Sail Date: March 2019
It was recommended by several friends that had already taken it. It was important for us that it was a small cruise oriented to more mature people, navigated on a river, offered excursions in every Port, and everything was practically ... Read More
It was recommended by several friends that had already taken it. It was important for us that it was a small cruise oriented to more mature people, navigated on a river, offered excursions in every Port, and everything was practically included. It was easy making reservations and getting more detailed information from the very professional travel agent from Viking. The ship was elegantly set, with many inviting seating arrangements, an upper Deck geared to socialize. Our suit Veranda AA was so comfortable with all the necessary amenities, and a lovely balcony. Dinning was compared to a five stars restaurant, at breakfast, lunch and dinner, the food was incredibly exquisite. The attention of the staff was also beyond expectations, not only they learned all our names, but they had a genuine smile on their faces at all times, and were so attentive and gracious. The entertainment after dinner was lovely and so much fun. We went with one of our daughters and son in law, in spite of being the youngest ones on the trip they also had a terrific time. The cities in the different countries visited, and the excursions on very comfortable buses, were a phenomenal cultured experience, completed by the expertise of the tour guides. Viking made the whole trip from beginning to end smoothly, enjoyable, and unforgettable. We are looking forward the next one. Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We had wanted to do a small river cruise for such a long time. Our friends were thinking the same thing, so we sealed the deal when free air and shipboard credit was offered to sail the Rhine. We all had ocean cruised, but the Viking ... Read More
We had wanted to do a small river cruise for such a long time. Our friends were thinking the same thing, so we sealed the deal when free air and shipboard credit was offered to sail the Rhine. We all had ocean cruised, but the Viking river cruise is rated at the top of our experiences. Our rooms were perfect, housekeeping friendly and efficient. I can’t rave wildly enough about the regional cuisine and dining! The staff was amazing and could make anything happen. Our activity director, Emily, could not have been any more knowledgeable and friendly, a wealth of information. We added days in Amsterdam and were so sorry that we didn’t add them for Switzerland too, Every excursion we took, both the included and optional, we wonderfully coordinated, the guides had excellent English, and added so much to our days. There is no doubt that we will take another Viking trip! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We enjoyed this cruise with my parents, celebrating a milestone anniversary with them. It exceeded all of our expectations! From the friendliness of the staff, to the wonderful meals, to the fantastic excursions, to the cabin we stayed ... Read More
We enjoyed this cruise with my parents, celebrating a milestone anniversary with them. It exceeded all of our expectations! From the friendliness of the staff, to the wonderful meals, to the fantastic excursions, to the cabin we stayed in...everything was top notch! The servers, stewards & bartenders quickly learned our names & our preferences. We went on each of the daily excursions, as well as two of the optional ones & enjoyed each one - not to be missed! The tour guides were so knowledgeable! The cruise director talks each night describing the next day's events was very helpful. Our absolute favorite day was the day on the boat that we sailed past all the castles & churches - history coming to life! There were so many choices at all of the mealtimes, both in types of food & where to dine. Evening entertainment was fun - we enjoyed the music trivia night. The ship, rooms & dining areas were all very clean. Our trip was delayed by weather so we missed the first day of the cruise & once we caught up to the boat, the staff went above & beyond to welcome us & help us get settled in. Would highly recommend Viking & will certainly be traveling with them again!! Read Less
Sail Date: September 2018
We had been wanting to do a European river cruise for quite a few years. We had been receiving Viking literature and finally decided to book a trip. We added on a Lucerne pre-excursion. It was a great way to get to Europe early to ... Read More
We had been wanting to do a European river cruise for quite a few years. We had been receiving Viking literature and finally decided to book a trip. We added on a Lucerne pre-excursion. It was a great way to get to Europe early to explore and get accustomed to the time zone difference. Viking was spot on with all the details. All their t's were crossed and their i's were dotted. We felt like royalty from the moment we got off the plane. The ship was wonderful and had all the amenities one would need. Our cabin was a comfortable retreat at the end of a long day of exploring. And the deck was a bonus for relaxing in the evening or watching the beautiful countryside go by while sailing. The tours throughout the cruise were top notch. The free tours were just as fabulous as the paid tours. The food on the ship was fabulous in both the dining room and the Aquavit. Their customer service was wonderful and top notch. As an example, while we sailed through the Rhine Gorge, it was a cool, crisp morning; they came around with blankets and hot cocoa (with a little extra "warmth" to add, if desired). The staff was amazing and most remembered our names by Day 2. They were always smiling and very attentive. We would do another Viking cruise in a heartbeat. Thanks Viking for making our dream come true!! Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
We lived in Germany for 5 years and decided to revisit some of our favorite places. This Viking cruise, our first, seemed a great way to go and it was. We flew into Basel and Viking met us and transferred us to our ship with ease. ... Read More
We lived in Germany for 5 years and decided to revisit some of our favorite places. This Viking cruise, our first, seemed a great way to go and it was. We flew into Basel and Viking met us and transferred us to our ship with ease. Luggage quickly delivered to cabin. Lunch was immediately available. We loved the daily excursions and walked between 6 and 9 miles per day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner service were excellent. Because of the many options for food, we were able to eat like kings and queens and yet get home without gaining any weight. Wine and beer included with lunch and dinner at no additional cost. Leaving the ship was super easy. Bags put into hall and when we got to the end of the pier, our bags were sorted by cabin number and staff immediately found and loaded into our transportation. We did a 3 day extension in Amsterdam and when we were ready to leave, Viking arranged for a car to take us to the airport. Great trip. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2018
Viking was by far the most beautiful boats out there on the Rhine! We had never been to Europe before. This was by far the BEST way to see Europe. down the Rhine River. The boat was Kept up and fresh all along the way. The food and it’s ... Read More
Viking was by far the most beautiful boats out there on the Rhine! We had never been to Europe before. This was by far the BEST way to see Europe. down the Rhine River. The boat was Kept up and fresh all along the way. The food and it’s variety was really good. The staff gets 10 stars. They were absolutely superb. Every one of them. The daily included excursions were great and just the right mix of adventure and time. We loved everyone of them. Entertainment lacked a little but not a show stopper for us. Would have been mice to have a show or 2 onboard. I don’t have a negative word to say. This trip and boat by far met our expectations with a few surprises. We would take Viking again and again. The boats and the staff and the excursions and the food were the best Can’t wait to go again Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Never considered, nor had any interest in this type of cruise/vacation. Suddenly after receiving an email with offer of special pricing for cruise & airfare, we decided to "go for it". So glad we did. Viking made us feel ... Read More
Never considered, nor had any interest in this type of cruise/vacation. Suddenly after receiving an email with offer of special pricing for cruise & airfare, we decided to "go for it". So glad we did. Viking made us feel like their only passenger from the very first day until our return home. They really know how to manage every angle of your vacation, while at the same time totally staying out of your way. From meeting us at the airport on arrival, to stacking our luggage in front of our bus prior to disembarkation, we were totally convinced Viking truly deserves their reputation for being #1. Ship was awesome, and service at the level of a 5 Star hotel/restaurant. Our suite cabin was beautiful and just the right size. We definitely recommend the 2 room suite over a single. Ports were well planned and thought out, as were the shore excursions. Buses were like new, clean, comfortable and the drivers never once had us wondering if we were going to survive the trip. Our only issue was related to the crowds we encountered while on tour(s). Not sure how this could be avoided by Viking or anyone else for that matter; perhaps less famous/popular locations. Of course that too would to some degree defeat the purpose of the trip, so just be prepared for lots of people and lines. The best feature of the trip was perhaps the least noticed; the crew. These people are truly wonderful and so professional. Many we probably never even saw, such as engineering, navigating, etc. The entire onboard staff was professional, ready to assist us at any time, in any way possible. Ship was clean, quite and felt like it wasn't even moving most of time. Food was beyond our expectation and the service was head spinning. Many knew and called us by our first names. How they do that is a mystery, but really highlights Viking's promise of being first class from beginning to end. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
This was my second Viking cruise. The crew of the Ingvi didn't disappoint. The crew did a great job of anticipating our needs, providing a good variety of food options, shore excursions, and personal attention when we needed a few ... Read More
This was my second Viking cruise. The crew of the Ingvi didn't disappoint. The crew did a great job of anticipating our needs, providing a good variety of food options, shore excursions, and personal attention when we needed a few non-standard items. The ship always docked in the center of town making it easy to walk off the ship into the historic district of the cities/towns we visited. The chef was also very attentive and helped me avoid problems with two nut allergies. I was surprised how many items on the ship contained nuts or nut oils. In all cases, I was offered very tasty alternatives. The Vikings guides for the shore excursions were all excellent starting with our guides in Amsterdam and Kinderdyk. All had wonderful stories, and provided us with background on the country, culture, and things to do after our guided tours. Our guides in Cologne, and Heidelberg provided us with wonderful lunch alternatives to the standard tourist locations favored by most cruise guests. The places we visited didn't speak English, but our high school French and a German phrase book was able to see us through wonderful meals. When visiting a smaller town, don't be afraid to step off the standard tourist trail. Many churches are open in the afternoon, and often contain unexpected surprises. We walked into one church where the organist was practicing, and were treated to a free impromptu Bach concert with only a dozen or so people in attendance. We were lucky enough to get the $300 round trip air fare from Boston. We worked with Viking and our AAA rep to select our flights. We paid Viking an extra $100 to alter our return to allow us to take a self-guided hiking tour through the Zermatt area. Viking scheduled our return flight through Zurich a week after we completed our cruise. We used Swiss Rail to travel from Basel to Zermatt, and from Zermatt to Zurich. Bring a camera, and plenty of memory cards. The Rhine is a very scenic area. If you plan to take pictures inside the cathedrals adjust your ISO to the highest point where you can still get clear pictures, use an image stabilization lens, and have fun (tripods are not allowed). I was using a Nikon 7500, and shot at ISO 3200 using a Nikon 18-140 mm lens post processing RAW files in On1 Photo RAW 2018. The pictures are amazing. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2018
This was an outstanding cruise up the Rhine River from Basel to Amsterdam. We opted for the optional 3 days in Lucern Switzerland before heading to Basel to begin our cruise and we're glad we did! What a fantastic stay we had in the ... Read More
This was an outstanding cruise up the Rhine River from Basel to Amsterdam. We opted for the optional 3 days in Lucern Switzerland before heading to Basel to begin our cruise and we're glad we did! What a fantastic stay we had in the city. So glad we took the Stansehorn Cable Car up into the Swiss mountains - tremendous views!! We visited Breisach Germany where we stopped in a wonderful place called Hofgut-Sternen. Here we purchased a cuckoo clock and saw some beer steins, glassware and Christmas decorations all made by local craftsmen. We also attended a demonstration on how to make Black Forest Cake. The village of Colmar Germany is extremely picturesque and not to be missed. We saw Strasbourg France where we got to visit Europes' Parliament Building and the towns cathedral. Next up was Mannheim, Heidelberg (yet another awesome cathedral) & Rudesheim Germany where we took part in the Dine in Rudesheim am Rhein tour. Great dinner and great wine! Then it was on to Koblenz and Cologne where we took part in the Cologne Beer culture Dinner. The highlight of Cologne (and perhaps our entire trip) was the amazing Cathedral. We finished our journey in Kinderdijk then Amsterdam. Every shore excursion we took was top notch, allowing us extra time to explore on our own in each of the towns we visited. The food and accommodations on board the Viking Ingvi were terrific as was the entire staff - very friendly and efficient. All in all a most memorable trip that will bring us back to our next Viking River Cruise in the not too distant future! Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
I’d been wanting to go on a Viking river cruise for years, but I was always concerned that I would be the youngest on the ship, by a decade. At 47, that simply was not the case. There were people of all ages (younger and older), that ... Read More
I’d been wanting to go on a Viking river cruise for years, but I was always concerned that I would be the youngest on the ship, by a decade. At 47, that simply was not the case. There were people of all ages (younger and older), that are all well traveled and love the adventure of Viking. The staff is absolutely amazing. Four Seasons and Ritz Carlton would drool for these people! Every single person, from the cabin steward to the captain were warm, welcoming, and open to help in any way. We loved the food!! Every day was different with varieties to meet any palette. And the chef is just wonderful! If you hang out in the lounge after dinner, you’ll definitely see him. He’s loves to mingle with the guests, so don’t be shy! The highlight of the trip for me was my engagement. My boyfriend planned the whole thing with the senior officers and they pulled off a complete surprise! The captain was even involved! This happened in front of the entire ship and on the last night of the cruise....it felt like we were surrounded by family and friends. Viking creates an environment that is welcoming and fun! Don’t wait to go! It’s a trip you will remember for years to come. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
The itinerary was interesting and beautiful. The ship was cozy, clean, comfortable and nice. The staff was service oriented. They quickly learned to anticipate our wants and needs. This vacation exceeded our expectations and will be ... Read More
The itinerary was interesting and beautiful. The ship was cozy, clean, comfortable and nice. The staff was service oriented. They quickly learned to anticipate our wants and needs. This vacation exceeded our expectations and will be sailing with them again. We are already planning our next Viking Cruise. An extra bonus was we’ve made some new and hopefully long time friends on this cruise. The food was delicious. The banana pancakes was my morning delight. The variety of the menu each day was another benefit. Offering both regional as well as steak and chicken, everyone could fine something to please their tastebuds. Fortunately the excursions provided some exercise or we would have gained weight. However we enjoyed all the extra activities so we didn’t gain but a couple pounds. Ha We were pampered and didn’t have to concern ourselves with planning anything. It’s truly a vacation. The transport to and from the airport was so stress free. The representative from Viking was easily to locate and welcomed us with smiles and friendliness which was appreciated after our long flight. Can’t wait to book another cruise next year. We might sail the Danube next time. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We wanted to do a Rhine cruise for our 40th anniversary but there was no availability because we did not book far enough in advance. We communicated several times with Viking representative (Bradley Tenorio). As we were talking one day, ... Read More
We wanted to do a Rhine cruise for our 40th anniversary but there was no availability because we did not book far enough in advance. We communicated several times with Viking representative (Bradley Tenorio). As we were talking one day, a room became available. It was an acceptable date and the room-type that we wanted, so we booked it with him immediately. I explained that I would like to include the flight but wanted to choose which flight it was. He said that for a fee we could do that so we did. When we finished with all business with him, he connected us directly to the department that books the flights - we agreed on an acceptable one and it was done. Perfect! We also booked a pre-extension in Amsterdam and a post-extension in Lucern (upon Bardley's recommendation). We are so glad that we booked everything through Viking. They picked us up at the airport, took us to our hotel, (Hotel Okura - an amazing hotel) a Viking rep was there to meet with us and help with anything we needed. At the end of the trip, they took our luggage from the ship, bused us to Lucern (Montana Hotel - Switzerland hotel of the year!) with a Viking tour guide explaining things on the way. Once at the hotel we met another Viking rep. (Maria) who was excellent. She took us on a walking tour of the city, booked dinner reservations and other outings that we chose to do. When they took us to the airport to depart, they even had a Viking rep. there to take us to our respective airlines to help us check in. The hotels, the ship, the staff, everything was first-class. There were always many food options for all meals, and it was very good. The servers were attentive, polite, and all had great senses of humor. The activities coordinator, Rene was absolutely fantastic. The hotel manager, chef, captain, maitre d' and every member of the crew went out of their way to ensure that we were happy. Oh, we also had beautiful weather which helped. I would highly recommend Viking and I would also highly recommend booking directly through them. We talked to several passengers who booked with other travel agents and they did not have the same quality experience or hotels that we did. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
Fantastic trip! As totally novice cruisers we were apprehensive about our first trip overseas. Booking directly with efficient/knowledgeable Viking staff went smoothly. A little confusion on short time span to add trip insurance (ask a ... Read More
Fantastic trip! As totally novice cruisers we were apprehensive about our first trip overseas. Booking directly with efficient/knowledgeable Viking staff went smoothly. A little confusion on short time span to add trip insurance (ask a lot of questions). Took the discount 3.3%. Made a big mistake in filling out personal data by NOT including passport numbers by the time we made full payment. (We had gotten our passports later). This apparently led to a delay in getting our plane reservations well after the stated 60 days before departure!! We had made multiple calls to Viking to try to rectify lack of reservations and on three occasions were told to "wait a few days, and you will get the info". We Didn't! Tip: Fortunately my wife had been accessing a VIKING travelers Facebook page - This was a GREAT source of info! One of the super Viking travelers gave us a Viking contact that immediately got our plane reservations!!! The running commentary on the site was extremely helpful - You should use it! Because of the delay we were booked on Delta flights from Phil to Atlanta (2.5Hrs), then flew back north past Phil to Amsterdam?? We wisely used our airline/upscale credit cards to enter Delta's courtesy clubs and enjoyed a few anniversary drinks and food. Tip: Contrary to popular belief traveling the day before the fourth of July (Thurs) the courtesy clubs were devoid of business travelers because of the mid-week holiday! Last glitch was sitting in Amsterdam airport an hour waiting for Viking shuttle. After that we had a Fabulous Time. The ship was beautiful (even compared to several competitor ships docked nearby), The staff was five star rivaling many US top hotels. The food was very good, plenty of specials and standard fair that was table served or buffet serviced. The lounge service was superb - TIP: If you like higher end beer, wine, cocktails, soda - GET the all inclusive SILVER SPIRITS package. It provides access to better wine at meals, champagne at breakfast and top shelf drinks at any open lounge hours. Check the individual drink menu prices on-line (canned soda - $5 Euro!!). Tip: Get to know the names of the staff - Your extra effort will pay big dividends. They love to become part of your experience. The inclusive tours were all worthwhile (Black Forest got the lowest score - long bus ride for short tourist trap stop). The local tour guides provided were all excellent! WE liked Cologne the best, Cathedral amazing! Shopping & food wonderful. We managed to have our 40th Wedding Anniversary meal at a restaurant we stumbled across that had the same name as the one we got engaged at 41 years ago in NYC - "Mama Leone's" ! To complete the romantic nostalgia, we bought a lock and hung it on the "LOCK" bridge across the Rhine and tossed the key. Many of our fellow passengers bragged about the optional pub tour!! Don't miss Captain's Bridge tour. Loved our on-board Tour Director - Renee ("Sooooooo,....!!!!), Rebecca - Hotel manager, Super Mario - Master of the lounge, the extraordinary dining staff - Will, Mickey, Chris and too many others to mention!!!! If you have the time, take the optional add-on tour to Zermatt-Geneva. Includes a not to be missed train ride into the Alps, a Swiss town, have a meal across from the Matterhorn after a quirky cog wheel train ride scaling mountain sides ending above the clouds and lodging in a most unusually furnished hotel. The tour finished off with a Lake Geneva cruise, winery visit, UN tour and exploration of old town in Geneva! Our tour guide (Tina) on the optional tour was like an encyclopedia and maximized our appreciation of Switzerland. Tip: The passengers on board were very friendly. Try to sit at different table at each meal! A lot of interesting encounters and coincidences - a couple with the same wedding date also 40 years ago, a traveler with same full name as our son's girlfriend, and someone from the old neighborhood. Many married couples, grandparent and mature grandchild, school teachers and retirees, pairs and groups, mostly first-timers and averaging about 50 years old. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Many friends had recommended Viking Cruises to me so I decided to try one. I have nothing but high praise for everything. As soon as I landed at the Amsterdam airport, a very friendly representative met me. She really set the tone for ... Read More
Many friends had recommended Viking Cruises to me so I decided to try one. I have nothing but high praise for everything. As soon as I landed at the Amsterdam airport, a very friendly representative met me. She really set the tone for the whole trip. Upon reaching the ship, I was so impressed that my cabin was ready for me. I was also thrilled to know a lovely buffet lunch was awaiting me as well.The next surprise was to learn that a guide would be arriving soon to begin a walking tour of Amsterdam. What a great way to begin a vacation! The ship was beautiful. My cabin was so comfortable and the food was superb. Everyone on board was wonderful to me. I enjoyed the tours and all the destinations.I thought everything was so well paced.Offering bottled water before each tour was a very nice touch. I had only been home a very short time before I booked another Viking Cruise. I have since recommended them to several of my friends. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
Doing a river cruise had been on our bucket list for sometime and what better way to celebrate my 80th birthday! On reflection we should have booked the cruise earlier because we did not get to choose a cabin and all the post cruise ... Read More
Doing a river cruise had been on our bucket list for sometime and what better way to celebrate my 80th birthday! On reflection we should have booked the cruise earlier because we did not get to choose a cabin and all the post cruise stays were booked. We did pay for Air Plus which was an advantage, KLM were extremely helpful. Embarkation went well so much smoother than a ocean cruise The crew on the Ingvi were very courteous and helpful but our special thanks must go to Emilie, the cruise director. She was energetic, polite and helpful all day, every day. This lady loves her job and it shows! The excursions were good and it was nice that they were included in the price of the cruise.We chose to do some additional excursions and they were excellent. Evening entertainment was most enjoyable. Food was good although I must say my husband thought the steaks were not very tender. The staff in the dining room do a great job. We have already booked another cruise on the Danube for next year. It happens to be on the Ingvi! We are definitely hooked on river cruises. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
We had not been in Western Germany, we’d had no time for a vacation during the previous year, and so when Viking offered a half-price sale, we chose this cruise as a quick getaway. Viking has things nailed: we received our paperwork a ... Read More
We had not been in Western Germany, we’d had no time for a vacation during the previous year, and so when Viking offered a half-price sale, we chose this cruise as a quick getaway. Viking has things nailed: we received our paperwork a month before we sailed, someone was waiting for us and shuttled us to our ship. We boarded a bit later due to a flight delay, but an excellent dinner and beautiful cabin was waiting for us. Our room was outstanding. Well layed out and nicely furnished. The steward assigned to our room was amazing - if we asked, it was there. The ship itself was beautiful. The entryway and main staircase were gorgeous. Little nooks were placed in inviting areas for everyone to relax. The dining? Excellent. The food was delicious, perfectly prepared, and service was impeccable. Our servers - Gilbert, Rein, and Chris - did a great job! They remembered our names within a day, made wonderful recommendations, and kept our wine flowing (which were wonderful local wines!). We went on every included excursion and one extra excursion. The guides for all were knowledgeable and fun. We went to some lovely places. The cruise day through the Middle Rhine was outstanding. Wanted two things that they didn’t have: someplace to work out, and the ability to watch the World Cup! Need to add that. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2018
This would be a very long review if I tried to tell you everything I loved about this, our first river cruise. Everything was perfect and easy. Being met at the airport and escorted to the buses waiting to take us to the ship was ... Read More
This would be a very long review if I tried to tell you everything I loved about this, our first river cruise. Everything was perfect and easy. Being met at the airport and escorted to the buses waiting to take us to the ship was wonderful. Not having to deal with our suitcases until they were safely in our cabins was a treat. Everyone on the Viking team was friendly and knowledgable. Our program director, Emilie Boey, was really special. She not only made everything fun, but also took care of a couple of problems we had with a smile on her face and a hug. Our dinner table attendants also added to the enjoyment of the cruise (Gilbert, Adrian, and Rein). The food was amazing, much better than any ocean cruise we've ever taken. I loved the smaller ship and smaller number of people on board. The excursions were all interesting and the buses taking us to various towns were clean and the drivers were friendly and great drivers. My favorite excursion was to Strasbourg, France. What a beautiful, lovely city with its pretty little bridges covered in flower boxes. I could've stayed there for a week. But we really enjoyed all the excursions we chose -- they were all fun and the towns or villages were all beautiful in different ways. German Night was fun on the ship, and we enjoyed the piano music in the lounge every night. Loved having the use of the tables in the lounge to play dominoes each evening, too. Emilie made the trivia and other game nights fun, too. If we take another cruise we will choose a cabin above the lower deck so we have a full window. Other than that tiny thing, I wouldn't change anything. This cruise was absolutely perfect in every way. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
Friends had recommended I go. Transfer at the airport was so easy. Didn't spend much time in the room, but it was what we needed and the beds were quite comfortable. I loved that each evening we had the following day's ... Read More
Friends had recommended I go. Transfer at the airport was so easy. Didn't spend much time in the room, but it was what we needed and the beds were quite comfortable. I loved that each evening we had the following day's itinerary waiting for us. The staff could not have been more helpful and almost became family. The food was delicious. I have food restrictions which were addressed. One morning, we walked to our table, planned to put my purse down and go get my omelet. When I turned around, here is the waiter with my plate - chef had seen me walk in and remembered after 3 mornings how I like my omelet. How impressive is that? The outings were well-planned, interesting and so informative. We booked additional ones besides the included ones. Any time I had a question, someone was there to assist. The onboard entertainment was wonderful and varied. It was a nice way to relax at the end of the day. \We have already planned my next trip :), can't wait to go down the Danube. Read Less
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Sail Date: May 2018
We chose this cruise to connect to and experience our cultural background. The ship was very clean and in great repair. Our cabin, although small was comfortable and spotless. Dining was always a pleasure. How can it be otherwise given the ... Read More
We chose this cruise to connect to and experience our cultural background. The ship was very clean and in great repair. Our cabin, although small was comfortable and spotless. Dining was always a pleasure. How can it be otherwise given the great service, extensive menu, and wonderful accompanying beverages. Even though this is a small boat, we were always well entertained. The scenery was great, excursions were wonderful and there was always adequate time to explore the ports on our own. The staff was extrordinary and very helpful and acommidating. We were always greeted with a smile and an eagerness to please. The excursions were well planned, well led, and extremely interesting. I was impressed that Viking has it's own fleet of busses which were top brands, spotless, and driven very professionally. We would definitely use Viking in the future. We hope to take our next cruise on the Danube. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2018
It's been several weeks since our cruise down the Rhine on the Viking Ingvi and I still think about it constantly. The scenery, the wonderful people we met on board, the exquisite meals, and most of all the excursions on shore that ... Read More
It's been several weeks since our cruise down the Rhine on the Viking Ingvi and I still think about it constantly. The scenery, the wonderful people we met on board, the exquisite meals, and most of all the excursions on shore that brought us into the fascinating towns and cities of Switzerland, France, Germany and The Netherlands. Our Viking ship was immaculate and the crew was attentive and eager to please. The waitstaff were a joy, in part because their individual personalities were allowed to shine through: some reserved, some sincere, some funny, including one waiter who sang and danced between tables. It made us happy every time we sat down to eat. And there was the staff that we rarely saw: those who worked and kept our cabin in perfect condition. The tour guides who showed us the sights on land were all very good. There is just so much to see in these marvelous cities that it's overwhelming at times. We did have many hours of free time to explore on our own and those hours of discovery gave us some of our greatest memories. In fact we want to do another Viking tour in Europe and when we do we will be ready to take even greater advantage of time to explore. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
My husband and I were celebrating our 70 birthdays. It was our first cruise, and it couldn't have been better. Everything went smoothly, flights, travel to and boarding the ship, coordinating our shore excursions, etc. Our ... Read More
My husband and I were celebrating our 70 birthdays. It was our first cruise, and it couldn't have been better. Everything went smoothly, flights, travel to and boarding the ship, coordinating our shore excursions, etc. Our cabin was very nice, with a balcony, plenty of storage for clothes and luggage, and even a heated bathroom floor. We had all our meals on board the ship, and loved every single one. The food was amazing, and the service impeccable. We took only the shore excursions that came with the cruise, and they were wonderful. They are wonderfully organized and most all of the tour guides were pleasant and knowledgable. We were going to add one, but we waited until we were onboard, and found it was already booked. It's important to research the add ons early before your cruise, and book them ahead of time. The entertainment aboard ship was really nice, from jazz guitarist, to classical violinists, to name that tune competition. All were very worth going to. We also loved that they featured regional food items from the areas that we were touring. We loved every minute of our cruise with Viking, and are really hoping to schedule another next year. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2018
Having already done the Danube and Rhone, decided to do the Rhein and maybe more later. We had previously visited Koeln, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Rudesheim, and Amsterdam on land visits, so not having to pack and unpack at each visit was ... Read More
Having already done the Danube and Rhone, decided to do the Rhein and maybe more later. We had previously visited Koeln, Heidelberg, Strasbourg, Rudesheim, and Amsterdam on land visits, so not having to pack and unpack at each visit was an advantage. We traveled with sister and brother-in-law, so being able to share this visit with them was great. We also met really nice folks on board. Fellow Hawaiians, and Brits and other Americans. I still keep in touch with our new friends from Sheffield. Dining was excellent. Almost bottomless wine glasses was a plus. Service for meals was superb, wonderful and friendly staff. Being able to chat with them was enjoyable and u=interesting to note their various background. German oompah entertainment was really fun, as ist brought back memories of past visits. I especially enjoyed Strasbourg and Koeln, history, architecture, and the sun. the tour guides at each port of call were excellent, with good knowledge of each place we visited, also excellent English. Our cabin was a bit smallish but comfortable. The layout of the ship proved comfortable, with the bar and dining areas close-by. Use of wheel chair provided by the Ingvi for my sister enable her to see things instead of staying onboard. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2018
Everything was excellent--food, excursions, hospitality, fellow cruisers, and most of all our cruise director Emilee. This was our first trip to Europe and the Viking cruise was an excellent way to experience the history and the people of ... Read More
Everything was excellent--food, excursions, hospitality, fellow cruisers, and most of all our cruise director Emilee. This was our first trip to Europe and the Viking cruise was an excellent way to experience the history and the people of central Europe...a great learning and enjoyable vacation. Two great experiences--the ringing of the cathedral bells in Strasbourg on Easter morning and the tour of the battlefields at Colmar where Audie Murphy won his Medal of Honor. The weather at this time of the year started off cold and rainy, but the guides on the excursions made up for it. It cleared up and the last five days were beautiful with warm and sunny days. The entertainment in the evenings ranged from very good local musicians to fun filled activities led by Emilee. Did I mention she was a hoot! One thing we really liked was the ability to sit with many different travelers at mealtimes aboard the ship. We got to know them and even found we had some mutual friends. All in all, this was more than what we thought or imagined this trip was going to be. Read Less
Sail Date: October 2017
It's impossible to describe the many excellent things on this cruise, the cabin, the crew, the entertainment each night was very good, the food was too good, and the tours were unbelievable too. We opted for the pre-cruise extra days ... Read More
It's impossible to describe the many excellent things on this cruise, the cabin, the crew, the entertainment each night was very good, the food was too good, and the tours were unbelievable too. We opted for the pre-cruise extra days in Budapest. Our hotel was marvelous and right in the middle of everything we wanted to see. All were a short walk away. The restaurants in the hotel and in the vicinity were all excellent too. Food on board was always well prepared and served by the staff in a very efficient manner. The choices were always great and I can't say enough about the choice of beverages at every meal. Entertainment was good too. Each evening program was well thought out and pertinent to our voyage on the river. Very entertaining at each stop. Our first cruise on a Viking river boat will not be our last one. We have already signed up for another cruise in fall 2018 and optional post cruise visit to a nearby city. Read Less
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Sail Date: October 2017
Previously sailed the Grand European River Cruise with Viking but the Danube Waltz Cruise was combined with land tour to Munich and Salzburg and a few different stops and tours made this seem quite fresh. The River portion was so relaxing ... Read More
Previously sailed the Grand European River Cruise with Viking but the Danube Waltz Cruise was combined with land tour to Munich and Salzburg and a few different stops and tours made this seem quite fresh. The River portion was so relaxing and comfortable with excellent accommodations and service by the crew. We feel like we really got to see and experience the sites and culture of the areas we visited. The tour guides were exceptional and gave excellent advice when we went off on our own.especilly enjoyed Vienna and Bratislava and our extension in Budapest. Because the weather was nice, we were able to walk back to the ship from the Monastery at Melk and shop in the town. The crew were so friendly and accommodating and got to know us individually. The food was well prepared, fresh, healthy and tasted good, even if the menu was not particularly exciting, there was always something we enjoyed eating. The food, especially the steaks were high quality. We enjoyed our meals and fellow travelers. We felt pampered and appreciated. 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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