3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This was our first river cruise and based on reviews, we chose Viking and are so glad we did! This was one of the most incredible trips we've ever taken. Every last detail was perfectly planned out and executed. The staff on the ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and based on reviews, we chose Viking and are so glad we did! This was one of the most incredible trips we've ever taken. Every last detail was perfectly planned out and executed. The staff on the board the boat was so helpful and cheerful that we felt completely spoiled! Dining -- Excellent. Great varied menu and they can modify for special diets as well. Portions were the right size and the quality was outstanding. Ship -- Ceilings are bit short for those of us over 6' but you get used to it. A bit of engine noise but after a couple of days you don't even notice it. Very clean, very new looking and pleasant. Cabin -- They are small but so efficient that you don't really notice. Tons of storage and the French balcony (sliding window) makes the room feel much bigger. The room staff keeps your cabin very clean, fresh towels and so on without ever interrupting your trip. Shore excursions are great and so low hassle! They have wonderful busses that take you from the boat to the attraction and then provide a great guide as well. The personal radio that they use is very good and you can wander quite aways from the guide and still hear them! Service -- Cant' give this enough stars! It's hard to express how nice, professional and caring these people are. Not just the cruise director but everybody you will have contact on that ship will make you feel like you are royalty! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2016
Rhine River cruise starting in Amsterdam was wonderful. We only did one extra night in Amsterdam, should have had more than 1 extra night. Every aspect with Viking was well planned and executed smoothly. Loved the local tour guides. ... Read More
Rhine River cruise starting in Amsterdam was wonderful. We only did one extra night in Amsterdam, should have had more than 1 extra night. Every aspect with Viking was well planned and executed smoothly. Loved the local tour guides. Wish there was more time in every port, but walking tours really gave time to enjoy the locals. The entertainment that was brought on board at every port was very good. The tours are for active people and would not suggest for anyone that has limitations. The weather could have been better, spring may not be the best time for this cruise, however, Viking was prepared with umbrellas for all to use. I would definitely take another Viking River Cruise. What I enjoyed most was the smaller number of people on the ship and the staff really knew your name after the first day. Can't wait until the next trip with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2016
Chose Viking Cruise Line because of recommendations from friends. We thought the cruise was perfect. The ship was very clean and well maintained. Seemed like the crew never stopped cleaning on the boat. The food and service was over the ... Read More
Chose Viking Cruise Line because of recommendations from friends. We thought the cruise was perfect. The ship was very clean and well maintained. Seemed like the crew never stopped cleaning on the boat. The food and service was over the top. As good as any elegant restaurant you will dine in. Our cabin was the least expensive but was fine. We spend very little time in the cabin anyway. Every time we left our cabin when we returned it was cleaned and in an immaculate condition. The excursions were all extremely well planned and the guides did a wonderful job. Can not think of one thing I would change. The crew was wonderful and so friendly. We had very little down time to do nothing. The only thing I would try and change next time is that I will not allow myself to gain 10 pounds in 8 days. Thanks Read Less
Sail Date: May 2016
This was our first experience on a river cruise. My husband and I can't say enough about how wonderful Viking treated us. From our first meeting by our ship cruise director, Petra, to the excursions, the meals, the attention to our ... Read More
This was our first experience on a river cruise. My husband and I can't say enough about how wonderful Viking treated us. From our first meeting by our ship cruise director, Petra, to the excursions, the meals, the attention to our needs and the friends we made. There is no favorite excursion, because they were all superb with excellent tour guides. Every evening we were given an overview of the next day's activities and then we would go to dinner. After dinner there was some form of entertainment and then we would return to our room to find a printed version of the next day's activities. We toured the Black Forest, Strausberg, Cologne, Heidelberg, saw castles on the mountain sides, toured cathedrals, palaces, windmills and learned so much history at each location. We traveled with another couple but still made new friends at meals. We will definitely take another Viking River Cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
My husband chose the cruise. The ship was lovely and our room was very nice and well maintained. The Wi-Fi connection was very weak. The food was excellent. It was nice to have a choice of where to eat. We had dinners up on the atrium ... Read More
My husband chose the cruise. The ship was lovely and our room was very nice and well maintained. The Wi-Fi connection was very weak. The food was excellent. It was nice to have a choice of where to eat. We had dinners up on the atrium deck and could get smaller portions. The 2 evening performances were a nice addition and very enjoyable. All the tour guides were well informed and the ear phones made the tours much much better. The only disappointing experience was at the beginning in Amsterdam. We couldn,t find our Viking greeter and if we hadn't met another Viking passenger we would still be wandering the airport. Then when we found our meeting point no one would listen to the fact that we were doing a extended stay. When we got to the hotel there was no viking person to greet us we were just told at the desk that the Viking office was around the corner. We ended up doing Amsterdam on our own with a guidebook . When we finally met the Viking person in Amsterdam the word useless comes to mind. We have now done 5 Viking trips and all were very well organized until Amsterdam. After we got to our ship things were excellent!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2016
I wanted to do a Rhine River Cruise and this provided a wonderful opportunity with stops at ports in Holland, Germany, France and ending in Switzerland. Tours at ports were well designed and organized; on-board activities and ... Read More
I wanted to do a Rhine River Cruise and this provided a wonderful opportunity with stops at ports in Holland, Germany, France and ending in Switzerland. Tours at ports were well designed and organized; on-board activities and entertainment was excellent, as was food and service by staff. Embarkation and disembarkation were timely and without problems. The ship itself was well-maintained and all public areas were spotless. I would travel with this cruise company again. Other guests on the cruise were pleasant, friendly, and interesting. A highlight of the cruise was the on-board narration of the beautiful mid-section of the Rhine River provided by the tour director, highlighting the castles along the way and the history of the area. Chef surprised us with servings of ice cream in the afternoon while we were sitting on the sundeck listening to the narration. There was plenty of room on the deck to sit either in the sun or under shade. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
The excursions were wonderful, very informative. We met many nice people who have remained friends. The itinerary was great. We started in Bruges in a five star hotel and saw many interesting sites there. We ended up in Basel. I only ... Read More
The excursions were wonderful, very informative. We met many nice people who have remained friends. The itinerary was great. We started in Bruges in a five star hotel and saw many interesting sites there. We ended up in Basel. I only wish we had scheduled the extension there, but we had already booked another trip. Viking is very professional, yet they make you feel right at home. Our cabin was compact, but there was plenty of storage. The food was outstanding, as was the chef and wait staff. The ship was very clean and well maintained. There were flowers everywhere, and the piano player was there every night, playing pieces that we really enjoyed. That was a nice plus. We will definitely travel with Viking again, and I believe this time we will use their air travel. We didn't use it this time, as we were continuing our travels throughout Europe. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
Went on a Rhine River cruise, it was great despite a little cool weather & a little snow on the Black Forest tour. did the add on 2 nights in Lake Lucerne, took a boat ride on Lake Lucerne, really helped with jet lag, did our own ... Read More
Went on a Rhine River cruise, it was great despite a little cool weather & a little snow on the Black Forest tour. did the add on 2 nights in Lake Lucerne, took a boat ride on Lake Lucerne, really helped with jet lag, did our own extension in Amsterdam which was wonderful. Highlights for me were the Black Forest , Kinderjick to see the windmills up close, Strasborg,France , saw the Storks up high in their nests, now reading a book about the history of the Middle Rhine & all the castles. The huge cathedral in Cologne was very interesting & saw unbelievable pictures of how it survived post -WWll while everything around it was destroyed. Everything went smooth, room was good food was great,nice low keyed entertainment on board, very fun Octoberfest night, definitely plan to go again in the near future. Maybe I will do the Danube next, definitely recommend the pre & post trip, as so worthwhile to see more while you are in those parts of the world. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2016
We chose this cruise in April because we wanted to see the beautiful flowers in bloom in Amsterdam, and also love the castles along the Rhine. We came to Amsterdam 3 days before the cruise, and loved exploring Amsterdam, from the ... Read More
We chose this cruise in April because we wanted to see the beautiful flowers in bloom in Amsterdam, and also love the castles along the Rhine. We came to Amsterdam 3 days before the cruise, and loved exploring Amsterdam, from the Keukenhof Gardens, to Anne Frank house, and the museums - Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum. We loved this city! The Viking representative at the hotel was helpful in providing a map of the city, and information on how to get around. We had made reservations several weeks before we arrived for the museums and the gardens. The map helped us get around using the tram system. We appreciated the suggestions for restaurants in the area. The Cruise was wonderful. The ship met our expectations, the food was great, and the service was fantastic! The cities we visited were fascinating, and we loved everything from the windmills to the castles and the quaint French towns. We came prepared with comfortable walking shoes, and enjoyed seeing all the sights. Yes, we would go again! and hope to take another cruise to a different location. This was our first river cruise, and it won't be our last! Thank you, Viking, for a most memorable vacation! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2016
This was our first cruise on Viking. Everything was excellent; as good or better than our previous river cruise on another line. The staff, rooms, food, tours, and briefings were tailored to our mature fellow passengers. The ... Read More
This was our first cruise on Viking. Everything was excellent; as good or better than our previous river cruise on another line. The staff, rooms, food, tours, and briefings were tailored to our mature fellow passengers. The embarkation at Amsterdam was one of the few issues that could have been improved. We were advised of three possible docking locations ahead of time, but when we emailed the ship on the sailing day, we were told the Hiln was now at a fourth location, well out of town. We had to take an expensive taxi ride and search for the proper pier. We were also disappointed by the advance booking process. We planned to take another Viking river cruise in 2017 and were interested in Viking's certificate program -- buy one (or more) for $100, worth $200 towards our next cruise. Viking's telephone representatives assured us that we could put a deposit on the 2017 cruise, then buy the certificates on our 2016 cruise. However, once on the ship, the concierge said the certificates could not be applied to an existing reservation. We spent a few delightful days on our own in Amsterdam before the cruise and a few more in Switzerland after the cruise. The seven days on the ship were wonderful, as were the included shore excursions. We enjoyed the food, included wine and beer, and too many desserts! The room was always spotless, the communications were timely, Wi-Fi worked well, and our sailing companions were very interesting. We look forward to our next Viking cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2016
This trip was recommended by friends, actural experience turned out to be excellent and memorable for my wife and I. We are now recommending Viking river curises to our friends for both quality and value for money. We were ... Read More
This trip was recommended by friends, actural experience turned out to be excellent and memorable for my wife and I. We are now recommending Viking river curises to our friends for both quality and value for money. We were particularly impressed with the shore excrusion trips. All were well-organized and led by experience and caring guides. Tour buses appears to be dedicated to Viking lines, they were clean; comfortable and with safe drivers. The shore excrusions was a pleansant surprise (and a job well done) on top of the "river crusing" experience. Daily activity sheet and visiting fact sheets were easy to follow and comprehend. On-board dinnings included sufficient culture varieties and themes; all were well prepared and served. Staff were friendly; personable; happy and patient. Some improvement feedbacks: 1. The cabine hallways were bit narrow. 2. The weather - there were some "cold-and-rainy" spring days in early April . . . 3. Embarkation was changed last minutes, an earlier notice would be better. We look forward to our next river cruise with Viking Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2016
This is our third trip on Viking. They have always provided excellent service, interesting activities, and great excursions. The ships are well maintained and only a few years old. The food is always wonderful reflecting the foods of ... Read More
This is our third trip on Viking. They have always provided excellent service, interesting activities, and great excursions. The ships are well maintained and only a few years old. The food is always wonderful reflecting the foods of the countries and cultures we are visiting. The service is excellent. The crew is always friendly and welcoming. Being able to go on top on warm sailing days to enjoy the views, the sun, and the relaxation was great. The transfer of luggage to and from the ship is very easy. The entertainment on board reflects the culture and talents of the areas we are visiting. A wide variety of entertainment is offered on various trips. There is also time to get to know the other passengers and to develop friendships. The visits in the homes of the citizens was enlightening. Our guests were very welcoming and shared their homes, their food, and their culture with us. We also got to try our hand at cooking local favorites. The buses used by Viking are comfortable. The guides are excellent and we are able to rate our guides to insure that Viking uses only the best guides. The tours through the towns/cities gives a good overview and then in your spare time you can return to areas of interest. The walking tours are also very interesting and you get an up-close look at places of interest with a knowledgeable individual from that city. The optional tours give you a choice from a range of interests. If you don't wish to do an optional tour then you can spend time visiting places of interest to you. We have chosen to do extra days prior to our scheduled sailing on each of our trips. This has enabled us to enjoy places we wouldn't go otherwise. The Viking agents are always there to welcome you and help you plan your stay. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
We couldn't have asked for a better experience! We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this cruise.The ship was beautiful. The crew was respectful and friendly. They treated us like people, not just a number. They took time to make us ... Read More
We couldn't have asked for a better experience! We thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this cruise.The ship was beautiful. The crew was respectful and friendly. They treated us like people, not just a number. They took time to make us feel comfortable and address our needs. The captain even took time to play chess with my 11 year old son, an experience he will never forget! The excursions were well organized. The tour guides were knowledgeable, professional and friendly we learned a lot about the areas we were exploring. The food was amazing! There was a great deal of variety of deliciously prepared gourmet food. The waiter made sure we were all happy with our meals and made sure we enjoyed our experience each evening. This was THE BEST vacation that I have ever experienced. Our expectations were more than met. I would definitely sail with Viking again, the are the best! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
It has always been my dream to visit Christmas markets in Germany during Advent. I had heard about bus tours but that was not what I wanted to do. Then I heard about River cruises that offered this. It was on my bucket list as of that ... Read More
It has always been my dream to visit Christmas markets in Germany during Advent. I had heard about bus tours but that was not what I wanted to do. Then I heard about River cruises that offered this. It was on my bucket list as of that day. Viking offered the best tour for our requirements. We arrived in Amsterdam 3 days early and explored the city and met up with friends. On sailing day, we arrived at the port in Amsterdam and were met by wonderful Viking staff and our boarding was very swift and effortless. We have done a few Caribbean cruises with Royal Caribbean where it's extremely busy and takes quite a while. The cabin was beautiful, modern and clean. The ship was beautiful and the staff very friendly. Every meal was better than the night before and always a lot of variety. I really enjoyed the girls Choir that was brought on board one evening while we were docked. They sang local and Christmas songs and it was wonderful. Our pianist for the trip (Angel) was outstanding. Every port had something unique to offer. I really liked the headsets where you could listen to the commentary of a LOCAL guide who was always so knowledgeable and proud of their city. Then afterwards we were free to explore the Christmas markets that were in that city. When asked afterwards what was my favourite, I said everything as it was all so amazing. The service of the staff was outstanding. There was a mix up of items purchased at a vendor while on a shore excursion. When I went to the front desk to see if an announcement could be made so that I could exchange my package with the person who received mine, no one came forward at that time. However, after returning home, I received a call from Viking giving me someone's contact information (with their permission) as they were the one who also had the wrong items. We then contacted each other and exchanged our purchases. This is truly going above and beyond regular customer service. The lady who cleaned our cabin was amazing - she did a wonderful job, quick, polite, friendly and was always working and had a smile and hello every time we saw her during the day. My one and only complaint was Viking Air. We purchased and paid for our cruise 10 months before we travelled and yet we couldn't get seat assignments until we checked in for our homeward journey. I was told that this is the class of fare that Viking Air chose to purchase for us but honestly, after having our money for 10 months, surely a class of fare could have been purchased where seat assignment was allowed. As it turned out, we were able to sit together after visiting the consierge desk but it was an unnecessary stress for us. I like the ability to use Viking Air vs booking our own but may not use it again for this reason and I have heard others complain about it also. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
We chose this cruise because we always wanted to go to the Christmas markets in Europe. It was totally worth doing and would consider doing it every year. It gets you in the spirit of Christmas and is so fun to see all the decorations ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we always wanted to go to the Christmas markets in Europe. It was totally worth doing and would consider doing it every year. It gets you in the spirit of Christmas and is so fun to see all the decorations and festivities. The weather is cold, but not unbearable. The food was fabulous and it is well worth upgrading your room to a suite. We wish we could take the staff from this ship on every cruise. They really made the trip so special. The tours each day are a bit early sometimes, but full of facts and information. It is also worth arriving a day or two early in Amsterdam and doing the post trip in Lucerne. Both great cities to walk around in and beautiful. We also did the tour to Mt. Titlus and made cheese and went up the 360 degree gondola. There was also an ice cave and suspension bridge way up on top of the mountain. There was an abundance of delicious food and snacks in your cabin that are replenished daily along with fresh fruit daily. We had a nice double size shower and the floor was heated in the bathroom. While my husband slept later in the morning, I could get up and close the pocket door in the sitting room and watch tv or check emails. Worth the extra money for the extra space. I can't say enough about this cruise. We met some fabulous guests and plan to cruise together in the future. Make this cruise a bucket list must do!! Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
This was our first river cruise, but not our last! Everything from the booking to the trip itself was flawless. The Hlin is a new ship with every amenity imiginable for a river boat. I'm not sure my wife and I will ever sail on a ... Read More
This was our first river cruise, but not our last! Everything from the booking to the trip itself was flawless. The Hlin is a new ship with every amenity imiginable for a river boat. I'm not sure my wife and I will ever sail on a large ship again. We sailed from Amsterdam to Basel on a Christmas Market Cruise. We extended our trip in Amsterdam for two days and toured several sights like Anne Franks house. Beautiful town but the weather was rainy until we got on the ship. The only thing I would change would be that sailing from Basil to Amsterdam will stop at slightly better towns and see more castles. Also, maybe sailing downstream would be quieter, but we rarely heard any engine noise in our cabin which was in the middle of the ship. The cabins are efficient in size, but comfortable. The bathrooms have a heated floor, which comes in handy in December. The food was great, lots of choices from breakfast to dinner. The excursions were informative and well paced, and every town had a interesting history. They use local guides who know their towns history well. They don't just recite a canned speech. The employees on board were kind and helpful from the cabin stewards to the wait staff. Boris, the cruise director worked hard to see to our every request. The Christmas time frame is so different since it's not a high tourist time of year. Mostly locals at the markets who are very friendly and often speak english well enough to communicate with. What ever time of year you go, the Rhine cruise on a Viking ship would be a great first river cruise! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: November 2015
River cruising was so relaxing. Highly recommended by my friend who goes on a cruise 3 times a year and has been to most places everyone would like to go to. Our cabin suite was a bit pricy and booked at the last minute. However, I was ... Read More
River cruising was so relaxing. Highly recommended by my friend who goes on a cruise 3 times a year and has been to most places everyone would like to go to. Our cabin suite was a bit pricy and booked at the last minute. However, I was given a discounted rate by my travel agent. I enjoyed everything that we got from Viking, from the moment we stepped in the Hlin Viking Longship. The staff who met us at the airport and the staff on board were very friendly and accommodating. The food was mostly great served by the friendly staff. Our room was always kept fresh and clean. The daily excursion was very informative and well planned. We had our own personal time as the excursions are only done in the morning and end around noon time. I can say, I got hooked with Viking, and plan to take more Viking River cruise in the future. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
This was my "retirement vacation" after 33 years with the Fire Department. My wife and I saw the ads for Viking River cruises and said "why not?" My wife used to book corporate travel when she worked in the corporate ... Read More
This was my "retirement vacation" after 33 years with the Fire Department. My wife and I saw the ads for Viking River cruises and said "why not?" My wife used to book corporate travel when she worked in the corporate world, so she handled the arrangements. We decided to spend a couple of extra days in Europe on each end of the cruise, so we did 2 extra days in Amsterdam and 2 in Basel, Switzerland. She booked the trip, and when the itinerary came in, we were a little concerned. The initial trip over, we would have flown out of Boston with a connecting flight from Keflavik, Iceland. We prefer direct flights, but this for this leg of the trip it wasn't a major concern. The return flight, however had us leaving Zurich, catching a connecting flight in Copenhagen to Keflavik and then to Boston.. it would have been total of 13 hours to get home. We inquired about getting direct flights, we got a Boston to Amesterdam flight on Delta. The return trip was from Zurich to New York/JFK with connecting flight to Boston on Delta. Our flight was nice, we arrived in Amsterdam around 7:30 their time. We were met at the airport by a Viking representative, who made sure that we and our luggage made t to the hotel. The hotel was the Raddison Blu. it was very nice and we ate at the restaurants at the hotel. We did do a hop on/hop off boat tour of Amsterdam. One of our stops was the Van Gogh Museum (my wife is a student of art history). If you take the boat tour, make sure that you get back early enough. the stop that was closest to our hotel closed. We ended up walking distance and eventually hailed a pedicab to take us back. The transit to the ship was smooth. There was still time before the ship set sail to do little exploring if one wished. We had a suite cabin, it was very nice, with a sitting room as well as a bedroom.We left Amsterdam in the evening and arrived in Kinderjik, a UNESCO heritage site. We did an excursion to the windmills.One of the things that Viking does is have a group for those with mobility issues. One gets to see the same things, the tour is at a slightly slower pace. After Kinderjik, we cruised downriver to Cologne (Köln in German) We did a walking tour in the afternoon and visited the Köln Cathedral. In the evening I did the Köln pub crawl, visiting 5 different German pubs and sampling different varieties of Kölsch beers. Next was Koblenz and Rudeshiem, where we toured the Marksburg Castle. Again we cruised down the Rhine to Heidelberg and Speyer. Speyer had a transportation museum, with many aircraft, trains, boats and vehicles. It is hard to miss a Boeing 747 in Lufthansa livery looking like it just took off! I would have loved to tour the museum, but being a self professed "airplane geek" I probably would have missed the boat! We left Speyer and headed for Strasbourg, in the Alsace Lorraine. Strasbourg is beautiful. I took a winery tour there. We made one more stop in Germany...Breisach. We took a bus to the Black Forest region. Upon the return, we set sail for Basel. Once we arrived in Basel, we disembarked, then took the bus to Lucerne. Our hotel room at the Grand Hotel Lucern was, in a word, magnificent! We spent two days in Lucerne, Taking a Lake Lucerne cruise as well as visiting the Titlis Glacier. We said goodbye to Switzerland as we drove by bus to Zurich and then home. Food: The food on the boat is awesome! Breakfast is served buffet style , with many choices. Lunch is low key, dinners are wonderful .There are usually 3 different menu choices as well as 3 "staples"... I could go on and on about our experience with Viking, but I would probably be writing the equivalent of Dostoevsky's War and Peace. If you are thinking about going on a Viking River Cruise, take my advice... DO IT! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
This was our first trip to Europe and first river cruise. We enjoyed every moment of the trip! The staff, food, service, our stateroom, ports and shore excursions were even better than we expected. We highly recommend a river cruise. ... Read More
This was our first trip to Europe and first river cruise. We enjoyed every moment of the trip! The staff, food, service, our stateroom, ports and shore excursions were even better than we expected. We highly recommend a river cruise. We've been on 6 large ocean cruises and this far exceeded them! We enjoyed the shore excursions the most. We took German classes and played some fun games too. The ship was well laid out and spotless. The food was to die for. We even got to take a tour of the kitchen on board and meet the hardworking food workers. We'll definitely plan to do another river cruise in the future!!!! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
This was our first time going to Europe and out first European river cruise. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, the staff was absolutely friendly and professional. We enjoyed every moment of the trip, I don't believe ... Read More
This was our first time going to Europe and out first European river cruise. From the moment we arrived to the moment we left, the staff was absolutely friendly and professional. We enjoyed every moment of the trip, I don't believe there is anything that I would change about it. Sharon, the Program Director was amazing !!! The restaurant staff, Ronaldo, Joseph and Kyle were so attentive and so friendly, they were certain to always ensure that we had everything we needed during our meals. The port and shore excursions were absolutely amazing, our favorite tour guide was Jack who took us to the Black Forrest and Colmar excursions. Overall is a great experience and we are already planning the next one, we plan to book another trip in the next month or two. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
Cruised the "Rhine Getaway" with girlfriends for a fabulous experience. The ship was amazing, the food could not have been better and the staff attended to our every need! The city tours were well-organized with Viking's ... Read More
Cruised the "Rhine Getaway" with girlfriends for a fabulous experience. The ship was amazing, the food could not have been better and the staff attended to our every need! The city tours were well-organized with Viking's beautiful motor coaches. The audio boxes allowed us to hear the tour guides who were extremely knowledgable (especially Peter 2m in Cologne & Weibe at Kinderdijk). Daily briefings were great & entertainment enjoyable, On-board staff from the dining room: Vladitza, Kyle, Jerome, Christian, Tamas & Ceresela; Bar staff: Denecia & Cherie Lynn; Housekeeping: Michaela; ALL were absolutely AMAZING!!! Also kudos to Sharon, Sasha, Chef Mark & Arturo for all they did every day. Especially enjoyable was lunch on the Aquavit Terrace, the Wheelhouse tour and the German night dinner and entertainment. Disembarkation was smooth and organized. Our cabin was roomier than expected & I loved the heated floor in the bathroom. This was a very high quality experience and it exceeded my expectations. Another voyage with Viking is on the top of my wish list Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
We had not been back to Europe in 40 years, and we had never done a cruise of any kind. The Viking cruise on the Viking Hlin far surpassed any expectations we could have. It was literally the best vacation we have had. The ship was ... Read More
We had not been back to Europe in 40 years, and we had never done a cruise of any kind. The Viking cruise on the Viking Hlin far surpassed any expectations we could have. It was literally the best vacation we have had. The ship was fantastic. The cabins were roomy enough for two to move around in easily; the furnishings were very nice and the veranda was much appreciated and much used. The staff were great, with special mention to our cabin steward, the captain and the maitre'd, not to take anything away from anyone else. Everyone bent over backwards to please and succeeded. The food was excellent. The wait staff was excellent. The tours were well planned and informative, and the four tour buses that followed the route of the ship and drove the tour groups was at once unexpected and appreciated. There are no negatives of any kind that I can apply to our cruise. We will definitely cruise with Viking again. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2015
This was our first trip to Europe so we decided to try a river cruise. The PBS advertisements were so enticing for Viking we contacted them. We also contacted other river cruise lines and compared. Viking had everything we wanted and ... Read More
This was our first trip to Europe so we decided to try a river cruise. The PBS advertisements were so enticing for Viking we contacted them. We also contacted other river cruise lines and compared. Viking had everything we wanted and more. The room we chose had a balcony and every available space was used so efficiently. We loved the heated floor in the bathroom and the shower. After going on a large ship cruise this was a welcome feature! The public spaces were spacious, well designed and comfortable. The staff was there to help us with our every need. After a long day of sightseeing and walking they met us with warm, damp rolled up white towels to wipe our face and necks, a lovely touch! The food was excellent with wonderful choices. Its amazing all they can do with the size of the kitchen. So efficient and immaculate. The excursions were everything we hoped for. We learned so much from their guides. We took the pre-extension in Lucerne. The hotel was very nice and located near old town and excellent restaurants. Loved the Black Forest and the cuckoo clock demonstration - came home with two! We have already booked a cruise with Viking for 2017. That should more than show how we enjoyed our cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2015
My wife and I cruised with Viking for the second time. This time we were on Viking Hlin. The entire staff were truly fantastic - from the Captain, Hotel Manager and the rest of the crew. They were a really happy crew and that was ... Read More
My wife and I cruised with Viking for the second time. This time we were on Viking Hlin. The entire staff were truly fantastic - from the Captain, Hotel Manager and the rest of the crew. They were a really happy crew and that was reflected in their work and service to their guests. The food was, as usual, magnificent and we met some lovely people along the way. Viking make sure there are alternative trips for all levels of fitness and ensured that no-one missed out. If you felt you didn't enjoy this cruise, then it would have been your own fault! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: September 2015
I have always resisted the idea of a cruise with 5000+ strangers, but the river cruises did attract my interest. The Viking Rhine River cruise was wonderful! Every aspect ... the staff, the guests (fewer than 200), the food, and the ... Read More
I have always resisted the idea of a cruise with 5000+ strangers, but the river cruises did attract my interest. The Viking Rhine River cruise was wonderful! Every aspect ... the staff, the guests (fewer than 200), the food, and the shore excursions ... were outstanding in every regard. The ship, the Viking Hlin, was quiet with no sounds of the engine thrumming; the staterooms were very comfortable and efficient in use of space and never felt crowded. But, the best parts were certainly the people: the staff just could not have been more helpful and professional, and they were genuine in their attention to each guest. A wonderful trip! 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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