10 Viking River Viking Modi Cruise Reviews

Our friends were already booked on it and told us Viking cruises are wonderful. WE looked forward to seeing Europe from the water perspective as well. First cruise for us and overall, our experience was very good. Food was ... Read More
Our friends were already booked on it and told us Viking cruises are wonderful. WE looked forward to seeing Europe from the water perspective as well. First cruise for us and overall, our experience was very good. Food was excellent. Service also was top rate. Thought some ports could have used extra time. Excursions were on the whole quite good. Very informative guides. Would have liked more opportunities to bike in some of these ports. Also, would have been nice to have a small gym with weights available. WEights and perhaps an exercise bike and stair stepper. My husband and I are in our early 50's and I realize the average age of your passengers may be older. I do think Viking is starting to attract a younger adult crowd though and making some accomodations to satisfy that age demographic would be nice. Would definitely travel with Viking again though. Overall, we enjoyed it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
My brother chose this cruise for his 70th birthday trip as he had wanted to try a river cruise.Embarkation was very slick, airport pick up and transfer vehicle were on point.The dining experience was excellent as were the staff in the ... Read More
My brother chose this cruise for his 70th birthday trip as he had wanted to try a river cruise.Embarkation was very slick, airport pick up and transfer vehicle were on point.The dining experience was excellent as were the staff in the dining room and bar area,in fact all of the Viking Modi staff are exemplary and a credit to the company. The tours are very well organised and timings are a good blend of very knowledgeable local tour guides and time to explore alone before sailing on. Entertainment was a little limited, the shake up duo were talented but for the most part had the same play list every night with a few evenings exceptions. I am pretty sure they ramped up the sound in the lounge area a couple of nights in which made conversation impossible therefore the lounge was invariably deserted by 10pm. A couple of nights we had entertainment from locals, opera in Vienna, Hungarian folk music etc which was very enjoyable. Our main disappointment was that the sun deck was closed for 5 days of the trip an occurance which was not clearly documented anywhere in the brochure or mentioned at the time of booking by our travel agent (if TA was even aware of the fact), this meant that outside space was limited to a small area at the bow of the ship and the two side balconies, speaking for my husband and myself we were going stir crazy as my husband likes to walk the deck and take photographs,the walking track,small putting area and deck quoits could not be used. The majority of our sailing companions were very well travelled and educated people with the exception of a few who were avoided sometime with difficulty as escape routes were few. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise to travel the Danube and Rhine rivers without packing and unpacking. Everything worked out well and we saw the many wonderful sights and learned the history of the medieval world. We thought we would step off the ship ... Read More
We chose this cruise to travel the Danube and Rhine rivers without packing and unpacking. Everything worked out well and we saw the many wonderful sights and learned the history of the medieval world. We thought we would step off the ship into the many medieval towns along this route, but found that we weren't always docked by the towns on the itinerary and were bused in to the town. That wasn't a problem, but not what we expected. The itinerary didn't list times in the ports so we were disappointed that some days were much shorter then we expected. For instance, the itinerary listed two days in Vienna, but we didn't arrive until the evening on the 1st day so we really only had one day. There were times where we were dropped off for an excursion before we arrived in town while the ship went along the river without us. I was a little uncomfortable not knowing exactly where the ship would be docked in case we wanted to find our way back to the ship on our own. We didn't experience any problems with this as we booked excursions through Viking and were kept very busy. All that said, we had a wonderful trip. The lectures were informative and the excursions were always what we had hoped for with great guides and good meals when included. We felt that we had learned a lot and had a great introduction to the palaces, churches and castles along the Danube, Main and Rhine. The staff on the ship were always warm and friendly and ready to answer any questions that we might have. The meals were good with a couple of meals exceptional. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We choose this cruise because Viking had such good reviews and we liked all the ports. We bought the silver spirits package and we were glad we did as the wine choices on the regular menu were few. Food was very good in general. There ... Read More
We choose this cruise because Viking had such good reviews and we liked all the ports. We bought the silver spirits package and we were glad we did as the wine choices on the regular menu were few. Food was very good in general. There was a buffet at breakfast but you could also order off the menu. We rarely ate lunch on the ship as we were mostly out on tours. We loved dining al fresco at the bow but menu was more limited there. Ports were wonderful, we loved Rothenberg au de Rainer.. We took several “paid” tours and all were good. Staff was great especially the main bartender. My only complaint was constantly having to sign for the drinks. A minor irritant. Lots of friendly people and many Europeans on this cruise. Weather was generally good. We would like to try a Viking ocean cruise next trip. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
* Very impressed with personal journey booklet, all details if we were needed, which were perfect because our flight were delayed. * Our cabin was always very clean and the cruise service were polite. * I am impressed with cruise ... Read More
* Very impressed with personal journey booklet, all details if we were needed, which were perfect because our flight were delayed. * Our cabin was always very clean and the cruise service were polite. * I am impressed with cruise director information daily, our cruise director always working above our expectation. * Included tours and optional tours are great. Transfers were excellent. * I did not drink wine or soft drink except for water, which is fine with me. However, we did not like dinner food, main courses, most of the time. Breakfasts were great. * We could not invite any family members and friends because they did not like the idea of paying for full price a year in advance, or when booking. * We like the idea of switching to different groups, which given cruisers a chance to get to know people from different countries. Sometimes it might turn out that people are from you home town/ state. * We are physically active, unfortunately walking desk was closed due to the weather. However, we enjoy the music and dancing at night instead for our physically work out. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Had taken this cruise 12 years ago and thought my companions would enjoy. The ship was well laid out and quite luxurious. Crew was absolutely wonderful, especially the program director known as Joey. Food was very good. I cannot ... Read More
Had taken this cruise 12 years ago and thought my companions would enjoy. The ship was well laid out and quite luxurious. Crew was absolutely wonderful, especially the program director known as Joey. Food was very good. I cannot give cruise 5 stars because of some ill-chosen ports. Miltenberg and Bamberg were small and not interesting enough to justfy the hours we had to stay there. Rudesheim, Mainz, etc would be better choices. Bishop's Palace in Würzburg was overcrowded and guide told most of us far more than we wanted to know about the decor. I recommend this be an optional tour. Rothenburg was optional and the opposite would be better in my opinion. Another complaint is lack of time in some of the more interesting ports such as Budapest and Nurnberg. I did love having full days on Vienna. If you like river cruising Viking is an excellent choice. They train their staff well and are attentive to guests. There is freedom to relax aboard if that suits you. In some ports it was possible to avoid the tours and explore on one's own. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
First time river cruisers and chose this one for the full Grand European Cruise experience. First and foremost, the Viking Staff were absolutely outstanding. They went above and beyond to ensure the passengers were always treated as ... Read More
First time river cruisers and chose this one for the full Grand European Cruise experience. First and foremost, the Viking Staff were absolutely outstanding. They went above and beyond to ensure the passengers were always treated as top priority throughout the entire voyage. We also chose the late April sailing so we could enjoy the tulips in full bloom and they were definitely showing their colors. A beautiful sight. The trade off for going on this cruise in the Springtime is having cooler temperatures. They were so cool that we had days with sleet and hail while in Amsterdam. The local people agreed the temperatures were extremely cold for the time of year when we were there. The only thing preventing a top mark for the overall rating, is the large amount of idle time for passengers. Morning walking tours were routine in most cities, but once they were complete, the remainder of the day is pretty much up to the individual passenger. There are add-on excursions that can be taken at additional expense, but they would help to fill up the day. This type of cruise is not suitable for children and I would strongly recommend parents not bring them on a river cruise. They might be extremely bored. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Very pleasant trip...the longship MODI is new this year and the facilities were in great condition. Service in the dining room was very good with a very cheerful and smiling Philipina crew...ladies servicing the rooms were also ... Read More
Very pleasant trip...the longship MODI is new this year and the facilities were in great condition. Service in the dining room was very good with a very cheerful and smiling Philipina crew...ladies servicing the rooms were also smiled!..We had some very excellent tour guides and learned European history as a result. What was disappointing was the inadequate time spent in Budapest and Vienna..Both cities are beautiful and dynamic, and Viking does them a disservice by spending such a meager time in these cities. Spend your own money and go 3 to 4 days earlier to Budapest, stay on the Pest side and tour the city on your own. Viking could have coordinated things better so that we could have seen the inside of the Mathias Church and perhaps gone for an organ recital at St Stephens cathedral, and visited the famous synagogue, but if you did JUST their cruise you would have missed all this. We stayed at the Hilton in the West End area and used the metro, trolley and buses to get around and had a much better feeling for this beautiful city. Viking needs to improve this cruise instead of just listing the cities/towns visited and making claims to all their beauty, especially Vienna and Budapest, while not providing adequate time in these cities. We loved the stops at the small towns where a day was enough time to see them. A day was certainly not sufficient for Vienna and Budapest; 2 hours for the latter!! Lastly, we could have skipped Bratislava...poor guide and dense fog. The time would have been better spent in one of the big cities. Read Less
Sail Date December 2015
We chose to cruise in October to celebrate my birthday. We had hoped for good weather but Mother Nature did not co-operate. All the days but one were cold, rainy and overcast. Of course Viking had no control over the weather. We chose ... Read More
We chose to cruise in October to celebrate my birthday. We had hoped for good weather but Mother Nature did not co-operate. All the days but one were cold, rainy and overcast. Of course Viking had no control over the weather. We chose the 2 day extension in Amsterdam and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The hotel was very nice and we had a great tour of the city. The cruise started off with a glitch as the Viking Modi had run aground on her previous voyage and could not reach Amsterdam in time to pick up the passengers so we were bused to the ship. We were aware that there had been many problems with low water levels in the European rivers last year but decided to go on this cruise anyway. We were the first ship to make in all the way through without changing ships midway through the trip. Previously we had cruised on many larger ocean going ships. So this was a definite new experience for us. One of the positives is that you get to know the crew and fellow passengers very well. After the first few days of the trip my favorite waitress knew what I liked for breakfast and had it ordered before I sat down. The crew were all very attentive. We liked the open seating as it gave us a chance to meet many new friends. Compared to other cruises, the food was just OK. The entertainment was only so-so, mostly just piano music. We really prefer the entertainment on the larger ships. The excursions that were included were very nice, we learned a lot about the history of each of the ports. I highly recommend the optional excursion to Rothenburg, it was amazing. Another inconvenience we encountered was the closing of one of the bridges that forced us to pass Vienna and then get bused back into town. Viking did make up for it by paying for our admission to the symphony which was originally an optional tour that was not included. I will say that Viking always tried to please the passengers by making adjustments to the excursions and other arrangements. The last port was Budapest and I would suggest staying up when you arrive later in the evening to see the beautiful lights of the city. Very well done! I also personally missed not having a place to workout. There was a track available on the top deck, but it was cold and many days it was closed. Actually I may have been one of only a few passengers that missed a workout area as most of the passengers were older. We enjoyed the experience but will probably go back to ocean cruising. You can only visit so many churches and castles. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
In summary, anything on-board the actual cruise (and tours) were excellent but the "corporate" side of Viking was not. First the good (read that as the ship-board and tour part of our cruise experience): The itinerary, the ... Read More
In summary, anything on-board the actual cruise (and tours) were excellent but the "corporate" side of Viking was not. First the good (read that as the ship-board and tour part of our cruise experience): The itinerary, the ship, the cabin, the food, and particularly our Cruise Director (Marek Snelly) were wonderful. The land tours were well-organized and thorough. The first 3 nights of dinners were fabulous and then just very good thereafter. Because of water levels we had to transfer ships from the Skirnir to the Modi to get to Nuremburg. I know what you are thinking. This review started off as a MODI review so what's this stuff about the SKIRNIR? (See the "bad" comments) The Skirnir and Modi are identical. The entire ship is very well planned and efficient. We are used to Ocean Cruising (having taken 19 cruises on Princess alone) so we are accustomed to much larger (232 sq ft) cabins than the Skirnir/Modi's 180 sq ft. But Viking's are so well designed that, other than the amount of space at the foot of the bed, it actually seemed bigger and more usable. The closet doors have automatic lighting when you open them and are "soft" closing. The toilet seat is also soft closing (ladies you will love that) and the bathroom has a floor level string light for making night time trips to it safe. The shower is longer, skinnier, and somewhat trapezoidal in shape and has a shower wand ... features that are far better than what we have been accustomed to on most ocean liners. Even the built in refridgerator seems larger. The in-cabin safe is wonderful. Our balcony was a bit skinnier in depth than those we have had on ocean liners but very usable. The public areas of Viking are also smaller but very efficient. The main dining room has floor to ceiling windows on both sides and tables for 6 to a dozen. You can sit anywhere but we found that, like us, most people ended up making new friends and sitting with the same group night after night. The wait staff is assigned by table areas so you get to know them, and them you, and what you like or don't like. Our server on the Modi was particularly good. The styling of the Skirnir/Modi is "Scandinavian Design" at its optimum and best ... clean, simple, and elegantly frugal on space. The first 3 night's dinners were to die for. Then they went from being fabulous to just being very good. The one thing they could do to really improve them is to make sure that the hot foods are served hot. I got tired of sending things back and just put up with it. My wife had never had better Veal Medallions. Their salmon is always wonderful. But the "Reduction" Beef Wellington is unrecognizable as a Beef Wellington and I just sent it back and ordered a salmon. But when you see how SMALL their kitchen is you will be surprised that they can make meals for 20 let alone 190 ! All of the people on-board the Viking were very polite and wanting to do literally anything to please. This far exceeded anything we have witnessed on over 25 ocean cruises. But our Cruise Director "Marek" was particularly exceptional. There are no words to describe just how incredible a job he did. And ALL of them knew our names within one day !!! Now for the bad: Let me preface my comments by telling you that I am a dinosaur ... coming from both my upbringing as well as 34 years at a Fortune 10 Company where ETHICS, telling the TRUTH, and FOLLOWUP were demanded and key to your business and of primary measure of you as a person. Candidly, Viking (CORPORATE ONLY) falls so far short in this area it is disgusting. When I booked the cruise, I made sure our booking agent knew how important it was for us not to be seated in the back of a large plane and that this was key to our booking. He assured me that the people at Viking that booked the flights could/would accommodate us. They did not. And help ended the moment he had my charge account number. Above our repeated requests over a 4 week period we were assigned seats in the second to the last row of a 747's middle 4 section (3-4-3 layout)! And everytime I pleaded for reassignment I was hit with something they call "codeshare". Funny but brand new passengers on the flights could buy upgrades ... which I tried to do ... but was told by Viking, Delta, and KLM that it was not possible. In my life I was led to believe that there is a word that describes not being allowed to buy something that others can: DESCRIMINATION. With determination I literally "sat" on the airline websites so as to find a way, albeit at last minute on the 10 hour flight from LAX to Amsterdam segment to be able to swap seats. I was able to purchase "Economy Plus" seats on KLM for the return flight. But it turns out that Viking was only charged $625 round-trip for each of us to fly round trip from Los Angeles! $625??? Have you ever tried to buy a round trip economy ticket to Europe? It's at least $1500-$2000. So I guess that's why you should expect to have the worst seats possible when you book through Viking. You are now forewarned. We were greeted at the Budapest airport by Viking-assigned personnel (on-ship people as far as I was concerned and excellent) and transferred in a lovely Mercedes bus to the dock ... only to find out that we would be on the Skirnir, not the Modi! The river levels near Nuremburg were too low so we had to re-pack our clothes and be bused to the next port, just to be bused back to Nuremburg for the land tour of that port. And at the end of our cruise we docked in Rotterdam, not Amsterdam! It turned out that Viking corporate was not aware that "Sail Amsterdam" (an every-5-year-celebration) did not allow them to do it ... and that this was a "surprise"! What? Viking knew about it for at least 4 years and 11 months and it was a surprise??? They are either brain dead or lying. I think they lied. The point that I am trying to make is that if someone tries to hide things that are out of their control (like the Danube River level), how comfortable are you with what they will do in explaining things that are under their control? We were told when I booked the cruise that we were buying the very last cabin on the ship. Funny, but I talked with at least 4 other couples on our cruise that were told the same exact thing. Bottom line I don't think the word "honesty" is in Viking corporate's vocabulary. I also must say that one of the main reasons for taking a cruise is to only unpack and re-pack once. While this was caused by something outside of Viking's controls, it makes me seriously question ever doing another river cruise Summarizing: Everything about the cruise itself was wonderful BUT make sure you book Viking with your eyes open. I suggest you obtain trip insurance but not from Viking. I used Squaremouth, fyi, and you should expect to pay about 5% of your total cruise/airline/hotel costs to get a rough idea of what reasonable trip insurance should cost. And if you use frequent flier miles to book your flights, understand that travel insurance does not cover that ... as you didn't "pay" anything for it. But what if you used frequent flier miles and Viking cancelled the cruise ... what would you do? I guess I should be very happy. Many cruises by Viking were cancelled as well as by other carriers. Many, as ours, had bus detours. But don't you expect your cruise company to be "up front" and "forthright" in how they deal with these things? It would have been SO simple for Viking just to tell everybody, up front, that it changing ships was a real probability. I would have accepted that. But even Viking's website never acknowledged that our cruise was ... or ever would be ... affected. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
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