was our first cruise and we loved it! We were looking for something quiet and relaxing and this fit the bill. Everything was well planned and organized. Food was delicious, and the crew was attentive. The only ...
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Sail Date June 2015


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ginnylou61

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

The Very Best

From the very moment we booked the cruise we received top notch care from Viking. We were kept informed all the way through. Viking met us at the airport in Amsterdam and they walked us through the boarding ...
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Sail Date May 2015


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ron47

5 Reviews Written

3 Helpful Votes

The Best from Viking Bestla

Can't say enough about the crew. Very attentive and enthusiastic. This was our third Viking cruise. The itinerary for Tulips and Windmills was not as interesting as the previous two cruises (Romantic Danube and ...
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Sail Date May 2015


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bestie

1 Review Written

Special diets don't upset us; vegan, gluten free, dairy free, whatever.

The kitchen really catered (pun intended) to our group of 8. Four of us had special need diets and the maitre d' and the chef really outdid themselves at every meal. So attentive! Lunch and dinner were always ...
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Sail Date April 2015


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oiling

1 Review Written

disappointed

say 3 good thing first, 1st cruise for the season- cabin was ready at 10a.m., ship is beautifully, cabin arrangement was nice. now the disappointing part: because is the first cruise of the season, felt like the ...
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Sail Date March 2015


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Chuck/jo

1 Review Written

Ship Information

We recently came back from a Viking River Cruise starting in Budapest ending in Amsterdam. We boarded the Viking Ship called the Estila after looking for the Bestla which we did not know untill we got to the Ship. ...
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Sail Date October 2014


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ddcoleman

2 Reviews Written

First trip with Viking but not the last

My wife and I have been on several small ship cruises, and this was one of the nicest. The ship was very modern and comfortable, the crew was very friendly and attentive, and the tours were wonderful. The food and ...
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Sail Date June 2014


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tennesseedreamer

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Our Grand European Cruise

It was indeed "Grand". The ship is beautiful, the staff very helpful and with a smile, and our captain outstanding! The waters in the Danube/Rhine Rivers were quite low but thanks to the skill of our captain and his ...
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Sail Date June 2014


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Ollie55

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

My First Experience with Viking

I found that the Viking staff were exceptional given the needs of the guests. They dealt with issues in a very professional and caring manner since there were several medical issues during the excursion. The tours ...
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Sail Date July 2014


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greybear59

1 Review Written

We love this cruise

The service, the meals, the staff, and the ship itself were all first class. We especially enjoyed all the destinations where the guides on shore were knowledgeable and friendly. The cruise director was really ...
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Sail Date July 2014


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Ellen in State College PA

4 Reviews Written

4 Helpful Votes

Eistla and Bestla; Forced Ship Change in Nuremberg

Overall we had a very good trip. However two things were irritating, the boat switch halfway through the trip and the beverage package. This was the most expensive vacation I have ever taken and I expected ...
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Sail Date October 2014


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GrandpaBilly

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Grand European Cruise

Recently back from a great cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest (followed by Prague extension). Exceeded my expectations. Had the youngest (German) captain in Viking (Bestla) fleet and it seemed he set a nice tone as ...
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Sail Date September 2014


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261044

2 Reviews Written

12 Helpful Votes

Viking is everything it claims to be!!

I was on a 15 day cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. This was my first river cruise, although I have been on more than 30 ocean cruises. I had decided to try this type of cruising, even though it was more expensive. ...
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Sail Date August 2014


Viking Bestla Ratings

CategoryEditorMember
Cabins4.04.5
Dining4.04.5
Entertainment3.04.3
Public Rooms5.04.7
Fitness Recreation1.03.7
Family1.0N/A
Enrichment4.04.4
Service4.04.4
Value For Money3.04.2
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