1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2017
We always talked about going to Europe when we retired and felt that a river cruise could give us that opportunity. We stayed for an extra 2 days in Budapest prior to our cruise along with an extra 2 days in Amsterdam at the end of the ... Read More
We always talked about going to Europe when we retired and felt that a river cruise could give us that opportunity. We stayed for an extra 2 days in Budapest prior to our cruise along with an extra 2 days in Amsterdam at the end of the cruise. These extra days gave us more opportunity to explore these 2 cities. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly and only took a matter of minutes. Our cabin provided ample room for the time that we actually spent in it. The dining was excellent and we really appreciated it that we were not assigned seating. This gave us the ability to seat at different tables and visit with numerous people. Most of our waiters were excellent. The excursions were fantastic and we have ample time to explore the different cities on our own. We tried to take as many extra excursions as we could. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
Always wanted to go to Normandy and Paris. It was everything I hoped for and more. The tour of the beaches at Normandy and the cemetery was very moving and special. Also, the special service with the park staff that was held for our ... Read More
Always wanted to go to Normandy and Paris. It was everything I hoped for and more. The tour of the beaches at Normandy and the cemetery was very moving and special. Also, the special service with the park staff that was held for our tour was a deep and meaningful time. The German bunkers and gun emplacements were not expected a a nice surprise. Paris was also a wonderful city. We really enjoy the smaller towns more than the large cities but Paris was very nice. We enjoyed the Eiffel Tower by day and by night. The Arch de Triumph was as beautiful as expected. On board the Modi, the crew interacted with the passengers daily. We really enjoyed the daily briefings and the Chef's daily recommendations. Food and service were excellent. Viking took care of our every need - from water during the excursions to having umbrellas available. We were fortunate that it only rained slightly on two days and neither interfered with our tours. Looking forward to our next cruise with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
We chose this time to travel because it is normally so Hot and Humid in Houston Texas, and we wanted to avoid the heat. We arrived 2 days early in Amsterdam to adjust to the time change before the cruise and see more sights in Amsterdam. ... Read More
We chose this time to travel because it is normally so Hot and Humid in Houston Texas, and we wanted to avoid the heat. We arrived 2 days early in Amsterdam to adjust to the time change before the cruise and see more sights in Amsterdam. We learned too late that the way to travel from the airport to the City was via the public rail transit. It is cheap and reliable. Buy a day pass for the number of days you are in Amsterdam. Once on the Modi, Viking handled everything for us - We has booked a AA-Veranda Suite and it was well worth the extra $$ - we had a seating area that made it relaxing in our room and this level offers free laundry ( which we started using after a few days into the cruise). The room was on the highest deck which was much quieter than the decks below, especially going through the Locks. The open seating was fun as we shared meals with people from all over the world. the quality of food was outstanding. I got to explain the US Electoral College to several people that were interested in the USA election for President and were wondering why it was not only the popular vote. One set of friends we met will meet us on our next Viking Cruise in January 2019. The included tours were always good and the extra tours purchased ahead of time were also fun and entertaining. Don't miss Salisbury - it was fun with scenes where The Sound of Music was filmed.We especially enjoyed the grand tour of Vienna - Waltz dance lessons, a fabulous lunch at a famous restaurant, and a walking/bus tour of Vienna with a spectacular guide. Did I mention the FOOD on board was Spectacular? Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2017
Friends had done the same cruise and highly recommended it... they were right! Budapest is a wonderful city to start a cruise and Amsterdam was a great destination. We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 weeks aboard "Modi". We enjoyed such ... Read More
Friends had done the same cruise and highly recommended it... they were right! Budapest is a wonderful city to start a cruise and Amsterdam was a great destination. We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 weeks aboard "Modi". We enjoyed such beautiful scenery, interesting towns and cities and found that river cruising is a really "civilized" way to travel. We were so impressed by the crew and serving staff. They were very well trained and very professional. Our friends told us the food was going to be good and it certainly was, in fact it was excellent. The on shore excursions were well planned and informative. The onboard musical entertainment was very good and the "information talks" were very well done. Our cruise exceeded our expectations and we found that Viking is very good value. As our friends did, we'll be recommending Viking to anyone we know that expresses an interest in European river cruising. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2017
This was our first river cruise (we have had several sea cruises, not with Viking). We had two reasons to try a river cruise. First, several friends recommended river cruises very highly. Second, my wife does not enjoy sea days, and ... Read More
This was our first river cruise (we have had several sea cruises, not with Viking). We had two reasons to try a river cruise. First, several friends recommended river cruises very highly. Second, my wife does not enjoy sea days, and there are no sea days on a river cruise. We specifically chose Viking because (1) friends recommended it, (2) because of the large number of ships Viking seems more flexible in handling emergent waterway conditions, and (3) a comparison with other lines convinced me that Viking was well priced. We had a deluxe stateroom (water level) and it was very nice. Through folks we met on the cruise we did visit other types of rooms. While a veranda room would have been great, we found our less expensive room to be quite nice and met all our needs. The beds are great, by the way. We looked forward to dining and being able to share time and a meal with new friends met on the boat. The food was always quite nice and the service staff was quite capable and responsive. One bit of advice - try both sides of the dining room. The service was much better on the port side than it was on the starboard side. Embarkation and debarkation were quite efficient and first-rate. We did a pre-stay extension in Budapest and a post-stay in Amsterdam. I highly recommend both. Both hotels were well located for visiting many attractions just by walking or a short tram ride. I probably should write-up our Budapest and Amsterdam visits as there are a lot of good things I could say about those cities. Would we do it again? Well, we did by $100 discount vouchers for our next trip . . . Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2017
Our ship was clean and comfortable. The entire crew from the Captain to dining room wait staff were all extremely helpful and friendly. It was obvious they truly enjoyed their jobs. The breakfasts, lunches and dinners were all ... Read More
Our ship was clean and comfortable. The entire crew from the Captain to dining room wait staff were all extremely helpful and friendly. It was obvious they truly enjoyed their jobs. The breakfasts, lunches and dinners were all outstanding. Our wait staff was so on top of things that often they arrived at the table with our "usual favorite drink" before we even asked. The onboard presentations about areas we were going to visit next were very informative and added a lot to your next day's excursion. All our excursions were lead by local guides that very knowledgeable and excited to show us their home towns. We took the optional excursion to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, which was one of my favorite stops on our cruise. Our Program Director was wonderful. Very knowledgeable and informative during her nightly presentations. Would recommend this cruise to everyone. Would go again in a heartbeat! Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
Our journey began in the charming city of Budapest. We thoroughly enjoyed being in the old city in the evening when the lights turned it into a magical scene. This was just the start of a beautiful trip. We had been warmly welcomed ... Read More
Our journey began in the charming city of Budapest. We thoroughly enjoyed being in the old city in the evening when the lights turned it into a magical scene. This was just the start of a beautiful trip. We had been warmly welcomed at the airport by the Viking staff. The same courtesy was extended on our entire voyage by all of Viking's people whether it was in the restaurants or elsewhere on the Modi. All of our questions were answered in a gracious manner. These people helped to make our tour a very pleasant experience. The charm of the European cities on The Grand European Tour made history come alive for us. We enjoyed visiting the well preserved palaces and churches that are characteristic of this area. Strolling through the cobblestone cities and sampling the pastries was fun. There were times when we sat on our balcony or went to the sun deck to view the beautiful scenery we were passing. The actual trip along the rivers was more enchanting than the advertisements we had seen on television that had served to entice us into taking our first river cruise. On board the ship we were entertained by both Viking musicians and those from local areas who came to share their music with us. We liked the apple strudel cooking activity. Our favorite was listening to and watching the glass blower create his art. Our visit to Amsterdam was an extended one. Here we found that Viking's service provided us with the transportation we needed to reach our hotel and days later to travel to the airport. Read Less
Sail Date: May 2017
This was an area of Europe that we wanted to see. We stayed in Budapest on our own 5 days prior to the cruise and in Amsterdam on our own 5 days after the cruise which we would highly recommend. The cruise lines add on before or after the ... Read More
This was an area of Europe that we wanted to see. We stayed in Budapest on our own 5 days prior to the cruise and in Amsterdam on our own 5 days after the cruise which we would highly recommend. The cruise lines add on before or after the cruise was quite pricey and one could find as nice of accommodations at a lower price if one was willing to do a little work on their own or with their travel agent. We thought the ships docked right in the towns we stopped and one could walk off of the ship and into the town on your own. This happened in a few cities but many stops were in a industrial area of the city or quite a distance from the city and we had to be bused to the city and were bound by the return bus schedule not allowing for the free time we had hoped for. Local entertainment and speakers were very good and enjoyable. The staff was always cheerful and friendly and a pleasure to be with. The food was okay but not the quality we were expecting on a highly rated cruise line. Beer and wine during lunch and dinner was a nice feature. The included excursions were well planned out and the local guides were a nice bonus. Many of the optional tours were long and gave no time for one to relax and enjoy the cruise port. Overall a fun trip and the entire trip was enjoyable. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2017
it covered five countries with a great departure point. The staff on board were polite, friendly and very personable. The service and food were impeccable. Our Program Director seemed to be everywhere at once and never seemed to sleep and ... Read More
it covered five countries with a great departure point. The staff on board were polite, friendly and very personable. The service and food were impeccable. Our Program Director seemed to be everywhere at once and never seemed to sleep and he had boundless energy. We had one little glitch in Regensburg where we had to stay an extra day as the river was too high. In true Viking fashion, we were transported by Mercedes to the next port and provided lunch with beer and wine and our included excursion. They provided escorts and up to date information on what was happening. The ports and excursions provided a lot of historic background which made us able to understand some of current situations. At the end of the cruise, we took an extension to Prague. The included and optional excursions were fantastic. The only bad part was the Corinthia Hotel in Prague where the air conditioning did not work. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2017
WE arrived in Amsterdam after an overnight flight from ATL-AMS on KLM. Great flight and crew with KLM. Viking met us at baggage claim and gave us VIP treatment to ship. (Our airfare was part of the cruise fare.) We had made the same ... Read More
WE arrived in Amsterdam after an overnight flight from ATL-AMS on KLM. Great flight and crew with KLM. Viking met us at baggage claim and gave us VIP treatment to ship. (Our airfare was part of the cruise fare.) We had made the same cruise about 8-9 years ago Budapest to Amsterdam on Viking but this was in the opposite direction. (AMS-BUD). What a big improvement in the MODI over our previous Viking ship! While we had "basement" cabins both cruises, Modi was much improved with bigger cabin and bathroom. Really enjoyed the big screen TV and outside cameras of locks and scenery. Attention to service from the crew was outstanding! Especially in dining and bar areas. All made us feel special and the extra attention we haven't seen on the many ocean cruises we have made in the past. There was more transporting by bus than we had on previous cruise but we understand why since ship can't count on lock availability when needed since locks are so much busier now and cruise lines can not get scheduled lock times like they used to have. Viking has a fleet of dedicated Viking buses to handle us and does it well. Only complaint is we sometimes had long waits in towns to get back to ship but understand the logistics of getting the ship, passengers and buses together at the same time. It boils down to --river cruising has become very popular in Europe and there is just so much room for docking in town. The tours were very nice and well staffed with qualified guides. Headsets were great and needed by us older folks! Ports were well thought out and really interesting. Due to high water for passing under bridges, we were unable to make the wine tour of the Wachau Valley but do understand it was no fault of Viking. Only negative comment about the cruise. We were one of three couples on the cruise. WE all bought trip cancellation from Viking. One of our couples had a medical problem and had to return home early and 2 1/2 months later, they are still waiting for insurance co. to settle up with them for their airfare home and other parts of the cruise they were unable to complete. Viking was very helpful to them in arranging for airfare home at a more reasonable fare than the airlines offered. Also, folks at front desk on ship were very helpful in arranging transportation for the other two couples from BUD-Prague at the end of the cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2017
We wanted to see the rivers and cities on the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers. Everything was first class. We liked our cabin, #320. The ship is beautifully appointed in all public areas, as well as in our cabin. The service was always ... Read More
We wanted to see the rivers and cities on the Danube, Main, and Rhine Rivers. Everything was first class. We liked our cabin, #320. The ship is beautifully appointed in all public areas, as well as in our cabin. The service was always cheerful, friendly, and quick. All the meals were delicious and had many different items available. The meals emphasized local specialties such as goulash near Budapest and local style sausages in Germany. Local musicians came on board in several ports to play local music. The cruise director, Lubo, was awesome. He was always present making sure that all guests got where they needed to go and got back to the boat on time. Both the included and the extra cost shore excursions were very interesting and the local guides were very well informed. Highlights for us were the tour of the Jewish cemetery in Wertheim, where we learned so much about the Nazi era in Germany; the tour of the upper levels of Cologne Cathedral with its stunning views and fascinating history; and the tour of Koekenhof Garden near Amsterdam with its 7 million blooming bulbs. We met many interesting people on the boat and always had pleasant companions at meals. We were met at the airport upon arrival and were provided with transport to the airport for departure. I can't say enough good things about the whole experience and hope to travel with Viking again soon. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
This was our first European river cruise, though we had already enjoyed a river cruise in China and an ocean cruise in the Mediterranean, both with Viking, both excellent. The level of service on board was outstanding, even given that we ... Read More
This was our first European river cruise, though we had already enjoyed a river cruise in China and an ocean cruise in the Mediterranean, both with Viking, both excellent. The level of service on board was outstanding, even given that we had the Explorer's suite. The spacious accommodations were truly luxurious, and we particularly appreciated the perks that were included (fresh flowers, bottomless minibar, laundry service, 24-hour room service, Silver Spirits package, etc.). Food was excellent as usual, with a wide range of entrees at dinner and plenty of choice at buffet breakfasts and lunch. Table service was friendly and efficient. On board entertainment was varied and interesting; we had a hands-on lesson in strudel-making, a glass-blowing demonstration, numerous talks on local history and geography, and a German Night with local musicians and local food. The resident musicians were a talented singer/guitarist and an accomplished pianist, each with an impressively wide repertoire. Shore excursions were well-chosen and well-organized, with personable and knowledgeable local guides, while leaving enough free time to explore the various ports of call on one's own. Overall the cruise was a very enjoyable, interesting and rewarding experience. We are booked on a Viking ocean cruise to the West Indies in December. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2017
Our first river cruise and the Grand European on Viking Modi exceeded our expectations. Ship and crew were top rate and took care of all our needs. Our luggage was lost and they located it and had it delivered to our cabin. Just an example ... Read More
Our first river cruise and the Grand European on Viking Modi exceeded our expectations. Ship and crew were top rate and took care of all our needs. Our luggage was lost and they located it and had it delivered to our cabin. Just an example of the great service. The cruise stops and tours were excellent with very knowledgeable guides. Our Cruise Director Lubo made everything run seamlessly. It was a whirlwind tour of the cities and countries due to the itinerary, but it gave us a great overview and some free time in each city. Budapest was the highlight and an unexpected surprise. Meeting the other people on the ship was the best part of the cruise and we have many new friends from all over the world. Food was good and plentiful. They also kept the wine flowing at lunch and dinner. I can't recommend this cruise and Viking highly enough! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2016
We chose Viking’s Grand European cruise because I wanted to see the Robber Baron's' castles on the Rhine. We did that and so much more. Viking Modi traveled from Budapest to Amsterdam on three rivers and two canals. We passed ... Read More
We chose Viking’s Grand European cruise because I wanted to see the Robber Baron's' castles on the Rhine. We did that and so much more. Viking Modi traveled from Budapest to Amsterdam on three rivers and two canals. We passed through 68 locks and under a multitude of bridges. Our onshore excursions took us to castles and palaces, cathedrals and synagogues, marketplaces and cemeteries, cities and towns. Expert tour guides explained art and history. We ate marvelous food and drank excellent wines. We made friends and shared experiences with other mature, educated passengers who wanted to learn about the world and were more interested in education than entertainment. I climbed to the top of a cathedral, made weisswurst in Germany, attended a Mozart and Strauss concert in Vienna, and saw masterpieces in Amsterdam's two world-class museums. Our journey was as busy and as relaxing as we wanted it to be. The crew treated us like royalty every mile of the way. This was our second Viking River Cruise and we are both eager to take another one. I recommend Viking highly to all my friends and relatives. You can read more about my Viking Grand European Cruise on my blog at: • That Little Old Wurstmaker, Me: http://bit.ly/2fK2gwL • Low Bridges and High Castles: http://aknextphase.com/low-bridges-and-high-castles/ • The 68 River Locks from Budapest to Amsterdam: http://aknextphase.com/68-river-locks-from-budapest-to-amsterdam/ • Our Viking European River Cruise: http://aknextphase.com/viking-european-river-cruise/ o Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We wanted to try a slower paced cruise and fell in love with Viking Cruises. We arrived a couple of days before we set sail to explore our destination city of Amsterdam and stayed again in Budapest after the cruise which I'd highly ... Read More
We wanted to try a slower paced cruise and fell in love with Viking Cruises. We arrived a couple of days before we set sail to explore our destination city of Amsterdam and stayed again in Budapest after the cruise which I'd highly recommend. Viking staff are top notch and our cruise director was the best. Because of low waters on the river we had to change ships and it was handled so smoothly we hardly missed a beat. Food was excellent, excursions were wonderful and so interesting and the onboard entertainment was very good. As the ship is smaller than large cruise liners we made friends easily and met some wonderful people from different parts of the world. Our dinner table was always a great place to catch up on our days activities. We have taken many other cruises but river cruising is by far the most relaxing. We loved every minute and have already booked again for August 2017. Can highly recommend Viking River Cruises. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
All of our cruise was fabulous! We added a land portion in Ghent and Brugges for two nights which was very interesting. Then we boarded the Viking Modi in Amsterdam. The windmills in Holland were so picturesque and very historical to ... Read More
All of our cruise was fabulous! We added a land portion in Ghent and Brugges for two nights which was very interesting. Then we boarded the Viking Modi in Amsterdam. The windmills in Holland were so picturesque and very historical to visit. The glass blower on board ship was very entertaining and a fun way to purchase gifts for back home. Our trip to Salzburg was a very special treat since we are both retired music directors and we were fascinated to walk in Mozart's steps, etc. In short, we loved all the individual countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria & Hungary), all of the excursions that we offered plus the additional ones we booked, the wonderful food on board, our cosy cabin, great service, fabulous cruise director. Our extra land cruise in Budapest was slightly too long. All in all, we couldn't have been happier. Thanks for a fabulous time! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Don't have time for a long review. We had a deluxe veranda room. At first look, it seemed small, but everything was laid out nicely so it didn't seem cramped. The Modi itself seemed quite new...everything was nice and shiny. The ... Read More
Don't have time for a long review. We had a deluxe veranda room. At first look, it seemed small, but everything was laid out nicely so it didn't seem cramped. The Modi itself seemed quite new...everything was nice and shiny. The service staff were excellent, led by the cruise director, Joey. The food aboard was really good...enjoyed both the set meals and the buffet. The lounge is very comfortable to sit and read. There wasn't much in the way of entertainment....a piano bar and a couple of guest performers. Really enjoyed all the ports. We did the "extension" run by Viking in Prague at the beginning of the trip. All the details, including the transfer to the ship were top notch. One thing I really appreciated with Viking was the quality of their tour guides....every one knew just about every detail of your port and they all spoke very clear English. My previous cruise was with Celebrity in the Adriatic and their guides had such prominent accents they were unintelligible over the whisper headset. None of that with Viking. All the ports were really interesting. once or twice I felt we didn't have enough free time, but for the most part I was satisfied. I definitely plan on returning to both Budapest and Vienna for a more in depth visit on a future date. One day is just enough to scratch the surface. Highly recommend this cruise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2016
We had done several other self drive river cruises in France and one Viking France river cruise and loved all. So we decided to do something longer and less stressful than another self drive version. Really enjoyed it all especially the ... Read More
We had done several other self drive river cruises in France and one Viking France river cruise and loved all. So we decided to do something longer and less stressful than another self drive version. Really enjoyed it all especially the up front extension time in Budapest and all the shore excursions. In hind sight we should have extended also in at least one more venue. We will think more carefully on that next time. Besides Regensberg and its glass shop and the sausage restaurant we were especially impressed by the windmills park in Holland. We had no idea that there is so much interesting technology involved in windmills, lots of fun was that shore excursion. The meals on board the Modi were generally good and we found the fellow passengers friendly and easy to talk with. However the Modi meals we felt were not as good as those on the Rhone river Viking cruise a few years back. On board service by all the crew was really excellent !! It would have been nice to visit some real German wineries but we missed the one offered for some reason. Would like to try another Viking in 2018. Read Less
Sail Date: August 2016
We wanted a great experience and this far surpassed our expectations! We went from Amsterdam to Budapest and then extended our trip with three extra days in Prague. The ship was beautiful, the crew/staff were absolutely wonderful, ... Read More
We wanted a great experience and this far surpassed our expectations! We went from Amsterdam to Budapest and then extended our trip with three extra days in Prague. The ship was beautiful, the crew/staff were absolutely wonderful, professional and very friendly. The food was delicious--five star dining at each meal. Shipboard entertainment/activities were great. I think I danced in the lounge every night and the guest entertainment/activities (i.e. glassblower, opera singers, classical quartet) were excellent. We met people from all over the world and made many friends--that have endured. The port/shore excursions were fun, informative and very interesting. I'm a lover of history so the Unesco sites we visited were especially riveting. I think of this trip every single day--no joke! I would go on the Grand European tour again in a heartbeat! All in all, I would encourage people to consider going on this cruise and if possible, choose the Viking Modi. They will not regret it and the memories made will last a lifetime! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
Wanted a full European river cruise and this was it. Great service - better than great - it was excellent. Loved the include excursions at every port. Tour guides were locals who really knew their town and its history. Ship crew was ... Read More
Wanted a full European river cruise and this was it. Great service - better than great - it was excellent. Loved the include excursions at every port. Tour guides were locals who really knew their town and its history. Ship crew was wonderful in every respect. Chef was great, Program Director was very entertaining, all levels of the crew pitched in where ever needed. Going through the many locks was interesting. Went through 4 countries and along the Rhine, Main, the canal and the Danube. Countryside with all the castles and vineyards was very relaxing. River cruising was much more relaxed than ocean cruising. Spent a couple of extra days in Amsterdam prior to the cruise and a few days in Prague after the cruise. Overall, the entire trip was much better than I expected. We are looking forward to a trip through France as our next river cruise and we would definitely cruise with Viking again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
The cruise was outstanding. Spent 2 days in Budapest before the cruise. Budapest is a wonderful city with so many beautiful sites. Very easy to get around. Stayed in Hilton hotel in Pest which had a wonderful view of the city ... Read More
The cruise was outstanding. Spent 2 days in Budapest before the cruise. Budapest is a wonderful city with so many beautiful sites. Very easy to get around. Stayed in Hilton hotel in Pest which had a wonderful view of the city Embarkation was very easy. The ship was wonderful and the staff was very attentive and helpful. The food was excellent. Have to commend the cruise director who booked a private tour of sound of music movie sites in Salzburg that was wonderful and very reasonable in price. She went beyond expectations and spent a lot of time arranging this. The staff on board was very friendly and helpful at all times. The staff and Viking cruise line did a wonderful job working around a delay caused by high water that allowed us to get to all destinations without having to change ships. Rooms were very nice and similar in size to a sea cruise except veranda is much smaller. Room attendant was very helpful and did a wonderful job. All the included shore excursions were very nice and gave a quick overview of each stop. Most of the guides were very good. I would highly recommend this trip for allowing you to see the cities up close and personal which you cant do on a sea cruise. The castles were wonderful and so common. Lots of history which was fun and so interesting . More than what I expected!! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2016
15 days just seemed like a good length of time to spend on, what we thought was going to be, a relaxing cruise through Europe. After spending three teriffic days in Prague, we were bussed to Buddapest where my wife fell on the cobblestones ... Read More
15 days just seemed like a good length of time to spend on, what we thought was going to be, a relaxing cruise through Europe. After spending three teriffic days in Prague, we were bussed to Buddapest where my wife fell on the cobblestones and scraped her knee pretty badly. So she limped through the tours provided, and even fell again in one of the castles. But she was having such a good time on the ship, and on the tours, that you would never know she was "wounded." When we got home, I asked her what she thought of the cruise. We cruise quite a bit (3 or 4 times a year) so I was anxious to hear what she was going to say. She said she thought it was one of our two best cruises ever. I thought about her answer, and I agreed. It ranked right up there with our cruise in Tahiti and the Society Islands. Enough cannot be said about how the Viking crew/staff treated us passengers. There was nothing they wouldn't do for us. They were great. So, besides the two falls, this trip was super. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2016
ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!! GREATEST VACTION WE'VE EVER BEEN ON!!!!! From the moment we landed at the Budapest airport the Viking team was on the ball. You are welcomed on board the ship with a complimentary drink and escorted ... Read More
ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!!!! GREATEST VACTION WE'VE EVER BEEN ON!!!!! From the moment we landed at the Budapest airport the Viking team was on the ball. You are welcomed on board the ship with a complimentary drink and escorted directly to our room and then enjoyed lunch. Throughout the entire trip one meal after the other was outstanding. All of our wait staff (Raul, Stan, and Mai) made every meal a great experience. Because of the wide variety and tastes of the soups at lunch I've become a soup eater back home. The Viking crew was always on the ball, they were organized and planned ahead for issues that happen on a River Cruise. Can't wait to do it again and YES it will be on Viking. Our tour director Dawn worked hard to make sure that our excursions went smoothly even though we high a problem with high river water which caused us to fall almost a full day behind on the cruise portion. Because of Vikings great service the arranged for slightly longer bus trips, etc. so that we did not miss one of the planned destinations. The Captain and crew worked hard to catch up once water levels reduced and our trip ended exactly as planned. Only suggestion I would make to anyone is to extend your trip at the end. We got to tour our embarkation city (Budapest) but only got to see Amsterdam on a bus going to the airport. By staying with the extension, you get to see both. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2016
I was pleasantly surprised with the service that Viking provided. Transfers to and from airports were effortless for the traveler. Accommodations on the ship were excellent: a well thought out stateroom with plenty of room in bedroom and ... Read More
I was pleasantly surprised with the service that Viking provided. Transfers to and from airports were effortless for the traveler. Accommodations on the ship were excellent: a well thought out stateroom with plenty of room in bedroom and bath. The ship was beautiful, food delicious, and the staff was friendly and very considerate. Viking thinks of every detail: Bottled water in the room, umbrellas for rainy weather, easy to use audio system for guided tours (which were excellent), and afternoon cookies waiting upon arrival from that guided tour. The ports and excursions included in the tour were interesting, beautiful, and historically significant. The entertainment and special events on board such as a cooking demonstration or other cultural program from the area were interesting. Before the cruise we visited Ghent and Bruges which were excellent locations to view historical and picturesque sites. We added on a stay in Budapest at the end of the trip, which I highly recommend, as there is so much to see and do in this city. We stayed at the Hilton overlooking the Danube and city below. Unbelievable views! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We arrived in Amsterdam after a long plane trip from Atlanta. We were tired and it was raining in Amsterdam so we boarded the ship and stayed on board. We were welcomed at the airport by a Viking representative who was very solicitous and ... Read More
We arrived in Amsterdam after a long plane trip from Atlanta. We were tired and it was raining in Amsterdam so we boarded the ship and stayed on board. We were welcomed at the airport by a Viking representative who was very solicitous and assisted with collecting our luggage and getting us promptly to the ship. We had an excellent room and could go out on our patio or to the outside deck area any time to enjoy the scenery, sit and visit, read, or... The Viking staff took excellent care of our room and provided assistance where and when needed. The restaurant was excellent - great food, fantastic service, great views as we cruised, and many opportunities to meet and visit with fellow travelers. We had time to share food and wine with people from various parts of the United States, Canada, Ireland, England, and Australia. The staff serving in the restaurant, as well as in other public areas, were from a number of European countries - they spoke excellent English and, when engaged, shared information about their home countries. We enjoyed the entertainment and always looked forward to presentations by our Cruise Director. The tours included with the cruise were excellent as were the optional tours we took. The guides were knowledgeable and communicated well. They were from the areas we were touring and so were able to provide a better tour. At the end of the cruise portion of our trip we did a three day extension to/in Prague. Viking staff took care of us the whole time we were there. Our tours were also conducted by Viking contracted guides and were very knowledgeable. Viking staff got us from Budapest to Prague, were there at the hotel when we needed assistance, and got us to the airport and through the check-in process. There were lots of opportunities to see and take pictures of the sights along the Rhine, Main, and Danube rivers. Lots of cathedrals, castles, museums, and other sites that are part of European history. There were lots of opportunities to take pictures and bring home memories. We are looking forward to our next trip with Viking which we are hoping will be the Viking Homeland cruise. We have highly recommended this cruise to others who might be interested and even if they are not thinking about it at this time. We are very interested in history and why we are what we are today- this trip put pictures to what we have read and been taught. Read Less
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