133 Viking River Viking Lofn Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because we had been planning a river cruise for a fews years. Every time we booked one, my husband had an illness (a stroke for one thing) that prevented us from taking the trip. Last August we thought we would give ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we had been planning a river cruise for a fews years. Every time we booked one, my husband had an illness (a stroke for one thing) that prevented us from taking the trip. Last August we thought we would give it one more chance and since the international airfare was free and the late fall trips were on sale, we booked it and we were finally able to take this wonderful trip. We stayed two days ahead of the trip in Basel, Switzerland to get acclimated to the time change and had a delightful stay in this charming city. We were able to board at noon on our sailing day and for those boarding early, we were served a very delicious lunch. Our cabin was quite comfortable with a king size bed, plenty of storage for luggage and clothes and while we did not have a balcony with seating, we had a floor to ceiling sliding window that we could open to look out. The ship itself was quite easy to navigate since it only has 4 levels, the top one being a walking deck and outdoor seating. There is an elevator between levels two and three. We were on the 3rd floor. The dining experience was excellent. Beer and wine are served with lunch and dinner and then there is a lounge on the 3rd floor where a lot of the guests would congregate for an evening cocktail and entertainment. While there is no casino, pool or spa on board, it was not missed. The cruise director always managed to find great local entertainment or games to play in the evening. She also provided a lot of great day time excursions. Viking always offers one free excursion in every port and then you may also get off the boat and simply walk directly into the charming cities. We particularly loved being able to tour a 13th century castle overlooking the Rhine River that is still completely intact. We also loved the windmill tours in The Netherlands and just sitting on the top deck for two hours seeing the beautiful vineyards and castles high up on the hillside as we went up the middle Rhine. A very relaxing trip where you can do as much, or as little, as you please. Understand, there are no medical facilities on board and while my husband did get sick, we managed and the staff did their best to help him. The staff is extremely kind and caring and went out of their way, even if that person was not someone who normally watched over your cabin. LOVED the food choices. There is a buffet you can select from or you can order off the menu. We never had a bad meal and enjoyed being able to sit wherever we wanted to. As far as tipping, you can pay ahead of time with a set percentage or you can wait til the end. It's just easier to do it ahead of time which is what we did. And if we had a crew member we particularly appreciated, we gave them extra tip at the end for going beyond. We would love to do another trip and highly recommend Viking. One more thing: For people that have motion sickness, there is NO movement since you are on a slow moving river. The Rhine River is one of the first people choose quite often because of the castles. You can't go wrong no matter what river you choose. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
The accommodations were excellent. The suite layout was very comfortable with everything needed for a comfortable cruise. The dining was exceptional. A nice variety of offerings with an excellent staff. The ship was fairly new so all ... Read More
The accommodations were excellent. The suite layout was very comfortable with everything needed for a comfortable cruise. The dining was exceptional. A nice variety of offerings with an excellent staff. The ship was fairly new so all amenities were in great condition. The time spent at each stop was just about perfect. The excursions were interesting and easy to get to and from with all travel provided. The service was outstanding with all needs anticipated and friendly and efficient staff response. One of our main concerns when traveling is the cleanliness of the facilities. Everything on board was spotless and well maintained. There were plenty of optional activities and entertainment both on board and ashore. Travel accommodations were well organized and reasonably priced. This was our first cruise experience and it has encouraged us to plan another. Viking is truly a first class organization and will likely be our choice for the next cruise. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
The “Middle Rhine” is a beautiful cruise, spectacular scenery and wonderful shore excursions. Departed as soon as as we landed in Basal and missed exploring that city. Our second Viking cruise and both were fabulous. Viking does ... Read More
The “Middle Rhine” is a beautiful cruise, spectacular scenery and wonderful shore excursions. Departed as soon as as we landed in Basal and missed exploring that city. Our second Viking cruise and both were fabulous. Viking does a great job of hiring great crew members that go out of their way to make your experience great. From Captain to Cabin Stewards, they were great. We enjoyed sitting on the top deck after dinner almost every night - taking in the wonderful sunsets and beautiful countryside. Didn’t know what to expect with an August cruise but the weather was great. The shore excursions were great, such beautiful and historic cities. The shore guides were knowledgeable and personalized each excursion. The windmills at Kinderdijk were unforgettable. Spent two extra days in Amsterdam and it was spectacular. We visited the Anne Frank House and it was a very moving experience. The art museums were amazing. Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
Four neighbor couples recommended a Viking cruise when I was considering a summer adventure. When I received a catalog for free airfare, I decided to book! I still had to pay extra being a solo traveler; so I reserved a lower cabin. I ... Read More
Four neighbor couples recommended a Viking cruise when I was considering a summer adventure. When I received a catalog for free airfare, I decided to book! I still had to pay extra being a solo traveler; so I reserved a lower cabin. I didn't book extra night(s) before or after the cruise. I used Viking Air Plus for $50 extra to reserve flights, convenient for me. I missed seeing Amsterdam because the ship docked at 2:30 am; and I had to leave for the airport at 5:30 am for an 8:00 am flight. I consider it a mistake that I didn't experience a beautiful city and museums. Onboard I felt amazingly pampered by the staff, in my cabin, in the restaurant where the waiters knew my name! I enjoyed delicious food every meal. I'm an early riser so dined alone in the Aquavit Terrace at 6:00 am. Lunch and dinner in the beautiful dining room, sharing a table with lovely people from different places. I liked the evening meeting to prepare us for the next day's tour. I didn't attend the late night games or music events. The daily included tours were well organized and led by knowledgeable guides. I didn't choose optional tours but enjoyed exploring on my own in free time. I loved the Rhine River for the barge traffic, 11 locks, and the castle viewing with excellent narration. I recognize the Viking tour as the world's best because of the exceptional service. It was not difficult traveling alone. Transfers to and from airports made me feel safe! Read Less
Sail Date August 2019
A mother/adult daughter duo on our first river cruise! Staff and guests were so friendly and welcoming. The ship is pristine, so many thoughtful comforts, delicious and varied cuisine, themed programming relating to one's journey, ... Read More
A mother/adult daughter duo on our first river cruise! Staff and guests were so friendly and welcoming. The ship is pristine, so many thoughtful comforts, delicious and varied cuisine, themed programming relating to one's journey, and an outstanding activities director! The cabins were sleek and modern and had an astonishing amount of storage space, thoughtful amenities, and we would highly suggest a balcony room. Fabulous to watch the scenery as we floated past... We SO appreciated the AC everywhere, and it was pushed to the max while we all suffered through an unusual heat wave. The excursions were well organized, lively, educational, and we had excellent local guides for each excursion. The only suggestion I would make is for perhaps more onboard narration of the scenery or at least more written highlights that one could review to know more about what one is seeing. We especially appreciated the chilled towels upon re-boarding on those hot days, and a cold aperitif 'greeting' us was truly a delight! Could not have enjoyed ourselves any more than we did onboard the Lofn that week. Don't think twice, jump onboard!! :) Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
Amsterdam to Basel was our first river cruise with Viking and will not be our last. From start to finish Viking handled everything very efficiently. They made you feel as if it was an exclusive trip and you owned the boat. They catered ... Read More
Amsterdam to Basel was our first river cruise with Viking and will not be our last. From start to finish Viking handled everything very efficiently. They made you feel as if it was an exclusive trip and you owned the boat. They catered to your every whim. The small number of guests made it feel like one big family get together. The ship was very well appointed and spacious. You never felt as if you did not have enough space or it was too "peoplely". We enjoy socializing, but also like our quite time and there are plenty of areas on board where you could do either. Make sure to use the public restrooms, very few people used them, they were beautiful. All common area were extremely clean and well maintained. Ports and excursions were excellent. The Viking tour guides were extremely informative and made each excursion very personable. Dining was casual and comfortable. Dress was relaxed but neat, clean and pressed. No fancy clothing needed at all! DO NOT OVER PACK, Viking river cruises are very casual, no glitz. Make sure you have one good pair of walking shoes and a comfy pair to relax in on the boat. I had a pair of Keen for my 20,000 steps a day and a pair of yoga shoes for at night on the ship. Breakfast and lunch were divine with plenty of choices. Dinner, I felt they could have stepped it up. I was not overwhelmed by any of the dinner choices. I am a foodie and was disappointed. The dinners were good, but nothing special. Entertainment was more of cultural enrichment. It was good but could have been better. I feel there should be more music offerings. I've traveled with Norwegian, Princess, Celebrity and Holland America, after the Viking trip, I seriously doubt I will use those lines again. I do not like long buffet lines, ships that feel like Las Vegas, children running a muck or over crowded pools. Read Less
Sail Date June 2019
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 had never been on a cruise before and had heard great things about the Viking River Cruises in Europe, so we booked our Rhine River cruise to coincide with the Tulip Festival in Amsterdam and our 30 year wedding anniversary. Everything ... Read More
We had never been on a cruise before and had heard great things about the Viking River Cruises in Europe, so we booked our Rhine River cruise to coincide with the Tulip Festival in Amsterdam and our 30 year wedding anniversary. Everything we had heard about and even more was true. The entire crew of the Viking Lofn gave each passenger first class treatment. We were so impressed with the quality of everything about this cruise. The guides on the excursions were so knowledgeable and informative, helping us to understand and appreciate every stop along the way! We celebrated our anniversary in Rudesheim, then came back to our cabin to find flowers and champagne and a lovely anniversary note from the staff. Because we could sit anywhere we wanted at meals, we were able to meet so many wonderful people with whom we still stay in contact. The final two days in the breathtakingly beautiful Lucerne, Switzerland were among our best memories. What a way to end the most glorious couple of weeks. To put it simply - we had the best time!!! Read Less
Sail Date April 2019
This was our first cruise so we opted for a short one. Viking was recommended by my travel agent. We were not disappointed! Food and service were excellent! The included shore excursions were very comprehensive. We did not purchase ... Read More
This was our first cruise so we opted for a short one. Viking was recommended by my travel agent. We were not disappointed! Food and service were excellent! The included shore excursions were very comprehensive. We did not purchase any extra excursions as we wanted to enjoy the experiences in the local ports of call. We spent time in Amsterdam before departure and in Basel upon arrival. We did both on our own with the help of some friend. Our cabin was on the lowest deck with only a small window but no issues. We spent so little time in our cabin, it made no difference. Crew and staff were super! They are all very friendly and helpful. at We enjoyed relaxing in the lounge each evening and particularly appreciated the local entertainers who were brought on board. The captain and crew were knowledgeable and our husbands enjoyed touring the wheel house. They were fascinated by the locks on the Rhine Read Less
Sail Date March 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
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