3 Viking River Viking Vili Cruise Reviews

This was our first (and last?) river cruise. While it was nice seeing all the cities along the way and only having to unpack once, the time spent on the ship was quite boring. There is very little to do due to the smallness of the ship. ... Read More
This was our first (and last?) river cruise. While it was nice seeing all the cities along the way and only having to unpack once, the time spent on the ship was quite boring. There is very little to do due to the smallness of the ship. The top deck was closed for 3 consecutive days due to the low bridges we went under. The entertainment mostly was just the piano player and a female singer. At 9pm, they turned up the volume so it was uncomfortable to listen. Most people just sat around and read books - something they can do at home for free. The ship was very clean as was our room. The crew was very efficient in what they did and very helpful. The food was OK. An issue was that there was a single seating for dinner which began at 7pm each night. So, you were not finished until at least 8:30. For my wife with acid reflux, eating this late (and too close to bed time) eventually caused her digestion issues. The WiFi on the ship as poor. There was an adequate signal in the lounge, but bad in most other areas of the ship. They had a disclaimer saying to expect the WiFi signal to be spotty due to losing contact when going under bridges or in the locks or river valleys; however, there is no reason to have dead areas on the ship - put in some extra hot-spots around the ship. Due to the overly laid back nature of the river cruise, this will probably be our last. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
Lets start by saying that Viking River Cruises are not cheap. The 14 day Rhine and Danube cruise rounds out at about $1000/day per couple. For that price, you get a well organized cruise. Small but efficient accomodation. Limited space on ... Read More
Lets start by saying that Viking River Cruises are not cheap. The 14 day Rhine and Danube cruise rounds out at about $1000/day per couple. For that price, you get a well organized cruise. Small but efficient accomodation. Limited space on the ship and bridge inaccessible for aboit half the cruise. Shore excursions involve a lot of walking. The Danube is low on water, so you have to change ship at the middle of the trip. Main complaint is the food. Breakfast and lunch are OK but dinner is not up to par, at least not for the price. If you are not into food, then you are OK, but if you are a gourmet, forget this cruise line. Wine and beer are abundant, but run of the mill stuff. Ordinary table wine. Again, NOT WORTH THE PRICE! Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We always wanted to do a European river cruise. After reviewing 5 different companies we choose Viking mainly due to price. We did the Amsterdam to Budapest cruise. Remember your paying almost $600 per couple per night for these ... Read More
We always wanted to do a European river cruise. After reviewing 5 different companies we choose Viking mainly due to price. We did the Amsterdam to Budapest cruise. Remember your paying almost $600 per couple per night for these cruises. The rooms were very nice - no complaints. The food was good but the portion sizes were random. One night your fish order would be a substantial 3" x 6" fillet and the next night it would be 2" x 4". Service on the Vili was excellent. However, because of low water due to drought we switched ships in the Danube canal and did the second half of our trip on the Viking Mimir. The service on this ship was not nearly as good as the Vili. It was noticeably a less attentive - it took longer to get waited on and served, water and wine were not refilled unless you made a request. I was also disappointed in the excursions. While they were nice they were not nearly as exclusive as the marketing people lead you to believe. To me they were on par with what you would get on a bus land tour. We had friends do the same cruise on another line and their excursions seemed to be much more intimate and exclusive. One thing they don't put in the marketing brochures is that for 5 days of this trip, they close the top deck due to bridge height so you are restricted to the inside of the ship or the bow. This is a real bummer and came as a big surprise. For the money paid I would look at alternatives cruise lines or alternative itineraries. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
Viking Vili Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.6
Dining 4.0 4.6
Entertainment 3.0 4.2
Public Rooms 4.0 4.5
Fitness Recreation 1.0 3.6
Family 1.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 5.0 4.6
Enrichment 4.0 4.5
Service 5.0 4.7
Value For Money 4.0 4.2

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