Sail Date: March 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
4 Helpful Votes
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
26 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 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
6 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
2 Helpful Votes
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
4 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 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
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 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
2 Helpful Votes
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
1 Helpful Vote
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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 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
3 Helpful Votes
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
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2015
I had wanted to visit Europe for decades, and, being recently retired, I felt this was the time to go. I wanted a no-hassle experience. A river cruise with the "hotel" traveling with me, instead of having to pack and unpack at ... Read More
I had wanted to visit Europe for decades, and, being recently retired, I felt this was the time to go. I wanted a no-hassle experience. A river cruise with the "hotel" traveling with me, instead of having to pack and unpack at every stop, was extremely appealing. The moment my wife and I arrived at our cruise ship, we knew something was different. The relaxed, yet organized atmosphere, the cordial staff members, the modern setting, and the sun deck all portended a remarkable experience. We were taken care of like royalty. The food was delicious and abundant; our veranda stateroom, though compact, was comfortable and well-appointed; the staff consistently went out of their way to make sure we were comfortable and were enjoying ourselves. Even though several of the cities we visited were in Germany, we found that each city had its own personality, and, though we only got a slight taste of the city, that taste was always well-organized and informative, with well-prepared tourist guides. Everything that happened before our cruise and afterwards felt like "reality." But, as I mentioned to my wife as our plane landed in our home city, the cruise felt like "a dream." There is nothing that we've experienced that can compare to it. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2015
Just getting back to reality after a wonderful holiday on the Viking Ingvi, during which we were pampered every step of the way. Great as it was, however, the cruise (Tulips and Windmills from Amsterdam) was not perfect, and as I struggled ... Read More
Just getting back to reality after a wonderful holiday on the Viking Ingvi, during which we were pampered every step of the way. Great as it was, however, the cruise (Tulips and Windmills from Amsterdam) was not perfect, and as I struggled to find a realistic view of what to expect before departure, I hope what follows will help future passengers. To put my comments in perspective, here’s a little bit about us to set the scene…We’ve been keen travellers all our lives, and for many years organised our holidays independently. Then about 10 years ago we discovered cruising – and like many before us were hooked on this effortless way of seeing new places. Since then we’ve been on some 12 cruises with different companies, though mainly with our favourite, Cunard. In other words, our days of budget holidays are past…but though we’re lucky enough to be on a bigger budget these days, value for money is still a prime consideration. CABINS Our first river cruise some three years ago was in the South of France on one of Viking’s older ships, the Viking Neptune. We enjoyed it so much, we’ve been keen to return, and had high expectations of what we would find on the Ingvi, one of the company’s new longships. Well, there’s no doubt the ship is impressive. As befits a vessel with Scandinavian owners, the Viking Ingvi is sleek and airy, with a fresh, pale colour scheme and lots of light wood. Light floods into the public areas, particularly the dining room with its floor to ceiling windows. Our standard cabin – or stateroom to use Viking’s terminology – was on the lower deck and boasted a supremely comfortable king-size bed with duvet and bedding that was changed once during our nine-night trip. We particularly appreciated the luxuriously-fitted bathroom with underheated wood-effect floor, plenty of fluffy white towels and L’Occitane toiletries. There was also a huge wall-mounted TV on which you could get a couple of news channels and choose from a wide selection of films divided into categories such as new releases, romance, history and comedy. A telephone, refrigerator, safe and hairdryer were also provided. Hanging space in the wardrobe was quite limited – we removed the plentiful supply of wooden hangers provided and used our own plastic ones to make the most of it – while the ‘half-height’ picture window promised by Viking turned out to be no more than a third-height at the most, and above the eye-line of anyone under about 5’ 9”. Admittedly, the 150sq ft standard cabins are the lowest-priced on board, but even though we snapped up a late bargain, at well over £100 a night it could hardly be described as cheap. So we were a little surprised to find that we scarcely had room to move about, and if anyone was using the dressing-table stool, the only way round was to climb over the bed. What’s more surprising is that the next category up, French Balcony cabins, for which there is a hefty premium, had even less space, a miserly 135sq ft, the rest presumably having been taken for the balcony. Friends who stayed in one of the much more spacious veranda suites (275sq ft) loved their stateroom, but pointed out that they wouldn’t pay the extra £1,000 or so plus again as they didn’t have a view – or privacy – on at least four days. This was because their side of the boat was either up against the dock wall or parked alongside (ie touching) another river cruise boat. (When docking space is at a premium, boats double park with entrances aligned so that passengers can walk through the neighbouring vessel to get to their boat). FOOD Breakfast: Wide choice of juice, yoghurts, cereal, porridge, fruit, smoked salmon, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, potatoes, pastries and muffins etc available from the buffet in the main dining room. Pancakes, omelettes and poached eggs cooked to order. Lunch: Three-course menu available in the main dining room or a lighter lunch menu served forward of the main lounge, with its open-air terrace particularly popular on warmer days. The choice here tended to be very limited – one day it was chicken, chicken or chicken! Dinner: We ate in the main dining room every night, where we enjoyed a varied selection of dinners occasionally reflecting the areas through which we were travelling. The five courses Viking advertises consisted of an amusee bouche, starter, main, dessert and tea or coffee. Portion sizes are small – one evening one of our dining companions chose trout fillets for his main course and received a small bowl containing just three or four very small fillets…no vegetables or potatoes! Soft drinks, beer and wine are complimentary at mealtimes, with an interesting, high-quality range of wines changing by the day. Snacks: There is no charge either for the hot chocolate, tea and coffee (latte or cappuccino) available at all times from the machine at the entrance to the lounge, together with cookies and pastries. My husband enjoyed the hot chocolate, I found the coffee just acceptable. As mentioned earlier, the dining room has floor to ceiling windows – but unfortunately on several evenings our view was obscured by another boat parked alongside – so close it seemed their passengers were at the next table! EXCURSIONS The fare includes one trip every day. It was noticeable that more additional excursions – to be paid for – are now offered compared with our last trip with Viking, but there was no hard sell as you so often get on sea cruises. The organisation of all the excursions was superb. On our particular cruise a fleet of Viking’s own coaches followed us around, we were well looked after the whole time and the guides provided were all extremely informative. One of the most unusual outings was a walking tour of Hoorn, a historic harbour town packed with old merchant houses and cheese warehouses, followed by a stop for coffee in the home of a local family. We were divided into groups of eight and taken to various addresses – in our case the home of a retired town planner and his wife. They were superb hosts who were happy to answer questions about all aspects of their life while serving up Dutch apple pie, butter cake and the local stroopwafel biscuits (a syrupy caramel filling sandwiched between two thin layers of baked dough). The programme was both wide-ranging and educational – taking in city sights in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent; wartime exploits at Arnhem; an insight into how the Dutch manage the threat of floods; the UNESCO world heritage site of Kinderdijk, with its 19 windmills from the 18th century; Delft pottery; and, of course, the stunning tulip park at Keukenhof. ENTERTAINMENT/ENRICHMENT In addition to the excellent on-board piano player who tinkled away each evening and lunchtime, we were treated to two musical evenings - the first with a Dutch duo whose carefully-chosen programme of standards went down a storm, and the second the Rotterdam Shanty Choir who proved another hit. One night a clog-maker came on board to demonstrate his skills (and sell his wares) while on another there was a demonstration by a silversmith. Programme director Elizabeth ran a couple of quiz/game nights, and also gave Powerpoint presentations on Dutch life, tulips and water management, which we found a bit too 'worthy' for our taste after dinner. CREW In a word – superb. From the indefatigable and highly-organised programme director Elizabeth to our cabin steward, they worked their socks off to ensure everyone had a great holiday. Their success is apparent from the high number of repeat bookings they have every cruise – as we saw at the introductory meeting when there was a huge show of hands from past passengers. IN SUMMARY Nobody’s perfect, but the Ingvi team had a damn good try. At the price we paid, we feel our holiday was value for money, though had we paid the brochure price the verdict would have been different. (For the same price, we could have had a 15-day cruise with Cunard, travelling much further afield, though we would, of course, have had to pay for drinks and excursions.) Would we travel with Viking again? You bet…But for reasons explained earlier, we will not be shelling out for a higher-grade cabin. We will also make sure that we do not end up in cabin 101, where we spent our first night on this holiday. It was directly under the reception area, and though we are not particularly light sleepers the constant movement above kept us awake. As the boat was not full, we were lucky enough to be able to move to midway along the lower deck corridor, where there was no noise from above, though like in all cabins on this deck we were sometimes disturbed by noise from the engines. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
Having never been abroad before, much less ever cruised, this was an absolutely FABULOUS experience! From the moment we arrived at the ship until the last good-bye, it was perfect! The crew was amazing and all spoke English (thank ... Read More
Having never been abroad before, much less ever cruised, this was an absolutely FABULOUS experience! From the moment we arrived at the ship until the last good-bye, it was perfect! The crew was amazing and all spoke English (thank goodness). The ship was beautiful and very well maintained. The shore excursions were wonderful, extremely educational and the guides were awesome (again, all English speaking)! The food was excellent with perfect sized portions and a terrific variety. The atmosphere was casual and we met lots of interesting people from all over. We couldn't recommend Viking any more highly to anyone who is considering a river cruise anywhere in the world. In fact, we just told a couple about our experience and they have already booked their cruise for 2015! We'll be going again, no question!! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
This was our first cruise, ever! What an amazing experience it was! We're hooked. River cruising is a fabulous way to travel. With only 190 or so fellow travelers on board, it is intimate and not overwhelming. You have lots of ... Read More
This was our first cruise, ever! What an amazing experience it was! We're hooked. River cruising is a fabulous way to travel. With only 190 or so fellow travelers on board, it is intimate and not overwhelming. You have lots of opportunities to meet people from around the world, and even some quite close to home. From the moment we boarded the ship in Amsterdam until the morning we (sadly) left for home, everything was more than we ever expected. The ship was beautiful and extremely well maintained. The all-English-speaking staff was outstanding and treated each of us as though we were family. The shore excursions were well organized and LOADED with history and information. The English-speaking guides were exceptionally knowledgeable and personable. The food on board the ship never ceased to amaze us. The portions were perfect, the choices were unending and the service was top-notch. Our stateroom was immaculate every single day. We couldn't have asked for more. And with a walking track on the top deck, we even managed to get extra exercise and lose a few pounds in the process. And that says nothing about how beautiful the Rhine River is and what a fabulous river to cruise! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
We cruised the Rhine River on the Viking Ingvi - a brand-new ship for 2014. Starting at Basel, Switzerland and ending in Amsterdam, the trip was magnificent. The amount of activities, the sights, and the people we met - especially in the ... Read More
We cruised the Rhine River on the Viking Ingvi - a brand-new ship for 2014. Starting at Basel, Switzerland and ending in Amsterdam, the trip was magnificent. The amount of activities, the sights, and the people we met - especially in the ports - were all wonderful. The ship was immaculate, the staff friendly and efficient, and the trip could not have been better. Our tour guides on shore were knowledgeable, friendly and so very interesting. We came away from each town on the Rhine with knowledge that gave us a sense of knowing what it's like to live there. We were not tourists; we were travelers. Food aboard ship and on land was very good. I must thank Nick Hale, our Program Director, for more than one night of incredible fun. We wish our friend Nick well in his voyages! Make no mistake, this is not a "cut-rate" trip. It was not cheap. But what we got for the money was excellent. Hats off to the Duke's Palace Hotel in Bruges, Belgium: an absolutely top-notch destination in a storybook town. We chose Bruges for our extension tour after the cruise. Will definitely go back to Bruges! In short, Viking's Rhine River cruise was excellent and we highly recommend the Switzerland-to-Amsterdam (heading downstream) route. If you want to see Europe in one trip, this could be the way to do it!! Read Less
Sail Date: October 2014
We flew from Philadelphia to Amsterdam and were met at Schilpol Airport by a Viking agent. From there a Viking driver took us on the Viking coach to the Moevinpick Hotel. The hotel was wonderful-the food in the bar & restaurant( Silk ... Read More
We flew from Philadelphia to Amsterdam and were met at Schilpol Airport by a Viking agent. From there a Viking driver took us on the Viking coach to the Moevinpick Hotel. The hotel was wonderful-the food in the bar & restaurant( Silk Road ) was excellent. We were greeted at the reception desk with a warm welcome. Esther took us on a wonderful tour of the city-she is a great guide. After 2 days there we boarded the Ingvi at the port. Our cabin was more than we expected with ample room for everything we had. Suitcases went under the bed with no problem. Storage was enough for all that we had. Our program director, Nick Hale was THE BEST!!! He always had us laughing. Our waiters, Irinel, Ivo, were also wonderful, as were the bartenders, Sasha & George. Food was always good & plentiful. Our shore excursions were informative and the guides were well informed. To sum our trip up. I would absolutely go again on a Viking cruise. I have already recommended it to others. All in all, I loved everything about the journey. Thanks to all the crew. 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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