Sail Date: April 2018
We had heard so many wonderful things about Viking cruises - the ships, the tours, the food. It was all true; we had a fabulous trip. We took excursions to Basel and Amsterdam, which were both terrific cities. We also traveled by ... Read More
We had heard so many wonderful things about Viking cruises - the ships, the tours, the food. It was all true; we had a fabulous trip. We took excursions to Basel and Amsterdam, which were both terrific cities. We also traveled by train to Lucerne while in Basel, and had a delightful lunch by the water there. Our cabin was beautiful and comfortable, the service for the room and dining was exceptional. All of the tours were well done and interesting, and we enjoyed exploring on our own as well. There was plenty of time for this, which we appreciated. The entertainment on board was lots of fun, and our activities director and all the staff were friendly and fun. We traveled with two other couples and had a fantastic vacation together. We are going on another Viking cruise in July 2018, and hope to take more in the future. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
My husband and I sailed on the Viking Hlin - Rhine Getaway. What a Fabulous time we had! We extended our trip pre cruise 2 days in Amsterdam, and 2 days post cruise in Lucerne, Switzerland. Viking met us at the airport in Amsterdam, ... Read More
My husband and I sailed on the Viking Hlin - Rhine Getaway. What a Fabulous time we had! We extended our trip pre cruise 2 days in Amsterdam, and 2 days post cruise in Lucerne, Switzerland. Viking met us at the airport in Amsterdam, transferred to our hotel in Amsterdam. Our hotel was in a great location - city center- very easy to walk to many sights, we also did the Hop on - Hop off bus and canal boat. We went in April, hoping to see the Tulips in bloom, and they were just starting to bloom-- so beautiful, Keukenhof is a must see- absolutely stunning! Embarkation was very simple, walked on ship and checked in, like checking in at a hotel! We had a balcony cabin on the ship, well worth it! The ship was beautiful, service was fantastic, Dining was wonderful, many options, and very tasty! There was some kind of entertainment every night, from the piano player, to Glass blowing, to local groups that boarded for the evening, we always had a fun evening! Shore excursions were very nice, we did the included ones and saw so much every day. We also would walk around in the different ports and explore on our own. We were very lucky to have beautiful weather, 70's and 80's!!!! Our 2 days post cruise in Lucerne, Switzerland was Amazing, highly recommend. We did an optional all day tour there, "Pearls of Switzerland" it was fantastic. We flew home from Zurich, Switzerland. We paid the $50.00 pp extra to select our flights, well worth it. In summary, Viking was Fabulous, 1st class all of the way, I highly recommend them. Would love to do another River cruise or a Viking Ocean cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
This was our first cruise experience with Viking, and my daughter and I could not have been happier! The ship, accommodations, staff, excursions, EVERYTHING was first class. Our embarkation and disembarkation were flawless.The ship was ... Read More
This was our first cruise experience with Viking, and my daughter and I could not have been happier! The ship, accommodations, staff, excursions, EVERYTHING was first class. Our embarkation and disembarkation were flawless.The ship was beautiful the staff were so accommodating, and available for any thing we asked. The ports that we visited and the excursions were absolutely perfect. Going through the locks was so amazing! That was one of the highlights actually! We met some wonderful people, that we now call our friends. The food and the dining staff were AMAZING! What more can I say? This trip exceeded our expectations, and we are now booked on 2 trips this year with Viking. We cannot wait to go again!! We will highly recommend Viking to all of our friends and family, and have raved about this trip since we returned in 2018. We will now travel with Viking every opportunity that we have. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2017
This was a great value for the money, it is s beautiful ship, nicely decorated and plenty of nice areas to gather. We especially like having an excursion in every port and not getting a big bill at the end of the trip!! All of the ... Read More
This was a great value for the money, it is s beautiful ship, nicely decorated and plenty of nice areas to gather. We especially like having an excursion in every port and not getting a big bill at the end of the trip!! All of the excursions were well organized and very informative. the guides were very knowledgeable to the area we were visiting. The staff was amazing, very friendly and helpful. The food was excellent, plentiful with a great menu with many selections. We loved the wine served with each lunch and dinner as we might want. At night we enjoyed the music and dancing in the lounge. We made many great friends and helped to celebrate a 50th year anniversary. The on ship entertainment was very nice and informative to our locations. I had so much fun with the other guests and all the activities. We would definitely sail with Viking again! Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2017
Opportunity to see this area and also room from large group. We were very excited about cruising the Rhine River. We had not been to this part of the world and thought the experience would be fun. We were not disappointed. We made this ... Read More
Opportunity to see this area and also room from large group. We were very excited about cruising the Rhine River. We had not been to this part of the world and thought the experience would be fun. We were not disappointed. We made this trip with five other couples and the ship was more than adequate to meet our needs. The excursions offered us the variation in opportunities we were looking for and the chance to get to know others on the trip was a real treat. The cruise through the castles was amazing. Hard to believe you can cruise so close to so many historic buildings. The stops along the way provided a great mix of both small villages and larger cities. We could not believe the access to quaint villages as well as historic larger cities, and the number for significant cathedrals was outstanding. The trip to the top of Cologne was one of the highlights of our trip. We will definitely return for another cruise. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2017
I can't say enough good things our Viking cruise. We had a veranda cabin and it was very spacious. The veranda was not really needed in November but it gave us great view of the locks. From the moment you get off the plane, Viking ... Read More
I can't say enough good things our Viking cruise. We had a veranda cabin and it was very spacious. The veranda was not really needed in November but it gave us great view of the locks. From the moment you get off the plane, Viking takes care of you. The included tours in each port are more than enough to get to know the ports. We took several optional tours and would highly recommend the beer culture of cologne tour! Also the medival city of Colmar was fascinating and had time for shopping. The dining room staff were all very friendly. There is no assigned seating so you can meet new people at every meal. There were terrific soups every day. That was great after those cold days touring Germany and France. Entertainment was good in the lounge and drink prices are reasonable. This is not really a party ship as you are getting up early to tour. Overall, I highly recommend Viking. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2017
We chose the cruise because of the price to start. We enjoyed it so much and had an amazing experience. The staff was by far the most amazing group of people. The food was exceptional and offered such a wide variety. The excursions were ... Read More
We chose the cruise because of the price to start. We enjoyed it so much and had an amazing experience. The staff was by far the most amazing group of people. The food was exceptional and offered such a wide variety. The excursions were very informative and breathtaking. We really enjoyed the ease of having an ear piece to hear our tour guide so that we could take in the beauty of our surroundings without having to strain to hear what was being said. Ship itself was clean and welcoming. Our cabin while on the small side worked perfectly considering we didn't spend much time in it and we loved the fact that we could use the WiFi and on-board computers if necessary. We were able to keep in contact with our children without worrying about our data usage. There really isn't anything negative I can say about this experience. We are already looking to book our next trip. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2017
One of the best cruise i have had the opportunity ti enjoy all the way it from the cruise staff, cruise tours, cruise cabin, entertainment, and every else!. In addition the tours were fantastic and the tour guide were have a lots of ... Read More
One of the best cruise i have had the opportunity ti enjoy all the way it from the cruise staff, cruise tours, cruise cabin, entertainment, and every else!. In addition the tours were fantastic and the tour guide were have a lots of knowledge and expertise on their areas and the history of their countries. From the moment I stepped onboard the Hlin, the Viking River Cruise staff made it their mission to ensure my vacation was enjoyable in every way. The ship ran so smoothly you never new you were going any where. It was large enough to be very comfort able. The rooms were small but efficient . Very comfortable bed and bath room was big quite large. We didn't go to stay in our room. The port excursions were educational, enjoyable, and well-run. Onboard entertainment was wonderful; we sang and danced with our fellow passengers and had a great time every night. Disembarkation was well organized, and the staff cheerfully saw to our last minute needs. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2017
We had a wonderful experience. The service was exceptional, the food was fantastic, the tours were great. We made new friends and memories for a lifetime. We requested to alter the standard destination prior to beginning the cruise, and ... Read More
We had a wonderful experience. The service was exceptional, the food was fantastic, the tours were great. We made new friends and memories for a lifetime. We requested to alter the standard destination prior to beginning the cruise, and all the arrangements were taken care of and went flawlessly. All of the tour guides were knowledgeable, friendly and willing to answer questions. All of our needs were taken care of by the knowledgeable, helpful and friendly staff. We appreciated how the staff was always looking out for our needs and our safety. We were impressed with how well the arrangements were coordinated for the varying departure times during the disembarkation. If there was anything we could have changed, we would have liked to hear a narration pointing out various points of interest, (such as sites of significance during World War II and other periods of history), as we sailed down the river. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2017
Always wanted to do a river cruise. Service was extra ordinary. The food was fantastic. The entertainment was very nice. The off boat tours were mostly very good. The scenery was fantastic when you cruised in the day time. The service to ... Read More
Always wanted to do a river cruise. Service was extra ordinary. The food was fantastic. The entertainment was very nice. The off boat tours were mostly very good. The scenery was fantastic when you cruised in the day time. The service to and from airports was great. They looked after you door to door. We stayed in Amsterdam for a couple of days after. The canal cruise there was entertaining. Not really into big cities as there is too much walking for us. Much prefer the smaller shore excursions. The ship ran so smoothly you never new you were going any where. It was large enough to be very comfort able. The rooms were small but efficient . Very comfortable bed and bath room was big quite large. We didn't go to stay in our room. We would and are going on another river cruise in 2019. Over all best holiday ever for us.21 Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2017
The ship was so nice and clean. Food was very good! Loved how each stop a free guided excursion was included. All the tour guides were so knowledgeable of each area. Viking provided us transportation to and from the airport. Will ... Read More
The ship was so nice and clean. Food was very good! Loved how each stop a free guided excursion was included. All the tour guides were so knowledgeable of each area. Viking provided us transportation to and from the airport. Will cruise again on Vikiing. The Viking employees all are very nice and helpful. You can sit where you want for any meals. We ended up going back to the same table for dinner with some people we had met. What's different about this river cruise versus big cruises is that they have you back in time for each meal. You can leave the boat again after you eat. We did a few other excursions also that provided the transportation to and from the boat. The river cruise is so smooth you don't even know your moving. I also liked that they mainly moved at night and each day you arrived at a new destination. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
There were a lot of great reviews about Viking River cruises and the price was right! The whole staff were very friendly and courteous. I loved that one free excursion was included in the price of the cruise! The logistics had an easy flow ... Read More
There were a lot of great reviews about Viking River cruises and the price was right! The whole staff were very friendly and courteous. I loved that one free excursion was included in the price of the cruise! The logistics had an easy flow to them and not stressful at all. It was very well organized. There were also talks included in the afternoons that were very educational. The food was good and especially the special menu the chef made just for our family was a very pleasant surprise! The rooms were clean and comfortable, I especially love the heated floors in the bathroom! I just wish that we had one full day just on board the ship so to just relax and admire the views. Overall, I had a very pleasant and wonderful first time experience with Viking River Cruises and I will definitely travel the rivers with them again!!! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2017
The total experience is wonderful. From the very start when we were on the dock, Viking saw to our every need. The food is excellent. The atmosphere on board the ship is relaxed. The dinning is relax and free form. The tours offered on the ... Read More
The total experience is wonderful. From the very start when we were on the dock, Viking saw to our every need. The food is excellent. The atmosphere on board the ship is relaxed. The dinning is relax and free form. The tours offered on the ship were first class. I have take other tours in Europe and have had guides with PhD conduct tours. The guides that Viking provided were just as skilled as any I have had before. My children played the board game Trival pursuit, the version on the Hlin is from England, is a little hard to follow. I think you should get an American version of the game. Armin Hermann is very warm and engaging. He sat and talked with me several times. My adult children were on the trip with me and my wife. I was concerned that they might be bored, but they had a great time also. Read Less
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Sail Date: September 2017
From the moment I stepped onboard the Hlin, the Viking River Cruise staff made it their mission to ensure my vacation was enjoyable in every way. I spent three days in Amsterdam before my cruise and highly recommend the additional days to ... Read More
From the moment I stepped onboard the Hlin, the Viking River Cruise staff made it their mission to ensure my vacation was enjoyable in every way. I spent three days in Amsterdam before my cruise and highly recommend the additional days to anyone taking the Rhine River cruise. After my final morning touring the city, embarkation was made easy by the Viking staff, and my bags were promptly delivered to my cabin. The food was excellent ever day, every meal, and the wait staff was always pleasant and accommodating. Local cuisine, fresh ingredients, and delicious meals were enjoyed by all. My cabin was neatly appointed and the steward kept it tidy and clean. The port excursions were educational, enjoyable, and well-run. Onboard entertainment was wonderful; we sang and danced with our fellow passengers and had a great time every night. Disembarkation was well organized, and the staff cheerfully saw to our last minute needs. My travel partner's trip home to Florida was interrupted by hurricane Irma, but Viking Travel took care of his every need and even upgraded him to a first class flight after his delay. I highly recommend Viking River Cruise, and would gladly take this trip (or any other Viking cruise) again. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2017
My friend and I chose this cruise because it was a dream we had always had. When the price dropped so low and included air, we jumped on it. Viking couldn't have been more wonderful to us. The pace was perfect and allowed us to relax ... Read More
My friend and I chose this cruise because it was a dream we had always had. When the price dropped so low and included air, we jumped on it. Viking couldn't have been more wonderful to us. The pace was perfect and allowed us to relax as well as participate in excursions. We met lovely people with similar interests and have maintained contact with them. The atmosphere of the ship and services offered made me feel like I was on an expensive luxury cruise rather than being in the cheapest cabin available. After we got on board, I forgot all the hassle we had on the trip over. The Paris airport was a nightmare. We arrived with enough time to transfer to Basel but the red tape and disorganization made us miss our flight. We spent the entire day in the airport and missed seeing Basel. I believe that Viking should take this process into consideration and allow more time to get through Paris. Other than that, I would take another cruise with Viking in a New York minute. Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2017
We have seen VIking Cruises advertised for years and have had it as a goal since our last European vacation 5 years ago. Although it seemed like such an expensive extravagance, since cruising we realize what an exceptional value it is. ... Read More
We have seen VIking Cruises advertised for years and have had it as a goal since our last European vacation 5 years ago. Although it seemed like such an expensive extravagance, since cruising we realize what an exceptional value it is. We were offered free airfare and that convinced us to do it. And we are so happy we did! We went to Amsterdam on our own 2 days ahead of the cruise. It was tempting to let Viking handle it, but I'm glad we did it on our own, because it was much more inexpensive that way. Finding our way to our hotel from the airport was very simple and inexpensive by taking the train. We did have to pay a $100 pp diversion fee, but still felt we made the best choice. Our first day on the boat we were able to join in the walking tour of Amsterdam. From the moment we dropped our luggage near the port, we were treated like royalty. I can't say enough about the service! And we felt special because they took the trouble to remember our names and greet us whenever they saw us. I have to recognize Krista, Alex, Ivan, Jimmie, Rudy and Arias, Exceptional service! The rooms were comfortable. We chose a lower deck room because we didn't feel it was important to have a balcony and we really didn't miss it. They have done everything to make the small space as comfortable as possible. There was plenty of storage space. The food was fabulous with plenty of choices since there is an "always available" menu with a few choices. We only went to it once, choosing the steak which was very good. The included wines were good, but did not vary the entire week. They offered a Sauvignon Blanc and a Malbec. I don't know if there was more than one beer on offer or not, but when we did have it, it was the same. I don't remember the nameof it. We did not choose the silver package because we don't drink liquor, but most of the people we hung out with did, and they seemed to think it was worth it. The drink prices are reasonable. You have the option to add the silver package up to the second day of the cruise. We chose the dining room for every meal. There was much more on offer and we could still eat light if we chose to. Candi, our cruise director did a wonderful job and was always informative, patient and and jovial. We did not do any of the optional excursions. We felt the included excursions and then exploring on our own the rest of the time was a perfect mix. We enjoyed all of the included excursions. There was a singer, pianist most nights. Although it was clear English wasn't Gigi's first language, he did a good job and the crowd joined in with him and enjoyed his entertainment. There was another pair playing classical one night, but it wasn't our thing, so we went to the top deck, since we were going rough the locks that evening ( that in itself is an event worth seeing. We went through many locks but most of them were while we were sleeping.). Another afternoon, there was a speaker, but we missed it because we went in to explore the town. We would love to take another Viking Cruise. We couldn't give t a better recommendation! Read Less
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Sail Date: August 2017
After sailing on more than a dozen ocean cruises, my wife and I took the plunge on a river cruise. Our only regret is that we did not do so sooner. From the time of initial conversation with a Viking booking representative through ... Read More
After sailing on more than a dozen ocean cruises, my wife and I took the plunge on a river cruise. Our only regret is that we did not do so sooner. From the time of initial conversation with a Viking booking representative through completion of our journey in Amsterdam, our Viking experience has been awesome. We traveled to Basel on our own a full day before the Hlin's departure, staying at the Hotel Wettstein (highly recommended because of its location, price, and superior quality). A side note, many fellow Hlin passengers arrived in Basel the day of departure and to a person were suffering from lack of sleep after long trans-Atlantic flights. To do justice to the entire experience on the Hlin, I would need to write pages and pages. Therefore, I will only provide highlights: The ship's staff consistently went out of its way to assist every person on board. Not only were they professional and personable, but made you feel you were the most important person on board. The Hlin is a well maintained modern, clean, and quiet vessel. Public areas never felt crowded, and with floor to ceiling windows, one felt as though you were outside to enjoy the wonderful sights. Our cabin was on the Main deck (deck 1) with only an approximate 24" by 48" window. Because of the bird’s eye view it was the best cabin on the ship. The cabin was better than most upscale ocean cruise ship cabins. Dining was a pleasure, with varied and plentiful food. Our fellow passengers came from all socioeconomic levels; however, the caliber was significantly higher. The stops and sights were awesome. A previous reviewer had written "always have your camera with you", truer words could not have been written. Persons with mobility issues should not be dissuaded from taking a Viking cruise as the staff was observed going to extraordinary lengths to assist and accommodate. Would we go on another Viking river cruise, that process is already in the works. The hard decision is whether we do the Danube or Provence first. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2017
This was a family/friends group of 25 multi-generational and widely diverse persons traveling together (ages 18-82). We choose the Rhine Getaway Amsterdam/Basel for our 1 week journey with post-Lake Lucerne. With such a wide range of ... Read More
This was a family/friends group of 25 multi-generational and widely diverse persons traveling together (ages 18-82). We choose the Rhine Getaway Amsterdam/Basel for our 1 week journey with post-Lake Lucerne. With such a wide range of ages, as well as backgrounds, I wasn't sure it would appeal or be equally enjoyed by all - HOWEVER, each and everyone of us were beyond thrilled with the entire vacation. It Exceeded all of our expectations. From the second we all were met at the airport by our Viking Host, to the minute we stepped off, every detail was handled. The staff and crew went above and beyond to make our entire trip exceptional for the whole group! Ship is very bright airy and open with views from every space. Cabins very clean, updated, and provided tons of storage. Our cabin steward was never seen, but our cabins were always impeccably cleaned and I never came back to an unmade room. If you laid out laundry/or pressing, it was done and returned within the hour. I can not say enough about the quality of service. My group met in the lounge for a bon voyage cocktail once on board - the bartender asked each of us our name & from that point forward remembered us, as well as our drink of preference! The Lounge was a favorite hangout. The entertainment pianist was fantastic appealing to all ages and played to her audience - we looked forward to every night to "unwind" from our busy day - with some nights "wound-up" for a fun filled night of singing and dancing. They also had several other entertainment performers/talks which were excellent. The food was great, never disappointing, however, it would have been nice to maybe have a late night snack or food available in the lounge or terrace restaurant late evenings. The upside to that is they do allow you to bring on food/drink from ports, so many nights we sampled our purchases in from the village we toured each day. The 24/7 coffee bar was awesome and not really that far of a walk from anyone's cabin. The coffee/espresso selection amazing and the cookies every afternoon/evening the best! The program director was a wealth of info and always available as well as the officers of the ship. The Captain was always available to answer maritime history, or navigational questions as we floated down the Rhine. Especially while moving thru the locks, which was very interesting. There were a few glitches like the ship needed to move during one port stop for generator installation while we were on our included tour, but the crew made sure it was the least disruptive as possible. Made for a long walk from the city center - but honestly, not really a huge issue. They at least saw that maintenance was handled to not cause us to deviate from our itinerary or miss any port time. One last note, as most, the initial reaction for the group was this trip would be an expensive vacation. HOWEVER, by the end, we all felt like it was a total value & exceptional price for everything included and the level of service that we each received. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
Since having been on several ocean cruises, we looked forward to making our 30th wedding anniversary extra special by trying river cruise, with Viking was our first choice - and the correct one! From arriving at Basel to leaving ... Read More
Since having been on several ocean cruises, we looked forward to making our 30th wedding anniversary extra special by trying river cruise, with Viking was our first choice - and the correct one! From arriving at Basel to leaving Amsterdam, there was literally NO detail overlooked and not expertly executed. The embarkation and disembarkation process was handled seamlessly with immediate access to our hotel and stateroom. The included and optional excursions we enjoyed were staffed with expert local guides that provided rich history and unique perspectives to the cities and sites we visited. We hope to go back to many of them on future vacations. Our dining experience was 5 Star with a delicious assortment of food choices and impeccable service. The entire Staff and crew were engaging, proactive to all our needs and a true joy to sail with. I hope we have the opportunity to sail with them again! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
Friends of ours were going and we said we wanted to go, too. Neither my husband nor I had ever been on a cruise or wanted to, but this sounded fascinating and we said, let's go. And we had a terrific time. The accommodations were ... Read More
Friends of ours were going and we said we wanted to go, too. Neither my husband nor I had ever been on a cruise or wanted to, but this sounded fascinating and we said, let's go. And we had a terrific time. The accommodations were terrific. The tours and all the tour guides were excellent. The entire staff were all excellent. (Sorry, if I keep using the same adjective, but what can I do, when everything and everyone were so great?) The lounge was lovely with its indoor and outdoor seating. We enjoyed lunch there every day. The restaurant was comfortable and the food was varied and very good. We thoroughly enjoyed the upper deck under the awning with the terrific views of the coastline as we sailed up the Rhine. The other people on the ship were delightful. The amenities were great. We got a real kick out of going through the locks, never having seen anything like that before.. Everything was just excellent. (Sorry to be so monotone. Not my fault. The trip was fantastic.) Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
This was our first river cruise and we weren't sure what to expect. Not to worry. The 7 day cruse down the Rhine was everything we expected and more. The cruise director (Daniel) was one of the highlights of the cruise. He was funny ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and we weren't sure what to expect. Not to worry. The 7 day cruse down the Rhine was everything we expected and more. The cruise director (Daniel) was one of the highlights of the cruise. He was funny and engaging and always so helpful with any problem we might have. He should get a raise. The level of service was absolutely wonderful. And the side trips were both educational and fun. Loved the day we toured the windmills, and the castles and cathedrals we saw were spectacular. Another side trip we loved was a day trip through the Black Forest. Absolutely beautiful, and the guides we had were so knowledgeable. We were more than satisfied with the ship, the food, the service and the wonderful excursions. We're going on another Viking river cruise next summer. This time down the Rhone river. Can hardly wait! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
This was our second Viking cruise and it was every bit as enjoyable as our first! Our first cruise was on the Danube in December, visiting Christmas markets along the way. This time we wanted to enjoy the outside decks in warmer weather. ... Read More
This was our second Viking cruise and it was every bit as enjoyable as our first! Our first cruise was on the Danube in December, visiting Christmas markets along the way. This time we wanted to enjoy the outside decks in warmer weather. Embarkation was like coming home! We were familiar with the layout and rhythms of the ship and the staff make us feel welcome and comfortable. I asked about a particular cocktail onboard and the bartender didn't have one particular ingredient. When I found it in town and gave it to her, she made sure to ask if I wanted my "special cocktail" when she saw me! Meals on board offered plenty of variety and gave us plenty of opportunity to meet other guests.We were graced with beautiful weather which enabled us to enjoy the outside decks while sailing. The staff made the cruising time very enjoyable and were very attentive with beverages and treats. Going through the locks was a lot of fun, especially when the captain was on deck to talk about the procedure. The guides for shore excursions ranged from very good to excellent, although we would have appreciated a little less time on formal tours and more free time in the various cities. The service onboard was excellent across the board! All staff members we encountered were friendly, attentive, helpful and dedicated to a high level of customer service. We were especially impressed when we had disembarked and were sightseeing in Basel, one of the staff members, on his day off in town, recognized and greeted us! The Viking staff courtesy doesn't end at the end of the gangplank! Would we take another Viking river cruise? Absolutely! We're already planning our next one! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
From meeting at the airport to departure the crew were very attentive but not overbearing. Being physically challenged I expected challenges getting around on the ship and ports of call. They will tailor everything to meet you abilities ... Read More
From meeting at the airport to departure the crew were very attentive but not overbearing. Being physically challenged I expected challenges getting around on the ship and ports of call. They will tailor everything to meet you abilities and desire to see the most. Even if you bite off more than you can handle they will rescue you with dignity and not raise a fuss. Yes they upfront cost may schock you but with all that is included it actually cost less overall than other cruise. The cruise line has thier own contracted bus service and tour guides. They go out of thier way to give you the best vacation ever. We visited a dutch cheese factory that took care to ensure all were greeted and tried all thier product. The cruise line uses audio headsets that are set for each group so that all can hear the guides. Don't be afraid to ask questions, they love it when they know you are engagef Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
Fantastic trip. We had seen the ads on Public Broadcasting for years and always talked about doing one. 45th Wedding Anniversary made a great excuse. Viking handled everything smoothly and professionally. The crew went out of their way ... Read More
Fantastic trip. We had seen the ads on Public Broadcasting for years and always talked about doing one. 45th Wedding Anniversary made a great excuse. Viking handled everything smoothly and professionally. The crew went out of their way to make us feel at home. Having the Captain being a former submariner (I'm a retired submarine CO) was special and his eagerness to show me his ship was great. The tours were great. Having a local actually lead the excursions gives you a much more in-depth understanding of the city and people. The tour of Strasbourg was a particular highlight specifically because the guide, a young college student, was so knowledgeable and entertaining. The cabin was very comfortable and the veranda stateroom was perfect for relaxing while watching the river roll by. The meals were excellent and a great way to make new friends. Count on us being back for another adventure soon. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2017
We decided on a Viking River boat cruise for our honeymoon. Being my first cruise, I was off unaware of what to expect. Yet, my husband had been on a few previously and only heard amazing things via his colleagues and or friends. It was ... Read More
We decided on a Viking River boat cruise for our honeymoon. Being my first cruise, I was off unaware of what to expect. Yet, my husband had been on a few previously and only heard amazing things via his colleagues and or friends. It was one of the best decision we made, as the entire experience was extremely enjoyable! What made it such, was the crew of the Hlin. Candi, was superb in every aspect. She made each transition, every port, every excursion, amazingly smooth and simple! Michael, the hotel manager, made our stay effortlessly. So many amazing members of the crew on the Hlin, I could not name just a single person as they all made our experience wonderful! Not to mention, everyone was also extremely courteous. If you are at all thinking of booking a river boat cruise, Viking is the only way to go! The entire experience was about the countries and the culture. So, by far the best option! Read Less
Viking Hlin Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 4.7
Entertainment 3.0 4.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.5
Enrichment 4.0 4.4
Service 4.0 4.8
Value For Money 3.0 4.5
Rates 4.0 N/A

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