Sail Date: November 2014
This was a special trip for us as we were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and a birthday too. I've wanted to go on a river cruise for a long time. We've never been on a large ocean cruise, as the large size didn't ... Read More
This was a special trip for us as we were celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary and a birthday too. I've wanted to go on a river cruise for a long time. We've never been on a large ocean cruise, as the large size didn't appeal to me. For our anniversary we were considering Italy or Greece but during my research an ad for Viking Cruise popped up the price was fantastic especially the airfare part. Since everything is included we decided to book. The booking process was very easy and the agent was very responsive. Hotel information (if any) - we didn't book any pre or post cruise hotels but heard from others that they really enjoyed the pre cruise trip. Ship information - the ship was nice, small, welcoming. The main lounge area both in and out were set up for socializing and the size of the ship made this very easy. Activities - loved the activities a German cooking class, Past/Present Germany lecture, Info session on the locking system used on rivers, etc. Service - exceptional about sums it up. Port & shore excursions - Local tour guides make it...the details on license plates, renting of small garden plots, etc. plus the history was fantastic. The tours were the right length and gave enough time to explore a little on your own. Travel to embarkation Port - we booked everything through Viking and weren't disappointed - flights, transfers etc. were perfect and pick up and drop off without a hitch. Cabin - and accommodations were clean and well appointed. Amazing how they use the space so well. The shower was very cool. Tip - you can cloud and un-cloud the glass for the shower. Dining - fantastic as a celiac the chef and waiters were super and I was problem free the entire time. Even had gluten-free croissants what a treat. My husband loved the food. Children's clubs - N/A age group was in the late 40's and up. Entertainment - local and on ship talent, 50/60's music night, opera singing, trivia - fun, fun Summary - value for the money, great and relaxing vacation - highly recommend.   Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
Two couples met in Munich for a few day visit then we were off to Nuremberg on Nov. 1 for a one week cruise on the Danube. We have done six ocean cruises; our friend's first voyage. Viking and crew do it right. The ship with 190 ... Read More
Two couples met in Munich for a few day visit then we were off to Nuremberg on Nov. 1 for a one week cruise on the Danube. We have done six ocean cruises; our friend's first voyage. Viking and crew do it right. The ship with 190 guests and 50 crew provide seemless service. As much attention as you prefer or solitude as desried. We selected Nov 1 due to assorted work conflicts but experienced warmer and dryer weather than planned according to Michael the ship's chief of entertainment and excursions.. The Hotel Manager quickly check us in and escorted us to our suite. When asked - at 4 PM local time on a Saturday - how long it takes to have a dress shirt laundered - Michael replied we would have the shirts back before dinner that evening. The river experience is unique as one wakes up at a new port most mornings. The excursions are simple - one tour fits all most mornings. It works. The optional excursions add variety for the energetic traveler. The oppprtunity ot walk htrough the town with a local guide than spend independent time worked for us. One area I would suggest expanding is the wine selection. I had inquired before the cruise on hte types of wine offered wiht meals. It is an Austrian wine bottled for Viking & served throughout the cruise. A greated selection and country of origin - especially a week or longer cruise - would be worth a review by Viking. We'll be back most likely for a longer cruise in warmer months.   Read Less
Sail Date: September 2014
We just recently returned from our week long Romantic Danube River Cruise. We were a party of four traveling on Viking for the first time. We felt like the crew gave over 100% in making sure all patrons were well taken care of at meals, ... Read More
We just recently returned from our week long Romantic Danube River Cruise. We were a party of four traveling on Viking for the first time. We felt like the crew gave over 100% in making sure all patrons were well taken care of at meals, going and coming from our land excursions and our time on the ship. The pace of the trip was relaxing. In addition to the many excursions planned, the schedule allowed for time to just sit on the desk and enjoy the beautiful countryside. We made lots of new friends from several countries. I would gladly sign up for another Viking River Cruise as I really enjoyed seeing the countries from a more intimate perspective. The ride was very smooth and quiet. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2014
Disappointed in the lack of time for sightseeing – average 4 hours at each location (except Vienna), too much time sailing with not enough physical activity on board, far too sedate. Only two decks available for public use and ... Read More
Disappointed in the lack of time for sightseeing – average 4 hours at each location (except Vienna), too much time sailing with not enough physical activity on board, far too sedate. Only two decks available for public use and frustratingly, the sun deck was actually closed off for 3 days whilst we sailed under several low bridges. This left just the (good size) Lounge but fairly small area of the Aquavit Terrace (along with the restaurant at meal times), which was very restricting. Good entertainment was provided; the library / internet areas were very small and connections were poor. Food was good and crew were friendly and helpful – mostly. Occasionally waiting service in the restaurant was a bit haphazard; they didn’t seem to work as a team. Programme Director, Violeta, was excellent and worked hard to ensure all went well. We had a standard stateroom on the lower (main) deck – very small but compact with two rectangular windows located about 5 foot up from the floor and only a foot from the waterline, so not much of a view. A balcony may have been better but costs a lot more money for the privilege; as the scenery wasn’t spectacular, it wouldn’t have been worth it. The stops we did have were good – interesting places with cobbled streets but watch out for Bikes! Sadly torrential rain spoilt the Vienna tour, which was a shame; it was a pity the Guide didn’t have a Plan B for adverse weather and kept us outside all the time whilst explaining the history of the area – we were absolutely soaked. The Classical Concert in the evening was brilliant and most enjoyable. The timing of our departure was somewhat annoying, having to leave the boat at 7am, despite the fact our flight home wasn’t until 1pm. The journey from Nuremberg to Munich airport took well under two hours so we had to sit around the (rather small) airport for quite some time. This trip is ideal for those not so mobile but if you want to be more active, then this is not for you; we won’t be choosing another river cruise for this reason. Overall it was a very expensive trip, and, in our opinion, not worth the money.   Read Less
Sail Date: July 2014
My husband and I are veteran ocean cruisers ages 52 and 49 and were unsure we would like a river cruise--and now we are absolutely sold on river cruising!! We sailed on the maiden voyage of Viking Hlin July 2nd out of Amsterdam for the ... Read More
My husband and I are veteran ocean cruisers ages 52 and 49 and were unsure we would like a river cruise--and now we are absolutely sold on river cruising!! We sailed on the maiden voyage of Viking Hlin July 2nd out of Amsterdam for the Grand European Tour in a aquarium level room 120. We were initially a little nervous due to earlier reported low waters on the Danube--however, by the time we got to the Danube around July 11--there had been enough rain and we had no problems. There were only some minor issues that were out of Viking control that resulted in our cruise being off-track for pulling up at each location-so that we had to be bussed to a few of the excursions (around 1-1.5 hours). I know some of the people complained and were not happy--but I tend to think that I'm on vacation, in a beautiful location and Viking did everything they could to ensure we made every excursion --so why be so upset??? One thing that has really sold us on river cruising is that you almost always have beautiful scenery around you and not just the deep blue sea. It is also very peaceful sailing down the river. We passed through 68 locks and that was so interesting and unusual to us. The staff was amazing! We had Dewi Klop as our program director and Zsolt as our concierge and both were great!! The rest of the staff always had smiles and greetings and were always willing to offer help. We booked room 120 because that and the top suite were all that were left-and I felt that our window room was just fine-we were not in the room much anyways. On ocean cruises we always get a balcony or suite and I was concerned I would miss out-but it turned out fine. The room is small but the amenities were nice and the room nicely appointed. There was enough storage for all of our stuff and the suitcases fit under the bed. I did check out the French balcony room and the room was a little smaller depth wise than ours-good to know for future-probably wouldn't book it. We had friends in a suite and that was nice-but for the price they paid not worth the EXTRA $12,000. Food was good to excellent every day. I'm pretty sure no one went hungry:). Portions were perfect and I did like that we didn't feel stuffed after our meals which is different than the ocean cruises we've been on-keeps the extra pounds off. Not that you can't order more if you were still hungry or really liked something. I do wish that river cruises would have a small gym available and a Jacuzzi or something for the top deck other than shuffle board and mini golf. Excursions were fine-not really our style. They were mainly walking tours so we actually didn't take most of them and did our own thing. In Vienna and Budapest we did Segway tours and they were excellent! In Nuremberg we did do the WWII history tour which was interesting being on Zeppelin field and the Nuremberg trials courtroom-but the hubby felt the museum was something he could see on the history channel. There were no artifacts to see-just hand held listening devices to go with photos. The towns were so quaint and lovely-it was nice walking around and taking in all the beauty. Would we sail a river cruise again? A huge absolutely!! I just need to find the right itinerary!!   Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2014
We were the first group to sail on the Hlin from Amsterdam to Budapest. There were issues from day one when the boat was delayed due to construction on one of the bridges. Instead of docking in our first port of call, we were bused there ... Read More
We were the first group to sail on the Hlin from Amsterdam to Budapest. There were issues from day one when the boat was delayed due to construction on one of the bridges. Instead of docking in our first port of call, we were bused there and back. The major problem started on the second day. While entering a lock, our ship stopped and we were told there was a problem with the lock. The ship backed out of the lock and stayed off shore where we stayed for many hours. Again we were told there was a problem with the lock, but we could see other ships going through the lock with no issues. It turned out there was a major problem with the Hlin's software, and they could not continue the cruise, but the staff continued to tell us the problem was a problem with the lock. This delay turned a river cruise into a bus tours often with the bus rides up to 2 hours one way, with returns to our floating hotel while we were docked in ugly industrial parks. The delays also cut into our free time in the destinations, and it seems the tour guides were told to hurry through the tours. Many time we had to ask the guides to slow down both their presentation and the pace. Additionally, as we made our way through the lock, the top deck had to be closed for at least 5 days, depriving everyone of the only opportunity to get any exercise as the top deck had the walking path, mini gold and shuffle board, and of course, the best views. Had I known that, I probably would not have booked this tour. We finally caught up about 2/3 through the tour and the rest of the trip was wonderful. It was terrific to dock in a city and be able to explore it and then return to the ship. We were told that these types of delays are very common with river cruises, low or high water, issue with locks can impact a schedule. However, our delay was due to an issue with the Viking ship, yet it was never acknowledged and no compensation was offered. I felt cheated and the cruise did not deliver what had been promised, in fact when referring to the evaluation,it was commented: "pls remember we are the conductors of the tour not the composers" On the positive side, the rooms were very clean and comfortable, the staff and service exceptional. The food was good, although dinner service was slow and there were some odd things in the food (corn on Cesar salad, cinnamon on corn cobs, fennel seeds in fajitas) Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2014
We were the first group to sail on the Hlin from Amsterdam to Budapest. There were issues from day one when the boat was delayed due to construction on one of the bridges. Instead of docking in our first port of call, we were bused there ... Read More
We were the first group to sail on the Hlin from Amsterdam to Budapest. There were issues from day one when the boat was delayed due to construction on one of the bridges. Instead of docking in our first port of call, we were bused there and back. The major problem started on the second day. While entering a lock, our ship stopped and we were told there was a problem with the lock. The ship backed out of the lock and stayed off shore where we stayed for many hours. Again we were told there was a problem with the lock, but we could see other ships going through the lock with no issues. It turned out there was a major problem with the Hlin's software, and they could not continue the cruise, but the staff continued to tell us the problem was a problem with the lock. This delay turned a river cruise into a bus tours often with the bus rides up to 2 hours one way, with returns to our floating hotel while we were docked in ugly industrial parks. The delays also cut into our free time in the destinations, and it seems the tour guides were told to hurry through the tours. Many time we had to ask the guides to slow down both their presentation and the pace. Additionally, as we made our way through the lock, the top deck had to be closed for at least 5 days, depriving everyone of the only opportunity to get any exercise as the top deck had the walking path, mini gold and shuffle board, and of course, the best views. Had I known that, I probably would not have booked this tour. We finally caught up about 2/3 through the tour and the rest of the trip was wonderful. It was terrific to dock in a city and be able to explore it and then return to the ship. We were told that these types of delays are very common with river cruises, low or high water, issue with locks can impact a schedule. However, our delay was due to an issue with the Viking ship, yet it was never acknowledged and no compensation was offered. I felt cheated and the cruise did not deliver what had been promised, in fact when referring to the evaluation,it was commented: "pls remember we are the conductors of the tour not the composers" On the positive side, the rooms were very clean and comfortable, the staff and service exceptional. The food was good, although dinner service was slow and there were some odd things in the food (corn on Cesar salad, cinnamon on corn cobs, fennel seeds in fajitas) Read Less
Viking Hlin 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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