3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
Went on the new Viking Gefjon on the Danube Waltz. Loved the locations where we stopped, loved the bus tours around the cities, loved just sitting on the deck when the younger travelers went on other explorations, food was excellent, love ... Read More
Went on the new Viking Gefjon on the Danube Waltz. Loved the locations where we stopped, loved the bus tours around the cities, loved just sitting on the deck when the younger travelers went on other explorations, food was excellent, love the free wine or beer at lunch and dinner, personnel from tour guide to cabin attendant were above expectation. It was my fourth Viking Cruise and already looking for another seasonal special. Enjoyed having an elevator to help go up and down steps. Very comfortable in all areas from the reception area to the lounge. Would like to have the lounge camera show the entertainment instead of just the piano and when the tour guide showed slides would like to have seen them on our TV instead of just hearing her talk. Other cruises had a wider view of the lounge area and we could see the entertainment from the comfort of our room especially late in the evening when old people like us like to relax. Loved the optional excursions from the ship especially when lots of us have traveled with Viking before and have seen many of the locations we stop at. But always something new to see. The captain was very visible and was at many of the occasions and always welcomed people to see his control tower and had answers to all of our questions. It is always amazing how we go through so many locks up and down the river and many people are fassinated by this process Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2016
The cabin was extremely comfortable, well appointed and designed for space utilization. The ship was beautifully decorated and designed. The dining areas, deck, bar and other common areas were welcoming, comfortable and deigned to ... Read More
The cabin was extremely comfortable, well appointed and designed for space utilization. The ship was beautifully decorated and designed. The dining areas, deck, bar and other common areas were welcoming, comfortable and deigned to encourage meeting new friends. The food was amazing, great choices for each meal and way beyond our expectations--the chef and the entire staff worked hard to ensure an enjoyable, relaxing dining experience. The staff were all very professional and anticipated your every need--from the wonderful cabin attendant to the captain. The included shore excursions were led by local guides who did an excellent job of giving you an overview of the city, local history and culture. Time was sufficient for exploring each port on your own as well. The entertainment on board was educational as well as fun. Overall our trip could not have been better--we met some wonderful new friends and considered the staff as new friends as well. All our future cruising will be with Viking. Thank you for a wonderful memory. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2016
The total brochure price was a great value for all that it included. We were celebrating two significant birthdays and a wedding anniversary and when we told our cousins about our plans, they decided to join us. Viking staff conveniently ... Read More
The total brochure price was a great value for all that it included. We were celebrating two significant birthdays and a wedding anniversary and when we told our cousins about our plans, they decided to join us. Viking staff conveniently linked the reservations together. The four of us had a great time. Transportation arrangements worked without a hitch. Viking reps met us upon arrival. Our luggage was brought to our beautiful room. Meals were great. Staff was wonderful. Included tours and guides were excellent, especially with the provided listening devices and always available water. Morning tours in each new arrival city gave us enough information to plan our self directed afternoon activities after a great onboard lunch. Meals always included dishes and wines representative of the city or country we were visiting. All were equally delicious and beautifully presented. The four of us often sampled what one another had ordered. Each day was an adventure with just the right amount of planning and direction, culminating with a visit to a nice restaurant. The four of us have already booked another cruise. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2016
We never have been to that part of the world and wanted experience a much smaller ship so a Viking river cruise with excursions included sounded good to us. (I loved the Viking advertisements that I saw at the movie theaters.) We ... Read More
We never have been to that part of the world and wanted experience a much smaller ship so a Viking river cruise with excursions included sounded good to us. (I loved the Viking advertisements that I saw at the movie theaters.) We travelled with our close friends, another married couple, which enhanced our comfort with the tours and the new experiences we were having. We enjoyed the Viking Gefjon ship far more than the 2000+ large ship cruise we took two years prior to Istanbul and the Greek Isles. My husband doesn't care for large crowds and prefers a much smaller ship. The Viking Gefjon cabin, the dining, the service, the tours, the cultural information and the views were outstanding. From day one on the ship we thoroughly enjoyed everything about our trip. Viking service made our trip effortless. We liked Viking so much that we will be leaving on another Viking river cruise in March 2017 to the Elbe (cruise 5 days) and 11 days on land will include Berlin, Prague, Krakow & Warsaw. At the ripe age of 71 and 75, we are feeling spoiled and pampered by the luxury Viking provides even though on all our prior travels through the years, we were more the tent and backpack type of travelers! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We had previously done the Romantic Danube and the Rhine separately, but my brother and wife wanted to do a cruise so we recommended this one. The part through southern Germany was new to us but we learned new things even on the other ... Read More
We had previously done the Romantic Danube and the Rhine separately, but my brother and wife wanted to do a cruise so we recommended this one. The part through southern Germany was new to us but we learned new things even on the other portions that we had already sailed. We really enjoy the daily shore excursions as the educational opportunities are important to us as we are both retired educators. There were also a number of optional excursions. On this cruise we did a lot of sailing during the daytime and sitting on the top deck taking in the breathtaking scenery was spectacular. It was also interesting to see the ship going through the numerous locks. Embarkation and disembarkation went very smoothly. We arrived at the ship fairly early in the morning and they had a light lunch for us. A bus was available to take us into town so we could explore even before the actual cruise began. There were a few cancellations so we were upgraded to a balcony room that was beautiful. I am sure it was because this was our fifth cruise with Viking. The dining choices were fabulous. There was always a regional dish, fish dish, and a vegetarian one. The desserts were out of this world and you could have more than one. The wait staff was exceptional in their service. My brother had a bad cold and the server brought him so broth that wasn't on the menu. The entire staff went out of their way to make the trip enjoyable. We have our sixth Viking cruise already booked for 2017. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
We had been receiving brochures for years, and I finally convinced my husband to do the trip. We loved everything about it. The smaller ship, the wonderful food, the included tours and guides, entertainment aboard ship, the interesting ... Read More
We had been receiving brochures for years, and I finally convinced my husband to do the trip. We loved everything about it. The smaller ship, the wonderful food, the included tours and guides, entertainment aboard ship, the interesting cities/towns we visited, and the amazing crew. The ship was beautiful - sleek lines and understated decor, lots of common areas, inside and out, Two venues for eating - buffet and dining room/servers, and the menu was interesting, varied, and delicious, and the complementary beer/wine at lunch and dinner was lovely. The crew was professional, very friendly, and always helpful. I especially enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere; every minute of every day was not filled with activities. Lectures, demonstrations, and the evening entertainment was sufficient for me. The included walking/bus tours were so interesting, and the guides were so knowledgeable and informative, and we enjoyed all our ports of call. We met many interesting and friendly people, from the US, Canada, and Australia. I especially enjoyed the Canadians perceptive comments on our present political situation in the US. My husband has MS, and we were so fortunate that the ship had 2 extra wheel chairs on board, and he was able to be included in 90% of the tours, 1 of which was labeled "leisure". I would recommend future passengers to look into bringing a wheel chair on board so they can participate in the walking tours. I would love to do another cruise, and Viking would be my 1st choice. They have thought of everything! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Just finished the Grand European cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest for our 25th anniversary. Excellent, excellent, excellent! Viking does it up perfectly. They are so organized and all the shore excursions are planned out to include ... Read More
Just finished the Grand European cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest for our 25th anniversary. Excellent, excellent, excellent! Viking does it up perfectly. They are so organized and all the shore excursions are planned out to include every detail and timed with precision. The excursions include local tour guides so you really get a feel for each locale that you are in. You can do as much or as little as you want to. Staff is super personable. Definitely do the optional excursions for beer tasting in Cologne, Germany, bus trip to Salzburg, Austria, and wine tasting in Krems, Austria. Another great part of the Viking experience is that they let you bring your own wine on board. Buy local wine from each port you are in and then drink it that night in the lounge. The trip itself is over 1,200 miles on various waterways and includes going thru 68 locks while on the Rhine River, Main River, Main-Danube canal (with aqueducts), and then onto the Danube River. They make sure that the very scenic parts of the rivers are cruised during the day for great photo opportunities with the many castles along the rivers. We chose to do the optional extension at Budapest at the end and it was well worth it. Budapest is very walkable and has a relaxed vibe. We also lucked out with timing since it was their Spring Festival while we were there. Incredible local food and crafts. Our suitcases were packed! Don't miss the tokaji tasting at the Faust Winery in the castle district! Free beer and wine during lunch and dinner also help out! Many great selections, including some local ones. Food was very tasty with a local flair. They even opened up the ship's kitchen one night for all the guests to see. If you cruise on the Gefjon, make sure to get to know the bartender Stefan...he ROCKS! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2016
Our cruise on Viking River Cruise was all that we expected and more. We chose the least expensive cabin and were pleasantly surprised. It was small but very cozy and comfortable. We had all the amenities that we would have received in a ... Read More
Our cruise on Viking River Cruise was all that we expected and more. We chose the least expensive cabin and were pleasantly surprised. It was small but very cozy and comfortable. We had all the amenities that we would have received in a far more expensive room. Our dining arrangements, our entertainment and activities were all first class. The service we received was always delivered with a care and a friendly smile. The tour guides in every port were excellent. When our dock was not within walking distance of the center of town, there was always a shuttle available. We did not book any of the optional excursions and were quite pleased that we didn't. The included tours gave us an overview of each town or city we stopped in and our dock location or shuttle gave us the ability to visit the places we desired easily. As an example when in Vienna we wanted to ride the famous ferris wheel. We were able to walk to the park, ride the ferris wheel and stroll back on a beautiful spring day taking in the local neighborhood. Our concierge, Eddie, always had suggestions and answers as to where we could go and how we could get there. I can't finish this review without commenting on all the staff on our ship. From the tour director, Dawn, who was knowledgeable, friendly and very talented to Monika, the girl who cleaned our room daily (and I have to add it sparkled and so did she), the staff was always pleasant, courteous and helpful. More than anything we were always greeted with a friendly smile wherever we went on the ship. Read Less
Sail Date: December 2015
This is our 5th river cruise with Viking. Captain Marcel Stephan is clearly a great leader and inspired his staff to deliver friendly and attentive service. We could sense the camaraderie amongst the staff and everybody seemed happy to ... Read More
This is our 5th river cruise with Viking. Captain Marcel Stephan is clearly a great leader and inspired his staff to deliver friendly and attentive service. We could sense the camaraderie amongst the staff and everybody seemed happy to be there and taking care of the passengers. Captain Stephan was constantly in attendance at all events, at each port, Viking presentations, even helping his crew unload luggage. The longship was new and well-designed. Each of the ports was beautiful and interesting. The local tour guides were knowledgeable and articulate, with a good sense of humour. The weather was exceptional, warm and most times sunny. The service and the food were consistently superior. The staff were friendly and cheerful, which added to our overall enjoyment. The restaurant staff welcomed us like we were VIP's. Even the Chef came out and chatted to us. Each menu item was well-prepared and served to us at just the right pace. It was a gastronomical delight. We would HIGHLY recommend this cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
The hardest part of our entire trip was the US to Europe flight and extremely long layover. But once the Viking staff member met us upon arrival, everything from that point on went as smoothly as we ever could have imagined. The ... Read More
The hardest part of our entire trip was the US to Europe flight and extremely long layover. But once the Viking staff member met us upon arrival, everything from that point on went as smoothly as we ever could have imagined. The ship's Captain, Director and staff were outstanding. They promptly and cheerfully responded to our every question or request for assistance. The food was superb, and every meal was a feast for the eyes as well as the palate. Our stateroom was quite roomy and well appointed and the views from our balcony were breathtaking. The onboard features including the ship's tour, the cookie making demonstration, the glass blowing exhibit, and the classical music concert were delightful. Though the evening entertainment was limited to a piano bar, the pianist was talented and quite entertaining. The Excursions and local guides were excellent. We had lots of choices and ample free time in virtually every port. And upon arrival back at the ship, we were greeted with either a cocktail, an amuse bouche, or a sweet treat. The welcome reception, Captain's Reception, and farewell reception were perfect opportunities to meet new friends or reconnect with friends from previous Viking cruises. We plan to keep in touch with a number of the new friends we made on this cruise. It is no exaggeration to say that every detail of the cruise from beginning to end was perfectly planned and flawlessly executed. We were so impressed, we have already scheduled our next cruise. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
This was our second cruise, first with Viking. We did the Heart of Germany cruise for the holidays. Pros: The ship was amazing. Brand new this season. Clean and modern. The service on the boat was out of this world. The crew was ... Read More
This was our second cruise, first with Viking. We did the Heart of Germany cruise for the holidays. Pros: The ship was amazing. Brand new this season. Clean and modern. The service on the boat was out of this world. The crew was insanely committed to ensuring that all the passages had an amazing time. I don't think that their was a single time we walked by them without one of them asking if we need anything or saying hi. The captain was true leader among them. He was always working. Weather it was carrying luggage to the rooms, putting out the gangway, or just ensuring all the guest were having a great time. We saw and talked to him very day, amazingly nice guy. The service staff was hard working and some of the best I have ever come across. Everyone from the cabin stewards to the servers in the restaurants. Can't say enough good things about the staff. The itinerary was great, all the included tours were informational and well run, and the tour guides were knowledgeable and kind. Those you do have to take some buses, some trip were up to 1.5 hours ride from the boat, Viking has their own fleet of luxury motor coaches with bathrooms and comfortable seats. We literally just had to choose which tour we wanted to go on (Short, regular, or extended) and they did all the work. There is plenty of free time in each destination for exploring on your own. There were little to no kids on the boat. Few teenagers, but they were all VERY well behaved. We got to meet great people from all around the world. The ship felt like a small community that we didn't want to leave by the end of our adventure! The food can be summed up with one word, SPECTACULAR. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner were tasty and filling. VERY filling, I think I gained 15lbs. on this trip. Cons: There were a few cons, small details. The top deck was never able to be open due to the fact that on the Main river in Germany there were over 140 bridges that we passed under during our cruise. Some as low as a couple inches from the top of the boat. There is not fitness facility on the boat and the only track was on the top deck which was closed. The internet on the ship is slow, but it was fine for us. We were trying to disconnect from the world anyways. Summary: Overall I would highly recommend this cruise line and the Heart of Germany itinerary. Germany is a gorgeous country that everyone should experience once in their life. We have already booked out next cruise, 15 days in the Baltic! We look forward to travel with them again. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
My 85 year old mother had always wanted to take a river cruise in Germany. So, we decided to treat her this past year and take her on the Christmas Markets' cruise. My husband and I have cruised before (not Viking), but I have to ... Read More
My 85 year old mother had always wanted to take a river cruise in Germany. So, we decided to treat her this past year and take her on the Christmas Markets' cruise. My husband and I have cruised before (not Viking), but I have to say that this was the most enjoyable and relaxing cruise we have ever taken. Viking thought of everything and made the experience amazing. All ports had excursions that were free but incredibly informative and fun. The food was incredible, the crew fantastic and the small size of the ship made it all very intimate and comfortable. No shoving or waiting in line at a buffet, or paying extra for fine dining. There was always room in the dining room as well as the common areas without feeling like we were crowded at all. Viking also excelled at having cultural experiences on the ship that were not only informative, but also very entertaining as well. No casino (thank you!) or extravaganzas - just a very relaxing and completely enjoyable trip. It was so nice to have Viking plan everything out, down to the smallest detail, and not have to worry about logistics or make decisions that after awhile, become tiresome and sometimes stressful. We started our cruise in Nuremberg, where Viking met us at the airport and efficiently took us to the ship. Each night, the cruise director gave an overview of what was happening the following day and described the excursions. Our tours were always with English-speaking natives (one tour was with an expat from the US). We were given headsets so that we were able to hear the guides, and we didn't have to crowd around them traveling in a pack. Each and every tour guide was delightful. We also always had free time in each port for shopping or more sightseeing. When we returned, the first thing I said to everyone who asked me about the cruise was, "I can't recommend Viking highly-enough. It was truly wonderful!" Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2015
The Gefjon is one of the newer Viking river ships and it is spectacular! We have cruised with Viking for many years and will continue for many more. The customer service is the best and their food is comparable to any five star ... Read More
The Gefjon is one of the newer Viking river ships and it is spectacular! We have cruised with Viking for many years and will continue for many more. The customer service is the best and their food is comparable to any five star restaurant. My husband didn't care for one of the entrees he chose one night and they took it away and cooked him a steak. The crew always wants you to be satisfied no matter what you are doing or eating. This was a Christmas market cruise so the best thing was the close ports to the market area and city center. You don't get that on ocean cruises. After our daily walking tour (which is included in the price of the cruise) we always had time on our own to shop or just wander around our port. Everyone needs to take at least one cruise with Viking. You won't be disappointed. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2015
a bit hesitant to go on a river cruise. Seen the commercials-- they looked nice but you never know. From the moment we boarded the ship we were NEVER disappointed in anything! The crew could not do enough for everyone. There was not one ... Read More
a bit hesitant to go on a river cruise. Seen the commercials-- they looked nice but you never know. From the moment we boarded the ship we were NEVER disappointed in anything! The crew could not do enough for everyone. There was not one thing that we could want for that they could not do for each passenger--well maybe the weather :) The ship was immaculate- bathroom spotless, under the bed not one dust ball or piece of dirt. restaurant was efficient and professional while maintaining a level of warmth to the passengers. Activities were available at different levels of ability. There were slow tours if you did not want to run around like crazy and enjoy the scenery. Faster ones for the more adventurous who tried to cram in as much as they could in a short time frame. We took a cabin with a veranda - which I recommend. Even though the weather was at best fair-- we did get to open the door and get fresh air and watch the beautiful castles along the river go by. We are trying to think about our next trip when we save up some money!\ Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
This was a wonderful cruise - something you will never forget. The rooms are great, good food and love that you get free drinks with lunch and dinner. Met some wonderful friends and the crew was friendly and polite. There were a few ... Read More
This was a wonderful cruise - something you will never forget. The rooms are great, good food and love that you get free drinks with lunch and dinner. Met some wonderful friends and the crew was friendly and polite. There were a few waiters that were not up to Viking standards but most were wonderful. Carl, our cruise director, was quite funny and excellent with his info. We really did not get into the entertainment because we were pretty tired every night. The excursions keep you busy and we saw so much. Passau was our favorite port. We did have to change ships due to low water but it was not an issue and they more than made up for it by giving us all a free lunch in another town. Quite a treat!! We have to say that the staff on Viking Ve seemed to be better all around than the Gefjon we transferred to. First time we had cruised on a smaller ship and they have spoiled us for sure. So easy getting on (we had done a three day pre visit to Prague) and the bus ride was very comfortable -when we got to the ship there was no waiting - no rushing. We cruised from Budapest (beautiful city) to Amsterdam. Cruised out of Budapest at night - stunning!! The ship was always being cleaned and every time you went on an excursion they would give you some water to take along. The stewards were awesome and always had our room spotless. Everything was great!! Viking definitely has it together in river cruising. Really didn't need a balcony since was pretty cold most of the time. We would love to do it again. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
because the water level was low, we had to transfer half way through the cruise to another boat located on the other side of shallow water. The transfer was excellent The tour director stayed with us on both boats and he was terrific. ... Read More
because the water level was low, we had to transfer half way through the cruise to another boat located on the other side of shallow water. The transfer was excellent The tour director stayed with us on both boats and he was terrific. The boats were essentially identical so the accommodations were the same and good. The Fall time was cold and we couldn't use our veranda because of the chilliness as well as we were locking through the lock system many times when we had down time, usually in the evening. The meals were similar and there was plenty of food and wine. Some geographic variation in the menus was appreciated, although, not as tasty as I had anticipated. The side trips were amazing, lots of walking tours and the guides were unique, informative and entertaining. The extra tours were well worth the extra money. Bus rides were in comfortable buses which were expertly driven, especially the windy, hilly and narrow roads. The staff. Both boat's staff were friendly. The staff on the first boat were well organized, efficient and I am grateful to have had their service. The staff on the second boat were disorganized, did a lot of running around, never could get the dinners out, tables cleared, coffee refilled, desserts got mixed up and a lot of visibly standing around. Housekeeping had to return to finish up something left undone. Both boat staff I repeat were friendly and seemed motivated, just not well led on the second boat: Gefjon. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2015
I had been wanting to make this River Cruise for a long time and finally booked it! It was late October and the colors were beautiful and the weather quite good although cool. This was a most amazing cruise. We could continually see the ... Read More
I had been wanting to make this River Cruise for a long time and finally booked it! It was late October and the colors were beautiful and the weather quite good although cool. This was a most amazing cruise. We could continually see the beautiful countryside. This ship was a nice size and every part of it was immaculate. The staff and crew were very friendly and fun. Food was excellent. The tours were very good and provided in each place by experienced guides that were generally local. Everything was exceedingly well organized and unexpected things were handled quickly and well. We had to change ships because of water level changes. Our bags were handled efficiently and we were transported to the second ship without delay. Both ships had to be cleaned in a very short order to accommodate the exchange. The meticulous attention to detail was impressive-----on the first ship I had requested an extra pillow ---and when we arrived at the second ship I had a second pillow on my bed already. Impressive. The room was small as expected but we had everything we needed at all times. Very nice bathroom with warm floor :). Dining was excellent with several choices always available and included foods of the region. It was open seating so we were able to meet new people or not as we pleased. Usually there was casual dining also. The ship has huge Windows and comfortable furniture to relax and view scenery or visit with others at any time we were onboard. The best tour I have ever been on for sure. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2015
The itinerary was wonderful--so many breathtaking sights and first rate experiences! Every bend in the river provided views of stunning castles, vineyards, churches, or quaint towns! ... Read More
The itinerary was wonderful--so many breathtaking sights and first rate experiences! Every bend in the river provided views of stunning castles, vineyards, churches, or quaint towns! The cabins were comfortable with plenty of storage areas. The public areas were roomy with floor to ceiling windows and comfortable seating to view the fantastic scenery if you didn't want to sit on the open deck. The staff seemed to anticipate our every need. MIf it was raining, umbrellas were handy. On cold days, there were warm blankets and specialty hot drinks. The food on board ship was very good, and we always had several choices for each meal throughout the day. Often regional specialties were highlighted. Fresh baked cookies were always available. Wine and soda were always available at no charge with our meal. Often we docked right in the middle of the city. How convenient!! The shore excursions were very organized, and we all had earphones so we could hear our guide. Our cruise director was very knowledgeable and gave educational talks about the area we would be visiting before each port. After awhile the churches started running together though! There was a nice balance between organized tours and time for us to explore on our own. One day several of us went with the chef to a farmers market--rode the subway and sampled lots of regional foods--FUN!! Entertainment on board the ship highlighted the region. Some nights there was only a piano playe, but by the end of the day everyone was tired and gladly retired early!! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
We just got back from an amazing River Cruise through Europe with Viking that was almost perfect. The ship was only 3 months old and looked it, nice and shiny. The crew could not have treated us any better ! They were great ! My Wife ... Read More
We just got back from an amazing River Cruise through Europe with Viking that was almost perfect. The ship was only 3 months old and looked it, nice and shiny. The crew could not have treated us any better ! They were great ! My Wife and I aren't very fussy when it comes to food, it was good, but, I can see where a "Foodie" type person might complain. The breakfast buffet was great and the lunches were fine either in the Main Dining Room or the Aquavit Terrace. The dinners in the Dining Room were fine, but, just not special. The portions were small, fine for us, but, if you're big eater you'll need a double order. The complimentary Wine for Lunch & Dinner were great, no complaints at all. Those people that have complained about the Wine don't seem to realize that the Wine is coming from a completely different area than you're probably not use to. You may not like it, but, it's not because it's "bad" you're just not familiar with the taste from the Wine from this area. Our Balcony Room was great. A little small, but, it was well organized and once we emptied our luggage everything fit. The shower was plenty big enough for us and overall the bathroom was perfect. Our balcony was a little small, but, again, perfect for us. Our Room Steward was great. We were hardly in our room, but, the TV had several choices and the WiFi worked ok most of the time. We have travelled a lot in the past and have done the Moscow to St Petersberg River Cruise in the past, but, we had never been to anywhere we went on this Cruise. We're in our 60s, but, we're pretty active. We saw and did everything we could. We went on every excusion offered by Viking and as many optional excursions as we could fit in. When we we'ren't on a Tour and were cruising down the different Rivers we were on top of the ship or in the front of the ship in the Aquavit Lounge. We literally did not want to miss a thing ! Even at night there were things to see along the way. We hated to go to bed at night afraid we would miss some amazing views. If you couldn't walk into town, the Buses that took you on our excursions were all 1st class and all of them had restrooms. If you wanted to see the sights and learn about what you were seeing the opportunity was there. With one exception all of the guides on the excursions were very knowledgeable. Some of the optional excursions Costs were a little high, but, worth it. The Mozart - Strauss Concert in Vienna was great ! Not what I would normally listen to, but, it wasn't just a concert, it was a very entertaining show ! We had a problem in the middle of the Cruise. The River was too low for us to continue after Nuremberg. So before we left on our Tour we packed our luggage and after the Tour we were bussed to Passau where our luggage was waiting in the same room in another new Viking Ship the Ve. We just switched Ships with the people on the Ve that couldn't go upstream because of the low water. It was flawless. Now for a couple of minor problems. Our optional Tour in Cologne for 44 Euros was advertised at 4 hours to the Augustusburg Palace(which was great) and then the Falkenlust Hunting Lodge and their baroque gardens. The Hunting Lodge and gardens were closed. The Guide said, "Oh, the Lodge wasn't that great afterall" ! we were back in 3 hours. When I talked to Carl West the Cruise Director, he wasn't very sympathetic, "oh, ok, that's good to know for the future". But, didn't offer me anything other than sympathy. I organized a group of 9, we spent close to $75,000. At the end of the Cruise when I asked for a cab to the Castle Hilton($10 Euros) I think that would have been nice compensation, but, no that was against Viking's rules. But, yet earlier Carl had screwed up our Bus back from Regensburg to Passau and had to get a cab for 2 for a 4 hour trip ! I think that cost considerably more than $10 Euros. The other thing that is quite a concern. There is virtually no security on board. We were alble to come and go as we pleased. We really only had a room key. In Passau there was an older Viking Ship docked not far from us. We walked right on and walked around taking pictures with not one Viking person asking us for anything. Then, the last night we were in Budapest, our friend's daughter had a room to herself and at 11 o'clock she was asleep when a couple burst into her room and started yelling at her, "what are you doing in our room, get out, get out" ! We were docked next to another Viking Ship and we were on the inside, but, the Captain took our ship for a little evening tour to see the lights of Budapest and when we came back we parked on the outside. When the couple came back, they thought their ship were still on the outside and went to my friend's daughter's room, which they thought was their room and their key didn't work so they went to the Desk and the Desk personnel gave them a new key without checking any identification ! In this day and age I can't believe Security is so lax ! Anyway, other than that a Great Cruise ! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
We were one of the ships that was caught up in the low water problems. The change to another ship was handled so well we could not believe. It was amazing - so smooth, whilst we heard guests from another cruise line that there trip had to ... Read More
We were one of the ships that was caught up in the low water problems. The change to another ship was handled so well we could not believe. It was amazing - so smooth, whilst we heard guests from another cruise line that there trip had to be stopped and guests had the option to fly home or stay in a hotel and get bused every day to another destination. We were lucky that we booked VIKING. During the change we saw some more of the countryside, got a nice lunch in local restaurant and after the change all was run as scheduled we did not miss any of the promised tours until the end of our trip. It was just great - not more to mention - compliments to all staff and crew . Ship and its crew was just amazing. From the housekeeping staff, kitchen staff and restaurant, all making sure that service is provided at all times. Very well ran ship, congratulations. We will definitely travel with Viking again and looking forward to do so soon. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2015
We flew to Amsterdam one day early and stayed at the Hampshire American for 1 night, very nice and excellent location. We did a HOHO canal boat tour and walked around in our own. We took a cab to the ship around noon, left our luggage and ... Read More
We flew to Amsterdam one day early and stayed at the Hampshire American for 1 night, very nice and excellent location. We did a HOHO canal boat tour and walked around in our own. We took a cab to the ship around noon, left our luggage and joined the ship for their walking tour. We went with two other couples and ate together all of the dinners at a table for 6. Service was outstanding and the meals always had enough choices for everyone to enjoy. Breakfast and lunch on board was sitting with our friends, new friends or just ourselves, all good. Carl, our cruise direct was outstanding, he was always there to announce next day's activities, taking pictures or answer questions. The thumb drive of the trip is worth the $18, even when taking a ton of my own pictures. We also had to change ships half way thru do to low water levels, but was done while we were on an excursion and then a 2 hours bus trip. Having to pack was not something I enjoyed, but the staff moved everything very, even soda from the frig. We did all the included excursions and signed up for the extra concert in Vienna, which was very good. There is a lovely sun deck, chairs, shuffle board and a two hole putting green. Also a prefect place to watch coming into Budapest at night. The wine and beer at lunch were very drinkable and nice that they were included, also nice we could bring on board anything else we wanted to drink. We would highly recommend Viking River cruises. This was a very new ship, and so was the second one. (Viking has so many ships doing the European Grand Tour we just switched with one coming up from Budapest) Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2015
Gefjon - July 2015: It was indeed a trip of a lifetime, and Viking did a great job! Everyone, from a deckhand to the Captain, did everything that they could to make it so for us -- and we really appreciated it. We sailed the Grand European ... Read More
Gefjon - July 2015: It was indeed a trip of a lifetime, and Viking did a great job! Everyone, from a deckhand to the Captain, did everything that they could to make it so for us -- and we really appreciated it. We sailed the Grand European Trip from Budapest to Amsterdam. The Gefjon was only 70 days in commission at the start of our trip - but you would have never known it by the way everything happened on time, cheerfully and with every detail taken care of in advance. Everyone ends up with several people in the crew that they seem to enjoy being with and we had several crew members that made the trip even more special - I especially remember Georgi, one of our waiters, who did a really great job taking care of us. I don't remember all the names, but we have some great pictures which will help the memories remain fresh. The dining room, terrace and bar were just excellent, and the omlet man, who's name I cannot remember, did a wonderful job there and on the grill out front. The young bartenderess was sweet and mixed us many a great drink. If you go on one of the "long ships" you are in for a treat! And do get a cabin with the veranda so you can spend some time just watching live along the river take place, mile after mile, never fast, but always changing right before your eyes. My wife considered that time one of her favorite memories of the trip. And part of the price of the trip were all the excursions that were set up for us. One every day and never too long or hard or boring, ever. And we always made it back in time to eat another wonderful meal! The food was varied, ethnic and well prepared. My only complaint is that we were offered bread pudding only once! And I guess that is really a good thing since I can't resist and it was great and I would not have fit into anything to go home in after 15 days! Both our arrival in Budapest, with it's trip to the boat and our trip to the airport in Amsterdam was handled with cheerfulness and efficiency. Thanks to all those fine folks! All in all this was a great cruise and when I asked I tell folks that it is as good as the TV ads make it seem to be -- ONLY BETTER! Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2015
This was our second Viking River Cruise. Our first, Rhine Getaway (Amsterdam to Basel) was wonderful, but just too short! So we thoroughly enjoyed this 15 day cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. We booked everything through Viking and were ... Read More
This was our second Viking River Cruise. Our first, Rhine Getaway (Amsterdam to Basel) was wonderful, but just too short! So we thoroughly enjoyed this 15 day cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam. We booked everything through Viking and were very pleased with the flight and transportation to the Marriott Hotel on the riverfront in Budapest. (Pest). Lovely hotel with excellent food, river views from our room, and a pleasant and very helpful staff. Viking ships are beautiful, the excursions are excellent, dining is delightful with new, interesting, well-travelled friends every meal! We learned so much from the personal stories of the top-notch local guides in city centers, cathedrals, castles, ancient ruins, concert venues, historical sites, bar hops...yes!... and countryside trips! And did I mention from our program director, Carl!! He also took fabulous photos of the day to be viewed in the bar at night. The piano bar was fun after dinner and there is a small dance floor! We were also entertained by fabulous local musical groups, glass blowers, or maybe a slide show. Or visit with other travelers, or go out on deck and enjoy the evening cruise after a busy day of sightseeing. Each day there is an included tour, followed by free time in the city, an optional tour, or cruising the river after lunch. Disembarkation is well organized as is everything with Viking. We were the first group to leave and Rene was there early to make sure all the luggage was loaded in the vehicle and personally sent us on our way to the airport. Loved it! Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2015
The cruise was First Class. Some issues as we did not take the Viking precruise hotels or air fare. When we did finally locate the ship in Budapest, Tour Director acted like it was our fault that we did not know of the ship being moved ... Read More
The cruise was First Class. Some issues as we did not take the Viking precruise hotels or air fare. When we did finally locate the ship in Budapest, Tour Director acted like it was our fault that we did not know of the ship being moved to a new docking area and commented that if we had purchase the Viking pre cruise hotel package they would have handled it. His sour reception. The Captain offered to help us carry our bags on board. Wow, The Captain set the standard for the Crew through out the Cruise. He was excellent, warm and approachable. I will seek to go on his ship next we cruise in Europe. We were in Europe for a month+ and the Viking Cruise was for only a part of our time in Europe. Because we had a rental car waiting in Amsterdam it seemed to throw the disembarkation system a loop. Oh well. Crew Members were very excellent. On a par or superior to Disney Crew Members. Rooms were spacious considering the ship's size requirements. Food service was very good. We enjoyed the walking tour guides suggestions of where eat like a local. Dinner meals took a long time 2 1/2 to 3 hours. So we ate on the bow with the limited menu or in our room with items purchased ashore. We enjoyed the pre dinner lecture or talks. The pre view of the next days stop & tours was nice. Really enjoyed being able to visit the Bridge of the ship to observe and learn how the ship was being handled. We will book again with Viking next season. As well as recommended Viking to our Friends. We enjoyed Budapest very much. In fact we are planning on returning there next year. Budapest is a beautiful city with warm heart. Although it does not have the art and beauty of Paris we found it to be as interesting and diverse. Read Less
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