125 Viking River Viking Lofn Cruise Reviews

My wife and I had a very nice cruise on the Viking Lofn in June, 2019. The staff were excellent, although we had to grin at the cruise director's obvious over-hype on occasion. We had one management level staff member in the dining ... Read More
My wife and I had a very nice cruise on the Viking Lofn in June, 2019. The staff were excellent, although we had to grin at the cruise director's obvious over-hype on occasion. We had one management level staff member in the dining area seem to "put down" a guest at our table when she ordered a steak rather than the suggested entre- that didn't set well with any of us who heard his statement about "Americans." (He did apologize to her the next day at dinner.) Honestly, the food was good, but not great in our opinion. We've had better. As an example, the scnitzel we had at a nice restaurant in Rudesheim au Rhine was much better than the one we had on the Lofn; twice as large, very tender, with fries and a nice salad- all for less than $12 US. The tours were very nice, but felt rushed. Occasionally we had time to spend on our own, but nof often. My Black Forest hike lasted all of 30 minutes, yet the bus ride there was 2 hours round-trip. Our tour of Marksburg castle was limited by the many other tours on-site. We rarely had more than a few minutes in a room or location, We did get a few minutes at the end of our tour to buy a Coke and sit on a bench. We don't blame Viking for this at all; there were hundreds of tourists on-site while we were there. The Bruhl tour was fine, but understand that one cannot take any photos of the beautiful interiors of the castle or hunting lodge. One must buy postcards of the interiors. I could add more to this review, but won't. We had a very nice time. Will we do it again? No, we won't. Are we glad we did it, yes. Viking did a very good job. The staff onboard, with one exception, was superb. The Rhine Getaway should have been a 10-day trip in our opinion, Thank you to Viking, the staff of the Lofn, Viking's staff in Amsterdam (where we took a wonderful 2-day pre-cruise stay at the Pulitzer Amsterdam) and all the tour guides. We would rate this cruise a solid four of five. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This was our second cruise which we picked in order to see the Rhine River for our 38th anniversary in a relaxed and enjoyable environment. The worry of the travel logistics, being on time, Looking for tours, planning meals are all taken ... Read More
This was our second cruise which we picked in order to see the Rhine River for our 38th anniversary in a relaxed and enjoyable environment. The worry of the travel logistics, being on time, Looking for tours, planning meals are all taken away, and what is left is just your sheer enjoyment. Great tours to the best and feature spectacular sights which is the expectation and what is delivered. Tours provide insights into culture, history and present day life in the cities and countries you visit. To add to your understanding there are also cultural lectures and programs on board the ship. The program director informs you of what to expect the next day in a daily briefing. There are included tours in every port and you can select other tours that interest you. The cabins are very comfortable, the meals are gourmet cuisine and delicious, and the staff go above and beyond any expectations to make your trip the best experience possible. My wife and I enjoyed both trips and we will definitely travel with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
This is our second trip with Viking and as with the last one, we couldn't be happier. The ship, our cabin, the FOOD and the excursions were more than I could have expected. Being new to this traveling experience, I found both times ... Read More
This is our second trip with Viking and as with the last one, we couldn't be happier. The ship, our cabin, the FOOD and the excursions were more than I could have expected. Being new to this traveling experience, I found both times that my comfort and pleasure were of utmost importance to this crew. They made every effort to make it personal. Learning our names and our food preferences, they greeted us at every point with a smile and assistance. From Airport to Ship and return, I felt pampered and important. Thank you Viking, for the historical research and travel arrangements at every port. Our guide for Lake Como has already written 3 books and was so knowledgeable and friendly. The food in every port was created to give you the best taste of local cuisine, even if you wished to dine on the ship. I must add that I have asked other travelers from other ships of their experiences and none compares in price or service to Viking. We will definitely be taking another trip soon. Hopefully on the Amazon one day. Enjoy your travels with Viking, Sue Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
Celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. River cruise was on our bucket list. This cruise hit all the ports we wanted plus the pre and post extensions (Lake Como And Amsterdam) added to our trip. Turned out to be so much more than ... Read More
Celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary. River cruise was on our bucket list. This cruise hit all the ports we wanted plus the pre and post extensions (Lake Como And Amsterdam) added to our trip. Turned out to be so much more than we expected. The Viking reputation was upheld by the entire crew. From our captain to our Hotel Manager, to our breakfast server. Every person was amazing. They knew our names by day 2! The long ship was spotless. The food was outstanding. Even our nightly entertainment was great for the 30 of us who stayed up past 9:30 pm. We even made life long friends with some our shipmates. Seriously, it was so nice to be on a ship that concentrates on making relationships and truly providing service, rather than just purely entertaining you to make money. The crew of the Loft loves what they do. They have so much pride in taking care of their guests it shows every day. I am in the Hospitality Business, so trust me, I understand how hard it is and how special this group of people are. TAKE THIS CRUISE! That is my recommendation. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We had sailed with Viking on the Danube and were pleased with our experience so we picked them again for a Rhine River cruise and we're glad we did. Our balcony cabin was small, as are most river cruise cabins, but there was ample ... Read More
We had sailed with Viking on the Danube and were pleased with our experience so we picked them again for a Rhine River cruise and we're glad we did. Our balcony cabin was small, as are most river cruise cabins, but there was ample storage. The service was outstanding; we would like Marlon, our waiter, to come and live with us. He knew all of our drink preferences after the first day and, when one of our party became ill, he never failed to ask about his progress. We were very lucky: the water level and the weather were close to perfect. We spent most of the afternoon of the Middle Rhine sailing on the top deck and Viking showed great attention to details: we had maps that showed all of the 31 castles we sailed by, the program director did a commentary, we were given ice water, shade umbrellas, and ice cream (the sun was very strong that day - we all had red skin on areas where we failed to use sunblock). Most of the excursions were very good; the one exception being the Black Forest where it takes much too long on the bus to spend an hour at a very touristy visitors center (let's not talk about the rush hour traffic we hit on the way back). We would love to travel with Viking again. Read Less
Sail Date May 2019
We have completed over 20 ocean cruises and wanted to try a River Cruise. The timing was right for this one and the price was right as there was a big sell. I think we booked at the end of July 2018 for a March 2019 cruise. My wife loves ... Read More
We have completed over 20 ocean cruises and wanted to try a River Cruise. The timing was right for this one and the price was right as there was a big sell. I think we booked at the end of July 2018 for a March 2019 cruise. My wife loves the castles and she loved the day we cruised and saw all of the castles. The staff was very good to us. We celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary and they brought us a bottle of champagne and flowers for my wife. We also celebrated her birthday and they brought her a birthday cake to the dining room. We enjoyed all of the people we met on the cruise and got to know some of them very well. We are planning another Viking cruise down the Danube in August, 2020. One thing I do not like is that you have to make full payment 1 year in advance if you book more than a year out. 6 months ahead of time would be more reasonable. The food was good but understandably there was not as big of a selection as on the ocean cruises. Read Less
Sail Date March 2019
We wanted to try a river cruise for our twentieth anniversary. It was true excellence all the way. The ports had lots to see. The staff was professional and very friendly. I loved the intimate feeling of a small boat versus an ocean liner. ... Read More
We wanted to try a river cruise for our twentieth anniversary. It was true excellence all the way. The ports had lots to see. The staff was professional and very friendly. I loved the intimate feeling of a small boat versus an ocean liner. Most guests got to know each other really well. The ship was very clean and all activities were well organized. The food was delicious and planned to themes with the area the boat was visiting. The cruise director Gavin made our experience extra special. He was funny and personable. The alcohol was top shelf. The idea of an adults only cruise was very romantic and a great way to spend our anniversary. The tour guides were very knowledgeable about their ports. The one add- on excursion we took to the monastery with dinner was advertised as a working monastery and it wasn’t. That was our only disappointment of our trip. I have recomended Viking to all my friends and family. Read Less
Sail Date September 2018
I've travelled a lot but this was absolutely the most wonderful travel experience that I have ever had. My husband and I went with friends and we all loved it! We can't wait to take another cruise next summer and plan to do it ... Read More
I've travelled a lot but this was absolutely the most wonderful travel experience that I have ever had. My husband and I went with friends and we all loved it! We can't wait to take another cruise next summer and plan to do it at least annually. It was relaxing while cruising the river whether inside watching out the expansive windows, or on top outside (with drink in hand)... The food, what can I say about the fabulous food??? (It may be the last time I ever get on a scale). It was really interesting that just the views from the ship were exciting to watch, even if we didn't stop at every point. Having usually travelled very independently, I initially thought that the tours may be confining, but it was the exact opposite. It was so easy, and we also ventured out doing lots of things on our own as well. I found going through the locks fascinating. The ship was great, the crew was engaging, the service could not have been better, and we really did not want to come home! Frankly I wish I was boarding right now... Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
We went on this cruise on a recommendation from our daughter and son-in-law, plus the Viking reputation. We went on this cruise with our daughter and son-in-law law, and his father and girlfriend. The cruise was perfect. We went on daily ... Read More
We went on this cruise on a recommendation from our daughter and son-in-law, plus the Viking reputation. We went on this cruise with our daughter and son-in-law law, and his father and girlfriend. The cruise was perfect. We went on daily shore excursions which were very good. They made each day something to look forward to as we got a good taste of Germany in different locations. Each day, before dinner, around 530-600, the tour director went over the next days tour plans. A shout out to the tour director, who did a great job. The casual atmosphere from start to finish kept everything comfortable. Food: excellent. Ship: excellent. Service: could not have been better. Embarking and disembarking: excellent from the airport to the boat. Expanding on the service: I must give my highest compliments and thanx to a few individuals: Jerome and Julia. Both were more then excellent. We saw them numerous times daily. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and often in the early evening in the lounge. It seemed as though Julie & Jerome’s only goal was to make our cruise perfect and one to remember. They accomplished this fabulously, from the minute we met them, until the cruise was over. I cannot say enough about their service and about them personally as individuals. They weren’t just servers, they made us feel like we were all friends and welcoming us into their home. Also, in the lounge, 2 more folks need to be pointed out for excellent service as well: Dmitri and the bartender (forgive me, I forgot his name.) these two gentlemen also made us all feel welcome no matter the time. The silver spirits package is the way to go! These four helped turned an excellent cruise into one that was “over the top”. The entire cruise experience was the best vacation my wife and I ever had, and do plan on another one in the future. Everything exceeded our expectations. Thank you all for a fabulous experience. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
I chose this cruise so my wife and I could spend some time with our daughter and her family after the cruise in Basel. All-in-all we were very happy with this cruise and how Viking took care of us. We spent a day in Amsterdam prior to ... Read More
I chose this cruise so my wife and I could spend some time with our daughter and her family after the cruise in Basel. All-in-all we were very happy with this cruise and how Viking took care of us. We spent a day in Amsterdam prior to departure to get over the jet lag flying overnight from Chicago. The ship and facilities were in very good condition. We are mostly experienced in ocean cruising with about a dozen overall cruises, but this was only our second river cruise, both with Viking. Viking did an excellent job navigating the Rhine as it was at a historically low water level, given the drought in Europe last summer. At one point, Viking thought we were going to have to be off-boarded and transported to another ship to get past the most critically low-level areas. However, they got through with apparently only a few inches of clearance and it was really cause for celebration to avoid that possible obstacle and delay! The stops and excursions were all excellent. Typically, we are willing on cruises to pay extra for excursions, but on this trip, what was included in the base price were excellent, and we didn't upgrade a single excursion! Very unusual for us, yet we felt we saw everything we wanted to. The areas for improvement for us are in evening entertainment and the ability to have room service for your meals. The previous river cruise with Viking had significant evening entertainment which we didn't feel this cruise offered. Also, the balconies are very nice on the ship and we love to have our meals brought in to be consumed while we sail and we often do on our ocean cruises...unfortunately, Viking doesn't offer that on their river cruises, that I am aware of. A third complaint is that this river ship did not offer a small gym or workout room. Other than those complaints, we were very happy with the ship, the staff, the service, and the entire experience with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
See Don465's review...my sentiments exactly! When making plans to go on a cruise, my only goal was that it be a river cruise. Not being on the ocean with thousands of other people was what initially drew me to a river cruise. ... Read More
See Don465's review...my sentiments exactly! When making plans to go on a cruise, my only goal was that it be a river cruise. Not being on the ocean with thousands of other people was what initially drew me to a river cruise. What an excellent decision that turned out to be! Everything from start to finish was wonderful! I can't say enough about the staff! If there is a school on how to make passengers feel comfortable, and well taken care of, the Lofn staff were all star students! Matter of fact, every Viking employee, no matter what their job was, was superb...from the staff that met us at the airport, to the employees who took care of our cabin, to the chef and his staff, to the tour guides on the excursions, to the Viking woman that helped us during our stay in Basel, to every person with a Viking name tag! Our trip was truly one I will never forget! Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Have previously heard raving reviews from previous Viking River Cruise passengers. Now that we have been on the cruise itself, we want to truly share your experience with others. We love the daily included tours and we especially ... Read More
Have previously heard raving reviews from previous Viking River Cruise passengers. Now that we have been on the cruise itself, we want to truly share your experience with others. We love the daily included tours and we especially love the services provided by the Viking Cruise staff members. This range from the Captain, all the down to the tour bus drivers. The staff on board the cruise ship all went above and beyond . The food was excellent and the drinks bountiful. We really had a good time and met some wonderful people too. The event coordinator was superb. Very knowledgeable and make special effort to include all those , like my husband who had limited mobility on the tours. Room service was excellent and the entertainment provided every evening were excellent. This is our first River Cruise and we enjoyed it more than other Ocean Cruises we had been. We will definitely take on another River Cruise with Viking. Love that the package included airfare and ground transportation. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Always wanted to go on a river boat cruise. We took this cruise to celebrate my 50th birthday but also in memory of my mother in law who always wanted to go on a riverboat cruise! I love the intimacy, the small crew and limited amount of ... Read More
Always wanted to go on a river boat cruise. We took this cruise to celebrate my 50th birthday but also in memory of my mother in law who always wanted to go on a riverboat cruise! I love the intimacy, the small crew and limited amount of people. The included excursions were amazing and the excursion we chose was fantasic. The time on the ship especially on the sun deck in the evening was breathtaking. Absolutely loved the food! It was a real cultural experience. The fact that it was all inclusive really made us happy! The crew was amazing. Ivan was our favorite. He made us feel special and had a great personalitity. Definitely a great balance between friendliness and professionalism!!! We definitely will go on Viking from now on! Thinking about an ocean cruise next. Everything was top of the line and a great value. Highly recommend! Love Viking. Read Less
Sail Date August 2018
Overwhelmed by the many choices of ships, destinations, just had to pick one. We were told a good place to start, having never been river cruising before was the Rhine or Danube. We decided on Rhine due to my love of castles, but ... Read More
Overwhelmed by the many choices of ships, destinations, just had to pick one. We were told a good place to start, having never been river cruising before was the Rhine or Danube. We decided on Rhine due to my love of castles, but can't wait to go back and do the Danube. I had such high expectations, I thought I would surely be let down, which couldn't have been further from the case. Staff was fantastic, service impeccable, everyone remembers your name after the first day which I thought was just remarkable. They even remember how you like your eggs or what kind of cocktail/wine you prefer. Food was delicious and loved the fact that we never felt stuffed or over served The Silver Spirits package was most definitely the way to go if you enjoy wine with your meals. The boat never appeared crowded. They choreographed getting on and off for excursions, going to dinner, etc. perfectly. We opted to pay extra for the add on excursions in several ports and were so glad we did, they were well worth the extra $$$. The pre-cruise Lucerne bonus was wonderfully done. The hotel was beautiful and day trips awesome. Cannot wait to go back again and would highly recommend Viking. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
This was our first river cruise and we selected Viking due to its high quality and excellent reputation. We were not disappointed. It was excellent. Fantastic accommodations and service. The decor was simple elegance. I loved the ... Read More
This was our first river cruise and we selected Viking due to its high quality and excellent reputation. We were not disappointed. It was excellent. Fantastic accommodations and service. The decor was simple elegance. I loved the neutral colors with pop of blue and lovely artwork. The staff called you by name and learned your dining tastes. We also enjoyed the smaller size ship and number of folks. It made for a more personal experience. The Activity Director was fantastic! Extremely knowledgeable, helpful and thoughtful to all guests. He gave several commentaries on the sights, castles and history. Very, very interesting. The food was excellent quality with a wonderful selection. We had six in our party and enjoyed sitting at the same table with the same waiters for the entire trip. We also enjoyed the complementary wine with our meals. As a result, we are interested in taking a Viking Ocean cruise in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
We had tried a river cruise with another carrier and were very much disappointed. Subsequently we were very impressed with a ocean cruise aboard Viking Sky and decided to determine whether a Viking river cruise measured up to the ocean ... Read More
We had tried a river cruise with another carrier and were very much disappointed. Subsequently we were very impressed with a ocean cruise aboard Viking Sky and decided to determine whether a Viking river cruise measured up to the ocean experience. It did from an excellent crew to a great cabin complete with a sitting balcony from which we thoroughly enjoyed the passingscene. All of the shore adventures were sheparded by delightful guides that made visits to local restaurants and shops memorable and full of fun. The food aboard ship was tasty and attractively served by a staff that were clearly attuned to making each meal special. We especially enjoyed the option of formal or informal dining. The entertainment was delightful and well attuned to each point along our journey. Each day was very special because of the care and planning that was evident throughout every aspect of our river cruise. Best of all was our extended tour through Switzerland. Our guide anticipated our every need and some we didn't know we had. She was articulate and added much to each of our adventures. We didn't even have to think of handling our luggage for the entirety of our extended tour. We were particularily impressed by the thoughtfulness of Viking in handling our miss of the ship at the outset because of a 7 hour delay in our arrival due to our air carrier's equipment problems . We were suprised when met at Amsterdam very late in the evening by a Viking rep who saw us to a convenient hotel and arranged to have us motored to catch the ship the next morning. We were warmly welcomed when we arrived at the ship's first stop with the result that the trials of the previous day were quicky forgotten. We have already committed to a future Viking ocean cruise aboard Orion commencing in Japan with a shore extension under Viking's direction and we are considering another river cruise in Russia. That says it all. We are very pleased with what we have found in Viking care and service Read Less
Sail Date June 2018
My wife will not cruise. Our friends have been on one Viking Cruise before, When we saw the free air fare the four of us booked it. We missed our first day because of flight delay. We boarded the boat along river in the darkness at 1245 in ... Read More
My wife will not cruise. Our friends have been on one Viking Cruise before, When we saw the free air fare the four of us booked it. We missed our first day because of flight delay. We boarded the boat along river in the darkness at 1245 in morning. My wife crying, we would have no luggage for three days. We had drinks and sandwiches till 145 at the bar. I think it was then that my wife realized this was going to be a great vacation. My wife loved being called Miss Gail. We just had the most amazing crew. The boat was beautiful. The Rhine was great we had sun and 80 degree weather. We usually ate away from the main dining room on the bow of the boat and it was more intimate.We had a great chef and a good menu.We did only the free tours, because we were staying three days in Amsterdam .Everyone said the extra tours were good. We will probably do southern France on the Rhone River with Viking in a couple of years. If Europe was all rivers I would do Viking on every trip. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
The crew was awesome and provided exceptional professional service. The tour director scheduled and supervised exceptional day trips that provided an introductory experience to Germany, France, Norway, and Switzerland on a very abbreviated ... Read More
The crew was awesome and provided exceptional professional service. The tour director scheduled and supervised exceptional day trips that provided an introductory experience to Germany, France, Norway, and Switzerland on a very abbreviated schedule (10-days). The cruising experience afforded us the opportunity experience a comprehensive cultural sampling of all the visited countries and helped us to understand and appreciate what areas we would like to return to on a future date to experience the culture in more detail. The cruising experience was very "family like" allowing us to make many new friends from all areas of the United States. Destination focused cuisine was expertly prepare and provided a sampling of the area we were currently visiting. American classics were also available if we were "homesick" for a more customary fare. Evening entertainment was exceptional, by cruise completion we were in need of a follow-on vacation to relax. For us this cruise was not relaxing as we wanted to experience everything the cruise had to offer. That said many of the more senior passengers opted for a more leisurely schedule which was perfectly coordinated and executed by the Viking staff. Extensions and flexibility in scheduling to both the "front-end" and "back-end" of the cruise offered "cruisers" to experience either Amsterdam or Basel (we went to Lake Lucerne for 10-days at the onset) in more detail. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
This cruise was something I have wanted to do for many years and had made plans to travel from Avignon to Lyon a couple of years ago. Although that trip did not work out I was able to make plans to take the Rhine River trip from Amsterdam ... Read More
This cruise was something I have wanted to do for many years and had made plans to travel from Avignon to Lyon a couple of years ago. Although that trip did not work out I was able to make plans to take the Rhine River trip from Amsterdam to Basel this year and was so wonderfully surprised by the perfect nature of this trip. The ship was nicely appointed, clean, new and well handled. The rooms were spacious and comfortable and the entertainment just enough. You could have anything you wanted...quiet and peaceful or fun filled new friendships. The staff was happy and accommodating. The food was excellent and well presented. The excursions were very well thought out and the optional excursions provided additional entertainment when desired. Everything related to the ship was excellent. The only problems occurred on the last day when there were airline cancellations and when the boat could not dock where it was supposed to. Actually that happened when we left Amsterdam to but wasn't that much of a problem. I'll definitely travel with Viking again. My only wish is that they had some sort of accommodation for single travelers. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
All the cities along the Rhine, except for Kinderdijk and Amsterdam were cities we had not visited. We were especially interested in seeing the castles and revisiting KinderdijK. When we were last there, it was drizzling and that put a ... Read More
All the cities along the Rhine, except for Kinderdijk and Amsterdam were cities we had not visited. We were especially interested in seeing the castles and revisiting KinderdijK. When we were last there, it was drizzling and that put a damper on the visit. However, the big selling point was that there was a pre-cruise extension to Lake Como. Lake Como did not disappoint. The excursions were well planned and we were always given the opportunity to extend our time or return with the program director. We were impressed by the boat ride to Bellagio. All the excursions were interesting and, in three places, there were "gentler" walking tours for individuals who were a little physically slower and/or needed additional assistance. The transfers were handle well. Even though our original flight from DeGaulle to Milan was cancelled, the Viking representative was waiting for us in Milan, when our rebooked flight landed three hours later. Check in and check out were handled efficiently. In addition, I inquired about my $100 shipboard credit. The front desk said there was no record of it. I told then desk person who to contact. He did. The next day the $100 was in my account. The food was very good and the dining room service was outstanding. We found almost all staff to be friendly and accommodating. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
First time on Viking. My daughter and I enjoyed every port. We took advantage of all the included experiences and added on several additional outings. The staff was amazing and the food and entertainment was wonderful. I look forward to ... Read More
First time on Viking. My daughter and I enjoyed every port. We took advantage of all the included experiences and added on several additional outings. The staff was amazing and the food and entertainment was wonderful. I look forward to checking out another Viking river cruise soon. This cruise was a present for my daughters college graduation. She would have enjoyed more passengers in her age range. Of course we would have enjoyed more free time in each port. We certainly spent every moment possible exploring. Really liked the daily newspaper and map of interesting sights for each port. Also really enjoyed the discussion during happy hour of where we were headed next and what to expect. The headphone system was great. It made it very easy to hear the tour directors. The scenic cruises during the daytime hours was fantastic. So many wonderful things to see. Drink package totally wprth the money for us. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Our second Viking River Cruise. Again, the trip was outstanding and, as usual, too short. This time we added both beginning and ending extra days and added every optional tour we could cram into the available time. All optional tours were ... Read More
Our second Viking River Cruise. Again, the trip was outstanding and, as usual, too short. This time we added both beginning and ending extra days and added every optional tour we could cram into the available time. All optional tours were wee-ll worth the money and enhanced our trip. Highly recommended! The extra time before our cruise was spent in Lucerne and was truly spectacular. We loved all aspects of Switzerland! The cruise was, as usual, well organized, the food on the Lofn was exceptional, the crew was very efficient while still being friendly and chatty with us poor Americans. The cruise down the Rhine was typically spectacular, with yet another castle every kilometer. (Our cruise director, from our first cruise, called it an "ABC Tour", meaning "Another Bloody Castle". We spent extra days in Amsterdam at the end because we didn't before and missed seeing a lot. This time, we spent extra time with all the optional tours possible, sort of like taking a drink out of a Dutch fire hose. Well done Viking! You have more than exceeded our expectations. Any organization of this complexity requires massive coordination. It boggles the mind that you continue to pull this off with such skill while make it look so easy. Again, WELL DONE!! Our next Viking trip will probably be an ocean cruise in 2019. the Baltic Cruise is at the top of our list right now. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
We started by doing a pre trip in Lucerne. This gave us time to adjust and get adjusted with the time. First day just wondered around Lucerne Very easy to do. 2nd day we did the pearls of switzerland. This is a 12 hour day trip taking you ... Read More
We started by doing a pre trip in Lucerne. This gave us time to adjust and get adjusted with the time. First day just wondered around Lucerne Very easy to do. 2nd day we did the pearls of switzerland. This is a 12 hour day trip taking you out on the lake to the top of Mt Rigi and to a Monastery then to a farm for cheese making followed by a dinner.This was a perfect way of seeing Switzerland. A wonderful trip in a mid size sedan to Basel. Each stop included a tour We did only 1 extra tour and I would say you do not need to do them. I found the walking tours were perfect then you have free time to do things yourself. The staff was wonderful. Each day you have a gathering were they discuss what the next day brings. Follow there recommendations on where to go in each city. They must have checked each place out carefully as we were never disappointed. Language was never a problem Somebody always spoke english. Did not see any of the port of calls. We left Lucerne and headed straight for the boat and docked in Amsterdam and headed to the airport. We plan on doing another Viking Tour next year. Read Less
Sail Date May 2018
Our trip exceeded our expectations. We had heard positive things from different people prior to traveling, but it was even better that they had shared. Everything was wonderful. From the time you arrived, you had the opportunity to visit ... Read More
Our trip exceeded our expectations. We had heard positive things from different people prior to traveling, but it was even better that they had shared. Everything was wonderful. From the time you arrived, you had the opportunity to visit Amsterdam with a guide. Everyday the daily trips and additional ones were well organized and fun. There was inclusivity for all to be able to access the daily tours. The tour guides were very knowledgeable and fun to have share their city/country with us. The ship was beautiful and well taken care of. Our cabin fit our needs and had great cleaning and evening turndown service. The meals represented the area we were visiting and were delicious and the staff fun to have around. There were also on boat activities and again, you could participate if you wanted. We really enjoyed being able to attend the dinners in town, too. And not being assigned to a table allowed us to meet more guests, which was really fun. It was so nice to have under 200 people travel with us. We would not hesitate to do another Viking Trip in the future. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This cruise went to places we wanted to see and experience. Everything went smoothly, from picking us up at the arrival airport to every shore excursion and to our (regretful) departure. Our verandah stateroom was plenty roomy for my ... Read More
This cruise went to places we wanted to see and experience. Everything went smoothly, from picking us up at the arrival airport to every shore excursion and to our (regretful) departure. Our verandah stateroom was plenty roomy for my husband and I. Nikki, our cabin steward was efficient and glad to help in any way, to make us comfortable and to enjoy our room. Ship's crew were all cheerful and seemed to focus on making our cruise exactly what we hoped for. Our Captain always greeted us as we returned from shore excursions and answered our every question, probably even though it was the thousandth-time he'd done so. Every member of the crew took a moment to be sure the ship was as pristine as possible every moment of the day, no matter who they were. Dining was always excellent and our wait-staff were a great team. Viking could not ask for better staff than we had. Tour guides for the shore excursions were incredibly knowledgeable. It was the first time we have traveled on Viking, and we are looking forward to see experiencing China with Vikings! Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
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