Sail Date: May 2018
Viking as a cruise company once again provided a terrific cruise ship and staff. This was our second Viking river cruise and everything about this company and its employees is top shelf. But I didn’t like the itinerary on this cruise ... Read More
Viking as a cruise company once again provided a terrific cruise ship and staff. This was our second Viking river cruise and everything about this company and its employees is top shelf. But I didn’t like the itinerary on this cruise as well as our initial cruise, which was southern France. This cruise up the Rhine was just not as interesting and the cities were not as picturesque. You can’t go wrong picking Viking as your river cruise company. But make sure you’ll enjoy the stops on your cruise before you book it. The southern France cruise ended up docked in a new city every morning with easy access right off the boat directly into the new city. The Rhine cruise in contrast often involved cruising during the day and docking in places where a bus trip was necessary to get to the city center. Again the cities visited were just not as interesting and there was too much down time cruising during the day. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2018
Viking had an itinerary that enabled us to see tulips in bloom and visit great ports. Viking provides good value for the money. The food was excellent and the chef was top notch and very accommodating. The ports of call were all very ... Read More
Viking had an itinerary that enabled us to see tulips in bloom and visit great ports. Viking provides good value for the money. The food was excellent and the chef was top notch and very accommodating. The ports of call were all very interesting and provided us with great memories. Amsterdam was a great city to visit enriched with culture and amazing scenery. The ship was very nice but the rooms were very small and often uncomfortable. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who is claustrophobic. We have been on other river cruises where we found the ships to be more elegant and rooms ampler. We like traveling on Viking but would research other companies to compare cost versus value. When comparing buy one get one for free you need to check what is included and compare the total costs (including excursions, trips, transportation, etc.) to determine your best value. Viking does a generally good job but you do get what you pay for. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2017
Only reason giving it a 4 star is the accomodations: Bed was somewhat uncomfortable, some outside noise like a pump would go on, (cabin 101), which was annoying, and the TV movies would just go off during part of the showing. Still, we ... Read More
Only reason giving it a 4 star is the accomodations: Bed was somewhat uncomfortable, some outside noise like a pump would go on, (cabin 101), which was annoying, and the TV movies would just go off during part of the showing. Still, we accepted these minor problems and really enjoyed the trip. Staff was top notch, food very good- especially the breads and pastry. Wines and beer that were part of the lunch and dinner meals were fine. Daily tours that were part of the cruise package were very good with the guides excellent, (didn't go on 2 of the days- just walked into the town we were docked at to explore. This was the Rhine River cruise and some of the package tours require moderate walking and being sure footed, (i.e. Marksburg castle), so you need to be ambulatory, We had a first deck cabin, (at waterline with closed "strip" window, no balcony, and this was fine as there was always plenty of room in the lounge to watch the shoreline sights. Highly recommend! Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2017
Wanted to see some of those castles, the Black Forest, and to celebrate our 55th anniversary. Had not been to some of the cities before. Basel was very nice. Good walking tour by Viking guide. Hotel was well situated. Strasbourg was a ... Read More
Wanted to see some of those castles, the Black Forest, and to celebrate our 55th anniversary. Had not been to some of the cities before. Basel was very nice. Good walking tour by Viking guide. Hotel was well situated. Strasbourg was a delight, seeing all the storks in their nests with the hungry babies demanding food. Interesting cathedral and canals. The Black Forest stop was wonderful. The glass shop was fascinating. Bought a lot of pieces and had them sent home. Had Black Forest cake and watched the cuckoo clocks do their thing. Heidelberg, its castle and Old Town were interesting. Rudesheim had charming architectural features. Cologne had a soccer tournament going on and people had on the colors of their favorite teams and sang team songs as they were going to the stadium. We had a lock engraved with our names and wedding date and attached it to the bridge going over to a viewing tower. Marksburg Castle in Koblenz was a tough hike up the hills and over uneven ground in the castle. Did have wonderful cards to buy and we got to sit in the sun waiting for our group to go into the castle. Although we've been to Amsterdam before we had never been to Kinderdijk and enjoyed all the windmills. Food wasn't anything to write home about. Although I did enjoy the German night. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2016
We arrived in Amsterdam very early in the morning as we had an overnight flight. Our Viking Cruise host met us while we were waiting for our luggage to come off the plane. We were then shuttled to our ship aboard a coach bus and given cold ... Read More
We arrived in Amsterdam very early in the morning as we had an overnight flight. Our Viking Cruise host met us while we were waiting for our luggage to come off the plane. We were then shuttled to our ship aboard a coach bus and given cold water immediately. It was a nice way to start. When we arrived at our ship, the staterooms weren't ready yet but we were encouraged to go to the dining room and enjoy a hot breakfast as service was still ongoing. Another fantastic way to start our trip. We did take advantage of the shuttle bus that took us to the center of Amsterdam so we could explore a bit. Unfortunately many of the museums were closed and the Anne Frank house was completely sold out but we took a wonderful canal cruise and saw many of the sights. The weather was a bit chillier than I thought it would be at that time of the year so we didn't spend any time on the sundeck but the Aquavita Terrace was wonderful! And on the one day that we were hit by rain while on an excursion, the ship's kitchen staff met us with hot chocolate and rum! YUMMY!!! The food was excellent! I loved that we had the choice of either a more 'informal' meal on the terrace or a more formal meal in the dining room for lunch and dinner. Even for breakfast there were many many choices from the to die for buffet to the order from the menu options. If you just wanted muffins, coffee, and cereal there were those options also! The bar staff was extremely friendly!! My husband and I looked forward to going to the lounge whenever possible because it was so welcoming! Ships staff weren't afraid to interact with us and it made it seem like we were cruising with family. Our cabin steward was fantastic! He entertained us with towel animals and fresh fruit each day! The ports are wonderful and the shore excursions are very interesting but bring your walking shoes!!! Walk before you go on the trip to get ready for the walking you will do. Many areas are accessible only on foot and sometimes the ship has to dock a decent hike from the main entrance to town. You will definitely get your exercise! We did extend our trip into Lucern Switzerland and I can't say that I would recommend that portion of the trip. Our hotel was again a distance from the city center and having to walk for everything was not the way I really wanted to end my trip. But my husband and I are looking forward to going on another excursion with Viking. We just know what we want to do more than we did for the first trip. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
This was my second river cruise and I wanted to cruise the Rhine river. Viking offered the best deal at the time I wanted to travel. The experience on this Viking ship was amazing, The crew were most helpful and made our trip most ... Read More
This was my second river cruise and I wanted to cruise the Rhine river. Viking offered the best deal at the time I wanted to travel. The experience on this Viking ship was amazing, The crew were most helpful and made our trip most enjoyable. For me, I wish we had more of a wine selection for dinner every night and I would have like to see a gift shop that offer souvenirs from each country visited. I would liked to have more modern musical entertainment. The cabin space was as expected, very new and modern. The service in the dining room was very attentive and the staff were always there if you needed anything. I felt that all the crew member when overboard to make my cruise and very enjoyable one and that they did. Overall, I had a wonderful time and would more likely consider travelling with Viking again. Read Less
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Sail Date: April 2016
This was our first cruise and we chose to take a Viking River Cruise down the Rhine River. We chose a pre-cruise extension and made all of the arrangements on our own, spending two nights in Amsterdam before boarding the Viking ship Hlin. ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we chose to take a Viking River Cruise down the Rhine River. We chose a pre-cruise extension and made all of the arrangements on our own, spending two nights in Amsterdam before boarding the Viking ship Hlin. Our first impressions with the ship and crew were...Wow!! The ship was amazing and the crew friendly and helpful no matter what we asked or requested. Our stateroom steward made us feel as though we were her only customers! The rest of the staff was just as wonderful and at the welcome dinner we were informed that the water levels were good and we should have no problems with our cruise to Basel. The atmosphere onboard is casual and we saw everything from t-shirts to jacket and ties, and the ages ranged from early/mid 30's to early 80's. We did get rained on during our first two ports (windmills and Koln), but when you take a European cruise in early April, that is to be expected. There is a lot of walking on some of the tours and the guides were wonderful. Trust the ship's classification of tours as strenuous or easy, they are very accurate! I suppose my only complaint would be that a couple of the tours seemed a little rushed and it would have been nice to have a little extra time to spend at some of the locations. The Black Forest tour was one where it would have been nice to have an extra hour. Yes, we would take another cruise with Viking and we are already looking for our next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
We chose this sailing so we could visit Christmas markets. We were not disappointed! Many markets, large and small, throughout the various ports. We were disappointed that we had to be bussed into so many towns however. The ship was ... Read More
We chose this sailing so we could visit Christmas markets. We were not disappointed! Many markets, large and small, throughout the various ports. We were disappointed that we had to be bussed into so many towns however. The ship was clean and fresh. Our stateroom (verandah) was roomier than we had anticipate with plenty of storage/closet space. The food was very good. Entertainment was primarily a piano player. We had a cooking demonstration, a Dutch tea, a young girls’ choir, a water management lecture, etc., on various late afternoons. Great accordion player one night during dinner. We felt no movement at all onboard nor experienced any engine noise. Only when going through the locks, did the ship rock at all. We would have liked more information on the locks and to know when the ship was scheduled to traverse them. The schedule was rather regimented - not relaxing. I hit 10,000+ steps every day. All included tours were in the morning. It would have been gracious to have some optional tours in the morning, so that each day was not predicated by having to get up early to have breakfast to be ready to join an included tour. “Leisure walk” tours were available about day three, also in the mornings. No explanation as to how these would be different than the regular tours, except they might be slower paced. I would have appreciated more information. Viking did provide both water and umbrellas. Viking was no help at all when a passenger inquired about shipping items home, FedEx, etc. Most tour guides were excellent. Gratuities are not included. You are expected not only to tip all shore tour guides and bus drivers, but the cruise director (ours was not overly friendly nor helpful. It felt as if she were simply “checking the boxes” and resented being asked questions) and ship staff. We will look for a truly inclusive cruise next time. The Euro makes purchasing souvenirs super easy. We had no difficulties at any border and needed to carry our passports only into France, as a result of the Paris terrorist attacks the preceeding month. Armed military was in evidence in Brussels airport and Strasbourg. We had pre- and post-cruise tours booked through Viking. Our tour director for the pre-cruise tours was more than outstanding - just super (Nico Favoreel). Our group was reduced to six from 14-16, so the personalized service was exceptional. Our accommodation in Brugge, Dukes’ Palace, was wonderful. Viking met us at the airport and transported us to the hotel and to the various stops throughout the four days before we boarded our ship. Excellent service throughout. Our hotel in Amsterdam was switched to the Okura. A nice hotel, but it could have been anywhere in the world and not centrally located. Our post tour in Lucerne was an afternoon walking tour and we were left to our own devices the next day because not enough people signed up for the full-day excursion we had planned to take. Nonetheless, nice accommodations, though again, the hotel could have been anywhere in the world. We would have preferred hotels with “character.” Hotels in Lucerne and Amsterdam overlooked either a canal or lake. Transfer to Zurich airport, for just the two of us, was via Mercedes with a driver - wow! Having lived in Europe, we anticipated drizzly weather; weather was exceptionally warm - no snow, very little rain. On a couple of occasions, it was obvious that we were being directed to specific gift shops. The Black Forest stop was very touristy. The one evening when at least half the passengers went ashore for dinner, we hoped to have dinner just the two of us, but a waiter required that we move to fill a table with others. Unfortunate. Water was not initially provided with meals and often had to be requested several times. Wine flowed freely. It would have been nifty had staff badges indicated home country as well as a name. Interesting to talk to young people from all over. English was spoken by all - some more fluently than others. Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2015
My sister and I signed up for this cruise because of the Christma markets and were lucky enough to book one of the Explorer Suites. The accommodations were outstanding, our cabin steward (Ria) was terrific. The excursions were good, but ... Read More
My sister and I signed up for this cruise because of the Christma markets and were lucky enough to book one of the Explorer Suites. The accommodations were outstanding, our cabin steward (Ria) was terrific. The excursions were good, but difficult walking because of the cobblestones at times. The food was good, but I liked the food on our Danube cruise in 2010 better. I would have preferred to eat dinner a bit earlier. The staff went out of their way to make our stay pleasant, we particularly enjoyed our private tour of the wheelhouse and dinner with the Captain. Everyone was wonderful. I was disappointed in Cologne that we couldn't tour the Cathedral in the morning as promised, we had to go back in the afternoon because of the Sunday masses. I did go back in the afternoon and noticed there were guided tours, that would have been much more meaningful than wandering around on my own. Just a suggestion. Travel to embarkation is always tiring, nothing can be done about that, but the flight arrangements were fine. The handling of Disembarkation is amazing, extremely well organized. The Viking reps in Amsterdam were very helpful. We liked the hotel. I recommend Viking to all of my friends because of the ports, tour guides, staff and overall exemplary experience. True value for the money, lots of free publicity from me! Read Less
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Sail Date: November 2015
This was our second cruise on Viking. Our first river cruise (Oct. 2014) was the Romantic Danube and it was wonderful. Beautiful scenery, delightful crew and wonderful entertainment and tour coordinator. That is why we came back to ... Read More
This was our second cruise on Viking. Our first river cruise (Oct. 2014) was the Romantic Danube and it was wonderful. Beautiful scenery, delightful crew and wonderful entertainment and tour coordinator. That is why we came back to Viking... Our second cruise was the Rhine River Cruise, Christmas Market Cruise (Nov. 2015) Even in winter, the Rhine is interesting and beautiful. The crew, again was lovely, The shore excursions were wonderful, the food was delicious and the kitchen staff very accommodating. We enjoyed our interactions with everyone except for the entertainment/tour coordinator. He was very unorganized and rather brash. His "frenzied" attitude was not professional and he never explained clearly where we should meet after an excursion. The evening entertainment facilitated by him was very unorganized. Also, the hotels were substandard in both Basel and Amsterdam. Tiny rooms. We had to personally upgrade so that we would be comfortable. Check-in and upgrades took half the day. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2015
Love river cruising. Everything was convenient. The service was good and always helpful. We like the small ship and less walking for activities. The scenic views of the landscape were breathtaking. We had a illness while on board and ... Read More
Love river cruising. Everything was convenient. The service was good and always helpful. We like the small ship and less walking for activities. The scenic views of the landscape were breathtaking. We had a illness while on board and the director helped with finding a emergency room and accompanied the sick passenger to the doctor. We enjoy meeting all the guests and after a few days knowing most of the people we travel with. We will definitely take another river cruise.Our cabin was neat and tidy and we were never rushed out for cleaning. The ship was beautiful and we enjoyed the view from the front with the serving area for food. This was new to us from previous cruises. I thought the food was delicious and never had any thing I didn't like. The entertainment was okay. Sometimes better than other times. However, our director was just delightful. She always brightened up the evening no matter what. Our excursions were perfect with the built in hearing device. I really like that and find it makes our experience more complete. The only complaint I would have is the first day on arrival we walked the city of Basel and it was too taxing. After the long flight I should have rested and then later left ship. When returning our flights were scheduled to Minneapolis and then to Dallas. They timing was too close. We missed the Dallas flight because of customs and security lines were too long. We only had about an hour and 15 minutes to make it. The airport was so big we had to ride to the Dallas connection but missed the flight by about 5 minutes. Had to stay in Minneapolis over night. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2015
This was my first Viking cruise. I chose it because of the historical significance of visiting first hand all of the sites along the Rhine river. The ship and accommodations were excellent. More importantly, the information given each ... Read More
This was my first Viking cruise. I chose it because of the historical significance of visiting first hand all of the sites along the Rhine river. The ship and accommodations were excellent. More importantly, the information given each evening prior to reaching our next destination was superlative. The staff was first rate and service was superlative. I must give additional credit to the supervisor of the tour guides. Her name is Petra Hall. She was always available and at everyone's disposal. Her tour guides were also superlative. They knew every detail of information at the site we went to. Petra also went on a lot of the tours to make sure that the service was top notch. It is this kind of detail that will bring me back to another Viking cruise. I had two disappointments. The cuisine aboard was just so-so. Breakfast was excellent as one had many choices to choose from. lunch was usually ordinary, nothing special. Dinner was more disappointing. Food was usually overcooked or tasteless. Sauces were nothing special. I skipped dinner twice in the dining room. I hope you can fix this. I am a chef and fussy about food, however, serving food in a large atmosphere can be excellent everyday if food is fresh and sauces are not frozen or packaged. The Radisson Blu hotel at the end of our trip in Amsterdam had its issues too. While the hotel was conveniently located in the city, the room was nicely appointed and had comfortable beds. There was too little lighting and a hazardous entry to the bathroom. One had to step up to go into the bathroom and I tripped and fell twice as did my roommate. Combined with poor lighting this could have been tragic. My suggestion, pick another hotel and check out the rooms more carefully. The best part of the Radisson stay was the tour guide through the city. Her name was Hannakah. She watched out for us and was a wealth of Amsterdam information. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2015
Lovely cruise on the newer Viking Hlin Longship from Basel to Amsterdam. Cabin was with a French Balcony (picture window with a bar across). Accommodation was just a bit smaller than the cabin on our Danube cruise on an Avalon ship a ... Read More
Lovely cruise on the newer Viking Hlin Longship from Basel to Amsterdam. Cabin was with a French Balcony (picture window with a bar across). Accommodation was just a bit smaller than the cabin on our Danube cruise on an Avalon ship a couple of years ago, but everything was top notch. Bathroom floor was heated, which was a nice touch. Food was okay some evenings and spectacular on others. Never bad. Breakfast was buffet with eggs and omelets and sausage as well as a selection of cereal, fruit, cheeses, etc. Dinner consisted of regional specialties, and always had a steak and fish choice. I don't drink alcohol, but my wife said the wine served at meals was adequate, nothing to write home about. Soft drinks and beer are also offered with the meals, but cost extra at other times. A few people purchased the drink package, but said unless you want to drink constantly all evening it was not worth it. Many purchased bottles in town and brought them back to their cabins. Some people complained that for the price they expected everything to be top shelf. As with any river cruise, it is like having a very nice hotel each night which moves to a different city while you sleep. The day-time cruise through the Rhine Valley with its spectacular castles and scenery is almost worth the entire trip. The included shore excursions (mostly walking tours - longer bus tour to the Black Forest and into Heidelberg) were excellent. The guides were very knowledgeable at each city. I especially enjoyed the WWII Colmar Pocket additional excursion and the visit to the Audie Murphy site. Plenty of free time to shop and explore or to have a meal in town on your own. We ate most lunches and couple of dinners in town and the ship's concierge was very helpful with recommendations. Traveled with a couple who have cruised extensively on ocean liners. We had warned them it was nothing like that, and they said they were happy they were forewarned. They are used to room service, nightclubs and entertainment like in Vegas, and he wanted a couple of days to just veg and relax on deck while the ship traveled down river. There are few times to sun on the deck while the ship travels, as the ship is in port most days, and of course no room service. Entertainment is local people ranging from classical music after dinner, to lederhosen-clad accordion players. There is a lot of walking and hiking. Not the type of trip for someone who wants to veg and relax on a chaise lounge. They do try to make accommodation by bus or van for those who cannot climb the many steps or make it on the cobblestone streets. We had a couple of passengers who unfortunately fell and injured themselves - one on ship, and two while on shore (one riding a bicycle). All in different cities. The ship's hotel manager and crew accompanied the two of them who needed to go to the hospital and stayed with them until they were treated and released. Be sure to have medical insurance which can cover your expenses, although all remarked how much less their treatment cost than if they had gone to an E.R. in the States. The other injured party refused to go to a clinic for treatment, but accepted the first-aid offered by the crew to treat her cut forehead. The crew are professional and accommodating. All speak English and the passengers were mostly from the States and Canada, with a few from the U.K and Australia. Average age was probably 60, but there were three or four couples in their 30s and 40s and two teenage young ladies traveling with their grandparents who were doted on and spoiled by all others. The prior week the ships could not get up to Basel because the river was too high to allow them under some of the bridges and the passengers were shuttled by bus down river to another ship, but we had no such difficulties. Be aware this is a risk during spring and into June. Extended each end. Two days in Lucerne which was wonderful (really recommend the Mt. Pilatus tour) but breathtakingly expensive. At the end spent two days in Amsterdam, and wish we had extended for an additional one or two days more. Loved the city and its museums. Viking handled all transfers and hotel arrangements without problem. Next time i will handle my own flights and hotel extensions, as I know I could have saved a few $100 if I had done so this time. Did so on our previous Danube trip. But by having Viking handle it we were saved the stress of arranging transportation to and from the airport. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2015
We are sitting in Paris now after disembarking the viking hiln in Basel…after the first couple of outstanding days on the ship, some hiccups developed that disappointed us a little. The food quality went down noticeably during the ... Read More
We are sitting in Paris now after disembarking the viking hiln in Basel…after the first couple of outstanding days on the ship, some hiccups developed that disappointed us a little. The food quality went down noticeably during the cruise, which surprised us. On one castle tour, our ENTIRE group was left behind at the ship…. and the confused staff person (her first tour) walked us around for over an hour "looking" for the bus. OK, mistakes happen and we don't judge a whole cruise by one episode….but for the on-board hotel manager to repeatedly blame the "stupid bus driver" for leaving without us….yes, the bus driver drove away in an empty bus… is wrong. An absolute lack of leadership and accountability on the part of a senior staff member disturbed many of us much more so than the screw up. The most anticipated tour for us was the Black Forest tour…we were disappointed by a poor tour guide and what amounted to one stop at a cuckoo clock store. For those of you that have been on large cruise ships and been "escorted" to a "ship friendly" store, you know what i mean….Our original intent was to buy a clock on this cruise... but that changed once we got there, mostly based on prices…we had done a lot of research prior to the trip for cuckoo clocks so we know enough about quality and cost…we figure we will order on-line from the Black Forest and save money. Basically we had an hour and half bus ride through a magnificent area being distracted by an inaudible guide. Then an hour wandering through one store, then an return ride back to the ship. The other tours were good to very good and the staff continued to be outstanding . They worked very hard, always smiling and helpful. The viking owned busses are excellent and plenty of room. Our aquarium room was wonderful. We enjoyed it much more than any ocean cruise ship rooms. The accent lighting in the room, REAL shower glass doors, a toilet seat with that magic thing that doesn't let the seat slam down (really cool) all were great. We surely wouldnt spend the extra money for a balcony, particularly in cooler weather. Will we take a 3rd cruise with viking?…yes, even with the hiccups, we bought 2 future cruise certificates. With the exception of the hotel manager,the staff really made the cruise…..We enjoy river cruising….no art auctions, no long lines at the buffet, no "buy this", or massage that …etc etc. we are not the "Hi, what is your name and where are you from ?" type and we were able to find spots to be by ourselves… although no tables for 2 exist in the dining room, that was not a problem for us…we met some wonderful people during the week and tried to avoid only a few others. You probably know the type…self absorbed and omni knowledgeable about every topic…and NEVER take a breath….. Read Less
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Sail Date: December 2014
My husband & I have gone on a dozen ocena cruises and decided to try a smaller river cruise because of the itinerary. We originally were supposed to be on the Njord but about a week before sailing received an e-mail indicating the ... Read More
My husband & I have gone on a dozen ocena cruises and decided to try a smaller river cruise because of the itinerary. We originally were supposed to be on the Njord but about a week before sailing received an e-mail indicating the change to the Hlin. Not sure why but who is going to turn down sailing on an almost brand new ship? The itinerary, tours, staff, and ship were exactly what we expected and what had been described not only by Viking but other cruise reviews. So in that sense our expectations were met. One could say that they were exceeded but Viking's marketing put the bar so high exceeding would be difficult at best. The one area I was disappointed in was in the food. I will be the 1st to admit I am a picky eater and have definate dislikes. The breakfasts were great. Lunches hit and miss as were the dinners. I'm not sure if the chef was too new and not used to dealing with American palates or what but when I am not the only looking over the menu and wondering aloud...what is this, and can I get it plain... I have to wonder. The waiters and maitre'd tried to the point of being too accomodating to find, make or create, something for me. Even had the chef out trying to accomodate me. They wouldn't take no for an answer and just let it drop. This was more annoying to me than just ordering the same steak or chicken that were on their standard menu. They even did the steak perfectly rare! We did have a minor tradegy on our trip. One of the elderly couples had an accident in which the gentleman required extensive surgery. His wife continued on in the trip and the staff, crew and other cruisers tried to make her trip as enjoyable as possible. I believe Viking was extremly helpful in helping her with this situation and keeping her apprised of what was going on with him.   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
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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