126 Viking River Viking Ingvi Cruise Reviews

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
Sail Date May 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
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
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
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
Sail Date April 2016
This was our second cruise with Viking; and, like the first (Prague to Paris 5 months earlier), the experience was wonderful. We appreciated and Viking's focus on the cultural and historical aspects of the places we visited, in both ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Viking; and, like the first (Prague to Paris 5 months earlier), the experience was wonderful. We appreciated and Viking's focus on the cultural and historical aspects of the places we visited, in both their shore excursions and their on-board programs. (Thank goodness no Vegas-like shows.) On this trip, we were able to really get to know the history of the area and understand what gave rise to the term "Balkanization". The in-home cooking lesson in Bulgaria and afternoon tea in Croatia gave us a chance to really connect with local folks. And our program director's slide show about growing up in Slovakia combined with other cruise presentations led us to a realization that, behind the "Iron Curtain", the quality of one's life varied with the "benevolence" of one's own local dictator - Romania pretty bad, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia pretty good. The food and the ship were both top-notch. But Viking's true strength is in the people it hires. On both our cruises, we had great cruise directors. But more than that, the entire on-board staffs were truly (not just overtly) friendly and helpful, almost to a fault. This is what leads us to recommend Viking without hesitation. And we've just booked our third cruise. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
The cruise staff were professional, fantastic and friendly. The food was fantastic and the choice of food was amazing. Very well done! The cabin was superb and always clean. We went in to the departure city two days early and ... Read More
The cruise staff were professional, fantastic and friendly. The food was fantastic and the choice of food was amazing. Very well done! The cabin was superb and always clean. We went in to the departure city two days early and stayed at the last city another two days. Viking took care of everything even though we were not boarding the ship for 2 days and didn't leave for an additional 2 days. They helped us arrange tours and excursions from the hotel we were staying in. The embarkation and disembarkation was so smooth and Viking really made us feel taken care of. The shore excursions were excellent, especially from local people who really knew the area and the history, well done! The staff were always available to guide and direct with no hiccups at all. The staffs ability to adapt to changes out of their control was amazing. The evening debriefs and entertainment was very good. We would do it again in a minute. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I've always wanted to see Eastern Europe. I love the size of the ship and the crew were all so nice!! Treated us like friends and went out of their way to make everything extra special. The food was excellent. I loved the choices ... Read More
I've always wanted to see Eastern Europe. I love the size of the ship and the crew were all so nice!! Treated us like friends and went out of their way to make everything extra special. The food was excellent. I loved the choices but we did enough walking that I only gained 3 pounds. The excursions into town were everything I hoped they would be. The local guides were very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about their town or area. I love that Viking has everything so well planned and thought out and takes care of everything so that all I had to do was enjoy it. I tried to do almost everything that was offered. Nice that things are informal so you don't have to bring a lot of clothes. Though all the women joke about doing laundry in the tiny sink. I had a wonderful time and I would go again. So much easier that staying in hotels and having to more everyday. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
This was an over-the-top trip. Every need was taken care of. Everyday was organized. Every staff member was friendly. Actually missed the staff when we left. Details for embarkation and disembarkation were completely taken care of. ... Read More
This was an over-the-top trip. Every need was taken care of. Everyday was organized. Every staff member was friendly. Actually missed the staff when we left. Details for embarkation and disembarkation were completely taken care of. The ship was the Ingvi. Stayed in the lower level which still met our needs. We used the room for sleeping only. There are many others places on board to relax and enjoy. Dining was fabulous. We actually enjoyed the Aquavit Terrace. The shore excursions were a true immersion in history and culture. Always felt safe. Every local guide were excellent. Loved the "quiet boxes". Favorite places were Budapest, Nuremberg, Vienna, Cologne. We have already recommended Viking Cruises to friends. Many are interested in our experiences and one couple has already booked a cruise. Two more couples may book soon. Would definitely go on another river cruise and would only use VIKING RIVER CRUISES. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
We enjoyed the cruise immensely. There was one major thing that we should have payed more attention to. First we had a great time in Budapest , our embarkation point; however, we spent maybe a couple of hours in Amsterdam, our ... Read More
We enjoyed the cruise immensely. There was one major thing that we should have payed more attention to. First we had a great time in Budapest , our embarkation point; however, we spent maybe a couple of hours in Amsterdam, our destination port (at the airport). To do over we would have stayed a day or two in Amsterdam (and not part of the extended tour). The cruise itself was great. Good food and excellent service by both the cabin attendants and the wait staff. Some of the land tours were a stretch--seemed like the tour guide was wasting time; but overall they rated very good. Take advantage of some of the optional tours-- The Hungarian Horseman, Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna, the Mozart Concert, Rothenburg ob der Tauber (a must see) and the BMW factory are all worth the extra money. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
This was our third river cruise with additional city stays. We always sign up for thr air package as well. The last was the Grand European from Amsterdam to Budapest with stays in Prague and Amsterdam. Everything was great even the ... Read More
This was our third river cruise with additional city stays. We always sign up for thr air package as well. The last was the Grand European from Amsterdam to Budapest with stays in Prague and Amsterdam. Everything was great even the unfortunate need to change ships due to low river levels. Viking made this as painless as possible by placing all baggage back in the same room on a new ship. They even bussed us back to the port we missed so we saw the same places. The extra excursions and on board activities were very entertaining and relaxing. This cruise was less educational than Waterways of the Tzars or Imperial Jewels of China. We had a great time with the crew and cruise director whose trivia games and musical presentations passed the evening hours after dinner. The food is always ample and delicious. We also enjoy the silver spirits package so that we can sample wines and liquor varieties that we have never tried before. We travel as a couple and are both seniors. The dining arrangements allow you to mix with other couples and develop cruise friendships and dining companions. The on shore activities are interesting, cultural and diverse. They even include many shopping opportunities. The walking tours are generally paced to accommodate those with mobility challenges. We thoroughly enjoyed the pre and post cruise visits to Amsterdam and Prague. The hotel in Amsterdam was fantastic with a sensational room view of the Harbour. After brief overview tours you are left on your own to tour and travel by public transportation. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
The entire trip was just excellent. The cabins were nice, they were small, but that's to be expected on a boat. Everyone treated you as if you were royalty. The food was great. The tours were outstanding. I had a minor issue with the ... Read More
The entire trip was just excellent. The cabins were nice, they were small, but that's to be expected on a boat. Everyone treated you as if you were royalty. The food was great. The tours were outstanding. I had a minor issue with the PA not working in my room which caused me to miss one excursion, but I got past that okay. My laundry was done fast and very professionally presented to me. The crew and the waiters were very nice. The waiters were fun, always joking, yet very professional. We had an issue where the river water was too low due to a summer drought. We had to pack up, and were bused 3 hours to an identical boat. Same cabin, same good service, same everything. We were friendly with the crew of the Engvi and were unsure of what might await us. I can't remember the name of the second boat, but the whole thing was done almost seamlessly. The boat's entertainment officer [Barry] was very talented, and always had everyone laughing. I told him I wanted to visit Scotland, and since he is Scottish, I thought he would be a good guy to talk to. He spent quite a while telling me what to see and where to go. He is one great guy. I would highly recommend Viking to anyone. Thank you for making my vacation memorable. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
I would rate Viking as a tip top cruise line. We enjoyed every aspect of the boat. Comfortable accommodations, wonderful service and really great food. Everything was well provided for, including organizing tours. Exploring the old ... Read More
I would rate Viking as a tip top cruise line. We enjoyed every aspect of the boat. Comfortable accommodations, wonderful service and really great food. Everything was well provided for, including organizing tours. Exploring the old windmills was interesting. We also took an optional trip into the Slovakian countryside and visited a young farming family, who invited us into their home, and also showed us their vineyards and winemaking business. It was a great experience. Tour director Barry, kept things lighthearted and fun. I do wish we would have had a full day in the Netherlands. For the most part, the tours were good...several not so great tour guides and a few too many churches to walk through, but overall, an experience I would happily repeat. We met many nice folks on the boat and have kept in touch with some. It was great to visit with people at mealtime and not have assigned seats. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was a wonderful introduction cruise to so much of Europe. The guides were excellent and very informed of the area in which they guided. The food was outstanding every day! Cabins were perfect, clean and very well taken care of by ... Read More
This was a wonderful introduction cruise to so much of Europe. The guides were excellent and very informed of the area in which they guided. The food was outstanding every day! Cabins were perfect, clean and very well taken care of by the staff. An exercise room/area would have been welcomed. Though there is walking on the tours, it is not the same as a good workout. There were plenty of activities to select from or take some days off for down time, which we did or experience the towns on our own. So glad Viking was able to deal with the low water situation, thank you! Our embarkation was a little mixed up - Viking personnel did not show up at the airport pickup point - but our Cruise Director immediately responded and took care of our getting to the ship on time from the airport at no cost to us. All in all this was fabulous and we so enjoyed our trip and all that we experienced and the new friends we now have because of this cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We started our cruise with 3 days in Prague, organized by Viking. They had a desk manned 12-13hrs a day at the wonderful hotel they booked us into. They were very helpful getting our British Airways lost luggage back to us. We had a ... Read More
We started our cruise with 3 days in Prague, organized by Viking. They had a desk manned 12-13hrs a day at the wonderful hotel they booked us into. They were very helpful getting our British Airways lost luggage back to us. We had a newer, clean bus to take us from Prague to Budapest, where the river cruise started. The Viking cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam was fantastic. The ships were almost brand new, the crew and the meals were wonderful. Through no fault of Viking we had to swap ships halfway along the route, as the water level was too low in a stretch of the Rhine/Main canal for the ship to navigate. A sister ship was coming the opposite way from Amsterdam, so they took a bus ride from their ship and we took a 3hr bus ride to their ship. Luggage was all handled and the new ship was exactly like the one we had just left. The local guides at each port were fantastic and very knowledgeable of their area. Meals on and off the ship were excellent and tours were arranged to accommodate almost all levels of fitness. Embarkation and Disembarkation were as painless as these two activities can be. Only two words of caution. If you are used to large ocean type cruises you will need to get your head around the idea that this will be a totally great but very different experience. The river ships are smaller and do have the amenities and staff of larger ocean ships. Also we do not think the cost of upgrading to a full balcony on the small ship is worth it. Many times we docked we were 2-3 ships deep and the only thing you saw outside your balcony was another balcony. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Booked this cruise 1 1/2 yrs before taking it. We did a pre-cruise 3 days in Prague thru Viking and it was wonderful. Fantastic Viking staff right in the hotel where we stayed - Hilton Prague. The hotel was within walking distance of ... Read More
Booked this cruise 1 1/2 yrs before taking it. We did a pre-cruise 3 days in Prague thru Viking and it was wonderful. Fantastic Viking staff right in the hotel where we stayed - Hilton Prague. The hotel was within walking distance of the old town (a must see) and was great. The transfer to Budapest from Prague was well organized and was on new Viking bus. We sailed first on the Viking Alsvin and then the Viking Ingvi, identical sister ships. The staff and service on both ships was great and the food was 5 star all the way. The excursions at every port we stopped at were very well organized and the local guides conducting the shore tours were very informative and very professional and range from a university student to a retired German military officer. The cabins were small, but then again are river cruise ships. They were well appointed and the cabin staff did a wonderful job. Not much to say about Embarkation or Disembarkation except they were as painless as this process of getting on and off the ship can be. A words of caution. If you are used to Ocean Cruising you will have to get your head around the fact that this is a totally different experience. The ships just do not have the size to have all the amenities found on ocean ships. There is a smaller staff, no pools or hot tubs and no large theatre productions. However the ability to see all the wonderful sights along the way is great value for the money. Also because this is a river and not the ocean the ships are far more susceptible to changing river levels. We need to swap ship half thru our cruise because there was a section of the Rhine/Main canal that did not have enough water to allow any ships to pass. Viking also did a wonderful job of this transfer between ships almost painless. Viking made some compensation thru an open bar and made some optional cost shore excursions free. However be aware that changing water levels, either too high or too low may affect the transportation mode you will actually use for your trip. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
Was an excellent cruise!!! First time to take a river cruise, we enjoyed the cruise and will for sure do another!! the food was excellent, the crew was very professional and polite, and attended to our needs!! The attendant responsible ... Read More
Was an excellent cruise!!! First time to take a river cruise, we enjoyed the cruise and will for sure do another!! the food was excellent, the crew was very professional and polite, and attended to our needs!! The attendant responsible for our room cleanliness was excellent, she was truly a very dedicated young lady!! Excursions and city tours were very informative and professional excellent tour guides who knew what they were talking about, it doesn't get any better!!! The travel agent who booked the cruise for us was excellent and the company showed us we did matter and was there for us when needed. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We went on our own to Budapest for a week before the cruise, although we booked our flights through Viking. I think we paid $100 each as a deviation fee and we had to get to our hotel on our own, but that was no problem. We stayed at the ... Read More
We went on our own to Budapest for a week before the cruise, although we booked our flights through Viking. I think we paid $100 each as a deviation fee and we had to get to our hotel on our own, but that was no problem. We stayed at the Marriott as that's one of the hotels they use and the views were fantastic. We booked a concierge level room and were very happy with the use of the lounge. We loved Budapest and can't wait to go back on our own. The waters were low when we were there and we had to change ships in Passau, Germany, but we think that Viking handled it as well as they could have. We started out on a different ship in Budapest. We were very pleased with the itinerary. Our guides were all knowledgeable. The food was very good and we appreciated the wine and beer included with lunch and dinner. The wines frequently reflected the area we were traveling through. We were in Cabin 227 with a veranda. The room was small, but it was comfortable. The ship itself was lovely, very modern and bright. Both ships were longships and identical. Except for the painting on our wall, I wouldn't have known we had changed ships. The weather was very hot, close to 100 degrees many days, which made some of the excursions difficult. Since we had been to some of the ports before, we stayed on the ship some days and actually enjoyed the relaxation. Depending on which country we were in, entertainment from the local area was provided, and it was uniformly good. The cruise was a great choice for an anniversary celebration. We wouldn't hesitate to take another Viking River Cruise. We are scheduled for one of their new Viking Ocean Cruises to the Baltic in May, starting with a pre-cruise excursion to Iceland and ending with a post-cruise excursion in Oslo. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
This is our 2nd cruise with Viking. Our 1st cruise was in Russia in July 2014, which we loved immensely. No wonder, we booked our 2nd trip with Viking. We loved the itinerary, the land excursions, the food, the hospitality. Howver, there ... Read More
This is our 2nd cruise with Viking. Our 1st cruise was in Russia in July 2014, which we loved immensely. No wonder, we booked our 2nd trip with Viking. We loved the itinerary, the land excursions, the food, the hospitality. Howver, there were certain pitfalls: in our 2nd day in Buda, we were horrified to return to our meeting point to see the bus was leaving. Our local guide did not do a head count. We list our way, trying to take a short cut and was 5 mins late! This has never ever happened to us! We had to take a taxi back yo the boat! We were never told that the bus cannot wait! The ship was Ingvi. We sailed along the Danube, Main and Rhine into Amsterdam. In Vienna, in the tour of Schonnbrunn Palace, the Guide told a time to meet in front of the ticket gate. Thank god I was listening in the quiet box. He started the tour 5 mins early. We had to run to meet him. That was done again, without doing a headcount to make sure everyone was present. In Passau, we were informed of the low water level in Danube and had to change ship in Regensburg and boarded Alsvin. I hate to say: but the food and service was much better! In Ingvi: there was a limited choice of dinner for my wife. she is not fond of Steak, veal, pork or salmon! Unfortunately, the fish she took smelled a little. She was unable to eat her main meal. Same thing happened in Russia River cruise, the waiter was very nice and got something which she was able to eat. We were shocked to hear from the waiter that " He cannot do anything. Have some dessert". We thought that was most inconsiderate and unprofessional! That was the waiter in Ingvi. In contrast, the waiters and waitresses in Alsvin were nicer, friendlier and more courteous! Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
our first river cruise and it will not be the last. We could not be happier with the cruise provided by Viking. From the purchase through getting home everything was accomplished in a professional and helpful manner. We used. Viking to ... Read More
our first river cruise and it will not be the last. We could not be happier with the cruise provided by Viking. From the purchase through getting home everything was accomplished in a professional and helpful manner. We used. Viking to provide air service,as well as pre and post cruise city tours. The personnel of Viking were fantastic. The size of the ship allowed the staff to become close to the passengers. This was nice. When we departed fir home it was like leaving a close friend or family member. Tours were very well done. The program director worked overtime to be sure the passengers were entertained. Food was outstanding. This was our 50th anniversary celebration and we could not have been more pleased with our choice of tours. I highly recommend this for travelers of all ages. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
my wife and I wanted to celebrate this special anniversary in a grand fashion. Viking River a Cruises Grand European Tour looked to be just the answer. The choice was absolutely correct. Starting with a 2 day extension in Amsterdam and ... Read More
my wife and I wanted to celebrate this special anniversary in a grand fashion. Viking River a Cruises Grand European Tour looked to be just the answer. The choice was absolutely correct. Starting with a 2 day extension in Amsterdam and ending with a 3 day extension in Prague, we could have not been more pleased. INGVI is a beautiful vessel and the staff could not be better. As this was our first river cruise we were pleased with the closeness achieved with other passengers and the crew. Christine Couper was fantastic as Program Director. She maintained the programs regardless of the problems which materialized. Every crew member demonstrated such positive attitudes. There was nothing which they would not do to be sure the passenger was happy. Meals prepared under the direction of Denes Sookey were amazing. Michael Logtenberg the hotel manager was involved in everything necessary to keep things running smoothly, even to the point that one day I saw him loading supply's on board. You might see that I was impressed with the crew. As a manager for many years I know how important motivated personnel are. It is clear that Viking recognizes and accomplishes that result. I was also impressed with the high quality of the shore tour programs. Tour guides were professionals knowledgable of the venue and it's history. They related this to the passengers in a manner which was educational, personal, and with personality. Thanks to all for making this a trip to remember. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
It must be a male thing to get excited about lock mechanism, water levels and descending X number of feet. I did not appreciate the bump in the wee hours that the lock procedure entailed. Above all it is the crew that made the ... Read More
It must be a male thing to get excited about lock mechanism, water levels and descending X number of feet. I did not appreciate the bump in the wee hours that the lock procedure entailed. Above all it is the crew that made the cruise.Their service was first class. The Captain however, was conspicuous by his absence. He did not show up at events...Canada Day for one. The food was adequate and made more enjoyable by chef Denes interaction with all passengers. We even took a subway ride with him to a food market in Vienna. Another highlight was the "Home Visit" to a family owned and operated winery in Bratislava. They spoke no English, but the student tour guide did a wonderful job of interpreting. The first impression of the outward look of the Ingvi was that it looked like a container ship. Inside it was more pleasant. Crowded in the main room if everyone showed up for lectures ... standing room only. Low key entertainment...Quiz time, some live classical music. With very full day time excursions, retreating early to the cabin was a good option. The question has been asked..Ocean Cruise versus River Cruise. The answer is like comparing apples with oranges. Both have their merits. We will continue to sail both and enjoy what each has to offer. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
As this was our first river cruise we had nothing to compare it to but it exceeded our expectations. The staff were fantastic, all attentive, friendly and welcoming. Every stop along the Danube, Main and Rhine was wonderful. Well ... Read More
As this was our first river cruise we had nothing to compare it to but it exceeded our expectations. The staff were fantastic, all attentive, friendly and welcoming. Every stop along the Danube, Main and Rhine was wonderful. Well thought out and guided tours informative. Meals were excellent, not large portions but that meant one could have dessert at every meal, and if you wanted more....just ask! Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Viking was first class all the way. Good flight over. Great pre-cruise and post cruise stays in Budapest and Amsterdam. Ingvi and crew were just superb. Loved excursions and just the nights sitting on our balcony enjoying the scenery ... Read More
Viking was first class all the way. Good flight over. Great pre-cruise and post cruise stays in Budapest and Amsterdam. Ingvi and crew were just superb. Loved excursions and just the nights sitting on our balcony enjoying the scenery on the river. Highly recommend to all if you haven't river cruised do and do it with Viking you won't be disappointed. Most enjoyed the daily excursions well laid out with great guides. On board entertainment was fun and culturally awakening. Loved on board lectures and pre-port briefings, very informative and entertaining. Ship was beautiful and very new, just at one year old. Service was beyond compare from front to back. Yeah Viking. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
Viking Ingvi Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.7
Dining 4.0 4.7
Entertainment 3.0 4.2
Public Rooms 5.0 4.8
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.7
Family 1.0 3.7
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.7
Enrichment 4.0 4.6
Service 4.0 4.9
Value For Money 3.0 4.6
Rates 4.0 N/A

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