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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2015
All inclusive cruising. The food was amazing, the Hungarian wine was delicious, the service was amazing. The waiters did an awesome job and some of them were quite entertaining and we felt like friends by time our cruise was over. The ... Read More
All inclusive cruising. The food was amazing, the Hungarian wine was delicious, the service was amazing. The waiters did an awesome job and some of them were quite entertaining and we felt like friends by time our cruise was over. The housekeeping staff did an excellent job of keeping our room clean. The entertainment was good, although we never saw all of it. The room for the entertainment could have been a little bit bigger to accommodate more guests. The shore excursions were good. It didn't take us too long before we decided to go out on our own to tour the cities. Some of the guided tours were quite slow (to accommodate those seniors who could not walk very fast), there was a lot of historical information which we soon found as information overload. Some of the tours we did enjoy. Our favourite times were exploring on our own, or with another couple, the old castles and other natural historic sites. We are not shoppers so we avoided that as much as possible. The ship was well laid out and appointed in lovely neutral tones, no complaints. All the staff were kind and extremely hard working and dedicated. We had a wonderful time and would definitely recommend this type of luxury cruising to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
We took the Viking Grand European Tour from Budapest to Amsterdam and had a wonderful time. We put together a group of 7 cabins of friends so we always had someone we knew to talk with and do port excursions with, but the other guests on ... Read More
We took the Viking Grand European Tour from Budapest to Amsterdam and had a wonderful time. We put together a group of 7 cabins of friends so we always had someone we knew to talk with and do port excursions with, but the other guests on board were also very friendly and nice so we met new friends too. The ship size was perfect and the service superb! Embarkation was a snap and our cabin was very nice, we had a french balcony, but some of our group chose the rooms below with the half window and said they were nice and large and quiet. We are signed up for another Viking cruise next year, going from Munich and ending back in Budapest. We loved Budapest and wanted to see it again and spend more time there. Others from our group have signed up for other Viking cruises this year and next, so this cruise was a hit with everyone! The weather was a bit cool in early April, but the prices were also better at that time, and there were fewer tourist crowds to deal with. As far as shore excursions go, Bratislava was very interesting and our guide was witty and very knowledgeable. Our cruise next year goes back there and I hope it has not changed too much! Melk Abby was amazing, a must see, and the town of Cologne was lovely, people out for strolls and on blankets enjoying the spring sunshine. We recommend going into Budapest a day or 2 early to enjoy both sides of the river and poke around the markets nearby, lots to see and do within walking distance. The Marriott hotel on the river is excellent for pre cruise stays. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
13 of us took the Grand European from Budapest to Amsterdam on March 29, 2015. The cruise was wonderful. The Eistla fabublous. If you are lucky enough to have Florian as your chef you will eat well! We were cruising on Easter ... Read More
13 of us took the Grand European from Budapest to Amsterdam on March 29, 2015. The cruise was wonderful. The Eistla fabublous. If you are lucky enough to have Florian as your chef you will eat well! We were cruising on Easter Sunday. About 15-20 guest had inquired about arrival in Nuremberg in time for church services. David and Krista made arrangements for an unscheduled stop and a coach to take us into town. David walked us to the church. I was in a Catholic church with a German priest. I am Presbyterian, so really did not know what was going on, but was thrilled to be there. That Viking would go our of their way to see that the few of us that wanted to be in church on Easter Sunday, got to be there was wonderful. Their genuine caring also came thru when a fellow passenger fell in Wurzburg and had to be hospitalized. Their care for him and his wife was wonderful. I can't wait to take another Viking Cruise!!! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2014
My son and I cruised with Viking on the new Eistla longboat in December. We embarked at Nuremburg, Germany. From the time we boarded until we disembarked we were overwhelmed by the professional and courteous service of Viking. The cities ... Read More
My son and I cruised with Viking on the new Eistla longboat in December. We embarked at Nuremburg, Germany. From the time we boarded until we disembarked we were overwhelmed by the professional and courteous service of Viking. The cities of Nuremburg, Regensburg, Passau, Melk, Wauchau Valley, Vienna and Budapest were impressive and made more enjoyable by the very knowledgeable guides in the tours. The dining was superb along with the very attentive wait staff. Evenings were informative and enjoyable thanks to Carl the cruise director. We haven't stopped talking about the trip since we've been home. Already thinking about our next trip with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2014
My Husband and I recently went on the Viking Grand European River Cruise for 15 days in May, 2014 and were blown away with how well everything was organized and how pleasant all the staff were. It was such a Beautiful cruise and we were ... Read More
My Husband and I recently went on the Viking Grand European River Cruise for 15 days in May, 2014 and were blown away with how well everything was organized and how pleasant all the staff were. It was such a Beautiful cruise and we were fortunate to have perfect weather the whole time. The food was exceptional and the waiters and waitresses outdid themselves to make us feel comfortable and help us enjoy ourselves. We really can't say enough about how pampered we were and how very relaxed this type of cruise is. Our cabin was mid-ship and had a balcony which gave us a bit more room inside the cabin as well. It was very nice and very clean. We were always given a fresh bottle of water everyday in the room along with toiletries in the bathrooms. As with every ship, the rooms are very compact but the space is well used. We were quite happy with our accommodations. We had never been to Europe before and were somewhat nervous about language barriers but there was never a problem especially with the way all the tours were handled. The tour guides, bus drivers, store keepers and restaurant owners were all very gracious and helpful. Even the ship (Eistla) was Brand New! We would not hesitate to suggest this trip to any of our friends or family. Thank You for making our Dream Vacation exactly that.   Read Less
Sail Date: April 2014
So quick, easy and casual getting on and off, great tours and wine and beer included, Fantastic staff, especially our program Director, Henrietta. With only about 175 Passengers and Viking being very well organized with all the details ... Read More
So quick, easy and casual getting on and off, great tours and wine and beer included, Fantastic staff, especially our program Director, Henrietta. With only about 175 Passengers and Viking being very well organized with all the details everything went very smoothly even with a slight change of plans due to high water. We got to see Munich and have a fabulous German lunch at Ratskeller on Viking. On board all Meals were very good as well with plenty of choices whether you wanted sit down service or buffet. The beer and wine flowed freely at both lunch and dinner. There was always a predinner itinerary rundown in the lounge which worked out well as a meeting place for a visit over cocktails as well. The two help yourself coffee stations were always very clean and nicely stocked with yummy cookies Muffins or pastries. The machines could make about 8 different kinds of really good coffees. We were on the maiden voyage and there were a couple of problems with the tv and noisy vibrating noise but they seemed to do their best to get it sorted ASAP offered the use of a lower cabin and brought us a bottle of bubbly as an apology. The passengers were all American and Canadian and at 57 yrs old I was on the younger end of the age spectrum ( only a handful younger at most) but although an older crowd, for the most part a fairly fit group overall. This grand European river cruise on the Viking Eistla exceeded our expectations... We can't hardly wait to experience our Viking Ocean cruise in 2016....I only wish 2015 was available! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2014
My wife and I just returned from Viking's Grand European Tour on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. We are 100% satisfied with everything about this trip. The ship, Eistla, was brand new and on its maiden voyage. Viking handled all ... Read More
My wife and I just returned from Viking's Grand European Tour on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. We are 100% satisfied with everything about this trip. The ship, Eistla, was brand new and on its maiden voyage. Viking handled all aspects of the cruise including round trip air fare from Cleveland. At every point of the trip from the airport in Amsterdam to the air port in Budapest, Viking provided qualified representatives to escort and assist us. The service aboard the ship was superb in all categories. Our program director was outstanding. The free daily excursions were well managed and always interesting. We took only one optional excursion in Nuremburg and were very pleased with the content and the guide. Food also was superb. Abundant breakfast made to order or from the buffet, lunch and dinner in the dining room was always excellent. Lunch and dinner is open seating which provides the opportunity to meet many new people. Daily schedule enabled us to be back on the ship every day for lunch as well as breakfast and dinner so you did not have to seek out local places to eat. Each day there were scheduled presentations on subjects of interest and at night there was some type of entertainment, none of which was disappointing. Two cautions about river cruising. First, there is a lot of walking on the free excursions but the excursions are rated as to level of difficulty. Second, river water level can be a problem. We had one day where the ship could not proceed because of low water lever; this was on a section of the Danube. On that day, Viking arranged an excursion to Munich which was probalby better than the originally scheduled stop for the day. Read Less
Viking Eistla Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.5
Dining 4.0 4.5
Entertainment 3.0 4.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.6
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.7
Family 1.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.5
Enrichment 4.0 4.3
Service 4.0 4.8
Value For Money 3.0 4.4
Rates 4.0 N/A

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