147 Viking River Viking Kara Cruise Reviews

We choose this "bucket list" cruise for the places it was going, excursions that were happening and impressive reviews by others. It was more than I even dared hope it would be. Staff was amazing: attentive but not intrusive. ... Read More
We choose this "bucket list" cruise for the places it was going, excursions that were happening and impressive reviews by others. It was more than I even dared hope it would be. Staff was amazing: attentive but not intrusive. We were able to become part of the "leisure" tourers and had many of the photographers with us, which was wonderful. Lots of variation in what we saw and did. Learned about the "stumbling stones" in Cologne and looked for them everywhere else we went, impressing guides that we knew about and wanted to find them. Being offered water every time we got off the ship was an impressive and appreciated touch. Also enjoyed the "day before" briefings and info sharing in the lounge before dinner. Music and activities after dinner were varied and fun, but didn't (at least for us) go on too long! Staff and other cruisers introduced us to new-to-us libations and then staff knew to offer them the next time we appeared in the lounge! One thing which I particularly liked was the small sampling dishes at lunch; made it easy to try something new without overcommitting to a full serving! Don't think we realized all the goodies which came with our suite, until about day 4. Fresh fruit, flowers, wine, champagne, etc. We were very glad we'd gotten the suite, as it just made space for breathing. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Just finished my 1st river cruise. Firstly, I will give you my opinion, and then my journal. This trip for me was a great success, beyond my expectation because it fullfilled my preconceived experience what a European adventure should ... Read More
Just finished my 1st river cruise. Firstly, I will give you my opinion, and then my journal. This trip for me was a great success, beyond my expectation because it fullfilled my preconceived experience what a European adventure should be like. I have had many ocean cruises, mostly Alaska, Panama canal, Hawaii, and Carribean Islands. River cruiseship is very unlike an ocean cruiseship. To be blunt, river cruiseship is a motel on water compare to the ocean one. However, unlike the ocean cruise, they don't just put you in port and one has to plan his own thing. Viking did an excellent job on their included excursions. Great guides who provided excellent and interesting facts on each city. This is one of my major fulfilments, I learned alot from the places I had visited. It is much more fullfilling to see beautiful archititures and then learn many facts behind it. It is not a relaxing cruise, but a positive one, because there was so much to take in each day. By the end of the day, I had to go straight to bed to recover for next day activities; so therefore, I did not had time to listen the ship's piano player and singer, Blondi (not the one who sang "call me", but he did hum a few bar for me} whom had an amazing voice. I had to apologize to him for not be able to attend his performances because I was so tired. He was a past opera performer and a very friendly person. The overall trip cost more than the ocean cruise, but for me, the excitement was also much more. I am already planning for the next one, most likely to Russia where there is a rich history and requires an expert guides to give me the facts. The journey: From October 13 to 20th, we sailed on Viking Kara from Basel to Amsterdam. Starting from Vancouver, B.C..it took almost twenty fours hours to get to the Basel airport at 6pm in the evening. A Viking bus took us to the ship and the Captain was at the dock greeting us. As soon as we were all aboard, the ship started to leave. We did not have any time to see Basel as it was already dark. Other guests tell us that most shops were closed in Basel on Sunday and not much else was mentioned about its scenic sites. Breisach, Germany: we arrived there during the night. We did not do the optional tour to Black Forest because, where we are from, we have many forests, waterfall, and rivers. It was a long bus ride and I heard it was very tourist commericalized on Cuckoo clocks and glass blowing. Instead, we took a walk to the church up the hill. a very pleasant morning walk and a good panoramic view of the surrounding. We found the walk around the town was very pleasurable and a good way to experience an old fashion European small town. An excellent start for the trip. Colmar. France: an optional tour recommended to us by our agent. Very good advice. Beautiful sights and lots to see. Highly recommended. Strasbourg, France, another amazing city, very European but unlike Colmar. Big cathedral. The walking tour started from near the Petite France area and walk to Notre Dame Cathedral,a beautiful structure, more so than the one in Paris. Then we were on our own. The area is located about two miles aways from the ship and shuttle buses were available for guests to return to the ship in the afternoon for lunch(I tip my hat to Viking for their plannings). For the rest of the afternoon, a free shuttle bus was also available back to the town. We chose to walk around the dock and ended up walking across the bridge near the University of Strasbourg. Nearby, there was a nice church which we were able to go inside and enjoyed its ambience. Actually, if we walked further, we could have reach the Cathedral again. Heidelberg, Germany: Our ship was dock in Mannheim and Heidelberg is about one hour ride by shuttle. I got out in the morning to do some jogging and from across our dock was a city all lite up, it was dark in the October morning, and provided me with some good photos. Heidelberg is a pretty town and the castle is on top of the hill which one could view it from the town centre. The castle tour was very interesting. Later on, we had a hour or two on our own to tour the town which was also very pleasant. There was a large Christmas store which, even for me, was worth to a look around. Rudesheim,Germany: we arrived there in the afternoon 5pm and half of the shops were still open, but not the Seigfried Mechanial music museum which I had planned to visit. I walked beyond the end of streets into the vineyard area. It offered a nice panoramic view of the river and its surrounding. Check direction with Google maps. Next morning was the castle cruising. It started not far from Rudesheim, and then castles every ten minutes for few hours. A very interesting section of the cruise. At the last quarter of the cruise, I had to go inside the ship for a break to digest all those I had just experienced. Koblenz, Germany and Marksberg castle excursion: Again, another interesting trip. A bit of walking on uneven ground. Make sure to wear proper shoes. Cologne, Germany: from the dock, it was actually faster to walk to the Cathedral than take the shuttle due to the bridge nearby the dock was for walking and the train only. However, shuttles were still available for guest to ride back to the town center. Again a very interesting walking tour in the morning. Bruhl Palace,Frances: an optional tour. The most ornate palace I had visited. The decor was breathtaking. Amsterdam, Netherland in the morning. I went for a walk very early before the embarking. One thing that I was impressed was the ship's program director, it was his last morning on the ship and as he was moving on to another job with Viking, yet, he was at the exit and asked me if everything was ok and did I need help. Rotterdam, Netherland. if you could, plan a day trip to this amazing city. The train ride is one hour and scenic. I did a walking circuit starting from the Central station, to the shopping district, Lijnbaan, then to the bridge (the Swan) then walk along the waterfront to Markthal. It was Tuesday and a big street market provided good shopping for various items and foods. A lot of people, beware of pickpocket. Great city. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Desired to return to Germany and sail the Rhine. I met my husband there in 1979. He passed away 5 years ago before we had the opportunity to return. A dear friend offered to go with me. Everything was wonderful but the food. I am ... Read More
Desired to return to Germany and sail the Rhine. I met my husband there in 1979. He passed away 5 years ago before we had the opportunity to return. A dear friend offered to go with me. Everything was wonderful but the food. I am vegetarian and while they had vegetarian main course options at every meal, they were not edible, literally. I ended up eating nothing but salad for lunch and dinner for the entire cruise. One night I only ate a bowl of potatoes, with nothing on them. Other people had complaints about the food as well and even commented how unappealing my plates looked. For example, one night the vegetarian option was risotto. The rice was very under cooked and I wasn't even able to chew it. Also, the meals didn't have protein options like tofu. Very doubtful I'll take another cruise because of the nasty food. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Friends talked us into joining them on the Rhine Cruise to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. We were novices, not sure what to expect. The staff of Viking guided us every step of the way, arranged transportation from the airport to the ... Read More
Friends talked us into joining them on the Rhine Cruise to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. We were novices, not sure what to expect. The staff of Viking guided us every step of the way, arranged transportation from the airport to the ship, settled us into our stateroom & made us feel comfortable. We experienced solicitous, caring, attentive, friendly, & informative attitudes. The attention we received in our staterooms, at meals, around the ship, on the shore excursions was almost too much pampering. We felt extremely appreciated & treated royally by the staff ! Our only criticism was the excursion to the Back Forest..it was such a tourist trap with so little to offer but highly inflated priced souvenirs. Such a long bus ride to such a lousy location. The rest of the included tours were amazing & really enjoyable. My husband had been dreading his first river cruise, now he is trying to convince friends to join us on another one! So we booked another cruise for next year! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was my daughter's first cruise. She wanted to go to Amsterdam and see the gardens. We were able to do just that and explore even more. When we boarded our cruise ship we were met by a staff person who took our bags and ... Read More
This was my daughter's first cruise. She wanted to go to Amsterdam and see the gardens. We were able to do just that and explore even more. When we boarded our cruise ship we were met by a staff person who took our bags and welcomed us aboard. Everyone did their best to make our cruise perfect. Our cabin was very nice and we were very comfortable. We met so many nice people and dined with and made many new friends. The dining staff welcomed us very warmly and did their best to take care of every request with our needs. Our shore excursions were very enlightening as well as giving us time to explore on our own. Our embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly with no hitches. We enjoyed our cruise so much that we are booked on a second cruise this May. Looking forward to another exciting vacation. Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
Food, wine, scenery excellent. We got to know the crew and other passengers due to the small number of people involved. It was great only having to unpack once and staying in the same room every night. We were surprised at the variety ... Read More
Food, wine, scenery excellent. We got to know the crew and other passengers due to the small number of people involved. It was great only having to unpack once and staying in the same room every night. We were surprised at the variety of different people on board. Even though it was March, the weather was good and the spring season was far ahead of where it was in Minnesota, with leaves on the trees and flowers blooming everywhere. We should have taken some of the optional onshore excursions, but didn't. We chose the optional wine package, which was the right idea. We particularly enjoyed drinking the wines from many areas and the food which was prepared to match the areas we were travelling through. The various onshore activities were also excellent, with several medieval cathedrals and castles included. Marksburg castle and Heidelberg University were particular favorites of ours during the cruise. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
My wife and i had seen the commercials on public television for years and always talked about how much fun and how different we imagined a river cruise to be. When we were married in 2015, our crazy schedules didn't allow us to take a ... Read More
My wife and i had seen the commercials on public television for years and always talked about how much fun and how different we imagined a river cruise to be. When we were married in 2015, our crazy schedules didn't allow us to take a proper honeymoon. So we decided to save up for something really special -- and three years later, we were sailing up the Rhine from Basel to Amsterdam. We enjoyed pretty much everything about our cruise. The staff was amazing, the ports were varied and interesting, and the excursions were fun and educational. And don't get me started on the food. Made some great friends and fortunately were able to walk off most of the calories. The only hitch came when they switched our ship from the Hjin to the Kara shortly before our departure date due to low river levels. But as far as we could tell, it made no real difference. Our trip was everything we had hoped for and more. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
We chose to go on Viking because they had the schedule that fit our calendar. We had a good recommendation from friends who had been on the exact cruise and loved it. We loved the intimacy and personal attention given to us by everyone on ... Read More
We chose to go on Viking because they had the schedule that fit our calendar. We had a good recommendation from friends who had been on the exact cruise and loved it. We loved the intimacy and personal attention given to us by everyone on board. The layout of the vessel was good and the service was top rate! Although the room was smaller than others, it was sufficient and always clean. We appreciated the discussion the night before by George, the director, about the excursion and entertainment the next day. It was very relaxing to do this before dinner. We also enjoyed the entertainment brought on board at specific ports for short concerts. The included excursions were perfect and varied. I thought that your description of the level of activity (strenuous etc) was a good warning. All in all, we're ready to go again but this time on the Danube. We're already booked! Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
A group of 7 couples decided on the Viking Rhine River cruise. We liked the various ports, but particularly the opportunity to visit Basel (our departure city) and Amsterdam. The boat was lovely and just spacious enough. We have a ... Read More
A group of 7 couples decided on the Viking Rhine River cruise. We liked the various ports, but particularly the opportunity to visit Basel (our departure city) and Amsterdam. The boat was lovely and just spacious enough. We have a French Balcony room and were very happy with our accommodations. The bed was very comfortable, and we were able to look our the balcony door. Most of our sailing time was at night, and we were out on excursions and touring during the day. One unexpected issue, was that the boats often dock & tie off to another boat. So when you woke up in the morning, you weren't looking at the river, but another boat - six feet away. Glad we didn't upgrade to a balcony suite, don't expect we would have had much time to use it. There was more than adequate clothing storage. The shower and bathroom were small, but had space for the necessary bathroom items. Our room attendant was amazing, things were always fresh and cleaned. The common areas were bright, with large floor to ceiling windows. The dining room was comfortable and the meals all very good. There were a few standard items on the menu and then a daily menu. Lots of offerings at both lunch and dinner. Breakfast options din't really change much. The omelet station was good, but would have been nice had they changed some of the ingredients during the trip. There was also a buffet offering on the Aquavit for breakfast and lunch - not sure about dinner. The crew was amazing - the front desk, dining staff, and especially the lounge staff. All were friendly and very accommodating. Our cruise director, Candy was amazing, making sure our excursions and time on the trip was enjoyable. My only issue was the regular lounge entertainment was lacking. We did have a couple of special guest come in and they were great. The ports and excursions were very good. Most of the excursions brought you in to the old town area of the ports and provided an overview (about 2 - 3 hours). As we are accustomed to independent travel, we liked this format. We usually had several more hours in each city to explore at our leisure. Our favorite stop were the windmills in Kinderdijk. This was an rare opportunity to see 18 functioning windmills and to see how the Dutch used the windmills to drain their land. We had a wonderful time, met some wonderful people and am looking forward to our next Viking cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
Family members recommended it. Viking has good reputation. We had a great time and met many new friends. The crew knew our names by the second day. We had to change ships mid way due to low water levels. The whole process went ... Read More
Family members recommended it. Viking has good reputation. We had a great time and met many new friends. The crew knew our names by the second day. We had to change ships mid way due to low water levels. The whole process went unblemished with very little inconvenience for the passengers. Food was good. Some meals were better than others but generally good. It was a good idea to have left side of menu staying the same and right side changed daily. Breakfasts, especially choice of cheeses and pastry were great. Enjoyed the yogurt too. The wait staff did everything that they could to meet our requests. Also enjoyed the cocktail areas. The beverage package was a good deal. We enjoyed many evenings pre and post dinners sitting with new friends enjoying our cocktails-made to order. The excursions were good. It was lovely to start out at a reasonable time in the mornings-not the crack of dawn as other tours do. Also nice that we had leisure time that we could enjoy. Can't wait till the next cruise! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
First time on a Viking Cruise, but it will not be my last. The crew was very friendly and helpful during the cruise remembering names and what was your favorite beverage, the service in the dinning room was first rate, although the food ... Read More
First time on a Viking Cruise, but it will not be my last. The crew was very friendly and helpful during the cruise remembering names and what was your favorite beverage, the service in the dinning room was first rate, although the food could have been better, but the wine was excellent. The cabins were small but had everything you needed, you really don't spend much time in your cabin. The Director of Activity was wonderful she took care of everything on the excursions with out a problem. The excursions were interesting and you had time to be on your own, they were about 3 to 4 hrs. which was just right. Before dinner she would inform you of the next days activities, which was very helpful. We met a great group of people from all over the US and had a lot of fun. It was a very relaxing cruise if you are looking for lots of activities in the evening this is not for you, the entertainment was fine, piano music and dancing and some local entertainment. All in all it was just what i wanted and needed no packing and unpacking every night and I had time to just enjoy the beautiful Rhine. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We sailed August on Rhine Getaway from Amsterdam to Bazel looking forward to our first river cruise with Viking as we did Med odessey on Viking Star 2yrs ago. We were informed the day we sailed that possible river levels may effect our ... Read More
We sailed August on Rhine Getaway from Amsterdam to Bazel looking forward to our first river cruise with Viking as we did Med odessey on Viking Star 2yrs ago. We were informed the day we sailed that possible river levels may effect our cruise.When we were told on board 3 days later It all went pear shaped when we berthed at kioblenz and had to swap from HILn to Kara via a 3hr bus trip with no air conditioning in 30deg heat! The food and service on Kara was terrible in comparison to Hiln. On disembarking at Bazel we were told due to Koblenz excursion being cancelled an on board credit of $212Aud will be deposited into our bank in 10 working days, we still haven’t received this it is now Oct! With many email requests for refund payment and the terrible excuses after excuses (including we are changing our account system)we have now cancelled Viking Alaska 2020 lost cruise at the expense of our deposit paid, and now resided to the fact we will never see our on board AUD$212 again which is rightfully and lawfully ours.The last email we had a week ago was it will be paid on Monday night (Hasnt happened either) Viking have been dishonest and won’t give our refund back! Therefor we would never cruise or recommend Viking to anyone due to the mistreatment we have experienced. They did offer a $100 on board credit for our next cruise how shocking and rude is that! Princess Cruises here we come. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I've been reading about Viking river cruises for years in the brochures that arrive in my mailbox. Two years ago my sister and her husband took this trip. My sister (who is an avid complainer) not only had absolutely nothing to ... Read More
I've been reading about Viking river cruises for years in the brochures that arrive in my mailbox. Two years ago my sister and her husband took this trip. My sister (who is an avid complainer) not only had absolutely nothing to complain about, but raved about everything connected with their trip. That sold me. When my husband and I decided to give Viking a try, we chose the Rhine trip. Viking has an exceptional way of letting you research the ports you will visit, and details of excursions through their My Viking Journey portal on their web site. Since anticipation is a fun part of any trip, the portal really whets your appetite for the upcoming trip. Embarkation is beyond smooth. Our bags were whisked away to our cabin even before we climbed out of the cab that Viking had sent to pick us up at the airport. The ship, small by ocean cruse ships, was beautifully appointed and more than large enough to comfortably accommodate our 181 fellow passengers. Our cabin was very comfortable (loved the heated floor in the bathroom), pristinely clean, and taken care of by a steward who moved in and out quite unobtrusively with fresh flowers, fruit, and linens. The dining room was large enough to accommodate all guests at the same time, and there were no assigned tables/seating. The food was much better that any ocean cruise ship we've been on, and while there were not dozens of choices at each meal, there were more than enough to satisfy. Viking brings local artisans and artists onboard to entertain. From glassblowing to German folk music to classical strings, each experience was most enjoyable. The shore excursions were spot on. They showed us the medieval Europe that we came to see. Perhaps the most important thing here is that my husband is disabled (but not wheel chair bound). He was able to move about the ship easily. He was able to go on all of the included excursions (thanks to the "E" group that saw all the same sites as everyone else, but at a slower pace), and several of the optional excursions as well. The onboard staff as well as the tour guides and drivers were exceptionally knowledgeable, accommodating, and in most instances, just down right fun. We've already booked our next cruise - on the Danube! Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
A river cruise was attractive based on the size of vessel, the variety and attractiveness of destinations and number of destinations on a single trip. Had seen Viking advertisements over the years and had identified as something we were ... Read More
A river cruise was attractive based on the size of vessel, the variety and attractiveness of destinations and number of destinations on a single trip. Had seen Viking advertisements over the years and had identified as something we were interested in. Europe has been a targeted destination for years. The shore excursions included in the package were very good. They involved bus travel, walking and biking if you were interested. They gave you a good sense of your port destination and allowed plenty of time for your own exploration. We fully expect to take another Viking cruise in the future and have felt very comfortable recommending them to others. As a cautionary statement, while airport layovers are no fun, we would recommend allowing a little more time between flights going over as we missed our connection at Heathrow and almost didn't make embarkation. The extra days in Amsterdam at the end of our cruise were good idea. Viking was helpful in arranging transportation to airport even though had been off the boat for two days. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I always heard great reviews about Viking river cruises and perhaps I was expecting too much. I found the service on board the ship to actually be less than what we've received on Royal Caribbean or even Carnival. Our room was ok ... Read More
I always heard great reviews about Viking river cruises and perhaps I was expecting too much. I found the service on board the ship to actually be less than what we've received on Royal Caribbean or even Carnival. Our room was ok although we had to have them give us a clean duvet because ours had a huge footprint on it. That night I was too warm so the next morning I asked for a light blanket which they gave me but then took away the duvet so when the weather turned colder I froze. An extra blanket in the room would have been nice or even a sheet on the bed. There was no follow up to see if everything was ok. Another time we returned from an excursion and stood in line for the buffet only to have to wait several times because they ran out of items. You would think they would be prepared. The dinners were not all that great except for the last night. I had told them about my food allergies before the cruise but when I arrived no one seemed to know anything about them or asked me about them. My husband is lactose intolerant (which many people are) and he never could have the soup or most of the desserts. When he told the chef of his plight and suggested that it would be nice to have some selections that didn't include cream, the chef said he could leave it out of the recipe. Unfortunately leaving something out of the original recipe just doesn't taste right. An alternative selection would have been better. On the day that we sailed along all the castles, most everyone sat on the upper deck to see and hear about them ( which was excellent). It was very hot and not everyone could sit under the canopy. No one came around to offer water or drinks. When someone finally came with water the passengers all applauded. My husband and I filled out the survey at the end of the cruise and have also told our travel agency about our experiences. I have heard back from them but not a word from Viking. Kind of makes you think they really aren't interested in improving their cruise experience or they don't really care. Will I go one another Viking cruise? Probably not. Am I glad I went? Yes. I don think I could have seen all the sights I did. The excursions were good. So if you think that you'll be treated like "royalty" as some have mentioned, this may not be the case. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We saw a 2 for 1 deal and decided to try it. Read about Viking and saw many commercials but when I had several people tell me they just returned from a viking river cruise and loved it we were certain it was going to be great. We loved ... Read More
We saw a 2 for 1 deal and decided to try it. Read about Viking and saw many commercials but when I had several people tell me they just returned from a viking river cruise and loved it we were certain it was going to be great. We loved the small ship and less people onboard for a week of sailing. The Viking cruise line is a well oiled machine that runs like clockwork. We had a fabulous time and if there were any questions they were answered promptly. The excursions were very good, the food was fabulous, and the boat was very smooth, never felt any movement. We paid the extra $50 for airfare so we could decide on our flights and make changes if we needed to. This was wonderful and worth every penny. I did feel a few times that the physical ability of some guests may have caused them to not be able to participate in some of the excursions due to the walking and uneven road surfaces at the castles. It is stated in the description of the excursions how difficult they are or are not. But felt that some people should have be more prepared for the degree of difficulty. We had good entertainment, a classical night, a few game nights, cooking, etc, then there was always a pianist at the end of the night. I might suggest he learn a few more songs as we heard the same music every single night. The Viking Kara ship was always clean, never saw anything that would cause us to complain. There was some bird poo on the one dining window but don't know how they were going to clean that on our cruise ,so just looked past it! George was our program director and was a wonderful addition to the ship, we felt he did a top notch job. We had a small glitch at the start of our stay where our room was not available immediately but he treated us to a drink while they worked on the situation and then had a bottle of champagne and chocolates placed in our room for our inconvenience. That was a nice touch and we appreciated it. The bartenders, servers, chef, cooks, and housekeepers, captain and all others are so nice and funny and wiling to share their stories if you ask. They are amazing people. We will be traveling with viking again in the near future, and encourage others to try it for themselves. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Our cruise was outstanding! Every detail was perfect, food, our room, the service and our great excursions everyday! We met some very interesting people on the cruise and truly enjoyed every minute of every day. When we went On our planed ... Read More
Our cruise was outstanding! Every detail was perfect, food, our room, the service and our great excursions everyday! We met some very interesting people on the cruise and truly enjoyed every minute of every day. When we went On our planed excursions were organized very well and we had outstanding tour guides that really brought the cities alive with the history and all the details of each city. The staff was truly amazing and totally dedicated to exceeding our expectations at every turn. Our chef really bent over backwards to provide us with very delicious and local foods throughout our journey. George our program director made the voyage a delight. He was very thoughtful and made sure that we had all the details for every activity plan for each day. Our boat was beautiful luxurious and we really enjoyed the Celine portion of our trip as well. We had a unique experience of going through several locks on the Rhine which was truly a unique experience. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
As our first time in Europe we went on the Rhine River Cruise staring in Basel, Switzerland and last stop was Netherlands. What a beautiful trip, Viking did everything to make sure our trip was the best from the service, cabin, dinning, ... Read More
As our first time in Europe we went on the Rhine River Cruise staring in Basel, Switzerland and last stop was Netherlands. What a beautiful trip, Viking did everything to make sure our trip was the best from the service, cabin, dinning, entertainment and various activities. The rooms were very nice and you had all the amenities you would need. Storage was not a problem as the suitcase will fit under the bed and you a place to hang up clothes. One of things that was very nice is the Chief came out every night to make sure your dinner was great. Also we booked our airfare through Viking Air (this is must) as they were at the airport in Basel, Switzerland to meet us and take us to the hotel for the first two nights ( this is extra and well worth it) we had a two hour walking tours of Basel, Switzerland and they provided trams tickets for us to get around the city and see various things. This is a must if you are thinking of going to Europe. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
First impressions of the boat is that it is nothing like an ocean liner. But we found our time well spent. Dining: self seating made it possible for us to choose where we wanted to sit and with whom. This allowed travelers to mingle. ... Read More
First impressions of the boat is that it is nothing like an ocean liner. But we found our time well spent. Dining: self seating made it possible for us to choose where we wanted to sit and with whom. This allowed travelers to mingle. Wine and beer flowed freely at lunch and dinner, which surely added to the friendly atmosphere we have never before experienced on ocean cruises. Food was great and the service given with a smile. The Evening entertainment: piano player most nights in the lounge, But two nights the Program Director conducted fun games, which was fun. Other nights we had a classical music ensemble, and a pop group. Included Excursions: They were outstanding, far exceeding any cultural tours we took to-date. flights: The overnight flight to Amsterdam was very exhausting. Either upgrade to larger seats, or fly in the daytime a day or two ahead of embarkation. Dealing with the security lines once we returned to the states was a nightmare. 2 hours before we were able to retrieve our luggage! Time of year: end of March was too early to see spring colors. There were some clusters of daffodils in the Netherlands, and occasionally in Germany we saw some buds beginning to open nsome sheubs. It remained cloudy most days, with light rain. And it was moderately to very chilly cold every day. Over all. though, it was a wonderful experience. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Our first river cruise. Good value and opportunity to see Rhine sites. We were with another couple and greatly enjoyed the cruise, even though it was the cooler, wetter season. Ship's staff was so accommodating to our every need. Tour ... Read More
Our first river cruise. Good value and opportunity to see Rhine sites. We were with another couple and greatly enjoyed the cruise, even though it was the cooler, wetter season. Ship's staff was so accommodating to our every need. Tour guides were very good. Food and beverages were abundant and good quality. Very personal attention from staff, including captain. Being a small ship, 180 passengers, we always had excellent service. We arrived 2 days early in Amsterdam for site seeing and stayed at private accommodations. We explored the museums and sites on our own before arriving to the ship. We were met at the ship with our luggage which was transported on board for us to our statement room. We were very impressed with quality of the cruise and ship. So much so we have already signed up for one of their Ocean cruises. Looking forward to more great service at great value. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
we met up with some friends from the US (we are Canadian), and had an absolutely wonderful time. Our overseas flight landed at 7:30 am and we were at the ship by 9:00am. I was expecting them to store our luggage somewhere, not expecting ... Read More
we met up with some friends from the US (we are Canadian), and had an absolutely wonderful time. Our overseas flight landed at 7:30 am and we were at the ship by 9:00am. I was expecting them to store our luggage somewhere, not expecting our cabin to be ready. Much to our surprise, it was ready and we went and unpacked and had a little rest before getting off the ship to walk around for a while. The entire staff were very friendly and helpful. The included shore excursions were excellent with wonderful guides. It's so easy to meet new people on these small ships, which is why we like them. The Rhine was a new cruise to us and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We would probably like to try it again when perhaps Mother Nature made it a little warmer. The week was a little cool and wet, but we were prepared with proper clothing and umbrellas are a good idea. Trying some restaurants on land let us experience the local flavors. Can't wait to book our next one. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The Rhine Rivet ports of call were all new to me. The river cruise was the perfect way to experience all that was to be seen. Local color was featured on the daily shore excursions. Only on port of call’s shore excursion, the Black ... Read More
The Rhine Rivet ports of call were all new to me. The river cruise was the perfect way to experience all that was to be seen. Local color was featured on the daily shore excursions. Only on port of call’s shore excursion, the Black Forest,required a “long” bus ride. Although too long on the bus for me, the over all experience was worth the long bus ride. A stretch break was provided along the way. The on board experience was typical for river cruising. There was always plenty of evening activity provided by the crew or local guest performers. Meals were great and special needs were always taken care of. The crew was helpful, informative, and took care of the passengers wants and needs. The availability of coffee and tea throughout the Cruise was greatly appreciated. As a sailor, I wish I had more information about the river, the locks, and navigation aids along the river. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The Rhine was our second Viking river cruise. We did the Rhone the last time. Our plan is to work our way through many more of the Viking offerings as time passes. We've started with the eight day sailings in Western Europe. I ... Read More
The Rhine was our second Viking river cruise. We did the Rhone the last time. Our plan is to work our way through many more of the Viking offerings as time passes. We've started with the eight day sailings in Western Europe. I was eager to see Switzerland again, so the start in Basel and tours of the Alsace made the decision for us. We toured Basel, and along with Colmar and the Alsace, were totally entranced with the charm, culture, architecture and cuisine that we experienced on the Rhine. The very capable and personable tour guides deepened our appreciation as they provided keen insights into history and current relevance of the various regions. Every aspect of the Viking experience can only be described with superlatives. The ships and their attractive, comfortable and ingeniously designed cabins and the common areas demonstrate that Viking is dedicated to providing a 5 star environment to its passengers. Being a "foodie", I can attest that dining offerings, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner the meals are excellent and often reflect the cuisine of the area you are touring. But special kudos go the the staff and crew on Viking. These are an elite group of the most professional, attentive, personable (yet unimposing) people who maintain a sense of luxury and personal service that is unrivaled. My compliments to Viking for their high standards in staff and crew selection. Viking is now part of our consideration for any vacation planning. In fact we are scheduled for a Viking ocean cruise in the Caribbean in just a few weeks. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
The Viking River cruise was beyond our expectations! The food was wonderful, both on the ship and the local eateries at each port allowing us to get a taste of all the local flavors. The staff were fun, helpful, professional and very ... Read More
The Viking River cruise was beyond our expectations! The food was wonderful, both on the ship and the local eateries at each port allowing us to get a taste of all the local flavors. The staff were fun, helpful, professional and very knowledgable about the regions we were traveling to. The captain was great - making a point to greet and chat with every passanger. The staterooms were clean, comfortable and very functional - loved the heated floors and mirrors. The onboard amenities such as laundry and mailing postcards were just a couple of the added perks that made the experience that much more thoughtful. The shore excursions were more than we could have imaged - great walking tours, comfortable coach buses to get us there and local guides added a whole other level of authenticity and credentials to the experience and the information they were sharing. We loved every part of our trip! Can not wait for our next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose Viking because it was recommended by a family member as something to try. We traveled from Amsterdam Netherlands to Basel Switzerland on the Rhine river and an additional two nights in Lucerne. From the moment we arrived the ... Read More
We chose Viking because it was recommended by a family member as something to try. We traveled from Amsterdam Netherlands to Basel Switzerland on the Rhine river and an additional two nights in Lucerne. From the moment we arrived the hospitality was outstanding. The room was enough for us. We had a slider to view the surroundings and had plenty of space. Everything on the ship was quickly accessible due to the size of the Kara. With only about 185 guests on the Kara we felt more relaxed than on a cruise with 3000 other people. The excursions were educational and fun; seeing Cologne Cathedral up close was breathtaking! We always enjoyed walking through castles like Marksburg or towns like Kinderdjik with the windmills, Rudesheim and Strasbourg. There is a walking track on the top deck. We traversed the track many times to burn off a few calories from the day. After dinner we would walk and see what the countries looked like at night. Every morning we enjoyed the breakfast buffet with an assortment of fruit, pastries, cereal, omelettes made to order and much more. Lunch could be had in the dining room or a lighter fair on the terrace. Before dinner we went to the lounge for a cocktail or two. The dinners reflected the places visited and were very good. The complimentary beer and wine were a nice touch during lunch and dinner. We got to know the wait staff who were exceptionally accommodating and friendly! We have been on other cruise lines, but none compare with Viking. We had such a very good time on this cruise, enough to sign up for the Viking ocean cruise from Bergen Norway to Barcelona Spain. We recommend this cruise line to all!!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Viking Kara Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.1
Public Rooms 5.0 4.7
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 4.0 4.7
Enrichment 4.0 4.5
Service 4.0 4.8
Value For Money 3.0 4.4
Rates 4.0 N/A

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