7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
My husband an I accompanied a group of 26 on the Viking Ingvi River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest in late August 2016, for 14 days. Most people arrived early and enjoyed the sights of Amsterdam and some continued on for the post-stay ... Read More
My husband an I accompanied a group of 26 on the Viking Ingvi River Cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest in late August 2016, for 14 days. Most people arrived early and enjoyed the sights of Amsterdam and some continued on for the post-stay in Prague. By the end of the trip many in our group called it the "trip of a lifetime." How true! There were so many wonderful cities and things to see and do and many experienced all of the daily excursions as well as a lot of the optional excursions. The ship was clean and modern, in a Scandinavian way, with muted, restful colors. It is laid out so everyone can find a peaceful space or be visiting with a lot of people in the lounge, dining room or Aquavit outdoor deck. The stateroom staff was very pleasant, always careful not to disturb you while in your room, and only cleaned when you were out of your room. You would leave your room, come back after breakfast, and Voilá, your room was as clean and fresh as when you stepped on the ship. The rooms were well appointed and very nicely arranged with plenty of drawer and closet storage space. Our group was scattered in staterooms all over the ship. Those that stayed on the lower level were somewhat apprehensive about the size of the room and being close to water level. Their fears were unwarranted. They told us later they were hardly ever in their room so it didn't matter and the larger window was just fine for lighting. Those that had Balcony or French Balcony staterooms were pleased with their rooms as well. However they did not approve too much of another ship tying up beside us and blocking their view......but that's not uncommon and is always a possibility with river cruises. Dining was delightful. The chef and his staff did an excellent job as well as the dining room staff. There were always plenty of choices on the menu and the meals were tasty and cooked properly. Having a light lunch, salads, soups, small sandwiches on the Aquavit Deck was a nice departure from the main dining room. One or two evenings in the dining room we received something incorrect, or perhaps cold, but it was very quickly taken care of by the staff. Dinners are a chance to meet and greet many other people on the ship and that's one of the nice things about river cruising.........you meet so many people because the total on this ship was 190 people. During 2 weeks time you meet and enjoy most of them. Arriving back on the ship after an excursion there was always someone to greet us with some sort of juice or drink and perhaps cookies or some sweet regional specialty. It's nice to be greeted in that manner and it makes you feel welcome to come back on the ship......or maybe they just missed us! Evening entertainment on the ship was usually musicians from a local city. These evenings were a pleasant experience. Other times an excursion was offered at night to take us to a restaurant or beer hall. These evening offered great food and just plain fun. Several lectures were offered at night and were done by experienced and interesting people. One of the most exciting highlights of our cruise was a local German glassblower. We were all fascinated with his ability to work with the glass.....a very different experience than you would see with a regular glassblower or might see in Murano, Italy. He was an expert at what he did and we were offered the opportunity to buy many of his works, including fused glass jewelry and Christmas gifts. He was busy for almost 2 hours taking care of customers and taking orders for shipping. We did discover he is a protege of Chihuly which explains why he was so very knowledgeable and creative. He said he visits Chihuly at least twice a year. The service on this ship was outstanding. We can't say enough about them. Everyone was so pleasant and helpful. The Hotel Manager, Krisztina, was particularly helpful. She was always present and available to discuss questions, and handle issues or problems. While on the cruise two couples from our group had a minor issue with their rooms. Either the problem was quickly fixed or they were moved to another room (which, of course, is not always available) but the problem was solved. We have to say the bartenders were special as well. The main bartender, Szaba (sp?) and the rest of the bar staff were exceptional with remembering our drinks and timely service. So many of the staff, bartenders, dining room staff, front desk staff were always ready with answers and gave us top notch service. We've been on Viking ships before but we have to say this was probably the best service we have had from on any of the ships. We met and spoke with the Captain of our ship several times albeit thru a translator. He was interested in our thoughts and asked many questions. How many times can you meet the Captain of the ship and converse with him/her? Our group has already asked us to plan another cruise for them. Would they go on Viking again? The answer is a definite "Yes." As far as ourselves, Would we go on Viking again? The answer is a definite "Yes" and we hope to sail again next year with Viking. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We spent a couple of days in Amsterdam prior to embarking, which helped with jet lag and acclimating to being on vacation. Getting to and on the ship was a snap. The attention to detail and thoughtfulness of all of the staff was ... Read More
We spent a couple of days in Amsterdam prior to embarking, which helped with jet lag and acclimating to being on vacation. Getting to and on the ship was a snap. The attention to detail and thoughtfulness of all of the staff was remarkable. Everyone was very helpful and friendly and seemed to be enjoying themselves as well. The restaurant was top notch. Really appreciated the daily briefings and the onboard presentations. The glassblower was a lot of fun and had some interesting stories. Just a wonderful and relaxed way to visit so many beautiful towns that I otherwise would probably have not experienced. The coordination with off shore excursions was seamless and the local guides made the experiences intimate and fun. I appreciated the time for wandering around unscripted also. Our trip extension to Prague was wonderful and the Viking hospitality continued on dry land. Overall a wonderful experience that I would recommend to anyone! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We were attracted to the small ship experience after hearing horror stories about the cattle- car voyages others told us about. The small ship Viking river cruises had great reviews and their attention to detail made the cruise a great ... Read More
We were attracted to the small ship experience after hearing horror stories about the cattle- car voyages others told us about. The small ship Viking river cruises had great reviews and their attention to detail made the cruise a great value. The room, the food and the staff all surpassed our expectations. The excursions were a delight and the optional ones (even though they were pricey) really added a lot to the total experience. We arrived two days early in Budapest after a trying flight from Portland, Oregon to Budapest on Delta Airlines. Through no fault of Viking, we arrived eight hours late and in spite of notifying Viking no one met us the airport. We took a cab and Viking apologized and reimbursed us. Budapest is an exciting and vibrant city; the Budapest Intercontinental was an amazing surprise. We wish we had booked several more days there. Most of the shore excisions were fun and informative but we would recommend that you diplomatically insist on what you want from the guide if you feel short changed. We plan to go again when we can arrange it, perhaps to the Mediterranean or British Isles. Viking is a great company! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2016
We decided to take a Viking cruise based on all the accolades Viking received from our friends Our Grand European Cruise exceeded all of our expectations. Beginning at the Amsterdam Airport when the Viking representative took charge of ... Read More
We decided to take a Viking cruise based on all the accolades Viking received from our friends Our Grand European Cruise exceeded all of our expectations. Beginning at the Amsterdam Airport when the Viking representative took charge of our luggage. The Stateroom was spacious Dining was such a delightful experience whether breakfast, lunch or dinner. The food selection at breakfast and lunch was plentiful but our dinners were outstanding and the presentation was terrific The selection of cities we visited were wonderful and the tour guides very knowledgeable and courteous. So enjoyed the nightly entertainment on the ship whether it was our piano player or entertainment from the city we were anchored in for the evening The Service Viking provided was absolutely outstanding from the crew assisting us in our tours remembering our name choice of cocktail, wine etc. We could continue forever. We can not wait until we take another trip. . Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We are 3 couples who usually cruise ocean ships but decided to travel across Europe by Viking Riverboat. As our excitement grew during the planning phase, we were joined by two other couples of friends. We were booking fairly late in the ... Read More
We are 3 couples who usually cruise ocean ships but decided to travel across Europe by Viking Riverboat. As our excitement grew during the planning phase, we were joined by two other couples of friends. We were booking fairly late in the season so were lucky to get 5 cabins close together on the lower level. None of us had ever cruised with Viking before. We all thoroughly enjoyed the adventure and have become fans of Viking. All five couples are senior and do not share the same interests or physical abilities. We found the Viking cruise allowed us to be a group but still have independent activities. We requested and got the one table large enough to all of us for dinners so we ate together, sharing tales of our adventures that day. Actually we found another guest who was 93 traveling alone and managed to get him at our table as well. Our independence began with embarkation: three couples did the Viking pre-cruise tour in Budapest, another came one night early and booked their stay themselves and the fifth couple came straight to the ship from the airport. We all very much enjoyed Budapest. We all experienced a very easy embarkation procedure. Most of us usually travel in cabins with balconies so we were not sure how we would like rooms on the lower level with high windows. We all found this to not be an issue. During travel on the river we found going to the lounge or up on the outside decks offered an opportunity to see both sides of the river and gave the added benefit of enjoying visiting other passengers, A feature which we really enjoyed were the included tours. Viking usually includes one at each stop. All five couples used this basic tour to get an overview of the city or village and then we each did our own things for the rest of the time. One couple did extensive hiking tours; 3 couples often signed up for the optional tours in the city while the fifth couple stayed on board reading or touring near the docked riverboat. We enjoyed the itinerary across Europe, getting a good feel for the land as it changes across the countries. I remember our excitement at encountering the first lock but soon we were veterans of passing though locks and began assessing them on depth raised or lowered, as well as the length and size of the lock itself. By the end of the cruise we were talking about where we could go for our next Viking cruise. This one on the Viking Ingvi just got us started! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2016
Although not the cheapest. The attention to detail was first class. Every port an included excursion was arranged with local guide. Food on board was very good. Cabin small but adequate and comfortable. Evening entertainment was limited. ... Read More
Although not the cheapest. The attention to detail was first class. Every port an included excursion was arranged with local guide. Food on board was very good. Cabin small but adequate and comfortable. Evening entertainment was limited. Have already booked for a sea cruise with Viking. The staff were really friendly and soon got to know your preferences. Travelled from Budapest to Amsterdam. Although some on boat were disappointed that there was no chance to explore before disembarking but to be fair to Viking this was explained in brochure and they did offer additional stay option in a hotel Free wiFi was patchy at time but we were travelling on river between signal. Large to had on board cameras and also offered a range of films Wine and beer served at lunch and dinner was plentiful. Coffee station available 24 hrs a day Would recommend to others. One point to note that out of 187 travellers there were only 6 British the majority were Americans. Had cabin on top floor which had walking track above it which some travellers used to run on which was a bit noisy. Staff requested that people didn't use it before 9am. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
We splurged on this Viking cruise for our 40th wedding anniversary = this was our first river cruise, having done many ocean trips in the last five years. Viking did everything possible to make our cruise wonderful (including a special ... Read More
We splurged on this Viking cruise for our 40th wedding anniversary = this was our first river cruise, having done many ocean trips in the last five years. Viking did everything possible to make our cruise wonderful (including a special anniversary cake on the 1st nite in the dining room) - The service, the stateroom, the food, the city tours. From the pickup in Budapestt to the drop off in Amsterdam the staff was engaging, personable and responsive to any request that we had. The ship was clean and very easy to navigate, being smaller and much more intimate than an ocean liner. Our stateroom (an upgraded suite!) was fantastic, roomy and a great view of all the passing scenery. The bathroom (roomy) and amenities were particularly nice. The dining and food service was very good. A nice variety (local dishes and American favorites) with a staff that responded to special requests and provided great service. The entertainment is not comparable to an ocean cruise, but we enjoyed the offerings very much. Particulary special was a glass blowing demonstration by a local artist. I would strongly recommend Viking and the Grand European tour as a very special two weeks. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2016
This was our 40th anniversary trip & our first River Cruise. From beginning to end, it was superb! We had WONDERFUL weather, great tour guides, excellent accommodations, & awesome Viking staff! We were treated to an anniversary ... Read More
This was our 40th anniversary trip & our first River Cruise. From beginning to end, it was superb! We had WONDERFUL weather, great tour guides, excellent accommodations, & awesome Viking staff! We were treated to an anniversary serenade & dessert at dinner 2 hrs after embarkation! On the last evening on board, I asked HOW the staff knew who we were, and they chuckled as to how they pulled it off(at check in, the desk staff sneaked a picture of us-unbeknownst to us, and the walked the dining room to find us, then notified the Maitre D where we were sitting!). We made lots of friends that we will hopefully keep in touch with after the trip! In hindsight, we wished we had extended our trip at BOTH ends, Budapest and Amsterdam, as we didn't know what to expect, and wished we could have spent more time in BOTH cities. Glass blower had a demo on the boat- AWESOME! We have shared our trip memories with family & friends & would DEFINITELY do it again. My sister & her best friend (& both spouses), have already booked a Viking River cruise for next summer (on our strong recommendation)! The staff also helped me surprise my husband by celebrating his birthday which also happened to fall during our cruise! We enjoyed the included tours and also booked several extra tours that were also a great value! We felt like royalty in our mini suite! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This was our first River Cruise and we could not have been more pleased. The crew of the Ingvi went out of their way to may this cruise a memorable experience. Because the number of passengers is small, we got to know many of the other ... Read More
This was our first River Cruise and we could not have been more pleased. The crew of the Ingvi went out of their way to may this cruise a memorable experience. Because the number of passengers is small, we got to know many of the other passengers and everyone raved about the customer service, food, individual assistance, and daily shore excursions. The entire cruise is very organized. Someone said it is like a Swiss watch times 100. Disembarkation was effortless and all questions were answered before I even had the chance to ask them. I highly recommend this ship and its crew. The daily tours were very historical, with beautiful scenery and knowledgeable tour guides. There was usually plenty of time to tour on our own after the guides part. Special arrangements were made for guests with difficultly keeping up. The food was near gourmet quality and the servers were great. They quickly learned each travelers likes and dislikes and often made recommendations based on that. Every evening the crew held a meeting that explained what to expect the next day and what their recommendations were for that evening meal. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
This was our first river cruise, but because of the experience we had, it will not be our last. From the time that we got on the ship, it was obvious that the crew was well trained in customer service and they went out of their way to ... Read More
This was our first river cruise, but because of the experience we had, it will not be our last. From the time that we got on the ship, it was obvious that the crew was well trained in customer service and they went out of their way to make sure our cruise was special. Our cabin was small but very functional and even had heated flooring in the bathroom. The ship itself was wonderful and the ride so smooth that I used the upper rail for a camera tripod. The food was very good and the daily excursions were informative and tailored to suit the abilities of each customer. For the people with some restrictions, they had special tours. All questions were immediately answered by the front desk or the concierge and she was the most caring and helpful that I have ever worked with. The capacity of the ship is less than 300 and it has open dining, so you will meet many of the other travelers and likely make many new friends. I highly recommend the Viking River Cruise and especially the Viking Ingvi crew. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2016
We have been ocean cruising for years and wanted to visit inland countries and cities. This cruise offered us the opportunity to visit both large cities and small villages. We also took advantage of a post cruise 3 day visit to Prague. ... Read More
We have been ocean cruising for years and wanted to visit inland countries and cities. This cruise offered us the opportunity to visit both large cities and small villages. We also took advantage of a post cruise 3 day visit to Prague. Transfers were handled expeditiously on arrival and during the post trip excursion. Only issue that arose was result of Delta computer snafu. Viking rep at our Hotel insisted we go to airport when we knew from experience that there would be no earlier departure than the one we booked. We were left at the hotel and took advantage of another day in Prague. When we went to the airport our fellow travelers were there disgruntled after having spent the day in an airport. The ship was immaculate, the service impeccable and the food delicious. River cruising is a much more intimate experience than Ocean cruising and we made some good friends. We missed evening entertainment although there was a piano player and dancing. On a few evenings entertainment was brought on the ship. As a result of high water levels locks were backed up so we missed the excursion to Salzburg that we most looked forward to. Our tour guides on most excursions were well informed, energetic and sometimes entertaining. Our cabin was smaller than expected and we are not large people. Staff on the ship were friendliest we have experienced on any cruise. Overall, it was a great experience and a memorable trip. We are looking at cruising with Viking again on one of their China itineraries. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Kudos to the staff and crew of the Viking ship Ingvi! We embarked on the Ingvi on July 16, 2016 and from the moment we boarded the vessel to the moment we left, we have nothing but rave reviews for their excellent service, professional ... Read More
Kudos to the staff and crew of the Viking ship Ingvi! We embarked on the Ingvi on July 16, 2016 and from the moment we boarded the vessel to the moment we left, we have nothing but rave reviews for their excellent service, professional demeanor and personal interactions. The embarkation process, including transfer to the boat from the airport, boarding and accommodation while we waited for our cabin to be prepared (we arrived very early, so passengers from the previous cruise were still disembarking), was extremely smooth. During that process, we got acquainted with the reception desk staff, Nikolina, Viktoria and Alexsandre, as well as the Hotel Manager, Krisztina, folks who we would see and talk to daily throughout the cruise. Within a few days they knew us by name AND cabin number and always cheerfully assisted us with whatever issues we were having at the time. The issues that arose were generally procedural items: - Collecting shore cards pre-excursions - Swapping out audio devices for the excursions when we forgot to recharge overnight - Questions about onboard scheduling As it was raining when we got on the ship (the only one thing that the Ingvi staff seemed to be unable to control), we were only willing to tour the interior parts of the ship, initially. From the get-go, the ship seemed to be extremely clean and tidy, well managed and classy. Our opinion of this aspect of the ship never wavered, as the ship was perfectly maintained throughout the voyage. We met our cabin attendant, Benjamin, almost immediately upon being given access to our cabin. He was very personable, always with a smile and pleasant word. He did a wonderful job maintaining the cleanliness of the room and providing us with pleasant surprises like bedtime chocolates and towel origami (he left us with several animals assembled entirely from bath towels, including an elephant and bulldog). One feeling you will never experience if you take a Viking cruise is one of hunger. The dining experience aboard the Ingvi was exceptional. From the selection, quality and flavor of food, to the service, we were never left wanting. Mostly because, if you found yourself wanting anything, there was always a member of the staff, from our maître d'hôtel, Nina, to our many servers, including Marlon, Alexandru, Joanna, Richard, and even the executive chef, Denes, to address your desire immediately. As we sailed from country to country, the cuisine included regional specialities, in addition to many alternate selections. The regional specialities included foods like: Hungarian goulash and Dobas torté, German bratwurst and sauerkraut and Black Forest cake. All of the food was delicious and there wasn't a sugary treat that we didn't pass up! Not until the third day of the trip did we venture out onto the upper deck (it rained throughout our the first two days, so there was no reason to explore), where we were to spend hours at a time watching the scenery sail by. Like the interior of the ship, the exterior was extremely well maintained, with all passenger-accessible areas remaining organized and tidy throughout the cruise. The ship was in fantastic condition. The program director for our ship was Rob Wheatley from South Africa. He was fantastic. Extremely approachable, always amusing, he ran a very good program. From excursions to onboard entertainment, Rob coordinated all aspects of the experience. He was careful to explain the level of activity (or difficulty) of some of the excursions and was always prepared to offer alternate choices in town if the terrain was steep or included many steps that might prove difficult for some of the passengers. When describing the many optional excursions, he provided objective information about each, never pushing any of the excursions on us. Rob made sure that every passenger was able to participate in the activities of their choosing. The evening and nightly entertainment was provided by a gifted musician from Hungary, Danny. During cocktail hours before and after dinner, he would fill the lounge with beautiful piano music. He played a wide variety of styles, ranging from classical and easy listening music while people were quietly enjoying cocktails, to upbeat jazz and rock songs that people could sing along with and dance to late into the night. We love to dance, and he seemed to revel in playing dance music for us, ranging from slow waltzes and foxtrots to upbeat swings and cha-chas. Danny came prepared, but was open to any song suggestions made. How wonderful to have such an amazing pianist with us the entire cruise! In addition to Danny, our program director arranged for some unique local entertainment, including a Klesmer group, glass-blowing demonstration, and a classical duo, piano and violin, who knocked our socks off with their amazing performances! The Grand European Tour was truly spectacular with the ports of call and excursions that were offered, both included and optional. The included walking tours were led by guides that were extremely knowledgeable and eager to share information about the people, the history, and the culture of the cities. They would add personal anecdotes to help the information come alive to us. Viking did a fabulous job of not just showing us beautiful cities, but helped us learn and understand more about the cities we were viewing. Optional excursions were varied and included musical concerts, food, wine or beer tastings, castle visits, museums, and even other nearby cities not on the standard itinerary like Salzburg or Munich. Our favorite was the Top of the Town tour in Cologne, where we were taken to the top of the cathedral, inside and outside, and were provided with an incredible history of the cathedral as well as breathtaking views of the city from on high. By the time we disembarked from the ship two weeks later, we felt as if we were family of most of the staff. They truly went above and beyond in their service to guests, to us. They genuinely seemed happy to help us with any needs that we had. The staff usually anticipated any needs and had provided us with most things before we even had to ask. They far exceeded any expectations we had coming onto the ship. The services they provided and the attention they gave us were personalized and individualized. Upon leaving the ship, we found ourselves saddened to leave our new family members, the staff, and even shed a few tears knowing how much we would miss them. Now that our cruise is over, and we reflect on our amazing vacation, we are most grateful for having selected Viking as our cruise line. The top of the line service, memorable staff, amazing excursions, and fantastic ship all contributed in making memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you, Viking! We look forward to our next adventure with you! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
I have always wanted to go on a Viking Cruise - the ships always seem very luxurious. There was an itinerary which attracted me - Amsterdam to Budapest - which I could just afford. My travel agent got me a good deal so I was hooked. ... Read More
I have always wanted to go on a Viking Cruise - the ships always seem very luxurious. There was an itinerary which attracted me - Amsterdam to Budapest - which I could just afford. My travel agent got me a good deal so I was hooked. The cruise was all I expected and more. My cabin was small but all I ever use such accommodation for is a bed, a shower and somewhere to hang my clothes. It fitted all these and was cleaned every day. Indeed the whole staff were always helpful and cheerful. The food was top of the range. There was not a bad meal from breakfast through lunch to dinner. There was no set table so you could move among the guests as you wish. The choice of meal was usually three starters (At lunch this was a serve yourself choice) although you could have what was on the menu. There followed three main courses including a vegetarian choice each day and the desert was usually a calorie uncontrolled delight. At lunch and dinner you were offered wine / beer / soft drinks of your choice none of which were stinted. If all this was too much there was a separate dining area which served much simpler food. The entertainment was fairly simple - an excellent pianist plus the occasional local singers and/or dancers during an evening. There was an included trip at each port of call plus, if you wanted additional trips at a cost. Some of them I felt were a little highly priced. One or two of the trips could do with a review as they either duplicated an earlier trip or were not quite how they were described in the brochure. I understand some of them were new expeditions which may account for their slight failings. We were occasionally held up at locks and for five days we could not go on the upper sun deck because of the height of the river and the lowness of the bridges. My one regret. I had looked forward to being sat on the upper deck at the Chain Bridge in Budapest at night but, out of the control of Viking, it was the weekend of the Red Bull Acrobatic Plane Race and, because of "Health and Safety" we had to park quite some distance from the centre of the city and I didn't chance to do this. Overall it was a great experience and I would recommend it to every one. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2016
This was our first river cruise and it was absolutely amazing. Another couple we met on an ocean cruise and two other couples invited us along. River cruises are certainly more expensive than ocean ones but it was worth every cent. We ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and it was absolutely amazing. Another couple we met on an ocean cruise and two other couples invited us along. River cruises are certainly more expensive than ocean ones but it was worth every cent. We went from Amsterdam down to Budapest and loved every day. The ship is beautifully appointed in that sleek European style and spotless. We loved the intimacy as there were only 180 guests as opposed to the 800-1800 we usually cruise with. The staff were all outstanding. They went above and beyond to ensure we all had a great experience. They were like friends by the end of our tour. At every stop there were excursions which were included with our ticket and were top notch. Viking hires excellent and very knowledgeable guides. The great thing is we were divided into small groups rather than being herded onto big buses which is often the case on ocean cruise excursions. Oh, and let's not forget about the excellent meals! We had a talented and very gregarious Greek chef who created unforgettable dining experiences at every meal. The quality of the food was superior to that on the ocean liners. The entertainment, however, was not the same as what you get on the ocean cruises however due to the smaller venue but what they did provide was great. Besides since you are in a different port every day there are no days at sea to recouperate so we wouldn't have wanted events every night. When we came home friends asked what was our favourite stop and we had to say they all were! All in all we had a fabulous time and definitely plan on doing it again. There is a lot to be said to being on a river and looking out at all the little towns as you float to your next destination. Great job Viking! You deserve your stellar reputation. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2016
My husband had always wanted to do a Danube River cruise [ Grand European Tour ] from Budapest to Amsterdam. We had in previous years seen many of the land areas and decided to see the wetter side. This was our third cruise with Viking. ... Read More
My husband had always wanted to do a Danube River cruise [ Grand European Tour ] from Budapest to Amsterdam. We had in previous years seen many of the land areas and decided to see the wetter side. This was our third cruise with Viking. This ship and the one we had cruised on in the Netherlands, was a little smaller than our cruise on the Yangtze river in China. Over all, the space was a little less but fine. The entire crew and service was excellent. They participated in the activities with the passengers and there was always someone close at hand when we were out on a tour conducted by a local guide. In preparation for the tour, Viking sent us a ' learn to say a few phrases ' video in each of the languages/countries we visited. Although many of the locals we met spoke English [ as a 2nd or 3rd language ], it helped in 'bonding' when we at least tried to say Hello or Thank you. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2016
This was a great trip. We were able to see many places and knowing that we would be returning a location for a wonderful meal and drink. The crew and the people on board were great. The included tours gave you the necessary details of ... Read More
This was a great trip. We were able to see many places and knowing that we would be returning a location for a wonderful meal and drink. The crew and the people on board were great. The included tours gave you the necessary details of the various regions. The touring on deck and the detail explanation of the castles and history was great. People have to realize when River Boat cruising it is a slower pace and not the bingo, casino of the ocean cruises. My wife and I had a great time and meet many great new people. We invited people that we meet in previous cruises from Australia and meet new friends from Texas. It was a vacation that is one you can enjoy and don't feel like you ran a marathon for port to port. The crew was outstanding and can take of special requests and the head waiter took care of my wife requests. The wine was excellent and never ran out of ... Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Have you ever wanted to pinch yourself to see if you were having a dream? That is exactly how I felt when I arrived in Budapest, Hungary. While I had been to Europe on three previous occasions, this trip was vastly different. After forty ... Read More
Have you ever wanted to pinch yourself to see if you were having a dream? That is exactly how I felt when I arrived in Budapest, Hungary. While I had been to Europe on three previous occasions, this trip was vastly different. After forty ocean cruises, my Dad and I were embarking on our first Viking River Cruise adventure, aboard the beautiful Viking Ingvi longship. Although it wasn’t a dream, the storybook landscapes did resemble a fairy tale! From Hungary to Austria and Germany to the Netherlands, we listened to magnificent philharmonic orchestras, explored the inside of castles and windmills, and tasted delightful delicacies. If you want to feel like royalty, take the Grand European Tour with Viking River Cruises. They treat passengers like Kings and Queens! Before the sun went down on our first evening aboard the Ingvi, we enjoyed our first Viking River Cruise dinner experience. It was simply incredible. I chose the Hungarian Farmer’s Plate for my first course, the Hungarian Goulash for my second course, and Hungarian layer cake for my dessert. The perfect meal to eat while in Hungary (or in any other part of the globe – it was amazing). Following our marvelous meal, the Captain took the entire longship for a sightseeing cruise to see the lights of the city. Budapest is so beautiful at night, with all of the buildings lit up! What an incredible sight to see! On the second evening, the Captain held a welcome aboard party that evening as a prelude to dinner. My menu selections included the potato crusted mascarpone cheese with a truffle sabayon sauce for my first course, Chateaubriand with buttered vegetables, potatoes, and a béarnaise sauce for my entrée, and a strawberry sponge cake for dessert. It was the perfect way to end another perfect day. The ship became a family in virtually no time at all. The majority of crew members knew our names by the second day of the cruise. The Viking Ingvi Crew provided excellent service. From Csaba, the Bar Chef, to Krisztina, the Hotel Manager, and of course, Rob, the Program Director, Tamara, the Concierge, Vivijen, the Receptionist, Daniel, the Musician, Judit, Bar Waitress, and Bojana, the Maître D', all of the crew on board worked hard to ensure that our river cruise was nothing short of exceptional. Many others contributed to an phenomenal cruise as well. Their meticulous service is very much appreciated. Many of the crew members became friends over the course of our two-week sailing. As a little girl, I dreamed of going to Austria, home of The Sound of Music. Now, as a young woman, my wish was fulfilled. We spent three days in this beautiful country, beginning with a scenic sail through scenery that made me want to sing out, “The hills are alive…” Well, you get the picture. The first part of the day found us dining on delicious meals, watching an apple strudel demonstration, and viewing remarkable scenery. Following a wonderful meal and a delightful “day at river,” we sprung for the Mozart and Strauss Concert that evening. Sitting on the front row of Schubert Hall, I was captivated by the excellent musicianship and talent that exuded from the platform as the Vienna Residence Orchestra performed. To welcome us back on the ship, the chef prepared Goulash soup and fresh baked bread as a late night snack, which was the perfect way to conclude a delightful evening. Break out your lederhosen and dirndls! The first stop in Bavaria is Passau, Germany, home of the world’s largest cathedral pipe organ, boasting more than 17,000 pipes! Thanks to Viking, we were able to attend a concert to hear this monstrous musical instrument being played. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, sharing a detailed history of the “Three Rivers City,” named for the three rivers that converge in Passau: the Danube, Inn, and Ilz Rivers. While Viking provides an excellent complimentary excursion in most ports, we chose to take the World War II tour in Nuremberg, Germany. As a Language Arts teacher, I am required to teach the Holocaust. Teaching this difficult subject becomes a little easier when I can share personal experiences with my students, such as touring Congress Hall and Courtroom 600, where the Nuremberg Trials were held. While this tour was quite the somber experience, our lovely tour guide has now become a dear friend. Fondly known as the glass blowing capital of the world, Wertheim is home to a multi-generational family of glass blowers, one of whom came on the ship to give a demonstration. It was always exciting to have local artisans and performers join us on the ship for quality entertainment. What a treat to be notified by the Viking Concierge that the Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra was holding a free concert that afternoon! It was one of the most enjoyable concerts we experienced on our Grand European Tour. One of the most exciting dinners on board was the Viking Taste of Germany Dinner menu, including roast leg of port, bratwurst, tiroler knödel, sauerkraut, knödel, Viennese schnitzel, roast chicken, grilled käsekrainer, potato salad, and much more! Throughout this Grand European Tour, there were moments when goose bumps covered my arms, tears filled my eyes, and my heart was overwhelmed with joy. While my diary entries were scattered, at best, I am certain I will never forget the places we explored, the remarkable experiences we shared, and the many strangers we now call friends. My first Viking River Cruise etched indelible memories in my mind and effectively tugged on my heartstrings as well. As we received our customs form on the flight home, the reality of returning to the “real world,” began to sink in. Yet I encouraged myself with this thought: all good things must come to an end, so new ones can begin. So now the only question that remains is: when will I set sail with Viking once again? I invite you to view my full photo log of our trip at http://www.jennifersjourneys.net/photolog.html. I am happy to answer any questions you have concerning Viking River Cruises or the destinations we visited. I would love to hear your recommendations for future travel plans as well! You may e-mail me at jennifer@jennifersjourneys.net. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Excellent chance to see Europe from the Danube, Rhine Rivers and associated canals aboard a very stable, quiet and comfortable new ship. Excellent crew, staff, food, accommodations and passengers. Included shore excursions were very well ... Read More
Excellent chance to see Europe from the Danube, Rhine Rivers and associated canals aboard a very stable, quiet and comfortable new ship. Excellent crew, staff, food, accommodations and passengers. Included shore excursions were very well organized and informative. Extended shore excursion in Amsterdam was excellent as was the Movenpick Hotel and staff. Viking reps were present from the time we departed customs in Budapest until we arrived at the Amsterdam airport. I have been unsuccessful in reaching the Ingvi with the email supplied by one of the guides at concierge.ingvi@vikingcruises.com We definitely would take another cruise with Viking and have recommended it to friends. I've requested a copy of the onboard magazine Explore by Viking Cruises but was informed they are not available. Viking supplied excellent travel documentation prior to our Canadian departure and everything went according to the itineraries. The meals were well presented in both restaurants and the service was excellent. The onboard tour guides, bar and cooking staff were excellent as well. Even the weather was excellent! Read Less
Sail Date: June 2016
This cruise was my dream trip which was made possible as a retirement gift from my employer. From day one it did not disappoint. The cabin was nicely appointed and very comfortable. All of the excursions both included and optional met ... Read More
This cruise was my dream trip which was made possible as a retirement gift from my employer. From day one it did not disappoint. The cabin was nicely appointed and very comfortable. All of the excursions both included and optional met my expectations. The local guides were very informative and lots of fun; they made learning about the area enjoyable. The food aboard ship was outstanding. After a tour of the kitchen area, I don't know how such fine meals were produced in such a small space. Each night in the lounge we enjoyed games, entertainment and one night there was a glass blowing demonstration. I cannot say enough about the crew. They were all so accommodating, friendly and fun and I cannot say enough about our cabin steward, Novak---such a pleasant young man who kept our cabin in order in such a short amount of time. Viking made everything so easy, informative and enjoyable that I have booked a second cruise for fall of this year. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
It was a life long dream of my life partner to take this Grand European River cruise. After her retirement from 28 years of teaching, I decided to make her dream come true. Everything about this cruise was magical. From the longboat Viking ... Read More
It was a life long dream of my life partner to take this Grand European River cruise. After her retirement from 28 years of teaching, I decided to make her dream come true. Everything about this cruise was magical. From the longboat Viking Ingvi and it's smaller size ( about 200 guests) to the many small towns that we visited, it was a marvelous trip. The food and service were top notch. We really got to know all the crew and most of the friendly passengers. The daily excursions were well planned and completely safe. They prepared for all types of abilities. On board there were many extras such as a master glass blower showing his skills, then local German singers giving a spirited show. Then a guided tour topside as we cruised the beautiful German countryside. So many extras. We danced every night....and Wednesday was schnapps night. The best was the friendly, courteous and outstanding staff of the Ingvi. They made it a very special 2 weeks. I highly recommend starting in Amsterdam and ending in Budapest...the excitement just builds from day 1 to day 15. Worth paying extra for a veranda to sit outside with a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. One suggestion: plan one or more extra nights before and after the cruise. It helps ease the airplane/airport pain. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2016
We've been on one other river cruise (France) and loved it so much we were a little hesitant that this 14 day cruise might not be as nice. We shouldn't have worried. The ship was wonderful, the itinerary was wonderful and the ... Read More
We've been on one other river cruise (France) and loved it so much we were a little hesitant that this 14 day cruise might not be as nice. We shouldn't have worried. The ship was wonderful, the itinerary was wonderful and the entire Viking staff was amazing. Bottom line, we LOVED both the cruise line (Viking) and the itinerary (Grand European). We arrived at Budapest airport in the afternoon of boarding day and were greeted (along with a lot of other people) by representatives of various river cruise lines. After check-in, we boarded a bus and set off for the dock. It was a little "iffy" at first as the crew on the dock didn't seem to realize that there was a bus full of people arriving from the airport (and neither did the front desk staff as it took several minutes for someone to appear). After that, everything was absolutely seamless. We were shown to our cabin and then told a light lunch was being served. Of course it was the first day and everyone was exploring the ship and meeting each other, but the atmosphere was still calm and relaxed. The next day we awoke, ate breakfast and prepared for our included excursion. This was our only opportunity to explore Budapest but it gave us an overview and we were able to explore a little more, close to the boat, on our own in the afternoon. That evening, after dinner, the captain pulled away from the dock and gave us a brief cruise past the lights of Budapest. Beautiful! During the remainder of our cruise we enjoyed good weather which helped but what we really enjoyed was the itinerary itself -- absolutely wonderful. I never dreamed that a major river (the Danube) would be narrow enough to enjoy the passing countryside, almost at arm's length. The cities we visited were amazing and the included tours, for the most part were very enjoyable and gave you a good overview of the cities. The food and drinks on board were quite good and, while the serving sizes may be smaller than some are used to on cruise ships, I found it refreshing not to have to leave food on my plate because there was too much. Plus, if you wanted more, you received it! The buffets at breakfast and lunch were great and I loved the fact that you had two choices for dining. We loved, loved our bar staff and enjoyed many evenings just sitting and chatting with them. We found everyone on the Ingvi Viking staff to be warm and welcoming and we really appreciated the fact that the crew did not try to call everyone by name. Instead, they chatted and bantered with the guests, answered questions, pointed out sights and just acted more like friends. In fact, the entire atmosphere of the ship was one of relaxed friendship. You could tell that from the Captain on down, everyone looked out for each other and, if someone needed help, another crew member was right there. I have never been on a cruise, river or sea, where there was such an obvious feeling of camaraderie. If I could cruise again with the same ship, the same crew, the same itinerary and the same weather, I'd be standing on the dock, suitcase in hand right now. As it is, I now count Viking as one of my favorite, if not my favorite, cruise lines. (Of course, I've decided that I love river cruising!!) Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
We chose this cruise upon the recommendation of several friends that have previously cruise Viking. I will list the pros and cons for our 15 day journey below: Pros: 1. We were very pleased with the personal service provided by our ... Read More
We chose this cruise upon the recommendation of several friends that have previously cruise Viking. I will list the pros and cons for our 15 day journey below: Pros: 1. We were very pleased with the personal service provided by our Cruise Director, Rob and our Concierge, Tamara. 2. Most of the remaining Ingvi staff were friendly, hard working and appeared to really enjoy their day to day work. 3. Our Chef was amazing and the food exceptional! 4. Our sailing in April was a very good choice as the water level of the Danube, Main and Rhine were high so a ship swap was not necessary. 5. As the Viking Ships are small we established some close friendships as a result of our cruise. 6. Our daily stops were excellent and our included tours very interesting. 7. Our Cruise Director and Concierge accompanied us on the shore excursions even in inclement weather. 8. The included wine with Lunch and Dinner was enjoyed by all. 9. Our German theme night was truly fun! Staff dressed in German attire and exceptional German food delicious. 10. We did a 3 day pre-cruise extension in Prague that was truly amazing! Cons: 1. We did have our top balcony closed down for five days due to low bridges as a result of the high water level. 2. Our bedding was not changed for the entire 15 day journey. Not sure whether this was just our cabin or routine for the cruise line. 3. We went through 68 locks on this transit. At first the entry and exit of locks was interesting but near the end of our journey they were a great deal less so! 4. Our evening entertainment on most nights was a piano player. Unfortunately his accompanying vocals were those of a poor Karaoke singer so we did not spend time in the lounge after Dinner. All in all, we will definitely consider Viking for future travels. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
The included excursions in each port were well organized, utilized comfortable modern coaches, were great overviews of the port city and were conducted by knowledgeable and friendly local guides. It would have been nice to know ahead of ... Read More
The included excursions in each port were well organized, utilized comfortable modern coaches, were great overviews of the port city and were conducted by knowledgeable and friendly local guides. It would have been nice to know ahead of time that the Cologne beer tour would require skipping the farewell dinner on board, which was a rather special one. The cruise directory was friendly, informative, attentive and a good public speaker. The cabin and wait staff were friendly, attentive and did their jobs with excellence. The ship was modern, clean and well appointed. The food was very good as were the wines. Foods local to the region being travelled were offered. The desserts/pastries were especially good. The coffee machines were a great extra. As minor criticisms, there could have been more variety in the off the menu breakfast options and some of the beef selections had rather tough cuts of beef. Also, the Wellington had a small portion of puff pastry on top instead of being encased in puff pastry. Lobster would be a nice addition, though at variance with being a local cuisine. The on ship entertainment could have had more variety...perhaps a small ensemble group instead of a lone pianist, perhaps a comedy night or some variety act on some nights. There was trivia one day...that was enjoyable..perhaps a few more game-like activities that involve a subset of interested passengers would do well. There was an utter lack of exercise equipment... if there could be just one room set aside with some treadmills or other such equipment, that would be appreciated. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
The cruise exceeded our expectations. From the moment we were met at the airport until we were returned to our departure airport 15 days later, things went smoothly. Shore excursions were well planned and varied. At several ports we ... Read More
The cruise exceeded our expectations. From the moment we were met at the airport until we were returned to our departure airport 15 days later, things went smoothly. Shore excursions were well planned and varied. At several ports we were actually able to walk to and from the ship and town. Additional enrichment activities were provided on board. Our cabin and all areas of the ship were inviting and well cared for. The food was wonderful. So many choices... We drank wine and ate dessert with lunch and dinner. How decadent! The dining room wait staff, chef and sous chefs were exceptional. All staff were efficient, friendly and more than willing to provide excellent service. Our concierge offered to, and did, pick up a special Vienna made gift for me. I had neglected to schedule enough time to get it myself. Our trip aboard the Viking Ingvi was definitely our most pampered and relaxing travel experience to date. We look forward to traveling with Viking again in the future. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
The. Cruise was wonderful. The staff, food, programs were all excellent. Highly recommend the line. Thank you for helping me receive a refund for an excursion that I could not attend. Overall the cleanliness of the ship was remarkable. ... Read More
The. Cruise was wonderful. The staff, food, programs were all excellent. Highly recommend the line. Thank you for helping me receive a refund for an excursion that I could not attend. Overall the cleanliness of the ship was remarkable. The staff was always welcoming and at our service with a smile. Very pleased with the cabin although small it was very comfortable. Really enjoyed the heated floor in the bathroom. Such a nice treat! Also had a very excellent program director. He presented interesting lectures about our places to explore. On shore city walking tours were well led by our tour guides. They were interesting and knowledgeable. I enjoyed the pre and post stays in Prague and Amsterdam. All transfers to our hotels went smoothly by the Viking staff. They assisted us in the tours of these cities and provided us with information about museums and interesting sights. They were always ready to help us explore these cities. Read Less
Viking Ingvi Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 4.0 0.0
Entertainment 3.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 1.0 0.0
Family 1.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 4.0 0.0
Value For Money 3.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 N/A

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