127 Viking River Viking Lofn Cruise Reviews

Hard to describe the attentiveness if the crew. The Lofn was simply wonderful. It was our second Christmas Market cruise, 2015 on the Danube, 2016 on the Rhine. The Shiip was spotless, Rene, the chef and 'big Rene', the cruise ... Read More
Hard to describe the attentiveness if the crew. The Lofn was simply wonderful. It was our second Christmas Market cruise, 2015 on the Danube, 2016 on the Rhine. The Shiip was spotless, Rene, the chef and 'big Rene', the cruise director were both knowledgeable and made the ten days fly by. Food was much better than in 2015....cabin was kept spotless by Robert. Svetlana, the concierge, was very helpful with her suggestions. I have some mobility issues and she found a solution to every problem I had. Rene the cruise director also had a wonderful sense of humor and went out of his way to make the cruise enjoyable for all....especially the entertainment that came on board, much better than in 2015....ditto the demos by the kitchen staff, much better. I simply loved the Lofn and her crew and did not want the cruise to end. Only one suggestion..Viking, would have loved to buy a Charm/ Viking pendent that was sterling silver...maybe they could be ordered?? Will definitely be cruising with Viking again...river, ocean, doesn't matter....excellent experience! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
Wow! When I researched river cruises, I thought Viking must be planting positive reviews, but now I know, they're the real deal. We are economy travelers on our first river cruise. We enjoyed 6 ocean cruises, until RC's low ... Read More
Wow! When I researched river cruises, I thought Viking must be planting positive reviews, but now I know, they're the real deal. We are economy travelers on our first river cruise. We enjoyed 6 ocean cruises, until RC's low standards turned us off to giant Hotel 6 ships. (Smaller is always better). River cruises are always on sale 2-4-1 and we bit - and it tasted Delicious! Super clean, Outstanding service (budget $15 pp/day because the staff earns & deserves their tips), Fine dining, Nice guests, Well Planned itineraries, Great value - All Superlatives earned by Viking. Relax & Learn. The shore excursions were Super; the guides Excellent*. Forget the salty seas and go down to the rivers. We will be back and Viking will be our choice. Now the "but"s: the drinks are way overpriced in the bar (but the pianist was superb), stick with the included wine & beer at meals and avoid pricey cocktails & wine upgrades (or buy their drink package if you're a heavy drinker). While the included land excursions were Great, our paid optional tours were busts. On shore 'German Dinner' was bad food, poor service & forced fun (maybe the on board dining spoiled us - we were told the 'Rude'esheim dinner was just authentic ly bad). I could only score 2 beers from the absent waitresses. Forget the 'train' (it's a tractor pulling carriages) and walk to the same restaurant for better food & service (that happened). Also, the Moselle Wine Tour was Painfully Bad (*maybe a better guide would have saved it). We loved the 2 small tastes of great Reisling wine (yup, that was it - with a bowl of old pretzels) but I could have given a better tour. I heard second-hand that Mercedes factory tour was also a waste of time. Yet the included tours were all very good. Tips: cheap staterooms are great, no need for a big window on one side, use the ship. Shop the deals (we saved with VTG). Don't skip the wheelhouse tour. Try to eat less than I did (try). Thanks, Gavin, Joy, Jane & Elvir - Love you all! Woody Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
My wife and I chose this cruise because it offered the chance to visit several countries we wanted to, view a multitude of castles, and do so with the benefit of experienced guides and organizers rather than trying to wing it on our own. ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise because it offered the chance to visit several countries we wanted to, view a multitude of castles, and do so with the benefit of experienced guides and organizers rather than trying to wing it on our own. Absolutely the only thing that did not go perfectly smoothly was the initial flight to Europe, which was delayed due to weather and caused us to miss our connecting flight. Fortunately they were able to get us on the next flight and less than two hours were lost. From the moment we claimed our bags at the airport in Switzerland, our only real worry was whether or not our souvenirs would all fit in our bags for the return trip. -Ship: The ship itself was beautiful, spacious, well-maintained, and comfortable. The other Viking ships we passed on the river appeared to be up to the same high standard, while some of the other cruise lines did not. By the end of the trip I will admit to having felt a bit of prideful disdain for the ships of other cruise lines. -Cabin: Our cabin was perfect for the occasion. Comfortable enough to move around in, plenty of space for our belongings and luggage. The heated floors in the bathroom were especially appreciated. A larger cabin or suite would be nice if we intended to spend a large amount of time in our cabin, but space comes at a premium on a ship and we decided that would be a waste given the large number of excursions we had planned. It all worked out, as we essentially only used our cabin for sleeping and showers. -Dining: The food was consistently excellent, with a daily variety of local dishes and wine, and a selection of alternative dishes that remain available throughout the entire cruise. At no point was I anything less than impressed by excellent meals provided on the ship. -Entertainment and Activities: Although my wife and I did not attend many of the on-ship activities due to having a full schedule of shore excursions, we found the ones we did attend to be informative and entertaining. -Service: Everyone went out of their way to make us feel welcome and like family. When I wanted to purchase a jacket and my size was not on the ship, our concierge got in contact with every other Viking boat on the river and within a day or two the jacket was hanging from our cabin door when we returned from an excursion. No request was not accommodated in some way. -Ports and Shore excursions: The tour guides were universally excellent, with a strong grasp of English and an intimate knowledge of the local area's history and present situation. Many of the excursions included food and drink, and while not all of these were of the same quality as the food on the ship, none were disappointing. I could take this same cruise again and probably still come home wanting to go back for another. My wife and I were so pleased and impressed with Viking that our only question is which of their cruises to plan for next. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Viking's 2 night longer cruise along the Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel is the way to go. The crew of the Lofn was the best. Cruise director Rene was entertaining and informative, Anna Maria at the front desk ever helpful, concierge ... Read More
Viking's 2 night longer cruise along the Rhine from Amsterdam to Basel is the way to go. The crew of the Lofn was the best. Cruise director Rene was entertaining and informative, Anna Maria at the front desk ever helpful, concierge Svetlana excellent... Port selection was excellent. The extra time in Amsterdam allowed us to visit the Van Gogh & Rijksmuseum in addition to Viking's included canal and walking tours. Especially enjoyed the tours of Kinderdijkt windmills, Marksburg Castle and best of all the picturesque medieval village of Colmar. Cruised the gorgeous Rhine river castle district all afternoon with hilarious and informative commentary by cruise director Rene. Heidelberg Castle, Cologne and Strasbourg were entertaining. Only our optional Alsatian winery tour was below par and the ending tour through commercial/industrial Basel was nothing special. When docked in Breisach with an afternoon open I took the river cruise opportunity to leave the boat and hike the city to the top of the hill and back to the docks. Enjoyable, as was an impromptu concierge guided afternoon walk off the ship through the attractive riverside town of Speyer. An unexpected pleasure. Meals were excellent with German Night buffet with entertainment tops. Love it when local cuisine is featured. We always had a light (heh!) buffet lunch on the sunny Aquavit terrace but in a shady spot as a change of pace from the fine restaurant. Entertainment on river cruises often disappoints but we had a beyond excellent cello and piano concert one evening that was a trip highlight. The two enrichment lectures I attended were fun & informative. Viking's transportation and support for our post Lucerne extension was excellent and always helpful including assistance at the airport for departure. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
This was a family trip - my two brothers and their wives also came with me and my husband. We decided on this trip largely because the Rhine river, the various ports of call, and the timing was something all six of us could agree upon. ... Read More
This was a family trip - my two brothers and their wives also came with me and my husband. We decided on this trip largely because the Rhine river, the various ports of call, and the timing was something all six of us could agree upon. Took a 10-day cruise with the first day being a free day in Amsterdam and the last a day in Basal. We found this to be a great way for all of us to get together. We could chat and enjoy ourselves, while we left all the arrangements to the professionals. From the moment we booked the cruise, we received close attention from the company. They were very helpful in giving pre-trip information about how/what to pack, language issues, money matters (currencies and credit card use), value added taxes, and what to expect in terms of any additional on-board charges. As soon as we stepped off the plane in Amsterdam on Oct 3rd, right until we went to the airport in Basal to return home on Oct 13, every aspect of the trip was well-coordinated, right on time and efficient. All the included shore excursions were excellent! The guides were far more knowledgeable and informative than we ever could have dreamed. They were personable and forthcoming with answers. We could have never gotten such good over-views of the cities, history and traditions had we traveled on our own and tried to get by with travel books. And yet, even with the included shore excursions, we were still allowed time to explore the ports on our own. It was a nice combination of guided tours and free time for personal exploration. The daily newsletters which arrived in our cabin every afternoon were very helpful and informative for planning our free time the next day. The service was friendly,responsive and efficient. The food was terrific - that is the only way I can describe it! (As a side note, one of our party had suddenly developed an extreme allergy to beef, lamb and pork. She could not pre-arrange for special meals before the ship sailed because she had only learned the cause of her reactions a few days before the date. The restaurant manager and chef went to great pains to consult her every day to make sure there were meals available for her to eat safely. Their attention was very, very impressive!) As a final note, the Program/Tour Director was the funniest and most entertaining person alive. He was able to make the time spent aboard ship a time we looked forward to every evening. We (the six of us) still quote him - "Ciao, for now." We truly enjoyed every minute on the cruise and were more than satisfied with the value, service and accommodations. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Our previous experience with Viking makes us return customers. We travel with another couple and they feel the same. The food is consistently superior. The staff are friendly and efficient. The tour guides are knowledgable and have a good ... Read More
Our previous experience with Viking makes us return customers. We travel with another couple and they feel the same. The food is consistently superior. The staff are friendly and efficient. The tour guides are knowledgable and have a good sense of humour. We had a request a little outside of the norm it was handled in the same fashion. The selection of sites and optional tours is always great. We enjoy having the inclusive nature of Vikings pricing. It is good to have no financial surprises, everything is included. We have now convinced another couple to join us on the next cruise. We set off with total confidence that our holiday will be completely relaxing. Viking keeps us busy without rushing. They are always on time and have the right amount of activity for a diverse group of people. There are enough options for independent sightseeing as well as group touring. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Because is river navigation, it give the opportunity to view the beauty of the country side of the different countries that we pass trough,also is small group of passenger which made more friendly and private journal . the embarkation and ... Read More
Because is river navigation, it give the opportunity to view the beauty of the country side of the different countries that we pass trough,also is small group of passenger which made more friendly and private journal . the embarkation and desembarkantion are very well organized. The included tours are very well designed to give a good experience and knowledge to the the passenger about the history of each place, the guides have excellent knowledge and are capable to keep out of political issues when situation arise from passenger curiosity . The optional tour looks very interesting but are at the expensive side . In regard the crews , they are very attentive with every one ,they show concern for your well been specially if you have any issues with food such as allergies or if you are vegetation or just does not like some food Definitely we will take others trip with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date September 2016
This was my 3rd Viking River cruise and I have a few more I intend to enjoy as time permits. Viking takes care of you from the minute you step onto the airplane at your home airport (if you use Viking Air) through to when you step on the ... Read More
This was my 3rd Viking River cruise and I have a few more I intend to enjoy as time permits. Viking takes care of you from the minute you step onto the airplane at your home airport (if you use Viking Air) through to when you step on the airplane at your return airport. In between, you are educated daily about tomorrow's adventures (tours) which are included int he price including skilled professional bus drivers and local tour guides, often educated and interesting locals rather than tired droning traditional guides. The food and the service onboard is excellent and often the company is as well, because you will be traveling with like minded guests interested in more than palm trees (not that there is anything wrong with palm trees!) I have invited 3 travel companions to join me on Viking Cruises and all are interested in repeating the experience. In a couple months I will be enjoying my first Viking Ocean cruise, if they do rivers this well, the ocean is going to be grand. Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
We chose this cruise because we heard nothing but good about it!! And, man were they right! Everything about the journey was spectacular!! We had the very best food and drink. Everyone was so accommodating! There are a few servers ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we heard nothing but good about it!! And, man were they right! Everything about the journey was spectacular!! We had the very best food and drink. Everyone was so accommodating! There are a few servers we'll NEVER forget!! We had the kindest, most caring crew. right down to the housekeepers! And, we had the most enjoyable adventures we could experience! There is so much to see and do along the way. If you weren't interested in a planned excursion, the staff would arrange for whatever activity did interest you!! And, the different cultures along the way just enhanced the experience! The sights and views were unbelievable! Better yet, the details about the country side were shared by knowledgable staff! The ship was clean and easy to get around. Best of all, we made lifetime friends with other guests! And, we're doing it again next fall!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2016
A river cruise has been on our "bucket list" and so has Switzerland. This cruise, with the option to extend our stay in Lucerne, seemed to cover them both! We had a lovely time. Truly enjoyed the land portion in Switzerland at ... Read More
A river cruise has been on our "bucket list" and so has Switzerland. This cruise, with the option to extend our stay in Lucerne, seemed to cover them both! We had a lovely time. Truly enjoyed the land portion in Switzerland at the end. Did not have one complaint. My husband has even told people about the food and the nice size portions - and he HATES to eat! The staff was wonderful. Program Director Rene was one of the highlights. Every detail was attended to. And yet...we decided we prefer ocean cruising over river cruising. Not sure why. However, because we were so impressed with Viking, we are pursuing taking an ocean cruise with them next year. All of the guides on the tours were delightful and knowledgeable. Loved the medieval cities. Nice transportation when off the Lofn. Great weather! Glad we ended our trip in Switzerland. We truly did not have a complaint. It was a great experience. Go Viking!!! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
The Viking Lofn staff and crew were simply amazing, very friendly and outgoing. They made sure that this vacation was incredible. The only hitch in the vacation came directly from Viking, and that was the flight arrangements. Flying ... Read More
The Viking Lofn staff and crew were simply amazing, very friendly and outgoing. They made sure that this vacation was incredible. The only hitch in the vacation came directly from Viking, and that was the flight arrangements. Flying from Los Angeles into Paris, and only having a 1-1/2 hour layover does not give enough time for any mishaps in the schedule. We missed our connecting flight to Amsterdam by 10 minutes, since we had left Los Angeles 45 minutes late. We eventually made it to Amsterdam and stayed at the Movenpick Hotel right at the port. I had ordered the IAmsterdam cards for everyone in our party, which allows bus/trains etc. Well worth the price since we arrived 3 days before the cruise. We fell in love with Amsterdam. Would definitely go back there. When we boarded the Lofn we had a Veranda B cabin. The cabin is beautifully laid out,plenty of storage. We enjoyed the balcony, sitting out and watching the swans, and scenery. Some of the locks we went thru we saw from our balcony, quite an experience. Our room steward learned out habits quickly and made sure that we always had fresh water and an ice bucket filled with ice. Cabin was spotless! The shore excursions were fun and informative. We did do a lot of walking, though there was a leisure group, for those who had trouble with stairs, and hills. Most of what they saw were the same things but just easier access. The personal communication systems work great. Was able to hear the tour guides clearly, could even wander a little and be able to still hear them. Food was wonderful, if we wanted only appetizers they brought them, can't decide between two things, no problem. Wine and beer were good. We didn't get the silver package, if you like mixed drinks it might be worth the price. Most everyone on board was over 55. The ship is really not set up for children. Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
My husband and I sailed with 4 other family members. We explored various options for several months before selecting Viking - which ultimately became a unanimous decision. Throughout the planning process, our questions were always ... Read More
My husband and I sailed with 4 other family members. We explored various options for several months before selecting Viking - which ultimately became a unanimous decision. Throughout the planning process, our questions were always addressed and answered professionally and with much enthusiasm. Once our trip began, we immediately knew that the welcoming and caring staff on the Lofn was committed to anticipating our every need, and they did so with genuine warmth and infectious smiles. Our rooms were beautifully appointed and spotlessly clean. The entertainment in the lounge was most enjoyable, and the Cruise Director's daily messages about upcoming events, activities, and destinations were always informative and helpful. The meals were outstanding- with every attention to detail, quality, appearance, options, and amazing taste! The tours offered and available at each destination were well-planned and beautifully executed. In summary, from beginning to conclusion, our Viking experience was absolutely first-class, and we would encourage anyone considering a river cruise to go Viking! Read Less
Sail Date July 2016
This was my second river cruise on Viking. In 2015 I did the Paris to Normandy trip on the Rinda. The Lofn was equally well appointed and the and the staff as wonderfully attentive. The itinerary of Basel to the North Sea provided many ... Read More
This was my second river cruise on Viking. In 2015 I did the Paris to Normandy trip on the Rinda. The Lofn was equally well appointed and the and the staff as wonderfully attentive. The itinerary of Basel to the North Sea provided many interesting stops and local guides both well informed and personable. The onboard lectures were very well done by local talent. The food was excellent with a good variety of choices. The staff met with one member of our party with gluten and lactose issues and prepared personal meals to accommodate her needs. The one area I think needs improving is the system of rafting with other river boats at docking. The boats are mere inches apart and if you have a veranda it is unusable. This happened to us for the better part of two days. Everyone in our party of seven thoroughly enjoyed the cruise. We will be planning another for next summer. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was the first trip to Europe together for my wife and I. It was also our first river cruise. The entire trip was wonderful, more than we had hoped for. Viking handled our flights and transfers which all went without incident. Our ... Read More
This was the first trip to Europe together for my wife and I. It was also our first river cruise. The entire trip was wonderful, more than we had hoped for. Viking handled our flights and transfers which all went without incident. Our trip was the cruise from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam down the Rhine. We were very jet lagged after three flights to get to Basel, but the Viking staff took care of us. Our bags were taken at the airport and materialized outside our cabin later in the day. We knew the Viking company was different when we approached the bus and saw it was crisp white with the Viking logo and painted with scenes from various places covered by their cruises and part of a fleet of buses maintained for Viking operations in the region. The buses were key to our port excursions. The timing of ship departures, arrivals, tour times and buses was precise and trouble free. We had chosen Viking for our first cruise for several reasons, 1) the choice of cruises was large and varied enough to satisfy our needs and at a fair price, 2) the design of the new longboat was clean, modern and what I was comfortable with, 3) the included shore excursions were good enough but there were add-on excursions to choose from that filled out the day. We were pleased with the quality of food and wines offered but I did get tired of the crowd in the main restaurant. Which is why I chose to eat many meals in the Aquavit lounge with that wonderful open, bright and airy view. The ship's staff was very helpful, knew what we wanted when we sat down and made the trip special. We took every opportunity to explore our cities, first through the tour and then independently when time permitted. In the major cities of Strasbourg, Cologne and Amsterdam the ship's tour director arranged for buses to be available at central locations and at enough time slots to accommodate coming and going from the ship without the need to call for a taxi. The highlight of our tours was a trip from Basel through Switzerland to the nearby central Alps, complete with a cog train trip up to Kleine Scheidegg for a remarkable view of Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau covered with snow shining in the rare sunshine. The weather this spring in Europe had been very rainy. We were fortunate that the Rhine River water level did not rise much further than we experienced as I saw one ship was unable to go upriver to Basel requiring the passengers to pack up and go by bus. Viking got us and our tour busses out on time rain or not. We were fortunate that the rain stopped in time for us to wander about the city without our very large red Viking umbrellas. Each tour was choreographed by the tour director to keep group sizes manageable. A special leisure group was set up for the folks on the ship who had mobility problems. Leaving the ship required a departure card and a tour group card. All we had to do was look for the bus with our number and follow our tour guide. The tour guides were top notch; we were provided with details of the cities and cathedrals and also interesting tidbits about everyday life. Every person was provided a radio and set of ear buds to listen to the tour guide so it was possible to drag behind the group a bit to take photos and yet still hear every word. We were very thankful for the several occasions when the ship would cruise during the day. That meant no early rise and we could dawdle over breakfast. The middle Rhine cruise was one of those occasions and thoroughly cured my desire to see castles. Every turn in the river, every hill seemed to have a castle. Our tour director kept up an informative talk during this part of the cruise pointing out each castle as we came upon it. Drinks were served on the top deck for those of us braving the winds and occasional rains during this castle show. Just remarkable how smoothly the Viking ship sailed through the chop with no sense of motion. We could hardly tell when the ship departed at night or when it made landing early the next day. There were occasional bumps during lock maneuvers. We enjoyed our view from the full size sliding window in our cabin. Except for those occasions when we had to dock with another Viking ship alongside. Then all you saw was another persons cabin inches away. Thankfully those piggyback arrangements were varied between port and starboard so we were not always impacted. I realized that paying extra for a full veranda would not have been useful and that the above deck accommodations of the ship were very comfortable and never crowded or blocked by another ship. Our French balcony cabin was well suited to our needs. I had expected it to feel cramped, but it was not. There was plenty of closet space and dresser space to completely unpack our bags, stow them under the bed and not touch them until departure. Even the bathroom felt uncrowded thanks to the glass doors of the shower folding inward thus opening up space. Wifi was a bit low in the cabin but available in all the lounge areas. There was always a live piano player in the lounge for entertainment and additional local talent was brought onboard during the nights when the ship was staying later in port. We heard both classical and folk music from groups who were exceedingly good. The concierge service was nice to have. I was able to arrange for some changes in one of our tours and to check on our final departure arrangements. The flights out of Amsterdam were all early so the ship provided breakfast starting at 0430. Bags only had to be set out for pickup 1 hour prior to departure. Each departing group was announced clearly so there was no confusion. We found the entire trip to be carefree, without the normal worries associated with making our own arrangements for trips, tours, etc. This experience of a Viking River cruise was exactly what we were looking for. I recommend it to all our friends and I will be planning another along a different river sometime in the future. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This was our 1st River Cruise. We have been on multiple large ship cruises. I was extremely impressed how up close & personal the river cruise was in comparison to the others. We loved the fact that a tour was included in each ... Read More
This was our 1st River Cruise. We have been on multiple large ship cruises. I was extremely impressed how up close & personal the river cruise was in comparison to the others. We loved the fact that a tour was included in each of our ports. I'm sure we saw & learned things about each port that we never would have, if we had to pay for every single tour we went on. Each of our tour guides were very passionate about their cities & relayed so many important facts to us. The name of our cruise director was Gavin & he made himself extremely accessible to all the travelers answering numerous questions about each port, including where to buy the best chocolate at the best prices. We did have a briefing about each port before dinner each night, but we always have our own personal questions to ask & he was always willing to listen. We will do it again, but right now we both work, so we have to work it into our schedules. It gives us something to look forward to. Thank you to Viking for making this such a wonderful vacation! Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I chose this cruise to revisit some of the countries I had visited years ago. Within an hour of stepping onto the ship, I realized that I had been living under a rock. Why hadn't I known about this cruise line before? I realized, ... Read More
I chose this cruise to revisit some of the countries I had visited years ago. Within an hour of stepping onto the ship, I realized that I had been living under a rock. Why hadn't I known about this cruise line before? I realized, also, that I will never take an ocean cruise again! The intimacy, the service, the environment, etc. was just superb! The entertainment, for the most part, was fun and of interest, especially the local performers. The shore excursions were well-chosen, and the fact that we could opt out, even mid-excursion, was appreciated. The fact that we were able to dine alone or to meet new friends at each meal enhanced the experience. I look forward to more travel with Viking. In fact, I am already signed up for the Budapest to Nuremberg trip this October! Who would guess that I would be traveling twice to Europe in one year?! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We had greatly enjoyed two previous trips with Viking leaving from Moscow and Budapest and chose a route that was new to us and included going through an area that some ancestors came from and ended in Switzerland where we had family ties. ... Read More
We had greatly enjoyed two previous trips with Viking leaving from Moscow and Budapest and chose a route that was new to us and included going through an area that some ancestors came from and ended in Switzerland where we had family ties. The ship was first class with very comfortable dining and meeting areas and always in perfect order. We always looked forward to meal time and the many selections to choose from, and appreciated the opportunity to occasionally order off menu. All the staff, with their varied responsibilities, were professional, knowledgeable and personable. There was no doubt that the crew was there to support and have "happy" customers. The officers were readily available, and were quite visible throughout the trip including the evening events. It seemed like some of them had second jobs as entertainers. Our cabin was very comfortable and excellently maintained. I don't believe we missed any of the organized events. The one thing I think that could be improved on this trip is the shore excursions. They seemed to be totally time driven. If you stopped to look at something of interest you risked getting left behind. We certainly have hopes for a fourth Viking trip. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We chose the particular cruise as Viking offered some very good prices for the time of our departure. From the time we were picked up until arrived on board we were treated very well. The checking in ran like a Swiss clock. Got to our ... Read More
We chose the particular cruise as Viking offered some very good prices for the time of our departure. From the time we were picked up until arrived on board we were treated very well. The checking in ran like a Swiss clock. Got to our cabin and luggage was right behind us. Cabin was immaculate and young man who brought luggage explained everything. From our first evening in cocktail lounge to our first meal personnel were exceptional. We never had a disappointing meal and the menu pretty much coincided with locale where the boat was on The River Rhine. If you needed anything special or extra with your meal they were very obliging. The tours were very user friendly, even special accommodations for older people (like me) who needed extra time or assistance. All tours were extremely well conducted by knowledgeable personnel. Entire trip went to fast but, every moment was enjoyable. We have recommended Viking River cruises to our friends. If all goes well we are looking forward to another adventure. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
Needed to return to this part of the world in order to reminisce and just enjoy! Why not try a new adventure? Where have I been? Within an hour of stepping onto the Lofn, I knew that I would NEVER take an ocean cruise again. The ... Read More
Needed to return to this part of the world in order to reminisce and just enjoy! Why not try a new adventure? Where have I been? Within an hour of stepping onto the Lofn, I knew that I would NEVER take an ocean cruise again. The intimacy of the entire experience is definitely a plus. Who cared if we had the cheapest room in the hold? We only slept there...and besides, the room was lovely. We were at water's level...kind of interesting, actually. We could definitely hear the water slosh, but it had that kind of 'muffling out the noise' serenity. About 140 passengers (I think) and 50 staff...I guess that speaks for itself, in regard to service = excellent. It was an experience to be on top during the first passing through the locks. The evening lights and daytime views are only now memories, but they were enjoyed on a daily basis! We received service at the top while viewing! Who would guess the weather would be well--after all, we had heard that the previous week's group experienced rain for the entire trip! It was in the 70s for us all week! There couldn't have been a more beautiful week for us to visit the cities in Switzerland, Germany, France, and Nederland. Heck...the highlight of the shopping venture in Koln was a proposal of marriage from a German known to me for only 4 hours. Nuts? I can't make this up...Needless to say, it was just an afternoon to remember. Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
We chose this Viking River Cruise from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Holland as a real "bucket-list" trip. This cruise turned out to be the VERY best one we have ever taken in almost 47 years of marriage. All tours (planned ... Read More
We chose this Viking River Cruise from Basel, Switzerland to Amsterdam, Holland as a real "bucket-list" trip. This cruise turned out to be the VERY best one we have ever taken in almost 47 years of marriage. All tours (planned and optional) were absolutely superbly guided by professional and interesting personnel. All meals were prepared to perfection. The total crew were exceptionally kind and professional and always had our wishes answered literally before we had even thought of them. We cannot say enough positive things about our cruise...except we are going on another Viking River Cruise in 2017! Our cabin was perfect for us and the ship was newly built and functioned well (the tour through the engine room was fascinating, and very informative and you realized how well maintained everything on the ship was). Our Tour Director was very professional and had answers to every one of the thousand questions asked every day...entertainment was well thought of for every age on board. If you want the cruise of a life time...definitely consider Viking! Read Less
Sail Date May 2016
I recommend Viking River Cruises to everyone. We enjoyed our first trip to Amsterdam. We took advantage of the pre-trip experience to enjoy the city, museums and beautiful gardens. We also toured the Anne Frank House. Along the trip, we ... Read More
I recommend Viking River Cruises to everyone. We enjoyed our first trip to Amsterdam. We took advantage of the pre-trip experience to enjoy the city, museums and beautiful gardens. We also toured the Anne Frank House. Along the trip, we visited towns of our ancestors to see how they lived. We saw and toured windmills and learned their history and function. We enjoyed the Food & Wine excursion. It was excellent. We progressed through the town, eating and learning about the cookies, cheeses and wine. Plus, we had a private tour of the cathedral and the fabulous astronomical clock. All this was included. The fabulous dinners were prepared by a top notch chefs and delivered by top notch waiters. Actually, all meals were perfect. There was plenty of variety for all. Rene as program director truly made the trip a lot more fun. We runs a tight program. He is very careful to take care of everyone. He always has a smile on his face and ready for everything. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We are return customers with Viking River Cruises because they are simply so good at everything they do. We did not worry about a thing from start to finish. We did the precruise in Amsterdam so we could go to the Keukenhof Tulip ... Read More
We are return customers with Viking River Cruises because they are simply so good at everything they do. We did not worry about a thing from start to finish. We did the precruise in Amsterdam so we could go to the Keukenhof Tulip Festival, Anne Frank House and the museums. All of these experiences were wonderful. Our travel from the airport to our hotel in Amsterdam and then on to the ship was seamless. Once on the Lofn everything was perfection. Rene, our cruise director, was so entertaining and clearly loved his job. Our French Balcony cabin was ideal for our needs, always kept clean by our friendly steward and the bathroom was roomy, the lighting in the bathroom was excellent, the heated floors were wonderful and the toiletries were very nice. We enjoyed all of our meals and the wines served by well-trained staff. We enjoyed all of the shore excursions and even did some of the extra tours to take advantage of every opportunity while we were sailing the Rhine. The evening entertainment was also very nice with a wide variety of experiences offered. We'll be sailing on the Seine July 23rd with Viking as we are so pleased with our experiences with Viking. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
This was our third Viking European river cruise, and our first on a longship. From the time we arrived in Amsterdam to the day we departed the cruise, our trip was flawless. The staff was very courteous and responsive to our needs, the ... Read More
This was our third Viking European river cruise, and our first on a longship. From the time we arrived in Amsterdam to the day we departed the cruise, our trip was flawless. The staff was very courteous and responsive to our needs, the meals were interesting and delicious, and the excursions lead by seasoned locals were fun and informative. We added the two day pre-sailing option at the Raddison Blu which was a great opportunity to get acclimated to the time change and enjoy the city. The added Sunday morning progressive food and wine noshing excursion thru the streets of Amsterdam was my favorite. Program Director, Rene, was one of the highlights of the cruise with his energy to see every day ran smoothly. His outstanding personality and wit kept us laughing. Viking gives my wife and I the opportunity to broaden our experience and knowledge of the world, and to make new friends along the way. We and two other couples have been keeping in touch and becoming more familier with each others families. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
Friends had planned to go on this river cruise. They invited us to join them. Why Not? We did and found they also invited another couple with whom they were friends. The six of us got to know each other and found we enjoyed being ... Read More
Friends had planned to go on this river cruise. They invited us to join them. Why Not? We did and found they also invited another couple with whom they were friends. The six of us got to know each other and found we enjoyed being together. This cruise, the shore excursions and port locations allowed us to learn about different areas and about each of our interests. All of us enjoyed every community we visited. Each of us, during dinner discussion following the 'home visits' were ecstatic about the experience. Fortunately, each of us visited a different home thus, we had many stories to share. Every one positive and enriching. A side benefit is that we learned about our fellow passengers who shared our home visit. That created a link for us to expand our relationships with fellow passengers. Made for a 'neighborhood' feeling on-board.* The staff were well trained, warm, helpful, eager to please and sincere. Many of them learned passenger's names as well as beverage and food preferences. This was impressive. Food choices, quantity and quality were 'off the chart'. The ship, rooms and public areas were immaculate. The crew responsible for exterior ship maintenance, handling, docking and lock passage were skillful, swift, safety oriented and efficient. Prior to my 'Viking experience" I expected an above average experience. My expectations were destroyed immediately and continuously. This company, staff, equipment, training, execution and sincerity were impeccable. Congratulations to all! We six 'guests', not passengers, will select VIKING above all other choices for our next adventure. * I encourage Viking management to expand this 'home visit' program/experience. Further, I suggest a simple briefing about the Viking organization, especially, in their country. What I urge is not an indoctrination program simply an understanding of what the company hopes to provide through these visits. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
we choose this cruise for the chance to see tulips and windmills. We saw lots and lots of tulips and windmills. The service was excellent, just ask and it was done. The food service was a bit slow at times, but it was the beginning of ... Read More
we choose this cruise for the chance to see tulips and windmills. We saw lots and lots of tulips and windmills. The service was excellent, just ask and it was done. The food service was a bit slow at times, but it was the beginning of the season and everyone was just getting used to their jobs.The chef came out during the meals and talked with the passengers to get feedback and suggestions on how to improve the meals. We really appreciated the extra effort that he made for his passengers. The excursions were fun and the optional excursions were reasonably priced. It was easy to make new friends and we formed some wonderful friendships. The cruise director kept everyone well informed at the end of every day, and kept things moving smoothly all through the day. The tour of the captain's bridge was excellent and we really enjoyed the chance to see how the ship was operated. The laundry service was excellent, with laundry returned in a short amount of time. We used our shipboard credits for this. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
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